The new year arrived on the scene with a swift drop in temperature and snowfall. With the frigid temps, the air has become bone-dry leaving skin cracked, lips chapped, hands dry and hair full of static. There are many home accessories that Jennings Heating supplies for your comfort but, aside from heating and cooling, there is none more important than the whole house humidifier. With busy schedules, it’s easy to forget to do something as simple as turn on the humidifier when necessary, which is what makes the Aprilaire Model 600 humidifier so wonderful- it has an automatic outside temperature sensor that will turn on for the season without a reminder and also adjusts automatically to outside conditions!
There are many reasons to have a whole house humidifier installed, including the following:
• Low Relative Humidity can make you more susceptible to catching a cold and flu viruses have been linked to speedier progression and transmit ion in dry air.
• Cold dry air can also aggravate asthma
• Itchy eyes, dry skin and a sore throat can all be traced back to air that’s not properly humidified
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent feasting on delicious food and enjoying time with loved ones. Now that we’ve ushered in December, amidst the hanging of twinkling lights, sending cards and decorating the tree, we embrace the hopeful spirit of the Christmas season and all that it brings.
A recent holiday tradition for my family has been to visit a national treasure right here in our own backyard-Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. This sprawling 1900s estate is the nation’s 6th largest Historic Home open to the public. During the holiday season, the mansion is decorated with various Christmas themes and features a light show that is sure to make for a great evening with the family. Share some of your favorite holiday traditions with us on our Facebook page; we’d love to hear from you!
In all the busyness of the season, there are several “housekeeping” items that you won’t want to forget as they will help keep your house warm this winter: Continue reading →
Fall is certainly in the air-leaves are beginning to change, mornings are crisp and cool, and everywhere you go the flavors and colors of fall are bursting at the seams. The changing of seasons brings something new to enjoy, so be sure to get out with family and friends to take part in the festivities! Speaking of change, we have made some updates to our website that you may find interesting, including this month’s specials and coupons. When you get a chance, check them out here.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our customers, for letting us know how we are doing. Whenever I look at our employees and think of how long I have known these hard working individuals, I always remind them that they are the “Jennings Heating” that our customers see. This year you let us know that you saw great things as we received an A+ rating from both Angie’s List and Better Business Bureau. Thanks for your vote of confidence. We don’t often receive complaints, but when we do we take the opportunity to train and improve, so please continue to let us know how we’re doing.
Wow! This summer just seemed to fly by, and with the mild temps as of late it seems fall is eager to come on the scene.
The cooler weather has people thinking about the coming heating season and many are already calling us to have their heating equipment cleaned and checked to ensure it’s running properly before the first big drop in temperature. Remember to schedule your furnace tune-up soon to make sure you aren’t left out in the cold when the chill sets in!
We are proud to announce that Jennings Heating has won the coveted Angies List 2013 Super Service Award by maintaining an “A” rating with our customers and meeting strict standards of operational excellence thanks to our dedicated employees. Only one out of 20 companies are honored with this award and we would like to thank YOU for recognizing our efforts to guarantee your satisfaction! In addition, Jennings Heating continues to maintain an A+ Rating with The Better Business Bureau as your peace of mind is our goal.
“The Farmer’s Almanac” has predicted that this would be a cold winter and I must say I don’t know how they know these things, but they were right! These are some of the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in years. Continue reading →
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.
There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.
Protect yourself by inspecting your potential new home. If you identify problems, have the landlord or seller correct them before you move in, or even consider moving elsewhere.
Have professionals check the heating and cooling system, including humidifiers and vents. Have duct lining and insulation checked for growth.
Check for exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. If there are no vents, do the kitchen and bathrooms have at least one window apiece? Does the cooktop have a hood vented outside? Does the clothes dryer vent outside? Are all vents to the outside of the building, not into attics or crawlspaces?
Look for obvious mold growth throughout the house, including attics, basements, and crawlspaces, and around the foundation. See if there are many plants close to the house, particularly if they are damp and rotting. They are a potential source of biological pollutants. Downspouts from roof gutters should route water away from the building. Continue reading →
Before you give away the family pet or move, there are less drastic steps that can be taken to reduce potential problems. Properly cleaning and maintaining your home can help reduce the problem and may avoid interrupting your normal routine. People who have health problems such as asthma, or are allergic, may need to do this and more. Discuss this with your doctor.
Water in your home can come from many sources. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors. Showers or even cooking can add moisture to the air in your home. The amount of moisture that the air in your home can hold depends on the temperature of the air. As the temperature goes down, the air is able to hold less moisture. This is why, in cold weather, moisture condenses on cold surfaces (for example, drops of water form on the inside of a window). This moisture can encourage biological pollutants to grow. Continue reading →
There is no simple and cheap way to sample the air in your home to determine the level of all biological pollutants. Experts suggest that sampling for biological pollutants is not a useful problem-solving tool. Even if you had your home tested, it is almost impossible to know which biological pollutant(s) cause various symptoms or health problems. The amount of most biological substances required to cause disease is unknown and varies from one person to the next.
Does this make the problem sound hopeless? On the contrary, you can take several simple, practical actions to help remove sources of biological pollutants, to help get rid of pollutants, and to prevent their return.
Are you concerned about the effects on your health that may be related to biological pollutants in your home? Before you discuss your concerns with your doctor, you should know the answers to the following questions. This information can help the doctor determine whether your health problems may be related to biological pollution.
Does anyone in the family have frequent headaches, fevers, itchy watery eyes, a stuffy nose, dry throat, or a cough? Does anyone complain of feeling tired or dizzy all the time? Is anyone wheezing or having difficulties breathing on a regular basis?
Did these symptoms appear after you moved to a new or different home?
Do the symptoms disappear when you go to school or the office or go away on a trip, and return when you come back? Continue reading →