Comfort Tip- Mother Knows Best!

ScottHumidifierHave you have ever wondered if you can tell the difference by having a whole house humidifier installed at your home? If so this story may answer that question.

Let me back track a couple of months ago when I was preparing to get my lovely in-laws home all set for winter. My father-in-law advised me at this time to leave the humidifier alone, he wasn’t going to run it this year. This all stemmed from a bad experience last winter when the drain hose started to leak and they got water on their floor in the family room. I obliged and left it alone without replacing the water panel or servicing it.

Well this past weekend I got a phone call. It was the Mr. Father-In-Law asking me to get him the water panel and some spare drain hose. I guess at some point upper management (Momma-In-Law) had been complaining because the house was feeling a bit dryer than normal. I don’t know how long the complaining went on before he finally spilled the beans but I am sure she was non-the-less a bit aggravated with him (oh to have a fly on the wall at that moment would have been nice).

So I did as I was told and picked up the supplies and brought them by. Today the house humidity is back in check, Momma is happy (which means everyone is happy) and I can share the answer to the question now with a definite YES! She and You can tell a difference when a humidifier is installed and/or working at your home and remember Mother Always Knows Best (don’t tell my wife I said this).


New Regional Standards For Heating and Cooling Equipment — How Will They Be Enforced?

New Regional Standards in Heating and Cooliong Equipment by the Department of Energy. How Will They Be Enforced?


The U.S. Department of Energy is implementing new regional standards for HVAC (heating and cooling) equipment. How will this affect you? On October 25, 2011 the Department of Energy confirmed that it adoped new residneital appliance standards for central air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps. This new law becomes effictive May 2013 for furnaces and is effective January 2015 for central air conditoners and heat pumps.


Three Regions


The country will be divided into three regions — North, Southeast, and Southwest

North — Staes with population-wighted heating dress days (HDD) equal to or greater than 5,000.

Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Uah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.


Southwest — Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico


The Southeastern region comprises states with population-weighted HDD less than 5,000.

This includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


For states in the north, furnaces are the bigget challenge. After May 2013 we’ll no longer be able to install the 80% efficient unit which vent out in metal piping or through a chimney. Instead we’ll be required to have an AFUE (efficiency) of 90% or more, and will be required to vent the unit horizontally using PVC piping to the outdoors. You will only be able to upgrade your current unit through April 2013, and distributors have already informed us they are limited the number of 80% efficient units they’ll have on hand, incresingly, so they don’t have ‘dead’ stock at the end of the spring of 2013.


According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) the deadlines are as follows:


Implementation Time Table

The new standards will take effect May 2013 for non-weatherized furnaces, and January 2015 for air conditioners, heat pumps, and weatherized furnaces.


The effective dates for standards that follow the standards above will be:

  • January 1, 2019 for non-weatherized furnaces
  • January 1, 2022 for air conditioners, heat pumps, and weatherized furnaces (gas-packs).


For more information you can read this PDF


Questions? Please call us! We’re always happy to discuss these things.

What’s The Latest And Most Exciting Trend In Heating and Cooling?

Do you want to save money? Would you like your family’s comfort level to improve even more?

These questions are pretty easy to answer, and there’s an exciting new trend in heating and cooling that can do both of these.

The trend is called “zoning” and it’s the way of the future. Every room has a temperature control, so rooms not being used can cut energy use out completely, and rooms used the most can be temperature-controlled, too. This system saves you money, and ensures your family will always be comfortable. You truly cannot go wrong with zoning.

Watch Honeywell’s video on this, and call us if you have any questions.