Get Your Humidity in Balance with Your HVAC

As this winter comes to a close, ask yourself a question. Have you noticed any new squeaks in your hard wood floors? If the answer is yes, you probably have a humidity imbalance in your home. You may say that you don’t even notice the squeaks in your floors, but allow this problem to continue and selling your home may become very difficult. Taking actions now to prevent further damage is easy and affordable. Not taking action will leave you with a costly repair on your hands once the problem gets out of hand.

Keeping Humidity in Balance isn’t Easy

Keeping humidity and temperature in balance is not as easy as you may think. The furnace dries out the air in the home during the winter, and sometimes the air conditioner cannot keep up with high humidity that occurs during the summer. Your HVAC system needs a little help. When the air is allowed to dry out, the wood in your floors also dry out and shrink. The excess moisture in the summer will cause the wood to swell and over the years the wood will become brittle and warped. Keeping the humidity between 35 and 55 % and the temperature in the home between 60 and 80 degrees will prevent this from happening. Continue reading

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Exhaust Fan and Ventilation Performance

This chilly winter season is likely to be full of piping hot showers and home cooked meals to bring some warmth and comfort into our homes. However, if your exhaust fans and ventilation systems aren’t working their best, you may be inviting mold growth and nasty odors into your home as well. Now is the time to test these fans and to educate your family members about the importance of flipping that switch when they are cooking and showering. Not doing so could cost you big time.

Test Your Fan’s Strength

The exhaust fan and its ventilation system can be quite easily tested. You can use what we like to call the tissue test in order to determine whether or not your exhaust fan has sufficient power to remove moisture and bad odors. Simply hold a tissue up to the exhaust fan, and let go. If the tissue sticks to the grate protecting the motor, you probably have enough power. If not, you defiantly need to have this fan either replaced or repaired. The problem may not be with the fan itself, but the duct work that leads out the roof of the home may have an obstruction that is preventing the fan from doing its job. Continue reading

Humidity and Your Hard Wood Floors

In much of the United States, the summers are hot and moist and the winters are cold and dry. If this sounds like the climate you live in and you have hard wood floors in your home, you may have a problem. Excessive moisture and excessive dryness spell destruction for your hard wood floors, and if you invested all of that money in a floor, you are going to want to preserve it for as long as possible. That means getting a humidifier for the winter and finding a way to dehumidify the home in the summer months.

Dehumidification of the Home

  High summer humidity can get in between the grooves in your wood floors and wreak havoc! Vinyl wood floors are especially vulnerable to moisture. Fiberboard is not very moisture resistant and will easily warp over the years if the humidity in the home cannot be controlled. Dehumidification can be attained in one of two ways. If you operate a central air conditioning unit in the home, this will effectively remove excess moisture if used consistently. If you don’t have one of these systems, consider installing a dehumidifier and a whole house ventilation fan. The ventilation fan will keep good circulation in the home and the dehumidifier will help you compensate for those days when the humidity level is out of control! Continue reading

Fall Air Quality Overhaul

With the recent weather changes and the changing colors of the trees, we have officially entered the fall allergy season. If you suffer with allergies during this season, the last thing you want to do is be cooped up inside with a bunch of irritants, but what choice do we have? We stay inside our homes because of the falling temperatures and rainy fall weather, but being locked up inside our homes should cause us to place even more importance on filtering our indoor air.

Improving Allergies

By adding a media or electronic air filter to your home HVAC system you are able to filter out contaminates like dust, pollens and mold spores along with other allergens that cause us discomfort. This therefore improves the overall air quality in the home. Additionally this filtering of the air helps to keep your heating equipment clean and functioning at peak performance. This increased level of performance reduces energy costs and could contribute to saving you money on your energy bills. Continue reading

Have You Considered Installing a Humidifier?

If you have a humidifier connected to your furnace or are planning to have one installed here are a few things you should know. The purpose of the humidifier is to add moisture to the air that is circulating throughout your home thru the duct system.  This helps to eliminate dry air in your home during the fall and winter seasons. With one of these systems in place, you will have air circulating in the home that will decrease the frequency of dry-skin and sore-throats caused by dry air. Installing a humidifier will help with your dry sinuses while helping you to save energy at the same time. Running your humidifier will create moist air which holds heat.  This will leave you feeling more comfortable and will allow you to lower your normal heat setting. 

Don’t Choke on Dry Air

If you already have a humidifier installed in your home this would be the time to change the filter if you haven’t already.  The humidifier pad, or filter, should be replaced once a year before the heating season begins. Not doing so will leave the humidifier vulnerable to mold growth and leaks, but at the very least, you won’t get the same moisture benefits that you have in the past because of the dirty filter. You are going to have the furnace cleaned anyways, so why not have your serviceman change the humidifier filter too! Don’t let your home become as dry as a desert this winter and get your humidifier ready for the season now!