5 Tips to Improve Your Heating Efficiency

With colder months quickly approaching, it’s important to think about how you are conserving heat in your home. Depending on your heating system, you might be spending more than you need to heat your home. Here are five tips that will help you keep your heating costs down.
1. Adjust your thermostat – This might be an obvious suggestion, but it’s very important. Setting your thermostat to as low as is comfortable can save you a lot of money on your heating bill. Also, consider lowering your thermostat when you know you will be away from home.
2. Seal leaks in your ducts – In a typical house, about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The best way to recognize leaks is an energy assessment, but you can do it yourself by making sure that the connections at vents and registers are well-sealed where they meet the floors. Then, seal air leaks using mastic sealant or metal tape and insulating all the ducts that you can access.
3. Eliminate drafts from windows and doors – You can use clear plastic film on the inside of your windows to insulate them better and make sure you add caulk or weather-stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
4. Maintenance your heating system regularly – Doing little things like getting your ducts cleaned and replacing your furnace filter or cleaning the flue vent for wood and pellet-burning heaters can go a long way towards saving money on your energy bill.
5. Consider purchasing a heat pumpHeat pumps keep you warm in the winter and cool in summer, and provide an energy-efficient alternative to traditional furnaces and air conditioners by using less energy resulting in a lower energy bill each month.
For any of your heating or cooling needs, contact us! We’re standing by 24/7 to help meet your needs.

8 Fun Facts about Air Conditioners

1. Did you ever wonder where the term “air conditioning” came from? In 1906, a North Carolina textile manufacturer came up with the phrase because the technology increased the quality and condition of the cloth being produced in his plant.

2. The development of modern air conditioning has allowed for advances in medical technology, longer human life expectancy, decrease in the spread of diseases that were once very common especially in warmer climates, dramatically increased employee productivity.

3. About 60% of U.S. homes are heated with gas fired forced air furnaces.

4. A thermistor is the resistor inside a thermostat that changes resistance as the temperature changes, prompting the thermostat to adjust accordingly.

5. Air conditioner sales took off in the 1950s. By 1953, more than one million room air conditioner units had been sold. 35 years later, in 1998, more than 6.2 million air conditioners / heat pumps were shipped to homes and businesses.

6. Old radiators were built from cast iron, which is 450 pounds per square foot. That’s some heavy heating.

7. Before air conditioning was common, many businesses and government offices took a summer vacation. Imaging our government working for 2 or 3 fewer months.

8. In the 1987 animated film “The Brave Little Toaster”, the late great Phil Hartman lent his voice to be a talking air conditioner who’s sick of being stuck in a wall.

If you need a new air conditioning unit or repair on your HVAC system, give us a call. We would love to help!

 

3 Ways to Naturally Purify Your Home Air

People spend close to 90 percent of their lives indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Based on this statistic, it is important to make sure the air you are breathing is clean and not full of toxins, mold or mildew. Below are a few ways to increase the quality of air you are breathing indoors.

Plants:

Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release clean oxygen. Some plants also purify the air. “House plants can purify and rejuvenate air within our houses and workplaces, safeguarding us all from any side effects connected with prevalent toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia, and also benzene,” according to a study completed by NASA to decide which plants are best for air purification.

The top five plants to clean air according to the study include:

• Areca palm

• Lady palm

• Bamboo palm

• Rubber plant

• Janet Craig dracaena

You can also place these plants in your home to purify the air.

Beeswax Candles:

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Regular paraffin candles are petroleum derived and can omit chemicals like benzene, toluene and soot into the air. These types of candles do more harm than good for indoor air quality and should be avoided. Pure Beeswax Candles, burn with almost no smoke or scent and purify the air by releasing negative ions into the air. These negative ions help remove toxins from the air. These candles are also beneficial to those with asthma or allergies and are effective at eliminating common allergens like dust and dander from the air. Beeswax candles also burn slower, so they last much longer.

Salt Lamps:

Salt lamps are made from Himalayan salt crystals and just like the beeswax candles; they release negative ions in to the air to keep it clean. They are also a beautiful light source. Bonus décor to you home!

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The Himalayan Natural Crystal Salt Lamp also works as an air purifier. When lit, the lamp emits negative ions that fight against positively charged particles that cause you to feel stuffy and sluggish. The lit salt crystal clears the air naturally of allergens like smoke, pet dander, pollens, and other air pollutants. It dilutes odors so that you can breathe easier. People with asthma often find it helpful in reducing their symptoms. You can keep the lamp lit for as long as you like to maintain this purifying effect.

These are all great ways to keep your indoor air clean, but it is also important to make sure your air filters and ventilation systems are clean. We proudly sell and install a wide selection of indoor air quality products using the latest technology, including air purification systems, air cleaners, filtration systems, humidity-control systems and ventilation systems. To learn more check out our indoor air quality products.

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