Ventilation and TemperatureBeyond simply causing discomfort, extreme temperatures can have health effects. In addition, controlled ventilation is vital for air quality – especially in heavily insulated buildings which may allow limited air exchange with the outside world. Poor ventilation can allow contaminants to remain trapped in common areas for unhealthy periods, and can reduce air quality.
HumidityToo low a humidity level can lead to things like eye irritation and dry skin or rashes. On the flip side, too high a humidity level can lead to water damage and mold problems in many areas, especially bathrooms and areas with frequent water. Reaching an optimal humidity level eliminates concerns on both ends.
Chemicals and GasMany air quality complaints come as a result of smell and eye irritation, and chemicals are some of the primary sources here. Specific chemical combination can lead to these side effects and more, and the health effects aren’t always totally known. In addition, gasses like radon occur naturally in some regions, and can diffuse into some buildings through soil. Radon has been linked with lung cancer.
Particles and MicrobesRanging from coarse to ultra-fine, microscopic particles in the air can affect air quality tremendously. They may come from outdoor pollution, or from some indoor forms of heating or cooking. Different but related are microbes, which refer to things like fungi and viruses. These can play a big role in the development and worsening of asthma or allergy symptoms, and can be a particularly large problem in damper areas or buildings.
Pets and PestsMany indoor pets and various pest infestations are known as primary causes of asthma and other respiratory issues. This will depend on individual climates. Want to learn more about air quality, or in need of AC repair or any of our other HVAC services? Speak to one of our expert technicians today.
Your furnace is over 15 years oldMost furnaces are expected to last about 18 years, if your furnace is nearing that or over it might be time to look into replacing it.
Your furnace makes strange noisesOld furnaces have a tendency to make strange popping, banging, and squealing sounds when they are nearing the end of their life. Another sign your furnace needs to be replaced is if your blower is turning on and off more frequently.
Health IssuesIf anyone in your family is moaning about everyday headaches, burning sensation in their eyes or nose; or even nausea it might be time to replace your furnace. Older furnaces can develop holes or crack in the heat exchanger, which can emit carbon monoxide gas into your home. This is a dangerous situation that should be addressed right away!
Dry or dusty houseYour heating system is not providing acceptable moisture or clean air in your home, another sign it is time to replace your heating system. Extreme dryness can affect the walls, furniture, and plants in your home. This excessive dryness can cause problems for you and your family as well if anyone is allergic to dues or pollen. So, when you see your walls starting to peel or your plants drooping over, it is probably time to get a new furnace.
Thermostat never keeps you comfortableAre some of your rooms too hot or too cold? Are you continually adjusting the thermostat to be comfortable? This may be due to your furnace no longer being able to distribute heat properly through your home, yet another sign that it may be old and faulty.
Your heating bill has increasedThis could be cause by a range of problems, but if you have had your furnace serviced by a reputable company and had your ducts sealed your energy bill should not noticeably increase. The extra money you are putting out into gas and electricity could easily go toward buying a new furnace. You shouldn’t rush into buying a new furnace if you are only experiencing one or two of these signs, add up the signs the more that pertain the more you should look into buying a new furnace from a heating company you trust.
1. Heavy CurtainsThe most important thing for homes in the winter is to keep all of the heat inside of the home. One way some of the heat escapes from your home is through your windows. You can reduce some of this heat loss by investing in heavy curtains for your windows. Keep them closed during the bitter cold, and open them up when the sun shines to let in additional heat.
2. Programmable ThermostatThe next important tip is to consider installing a programmable thermostat. Instead of hovering over your thermostat for long periods of time, you can set it and walk away. When you’re on vacation or at work, you can lower the temperature of your home and save more energy.
3. Ceiling FansNext, it’s essential to have ceiling fans in the largest rooms of your home. Make sure you set the blades to spin clockwise during the winter, so the heat circulates better within the room. Keeping the heat flowing throughout your rooms is a great way to give your heating system a break.
4. Landscaping ServicesFinally, landscaping services are another way to help control the amount of heat that stays inside of your home. Make sure your heating system is clear from extra growth of bushes or trees, so it can work more efficiently. Keep large tree branches and other growth away from vulnerable points of your home. You can feel cozy and warm all fall and winter if you make smart decisions about your home and its heating system. Be sure to recruit Airtime Heating and Cooling for all of your scheduled maintenance and repairs, so you can save even more money on your utility bill.
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