Going Green This Earth Day: What You Should Know

Going Green This Earth Day: What You Should Know

recycle_480Earth Day on April 22nd provides an opportunity for you to learn more about your impact on the environment. Small actions that we take on a day-by-day basis can have a monumental impact on local water and energy resources.

Our team has significant experience in helping property owners create a high-efficiency space in their home, and in this latest post, we’ll explain some of the steps you can take for a greener lifestyle.

Use Tankless Water Heaters

Water heater tanks require you to take a large amount of water from the city’s system ready for use around your home. Now, however, there’s a new solution that’s helping property owners to mitigate their high water usage levels. Tankless systems provide you with hot water on demand.

carbon-footprint_480They draw water from the local system only when required. This on-demand method of water consumption ensures you don’t overuse local resources, and you don’t spend hundreds of dollars each year heating up water that isn’t being used.

Commit to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Your carbon footprint relates to the amount of carbon you contribute to the atmosphere through your day-to-day activities. By working together as a family, you can have a significant impact on reducing your overall footprint. For example, instead of driving with the kids to their schools each day, you can take a few minutes to walk. This ensures you waste less gas and contribute less carbon to the atmosphere. Reducing your carbon footprint can be the central element to your new environmental focus around the home.

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One of the challenges many people face is that they don’t have access to clean drinking water in the home. This means they rely on water from plastic water bottles bought at their local store. Plastic water bottles are then taken to landfills in their millions, where they take many years to biodegrade.

In order to minimize the impact of plastics and the local water bottling companies, you might consider using water filtration equipment in your home. Systems such as water softeners and reverse osmosis equipment can ensure a clean supply of water is available to your families around the clock.

How to Plan for Healthy New Year in Your Home

How to Plan for Healthy New Year in Your Home

Healthy-lifeYou’ve accomplished your juice cleanse, your gym membership is renewed, you’ve got a new haircut, and you’re ready to sign up for that half-marathon you said you’d always do. New Year’s resolutions are a great way to improve your health, change your lifestyle for the better and accomplish goals you never thought possible. If you can do it for yourself, why not take things a step further and plan some healthy changes in your home?

Get started with these few healthy HVAC ideas for 2017:

Invest in a Humidifier or Dehumidifier

Is your home too humid or too dry? There’s a small comfort window that most homes cannot reach without the help of a dehumidifier or humidifier. These units are designed to maintain your home at the most comfortable level to prevent respiratory problems and reduce mold. Whether you need a dehumidifier or humidifier will depend on your unique home needs. The main differences between the two are:

Dehumidifier: If your home is overly humid you will notice a sticky or clammy feeling. Things will feel damp, and your windows will most likely drip with water. Overly humid homes are at risk for mold growth and increased allergy symptoms. It also makes breathing difficult and can contribute to other respiratory illnesses. A dehumidifier will reduce the humidity in your home without changing the overall temperature, making it ideal to complement your AC in the summer and use in the winter as well.

Humidifier: Air that is too dry is also a nuisance for homeowners. Not only will your skin feel dry and parched, but also you may experience more frequent nosebleeds and dry, irritated eyes. Dry homes are also dangerous in homes with wood floors or beams, as the dry air can cause the wood to warp and disfigure. A humidifier will add just the right amount of humidity into your air to keep your family comfortable without putting you at risk for mold.

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As your ducts carry conditioned air throughout your home, they collect debris such as dirt, pet hair, dander and other allergens. Over time, the ducts get filthy with this debris, making it more difficult for the HVAC systems to work efficiently and causing increased allergy symptoms and breathing trouble in your home.

Cleaning the ducts on a regular basis is a great way to make sure your air is clean and fresh and your AC or heating system is working at peak efficiency.

Clean Your HVAC Systems and Have them Inspected for Mold

HVAC systems such as your AC or boiler use water as part of the condensing process. This means the HVAC systems are at risk for mold growth. Mold is dangerous in your home for numerous reasons, but mostly because of the health concerns and respiratory issues that accompany it.

Cleaning your HVAC systems and making sure they are not producing mold is one of the most effective things a homeowner can do to make sure their home is healthy.

Contact Cyprus Air Heating and Cooling in Washington, DC today for more information and tips to make your home healthy in the New Year. Call 703-765-9400 today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

Ways to Heat Up your Valentine’s Day

Ways to Heat Up your Valentine’s Day

Love should be spread to every corner of your world on Valentine’s Day. That includes your house. You should use the holiday to remind you to give your home some TLC. Follow these three tips to give your home some love this Valentine’s Day.

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Although spring will soon be upon us and we will get to go outdoors, you can get a jump on the fun by bringing outdoor-style heating to your living space. Get your chimney inspected so that you can enjoy beautiful gatherings around your family hearth. Annual chimney cleanings are essential to prevent the buildup of creosote, which can start a deadly fire in a heartbeat.

You should think about taking the party outside with outdoor heating options. A bonfire is guaranteed to make for a fun-filled night with friends and family. You can always go less primal by using a fire pit or an outdoor heater as well. The point is that you can always take the party to the great outdoors if you are willing to harness the power of outdoor heating.

Show Your Unit Some TLC

Valentine’s Day is a great time to perform some routine maintenance on your furnace. Give your furnace a once over or better yet hire a professional to give it a thorough inspection. At the minimum, you should change the filter and install a high-quality HEPA filter replacement to improve the air quality inside your home. You should also think about getting your ducts cleaned as part of your annual furnace maintenance routine. The air ducts will build up lots of dust over time that negatively impacts your health if it is not removed.

