Indoor Pool Humidity - Problems and Fixes

Have a pool at home? You're fortunate. You can enjoy swimming anytime for as long as you want. But with fortune comes some misfortunes too and the misfortune associated with indoor pools is that their maintenance is not only crucial but also difficult. And the lack of maintenance leads to serious problems ranging from health issues to interior damage issues. We'll discuss today why and how you need to be overly cautious when you have a pool at home and to keep the right settings for it to remain a joy and not become a problem.



Pool and high humidity - The consequences

When there's a water body inside of your home, it will be evaporating water all the time. And the water droplets will rise and spread in the home increasing the indoor humidity. The rise in humidity will lead to;
- Discomfort for homeowners
- Damage to the interior or exterior of the house; wallpapers parching, dampness, spots on walls, damaging of decorations items etc
- Production and rapid spread of mould and spores
- High humidity when raises the moisture level in the air, also raises the chances of the spread of viruses and bacteria

Factors causing pool humidity

It is not the presence of the pool that creates problems, rather the improper presence and the lack of maintenance that does. For example; check out the following causes; 

- Improper building material
When a house is constructed with a design to add a pool in it, it is crucial to use the most compatible type of building material needed. In the case of houses with pools, the material suggested is the material that could prevent condensation within the walls of the house since this would lead to the production of mould and other problems.

- Not installing an adequate ventilation system
It is crucial to install an adequate ventilation system in all homes but particularly in homes where there are pools. The proper ventilation will let the moist air out before it could harm the indoor or causes discomfort for the homeowners.

- Dehumidification - Much needed Air Conditioners do offer dehumidification but there are two things to note;
- You need to set your Air Conditioner to the settings where it could offer the best dehumidification; Fan at ''Auto''
- Your AC may not be sufficient to dehumidify the indoor air because the humidity the pool creates is too much. In this case, you are required to install a separate dehumidifier.


How to maintain a fair balance in humidity with a pool at home?

The relative humidity level should in no case exceed 60%. You should strive to maintain humidity level somewhere between 40%-60%. With a pool at home, it is difficult but the following steps can help;

- Set the pool temperature two degrees lower than the air temperature. This will decrease evaporation which will consequently decrease the moisture
- Consider installing a good quality dehumidifier preferably a whole home dehumidifier
- Make sure you have a proper ventilation system and that the humidity is not causing problems in the indoor which may not be visible to you at the moment

In the end, a bonus for you; so how would you know about the level of humidity in your indoor? If you have a Smart Thermostat installed, congratulations. It can give you the reading of the indoor humidity level and can also track the data for you. In case you're still running an old model, installing a Smart Thermostat could be the right investment for you to continue enjoying all joys without having to make any compromise on your comfort.

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How to stop bugs from making your HVAC unit their home?

Bugs won't ask you before making their homes in your HVAC units. They just will as soon as they find that the location is perfectly suitable for them. And once they make a home there, they won't only stay there, they will extend their residencies creating problems for your indoor comfort and of course for your units as they will have a hard time performing with optimal efficiency with all the bucks of bugs stuck to them.



Fill in the gaps

Just like the pests and reptiles enter your home through those holes and gaps near windows and doors, the pests that make HVAC units their home also look for any holes and gaps to enter. For this, make sure that everything is tightly fit and no loopholes are left near the units particularly the outdoor units. Fill in the gaps using porcelain, foam or simply some pieces of cloth. 


Dirty ductwork does the damage

A dirty ductwork can do more damage than you think it can. Dirty ducts are also one of the favourite places of the bugs. Since they have a whole lot of space to accommodate therein, they can extend their family and then the large families will enter your units. Usually, bugs go into your ductwork through the leaks or the loose fittings. Check the ductwork thoroughly or call a professional to inspect the ductwork for any leaks and holes. Fix the leaks but make sure the duct is also cleaned along with this. 


Clean around the outdoor units

One of the primary reasons why bugs are attracted to HVAC units is the presence of something around them that attracts them. Usually, grass or flowers or vegetation around the outdoor units attracts bugs. They then find ways to enter your units and there they go! New residence!


Add screens to outdoor vents

Screenless outdoor vents are also one of the common reasons for bugs entering the ductwork and HVAC units. Mesh screens are available at reasonable prices. Purchase one and it can help add to your comfort.


Use recommended sprays

We do suggest using sprays to keep bugs away but only the recommended sprays. Please don't use bug killers of your choice because you can end up harming the unit in an attempt to do so. Use instead, those sprays that are recommended by HVAC professionals or are manufactured specially for the purpose of using on or around the HVAC units. 


