1.) Use a whole-home humidifier.
Do you hate static electricity? With it comes uncontrollable hair, dry skin, clothes sticking in the wrong places and that dreaded shock when you touch something. There is an easy solution to minimize these and more. Use a whole-home humidifier. Heated indoor air is very dry and needs to be humidified. Actually, one of the driest places on earth could be your home. I know…this sounds crazy, but the relative humidify of the Sahara Desert is 25%, Death Valley 23% and the average heated home registers 13-16% humidity level. Shocking huh? (Literally) By adding moisture to your home you will reduce the static electricity. A few other benefits to a whole-home humidifier include:
- Increased Comfort: Reduces dry throat and nose as well as itchy skin.
- Improved Well Being: Optimum humidity levels can help reduce the chance of upper-respiratory problems caused by dry air. Ask your doctor!
- Preservation: Proper humidification levels will protect against shrinkage and cracking in furniture, moldings and hardwood floors.
2.) Replace your batteries.
As time falls back on November 3rd don’t forget to replace batteries in your smoke detectors as well as your thermostat.
3.) Update your homes schedule.
Adjust your programmable thermostat with your daily schedule. By setting your thermostat from 72 degrees to 65 degrees for eight hours a day you can cut your heating bill by up to 10 percent according to the Department of Energy. This is easily done while everyone is away during the day or even at night with an extra blanket.
4.) Pleats are in!
If your furnace takes a 1” filter use the pleated type vs. the cheap fiberglass type. A fiberglass filter is only approximately 3-5% efficient, which means 95% or more of the dirt & dust, in the air, will pass through the filter into a furnace and ductwork. A pleated filter is more efficient & will need replaced more often, approximately every month, because it is catching more of the dirt & dust passing through the system. This keeps the furnace running efficiently and helps extend the life of the system.
5.) Tune up your furnace this season.
Schedule a maintenance check and diagnostic testing for your furnace. Many wait to the last minute and awake in the middle of the night to a freezing home. Not only is this an inconvenience for you, but added cost to repair after hours. Have a professional perform an inspection and tune up to ensure your family is cozy this winter. Subscribe (by clicking here) to our newsletter for specials, promotions and even coupons, or call 317. 243.3581 for your service questions or needs.