Greater Rochester Area
In the winter you may suffer from dry sinuses, bloody noses and cracked lips, or static. Humidifiers can help soothe these familiar problems caused by dry indoor air. Humidifiers can also help ease symptoms of a cold or another respiratory condition. If you use humidifiers, be sure to monitor humidity levels and keep your humidifier clean. Dirty humidifiers can breed mold or bacteria. If you have allergies or asthma, talk to your doctor before using a humidifier. Also make sure to contact us so we can advise you on the correct humidifier you may need for your home.
Humidifiers are devices that emit water vapor or steam to increase moisture levels in the air, producing humidity. Central humidifiers are built into home heating and air conditioning systems and are designed to humidify the whole house. Ultrasonic humidifiers produce a cool mist with ultrasonic vibration. Evaporators use a fan to blow air through a wet wick, filter or belt. Steam vaporizers use electricity to create steam that cools before leaving the machine. Avoid this type of humidifier if you have children; hot water inside this type of humidifier may cause burns if spilled.
Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. The amount of humidity varies depending on the season. Generally, humidity levels are higher in the summer and lower during winter months. Ideally, humidity in your home should be between 30 and 50 percent. Humidity that’s too low or too high can cause problems. Low humidity can cause dry skin, irritate your nasal passages and throat, and make your eyes itchy. High humidity can make your home feel stuffy and can cause condensation on walls, floors and other surfaces that triggers the growth of harmful bacteria, dust mites and molds. These allergens can cause respiratory problems and trigger allergy and asthma flare-ups.
The best way to test humidity levels in your house is with a hygrometer. This device, which looks like a thermometer, measures the amount of moisture in the air. Hygrometers can be purchased at hardware stores and department stores. When buying a humidifier, consider purchasing one with a built-in hygrometer (humidistat) that maintains humidity within a healthy range. You can also contact us and we can inspect your home, air quality, and furnace for you. We can also recommend a humidifier that would be beneficial for you and your home.
Having your home with the best air quality possible is important. This also helps your family to be healthy. Homes are built to be energy efficient by holding heat in during the winter and keeping heat out during the summer. Winter weather prompts homeowners to tightly seal any cracks in insulation that could allow cold drafts into the home. This also seals off the home from any fresh air and raises the concentrations of both allergens and pollutants in the home.
Pollutants in the home come from a variety of sources. The first step in making sure that your family has the cleanest possible air is knowing where the pollutants come from. Combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood. Any household appliances that use any of these fuels can lead to indoor air pollution. It is important to make sure that these appliances are well-maintained and properly adjusted so that they don’t release dangerous levels of pollution into the home.
The air might also be low quality because of animals. Pet dander and other particles from pets with fur or feathers are a major aggravation of allergies and asthma to sensitive individuals. As people stay indoors more, so do pets that go outside during less inclement weather. If you have pets, you will have to change the filter more often. Make sure to check it on a regular basis, and replace the filter when you need to. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us.
Immediate effects of poor indoor air quality can show up after just a single exposure and include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and itchy eyes, nose, and throat. Asthma and chemical sensitivities can also be aggravated by exposure to indoor pollution. Chronic sensitivity may also build up after repeated exposures.
Improving indoor air quality through source control involves removing the sources of pollution. Gas emissions, like those from a poorly maintained stove, for instance, can be adjusted in order to lower their emissions; asbestos can be sealed or enclosed. Often, source control is a more cost-conscious way to remedy poor air quality than ventilation because increased ventilation can significantly increase energy costs. Make sure to contact us if you have any questions about your air quality or HVAC system.
Designed to automatically adjust the temperature in your home based on a series of pre-programmed settings for various times of the day, programmable thermostats set you up for comfort and energy savings year-round. Energy savings quickly offset the minimal cost of upgrading to a programmable thermostat. You can save 1% of your energy bill for every degree the thermostat is set back or up, depending on the season, over an eight-hour period. Also, programmable thermostats come in many different styles from simple to complex, allowing you the most control over energy use and comfort levels. Some even offer remote operation by phone or Internet. In addition, programmable thermostats can be manually overridden without affecting programming. There are a few different options you can choose from.
The 7-day thermostat is a type of programmable thermostat is best for households with a different schedule every day of the week. The 5-2 thermostat is best for those with the typical five-day work week and two-day weekend schedule. The WiFi thermostat is a programmable thermostat that is Wi-Fi enabled with the ability to be programmed remotely from your computer or smartphone. Smart thermostats work well for those with irregular schedules or those who may forget to pre-set the thermostat before leaving home. Many come with interactive smartphone apps to help you focus on energy savings by tracking energy use in real-time.
