In the winter, when the outdoor air gets drier and you’re running the heating system, an air humidifier can make your living environment more comfortable by adding much-needed moisture to the air supply. You might not think it, but humidifying your home can be beneficial in the summer as well, when the air conditioner or heat pump is running non-stop to keep the space comfortably cool.
The Connection Between Home Cooling and Humidity
Your cooling system draws heat out of your indoor air, but at the same time, it also dehumidifies the air. If you have an efficient A/C that’s running almost continuously, it can dehumidify your home to the point where the air moisture level falls too low. In this situation, having a whole-home humidifier installed on the HVAC system can be beneficial, because it allows you to set a certain humidity level at the thermostat so extra moisture can be dispersed in your conditioned air whenever it’s needed.
Using an air humidifier in the summer can also help you:
If you were asked to name a seasonal plumbing problem, you might say frozen pipes in the wintertime. Summer plumbing problems can make just as much mess, cause water damage to your home and elevate your household water bill as well. Here are some of the main plumbing issues to watch out for this summer:
The toilets in your bathrooms can get a lot of use if you have children who are out of school for the summer break. Since it’s not possible for monitor every bathroom visit and see what goes down the drain, it’s easy for the fixtures to get clogged by foreign objects or excessive toilet paper. Depending on what caused the clog, you can attempt to clear the blockage yourself with a plunger. If this doesn’t get the toilet unblocked, you may need professional help.
Cracked Hose Bib
If you neglected to drain and cover the hose bib last fall, it may have cracked during a winter freeze. You can avoid water waste and any damage from a leak in an exterior wall or around the foundation by checking the hose bib’s condition and replacing it if necessary.
Malfunctioning Sump Pump
Have you turned on the A/C system this spring only to find the old war horse is just not quite getting the job done? If your HVAC is more than 10 years old, it may have reached its projected life expectancy and be ready for replacement. Read on for information about how to know when your A/C is dying, and when it’s time to start shopping for a new one.
Signs the A/C Should Be Replaced
1. Age. As mentioned above, if the A/C is more than 10-15 years old, it may be worn out and ready for replacement. Although we know you want it to last as long as possible, you should be aware that modern air conditioners are much more efficient than those manufactured 10-15 years ago, and when you replace your old model, you’ll reap the benefits from lower utility bills.
2. No cold air. This could be an easily solvable condition, such as changing the air filter or cleaning the coils, but it might also be that the compressor is dying. It generally is not worthwhile to replace the compressor. When it dies, it’s time to replace the A/C.
Pool energy use is one reason why your electricity bills are higher in summer than they may have been in the winter. On an annual basis, residential pool owners pay about $500 more in energy costs than non-pool owners. The cost of electricity, in particular, is higher in summer when the pool is typically not heated.
Fortunately, energy expenses aren’t written in stone and you can take proactive steps to reduce them. Here are some proven measures to cut pool energy use this summer and the monthly operating costs that go with them:
Upgrade to a variable-speed pump. Circulating and filtering the 20,000 gallons of water in a typical residential pool uses a lot of electricity — particularly if you’re still operating an old-generation, single-speed pump. New variable-speed models run more continuously for better filtration yet the highly-efficient motor can use up to 75 percent less electricity. That translates into direct savings on energy costs all summer long. Put the pump on a timer. Many pool owners run the circulation pump far more hours per day than is actually required to sustain optimum water quality and clarity. This adds up to needless energy consumption and expense. A pool professional …
On June 22nd, we’ll be celebrating the contributions made by HVAC technicians everywhere. Why are we causing such a ruckus about HVAC Tech Day? The list of reasons would be quite long, but let’s take a look at three very important ones:
Technicians Improve Your Equipment’s Efficiency
Your household is always in a constant state of flux when it comes to energy usage. The equipment used to heat and cool your home is a huge part of this. Hiring a professional for maintenance of your HVAC systems on an annual basis will keep them running at optimal performance. Not only does this improve efficiency, but the equipment will last longer. And it’s not just about heating and cooling. Efficiency can be improved through new ductwork installation, the sealing of leaks, and much more.
Technicians Are Knowledgeable
The best way to keep your household running smoothly is to employ a technician who can walk you through any necessary upgrades or alterations necessary. An HVAC contractor can also provide you with tips on how to lower your energy usage, check for air leaks, improve your air quality, and a whole slew of other helpful tidbits to make your household the best it …