3 Tips for Winter Comfort

January 5, 2015

 Lets stay comfortable this winter, with… 

Ceiling Fans
Warm air rises.  In the winter, operate your ceiling fans on low and in the clockwise direction.  This direction will blow the warm air down.  Make sure the speed is on low; you don’t want to get chilled from the air movement.  The higher the ceiling, the more warm air you’ll have trapped up there.  Don’t waste it, bring it down for comfort.
Added humidity in the winter is a good thing.  Dry air can cause dry, itchy, winter skin.  It also damages furniture and wood floors.  It causes the static shock generated when you walk across the carpet.  With the correct humidity level, you can turn down the thermostat a few degrees and still be comfortable.  As you learn in the winter, high humidity makes it hotter, so use this rule to your advantage in the winter.  Install a whole-home humidifier.  Keep the water panel clean and set the humidistat to at least 35% relative humidity.
Just the opposite of the summer months – go ahead and use your appliances during the day.  Run your dishwasher.  The steam that escapes will help warm the kitchen.  After you make dinner, open the oven door so the heat can escape into the kitchen.  This will also cool down the oven quicker and kick off the interior fan sooner and that saves energy.
If you’re in need of a whole-home humidifier in Kansas City, or furnace repair in Kansas City or one of our many serviced areas, don’t hesitate to give us a call to make an informed decision on what you and your family need this winter.

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