If you have a somewhat regular schedule, forget to adjust settings, or just aren’t the type to sit down and figure out how to operate devices in their home, some thermostats will learn and are a great option. These thermostats learn the daily habits in your home and use this gathered information to self-program a schedule. As with “smart” thermostats, these thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled with the ability to be programmed remotely from a computer or smartphone. Some thermostats may also have features like backlighting and digital display, voice or phone programming, hold and vacation features, or an air filter change indicator light. If you are looking to purchase a new thermostat, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on what your best option might be.
During the winter, if the indoor air quality is not ideal, you may notice increased symptoms of allergies and asthma. There are many factors that can reduce your air quality, including mold spores and dust mites. The most important thing you can do to help improve the air quality is to change the filter. A new air filter will be more effective at trapping allergens like mold spores and dust mites as they flow through your home’s air ducts. Plus, changing your air filter keeps your heater from having to work so hard, so changing the filter may increase your system’s lifespan. If you are not sure how often to check the filter, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule.
Air filters catch bigger particles like dust, but they are not great at catching smaller particles like bacteria and viruses. During cold and flu season, you need all the protection you can get from these airborne pathogens. One way to eliminate them from your air, thus improving your air quality, is with a UV light air purifier. UV light air purifiers suck in air from your home and treat it with powerful UV rays. The UV radiation kills 99% of foreign contaminants in the air and also keeps your HVAC system from becoming a breeding ground for these pathogens.
Also check for mold around your home. Mold is one of the biggest threats to air quality. Even if you are not overtly allergic to mold, some species of mold release toxins that can cause respiratory symptoms like sneezing and wheezing. Mold only grows in moist environments, and one possible source of unchecked moisture in the home is leaky appliances. Check around your refrigerator for puddles, which may indicate that the ice maker, condensate hose, or water dispenser are leaking. Also, open your sink cabinet and watch for leaks and drips as you run the garbage disposal. If these or any of your other appliances are leaking, have them repaired or replaced to eliminate moisture, mold, and the poor air quality it causes. You can also contact us and we can inspect your HVAC system to ensure it is operating properly this winter.
The HVAC system in your home is essential during the cold months of winter, so make sure that it is working efficiently. You will want to make sure the filter is checked on a regular basis, and is replaced when necessary. The filter is very important and clogged filters can disrupt the flow of air to your home. Not only that, dirty filters can trip safety switches inside the furnace. If this continues to happen, the system will have to work hard and it could cause the system to wear our quickly. If you have pets, you will want to change the filter more often. Remember to never operate the furnace without a filter. This is because the dirt and dust can get into the system, and cause further wear with it.
If you are able to open up the inside of the furnace, you are likely to see some debris or dust buildup. You do not need anything special to clean this out, just grab a regular vacuum and clean it. This will not only allow for cleaner air to travel through your home, but it will help the machine function at its maximum efficiency.
Also be aware of any strange sounds coming out of your system, or if the system does not seem to be acting right, do not ignore these signs any longer. The worst time for your heater to break down is during a cold stretch of winter. Unusual sounds can be a sign that a part replacement or repair is needed. Having the issue fixed as soon as possible can help you save time, money, and stress in the long run. It can also help the efficiency of your furnace, so your home is warm and comfortable this winter.
Keeping your furnace operating efficiently is important. The best place to start your furnace maintenance is with the filter. A dirty filter can cause excessive strain on your furnace, increase heating costs and reduce the life of your equipment. Make sure that your furnace filter has a cover over the slot, ensuring an efficient return-air system. Keeping the furnace clean and dirt free is key to it running smoothly and efficiently. An important task you can do regularly is to vacuum all the dust from the air registers around the house.
If you notice any issue with your furnace or HVAC system, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can help to save time, money and stress in the long run. Also it will reduce the chance of further issues from forming and having an unexpected breakdown.
Remember to have the ductwork inspected. This helps to prevent any cracks, leaks, or punctures that it might have. If the ductwork has damage, it can cause heat to be released sooner, and not in the rooms of your home. You can also inspect the thermostat to ensure that it is in the best condition possible and working correctly. If the actual temperature is different than the set temperature, it may indicate that the thermostat is malfunctioning. Make sure to contact us and we can inspect it for you.
Keeping your furnace maintained and in good working condition is important. You will want to have it inspected on a regular basis to ensure that it is still working efficiently and at top performance. If the system is starting to wear down and fail, it should be repaired as soon as possible. Neglecting proper maintenance now can lead to expensive repairs in the future. If a small problem is detected now, the proper parts can be ordered and replaced in a timely manner. If a problem occurs during the winter when you need your furnace most, hourly rates will likely be higher and you will likely be more frustrated with the process.
Like other mechanical items, a furnace has moving parts. We can inspect the moving parts and lubricate, clean, or replace them so your system is running as efficiently as it can. If a furnace is poorly maintained, it can work overtime. The more your furnace runs, the more money you pay your utility company. A properly-tuned furnace will run more efficiently, reducing your heating bills.