Covering the units

Covering is a great way to help keep bugs away. Since the units that are being used can't be covered, this strategy can be used for units of offseason. For example, cover your AC outdoor and indoor units in winters and similarly cover the Furnace in Summers.


Using these tips, you can not only protect your HVAC units against the nasty bugs but also from animals that can severely damage the units. For example; dogs and cats; their urine can corrode the metal of your outdoor units.
Did you find this post useful? What ways do you use to keep bugs away from HVAC units?

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A DIY guide for fixing iced up Air Conditioner


Whether you're using a Central Air Conditioner, a Split system or a window unit, AC icing up is a scenario that you must have faced if you're already using Air Conditioner for several years. Although this is a frustrating situation and often puts a homeowner in the worries of whether it is time for him to replace his system, it is not a difficult to fix the problem and neither a one that necessarily requires a professional's help. In this blog, we are going to help you find you why your Air Conditioner freezes up and what you can do when that happens. 

Insufficient Air Flow

Air Conditioners work on the principle of throwing inner heat out on the evaporator coil and then bringing the cool air back. But when the Air Conditioner fails to evacuate indoor heat, the evaporator coil doesn't get sufficient heat to keep going with normal operation and instead freezes up as a protest. Well yeah! 

Low refrigerant = Icing up

The refrigerant used in Air Conditioners is usually Freon which is a gas. During operation as the gas expands, the cooling effect is produced. When there's only a limited amount of gas left and the pressure/temperature settings are the same, the gas expands to create an overly cool temperature. As a result, all the moisture/dampness around the evaporator coil turns into ice causing icing.

Temperature changes

Many times, the reason behind AC icing up is the change in the outdoor temperatures. As the temperature drops, the pressure in the unit drops which result in icing up.

Mechanical failures and icing up

Among the most common reasons comes the mechanical failure issues. Blocked air filters, twisted or torn refrigerant lines, improper blower fan operation, all of these have the tendency to cause icing up of the AC unit.

Solutions for fixing iced up AC unit

Let's now talk about some solution to fixing the iced up Air Conditioner unit.

- Clogged Filters as we mentioned above become the reason for causing icing. Check the AC's air filter for blockage. Consider using good quality filters that are also compatible with the system you have and change them at least after 3 months.

- The evaporator coil needs to have a smooth air flow through it. As it gets dirty, there's a blockage of airflow and this results in icing. Make sure the evaporator coils are clean

- A dirty ductwork restricts the air flow and causes the same consequences as the blocked filter does. The air flow restricts and therefore, icing is caused at the outdoor unit

Final word

Keeping appliances maintained is a good way to keep unexpected sudden repairs at par. Nonetheless, HVAC situations like AC icing up, insufficient cooling, AC shut off and similar issues are common and can be faced even by people who do keep their appliances maintained so it is good to keep yourself equipped with the necessary knowledge of their why's and how's.
We hope this blog helped you learn the basics of AC iced up scenario.

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Here's how high humidity disturbs home comfort in summers


Here the summer season comes and there we begin to feel all irritated because of the hot weather and more than that, the high level of humidity. When the level of humidity rises, it produces a warming effect making you feel warmer than the actual temperature. All this is bearable on the outside since not much can be done in order to combat the outdoor heat & humidity completely but when it comes to the indoor, discomfort is not bearable for the long hours that we spend in the indoor. And technology has provided us with practical and affordable solutions to combat both heat and humidity. But did you know what effects does high humidity makes on your cooling system? It burdens the cooling system! Actually, as the cooling system tries to cool the indoor, it also dehumidifies it. And when there is a high level of humidity, the system has to work so hard and in some cases, it trips without properly cooling the indoor. So you constantly run the appliances, give high energy bills and still can't manage to enjoy cool indoors in the most irritating summers just because of high humidity.

You may never be sure if your home has a desirable humidity level. So many people never check for humidity level and so many others just can't do it because they have a conventional mercury thermostat. But there are signs and symptoms that can tell you your home has a high level of humidity that you need to fix and not put everything on the delicate shoulders of the poor Air Conditioner.

- Foggy Windows

The kind of water vapours that you see on the outside of the window in winters as the ice melts, you'd see a similar kind of water vapours on the inside of the windows when humidity is high in your indoor in summers. This foggy moisture on the windows glass or near the window panes shows that the Air Conditioner is failing to ward off all the excess moisture and that you are living in an undesirable humidity level.

- Musty Odours

Musty odours is a clear consequence of moisture that is constantly keeping your indoor environment (and of course the things) wet. The moisture which is basically the high level of humidity causes musty odours in the entire home and particularly at places that are relatively closed; basement, store rooms etc.

