As the temperature continues to drop in the winter, your heating system works harder to keep you and your family warm at home. Based on studies, heating a typical home accounts over 70% of household energy consumption, and this can go higher depending on the weather outside.
Yes, cranking up your system works in keeping you warm, but it’ll only increase your bill. For homeowners, there’s great value in figuring out ways to combat the cold without turning up the heat. Here are simple yet effective ways to do so.
Reflect the Heat
Unlike standard radiators,
radiator panels work by warming the air above the heater, which then rises and
displaces the cooler air above it. These radiator panels create an air current that
distributes hot air by reflecting the heat throughout the room. They are
relatively cheap and easy to install.
Check the Dampers
For most homes
in Orlando, FL, ductwork contains dampers to adjust airflow. Look for handles
and markings on your ductwork such as ‘summer’ and ‘winter.’ Be sure to set the
damper handle parallel to the duct line for maximum airflow and to have total
control of your room-by-room temperature. For assistance, feel free to contact us anytime.
Are you aware of
your ceiling fan modes? If not, the summer mode (forward) is to force air
downwards to create a cooling effect, while the winter mode (reverse) is to
help force warm air up and circulate it around a room.
Some fans have
remote control capability; however, others have a wall switch or a pull cord. Turn
on your fan and look directly up at the blades. Make sure they are rotating in
a clockwise direction.
Call in the Professionals
If you’re indeed serious about giving your home a complete overhaul and improve energy efficiency altogether, then you will need the help of a reliable and proficient contractor. At A-1 Heat & Air Conditioning, Inc., we take a holistic view and suggest measures appropriate to your home, budget, and offer estimates according to your needs. Schedule an appointment today; click here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January is the coldest month in Orlando, FL.
This is why homeowners try to find ways on how to maintain the level of
humidity indoors. During this season, when the humidity levels drop; everyone
becomes vulnerable to discomfort.
But, worry not! We have provided a list of
ways on how to increase your home’s humidity levels without going beyond your
means. Read on to learn more!
What’s the Ideal Humidity Level?
Humidity is the concentration of water
vapor that is present in the air. It’s generally invisible to the human eye,
but it can change the feel and comfort in a particular space. In the winter
months, the humidity may be lower than 40% relative humidity. Ideally, your
home’s humidity level for health and comfort should fall between 40 and 50%.
Practical Ways to Increase Humidity At
NASA, houseplants not only help purify the air but also add extra humidity in
the air. They continuously release moisture in the form of vapor from their
leaves and stems as long as you keep them watered. These greens promote a healthier
lifestyle and cleaner environment by eliminating indoor pollutant so that you
can enjoy improved and comfortable indoor air.
Line-Dry Your Clothes
Line-drying is not
just an activity during the summer. Hanging your clothes to dry indoors in
winter is an effective way to add some moisture to the air, thus helping you
save energy by skipping the dryer. Cut back on your utility expenses as you do
line-drying while keeping your home’s humidity at the right level.
Boil Water in The Kettle
Using your stove
to boil water is proven to release moisture in the air instantly—one low-cost
way to increase humidity and add warmth to your home. Next time, use a kettle for
boiling water instead of using the microwave.
you can even out a ceramic or metal bowl beside your floor register or heating
unit. Produced heat will slowly evaporate the water in the bowl into the air.
Install a Humidifier
A portable humidifier can help balance the humidity in a single room. But, if you’re experiencing considerably low humidity in your home, a whole-home humidifier is a more efficient option than a portable device. It preserves wood furniture, helps put moisture back into the air, and improves your defense against winter-related illnesses. Humidifiers also enhance the glow and softness of your skin.
Contact A-1 Heat & Air Conditioning, Inc. today for any concerns and questions that you might have about humidity. You can call us at (407) 290-9517. We’ll help you find the best comfort solution for your Orlando, FL home.