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Improve the Air Quality

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.

Reasons to Check the Filter Regularly

 

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. The filter will need to be replaced to help reduce any build up of dirt and dust in the long run of it.

If you notice that the filter is clogged it should be replaced as soon as you notice an issue. This way the system will work as efficiently and properly as it should be. When you do this, the system will help prevent further time, money, and stress in the long run. If you ever need advice of what should be checked, when, you will want to make sure that you contact us. This way we can help to ensure that the parts are wearing as they should be.

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.

 

Filter Maintenance for your Home

 

 

Part of responsible homeownership includes, of course, regular home maintenance. If the HVAC system is inefficient and overworked, which can result in problems and expenses.  One such task is changing the filter of the home’s HVAC system.  It’s simple and inexpensive, and taking care of it at least every three months can mean the difference between optimum comfort and avoidable repairs.

 

Most homes have some sort of furnace or heat pump, and many of those homes have combined heating, ventilation and air-conditioning or HVAC systems.  Each type uses some type of air filter or screen to prevent larger airborne particles from entering the system and clogging sensitive machinery.  A system that has a dirty filter can suffer from pressure drop, which can lead to reduced air flow, resulting in no air infiltration at all.  Any of these conditions can cause the system to work harder to keep the home warm. This can put undue stress on the whole system, which can lead to premature failure.

 

Also, a dirty filter that’s exposed to condensation can become damp, which can lead to mold growth that can be spread throughout the home by the HVAC system.  This can lead to serious health consequences, not to mention a compromised unit that will likely require servicing and may require replacement, depending on the severity of the moisture problem.

 

Most HVAC and furnace filters are disposable, made of biodegradable paper or similar media, and shaped in cells, screens or fins designed to trap as much airborne debris as possible.  Filters can typically be purchased in economical multi-packs, and there are many types that will fit different models of furnace/HVAC units.  It’s important to use the appropriate filter for your unit; using the wrong filter that doesn’t fit the unit properly can create the same types of problems as having a dirty filter.

 

 

How Lowering the Thermostat Saves Money

 

One way to help to save money is to lower the thermostat. Lowering the thermostat during the times where you need less heat can help save on monthly heating bills. This is beneficial because you will not waste any heat that is produced when you are out of the home, at work, or sleeping. It can also help to reduce the amount of wear and tear on the heating unit. The furnace will not need to run as long or as hard to heat your home. This can also save money on frequent repairs that the heating system might need.

 

 

It is important to make sure that the thermostat is set correctly in your home. Some people think that the higher the thermostat is set at, the hotter it will run. In all reality, furnaces will operate and produce the amount of heat at the same rate no matter what the setting is at for the temperature. The furnace will cycle on and off as needed in order to keep the home at whatever the temperature and thermostat is set at. We can help to recommend when the thermostat should be lowered, and what temperature it should be set at. This can help to provide you with the maximum amount of savings each month.

 

 

By lowering the thermostat to an ideal temperature that is cost efficient, as well as heat efficient, you can save as much as thirty percent each month. If you feel that you forget when to lower the thermostat or do not like coming home to a colder home, consider a programmable thermostat. By installing a programmable thermostat, you can help to ensure that the temperature is lowered when it should be.

 

A programmable thermostat can allow you to set it for different times of the day, and days of the week. This allows the temperature to decrease when you are away at work. The thermostat can be set to lower the temperature as you leave. It can then be programmed to raise the temperature before you are about to return home again. The same can be programmed in for when you sleep. There is also a vacation setting on a programmable thermostat for if you are away for several days at a time.

 

Reduce Energy Costs this Winter

 

When you are thinking about saving money on heating costs this winter, there are several things you can do. The most important thing is to make sure the furnace is maintained on a regular basis. This can help to produce the heat that is desired from the thermostat and furnace.

 

Installing a programmable thermostat is helpful in many ways, including by reducing your heating and cooling bill by about ten percent. This type of thermostat allows you to keep the temperature of your home comfortable while you are there. It also allows you to use less energy when you are gone or asleep at night. Newer models can even be controlled via your smartphone or tablet. By investing in a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature for different hours of the day, and days of the week. This will help to enter a schedule that you and your family have, so the furnace will keep the desired temperature when you are home. When you leave for work or school, the temperature can decrease so you do not have to waste heat or money on it.

 

Letting the sun shine in during the winter months to add extra warmth to your home can be beneficial. This will also help to reduce the need for artificial lighting. In the summer, close blinds and curtains, preferably ones that are lighter in color to reflect heat, in order to keep the heat out. By doing this, you can help reduce heating and cooling costs. In the winter, open blinds that are able to allow sunshine in to warm up the room or rooms of your home. This can help reduce the amount of time the furnace has to operate and produce warm air.

 

Keep appliances maintained to ensure that they will continue to run at their maximum efficiency. Be sure to replace filters on your heating and cooling systems as recommended. You may also want to have an energy audit done at your home to identify any energy wasters in your home. Fixing an issue at the first sign can help save time, money, and stress in the long run. It will also prevent issues occurring to other parts of the heating system.

Find the Right Humidifier for your Home

  Keeping the home warm and comfortable during the winter is important. With the furnace running constantly, there may be the chance of dry skin, scratchy throats, and excessive static electricity. Humidifying your home will provide proper moisture levels and help alleviate these problems and, potentially, save you money on your heating costs. Bypass Humidifiers Bypass… Continue Reading

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