4 Ways People Stayed Cool Before Air Conditioners

Have you ever wondered how people survived through the hot summer months without air conditioning? Surprisingly, people came up with some very resourceful ways to stay cool, which we still use today!    Continue reading

Tips to Stay Cool this Summer without Breaking the Bank

Did you know heating and cooling your house costs more money and uses more energy than any other system in your home? Your heating and cooling system makes up about 54% of your utility bill, according to energy.gov. That’s over half your bill spent on just one system in your home! Thankfully, no matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have there are simple ways to lower your bill and reduce environmental emissions. Continue reading

Four Benefits of a Dehumidifier

Have you ever walked into your house during the summer and started to feel sticky or clammy?  This could be a result of high humidity levels in your home. Luckily there is an easy solution to this problem. A dehumidifier! Below is a list of some of the benefits a dehumidifier can provide to your home. Continue reading

4 Ways to Reuse Your Dehumidifier Water

Although you cannot see it, you can feel Ohio’s high humidity in the summer. Thankfully you can control the humidity levels in your home with a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier collects the excess water vapor in damp rooms in your house. Using a dehumidifier will protect your furniture and walls from mold and mildew growing, as well as protect your health. Once the dehumidifier is full of water many of us just throw it out, but consider re-purposing the water in these four ways. Continue reading

Rid your Vents of Pollen and Dander

Now that spring is finally here, it might not be a bad idea to take some precautions and clean your vents of any residual pollen and dander from the previous seasons. If you’re going to be turning on your air conditioning soon, you’ll probably be glad you did—instead of blowing allergens all over your house. Plus, excessive dust costs you more by making your air conditioner work harder. Here are a few easy tips to keep the air circulating in your house as clean as possible.

Before you start, you may want to consider eye, mouth and nose protection to keep you safe from excessive dust and pollen.

First, turn off you air conditioner. For any baseboard vents, run a vacuum cleaner or crevice tool over. For wall and ceiling vents, if you have an extension for your vacuum cleaner, use it to suck up dirt and dust. If you don’t, use a duster to pick up what you can.

Now, remove the vent covers with a screwdriver for a bit more cleaning. You can soak the covers in hot water and soap then scrub with a toothbrush to make sure everything is spotless. While you’ve got the vent covers soaking, why not clean inside the ducts a bit. Use a duster to clean in as far as you can reach. When you’re finished, dry off your vent covers and fasten them back in place.

Don’t forget about ceiling fans! They usually have a nice collection of dust on top of their blades, which makes it easy to circulate pollen and dust.

If you want a more thorough cleaning to prepare your ventilation system of pollen and dander for spring, Atlas Butler, located in Columbus, Ohio, can help rid your house of unwanted dust, pollen, mold or mites, which might be hiding in your vents. We take pride in providing excellent customer service 24 hours a day 365 days per week. Give us a call at 1-800-FURNACE to schedule an appointment or visit our website for more information about our products and services.

Benefits of a Ductless Split-System

Summer is just around the corner and it is important to have a quality air conditioning system. A ductless split-system is an indoor unit consisting of a coil, fan, outdoor compressor unit and remote control without ductwork. It is great for homes lacking the essential ductwork of conventional heating and cooling systems. A ductless split-system provides flexibility for heating and cooling individual rooms at different temperatures. Ductless systems are easier to install, operate, are quieter and more cost efficient than central heating and HVAC systems. Continue reading

Why You Should Turn Down Your Thermostat

Turning down your thermostat can reduce your utility bill as well as decrease the use of carbon emissions. What you may not know is that by lowering the temperature just two to five degrees can also help you lose weight, provide a better night’s sleep, increase the life-span of large home appliances and improve plant life. Every one degree drop can reduce your utilities bill by 1 to 3 percent! Continue reading

Four Tips to Improve Air Quality in Your Home

“Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality in almost every case,” says William J. Calhoun, MD, professor of medicine and vice chair of the department of medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Thankfully, there are simple and cost efficient ways to improve the air quality in your home. Listed below are a few tips. Continue reading

Benefits of a Humidifier in the Winter

Ohio’s Low humidity during the winter months can negatively affect your health and home. Homes should have a constant humidity level between 30 to 50 percent, but heating systems may lower humidity levels by 5 to 10 percent in the winter. A humidifier will keep your home at a balanced humidity level. Listed below are some of the benefits of having a humidifier in your home. Continue reading