The Benefits of a Whole House Dehumidifier

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Whole House Dehumidifier

We’ve all heard the saying: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” And summer in Minnesota proves it with hot, sticky, oppressive days. When the air inside your home feels like the air outside, it may be time to consider a whole house dehumidifier from WestAIR Heating & Cooling.

SIGNS OF EXCESS HUMIDITY

When there’s too much humidity in your home, not only can you feel it, you can see it and smell it as well. You may need a whole house dehumidifier if:

  • Condensation appears on the inside of windows, on mirrors, or on cold drinks.
  • Your home has become an insect breeding ground.
  • Mold and mildew are present.
  • Wood furniture, wood floors, and trimwork warp or rot.
  • Skin feels sticky in the summer (or clammy in the winter).
  • Rooms smell musty.
  • You experience excessive sweating at normal indoor temperatures.

Excess humidity also provides an environment where dust mites thrive. These and other contaminants, like mold and mildew, can aggravate health problems, including asthma and allergies.

A whole house dehumidifier, working in connection with your heating and cooling system, removes the right amount of humidity from your home to alleviate these issues. At the same time, it prevents the air from becoming too dry, which can also be problematic. WestAIR installs the industry’s top whole house dehumidifiers from Aprilaire.

SPORTABLE DEHUMIDIFIER RECALL

Homeowners have used portable dehumidifiers for decades, most often in basements or cellars, which tend to be more humid. While a portable dehumidifier may seem to temporarily improve a sticky situation, a portable unit is unable to remove humidity throughout the home. In addition, portable humidifiers can pose a safety risk.

At the end of 2016, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 5.6 million portable dehumidifiers. The recall included more than 60 brands of dehumidifiers sold at various retail outlets, including Menards, Lowe’s, and Home Depot, due to a potential fire hazard. The units were built over a ten-year period, from 2003 to 2013. Three years prior, 12 brands of dehumidifiers were recalled.

2013 Recall
2016 Recall

If you own a portable dehumidifier, we encourage you to check to see if your unit is included in these nationwide recalls.

Contact the indoor air quality experts at WestAIR Heating & Cooling to discuss the benefits of whole house dehumidifiers for your home and your family.

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Happy Independence Day

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Independence Day

 

Happy Independence Day from WestAIR Heating and Cooling! Our office is closed today in observation of the holiday. Have a great 4th!

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Top Tips: How to Lower Your Summer Cooling Costs

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How to Lower Summer Cooling Costs - WestAIR

Summer has arrived. And even though the temps are soaring, your energy costs don’t have to. We’ve put together our top tips to keep your cooling costs in check this summer.

Monitor Your Thermostat

Keep an eye on your thermostat settings. If your family is curled up under blankets on the couch, it’s a good sign that your thermostat is set too low. Aim for between 72 and 78 degrees in summer. Even bumping up the number 2 to 4 degrees will have an impact on your bill.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

For the ultimate in home comfort and energy efficiency, install a programmable thermostat. Today’s technology allows you to access and control your home’s temperature remotely, and some thermostats will even “learn” and adjust to your family’s schedule. If you’ve already got a programmable thermostat, make sure you’re using it correctly.

Change Your Air Filter

Change out your air filter on a regular basis to ensure maximum air flow, improve overall efficiency, and prevent coil ice-ups.

Close Your Blinds

Blocking out sunlight by closing your blinds can not only reduce your cooling costs, it also can keep out harmful UV rays.

Cook Outside

Things can really heat up in the kitchen during the summer. Fire up the grill instead.

Bonus Tip: Flip the Switch

Unplug unused electronics or appliances. Use surge protector power strips or switched outlets that can be easily turned on and off. Don’t leave lights on in unoccupied rooms. While this may not directly keep your cooling costs down, you’ll still save on your electric bill.

Call WestAIR for an Annual Service Maintenance Check

It’s not too late to have your system checked by our professional technicians. We’ll make sure your system is running at the highest level of efficiency, determine if any repairs are needed, and make recommendations for replacement if necessary. We carry top quality air conditioning brands for the highest in energy efficiency.

Contact the cooling experts at WestAIR today. Call us at 763-498-8071.

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Happy Father’s Day 2017

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Father's Day 2017

Today, don’t forget to take time to thank  and celebrate the best dad’s ever!

Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

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Banana Chocolate Muffins-Summer Snacks

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Looking for a healthy muffin recipe both kids and adults will enjoy? These banana chocolate muffins fit the bill. They have the most wonderful, slightly dense yet crumbly texture and just the right amount of banana chocolatate-y goodness. Give ’em a try!

