Finding the Right Balance Between Heating and Humidity

Finding the Right Balance Between Heating and HumidityThe amount of humidity in the air fluctuates with the seasons. Winter air is always drier because cold air holds less moisture than warm air, and running your heating system dries out your indoor air even further. When the moisture level falls too low, it can start to negatively impact your household and your family’s comfort and health. To strike a balance during heating season, humidity should be kept in the 30–50 percent range.

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Controlling Dust Throughout Your House

YControlling Dust Throughout Your Houseou can’t blame open windows for that coating of dust inside your home during the winter, which does make it easier to find effective ways for controlling dust that will work year-round. Household dust is a mixture of lint, dead skin cells, animal dander, pollen, dirt and decaying paper. Worse because you can’t see them are the dust mites and their waste that are common triggers for allergies and asthma.

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Considering Improving IAQ by Using UV Lights? Here’s What You Need to Know

Considering Improving IAQ by Using UV Lights? Here's What You Need to KnowThe typical American residence, no matter how clean the surfaces, is full of airborne pollutants that can aggravate asthma, trigger allergies and cause a host of other respiratory problems. Among those pollutants: mold spores, pollen, pet dander, insect particles, fungus, bacteria and viruses.

Mechanical air filtration, which is achieved best by using a good quality, pleated air filter in the HVAC system, can help with some of these. But another helpful tactic to use against the microorganisms is UV lights.

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Which Areas of Your House Need the Most Ventilation?

Which Areas of Your House Need the Most Ventilation?While heating and air conditioning are essential in modern homes, a third element of home comfort and well-being sometimes gets shortchanged. That’s ventilation. Without an effective ventilating set-up in a home, over time the indoor air will get stale and dirty. The resulting poor indoor air quality not only creates discomfort, it’s also unhealthy.

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Here’s How You Know You’re Working With a Quality HVAC Company

Here's How You Know You're Working With a Quality HVAC CompanyWhen it’s time to call an HVAC company for maintenance, repairs or installation in your Middletown area home, you don’t want any doubts about the trustworthiness, experience and competence of the company. Technicians for the business will be working on heating or cooling systems that are essential to comfort in your home, as well as having a big effect on your household budget.

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Radiant Heating: Keeping You Warm From the Ground Up

Radiant Heating: Keeping You Warm From the Ground UpWith cold winter weather settling into the Middletown area, you’re probably using your heating system daily. The type of heating system you use and its efficiency largely determine how much you’re going to pay in monthly heating bills, and affects your home comfort experience in many ways. If you’re thinking of upgrading your heating system or undertaking new construction, read on to learn how a radiant heating system can benefit you.

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Pros and Cons of Water Source vs. Ground Source Heat

Pros and Cons of Water Source vs. Ground Source HeatNo other heating and cooling system provides as much energy efficiency as a geothermal heat pump (GHP) does. These systems use heat transfer with a ground or water source to extract or lose heat. Their efficiency is unmatched by any other kind of heat pump or combustion heating system.

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Are Space Heaters Risky for Your Safety?

Are Space Heaters Risky for Your Safety?These days, there’s a wide range of choices when you’re shopping for a space heater. They can be electrical or fuel-powered, and deliver heat through convection, conduction or radiant heating modes. Even among those three modes, the designs are surprisingly diverse.

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What Does the Smell Coming From the Furnace Mean?

YWhat Does the Smell Coming From the Furnace Mean?our furnace may produce a variety of odors as it runs through its first few cycles of the season, and other scents may become noticeable at any time during operation. What are these smells? It’s critical that you understand what each particular furnace smell says about your HVAC system. Immediate attention to issues may help prevent problems with furnace efficiency, mechanical breakdown and certain hazardous conditions that might crop up throughout the life of your system.

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HVAC Heating Season Lingo Defined

HVAC Heating Season Lingo DefinedWith heating season in full swing here in the Hudson Valley, the more knowledge you have about the equipment and systems that keep your home warm, the better you’ll be equipped to handle troubleshooting and maintenance, and the better prepared you’ll be to adopt energy-saving practices. Following are a few basic HVAC terms that should be helpful during our long heating season:

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