Americans learn more about energy savings each year and 2014 will be no exception. While homeowners in the U.S. are doing more than ever to seal their homes and conserve power, there is always room for a new tip. The average household spends $2,000 a year on energy bills, and more than half of that goes toward heating and cooling. Furthermore, Business Insider reports that the U.S. collectively wastes nearly $146 billion a year on utilities each year by not following best practices for reducing home energy costs.
5 Easy Tips for Increased Energy Savings
What many homeowners may not realize is that opportunities to reduce their power usage are present all around their houses, and while many of the new versions of household gadgets available in 2014 are more efficient than they used to be, homeowners need to do more to save money. For families looking for ways to save some more cash this summer, the U.S. Department of Energy offers these tips:
1. Install a programmable thermostat to keep cooling at a minimum when the family is out of the house.
2. Turn off the dish washers automatic or heated drying cycle.
3. Make sure all windows and doors are closed when the air conditioning is on.
4. Plug major electronics into a power strip and turn off the power strips when not in use. Many of these items, even newer TVs and computers, still use several watts of power in stand-by mode.
5. Air dry clothes outside on nice days instead of using the dryer.
Prevent Over-Cooling in 2014
Something else for homeowners to keep in mind this summer is that energy savings do not have to come at the cost of reduced comfort. While people tend to associate personal comfort as a direct correlation to temperature, the relative humidity of the air actually plays a larger role. As humidity levels rise inside the house, family members begin to feel sticky and sweaty, the uncomfortable feeling most often attributed to summer weather.
The common reaction to this feeling is to crank up the AC. The end result is a slight reduction in humidity and a significant reduction in temperature. Family members are no longer hot and sweaty, now theyre cold and clammy. Energy savings suffer as well because the AC must run more often.
Energy Savings and Whole-Home Dehumidification
The best solution to keep a house comfortable and efficient this summer is a whole-home dehumidifier along with air conditioning. As the relative humidity inside falls, the family will be more comfortable at a higher temperature, so the air conditioner will run less often. With a dehumidifier, homeowners have a more efficient way to be comfortable on hot and humid days.
You may be aware that dust mites are a major culprit of indoor allergies for people, what about pets?
You may be aware that dust mites are a major culprit of indoor allergies for people, but according to the Healthy Pets blog, dust mites could be making life agonizing for your pet as well. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/05/08/house-dust-mites.aspx
If you find that you have trouble sleeping in the summertime, look at this list of common culprits from the Huffington Post. If summer allergies are keeping you from getting a restful sleep, visit the Aprilaire website. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/27/summer-sleep_n_1549315.html#slide=1026576
Lounging in the sun and firing up the grill are both relaxing ways to enjoy the summer, but each requires precautions.
Lounging in the sun and firing up the grill are both relaxing ways to enjoy the summer, but each requires precautions. Remember to use a meat thermometer to make sure your BBQ is fully cooked and use plenty of sunscreen to ensure that your skin is not! See what else you should do to stay safe this summer with these reminders for the CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/media/subtopic/matte/pdf/CDCSummerSafety.pdf
Staying comfortable and healthy in the summer requires more than just lowering the temperature in your home. Air purity, freshness and humidity all play a role in the quality of your indoor air, which determines if your home is a relaxing and healthy environment during the dog days of summer.
Aprilaire provides solutions for each of these unique conditions that could be impacting your home. With our Total Comfort Solutions, you’ll come home each day to a house that’s comfortable, fresher and operating more efficiently than ever before. Learn more about whole-home comfort!
In summer, the days get longer, our skin gets sun kissed and outdoor activity is widespread. So much fun to be had by all, but the warm weather poses risks as well. Check out this quick list of summertime dangers and how to keep you and your family safe. http://realestate.msn.com/homeowners-13-summer-dangers-and-how-to-stay-safe
You may not realize it, but your body is pretty good at measuring humidity, according to The Weather Channel. When you’re outside, humidity levels can create a sticky, sweaty feeling. Inside, a poor balance of moisture in the air leads to coughing, sneezing or itching. In the basements of the Northern United States, increased humidity also creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Your nose will let you know about increased basement humidity when you’re hit with that musty smell.
Read the entire article to learn more about how the relative humidity of your indoor air impacts your comfort and health.
There are many different causes for a wet basement, but they all have the same result – costly repairs and damage.
