If you like winter, Michigan is the place to be. Grand Traverse County has beautiful scenery that is equally enjoyable in any season. However, it can be difficult to stay warm inside when the weather is in the single digits outside, especially if your home isn’t operating at maximum efficiency. Here are some heating tips to consider to make sure you will stay nice and warm this winter.
Consider a Condensing Furnace
When winter temperatures take a nosedive, your furnace doesn’t function as efficiently. When your furnace isn’t functioning at top efficiency, it means that your utility bills are likely to be higher than necessary. Consider a condensing furnace, which extracts 98 percent heat energy from fuel combustion. This highly efficient home heating method can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Add Moisture to the Air with a Humidifier
Residents of Northern Michigan often notice that their skin is painfully dry during the winter. The reason for this is because the heat is running non-stop and there is very little moisture indoors. You can minimize this uncomfortable problem – and keep your family healthier as well – by getting a humidifier. A humidifier is among the more often overlooked heating tips, but it will make your home more comfortable in the winter. It will also reduce the risk of electric shocks related to dryness.
Consider a Radiant Heating System
Although most think of home heating as a combination of forced air and baseboard vents, radiant heating systems have been around since ancient times. Radiant panels deliver heat to your floors and walls by one of three systems: electric, air-heated, or hydronic (liquid-based). Radiant heat can be more energy efficient than forced air, and has the benefits of providing more consistent heat and does not put as many allergens in the air.
With a little extra thought about your home heating, one of these heating tips is sure to help make your home warmer and more comfortable in even an exceptionally cold winter in Grand Traverse County. Call Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today for more information.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heating tips and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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