Temperatures are dropping here in the Oklahoma City area, which can only mean one thing: winter is right around the corner. As homeowners begin to use their heat more and more, we here at Comfort Incorporated want to ensure that your furnace runs safely all winter long. Simply follow the seven gas furnace safety tips below to keep your home not only warm, but also worry-free!
In our blog earlier this week, we talked about the negative effects that low humidity can have on your health and your home. If you want to have complete control over your home’s humidity levels, the best thing you can do is install a whole house humidifier. So how does a whole house humidifier work and what should homeowners know before installing one?
Humidity is often associated with the summertime, but it’s actually something that Oklahoma City area homeowners should be thinking about during the winter as well. During the heating season, humidity levels can get very low and cause all kinds of problems on your health and in your home. So let’s take a look at some of the most common effects of low humidity in your house during winter.
In its 2012 Energy IQ Test, Consumer Reports asked homeowners which home improvement they think will lower a household’s annual energy costs the most: upgrading windows, adding insulation to an attic, installing light-colored roof shingles or sealing air leaks, including leaky ducts. Do you think you can guess the correct answer?
With winter on the horizon, many Oklahoma City area homeowners are bracing themselves for a rise in their energy bills. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to keep your home warm and your heating bills from skyrocketing. Simply follow the nine tips below for how to winterize your home and your house will be ready to efficiently handle the coldest months of the year.
Although you might have missed out on the federal tax credits for HVAC systems that expired in 2011, tax credits are still available to Oklahoma City area homeowners for geothermal heat pumps. These tax credits provide a great financial incentive for installing one of the most efficient types of HVAC systems on the market. So let’s take a look at everything you’ll get when you take advantage of the federal geothermal heat pump tax credit.
Did you know that an air source heat pump can heat your home without using up any gas? That’s why installing one can lead to big savings on your fall and winter heating bills. But what happens when the temperature outside is too cold to effectively heat your home with a heat pump? A hybrid heating system is the perfect solution! So let’s take a look at what hybrid heating systems are and how they work to efficiently heat your Oklahoma City area home.
Fall is the time of year that we begin to transition from the cooling season to the heating season (sometimes in the same day!). As a result, it’s a good time of year to take a look at your HVAC system to see if there is any work that needs to be performed before winter hits. Although duct cleaning is not a task that needs to be done every year, there are a few reasons why fall is a good time to have it performed if your ducts have become excessively dirty.
If you compared your home to the human body, ductwork would represent the respiratory system. It is the path through which your HVAC system “inhales” air from around your home and “exhales” it back as conditioned air. If there is something wrong with the design of your ductwork, it can cause serious airflow (“breathing”) issues in your home. So let’s take a look at what good ductwork design looks like and what you can do if you suspect yours is poorly designed.
As anyone who suffers from allergies can attest, every season can bring on its own unique problems. Now that fall is in full swing, outdoor allergens like ragweed, pollen and mold might convince you to hide out indoors. Unfortunately, the air inside your home can be even more contaminated than the air outside! That’s why we wanted to give you some indoor air quality tips to help with your fall allergies.