There are many different causes for a wet basement, but they all have the same result – costly repairs and damage. While snow melt and rain storms are two culprits, another big contributor to a wet basement is humidity. Read this article from This Old House to learn more about leaky foundations. Visit Aprilaire.com to learn more about humidity control. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,220912,00.html
Without the proper humidity control, basements become susceptible to mold, mildew and the odors that accompany them. The excess moisture also damages tools, furniture, electronics and the other investments that make a basement a family's unique territory. It takes a short time for moisture buildup in a basement to noticeably impact air quality throughout the house, creating that "basement smell" and aggravating health conditions. The recent severe weather in the Midwest flooded the basement of Bill and Marilyn Johnson, a couple living in Ohio. With so much moisture left in their basement, they weren't sure how to dry it out.
Following Flood, Johnsons Give Dehumidifier a Try
The Johnsons discovered the benefits of a dehumidifier after their local HVAC dealer installed one to help mitigate the flood damage.
"A serviceman came out the next day and we discussed the storm," Marilyn said. "He suggested that we might look at an Aprilaire dehumidifier. In a short period of time we noticed a big difference in the air quality and it dried out the basement."
The Johnsons have continued to notice an improvement in their indoor-air quality as a result of using of a high-capacity dehumidifier. Marilyn said that controlling their basement humidity has reduced her asthma symptoms and visitors to their home are impressed by how fresh the air is.
"Also, the air conditioner is not running much at all," she said. "Our home is at 75 degrees with no humidity."
Couple is Proud to Own an American-Made Dehumidifier That's Built to Last
As the Johnsons discovered, a high-capacity dehumidifier is an investment that pays for itself as homeowners reap the rewards of improved efficiency, capacity and protection.
- Low-cost operation – High-capacity units are able to run much more efficiently, and that saves money on the utility bill! In testing, it cost as little as $.27 per day to run an Aprilaire dehumidifier versus retail models that were tested, which cost from $.85 to $1.27 per day to operate. This lead to a seasonal savings of $177.60!
- Improved comfort – With proper humidification, homeowners are less likely to over-cool their homes and can set the thermostat at a higher and more comfortable temperature.
- Energy efficiency – High-capacity units are more efficient than the leading portable units.
"The best thing about Aprilaire dehumidifiers is that they are built in the U.S.A.!" said Marilyn.
About Aprilaire: We have been a brand leader in indoor air quality for more than 60 years, delivering a wide range of whole-home systems that improve comfort, health and energy efficiency .Our brand products are sold through and installed by HVAC contractors across the United States and Canada. Visit Aprilaire.com to learn more about whole-home air cleaners and total comfort solutions to air purity, humidity, freshness and temperature.
It’s no secret that your pets are just as sensitive to the weather as you are. However, since your furry friends can’t tell you when it’s too hot, it’s important to take certain precautions to make sure your dog doesn’t overheat this summer.
Dogs love to be outside just as much as their owners. Dog trainer Cesar Millan tells us how you can keep your K-9 cool this summer and have fun at the same time. Read the full article to make sure they stay safe! http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-health/top-summer-tips
Summer is a great time to get fit and healthy outside while also having fun. This article from WebMD has some exciting ways you can stay in shape and enjoy the Great Outdoors. When you get home, Aprilaire can help you feel better inside: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/6-great-ways-to-get-fit-outdoors
Summers is a great time for upgrades around the house, but remember to think green when remodeling. Here is a quick article about green remodeling, how it is good for you, the environment and your pocket book. http://www.nwitimes.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/think-green-when-remodeling/article_61edd437-0e29-54c1-9d66-38de9418e407.html
While the mercury is rising across the country, it’s often the humidity levels that make the summer months tough to handle.
While the mercury is rising across the country, it’s often the humidity levels that make the summer months tough to handle. Learn more about how humidity impacts the comfort level in the home and how Aprilaire can help you control it.
How are you getting ready for summer? At Aprilaire, we are all set to help you “feel good inside” when you can't be outside. From air purification to humidity control find out what Aprilaire's Total Comfort solutions can do for you! http://www.aprilaire.com/total-comfort
Here are more than 50 handy, easy and maybe even fun ways to get organized and keep things in order around your house.
Here are more than 50 handy, easy and maybe even fun ways to get organized and keep things in order around your house. Which ones are you going to try?
Do you want to build your own thermostat and smoke alarm system? When it comes to keeping your family comfortable and safe, it’s best to leave it to the professionals, but if you’re curious, check out this story from life hacker. To get serious about whole-home comfort and control, visit the Aprilaire website.
Indoor air quality is a big deal; people are spending more and more time indoors. Aprilaire offers a full line of air purifying products that clean all the air in your home by using your central heating and air system. Below are 25 helpful tips from the American Lung Association to help reduce risk factors from poor indoor air quality. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/green-living/indoor-air-quality-47020101#slide-1
Dust mites don’t just look gross - they can actually make you and your family sick. There are many different types of airborne containments, along with dust mites, in every family’s home. These various microscopic particles aggravate respiratory conditions, induce allergic reactions and negatively impact an individual’s overall health.
