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Whole House Humidifier Versus Portable Humidifiers

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I was walking through Target the other day and noticed a variety of portable humidifiers on the aisle. I am asking myself, how many people buy the portable humidifiers? In fact, how many people buy multiple portable humidifiers? In checking around, the quantity of these items sold in retail and big box stores was amazing.

Humidifiers are great. For portable humidifiers to get the same effect as a whole house model, you would have to have one positioned in every room. This would be much more expensive than having a whole house model. In order to maintain portable models, you have to constantly monitor them for water levels, and fill them routinely. And your maintenance becomes more with each unit. The easier and least costly alternative is the whole house version.

First, most every home needs a whole house humidifier. Today’s newer homes are tight, and when you're heating your home the result is drier air. Dry homes causes itchy skin and annoying “static”. However, what homeowners do not know is that dry air can be unhealthy and cause damage to your home. Viruses can flourish in low humidity conditions. Your mucous membrane dries out and can lead to a greater propensity of getting colds, or flu.

Your home suffers also. When air is not properly humidified it can cause wood furnishings, floors, and walls to separate. Musical instruments, such as a piano, can be damaged and become out of tune.

There is also one more advantage to a whole house humidifier – lower energy cost. If you maintain higher humidity in your home, it feels warmer. Thus, you can set your thermostat back a few degrees and save money without sacrificing comfort.

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ARE SPACE HEATERS A GOOD ALTERNATIVE FOR HEATING YOUR HOME?

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We read an article by John Hall on space heaters just recently, and it was only a day later that I had one of our customers ask me a question about the space heater that the Amish were promoting in the media. My honest answer is that space heaters are a solution, but not always the best solution. I then gave him several alternatives in order to save money on his utility bills.

Homeowners are always trying to save money when it comes to their heating and cooling system costs. The conventional alternatives have been to do one of the following:

Get a programmable thermostat and set back the temperature for multiple time periods through out the day. Add insulation to your attic, crawl space, or walls. Just set your thermostat at a lower setting and wear a sweater or grab a blanket. Insulate your windows to create another barrier. Seal around your doors and windows.

However, there has been a lot of advertising promoting space heaters as a viable means of lowering your heating and cooling costs.  These alternatives are fine for a small defined area but do not address whole home solutions. And if you buy multiple space heaters, you defeat the purpose of saving money.

By installing a whole house humidifier and keeping the home at the correct relative humidity (35% to 40%), you can feel warmer and lower your thermostat setting. This makes more sense to me, and the family is more comfortable.

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Heating & Cooling Advice: Carbon Monoxide Detection

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Year after year, carbon monoxide takes about 200 lives in America and puts about 5,000 more people in emergency rooms for treatment, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The risk is often unnecessary and can be prevented easily.

Lots of people wonder what carbon monoxide is and how it gets into homes in the first place. Basically, when carbon-based fuels such as gas, oil, kerosene or wood burn, they produce gases. When fuel combustion or burning isn't complete, carbon monoxide enters the air. The CPSC offers advice that carbon monoxide detectors are a great way to alert yourself or other family members to the presence of toxic gas in your residence.

If you or someone else in your family wake up at night with a strong headache or another family member is unreasonably difficult to wake up — get out of the house as fast as possible and seek medical help.

If you don’t want to risk it, or suffer unnecessarily, our experts recommend that you have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home! It’s easy.

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Heating & Cooling Advice: Setting the Thermostat for Savings

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There's an extremely simple way to reduce your heating and cooling costs without buying additional equipment. You can begin saving energy costs immediately when you set your thermostat properly.

It is normal to set an air conditioner thermostat between 75 and 80 degrees. It is normal to set the thermostat for your heating system between 68 and 72 degrees. You should always set your thermostat to the highest possible setting that is comfortable for you in the warmer months, and the lowest comfortable setting in the colder months. If you adjust your thermostat accordingly, you will maximize your energy savings.

How much money can you expect to save? On average, every 1 degree of temperature change is equal to about 10% energy savings. For example, changing your thermostat setting from 75 degrees to 76 degrees in the summer could result in about a 10% savings on your cooling costs.

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What is Geothermal Heating and Cooling and How Does it Work?

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Looking for ideas on how your home energy costs? Want to explore green energy options? Lots of people don’t even know what geothermal heating and cooling system are or how they work. Here's a simple explanation

The Earth collects about 50% of the sun's energy and remains a constant temperature of 50°F to 70°F depending on the geographic location. A system that utilizes geothermal energy, can use this constant temperature to offer you significant savings whenever you are trying to heat and cool your home.

What many individuals don't realize is that it is possible to save as much as 60% of their energy costs when they compare them against traditional heating and cooling (HVAC) systems. There is no flame, no flue, no odors, and no loud outdoor equipment. A single compact unit can be used as a hot water heating system as well as for heating and air conditioning your home.

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How To Reduce Indoor Air Pollutants & Improve Indoor Air Quality

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How To Reduce Indoor Air Pollutants & Improve Indoor Air Quality

Want to maximize indoor air quality and reduce the indoor air pollutants in your home?

A high-efficiency air cleaner might help. You can eliminate as much as 99% of the pollen and spores that find their way into your home through your heating and cooling system. You can also eliminate a great deal of the household dust, dirt, smoke, and other air pollutants in your HVAC system. Your indoor air will become cleaner and fresher while reducing the allergens and dust that circulate throughout your house.

If you use a whole house humidifier, you can drastically reduce the annoying discomfort of dry indoor air. A good humidifier works to reduce itchy skin, scratchy throats, static electricity, and damage to your furnishings and woodwork.

One thing that most people don’t realize is this. Since humid air feels warmer than dry air, you do not have to set the thermostat as high to feel the comfort you want. A lower thermostat setting will reduce the costs of your energy bill.

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Contact our experts for more information about controlling the air quality inside of your home. Call us at 636-239-3581 to ask about our air filtration and humidity control systems.

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