It’s not that anyone actually likes dust. But those with sensitive respiratory systems respond to it far more poorly than other people do. In fact, they might have a dust allergy. It kicks into gear after a round of vacuuming, sweeping and – yes – dusting. And the allergy signs of runny eyes, nose and sneezing pop up – or even move into asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says there are several things homeowners can do to reduce house dust allergens that are causing problems in your family. For example:
“Dust” is, by the way, a sort of all-encompassing term for a mixture of substances. Under the microscope, the composition could show dust mites, cockroaches and other pests, mold or pet dander. And any of these elements could cause an allergic response. But, of course, the dust in one house may be different from the dust in another.
If you’re concerned about the air in your home, we can help. We can conduct a simple indoor air quality analysis to give you the information you need to make good decisions for your family’s respiratory health.
Just let us hear from you and we’ll tell you lots more.
Hope you’ll take this thought with the optimism with which it is presented: “Nothing lasts forever.” There are lots of reasons why that’s a good thing. For example, do you really want to be placing your mobile calls on a phone the size of a man’s shoe (some seemed that large)? Do you want to be using a dial-up modem (if you know what that is) to check your email?
That’s what the march of time does. As technology improves, older stuff gets further and further behind. Outdated. Inefficient. Breaks down too often. Costs more to keep up than it does to replace.
We’ve all been there. And some of you may be in just that place with your home heating. So how do you know if you’re really there now? Well, when it’s time to replace your furnace, there are some signs you can look for. In particular:
Increasing Age/More Frequent Repairs – That speaks to the first point: nothing lasts forever. If you have a furnace 15 to 20 years or older, you’re facing a situation where you will need an increasing number of repairs. You’ll see this especially in the last two years of furnace life. Plus, as older models continue to age, their replacement parts will be harder to find – meaning, repair delays are another sign.
Higher Energy Bills – A furnace in its declining years will lose its efficiency, and you’ll see that in higher energy bills. In addition, since technology improves over time, the efficiency of these new systems is the best that’s ever been. So you’ll find you’re operating a piece of equipment that is far less energy efficient than the very high-efficiency models now available.
Inconsistent Comfort – Are some rooms too hot or too cold? Are you often adjusting the thermostat? The inability to stay comfortable is a sign that your furnace isn’t able to distribute air properly.
Strange Noises – Actually, this is a universal sign for almost any appliance or piece of equipment. If something doesn’t sound right, there’s probably a reason. Banging, popping and squealing noises, or a blower that turns on and off too frequently, are not the soothing, comforting background music for a cozy evening at home. Get it checked out.
As you keep your eye on frequency of repairs, cost of repairs, cost of energy bills and lack of consistent comfort, let us give you a big-picture look at your home’s energy use to help you in your decision.
Schedule your free energy audit today. Just call or email, and we’ll take care of you.
Calculating the cost of energy to run our homes seems like such a mystery at times. But what would you expect from an industry that issues something called a "Market Prices and Uncertainty Report"? That's one of the publications the federal government creates about the outlook for energy prices (though it's hard to imagine other business sectors touting "uncertainty" as if it's a given).
So what's ahead for natural gas prices this winter and how will it affect the homes around here that depend on this source for their cold-weather heating comfort?
Trying for an uncomplicated explanation here... basically, the cost to heat your home is going to be affected by how much natural gas folks "think" will get used (that's called a usage prediction). Plus, how much natural gas they "think" will be needed. That's called a demand forecast. Plus, what's available now (that's the inventory).
There's also a little factor called "speculation," which is when investors bet on the price energy will reach in the future. And you add to that one more unpredictable factor called "the weather."
That very frigid winter we "enjoyed" last time hit the inventories pretty heavily. Plus, Mideast unrest always causes concerns about oil exports. So there's much about energy costs that we cannot control. But here's the other side of the equation:
There's a LOT we can do about the energy efficiency of the systems that run your home, thus providing you savings on energy all season long.
If you'd like to learn how to beat the high natural gas prices, you can start with an analysis of the current energy usage in your home. We can do that for you free; just let us know you'd like to get that survey.
Replacing an old energy guzzler with a new, highly efficient model can save 20% over last year's energy usage - and that's just one of the perks ahead when you're ready to make a change. In fact, you'll find that a very generous trade-in allowance, super-long guarantees and extra convenient financing will make your upgrade decision very easy. Want to learn more? Just click this link: Get a energy survey analysis and see if a new system is your best bet for continued comfort.