One thing everyone wants to avoid during the winter is a broken furnace. It is definitely unpleasant to be without heat for a long period of time during winter in Columbus, Ohio. If you do end up in need of a furnace repair, Atlas Butler will be glad to help and we’ll provide enough space heaters to keep you warm until we fix the furnace. However, if you have furnace troubles, you may be able to fix it yourself. This guide should be helpful for deciding what course of action to take if your oil furnace isn’t working properly.
Air leaks that bring in cold air through cracks in doors and windows can be annoying and detrimental to your home’s energy efficiency. Some air leaks, like attic air leaks, are more difficult to fix, but there are some easier ways to save money on your energy bill. Here are 7 easy solutions to fixing air leaks.
One of the simplest things you can do to ensure your heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, system is working in top shape is to change the air filter regularly. Since the HVAC is an appliance used year round, it is important to keep it running smoothly. Since it cools in the summer and heats in the winter, it weathers many elements to keep us comfortable, and the air filter takes the brunt of the force, collecting debris and pollution before entering our home heat and air vents.
One of the most comfortable appliances you can invest in this winter is a whole-house humidifier. The dry Ohio air is friendly to none, leaving skin red and dry, and a sore throat that undoubtedly wakes us every morning. Not having a sufficient amount of humidity in the house is a result of the reoccurring winter side effects. To fix the problem, a whole-house humidifier regulates the amount of moisture in the home while providing some relief to winter ailments, and a financial benefit as well.
However, there is little benefit if the whole-house humidifier isn’t in complete working order, so here are some tips to keeping your whole-house humidifier in top working shape this season.
Nearly everyone is concerned with energy efficiency nowadays. One huge factor of overall energy efficiency is home efficiency. People are concerned about their home energy efficiency because they want to minimize the cost of their heating bill and also minimize their impact on the environment. Sometimes difficult questions come up regarding home energy efficiency and there aren’t necessarily easy answers. However, we’ll do our best to answer some of these FAQs you might have about home energy efficiency.
A carbon monoxide detector is an inexpensive way to ensure your family is safe this winter, and all year long. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a fatal gas that is emitted from home appliances, and most commonly in winter time, from the natural wood burning fireplace. Since carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, there is no warning if the gas is leaking into the home. A carbon monoxide detector is similar to that of a fire alarm in size and functionality. It sounds an alarm if CO is detected; therefore giving a warning that evacuation is necessary until the problem is resolved.
So far, the winter in Columbus, Ohio has been pretty mild. We hope it stays that way, but it’s a good idea to be prepared for the intense cold in case it does come. One common household issue that can easily compromise the warmth of your home is air leaks. Air leaks let in cold and dry air from outside and make your heating units work harder. This causes your heating costs to go up. The weather hasn’t been too cold this winter so you might be ignoring the symptoms of air leaks, but don’t let these symptoms continue all winter.
With the winter season in full swing, there’s plenty of static cling and dry skin to go around, so it’s best to start preparing your home to brace for the harsh season ahead. One of the biggest complaints of winter is the constant dryness indoors which can lead to cold symptoms, dry skin and a constant dryness that eliminates any hope of a cozy winter day. Installing a whole-house humidifier is the cure for common winter heating ailments, with benefits including improved health, home efficiency and money savings.
In Columbus Ohio, the main season to worry about your indoor air quality is winter. The cold, dry air increases the likelihood of viruses transmitting, especially where you spend most of your time, at home. Washing your hands regularly and getting a flu shot are good tips to avoid getting sick, but there are also some HVAC tricks to improve your indoor air quality. One thing you should do is change your indoor air filter. Here are 3 reasons why:
It’s something we rarely think about, but the air we breathe has a significant impact on our health. The air you probably breathe the most is inside your home. If your home has poor indoor air quality, you are putting you and your family’s health at risk. During the winter, proper indoor air quality can be difficult to maintain. There are two threats to your indoor air quality that are most prevalent during the winter: carbon monoxide and dry air. You are probably aware of the danger of high carbon monoxide levels, but you might not know about the problems dry air can cause. Here are solutions to both of the problems.