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Last Posted: 23-Jan-2011 | Total Posts: 5


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Why a Whole Home Humidifier?

Austin Boyce - Sunday, January 23, 2011

Determining whether you need a home humidifier is easy. Your home should have a constant humidity level between 35 and 50 percent (a little more in summer, a little less in winter). Any time your home's humidity level drops below that, you'd be better off humidifying the air. Home humidifiers can have a big impact on everything from improving your health to saving you money.

The Benefits of a Humidifier
Most homeowners mistakenly think that the main benefit of a humidifier is to alleviate the minor health irritations (dry noses, throats, and skin) that are commonplace with dry air. While home humidifiers do help with these nuisances, they also perform a few other useful functions.

 

  • Home Humidifiers are Good for Your Health: Most people don't realize it, but dry air is actually the perfect breeding ground for many viruses that cause flu and cold symptoms. This factor is one of the primary reasons cold and flu seasons start about the same time that everyone's furnace starts working overtime. Maintaining an ideal humidity level in your home is a good preventative measure against getting the sniffles, or something worse, during the winter months.

     

     

  • Humidity Is Good for Your Home: When the humidity in a home drops, so does the moisture level of everything it's made out of, and everything in it. Doesn't sound like a big deal, until you realize that low humidity can cause wallpaper to peel, wood flooring to dry out, separate, and crack, and wood furniture to crack and split. That being the case, setting up a home humidifier can save you from some serious repair bills down the road.

     

     

  • Humidity Makes the Air Feel Warmer: A final reason to install home humidifiers is because dry air feels cooler than humidified air. This is largely due to the amount of moisture dry air wicks off your skin. Put 2 and 2 together, and you'll quickly realize that the warmer you feel, the less your furnace will be running. In other words, installing a home humidifier can also save you money on utility bills, since you won't set your thermostat as high when your home's humidity is maintained at an ideal level.

  • Lennox and Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval

    Austin Boyce - Sunday, October 31, 2010



    Anytime you invest in a new heating and cooling system for your home, reliability becomes a top priority. You want to make sure your system works the way it was designed to work, keeping your family comfortable throughout the year.

    Most Lennox Products carry the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

    The Good Housekeeping Seal is issued by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, product evaluation test laboratory of Good Housekeeping magazine. All Seal-bearing products are backed by the magazine's two-year limited warranty* for replacement or refund if defective. No other magazine in the world offers this kind of service to its readers.

    For a complete list of Lennox Products that carry the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval,
    Click Here.


    Recieve Up To a 30% on a New Lennox Solar System!

    Austin Boyce - Monday, June 14, 2010

    Save Up To 30% on a Solar Assisted System From Lennox!


    Save Money With an Efficient Air Conditioner!

    Austin Boyce - Monday, June 07, 2010



    Energy-Efficiency Tax Credit

    Save energy, save money!

    In February of 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which expands tax credits for homeowners who purchase certain energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment. These tax credits, totaling up to $1,500, are available on qualifying equipment purchased and installed between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010.

    Tax breaks bring big savings on high-efficiency products

    As a four-time winner of the ENERGY STAR® Manufacturing Partner of the Year award—and the first and only winner in the heating and cooling industry—Lennox offers a complete selection of high-efficiency home comfort systems that qualify for tax credits by meeting the minimum energy-efficiency ratings stipulated in the government’s economic stimulus bill.

    Replacing your home's heating and air conditioning system is a major decision. You have to think more than just about the initial purchase price and factor in how much your system is going to cost to operate and maintain year in and year out.

    Remember that the higher the efficiency rating, the greater the energy savings. The right system can give you better comfort at reduced operating costs.

    Read the EPA's Guide to Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling Here.

    Welcome

    Randell Guilbeau - Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    Welcome to Our Blog!

    Do you ever have problems eliminating odors in your home?  You may have tried to get rid of odors in your home by spraying air fresheners or lighting candles. The problem with these methods is that they only mask the odors, they don't get rid of them.  In fact, these methods may even cause further contamination of the home due to chemical ingredients.


    IMPROVE VENTILATION

    What causes the lingering odors? Sometimes, poor ventilation in a home causes unpleasant odors. Moisture condensation on walls or windows and stuffy air are signs of poor ventilation. A qualified service technician can inspect your home comfort system to determine if this is indeed the problem, and the technician can also inform you whether or not your equipment is working properly.

    PURIFY THE AIR

    Bacteria, dust mites, animal dander, cat saliva and mold may also be roots of your home's odor problem. You can reduce these odor-causing contaminants with a germicidal (UV) light, which inhibit the growth of biological contaminants, sterilizing surfaces in the HVAC system. Germicidal lights are designed to work with your home comfort system. Activated carbon and microbiocide-treated filters can also purify your home's air. Both the carbon and the microbiocide-treated filters remove odor and kill bacteria. The carbon filters are more effective at removing odor, and the microbiocide-treated filters trap bacteria as the air is pulled through, which inhibits biological contaminants from growing. Electronic air cleaners clean the air by taking re-circulated air and passing it through a pre-filter that traps large pollutants. Then, ionizing wires give a positive electrical charge to remaining particles. The particles are collected by a negatively charged collecting section. Pollutants pass through an optional carbon filter that absorbs unwanted odors. There are several everyday steps you can take to reduce the pollutants circulating in your home, including:

    1. Store household cleaners, paint solvents and chemical products in tightly sealed containers. If possible, keep them outdoors.

    2. Clean and vacuum at least once a week.

    3. Regularly wash bed linens and stuffed toys.

    4. Keep windows closed when pollen, pollution and humidity levels are high.

    5. Schedule an Indoor Air Quality test to evaluate the air in your home for dust, pollen, chemicals and other pollutants (data is evaluated by an independent testing agency).

    6. Make sure your home is properly ventilated. (Modern homes are well insulated and sealed to conserve energy, which means airborne pollutants have no way to escape).

    7. Keep humidity levels within a healthy, comfortable range to prevent growth of mold and mildew (25% - 55%).

    8. Avoid using scented deodorizers and odor-masking air fresheners, which may cause toxic chemicals.

    9. Have your HVAC system regularly inspected to make sure it is clean and in good operating condition.

    10. Choose furnishings that emit the smallest possible amount of chemical vapors.

    11. Do not allow smoking inside your home and make sure all gas appliances are properly vented.