Some Gross Facts About Dust Mites:
1. They do not bite, sting or burrow. The allergic reaction is to their body parts and fecal matter becoming airborne!
2. Dust mites hit their multiplying peak during warm, wet weather.
3. A typical used mattress may have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites inside!
How to Minimize the Dust Mite Population in Your Home
The three most important methods for reducing indoor air pollution are source removal, increased ventilation and air purification. Reducing the amount of contaminates that make their way indoors is a start, but no family can keep their house free of all the different types of invaders. Dust mites in particular are pesky intruders, and even with mattress and couch covers, continual cleaning and the removal of carpets, these microscopic bugs are still in the air.
Not all contaminates are created the same and neither are air purifiers. The most effective means of improving indoor air quality (IAQ) is a whole-home purifier that is installed as part of an HVAC system. Aprilaire’s purifiers trap and kill 98 percent of all airborne contaminants down to 1 micron, including the tiny – but unwelcome – household guests known as dust mites. With a whole-home purifier, you’re family is also protected against mold, fungi, pollen, spores and other particulates.
Dust Mites Don’t Hang Out in Just One Room
Unlike portable units, Aprilaire’s whole-home purifiers protect every room in the house and keep pollution levels much lower. Dust mites and viruses constantly move and float around, so portable purifiers that only work in the immediate vicinity are not up to the task in most single-family residences. To stand a fighting chance against dust mites, families need the whole-home solution.
No matter how loyal, obedient and friendly - man's best friend isn't always fun to be around. For animal lovers with dog allergies, the painful symptoms may be enough to keep them from owning their own pet. In other homes, visitors or select members of the family may find themselves very uncomfortable because of their dog allergies.
The EPA has named poor indoor air quality (IAQ) as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. This is not surprising when you consider that Americans spend the vast majority of their time indoors. And thanks to Fido's dander and numerous other forms of particulate matter, your home's air may be up to 100 times more polluted than that outside.
The three most important methods for reducing indoor air pollution are source removal, increased ventilation and air purification. Since source removal spells bad news for the family pet, people with asthma or dog allergies should focus on ventilation and purification.
Reducing Symptoms of Dog Allergies With Whole-Home Solutions
Keeping the dog in but the dander out with ventilation and purification systems that keep the home fresh and free of pollutants is the best way to reduce the symptoms of dog allergies. Aprilaire's whole-home solutions provide one of the easiest methods for coping with dog allergies. An Aprilaire air purifier is 40 times more efficient than a furnace filter alone and ventilation systems ensure that stale, polluted air doesn't remain inside.
To learn how you can keep dog allergies under control without saying goodbye to a beloved member of the family, visit www.aprilaire.com. Also, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.
For those who suffer from allergy symptoms, the severity and frequency can be hard to predict. The length of allergy flare can vary based on a number of different factors, such as the amount of precipitation, temperature and geographic location.
While many of the triggers of allergy symptoms originate outside, they quickly make their way in the home through an open window, on the fur of the family pet and by clinging to anyone who enters the house. Worse yet, some allergens build up naturally in the home and cause symptoms throughout the year.
Two members of the Cunningham family in Spokane, WA have dealt allergy symptoms their entire lives, and keeping their suffering at bay was a challenge. To improve her allergy symptoms and those of her son, Mrs. Cunningham purchased the Aprilaire Model 5000 air purifier.
“All my life, I’ve woken up every morning with congestion in my throat, I no longer have that,” Mrs. Cunningham said. “It only took two or three days to notice the symptoms were gone - this thing is amazing! We joke now, because when we start sneezing, we know it’s time to get a new filter.”
With warm weather arriving, sufferers of allergy symptoms are likely dreading a return or worsening of their agony. Many people may even be unaware how their allergy symptoms are truly affecting them. Other conditions not always thought of allergy symptoms, such as chronic dry eye or itchy skin, may occur year-round in response to dust mites and other indoor allergens.
Ensuring that the air is free of the majority of pollen, spores, grass, dust mites and other triggers of allergy symptoms is an overlooked way to mitigate symptoms inside the house. Like Mrs. Cunningham, anyone can enjoy a home that is more comfortable.
“I credit the air filter completely for the improvement in our indoor air quality,” she said. “The air constantly moves, keeping it clean and fresh, not to mention the fact that it just makes the whole house feel comfortable. I’m so glad I did this and if I ever have to buy a new house, you can bet I will buy another air purifier!”
For more information on whole-home air purification and improving indoor air quality to reduce allergy symptoms, visit http://www.aprilaire.com. Also, find Aprilaire on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.