Tips for Making Your Home Comfortable and Functional In the Winter

Tips for Making Your Home Comfortable and Functional In the Winter
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    In the winter, the bitter cold leaves many homeowners thinking of ways to keep their homes warm and comfortable.

    There are actually quite a few options that people have for keeping their home and family warm but here are some basic tips to maximize home comfort and functionality this winter.

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Use a Humidifier

During the winter, dry air can make it difficult to breathe, especially for people with Asthma and other respiratory conditions. It can be hard to get a good night’s rest when the air is overly dry. It can also cause dry itchy skin and eyes. Low relative humidity also increases static electricity. This can cause discomfort and can damage computers and other electronic equipment. Moisture can be quickly added to a home with a humidifier. You can add a control the amount of moisture added to the air with a humidifier. This simple step can greatly improve winter home comfort.

Ensure that Your Home’s Heating System is in Good Shape

Make sure that your heating system will run smoothly all winter long by doing preventative maintenance. It may help identify potential problems and extend the life of your system. Have your heater or boiler checked and serviced by a licensed contractor, like those from One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating in West Pasco, at least once during the winter season. It is very important to replace or clean the furnace filter on forced hot air systems.

Changing your furnace air filter every month, especially during the winter months, when your HVAC unit gets the most use will ensure quality indoor air. Dirty air filters worsen the air quality and can exacerbate colds that occur frequently in the winter. If you have a chimney, then have it checked and serviced by a licensed contractor. It is important to remove creosote buildup from chimneys that service fireplaces and woodstoves.

Utilize Ceiling Fans

The use of ceiling fans in the winter can actually save you money on your heating bills. Heat rises so a large amount of heated air can collect in rooms with high ceilings before it can even be felt. In cold climates heater vents are typically put in the floor. This is the most effective way to heat a room because the air will rise. In a room with a high cathedral ceiling, the heat goes up to the highest part of the ceiling before the heater shuts off. This is a waste of energy and can be remedied by proper circulation.

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Set the ceiling fan’s switch on reverse or counterclockwise to cause an upward flow of air during the winter. Running your fan on low speed will force the heat accumulated at the ceiling down where it will eventually rise again. Circulating air in this manner provides more efficiency when heating a room. This shortens the time it takes for the heater to work and be a game changer for some rooms.

The steps above can improve level of comfort in your home in the winter, making this time more enjoyable. Your energy bills can be lowered and your home kept more comfortable during the winter with these simple suggestions. Doing even just one or two of these things can greatly improve your situation this winter.

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