Archive for February, 2017

When people think of humidity, they usually think of muggy and dry outdoor air that makes you feel bogged down and sweaty. But not all humidity is bad; most people forget about the indoor humidity that plays a significant role in keeping our families comfortable. Our expert furnace technicians have seen all sorts of indoor air changes and humidity levels, but for your ideal comfort, they recommend maintaining between 25 and 40 percent humidity in your home.

Especially in the colder months, these humidity levels are more important than ever. Dry air in Haverhill can affect the respiratory system with dry mucous membranes, causing scratchy throats and noses. The drier the indoor air, the greater risk you have of catching a cold or receiving these breathing problems.

Here’s how dry air becomes a problem in the winter: the cold air cannot hold much water vapor, meaning that they colder the air is, the drier it is, too. When that cold, dry winter air leaks into your home from holes, air ducts or open doors becomes even drier from the heat of your furnace. All this results in low indoor humidity and uncomfortable levels of dryness. But it’s easier to maintain indoor humidity levels than one would think with a humidifier.

You would never know all the benefits that proper air humidification could provide you if you are never told. There are many benefits to proper humidification, such as:

  • Lowering the chance for static electricity and shocks within the home
  • Alleviating skin irritations and dry skin
  • Providing you with the best atmosphere for indoor plants
  • Ensuring that you don’t have to worry about damaging wood furniture, paint or flooring

By talking to our experts at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone at your regularly scheduled furnace maintenance, online in our appointment scheduler or by calling us at (978) 912-7677, you can ensure that you are receiving all these humidification benefits in your home. Live comfortably and healthily throughout the year, regardless of the season or dryness levels.

Winter always seems to last forever, but it’s important to check-up on the one pieces of equipment that keeps you comfortable and warm during the coldest parts of the year. If you read this blog regularly, you know that we can’t emphasis the importance of your furnace enough and could write about it forever. But if you are looking for a basic recap or a simple list of things to know, look no further. We’ve laid it all out for you:

  1. Know when to repair OR replace – many people spend a lot more money on their furnaces than they really need to, especially if your furnace is old. The older the furnace, the harder it is to maintain with annual service and keep running efficiently. Older models have different guidelines than modern furnace models and knowing these differences have be important in deciding whether to repair or replace your furnace.
  2. Furnace size is important – the size of your furnace directly correlates to the size of your home. Smaller furnaces won’t keep up with the cold of the winter if your home is larger in size, meaning that your home will not be as comfortable as it should be and that you will could spend too much money on your energy bills. Larger furnaces will most likely be overworked, causing unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment.
  3. Identify your AFUE – the best way to identify the efficiency rating of your furnace is through annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The higher the number, the great efficiency in your home. With the variety of furnace models and the improved technology over the years, most furnaces are identified at a rating of 95 and higher, ensuring that you remain comfortable all winter long.

Keeping your furnace running smoothly all winter long with service and maintenance can keep you worm during the coldest of days. In order to ensure the efficiency of your furnace for the remainder of the winter, or if you have any questions about what your specific furnace features or needs, give our experts a call at (978) 912-7677 or set up an appointment online.