Many new parents make the mistake of trying to keep a baby too warm. The fact is, babies don’t need tropical conditions in the nursery; research has revealed they are more comfortable and safer if you set the thermostat the same as for anyone else, between 68-72 degrees. If that seems too cool to you, read on and you will understand why it’s better not to raise the nursery temperature too high.
Research shows that the optimum temperature range to promote sleep for a baby is in the 65-70 degree range. It’s a good idea to have a thermometer in baby’s room so you can monitor the temperature, not letting it get too hot or too cold. It it seems too warm, crack a window open or turn on a fan, but do avoid keeping the baby in a draft.
Above all, don’t subscribe to the common misconception that a baby has to be as warm as it was in the womb. Actually, a too-hot room can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in babies from one to 12 months old. This condition occurs when babies can’t wake up when something goes wrong with …
A gas leak can be dangerous, even deadly, to you and your family. If you notice a sulfuric, rotten egg smell in your home, it’s important to get out immediately. But how can you prevent gas leaks from happening in the first place? Here are five preventative measures you can take.
1. Ensure proper installation.
Any technician who installs a gas-powered appliance in your home needs to be an accredited Gas Safe Register engineer. They are properly trained and certified to deal with gas lines safely and minimalize the risk of leaks.
2. Schedule an annual inspection.
Your annual HVAC inspection provides preventative maintenance on a number of fronts, including a chance for your HVAC technician to spot potential leaks and fix them before they become problems. If you have a gas stove or other gas appliances in your home, be sure to have them inspected regularly as well.
3. Have proper ventilation.
Any gas-powered appliance should have a vent nearby to eliminate carbon monoxide fumes. This vent should be kept clean and unobstructed at all times, to ensure that the gas doesn’t accumulate in your home.
4. Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors.
Airflow problems with your HVAC system can leave you dealing with discomforting issues like hot or cold spots, uneven temperatures in different rooms, and/or a drop in conditioned air output from the registers. What starts out as a gradual loss of comfort can escalate into a costly equipment breakdown or failure, so it’s vital to have the problem addressed. Here’s a look at some of the most common causes or airflow issues and what to do about them:
Obstructed Registers and Duct Openings
If you’ve closed some registers, or your return ducts are covered by furniture, drapes, throw rugs, toys or other items, it can cause temperature inconsistencies in different areas of your home and a damaging imbalance in system airflow. You can fix this by wiping down each vent cover and vacuuming out the duct openings, and then checking that your louvered registers are completely open and all supply and return vents are free from obstructions.
Clogged Air Filter
If you’ve neglected to change your system’s air filter and it’s become clogged by dust and debris, you’ll notice a drop in airflow at the registers. Restricted airflow can also increase your HVAC equipment’s workload and energy consumption, or even …
Why not make a resolution for saving money by increasing your home’s energy efficiency? Not only will it benefit your budget, but it will do good things for the planet, and create a more comfortable place for you as well.
Deal with the HVAC System Get your heating system serviced. Not only will it run more dependably, but it will also use less energy. If your system is covered by a warranty, annual service may be a requirement to keep it valid. Make it a point to check the air filter every month or two during the heating and cooling seasons. A clean air filter promotes energy efficiency, lowers energy costs, and prevents needless wear on the equipment. Replace your air conditioner during the offseason if you’re planning on buying a new system next summer. You may get discounts on the appliance as well as its installation by having the work done during the winter. Make Your Home More Efficient
The cooler months are a good time to deal with drafty windows and inadequate attic insulation. Check the window frames for any gaps and cracks that let air in or out and seal with caulk. The panes may also be …
Now that the new year is upon us, it’s time to start thinking about making resolutions – and keeping them, of course. But, this time of year isn’t just about eating healthier or saving up money for a vacation. If you really want to get the most out of 2019, here are a few HVAC resolutions that will benefit your entire household.
Schedule Annual Maintenance
Your heating and cooling systems should be checked by a qualified HVAC technician once per year to ensure their efficiency and extend their longevity. The beginning of 2019 is a perfect time to schedule an appointment and get it taken care of right away.
Install a Smart Thermostat
There’s a good chance that your home already has a programmable thermostat, but is it a smart model? Upgrading to a unit equipped with a wi-fi connection, among other advanced functionalities, can give you better control over your energy usage and help lower your utility bills.
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