People in cold winter climates wouldn't trade their warmth-creating furnaces for piles of gold, but they do often suffer the effects of dry air in their homes. To combat dry indoor air during winter, many people use portable humidifiers or boil water on the stove to increase moisture.
A more efficient answer is installing a whole-house humidifier on your HVAC system. A whole-home unit precisely measures the humidity of the air indoors and out and then adds moisture throughout the home without demanding constant maintenance by the homeowner.
Few things are as comforting as walking into your home on a cold winter's day, only to be greeted by an wonderful blast of warm air. It's welcoming and inviting and can really make you feel so happy to be back at home. However, the warm air can sometimes come at a high cost, and you may be feeling the sting each month when your energy bills arrives. Although you may think you're going to have to brave it out in the cold because it's too expensive to heat your house, there are things you can do to make your energy expenses more affordable.
Summer is here, and you're probably already using your air conditioner. However, there are plenty of hot days left, so it's important to make sure your AC unit is working as efficiently as possible. Here's a look at the signs that your AC unit needs a summer tune-up – as well as some advice for carrying out that tune-up.
Signs Your AC Needs a Tune-Up
Your energy bills have gone up.
You wouldn't think buying a furnace filter would be complicated, but when you're standing in the hardware store aisle with 30 different filters to choose from, it can be hard to know what one's the right one for you. First, you'll want to ensure you have the right size. (Bring your old filter with you to make sure.) Then, you'll need to pick the right filter type. Here's a closer look at what each common type of filter really is – and the pros and cons to keep in mind as you shop.
Furnaces and heat pumps have both been used by families to keep homes warm for decades. Heat pumps became popular in the 1940s as a more efficient heating source. The older furnaces weren't as efficient. Making the choice would depend greatly on where you live. Mild winters could be effectively warmed by a heat pump whereas areas that have bitter winter climates would benefit from a furnace.
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