Winter weather’s dry and chilly air can wreak havoc on the sinuses and cause dry, itchy skin. Here are some benefits of using a humidifier to lessen the effects of winter’s chill.
Scented candles are very popular for the pleasant aromas and relaxing atmospheres they produce. You’ll often find at least one scented candle in a given home across the U.S. Unfortunately, there are some little known but very real indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns presented by certain scented candles. None of the issues are life-threatening, but it’s still a good idea be aware of said concerns, and keep them in mind as you liven up your home’s scent or pass out scented candles this holiday season.
We’re in the midst of winter, and although our Houston days are often warm enough that heating isn’t an issue, the nights can get a bit chilly, which means many of us are running our household heating system when the sun goes down. When you hear the heater kick on, the cost of that heat likely isn’t at the forefront of your mind – you just want it to work.
When it comes to heating systems though, what you’re not thinking about could be costing you more than you realize. While you keep your home warm this winter, keep these common heating mistakes in mind so you can avoid any unnecessary costs while keeping your home’s heating both warm and efficient.
Although snowfall in Houston is rare, the winter temperatures still dip low enough on average to cause many people to rely on their heater for the entirety of the season, which can result in sky-high energy bills. Don’t let high energy bills send a chill down your spine – check out our energy saving tips for winter.
A clanking furnace can certainly make for a fitful night of sleep, but it also indicates your HVAC system needs extra attention. Think of these sounds like symptoms. If you have a fever, you know you’re fighting off an illness; in the same way, these weird noises alert you to problems with your furnace’s inner workings.
HVAC issues are especially likely to surface in fall and winter in Houston. If you have a heat pump, it’s likely not used to working in reverse to heat your home, making previously unnoticed issues more likely to surface during our brief heating season. The same can be said for your furnace if you have one.
Fortunately for you, a seasoned professional can diagnose your HVAC system based on the noises your furnace or heat pump is making. Here are the most common sounds that indicate you have a furnace problem on your hands.
Leaks are a sure sign there’s a problem with the pipes in your home. Most homeowners know a leaky sink could cost them more than usual on their water bills and are eager to seek out repairs. So, why shouldn’t homeowners treat air leaks with the same urgency and care? If an air leak is left alone for long, it could result in significantly higher energy bills and decreased weather protection. Take control of your energy usage by finding your home’s air leaks and repairing them with these tips.