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Rain, rain, go away, we don’t want any mold today! Between the moisture from the summers warm, humid air and all the rain we get it is important to keep your home dry. Mold spores only grow when there is moisture in the air. Control the moisture levels and you will have control over the mold. It is also important to fix any water damaged areas in your home right away, if you do not fix the water damage problem and only take care of the mold, it is likely that the mold will return. Listed below is what you should know about mold according to the EPA.

  • Mold can effect your health associated with allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
  • There is no way to completely eliminate all traces of mold, only ways to control it, by controlling the moisture level. You can control the moisture level by using a dehumidifier.
  • If there is water damage, fix the source of the water problem.
  • Reduce indoor humidity to 30-60%.
  • Dry and clean off all water damaged objects withing a 48 hour period.
  • Prevent condensation. You can do this by making sure your home is properly insulated.
  • You can also install into your home a UV Germicidal Lights, to help you breath in the best quality air. So don’t let mold get the best of you! Make sure the air you are breathing in is clean and mold free. Keep the moisture under control to keep that mold out!

    There are three major factors to consider when deciding to replace your furnace.

  • The efficiency of your furnace
  • How much is your fuel costing you?
  • How much energy is required to keep the temperature inside your home at 65 degrees?
  • Gas prices are competitive, so there is no need to switch to oil or electricity. You may however want to consider switching to a condensed-type gas furnace. This type of furnace is able to capture about 97 percent of the fuels energy. If you do decide to make the switch to a condensed type furnace, you will be cutting your heating bills by about 20 percent. Take a look at your past winter heating bills and decide if the 20 percent savings are going to be worth the cost of the furnace replacement in the long run. According to an article from This Old House, it’s going to be around a $3,000 investment.

    If you are taking good care of your furnace, the average lifespan should be about 25 years. Chances are your furnace still has plenty of life in it! Other things to think about are ways to reduce the heating load around your house. For instance, adding some insulation or weatherstripping will help keep the cold air out and your costs low. These are inexpensive quick fixes that can help you save without putting a big dent in your wallet!

    How can insulation help? Adding insulation in your attic is a very cost effective way of saving you money on your energy bills. The recommended levels for the Department of Energy are 12-18 inches of R-19 insulation in your attic. Anything less than 6 inches is considered unacceptable and will end up costing you more money in the long run. Adding insulation to your crawl spaces, attic and basement areas is recommend to maintain a constant temperature throughout the home. The rule of thumb is the higher the R-value, the harder it is for heat to transfer. All of this will add up to savings for you.

    What’s next? Contact Casteel Heating and Cooling to schedule an evaluation.