- Clammy air

Ever felt irritated in the cool blows of air? That irritation usually comes when the air is clammy and that happens once again as a result of moisture in the indoor that is more than necessary. The Air Conditioner does work constantly to cool the air but as it fails to take away the humidity, the humid air gets cooled and gives cool yet unpleasant and sticky feels.

How to fix high humidity?

In Summers it is normal for the humidity levels to go up. But depending on the location, the architecture of the home and other factors, it could sometimes be unusually difficult to manage the humidity. For that, you can do the following;

- If your AC has a hard time combating the humidity, consider installing a Dehumidifier
- Check your doors and windows for proper insulation. Insulation equally benefits in summers as it benefits in winters
- Call a professional to check the cause of high humidity. Sometimes, the cause of excessive humidity is; leaking pipes or other constantly damp areas in the home.

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Here's why you need to shift to energy efficient appliances

So you must have heard so much about energy-efficient appliances and if you happen to be a very simple person, must have wondered what exactly energy efficient appliances are? This blog is dedicated to explaining what energy efficient appliances are and what are their short-term as well as long-term effects. Let's move ahead!

Energy efficient appliances - what are they and how do they work?

Let's take the answer from the name itself. Energy efficient appliances are basically efficient at the use of energy. They are just the opposite of those classical appliances that were like ghosts when it comes to energy consumption; you had to put in a lot of oil, a lot of gas to get only a small amount of output. So far, science tells us that we can't really convert the input into 100% output. But it is possible to reach close to 100%. And these energy efficient appliances have made it possible. They use; less energy and give better output.  There are different types of energy efficient appliances; some that use renewable energy resources; hydal, solar etc and others whose mechanism is designed in such a way in order to use only a minimum amount of energy to produce high results.

Should I convert to energy efficient appliances?

Since we are particularly talking about HVAC appliances, you can check your appliances; there's a logo of ''Energy Star '' or a mention that the appliance is energy efficient which means it is smart in its use of energy. But if your Furnace, Air Conditioner or any other such appliance is older than a decade or more, it may not be energy efficient or the efficiency could be insignificant compared with the efficiency offered by the Energy Efficient products of today; so we would highly recommend you to make a shift for better. Here are the benefits that you can avail by installing energy efficient products;

- The foremost - energy saving

All our home comfort appliances need some kind of energy, be it; electricity, gas or oil. And this energy doesn't come for free. So you have to make sure you make a limited use of this energy. Limiting the use of appliances can only be made to a certain extent so it is using the appliances with energy-saving mechanisms that ensure less use of energy. Shift to energy efficient appliances because; they help save energy.

- The fascinating - dollar saving

Who likes spending so many dollars just on energy bills? We all are scared of heavy energy bills so here's a refuge from them. Shifting to energy efficient appliances results in; money saving. Less energy is consumed and the utility company sends you precise bills. Freedom!

- The important - Sustainable development

The Earth on which we live has limited resources. And if they are consumed with the similar speed with which they have been consumed in the past decades, estimates say that we shall finish our major energy resources in the coming decades. There's therefore, a need to conserve the energy to think of sustainable development. Energy efficient appliances help control the use. Also, the less use of energy results in less residual gases that saves the environment.

Conclusion

Energy efficient appliances are the need of time. Not only do they help limit the energy consumption by the appliances, lower the energy bills and elongate the appliance lifespan, they also help save the environment and the planet on the whole. So yes, if you haven't yet shifted to energy-efficient products, make a wise shift now!

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Signs of high humidity and how to control it

Humidity is good but mind you! levelled humidity. And by levelled humidity, we mean relative humidity of 35% - 45% in the air. Whenever this level goes down or rises extraordinarily up, it causes problems both for the home and the homeowners. While not all homes have a humidity meter installed, there are some signs that can help indicate insufficient or excessive humidity. Since we are closer to the summer, in which humidity level rises, this blog is on the signs of excessive humidity and ways to control it.



Signs that your home has excessive humidity


- Mould production


One of the most common and easily observed signs of excessive humidity is the presence (and rapid spread of mould). Any place in your home with insufficient air circulation is likely to produce mould more quickly. You can find green and black spots on walls, ceilings or in cupboards, usually of bathroom and kitchen. Using exhaust fans at the time of cooking, bathing can reduce the risks of the further spread of mould. As a permanent solution, best is to install a dehumidifier or an Air Conditioner that offers advanced dehumidification controls.

