Whole-House Humidifiers Hydrate Air For Comfort and Savings in Rowan County, NC

In the winter, your North Carolina home is a lot like your body. It needs to stay properly hydrated.

Turning the temperature up will keep you warm, but it won’t increase your home’s humidity level. According to medical experts, many viruses thrive in low humidity, increasing the likelihood of catching colds, flu and upper respiratory ailments.

Whole-house steam humidifiers, like the ones available through a professional heating and air conditioning contractor like Stout Heating and Air Conditioning, deliver the perfect amount of moisture to your air providing key benefits for your home and family.

Preserve Health
A whole-house humidifier installed by a technician specializing in heating services can decrease the chance of upper respiratory problems. Humidity reduces the incidence of respiratory infections and speeds recovery from the common cold.

Enhance Comfort

When the air in your Rowan County, North Carolina area home becomes too dry, your body is robbed of precious moisture, leaving you and your family with dry, itchy skin, and dry nose and throat symptoms. A whole-house humidifier can help alleviate all of these uncomfortable symptoms and more.

Protect Possessions

Dry air pulls moisture from walls and hardwood floors which leads to damaging, unsightly cracks. Valuable furniture, artwork and electronics are also subject to the adverse effects of dry air. A whole-house humidifier can help protect your home and its contents by supplying the correct amount of moisture to your air.

Save Energy

From Salisbury to China Grove and Rockwell to Cleveland, most North Carolina homeowners turn up the thermostat when they feel cold. A whole-house humidifier allows you to feel warmer at lower thermostat settings, saving up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat, according to the EPA.

Why suffer through another North Carolina winter of dry indoor air? Increase your family’s level of comfort and protect your valuable furnishings by adding just the right amount of moisture with a whole-house steam humidifier.

For more information on the benefits of humidification systems from a trusted heating services expert, give Stout Heating and Air Conditioning a call.

Chase The Chill With Sure-Fire Home Heating Tips

The cold weather is beyond your control, but your family’s comfort doesn’t have to suffer when you take steps to create an indoor refuge that stays warm and cozy all season long. Here are some tips to keep the home fires burning bright.

  • Don’t let your heat slip away! To get the most efficiency out of your heating system, make sure there are no leaks or cracks where inside air can escape and outside air can creep in. Check to see that you have proper insulation everywhere and seal up all windows and doors as needed with weather stripping or caulking. Along with maximizing comfort inside your home, this will help reduce your energy bills because your system won’t have to work so hard to overcome the inside/outside air seepage.
  • Use your window shades and drapes to maximize heating benefits. Keep the drapes and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • Add humidity for winter warmth. It’s an often-overlooked comfort factor: Humid air feels warmer than dry air. Increasing the humidity of your home also helps you resist winter colds and moisturizes dry skin. Ask Stout Heating & Air Conditioning about a humidifier that works for your situation!
  • Keep your furnace air filter clean. A dirty or clogged filter can make your furnace work harder, which costs you more.
  • A high percentage of the heat escaping homes is lost through the attic. Close off any attic vents or fans during the winter and check on how well the attic is insulated. Stout’s technicians can help!
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.

Remember – you’re never left out in the cold with Stout Heating and Air Conditioning. We can repair or service any heater or furnace in Rowan County, North Carolina and our response times are among the fastest in the area.

When things aren’t as toasty as you’d like, our number one tip is this: Give a shout to Stout and let us chase the chill.

Check Your Furnace For Winter Fitness

In the months-long battle to beat winter’s big chill here in Rowan County, North Carolina, furnaces that have been neglected can be ill-equipped and even unsafe to heat your home. Fortunately, there are basic heating maintenance steps you can take to make sure your family stays safe and warm.

First, visually inspect the flue system of your furnace and water heater. The flue is the round galvanized pipe located on the top of your furnace that carries the unburned gas products and carbon monoxide to the outside of the home. The water heater usually ties into the furnace flue as well. Closely examine the pipe for holes or rust. Squeeze the round pipe and make sure you don’t have rust outs developing from the inside out.

Next, remove the top door to your furnace, take a flashlight and carefully look for rust build-up inside the burners and the heat exchanger. Look for any rusty metal and flakes of rusted particles. Carefully examine the condition of the burners looking for damage. If there is any rust in the heat exchanger or on the burners, it should be cleaned out.

