July is a hot month for Ohioans and it’s getting hard to beat the heat. Some days you have no choice but to crank the AC, but it doesn’t bode well for your utility bill at the end of the month! If you choose not to run the air conditioner, it can even feel like it’s hotter inside your home than it is outside. The main reason your home can feel this way is that the relative humidity can be much higher inside your home than outside. When your home is too humid it can feel much hotter than the actual temperature would suggest.
There are other reasons to want to manage the humidity in your home as well. Humidity that is too high or too low can be bad for your health and it can also have negative effects on the objects in your home. When you consider the potential hazards of humidity and how uncomfortable it can make your home, there are a lot of reasons to want to maintain the humidity in your home at a healthy level.
In the summer, humidity is at its highest and you want to keep it as low as possible. Running your air conditioner is one way to keep your home’s humidity in check, but there are cheaper options as well. These 12 tips will help you keep your home’s humidity down.
Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to wrap up your spring cleaning. As you go through your home and cross off items on your to-do list, don’t forget to checkup on your plumbing. Spring is a great time to make sure everything is working properly.
- Lower the water heater temperature. You might have cranked up the heat during winter, but by now the temperature should be set at 120oF. Lowering the water temperature can also save you money on utility bills by reducing your energy consumption.
- Check your sump pump. Pour a few buckets of water into the basin of your sump pump. Then wait for it to start and let the water flow before shutting off automatically. If it doesn’t behave properly then contact a plumber to figure out the problem.
- Check your gutters. Clean your gutters and downspouts of any debris and make sure the downspouts are attached properly and are facing away from your home. This is an important task because if your gutter is left neglected, it can cause damage to your home. Without a properly functioning gutter, water can build up around the foundation of your home and cause flooding.
- Look for leaks. Check your entire home for any leaking pipes. Look under the sinks, in the bathrooms, and outdoor faucets to make sure nothing is broken.
- Drain your water heater. Sediments deposited at the bottom of your water heater can cause corrosion and reduce the energy efficiency of the unit. Draining the water will flush away some of the sediments. Here’s a great article on how to drain your water heater.
For help crossing off any items on your spring plumbing to-do list, call your Columbus plumbing experts, Atlas Butler. You can reach us at 1-800-FURNACE any time, any day.
For more spring plumbing tips check out this article – http://www.homeharmonizing.com/2014/05/10/15-easy-plumbing-tips-for-the-spring-season/
As the seasons begin to change and it becomes colder, being well informed on how you can save money and save energy is imperative. Knowing where you can insulate your home is an easy way to help save energy and make your home more comfortable. Insulation works by trapping air pockets that moderate the migration of temperatures through walls, ceilings and floors, thus making them warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Without proper insulation and sealing, warm or cold air will leak out of your home, which wastes energy and forces your HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) systems to work harder than necessary. The same concept goes with cool air during the summer. When your insulation is working properly, the temperatures in your home will remain more constant so that your HVAC systems are not running as much.
The unpredictable weather of Ohio can make getting comfortable in your house difficult at times. The trouble is that there are so many factors that affect the comfort of your home. Fortunately, there are ways to control the main factors that affect your comfort.