How to Humidify Your Home this Winter, and Why

Once the windows are closed and your heating system is on, you no doubt spend considerably more time indoors.  Enough so that, before long, you start experiencing certain annoying phenomena, such as dry skin, frizzy hair, a bloody nose here and there, not to mention the unmistakable zap from static electrical shock.

What do they have in common?  They’re all caused by dry indoor air. Which is exactly what heated indoor air does:  it saps the air around you of enough moisture to make things uncomfortable in their own distinct way.

Here’s how.  Warm air rises and, unless your home is well sealed, it continues rising through your ceilings, into the attic, and out through your roof.  Warm air can also escape vis wall switches and outlets, your chimney, windows and doors, and un-insulated outside facing walls.

Well, as warm air escapes, so does much of the moisture we put into our homes every day through cooking, showering, washing dishes, and all the rest.

Sure, you can solve the problem by making your home air tight, but that can cause other indoor air quality problems.  Which means the best way to humidify your home during the winter is with a whole-house humidifier from Eagle Service Company.

Once installed, it will work hand in glove with your heating system to keep you warm with exactly the right level of indoor relative humidity, a level you can set yourself and change at will.  Not only will your skin no longer dry out, etc., but moister air also will help prevent wood furniture, musical instruments, and doors from shrinking, warping, and cracking.

Plus, you’ll end up paying less to heat your home.  That’s because added humidity will help you feel warmer at the same temperature setting, and that leads to both energy and cash savings.

To learn more or request a free in-home air quality evaluation, contact Eagle Service Company today.

The Best Houseplants for Cleaner Indoor Air

blogIt’s that time of year again – more time spent indoors with the windows generally closed.  Not always the cheeriest of propositions, but it’s all part of the seasons changing.

Still, once the first signs of spring emerge, we tend to practically sprint our way to the backyard or front walk just to take in the warmth and let it embrace us.

Well, why wait for spring when you can bring some of nature indoors now with the right assortment of houseplants and, at the same time, enjoy cleaner indoor air.  For that, we all owe a debt of gratitude to NASA whose Clean Air Study conducted in the late 1980’s concluded that certain houseplants remove as much as 87% of indoor air pollutants within just 24 hours.

In addition to replacing carbon dioxide with clean oxygen, certain houseplants also can rid your home of such toxins as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

NASA’s research coincided with the discovery of “Sick building syndrome,” a term used to describe the symptoms of those suffering the ill effects of indoor air pollution.  Sick building syndrome itself was a direct result of new home and commercial building construction practices that created more tightly sealed spaces as a direct response to the energy crisis of the 1970’s.

In addition to outgassed chemicals from new building construction or remodeling, certain household cleaning products also contribute to indoor pollution by releasing

carcinogenic xylene, toluene, and ammonia into the air, especially from aerosols and sprays.

Which Houseplants Work Best?

According to Greatist.com, the following are the 9 best houseplant varieties for helping clean up your indoor air:

  1. Garden Mum
  2. Spider Plant
  3. Dracaena
  4. Ficus/Weeping Fig
  5. Peace Lily
  6. Boston Fern
  7. Snake Plant
  8. Bamboo Palm
  9. Aloe Vera

Another great thing about each of these is that they’re nearly impossible to kill, although we don’t recommend you make that part of your mission, just in case.

Here’s another way to clean up your indoor air:  with a whole-house air filtration system from Eagle Service Company.  The system is installed inside your ductwork and works in combination with your forced air heating and AC systems to filter out air pollutants before they can reach your living spaces.  For more information or a free in-home comfort analysis and new system quote, contact Eagle today.

Indoor Humidity Control in Birmingham & Homewood, AL

blogYou know the old saying: “Be careful what you wish for”?

Well, here in North Central Alabama, we spend a decent amount of time each year wishing for summer. But when it arrives, it is inevitably accompanied by high humidity levels. So what are we inclined to do? Yep, start complaining about the weather all over again.

At Eagle Service Company, we’d like to suggest a more proactive approach, especially if high humidity has found its way indoors, too, even when your AC system is running? The low-cost and surefire solution? A whole-house humidity control system, one that can give you the right amount of humidity all year long.

To help beat the heat and humidity at the same time, we can install the humidity control system right inside your ductwork so it’s working in synch with your AC system or heat pump. You get to set the desired humidity level, and then kick back and enjoy your newfound comfort zone.

Lower humidity will also mean lower utility bills since you won’t have to set your thermostat as low as you have been to keep comfortable.

With a whole-house humidity control system, you have even more to look forward to, including:

  • Relief from the symptoms of asthma & allergies
  • No more stuffy, musty odors
  • Prevents moisture from staining your walls & ceilings
  • Your floors and other surfaces will stop feeling so sticky all the time

Lower humidity during the summer also helps protect your hardwood and engineered wood floors. In fact, once the humidity level reaches even just 55%, moisture can seep into the wood and cause swelling, buckling, and warping if left unchecked long enough.

So say “so long” to high indoor humidity – and all the problems that go along with it – with a quick “hello” to Eagle Service Company.