Every winter, somewhere in the Northeast, the power goes out as big storms move through. The causes can vary, from strong winds blowing down trees onto power lines, to ice storms that weigh down the lines and break them. Regardless of the reason, homeowners need to always be vigilant and ready for the worst that Nature can deliver — including a power outage.
Household dust can cause all sorts of problems around your home. Sniffling, sneezing and watery eyes are common side effects of people who suffer from allergies. Dust may also collect in your HVAC system and reduce heating and cooling efficiency. Moreover, how much extra house cleaning do you do all because of dust? Controlling dust is the solution to these problems, and following are some great tips!
Upgrading your heating system could be a matter of urgency, such as discovering a cracked heat exchanger. You may be motivated to lower your energy bills and improve your home comfort experience. Read on to learn more about these great reasons and other situations that you would benefit to upgrade this season.
If you feel like you’re constantly battling chapped lips and dry, itchy skin in the winter, you’re feeling the effects of dry air. Cold air naturally holds less moisture than warm air. Unfortunately, the effects of dry air don’t just stop at chapped skin. If you don’t have adequate humidity in your home, the dry air may be doing damage to your belongings and your pocketbook.
Whether you have a room that never seems to get warm or a family member who needs extra heat, home space heaters seem like a logical solution. Just put one in the room where you need additional heat and leave the rest of the house at the temperature you prefer.
This winter while you’re snug in your warm home, enjoying family and refreshment, a very real hazard could be developing on your roof – an ice dam. This phenomenon of cold, snowy weather can result in severe damage to your attic, walls, carpets and furniture. So what are ice dams anyway?
Central New Jersey gets mighty cold in the winter, and if your home isn’t sealed tight, you can expect to pay more for less comfort. Sealing air leaks is an easy DIY task that can be done in a weekend. Weatherizing windows is an ideal place to start tightening your home against the elements, since they account for a large portion of infiltrating air.
Under normal conditions, your furnace shouldn’t produce any odors. So, as a matter of home safety and heating efficiency, it’s important to determine the cause of the furnace smell. Here are some tips to help bring relief to your furnace and your nose!
Adding humidity to your home in the winter is one of the best-kept secrets for upping HVAC system efficiency, while eliminating irritating dry conditions that may affect your skin, nose, throat and eyes, as well as conditions such as asthma and allergies. And one of the best ways to produce more wintertime humidity is by installing a humidifier.
Most Central New Jersey homeowners don’t pay much attention to their home’s ductwork, especially when it comes to how long it’ll last. Contrary to popular belief, HVAC ducts won’t last forever — in fact, it’s not out of the ordinary for ducts to deteriorate within 10 to 15 years of regular use.