Must-Know Tricks for Stopping Static Shocks

July 20, 2019

Each winter, static electricity takes up residence in your home and overstays its welcome. It causes your clothes to stick to your body, and it zaps you with unpleasant shocks. You may have resigned yourself to static electricity as a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be so. Making some adjustments around your home can greatly reduce the number of static shocks that you receive next winter. Winter’s Static Problem There’s a good reason that static electricity becomes a bigger problem in winter than during the rest of the year. Cold air is usually much drier than warm air. The lack of humidity in the air causes free electrons in the environment to settle on your clothing and your skin. This buildup of electrons is responsible for static cling and shocks. Humidity vs. Static Winter air is naturally dry, but you can change that fact inside your home. Humidifiers are specifically designed to adjust your indoor air to an appropriate humidity level. In general, homes are most comfortable when the relative humidity level is set to about 50%. Portable humidifiers adjust the humidity level in one room at a time. When you move the unit elsewhere, the static...

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Every Home Can Benefit From a Humidifier

February 18, 2019

Is low humidity a problem in your home? It is an issue for many homeowners, and there are a number of great reasons for every home to have a whole-house humidifier or room-based humidifiers installed. Lower Energy Costs in Houston has many clients throughout the region who want to lower their energy costs. We often recommend humidifiers as a tool that many people overlook. Relative humidity makes a difference in how you perceive temperature. With a proper humidity level, you can lower the thermostat at least several degrees and perhaps even more. That can make a significant difference over a season. Greater Comfort Your home will feel warmer at lower temperatures. A humidifier makes it easier to get to the desired temperature. The temperature throughout the home will feel more evenly distributed. In addition, humidification makes it easier to breathe and helps avoid dry skin and other winter-related inconveniences. Better Health It is not just about comfort; it is also about your health. A humidifier can make a big difference for people who suffer from allergies, asthma or other breathing issues. Doctors often recommend humidifiers for this very reason. Additionally, germs don’t flourish as well in the moist air, which...

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Is Low Humidity a Problem in Your Home?

January 6, 2019

If your family members don’t want to get near you during the wintertime because they are worried about getting a shock from static electricity, it’s just one of many signs that the humidity in your home is too low. Low humidity can cause minor health problems like chapped lips and dry skin and larger ones such as nosebleeds and coughing. It can also warp wood floorboards, create cracks in wood molding or furniture and more. In short, especially with the dry winter air in Rosenberg and surrounding areas, low humidity can be a definite aggravation. Why the Humidity Is Lower in Winter Warm air holds more moisture than cold, and that’s the basic reason why air is dryer in the winter than in the summer. The winter air that is coming in from outside the home is dry and cold, and even the warm air that the furnace creates is dry. The little moisture that exists is quickly absorbed, leaving you with an uncomfortable home, and you’re stuck with the same air because you can’t open up a door or window to recirculate air the way you can in the summer. Whole-House Humidifiers If low humidity is an issue in...

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3 Benefits of Routine AC Maintenance

September 20, 2018

Do you want your AC to break down on a sweltering day? We think not. This is one reason why routine maintenance is recommended. However, there are a few less obvious advantages to sticking to a maintenance schedule and taking time to address dirty filters and more. 1. Reduce the Potential for Air Conditioner Failure As mentioned above, not taking care of the various components of an air conditioner can put unnecessary stress on the system, making it work harder to keep you cool. Optimal functioning is ensured when all components are kept in good condition. If you have a car, you would get the oil and filter changed as suggested by the manufacturer to keep it in good working order. The same approach goes for your AC. Cleaning or replacing the air filter and checking on the condition of other easily observable components are recommended in order to help make sure your AC continues to perform as designed. 2. Get More Life from Your Air Conditioner When components are not maintained as intended, the entire system often has to work harder. This can lead to premature replacement of the complete unit or system. According to the U.S. Department of...

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