Top Home Comfort Tips from Bartlett

Bartlett Heating and Air Conditioning has been providing the very best in home comfort products and services since 1978. Along the way, we have learned some of the best ways for Bartlett homeowners to keep their home comfortable no matter what the outdoor thermometer reads. Below are some of our favorite articles from the blog archives about home comfort.

Articles on How to Keep Your Home Comfortable

We have reached back deep into the blog archives to share some of our top blog posts on home comfort. Bartlett homeowners can use these tips to stay comfortable in every season:

Regularly Changing Your Filter is Important!

Indoor air quality is an important part of home comfort. Most homeowners know they should change their air filter regularly, but they may not know the reasons why. This short post explains why changing your air filter regularly is vital for maintaining a clean, healthy, and comfortable home environment year-round.

How Does My Humidifier Work?

Monitoring and controlling humidity in your home helps you maintain a more comfortable home climate. This short post explains a little bit more about how humidity can impact your home comfort and explains some ways to control humidity in your home. If you think you may need a dehumidifier in your home, contact us for more information.

What You Need to Know About Your Furnace and Carbon Monoxide

Did you know that an old or malfunctioning furnace can allow carbon monoxide to leak into your home? In order to maintain indoor air quality and keep your family safe, it is vital that you get routine furnace maintenance each year. To learn more, check out this post, which covers all that you need to know about carbon monoxide, its health impacts, and how you can prevent CO poisoning in your home.

5 Ways to Optimize Home Comfort

There are many aspects involved in keeping your home environment safe and comfortable for you and your family. The advice in this article will help you keep your home comfortable year-round. From making sure your home is clean and healthy to controlling your indoor climate, these tips will help you optimize your home comfort levels by creating a healthier, cleaner, and cozier home environment.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Home Comfortable During the Holidays

The holiday season is one of the most hectic but fun times of the year. Whether you’re hosting guests, throwing a party, or participating in other fun holiday activities, you can use these top tips for keeping your home comfortable for your family, friends, and other guests during the holiday season. As an added bonus, many of these tips will work no matter what time of the year it is!

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4 Tips for Keeping Your Home Comfortable During the Holidays

The holidays are full of exciting–and sometimes hectic—moments, many of which happen right within your home. With so much going on—parties, out of town guests arriving, and other holiday related activities—the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your home is comfy enough for you and your guests! Be sure to make this holiday season extra special by implementing these easy tips to keep your home comfortable.

Weather Proof Your Home

Before guests arrive, be sure to weather proof your home with simple upgrades, such as new weather stripping where needed. Add caulking to plug any leaks around windows, doors, and outlets on external walls. Also, use fabric draft blockers on the bottoms of your doors to prevent cold air from entering your home and warm air from seeping out.

This goes for larger areas too. If you have an attic, be sure that the attic is properly insulated and the door leading back into the home isn’t leaking any drafts. Any air-leaks around the edges can be sealed with weather-stripping, insulation, or a bit of caulk, depending on where the leak is. If your home has a fireplace, be sure to seal off the flue, which will help to keep the cold outside air from entering your home. Be sure this is done each time you are not actively using your fireplace to ensure that the warm air stays where you want it, rather than escaping out the chimney. If your fireplace runs on natural gas, be sure to turn off the pilot light when it’s not in use.

Don’t Heat Rooms that Aren’t in Use

This is a great tip for those times when you are hosting holiday parties and get-togethers. Of course you want to keep your guests comfortable, but you don’t want to break the bank! Since you’ll probably be isolating guests to only a few rooms, go ahead and close the heating vents to any rooms not in use. This includes any bedrooms, guest rooms, and storage areas. By concentrating the heat only on the areas you’ll be entertaining, you can easily cut down a bit on energy costs.

For Overnight Guests, Mind Your Thermostat

According to the National Sleep Foundation, an indoor temperature set to 65 ºF makes for the perfect sleeping atmosphere. During the nights when your guests sleep over, by setting your thermostat to a lower temperature, you can help keep them comfortable while saving on energy costs. It is estimated that by each degree you reduce your thermostat during the winter, you could save up to 4 to 5% in energy costs. Also, keep your guest’s rooms stocked with extra blankets in case they are sensitive to chills.

Don’t Forget Those Special Touches!

Keeping a cozy home during the holidays isn’t just about making sure your home’s temperature is comfortable. Pay attention to smaller details around your home and your guests will be forever grateful. For both drop in guests and those who stay overnight, be sure to keep a well-stocked kitchen. Have both coffee and tea available in the mornings, and fill your refrigerator with typical kitchen essentials, like milk, veggies, butter, eggs, cheese, and coffee creamer. Have a variety of “grab and go” type foods on hand, so that people can fill their bellies with little effort on either their or your part. Options such as well stocked fruit bowls on the counter, a few varieties of cereal, snack foods in the cupboard, and easy grab and go foods, such as yogurt, in the fridge are always a great choice.

Also, make sure your bathroom is inviting! Have hand soap, clean hand-towels, and a few air fresheners available for guests. For those who are staying overnight, offer them plenty of clean fluffy towels, some travel sized toiletries, and fresh clean linens to make their stay with you extra enjoyable.

If you need help ensuring that your HVAC system is up and running smoothly to keep you and your guests comfortable this holiday season, contact us today. Whether you just need a tune-up or a more complicated repair, we are ready to help you maintain home comfort.

 

 

Should I Consider an Electric Heater for My Home?

