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Ways to Save Energy in Homes This Winter

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Are you looking for ways to save energy in your Woolwich Township area home this winter? We have a few tips and maintenance tasks that you can use to help save energy on heating your home. Even if you have a high-efficiency furnace, boiler, or heat pump, you could still be saving more money with these guidelines:

  • Consider Upgrading to Renewable Energy
    If you heat your home with electricity or gas, you could save a lot of money in the long run by switching to a renewable energy source, such as geothermal or solar. Heating with a geothermal heat pump can also save on the cost of hot water since these systems can be used to work with a water heater. If you live in an area that is not heavily shaded, consider installing solar panels to help reduce your energy consumption and lower your utility bills.
  • Install a Programmable Thermostat
    With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust temperatures automatically, and many of them are designed to work with multistage heat pumps and dual fuel systems. They are easy to use, and many come with humidity control settings for your whole-home humidifier. 
  • Schedule an Annual Inspections
    The general consensus among heating experts is that heating inspections should be scheduled once a year. You should also have your heating system tuned by a certified technician who is trained to check for any hidden problems, such as a cracked heat exchanger that could lead to carbon monoxide intrusion in the home. They will also test efficiency levels to ensure that your heating system is working properly. 
  • Switch to a Different Fuel
    If you use electric heat, you may want to think about switching to natural gas if it is available in your area. We can install gas piping for new heating systems, whether it’s a furnace or boiler. For homes with existing fireplaces or wood stoves, consider installing a high-efficiency gas furnace or boiler that can be vented through the chimney or vent pipe. As a professional for advice if you aren’t sure what type of fuel is more cost-effective for your home.

If you have questions about how to save energy or how to properly maintain your heater for better performance, call the Woolwich Township heating and home efficiency experts at SPS Mechanical for professional advice.

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Benefits of Installing a Whole-Home Humidifier

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Are you tired of dealing with dry skin and sinuses during the winter in your home in Woolwich Township? A whole-home humidifier could help alleviate some of these symptoms and improve indoor air quality. In the winter when the heater can dry out the air inside your home, having proper moisture control is essential. While a room humidifier only works in a certain area of your home, a whole-home humidifier works with your heating system to add moisture to your entire home. Here are some benefits of installing a whole-home humidifier to help you decide which one is right for you.

When the air is too dry inside the home, it can feel colder, which causes many homeowners to turn the thermostat up higher than necessary in the winter. In addition, the heater in the winter can sometimes dry out the air excessively, and worsen issues related to poor indoor air quality issues. If you have severe dry skin, sinus problems, and other respiratory issues, you may want to consider some type of whole-home humidifier.

Air that is too dry can also damage wood furnishings and floors, along with carpets, rugs, paintings, and other valuable items. Many people think that because room humidifiers are cheaper, they are the better choice and can do the trick just as well; however, this is not always the case. Room humidifiers can cause your heating and cooling system to work harder if there are not certain moisture control settings. Whole home humidifiers are sensitive pieces of equipment that can maintain the right amount of humidity in the home.

Another benefit is that proper moisture control can reduce the chances of mold or mildew growth inside your home. Compared to room humidifiers, whole-house systems add much more controlled amounts of moisture. They also are designed to work with many types of heating systems, including heat pumps, radiant heating, and much more.

Call the Woolwich Township heating experts at SPS Mechanical if you have further questions. We can help you select the right whole-home humidifier for your home and needs.

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