Feeling like an electricity generator? We’ve all been there. It seems like everything you touch results in a ZAP! Even the gentle touch of a loved one can cause that quick, sharp shock. Static electricity is a symptom of a bigger problem: the air in your house is just too dry. 

Static electricity is frustrating, sure. But dry air isn’t just an annoyance. 

The Problem with Dry Air

The air in your home has two main properties: temperature and humidity. Ideally, the humidity level in your house should be around 45%. 

Most of us are familiar with the problems caused by too much moisture. Besides the dampness, you’d feel, too much humidity can be breeding grounds for bacteria and mold. 

We don’t often hear about the problems caused by air that is too dry. Dry air causes noticeable changes, like static electricity. You might also notice that your skin gets crackly or scaly, or your lips stay dry and chapped. 

But there’s also the changes internal functions to be aware of, like mucous membranes (yes, we’re talking the stuff inside your nose). When mucus is too dry, it loses its natural barrier against inflation of the respiratory tract. As a result, you can be more prone to sickness. 

How do I know if the air in my house is too dry? 

There are a variety of ways to monitor the moisture level of the air inside your home to ensure it is not too dry. Any of the following methods would work: 

1 – Sensing – If your home is at the right humidity level, you won’t have any of the problems associated with dry air. For example, no one in your home will suffer from extra-dry skin, chapped lips, or bloody noses. Also, you won’t be subjected to static electricity at every doorknob. 

2 – Changes in your Home – Dry air will pull moisture from your house’s structure and furnishings. So, warped and creaky wood is an indicator of air that’s too dry. You can also check for chipped and flaking paint. 

3 – Monitoring – Many thermostats these days come with a humidity sensor built-in. This way, you can know for sure the moisture content of the air in your house. But if your thermostat doesn’t have this feature, not to worry. You can purchase temperature and humidity monitors very inexpensively. 

What solutions are there for dry air? 

Although there are many short-term solutions for dry air, we encourage you to consider a permanent solution for your house. Installing a humidifier alongside the rest of your HVAC equipment will ensure that your humidity levels never drop below the acceptable range. This way, you can avoid the inconvenience of air with low humidity levels. 

And yes – there are many cheap space humidifiers available. The problem with these local humidifiers is that you have to remember to turn them on, power them off, and then to add water. And, a small humidifier will only help the air nearby – not all of the air inside your house. 

A whole-home humidifier is installed with your heating and cooling equipment. This way, all of the air in your home will get treated. And best of all, you’ll never have to worry about turning it on or off, or remembering to refill any water reservoirs. A whole-home humidifier is connected to your water line. 

In short, a whole-home humidifier can help preserve comfort and healthier air in every space.

Dry Air Solutions from Brody Pennell

Don’t let dry air make you uncomfortable or susceptible to illness. Take control with a whole-home humidifier and enjoy the air all year long. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation on adding a humidifier to your HVAC system.

A question that we often get asked by our customers is – do I need a smart thermostat? It’s a great question. It seems like so many L.A. homeowners want the latest and greatest technology to keep their homes comfortable. It can be difficult to discern what it necessary or helpful and what is just hype. Below, we’ll talk more about the benefits of a smart thermostat to help you determine if your home actually needs one.

What is a Smart Thermostat?

A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled home comfort device that automatically adjusts your home’s temperature for optimal performance. In addition to allowing you to set your ideal temperature for different days and time frames, the thermostat actually starts to learn which settings you prefer and adjust the temperature to help you save more energy during the times when your HVAC system is not typically in use.

Benefits of a Smart Thermostat

Overall, a smart thermostat helps make home comfort easy. Here are just a few of the main benefits of this smart HVAC accessory:

Save energy.

Using a smart thermostat helps you save more energy over time. As the thermostat learns your comfort preferences, it starts to adjust your system use over time. That means that your equipment isn’t constantly running at the same temperature throughout the day. The system kicks on when you need it to maintain home comfort and is on a more efficient setting while you are away. Using your system more efficiently not only saves energy, but it also helps you cut down on your electric bills throughout the year.

Control remotely.

One of the best benefits of a smart thermostat is that you can control your temperature settings remotely. Whether you want to warm your house up before you get home from work on a cold day or you’d like to turn off your HVAC system to save energy while on vacation, you have complete control of your system from your smartphone or mobile device.

Stay comfy.