Another basic heating maintenance test you can perform is to have someone turn the furnace on while you observe the burners lighting. They should all light smoothly and evenly without any whooshing sound or booming. Once the burners light, they should all burn blue with a slight yellow tip of the flame.

Some of these furnace maintenance steps can be tricky. If you’re uneasy about tackling them yourself, give Stout Heating and Air Conditioning a call. Checking Rowan County area residents’ furnaces for winter fitness is one of our specialties!

Keeping Your Central Heating & Cooling System In Tip-Top Shape – The Benefits Of A Precision Tune-Up

Keeping Your Central Heating & Cooling System In Tip-Top Shape – The Benefits Of A Precision Tune-Up

 Many homeowners overlook the importance of routine maintenance on their central air conditioning and heating systems.  We recommend having one of our highly-trained technicians perform a Precision Tune-Up at least once each year.  The spring months are the best time to request this service because the weather is typically mild, and our service department is not as busy as they are during the heat of summer.  Regular maintenance is one of the best investments you can make in your cooling equipment to help keep it running efficiently and without interruption. Even the best equipment can eventually experience problems if not maintained properly.

Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage and save you from costly future repairs, an annual tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. When your system is not maintained properly, its performance is reduced. This can cause higher electric bills, wasted energy and damage to components. Even if cool air is still flowing into your home, your system may require maintenance.  Unfortunately, cool air is not a reliable indicator of air conditioner health and performance.  Many things can go wrong before your system stops cooling.

Give us a call today to schedule a Precision Tune-Up for your central air conditioning and heating system.  We’ll ensure your home stays comfortable all year long, for many years to come.

 

If Your Heat Pump Is Showing Its Age, Replace It… Don’t Just Repair It

If Your Heat Pump Is Showing Its Age, Replace It… Don’t Just Repair It

If you have a heat pump that’s over ten years old, now’s the time to start thinking about replacing it, not simply repairing it. Why? Because today’s generation of heat pumps are so efficient, they can often pay for themselves through decreased utility bills.

Heat pumps usually last from 12 to 15 years, depending on their use. They begin to show their age when major components of the system, such as the motor or compressor, start making unusual noises. Usually at this time, the service calls begin adding up as well. It’s at this point that you’ll have to decide whether to repair the old system or replace it with a new one.

In the short run, replacing a major component costs less than replacing the entire system. In the long run, however, you may be missing an opportunity to greatly improve the overall efficiency of your system and save significant amounts of money in operating costs. In recent years, heat pump manufacturers like Trane have made dramatic progress in increasing the efficiency of their units. As a result, it may make more economic sense to invest the money spent on repairs in a new, more efficient unit that will immediately lower operating costs. Eventually, the more efficient unit should pay for itself. In the meantime, you’ll gain the added benefits of greater reliability and longer warranty protection.

When looking at a new system, remember that the efficiency of a heat pump is indicated by two ratings, one for heating and one for cooling. The heating rating is called the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF), and the cooling rating is called the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). In both cases, the higher the number, the greater the efficiency and the lower the operating costs.

In order to attain the rated efficiency of the new system, it’s important to replace both the outdoor unit (which includes the compressor) and the indoor unit (which includes the blower and evaporator) at the same time. Combining a new high efficiency outdoor unit with an old low efficiency indoor unit will probably not result in optimum performance. It’s also important to select the correct size unit for your home. After a thorough inspection, we can determine how much capacity is required to keep your home comfortable.

Following installation of the new system, we offer service contracts that cover periodic maintenance of equipment and, if needed, repairs. Ask us about these preventative maintenance programs that will help prolong the life of your investment.

The Cream of The Crop: Trane Comfort Specialist™ Dealers

The Cream of The Crop: Trane Comfort Specialist™ Dealers

All dealers are not created equal. So, always look for the Trane Comfort Specialist™ badge. It will indicate a Trane dealer committed to excellence in every aspect of his business. The Trane Comfort Specialist™ designation is not easy to come by. Dealers qualify for this honor on a yearly basis by meeting Trane’s strongest standards for professionalism and technological expertise. When it’s time to purchase a heating and air conditioning system, put your comfort in the hands of a Trane Comfort Specialist™ dealer.