- Sweating

When there's a lot of moisture in the air, it condenses as it rises. And this moisture makes patches on walls, ceilings or windows etc. You can find large yellow spots on walls as a consequence of sweating or slippery windows and floors also indicate excessive moisture.

- Creaky Floor

The wooden floors, in constantly high humidity, will begin to smell. Marble and other material often times begin to creak. If your home is constantly under a high humidity condition, chances are your floor will creak and will always be felt wet.

- Soggy food

Ever happened to you that you opened the jar of chips and they were rather soggy instead of crispy? That's also a sign of high humidity when dry food items begin to get soggy. A soggy chocolate chip biscuit can tell you very loudly what ruined it.

- Worsening Allergies

In addition to all the above-mentioned signs, another is worsening allergies. Overly humidified air doesn't let the pollutants and allergens to exhaust quickly. They remain floating in the air for long causing allergies and making them long term. Moreover, a constantly high-level relative humidity is also proven to increase the risks of cancer among the homeowners.


What to do?

With all those signs, what is the best way to monitor and control the humidity level in the indoor? Can a common homeowner keep a check on humidity by himself? Here are some solutions.

- The first and foremost is to follow the right practices. Mostly, the cause of a sudden rise in indoor humidity is a consequence of homeowner's own malpractices like leaving bathroom walls wet after a bath and keeping the kitchen wet etc. Fix the causes!

- Once you are done with cleaning the already build-up mould, consider installing a Dehumidifier as a good and permanent solution to keep humidity under control. This is the best you can do to control a constantly surfacing problem of humidity

- Dehumidifiers are separate appliances that many homeowners find either a burden on their budget or an additional maintenance to do. If dehumidifiers aren't compatible with you, consider replacing your Air Conditioning unit with the one that offers advanced dehumidification controls. This will automatically provide you with levelled humidity

- Smart Thermostats offer data regarding indoor/outdoor temperature as well as humidity. Installing one can keep you aware of what humidity level you are living under allowing you to install a solution in time or change the practices that are causing it.




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Ideal Thermostat settings to save BIG!


You could be having the most efficient Thermostat unit and still be paying high energy bills because of having improper Thermostat settings. Keep in mind that no matter how much automation a device can perform, it would still require your interference in order to perform with optimal efficiency. With special reference to Thermostats, it has been reported by Energy Star that homeowners pay up to $2,000 annually in excess as a result of using appliances and gadgets with the wrong settings. It is estimated that up to $180 can be saved annually just by following some energy efficient thermostat settings. And that's a great deal of saving, isn't it? With $180, you could have a good pair of shoes, a stylish new handbag or a beautiful Valentine's gift. So, let us help you learn how to make those annual savings.


But before we begin, understand the fact that different homeowners have different bodily needs. Some people may be needing more warmth and other less or vice versa. An ideal Thermostat setting, however, keeps almost everyone within the zone of comfort. While these settings may be altered when people with special needs are at home, they should be followed precisely for the vacations and everyday outdoor hours; office, shopping etc. Every single day will count and at the end of the 365 days, the energy saving will result in saving you the dollars that you could enjoy elsewhere. Eureka! 

Ideal Thermostat settings for winters

Here's a common mistake that homeowners make in winter. As it gets extremely cold outside, the common sense says thermostat settings should be set at the highest possible limit. Doing so takes a whole lot of energy and keeps the system burdened with a constant operation. While in reality, home can be kept comfortably warm with moderate settings. And what are those moderate settings?

In winters, the best temperature to set when you are at home is 68-degree Fahrenheit. When away, reduce the temperature by 10-15 degrees. This can save you on bills as the change of 10-15 degrees in temperature for a period of around eight hours is sure to drop your annual bills by 10%. Remember the shoes and bags and Valentine's gift idea? ;)

Important!
While you are learning the ideal Thermostat settings, here's one more thing that we want you to learn;
Beware to not lower the temperature below 40-degree Fahrenheit if you've plants and pets at home. Moreover, the drain and sewer pipes may burst as a result of low indoor temperature. In case of plant and pets, don't go below 50 degrees. To protect the interior and pipes etc, don't reduce the temperature below 40 degrees. 


Ideal Thermostat settings for Summer

Summers are beautiful, aren't they? But they do have the potential to bring you some real shocks in the form of hefty energy bills. Here's what the ideal settings should be to save you from those shocks.
Set the Thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26C) when the home is occupied. You can keep the temperature at 76-F too and go a little more than 78-F. The warmer you home would be, the slowly the outdoor heat will penetrate in. 76-F or above!

So the next time you analyse your annual bills, you'll be excited to see the savings you made with these little energy efficient practices of setting your Thermostat the right way. Happy savings!

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