Banana Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup oat flour (make your own by pulsing old-fashioned oats in a food processor until powder consistency)
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3-4 mashed, very ripe bananas
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup chocolate chips (dark or semi-sweet)

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 400 and line a 12-count muffin tin with liners.
Add the oat flour, almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
In a large bowl, whisk bananas, butter, honey, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Pour in the dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips, reserving a few for topping the muffins, if desired.
Divide batter evenly among 12 muffin cups and top with reserved chocolate chips. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick in the middle comes out clean. Cool slightly before eating.

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In Honor of Memorial Day

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Memorial-Day-2017

This Memorial Day we take a moment to remember our Heroes and all that have served. We are forever grateful.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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We hope all of you mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers have a wonderful Mother’s Day being cherished by your loved ones!

 

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Twin Cities Indoor Play Areas for Kids

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Winter is here, and so is that cooped-up feeling of being indoors all the time. Here’s a list of fabulous (and FREE!) indoor play areas around the Twin Cities to help children burn off some energy:

Burnsville Mall Play Area | Located on the lower level, near JCPenney
1178 Burnsville Center
Burnsville, MN 55306

Eden Prairie Center Play Area | Monday–Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 11am–6pm  The children’s play area is located on the lower level of the Kohl’s wing.  Children fewer than 42 inches tall are welcome to enjoy the play area. Socks are required for play.
8251 Flying Cloud Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Legoland Mall of America | Monday-Saturday 10am-9:30pm; Sunday 11am-7pm  A great spot to stop and sit at the Mall of America.  Your kids will love the huge Lego displays and the play area has benches for parents, and both Duplo and regular Lego tables for the kids.

Roseville Mall Play Area | Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 11am-6pm
10 Rosedale Center
Roseville, mn 55113

Southdale Mall Play Area |Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-6pm  Located on the first level.  Closest parking is between Herbergers and JCPenney.
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435

Sovereign Grounds Coffee Shop and Playroom (Minneapolis): It’s a place to relax, meet other parents, talk, have a great cup of coffee or tea and maybe pick up some fresh beans to take home. There are comfortable spots for adults and a large playroom for the kids. Sovereign Grounds is proud to be the first kid-friendly coffeehouse in town, implementing the unique concept of combining an indoor playground with a traditional, community-oriented neighborhood café. Kids of all ages are not just tolerated here. They are welcome!

Source: Twin Cities Mom’s Blog

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Six Tips For Staying Healthy This Season

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The cooler months of the year are upon us, which means more time indoors. Stay healthy this season with these six easy tips for preventing the spread of germs:

  1. Wipe Down Your Phone: Though cold and flu germs are mostly airborne, germs can still spread from your hands and fingers to your face and mouth via mobile phone
  2. Turn Down The Heat: Dry air disrupts the protective mucous layer in your nose, making it easier for viruses to invade your body. Try using a humidifier in your home to add some moisture back into the air.
  3. Dust Off Your Sneakers: Did you know non-exercisers are three times more likely to catch a cold? Prime your body to fight off germs by moving your body for 30 minutes a day.
  4. Use More Than Hand Sanitizer: Good ol’ soap and water is best when it comes to killing germs on your hands.
  5. Get Some Rest: Skimping on sleep makes you four times more likely to catch a cold. Schedule bedtime like an important meeting, and make sleep a priority.
  6. Break The Habit of Touching Your Face: Rubbing your eyes or scratching your nose makes you 4% more likely to develop frequent upper respiratory infections.

Source: www.womansday.com

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Four Benefits of a Humidifier During Cooler Months

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Winter is here, and so is crisp Minnesota air. As the temperatures drop, so does humidity levels which can cause poor indoor air quality in our homes and negative effects on the body’s immune system. If you’re concerned about your health and comfort this season, consider using a humidifier during the cooler months.

  1. Dry air dries out your sinuses, nose and throat making it harder for your body to fight off unwanted germs. A humidifier increases humidity levels in your home, helping you breathe easier. Small portable humidifers work well for one room, or consider installing a whole house humidifier which works in conjunction with your HVAC system. Whole house humidifers also benefit allergy and asthma sufferers by keeping the throat, lungs and sinuses well lubricated.
  2. Whole home humidifiers also regulate indoor air quality to ensure the proper balance of humidity in your home.
  3. If you or someone you know suffers from eczema or other skin conditions, you know first-hand how dry air affects them. Moisturizing the skin helps, in addition to maintaining the proper humidity levels in your home.
  4. Have you ever woken up in the morning with a dry, sore throat? Your throat, chest, nose and mouth become progressively drier during the winter months. Maintaining the proper humidity levels in your home can help manage the air, giving you a better night’s sleep.

To learn more about indoor air quality, whole home humidifiers, or to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable WestAIR service techicians, call us today at 763-498-8071

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