Humidity Levels

Manage Humidity Levels Through the Seasons

When the weather heats up, high humidity levels are often close behind. Seasonal humidity can affect indoor home comfort. Managing the humidity in your home during all seasons can make the time you spend there much more enjoyable.

People often describe summer to be heavy, sticky and muggy. While winter air can feel dry, crisp and bitter. These descriptions are related to the feel of the air due to the differing amounts of moisture present at different times of the year.

What is Humidity?

The amount of water vapor in the air around you. The optimum humidity in your home depends on your personal preferences, clothing, and level of physical activity.

How Does Humidity Change With the Seasons?

Summer Air: Warm, summer air “holds” more moisture, so the humidity is higher.

Winter Air: Cold, winter air contains less water, so the humidity is lower.

Extreme Humidity Creates Problems

Too much or too little moisture in the air can cause a variety of health threats and illnesses.

Humidity Levels
Excess Humidity Levels Sources

The optimum relative humidity range is 45% – 55%. At higher and lower levels of humidity, health threats and illnesses can increase. These include: bacteria, viruses, fungi, mites, respiratory infections, allergic rhinitis and asthma, chemical interactions, and ozone production.

Issues Caused by High or Low Humidity

Low Humidity

  • Dry & itchy skin
  • Susceptibility to colds and infection
  • Damage to wood furniture and floors

High Humidity

  • Mold growth
  • Muggy conditions
  • Sleep discomfort

How Can You Achieve the Ideal Home Humidity Levels for All Seasons?

In the Summer

  • Discontinue the use of humidifiers
  • Use air conditioning to remove moisture indoors
  • Use exhaust fans

In the Winter

  • Add live houseplants
  • Place water basins near your heating system
  • Add a whole house humidifier

Heating Repair

Heating Repair or Replace?

When you start to have issues with the heating system in your home, how do you know whether or not you should repair or replace your system? If you are having issues with your system that cannot be resolved, you may have no choice but to replace it. But if our Grogg’s heating repair technician tells you that you have a choice, you’ll have to make a decision. Let’s look at some of the benefits of both options:

Benefits Repairing Your Heating System

Heating Repair should cost you less then replacement, so you won’t have to pay out a large chunk of money over time. Keep in mind, though, that as your system starts to wear out you might start paying out more in repairs over time than you’d pay to replace the system entirely. However, with the right repairs and maintenance, you could extend the life of your heating system for years.

Benefits of Replacing Your Heating System

Older furnaces often lose efficiency as they age, especially if they haven’t been getting annual maintenance. With wear and tear, some parts stop working the way they should, and can put more strain on others nearby. New furnace models are much more efficient now, which means it requires less money to stay warm.

Not only will a new furnace save you money on your energy bill, but because they’re now so much smaller, they might actually save you some square footage.

So which one is right for you? Let our heating repair team help you decide. We won’t pressure you into paying for a system that you don’t need or that isn’t right for you. Instead, we’ll make sure you have a heating system that meets your needs and your budget, whether that is repairing your existing system or replacing it with something new. Give us a call today!

Gas Furnace Safety

Gas Furnace Safety – If you have a gas furnace, it is important to know that it may produce some carbon monoxide that is released outside your home through the furnace’s vent. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause flu-like symptoms, disorientation, confusion, and even death.

A clean, efficiently burning gas furnace produces very small amounts of carbon monoxide. While a dirty, inefficiently burning one can produce deadly amounts. Newer gas furnaces are equipped with many features that shut the furnace off when a problem is detected. Older furnaces may not have these safety devices.

  • Schedule your annual tune-up. One of the most important aspects of an annual furnace tune-up is that we check to make sure that your gas furnace running safely. We’ll look for any problems like a cracked heat exchanger or frayed wires that could lead to safety hazards in your home.
  • Test your carbon monoxide detectors. A carbon monoxide leak is one of the biggest safety threats that a malfunctioning furnace can pose to your home. That’s why it’s important to check that all of your home’s carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Test all of the detectors in your home and install a fresh pair of batteries in each unit.
  • Test your smoke alarms. Certain severe furnace problems can lead to fire hazards, which is why this is the time of year that you should also be checking your home’s smoke alarms. Test all of the smoke alarms in your home and install a fresh pair of batteries in each unit.
  • Keep the area around your furnace clean and unobstructed. You can help minimize the chance of fire hazards from your furnace by keeping the area around your system clear.
  • Change your air filter when it’s dirty. A dirty air filter will restrict airflow to your furnace. It will overwork your system and can potentially increase the risk of a carbon monoxide leak. A dirty filter will allow dirt to build up on your furnace’s components and  cause a number of  safety issues.
  • Never operate the furnace without the front-panel door properly in place. Doing so may create the risk of CO poisoning. Most forced-air furnaces have a safety switch that prevents furnace operation when the door to the blower compartment is not in place.
  • Do not close off more than 20 percent of the registers in your house. This can cause high resistance and unnecessary heat build-up in the furnace. In addition, vacuum dust, lint and animal hair from all registers.
  • Call Grogg’s Home Services if you suspect any problems. You don’t want to take any chances with a fuel-burning appliance like your furnace. That’s why it’s always best to be on the safe side and contact Grogg’s if you suspect that anything’s wrong with your system.