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Written by on February 20, 2018 in Great Dane HVAC Blog with 0 Comments
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What is comfort? Some of you may say it’s familiar surroundings, a hot cup of tea and a good book, or fresh sheets off the clothesline. Concepts and ideas about comfort differ widely from person to person, but one thing that is universal is the desire to control the temperature. Having the ability to make our homes feel comfortable and unique is the appeal that draws us home every day. A comfortable home is the number one mission for most humans, and The Insulation Man and Great Dane Heating & Cooling are both dedicated to helping the people of southeastern Michigan get that. Here are some of our tips to get you on the road to comfort.

Bring your insulation up to code

Insulation slows heat from leaving your house – the more insulation you have, the better.

Insulation is considered low hanging fruit because it is not only affordable but it will also lower your heating and cooling bills and will pay for itself over the years. You can add insulation to your walls, the attic, and even the foundation (crawl space or basement).  With new materials like spray foam on the market, consult with a professional on what material is right for you.

Air seal the drafts in your house

Drafts are the #1 cause of discomfort. Sealing up air leaks doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, it is the cheapest way to be comfortable and lower your utility bills. A little caulk and weather-stripping can go a long way toward being comfortable. Common areas for drafts are doors and windows, but your foundation can also be the culprit. The area where the foundation meets the floor, called the rim joist, is a common area for drafts. If air can get in, so can bugs and pollen, so air sealing can reduce the allergens and the bugs. Sealing up your house will provide a cleaner, more pure air that can help reduce irritated eyes, throat, and lungs.

Control the climate

When we talk about the weather, we typically refer to the temperature, humidity, and wind.  It’s going to be “hot and muggy” or “cold and windy,” but there is always that “real feel” that takes into consideration how it is actually going to feel. The comfort in your house is always going to be the “real feel,” so we have to control three things:

1.   Temperature
2.   Humidity

3.   Drafts

Temperature is the easiest to control; simply set your thermostat and let your furnace do the work. However, humidity is a little trickier.

As the temperature plummets below freezing and everything in the home seems to have static electricity, the humidity in the house is in constant flux. Taking showers, cooking, and simply breathing will add moisture to the air and the correct amount of moisture changes with the temperature. As the temperature outside lowers, so should your humidity. Too much moisture in your house and walls will start sweating (condensation), but too little moisture and your skin will start itching. Great Dane Heating & Cooling will be able to help you control the humidity and reach that perfect balance for comfort.

Once you get the climate dialed in, the lighting, textures, and décor in your home will have a whole new feel.

If you are concerned about your home’s comfort, The Insulation Man and Great Dane Heating & Cooling have got you covered!

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