Bedford Homeowner in Baffled
Ceiling fans are effective in the winter to distribute the air, and subsequent heat, in a room. The ceiling fan’s blades need to change direction, moving clockwise. Many fans have a switch that allows you to make this change. Traveling clockwise, the blades push the warmer air in the room down, making it feel more comfortable even at a lower thermostat setting.
A Bedford homeowner was looking for more cost-effective ways to heat his home this winter. When we suggested he use his living room’s ceiling fan he was blown away.
Tyngsboro, MA Allergy Sufferer Wonders
With less time spent outside during the winter months, indoor allergens including pet dander, dust mites and mold can exacerbate allergies. This can lead to sneezing, wheezing, itchy and watery eyes and cold-like symptoms. A home’s heating system can further worsen these symptoms, drying out the air.
When traveling for vacation during the winter you should never set your thermostat lower than 50 degrees. This will keep appliances running and pipes from freezing if the temperature gets too low in the home. If you have pipes on the exterior walls, you should opt for a warmer 50 – 60 degrees minimum.
To insulate your home’s hot water pipes, you can find neoprene and polyethylene sleeves at most home improvement stores. Use an acrylic black tape, tie wire or zip tie to secure the insulation sleeve in place around the pipe. For gas water heaters, standard insulation is flammable and should be kept at least six feet from the flue, instead using wire to secure the insulation in place.
For most people a comfortable humidity level at home is 40%. In the winter your home’s humidity level can drop by as much as 10%. This low humidity results in static electricity in the air, dry skin, scratchy throats and noses and increased susceptibility to colds and viruses.
Things to consider when choosing an HVAC company include the company’s experience and that they have the proper licensing to be doing the work, references, online reviews, and their reputation in the community.
A family in Tyngsboro was looking to replace their home’s furnace. With their existing unit still running, they were able to shop around to find a reputable and trustworthy company.
Replacing a furnace is a big job that can take several hours. Technicians will need easy access to the area and a clear space to work. This may also involve the installation of a new thermostat, depending on the age and model of the existing furnace.
A homeowner in Amherst, NH recently contacted us with questions about her upcoming furnace replacement. She was concerned about what to expect throughout the installation process.
There are some common signs to watch for that are clear indicators your heating system needs service, including hot or cold areas throughout the home, high energy consumption, unusual sounds and the age of the unit.
A homeowner in Milford noticed that her heating system was behaving in an unusual way. With winter fast approaching, he wanted to have the unit serviced before the frigid cold set in.
To save money all winter long, there are some steps that you can take to insulate your home including weather-stripping, installing a door sweep, sealing air leaks and sealing your furnace ducts. The key to improving your home’s efficiency is to seal in the warm air, while keeping the cold out.
There are federal tax credits available for Energy Star gas furnaces. The tax credit for qualifying furnaces is $150, with an additional $50 for advanced main circulating fan. There is also a tax credit of 10% on other qualified energy efficient upgrades.
A homeowner in Brookline, NH was looking to upgrade his heating system to a more energy efficient unit. He quickly learned about the tax credits that could be available to him through this type of upgrade.