How to Remove Unhealthy Dust From Your Home

Have you noticed lately that your home seems like it’s constantly filled with dust? Rather than sticking to your normal cleaning methods (which don’t seem to be working very well), adopt these dust removal tips.

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Dust & Vacuum
Dusting and vacuuming your home are two chores that everyone needs to complete at least once per week. While these tasks might seem simple enough, a lot of people surprisingly do them incorrectly. Dusting should be done first with an electromagnetic duster. Followed by vacuuming afterward to remove any dust on the floor that was previously scattered into the air from the duster.

Air Duct Cleaning
The ductwork within your home has the important job of channeling the air from your HVAC system to the air vents in each room. The air that travels through the air ducts contain small particles of dust. Over time this dust will build up within the ductwork, which can lower the indoor air quality of your home. The most efficient way to remove this dust is to hire a professional air duct cleaning company.

HVAC Maintenance
Your HVAC system should be serviced at least twice per year, once in the fall and once in the spring. This maintenance will show you if there are any parts that need repair or replacement, the technician can clean it if any dust is present, and a service will lower the risk of having it break down while it’s being used. Contact your local heating and cooling company to schedule a maintenance for you air conditioner this spring.

Having dust in your home is always going to happen, but there are things you can do to keep the levels at a minimum. When your HVAC system needs service, repair, or replacement, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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Ways to Protect Your Pets When It’s Cold

The winter months are a tough time to be a pet owner. Between walking the dog outside and letting the cat out, the cold temperatures can seriously affect your pets. In order to protect your pets from the bitter cold, here’s what you can do.

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No Outside
When the temperatures are nearing the freezing point, no animal should ever be left outside. Avoid tying up your dog on the back porch or letting your cat outside to roam free for a few hours. Even if your pets love the outdoors, wait until the weather warms up to let them get some fresh air. However, by all means, take your pet for a walk each day, just make sure it’s not for too long.

Outside Dangers
Let’s say you take your dog out for its daily walk — sure, no problem. Just be aware that the wind can significantly decrease temperatures past the freezing point. This can harm dogs and cats since they have nothing to protect their bare noses and paws. For smaller dogs or ones without a lot of fur, consider placing them inside of a doggie sweater or jacket. Make sure you also wipe their paws off before they enter the house because road salt can cause harm to their skin.

A Warm, Cozy Home
A lot of homeowners will lower their thermostat when they leave their home for the day. Avoid doing this if you leave your pets home alone. You’ll save money, but you can put your pet’s health at risk. You can lower the thermostat a few degrees thanks to their fur, but anything past that can put your pets’ health at risk.

If you wouldn’t keep yourself or your family in the freezing cold, why would you do the same to your pet? When you need to keep your HVAC system running efficiently to keep your family and pets comfortable, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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How Low Humidity Can Affect Your Health

Humidity levels rise and fall to different levels throughout the year. Throughout the winter and early spring, humidity levels are generally low, especially inside of the house when the heat is turned all the way up. Unfortunately, having low humidity levels within your home can bring about some negative side effects.

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Eyes
Being in an environment with low humidity will not only dry up the tears in your eyes, but also what’s in your reserves. Dry air can actually evaporate the tears that are sitting in your tear ducts. This will lead to dry, itchy, and irritated eyes that can make the simplest act of blinking tough to do.

Skin
When you’re forced to turn the heat up on those cold winter days, the moisture in the air will dry up along with the oils on your skin. This will lead to dry, cracked skin that will leave you with a constant feeling of itchiness. This constant feeling of always being itchy is know as the “winter itch.”

Dehydration
As the air gets drier, it will try pull moisture from the nearest available source. While you might notice your skin and eyes becoming increasingly dry, prolonged exposure can lead to dehydration. Dehydrated skin can become extremely sensitive which can trick you into thinking you’re colder than you really are. Thus causing you raise the heat even higher, leading to a continuation of this vicious cycle.

Living in a home with a low humidity level might prevent mold growth, but it can start to affect your body in a negative way. When your home’s humidity levels are too low, consider having your HVAC system serviced or replaced by the pros at Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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7 Different Ways to Heat Your Home

Heating your home is a necessity in the winter months (as well as for early spring). However, heating your home to your desired temperature can get quite expensive. If you’re looking to lower your monthly heating bills, learn to heat your home by other means.

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  1. Curtain Manipulation – Drawing your curtains during certain times of the day can help your home stay warm. During the day, draw your curtains to allow the sunlight to warm your house. However, at night you should draw the curtains back to trap the heat inside of your home.
  2. Rugs on Wood – For those with hardwood flooring, lay out area rugs throughout the house. These rugs will prevent warm air from escaping your home via the floorboards. Not to mention that rugs are a warmer surface to walk on than hardwood.
  3. Additional Insulation – A home without the proper amount of insulation will lose a considerable amount of heat. Have your home’s insulation inspected by professionals and add more where needed (especially in the attic).
  4. Draftstopper – Some doors in your home won’t perfectly fit their frames and a gap will exist between the bottom of the door and the floor. Rather than allowing warm air to escape through this gap, slide a draftstopper under here to close the gap.
  5. Ceiling Fan – Ceiling fans aren’t just meant to cool you down, they can also mix the cool air in a room with the warm air that’s risen to the top of the room. Simply reverse the rotation of your ceiling fan so it spins in a clockwise direction.
  6. Zone Heating – By utilizing the zone heating feature on your programmable or smart thermostat, you’ll be able to heat specific rooms in your home. This will result in a ton of savings as you won’t be heating the rooms that aren’t as lived in as much like the kitchen, living room, or master bedroom.
  7. Heating Service – HVAC systems can experience problems throughout their lifespan and should be repaired as soon as possible. In order for your heating system to work as efficiently as possible, annual tune-ups and the repairing of malfunctioning of parts is required. Doing both of these will lower your heating bills considerably.

Being able to heat your home shouldn’t put you into debt every time you go to pay your bills. When your home heating system needs repair, service, or replacement, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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How to Prep Your Home for a Winter Vacation

Who said vacations were only meant for the summertime? Whether you’re heading on vacation for a warmer climate or you just need a break from real life, sometimes you just need to get away. Before you leave for your winter vacation, make sure you properly prep your home.

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  1. Unplug – When you’re heading away for a few days (or longer), there’s no need to keep certain electrical devices plugged in. Pull the plug on devices such as your televisions, device chargers, computers, etc.
  2. Water Main – Nothing is worse than coming home from vacation to see your home flooded thanks to a plumbing accident. To avoid having one, head to your main water shutoff valve and turn it to the off position. Proceed to open each faucet in the house and allow them to drain and drip dry.
  3. Refrigerator Dump – What’s the sense in leaving perishable food in your refrigerator if no one is around to eat it? Before heading off, go through the food in your refrigerator and throw out (or freeze) what would otherwise spoil while you’re gone.
  4. Hot to Warm – You home’s hot water heater should be set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit no matter what. If yours is not, take the time to do that right now. Whether it’s already been set to this degree or not, go ahead and lower the setting a little more for the time being.
  5. Turn It Down – Turning the heat down when you’re not there is obvious, but refrain from turning it off altogether. Leaving your home without any heat can leave your plumbing pipes at risk of freezing and possibly bursting. Instead, set your thermostat into the mid-50s and rest easy knowing a lower energy bill is right around the corner!

You have your bags packed and the car is warming up, just make sure everything in your home is prepped before you hit the road. When you need an HVAC technician to take a look at your heating system before or after your vacation, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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