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It doesn’t matter how great your heating and cooling system is if your home is not properly insulated. Use this time to take a look at the insulation in your home. Check to see if there are areas where additional insulation would lower your heating and cooling costs.

You also need to use this time to think about everyday ways you can lower your energy use. For example, you need to be careful to keep doors and windows in your home fully closed in order not to waste climate-controlled air. You also need to think about the temperature settings you have set up on your HVAC system. Think about whether you can stand it a few degrees warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter in order to shrink your home’s carbon footprint and lower your energy bills.

If you want professional help getting your home’s heating and cooling needs squared away this Valentine’s Day, turn to Cyprus Air Heating & Cooling city in Alexandria, VA. When you contact Cyprus Air Heating & Cooling at 888-475-0402, we will make sure to take care and give your home the love it deserves. We will work with you to create a mixture of indoor and outdoor heating solutions to make your home a paradise.

4 Tips to Avoid Being Too Cold This Winter

4 Tips to Avoid Being Too Cold This Winter

Everybody likes saving money, and nobody likes being cold. Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow combine those two things into a weekend project? Well, the good news is that you can! If you’re looking for ways to warm your home, keep your family more comfortable, and lower your energy costs, then you’re in the right spot. As promised, here are four ways that you can turn up the heat this winter without actually turning up the heat.

1. Furnace Maintenance

humidifier_staywarm_winter_360Did you know that the average cost of a furnace repair is about $300, while the average cost of annual maintenance is only around $100?

This comparison matters because many major furnace breakdowns can be prevented with regular maintenance and annual inspections, meaning you can avoid costly repairs just by having your heating system checked once a year. Not only that, but a maintained furnace is an efficient furnace, and that translates to a warmer house and a lower heating bill.

2. Humid Air

Humidifiers are a great way to add more moisture to the air in winter, and this can reduce dry skin, prevent chapped lips, and make your house feel warmer. Yes, that’s right—a humidifier can make your house warmer. Moist air retains heat better than dry air, so running a humidifier will keep you cozy and let you turn down the thermostat.

3. Winterized Home

A winterized home is a warm home because it’s better at keeping warm air in and cold air out. Winterizing involves seasonal measures like installing storm windows and doors, putting up window film, and reversing the direction of ceiling fans (to clockwise). But some winterizing can also be beneficial year-round, such as:-

-Repairing cracks in windows, doors, and ductwork

-Installing weather stripping

-Adding more insulation

-Blocking unused chimneys with balloons

4. Better Thermostat

Ihow_old_is_your_thermostat.jpg_360magine you had a thermostat that you could program so that it would increase the temperature of the house before you woke up in the morning and before you got home from work in the evening.

And then imagine that the same thermostat could be programmed to lower the temperature when everybody was sleeping, out for the day, or away on vacation. Sound too good to be true? Well it’s not, and a modern programmable thermostat can do all these things, and save you money on heating bills at the same time.

These simple steps are things you can do on your own around the house in a short amount of time, and the money you’ll spend executing the tasks will be recouped quickly thanks to what you’ll save on your heating bills. Moreover, the money and headaches you’ll save on furnace repairs and breakdowns by having your heating unit maintained properly are priceless.

To book your furnace inspection today, call the heating experts at Cyprus Air Heating and Cooling at 703-765-9400

Home Cleaning Checklist for the New Year

Home Cleaning Checklist for the New Year

cleaning_yourhome_tipsThe New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start, and what better way to get a fresh start than to establish a quick but efficient way to clean your house.

Sticking to a schedule for things that you do on a daily, weekly or monthly basis can help motivate you to keep your house looking like you spent hours cleaning it when it really only took a small fraction of your day. Use this basic cleaning schedule as a guideline to get and keep your home in order.

What to Clean Daily

Spend about 30 minutes a day doing the chores that need to be done around your home. These basic tasks might seem simple, but make a world of difference in how your home looks and feels.

-Wash dishes at least once a day. If you can’t find the time to wash them all, at least make an effort to scrape excess food off and rinse them so the food doesn’t stick. Alternatively, throw a load in the dishwasher once a day.

-Tidy up. Tidying up helps control clutter. Walk through your house one room at a time and put things that are out of place back where they belong. Do a room or two and then take a break.

-Wipe off countertops to clean crumbs and spills

What to Clean Weekly

cleaning_forthe_newyearSome tasks do not necessarily need to be done every single day. Instead pick a day of the week where you will tackle these tasks. Which include:

-Empty the trash in bedrooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen

– Dust furniture and wiping down cobwebs

-Clean mirrors and windows

-Wipe down appliances in the kitchen, cleaning out the microwave and empty the crumb tray in your toaster

-Mop the floor

-Spray down and scrub the toilet, sink, and tub in the bathroom

What to Clean the First of Each Month

Monthly tasks are important and easy to forget. Don’t fall behind. Try to do these tasks at least once a month for optimal cleanliness.

-Move furniture and vacuum or sweep under it

-Clean outside windows

-Disinfect and deodorize garbage cans

-Run vinegar through your appliances to clean them

-Dust your blinds, shades and lighting fixtures

Keeping your home clean is a great start to the year. Contact Cyprus Air Heating & Cooling, located in Alexandria, VA  at 888-475-0402 for assistance with getting your home in order.