February 1st, 2016
Modern furnaces don’t yet have a complex artificial intelligence system that can instantly detect when there’s a malfunction, what type it is, and what needs to be done about. They do have ways to warn a homeowner that something is going wrong, although in a indirect way so they know it’s time to call trained HVAC professionals to investigate the heater, find out what’s actually wrong, and how to repair it. One of these warning signs is strange odors coming from the vents while the furnace is running. Below is a short guide to what these odors might mean.
January 25th, 2016
If you are a wine connoisseur, or you would like to be, then it’s vital that you have your wine bottles stored in the ideal conditions for temperature, humidity, light, and space. Only in the right conditions will the wine age properly and maintain the finest possible aroma and taste. For the best storage, call on professionals who can design a wine storage area with proper environmental controls. Below at the factors that need to be properly controlled:
January 11th, 2016
The quality of the air in homes tends to suffer during the winter. Although spring is the time most people connect with allergy and asthma issues, the trouble in winter doesn’t come from airborne contaminates outside a home, but from contaminants that originate inside a home. For example, insulation and building material can be the source of chemicals and radon inside, and there are many cleaning and hygiene products that give off harmful pollutants. Natural gas appliances can produce harmful byproducts as well. These contaminants do not have an easy escape from a home in winter because of the heavy sealing designed to keep the heating system energy efficient.
January 4th, 2016
It’s easy to overlook the importance of the thermostat in a home and use it in a careless manner: pushing it up high when it’s cold outside, then turning it back down when it gets too hot, then repeating the process over and over. This is extremely wasteful of energy and won’t result in your family enjoying any better comfort. We have some tips on how to program your thermostat during the winter so that you’ll optimize energy use without throwing away a cozy indoor environment.
December 28th, 2015
A whole-house humidifier is a very effective installation to help with comfort during the winter. There is often much less moisture in the air during this season (furnaces often contribute to drying out the air), and that adds an unpleasant edge to low temperatures because it makes it easier for heat to escape from the human body. Low humidity also contributes to dry, chapped skin, an increase in the ease of how illness moves from person to person, and a spike in annoying static electricity.
December 21st, 2015
Colder weather has already arrived, but we still haven’t seen the worst that the coming winter will deliver. If you are currently thinking about replacing the old gas furnace in your home, now is definitely the time to get it done to beat the weather.
December 14th, 2015
A ductless heating and cooling system is actually a type of heat pump. The principle difference between it and a standard central heat pump is that a ductless system uses mini air handlers to distribute heating/cooling indoors, rather than a single indoor unit attached to ductwork. In all other ways, it operates as a heat pump, and can suffer from similar malfunctions. One of these is the development of excess ice on the outdoor unit during the winter.
December 7th, 2015
We’ve spent the last few weeks discussing the importance of heating maintenance as well as providing other tips for preparing your home to handle the winter weather. There are plenty of steps you can take to properly winterize your home and stop drafts from leeching away the vital heat inside the rooms. But there’s one that you might not have considered, which is arranging to have your ductwork repaired.
December 1st, 2015
In 1864, Jules Verne published his third novel, following on the success of Five Weeks in a Balloon and The Adventures of Captain Hatteras. It’s a book that has important meaning for us today when it comes to comfort for our homes, believe it or not: Journey to the Center of the Earth.