We are very money conscious these days and that is a good thing. With gas furnaces costing so much money to run each winter, people want to save money as much as they can. One way they come up to save money is buying electric heaters in hope of not using so much expensive gas. There are a few things to look at when considering the electric heaters. First, the heater costs around $300 to buy each one. You should then analyze how much it will cost to run that heater by using it for a month and not using it for a month. You then look at bills and compare. You might be better off by putting layers on or bumping up the temperatures a few degrees. Sometimes the electric heater can cost 50% more to heat a room than a gas furnace. The manufacturers say they have 100% efficiency but that is not true unless it is doing what it is intended to do. An electric heater might be nice for a small room to heat it easily but what about the rest of your home? You might have to buy a heater for each room in order to heat it to your liking. The gas furnace will have the air forced into each room evenly. Having to use multiple electric heaters to heat your home will get more expensive than just turning up your furnace. If you are still interested in the electric heater, start with one heater and use it one month, then don’t use it the next month to compare bills and decide what is right for you. Electric heaters are great if your gas furnace goes down as a temporary fix until your gas furnace is repaired. Call Bartlett Heating and Air for all your HVAC needs!

What You Need to Know About Your Furnace and Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer. It is colorless, odorless, and it cannot be seen, tasted or smelled. Carbon monoxide is emitted when any kind of fuel is being burnt since it’s a bi product of gas. It is poisonous to us because carbon monoxide binds to the red blood cells over oxygen and starves our body of oxygen. Below is a bit more information on preventing  carbon monoxide leaks in your home.

Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

There are many appliances in your home that create carbon monoxide. When these appliances  get old or are not maintained you have the risk of getting carbon monoxide poisoning. Gas and propane powered furnaces, wood-burning stoves, non-electric space heaters and gas or propane stoves and ovens all create carbon monoxide. Your car creates carbon monoxide too, and the levels can build to dangerous levels if you run your car in a closed place like your garage. Never run a generator in your home. They give off carbon monoxide and should not be in your home.

Your furnace is another big home appliance that you use often that can emit deadly amounts of carbon monoxide if not maintained. Your furnace’s heat exchanger can crack with old age and leak out the carbon monoxide that it should be keeping inside. This is why it is important for you to have your furnace cleaned and checked each fall.

How Carbon Monoxide Can Impact Your Health

Many people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, which is completely preventable with proper care. There are some early warning symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning that you can see. They are close to the flu symptoms of headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and more. If you start to feel any of these symptoms get to fresh air immediately and then to a doctor.

When caught early you can fix the issue easier. Infants, children, pets and elderly are much more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning. Long term exposure to carbon monoxide can lead to permanent neurological and circulatory system damage or even worse, death. Getting your appliances checked each year can prevent accidental poisoning.

How Bartlett Can Help

Bartlett Heating and Air can help you avoid carbon monoxide poisoning in your home through regular furnace maintenance. The first test Bartlett Heating and Air does is the carbon monoxide test. We then follow with a 28-point full inspection and cleaning.

Keeping up with routine furnace maintenance, cleaning, and inspection is one of the most important things you can do to keep your family safe each year. You should also have carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and make sure they always have working batteries.

Make sure your chimney and flue are free of blockage, which can leak carbon monoxide into your home, and get your furnace maintained every year by a professional like the ones at Bartlett Heating and Air. Contact us today!

Regularly Changing Your Filter is Important!

How often do you think about your HVAC filter? Some homeowners may not know, but you are supposed to change your HVAC filter each month. People either forget to change them because it is not on their mind or because they don’t feel like its important to do. However, failing to change your filters can have consequences.

Why Changing Your Air Filter Regularly is Important

There are a few good reasons to change your filter in the HVAC system each month, here’s a list of them:

  • The first reason to change your filter is because of potential airflow issues. When your filter gets clogged it reduces airflow and will make the fan motor struggle and work harder. This can cause early wear and tear on your system and it will raise your energy bills. This can also cause your fan to overheat and burnout.
  • Another reason to change your air filter is because dirty filters allow dirt to buildup in the system. This can make your coil dirty which can cause it to freeze up and leave you without AC. Blocked airflow reduces the systems ability to cool.
  • One last reason to change your filter is because you will have dirtier ducts and need to get them cleaned more often. The excess dirt will get blown through your ducts and sit inside until cleaned. This will also be circulating in your home.

Changing your filter is something that needs to be done monthly so put a reminder in your phone so you don’t forget. You can buy filters from Bartlett Heating and Air. Call us today with all your HVAC needs.

How Does My Dehumidifier Work?

Have you wondered how your dehumidifier works? A dehumidifier’s purpose is to decrease humidity in your home. Humidity can be best described as that muggy feeling you have on a warm day, almost like you’re swimming with no physical water around you. When you reach 100% relative humidity, the chance for rain increases.

How Humidity Impacts Home Comfort

When you are in increased humidity you are not as comfortable as you can be. Here are a few ways that humidity impacts your home comfort:

  • When the air in your home is too humid, your sweat cant evaporate because the air is already heavily saturated, leaving you more uncomfortable.
  • High humidity causes problems for people who have breathing issues such as asthma.
  • Excess humidity in your home makes a perfect breeding ground for mold which is dangerous for your breathing.
  • Termites and other pests love to make a humid home their own.

Controlling Humidity in Your Home

Your air conditioner acts partially as a dehumidifier when it is cooling your home. Air in a dehumidifier passes over a series of cooling coils (the evaporator) and then over a set of heating coils (the condenser). It gets sent back into the room as drier air removing humidity.

Ideal humidity at 90 degrees Fahrenheit is 31-41%. That is the ideal comfortable humidity for most people. Humidity of 42-52% starts to get uncomfortable for most people. Humidity of 52-60% is very humid and uncomfortable for most people. 62% and up is very uncomfortable.

Dehumidifiers help lessen the load on your air conditioner making your air conditioner last longer and you save money on your energy bills. Bartlett Heating and Air sells and installs dehumidifiers to make your home more comfortable so contact us today!