With a smart thermostat, you will always come home to a comfortable living space. Your home comfort is at your fingertips and with the click of a button, you can quickly and easily adjust your temperature settings to ensure optimal comfort.

Do I need a smart thermostat?

Though smart thermostats may not be a necessity for homes, they are nice to have if home comfort is a priority for you and your family. When customers ask us about ways that they can improve their home comfort or have better control over their energy costs, we often recommend getting a smart thermostat. It makes home comfort easy, which is just one less thing that you need to think about when creating a happy, healthy, and comfortable space for you and your family.

Got more questions about smart thermostat technology? We’d be happy to help enlighten you. Call us today to speak to a home comfort specialist: (310) 896-4911.

Now that the holidays are here, many homeowners have started thinking a little more about what they might ask Santa for in order to make their home a little more comfortable. Luckily, we know just what you need – HVAC accessories!

Though your HVAC system does a good job of keeping your home environment safe, healthy, and comfortable, sometimes you need a little extra help, depending on your home comfort needs and lifestyle. For example, families with allergy sufferers might need to go the extra mile to make sure their family members can breathe easy when allergies start to hit hard by purchasing an indoor air quality product.

Below, we’ll guide you through the world of HVAC accessories, so that you can make a more informed decision about which might be right for you:

Electronic Air Cleaners

Most standard air filters only trap about 7% of home pollutants like dust, dirt, tobacco smoke, mold, bacteria, and other allergens. This leaves 93% of these irritants traveling around your home left to damage your furnishings and aggravate allergies, asthma, and other breathing issues. Indoor air quality products like an air purifier or electronic air cleaner help remedy these issues.

Electronic air cleaners act as an extra line of defense against these pesky pollutants by cleaning the air in your home and removing these allergens before they impact your home comfort or health. Carrier’s patented  Captures and Kills™ technology traps and kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and other irritants, re-purifying the circulated air as many as 8 times an hour.

Who Needs an Air Purifier?

Though we can all stand to breathe air that’s a little cleaner, not every home needs an air purifier. This IAQ product is ideal for homes with family members who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues. It is also the perfect accessory for homes that have family members with weakened immune systems such as elderly folks or infants.

Smart Thermostats

Thermostats are a must-have for any homeowner. This device allows you to control the temperature of your living space, ensuring that the whole family is happy, healthy, and comfortable all year round. However, not all thermostats are created equal! While some homes have a simple electronic thermostat, other homeowners opt for a smarter option that gives them better control over their home comfort.

Smart thermostats provide enable you to reach optimal home comfort by giving you more control over the temperature and comfort settings within your home. With a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can adjust the temperature and other settings on your thermostat from any device with an Internet connection. That means you’ll no longer have to come home to a cold house on a chilly winter night or worry about leaving the AC blasting when you leave for work this summer.

Who Needs a Smart Thermostat?

Smart thermostats are the ideal HVAC accessory for homeowners who prioritize comfort and convenience above all else. They are also a great gift idea for families that are into the latest and greatest gadgets or want to work toward transitioning to smart home technology. If you’re in the market for a new smart thermostat, be sure to check out our selection of Carrier smart thermostats.

UV Sterilizers

Did you know that your indoor air is often dirtier than the air outside? (Yes, even in LA!) UV air sterilizers create a cleaner, healthier, and safer home environment by eliminating mold, bacteria, and germs from your home and the air circulating through your home. These devices are located in the duct work upstream of your HVAC system where they work to kill a high percentage of airborne bacteria and germs as they pass through the UV light.

A single UV lamp model kills up to 70% of the airborne bacteria that passes through your HVAC system. While the coil irradiation model kills up to 99.9% of surface mold on your central AC components and cooling coil. This not only creates a cleaner and healthier home environment for you and your family, but it also helps protect and improve the performance of your heating and cooling equipment.

Who Needs UV Sterilizers?

UV sterilizers are ideal for those who suffer from respiratory issues, allergies, and asthma. It can also be great for those who find themselves getting frequent cold and flu headaches, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, sore throat, and fatigue.

Need help deciding which HVAC accessories are right for your home? The home comfort experts at Brody Pennell are standing by to answer your questions. After asking you a few questions about your home environment, comfort needs, and HVAC system, we’ll pair you with the right HVAC accessories to meet your needs.

Call us today to improve your home comfort levels: (310)896-4911.