The furnace system in your home has several parts to make it run efficiently, so having them inspected will help increase the performance of it. The furnace, ductwork, thermostat, and filter are all things that should be checked. If you start to notice an issue with your furnace system, make sure to contact us so we can inspect them for you. This can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.
Remember to change your filter regularly. Clean filters can help your furnace run more efficiently. It is recommend changing your filter monthly. You can also improve the air quality in your home by changing the air filter, especially if you own pets or someone in your family smokes.
There are several reasons why you need to check the filter on your furnace regularly. The most common reason a heating system breaks down is because of a dirty filter. As dirt accumulates, air cannot pass, or worse, the system overheats. The motor then has to work harder. In a best-case scenario, your unit will need to be repaired. In the worst case, if your unit is older, not replacing filters could put it over the edge and require you to buy a new one. Replacing the filter is an easy way to lengthen the life of your heating system.
When that clogged air filter is working harder, more energy is being used. And when it requires more energy to make your heating work, it causes your energy bill to skyrocket. When you consistently change your air filter, you can save from 5 to 15 percent on your utility costs.
Good air quality is important if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or asthma. Dirty air filters worsen the air quality and can exacerbate symptoms. If you have pets, it’s even more important because pet dander will accumulate in the system and then spread allergens throughout the household. If you find the air quality poor in your home, it may be time to change the filter. You can also contact us and we can advise you on a schedule to check the filter. Also, we can inspect the filter for you and recommend when a new one may be needed. Changing the filter helps to improve the air quality, as well as the efficiency for your furnace system.
When you have a home, you will want to make sure that the furnace system is operating correctly. Make sure to have the furnace inspected by us, so you can ensure it is efficient and working properly when you will need it to be. Having your furnace inspected gives us an opportunity to check for possible issues and correct them before they turn into problems or emergencies. Here are seven reasons why you should schedule your furnace inspection now.
Longer Lasting Furnace
The longer you put off having an annual inspection done on your furnace, the more likely you’re going to have a breakdown. During an inspection, we may find small problems that if left unchecked could result in a major repair. Preventative maintenance for your furnace guarantees that all the parts in your furnace work together to heat your home safely and reliably for years to come.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks Avoided
When the heat exchanger in your furnace becomes cracked, gases like carbon monoxide can escape into your home. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and potentially deadly. For your family’s safety, it is important to inspect your furnace regularly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. It is also wise to install a carbon monoxide detector outside of each bedroom to protect and alert family members.
Remove Dirt & Rust or Replace
A proper inspection includes checking for rust and dirt that can build up on the burners for the furnace. This type of buildup can create pockets that trap gas and cause hot spots on your furnace’s heat exchanger. Even if your furnace is new, it still requires inspection as different factors can cause rust and dirt to accumulate. The furnace’s internal parts wear out over time, which could cause it to stop working.
Neglect your furnace’s annual inspections, and particles like dust and dirt can accumulate on any moving parts. This causes your furnace to work harder than necessary to maintain the heat in your home, which compromises efficiency. It will also cause the parts to run more difficult with one another and also wear out sooner. During an annual inspection, we will clean your furnace’s parts and make sure they work together properly. Your furnace is at its most efficient when its parts are clean, without anything preventing it from working correctly.
Change the Filter
A clean furnace filter catches dust and debris before it has a chance to circulate through your house, which can affect your indoor air quality. However, this is not the only time your furnace’s air filter should be replaced or cleaned during the winter you should check your furnace filter every month. If you are not sure how often to change the filter, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the schedule.
When you are in your home, you will want it to have the best air quality possible. Ductwork cleaning is important for a variety of reasons. Duct cleaning services use specialized blowers, vacuums, and brushes to clean out the supply, intake, and return ducts throughout your home. Duct cleaning should also involve a thorough cleaning of the air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, housings, and coils of the HVAC system. Ducts in your home may be dirty and need cleaning after remodeling. By making sure to clean them, you are removing the dirt and dust that was created when the remodeling was done in your home. If your home has been remodeled, especially if there was asbestos abatement, lead paint removal, or significant dust, your ductwork may need to be cleaned. Ducts should be sealed off during home renovations; but if they weren’t, dangerous dust and debris may become lodged inside the ductwork.
If there is evidence of animal infestation or nesting in your ducts or HVAC system, have the animals removed then clean the ductwork and HVAC unit. You should also have the ductwork cleaned if you have pets in the home. This is because the dirt, hair, and dander can get into the ductwork. If there is visible mold growth inside the ductwork, the ducts and HVAC system should also be cleaned. If noticeable debris, pet hair, odors, or other contaminants are being released into the room through the ducts after the registers have been cleaned and vacuumed; then the ducts may need to be cleaned. Also remember if someone in your family is suffering from an unexplained allergy-related illness, and you have taken every other possible step to decontaminate your home, you may want to consider having your ducts cleaned to see if the HVAC system was the culprit.
If you notice an issue with your HVAC system or ductwork, make sure to contact us as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run.
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