Winter Is Here: Helpful Tips for Staying Comfortable, and Healthy

Of Course, a Great HVAC System Is a Sensible Start…

The research is in, and scientists have proven that cold weather goes along with seasonal illness and even higher mortality rates this time of year. Interestingly, moderate decreases in weather temperature are even more lethal than episodes of extreme cold. In fact, the evidence suggests that the elderly, the immunocompromised and the just plain weather sensitive should be very cautious this time of year. Make sure to maintain your healthy habits–and your HVAC system.

Beyond the Thermostat: Dress for Success

Take a lesson from the Siberians and those acclimatized to very low temperatures: dressing in layers helps. Even if you’re just going outside to do errands around town, a warm and toasty long sleeve shirt under that sweater may be necessary. And you don’t need a snowsuit. Thin insulation on the inside, accompanied by a weatherproof outer layer, can be enough to do the job nicely.

Of course, an up to date thermostat will also help once you arrive home. Did you know today’s thermostats can be scheduled to go on and off at certain times of day or night? That means you won’t waste money heating your home when you’re not there, and yet you’ll also be able to warm things up prior to your arrival back at the castle.

It’s Never Too Late for a Flu Shot…

thermostats, ventilationAccording to the Center for Disease Control, there have been up to 710,00 flu-related hospitalizations nationwide since 2010, with up to 56,000 flu related deaths. Vaccinations work for our communities the more people get immunized. Don’t put your health or that of your neighbor or coworker in danger. A flu shot can reduce or eliminate your risk of serious illness during these rainy months. Furthermore, once you’ve received a flu shot, your immunity may build up long term resistance to flu strains of future years, as well. While Air-Tro professionals know a lot about HVAC, we’re not health experts, so we suggest speaking to your doctor or health care provider if you have further questions.

Reduce Drafts and Maximize HVAC Efficiency

Are your walls, window sashes and door frames insulated against extreme weather? Here at Air-Tro, our team of experts can assess not only the efficiency of your HVAC system, but advise you as to whether or not structural problems in your home are influencing your heating and cooling costs, year round. Why pay for what you don’t use, or don’t need? Appropriate weatherproofing, and HVAC maintenance can save you big money, year after year. It will help keep you comfortable, no matter what the conditions outside.

Only Air-Tro can help you save money, while keeping you warm and cozy when it’s cold outside. Call us today for a convenient energy audit. (626)357-3535