Top 10 Tips For Spring Storm Preparation

Spring storms can roll in with just a moment’s notice. Follow these helpful tips below to stay safe and prepared during inclement weather:

1. Find your safest place to wait out a storm
If you don’t have a basement or storm shelter, choose a small room without windows such as a bathroom or central closet. Discuss this location with everyone in your family.

2. Create a storm emergency kit
In a waterproof container, place flashlights, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, blankets, a first-aid kit, non-perishable food and a large container of drinking water.

3. Invest in a generator
If your power goes out, a home generator can restore electricity safely in as little as 10 seconds.

4. Survey trees for weak branches
Remove loose tree limbs to keep them from falling on your home or car during a storm.

5. Buy a NOAA Weather Radio
Available online or from electronics stores, weather radios broadcast warnings, watches and other weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office 24 hours a day, even when the TV or other radios are turned off.

6. Put aside some emergency cash
If the power is out, ATMs and credit cards can’t be used.

7. Secure artwork and other loose items
Use v-hooks instead of nails to mount paintings, which will allow artwork to shift without falling off the wall.

8. Clear your yard
Keep bikes, shovels and other items in the garage so they aren’t flung around by windstorms.

9. Document your home’s contents
Walk through every room of your home to prepare a list of possessions, taking photos and videos, to help with insurance claims later.

10. Check your insurance policies
Make sure your home and auto policies provide adequate coverage for wind and hail storms.

Ways To Enjoy A Cleaner Home – Top 10

Indoor air pollutants, chemicals, common allergens and other environmental hazards can wreak havoc on your health and home. Here’s a list of eco-friendly tips to help you get it all under control:

1. Kick off your shoes
Avoid tracking in pollutants, pesticides and other unpleasant things by removing your shoes when you come indoors. Designate a storage area for shoes, umbrellas and other outdoor items.

2. Cut CO2 – and costs
The average American is responsible for 40,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every year. Reducing your energy use with a programmable thermostat not only curbs CO2, but can cut your utility bill as well.

3. De-bag your dry cleaning
Remove the plastic bags that cover your freshly dry-cleaned clothes to reduce toxins brought into your home. Better yet, switch to a green dry cleaner.

4. Shut out allergens
Falling asleep amid the spring breezes seems romantic, until you wake up with a scratchy throat. Close the windows before you head for bed, and if you have allergies, consider installing an air purification or air filtration system.

5. Select thin-skinned organics
When organically grown fruits and vegetables are more expensive than conventional choices, prioritize your produce shopping by focusing on organic apples, berries, peaches and other thin-skinned items.

6. Clear the clutter
Start your spring cleaning by pruning your home first. Empty out junk drawers, and clean out closets. Donate unwanted items to charity.

7. Trade in paper towels
Choose sponges or reusable microfiber cloths for a more eco-friendly spring cleaning.

8. Hit the shower after digging in
Gardens beckon in spring, but this is prime time for pollination. If you’re outside for a couple of hours, take time to shower and change into fresh clothes to avoid bringing pollen indoors.

9. Avoid petroleum-based paints
Sources of volatile organic compounds, these paints contribute to poor indoor air quality. Instead, look for paints made with plant oils and resins.

10. Get exhausted
Use your kitchen’s exhaust fan to remove grease and smoke that can cause dirt and dust to stick. Turn off the fans when they’re no longer needed to avoid wasting energy.

Spring “Greening” Your Home Saves You Money And Energy

Fresh air and pleasant temperatures make spring the ideal time to improve your home’s atmosphere and efficiency, which allows you to bring the same comfort inside.

Giving your heating and cooling system a spring “greening” will help you to stay cool even after spring turns to summer, and keep your home running more efficiently. Call us to schedule your annual HVAC maintenance, which may include checking your thermostat settings, cleaning and adjusting A/C components and inspecting your air conditioner’s condensate drain to avoid water damage and high humidity.

Lower your bills
If you’re thinking of taking on a home improvement project, consider replacing your heating and cooling units a new residential generator will allow power to be restored in seconds and can protect your peace of mind.

When selecting a new air conditioner, look for one with a higher SEER number; this Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio indicates the unit’s efficiency across the entire cooling season. ENERGY STAR® qualified units meet U.S. EPA guidelines for energy efficiency, with components like advanced scroll compressors that maximize comfort while minimizing energy use and noise.

More ideas for saving
If you’re shopping for a new air conditioner or indoor air quality system, compare warranties before you buy to reduce future maintenance expenses. Lennox® now offers a limited extended warranty that increases coverage on parts and compressors from five years to ten years on select Lennox Elite® Series and Lennox Merit® Series gas furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, air handlers and residential package units.

If you’re relying on ceiling fans to help keep you cool, avoid leaving them running when you leave the room. Unlike an air conditioner, a ceiling fan doesn’t make the room cooler: it merely makes you feel cooler by moving the air around.

Windstorms or overloaded power grids may not only leave you in the dark, but the costs of a power outage can add up if you lose frozen or refrigerated food or medicines. Installing a Lennox residential generator will allow power to be restored in seconds and can protect your peace of mind.

COMFORT MATTERS

Thermostat Advice From The Professionals.

As the brains of your heating and cooling system, the thermostat can have a huge effect on energy efficiency and comfort. Kyle Golden, Product Manager of Controls for Lennox, weighs in on thermostats, and the advantages you’ll enjoy with a programmable model.

The heart of your system.
“The thermostat controls every other part of your system,” says Golden. “It’s your point of contact. So it’s important to use a thermostat that can give you maximum return on your system investment.”

For that reason, Golden recommends a programmable thermostat.

Coordinated with your schedule
Programmable thermostats work by reducing system use when your home is empty, so you don’t waste money on heating and cooling an empty home. They do this by running according to a schedule that you program based on the hours that you are home.

“Changing your heating and cooling settings for different times of day can help you save money,” he says. “ A programmable thermostat makes those changes for you automatically, synchronizing your heating and cooling with your life.”

Set for savings
To program a thermostat for the best mix of comfort and energy efficiency, Golden recommends the following settings.

For summer:

Set your thermostat for 78 degrees when you’re home
Set it for 85 degrees when you’re away
Set it for 82 degrees when you’re asleep
For winter:

Set your thermostat for 68 degrees when you are home
Set it for 60 degrees when you are away
Set it for 60 degrees when you are sleeping
During the transitional months of spring and fall, Golden recommends setting the thermostat based on personal preference, using summer and winter’s settings as a guide.

There’s more to it than temperature
While temperature is the main factor affecting your comfort, Golden says that it’s not the only one.

“Humidity plays a huge role in comfort. You know how the weather report says it’s 90 but it feels like 100? That’s humidity. Moisture levels in the air affect the way the air feels on your skin.”

If your thermostat offers individual humidity control, it can change how your air feels without big changes in temperature. Which means more energy-efficient cooling and heating. Systems with variable speed can also help control humidity levels by drawing air across the coil slowly to remove more moisture on startup.