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Prepping Your Home for the Upcoming Winter Season

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As the winter season approaches faster than many of us had hoped for, it becomes more critical to prepare your home and keep your mind at ease when the weather starts to turn. Many may not realize how much winter can impact your home, so taking the proper precautions will help to get you and your home ready for the winter season. It is very important to take care of your home's exterior and interior when preparing for the chilly weather. Who wants to worry about having to take on any home projects when it’s cold out? Our guess is, no one!

This article will walk you through what you should have in your home for winter and what to mark off of your checklist before the first snowfall.

Invest in a Smart Thermostat

After returning home from a long day at work on a cold winter afternoon, the last thing you want is to walk into a frigid house. If you’re wondering how you would be able to avoid that, we have the answer for you – smart thermostats! A smart thermostat can be controlled from your smartphone, so you’re able to turn your heat on and off with the tap of a finger. This makes it quick and easy to manage your home’s temperature while the system itself helps to save you money and energy.

If you don’t already have a smart thermostat and are considering one, making the choice sooner rather than later will add to a comfortable home and reduced utility bills. Installing this type of thermostat is something that should be done before winter hits in case any incidents occur, such as faulty wires or power outages. If you’re unfamiliar with thermostats and their installation, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning can help you install a smart thermostat for your home.

Check your Home’s Insulation

Before winter hits, creating a checklist of what needs to be done will also help you to get your home ready. One of the items on the checklist should be to check your home’s insulation during the summer or fall to allow you to find and resolve any problems that arise. Due to the temperature drop outside as winter progresses, ensuring your home is properly insulated will help keep your home warm. Your windows, siding, attic, and basement should all be insulated to avoid any cold air from entering your home.

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How to Prepare Your Home’s HVAC Equipment For Summer

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While the summer months might bring a break for most of us, it's the hardest-working time of year for your HVAC equipment's cooling components. To help keep your AC running all summer, we've compiled some easy tasks that every homeowner can do to prepare their air conditioner for summer. Ready to save money and feel more comfortable? Keep reading to learn how to get your AC ready for summer.

Why Do You Need to Prepare Your HVAC Equipment For Summer?

The last thing you want is your air conditioner to break down in the middle of a heat wave. If your air conditioner has been dormant for most of the year, you shouldn't expect it to work at total capacity with the flick of a switch.

Understanding how the average central air conditioning system works will help you make a summer preparation plan.

The cooling process starts inside the home with the evaporator. This part of the system absorbs heat, converts it to gas, and sends it to the compressor, located in its outdoor unit. The compressor and the condenser work together to cast away heat so the cooling properties can work effectively.

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Easy Ways to Treat Seasonal Allergies

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After a long, dark winter, many look forward to the warmer weather that spring promises. Unfortunately, the arrival of spring also means the arrival of seasonal allergies. Millions of Americans suffer from allergy symptoms caused by seasonal factors. The most common environmental factors that affect spring allergies include:

  • Dust
  • Tree and grass pollen
  • Mold

If you or a loved one suffer from seasonal allergies, poor indoor air quality can aggravate symptoms. So how can you release the hold seasonal allergies have on your life?

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Five Tips for Properly Disposing of an Old Air Filter

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Your home air filter is perhaps one of the most important parts of your HVAC system. So many of the issues that could cause your system to slow down or stop working entirely can be attributed, at least partially, to an old or clogged up air filter, so regularly changing your filter is an important part of home maintenance. However, once you change your air filter, your old furnace air filter may release dirt and debris back into the air in your home, which could lessen your indoor air quality.

This brings up a question that many people want to know the answer to: how should you properly dispose of an old air filter? Air filters have the benefit of being disposable in your regular trash, but what can you do to prevent all of the airborne debris trapped in the filter from escaping again as soon as you move it? Here are a few disposal tips you can follow.

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Can I Sleep On a Heating Pad?

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When you’re cold, it can be easy to turn to quick fixes. Heat therapy is one of the oldest forms of pain relief, and the invention of heating pads makes it easy to use heat anywhere you go. While modern heating pads feature built-in safety measures, it may surprise you to learn that sleeping on a heating pad can be dangerous.

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4 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Feel Cozy This Fall

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Changing leaves, scented candles, sweaters, and flannels? Fall has arrived! To celebrate what is undoubtedly the coziest season of the year, our team decided to share some of our favorite ways to create a comfortable atmosphere in your home.

Keep reading to learn our top four ways to make your home feel cozy this fall:

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