Posts made in June, 2016

Heating Tips For Allergy Sufferers

Coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes, for the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies these symptoms can happen at any point during the year. One time of year that can be particularly uncomfortable for those suffering from allergies is when the temperatures drop. Dipping temperatures outside mean that people are turning on their heaters inside. The problem is that many have heating systems that force warm air throughout the interior of the home. This moving air can blow dust and other allergens throughout the home, irritating allergy sufferers. Here are three heating tips for allergy sufferers.

HEPA Filters

During the warm months when heaters are not in use, allergens tend to build up in the air ducts. When the heater is turned on and the air is forced through, these particulates scatter throughout the home. When it comes to removing particulates that can irritate allergy symptoms, HEPA filters are a must for any heating system. HEPA filters work by forcing air through a fine mesh. The fine mesh is able to trap allergy inducing particles such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites, and more. Using these filters with a forced air heating system can help keep allergy symptoms at bay. 

Increase Humidity

Another issue that many allergy sufferers have when the heat comes on are nose bleeds. Heaters dry the air out within the home and in turn dry out nasal passages leading to bleeding. Humidifiers are the best solution to this issue. They range in price from $100 to more than $1,000. A steam humidifier is hardwired into a home’s heating and air conditioning system and regulates humidity throughout the home. This is the best choice for many allergy sufferers. It’s also one of the most expensive options, costing $600 to $1,600 with professional installation.

Radiant Floor Heating

One way to bypass the problems of forced air heating is by getting rid of it altogether. Radiant floor heat allows the home to be heated from below without the use of blowing air. The lack of moving air means that allergens are not stirred up. This type of heating is the best choice for those who suffer from allergies. There are two types of radiant floor heat, electric systems and hydroponic systems. Both options are costly. Electric systems cost $6 to $16 per square foot while hydroponic systems cost $8 to $12 per square foot. 

Creating a warm and comfortable indoor environment when temperatures drop can be challenging for those who suffer from allergies. HEPA filters and humidifiers can make a big difference. However, the best choice for heating for those with allergies is to install radiant floor heating. Contact a business, such as Adams Plumbing & Heating, for more information.   

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Going Up Or Going Out — How To Choose Between A One Story House And Two Stories

Planning to build a new home? There are many decisions to make, but probably the first and most basic one is this: one story or two stories? There are good reasons to choose either style of house and good reasons not to choose it. Here’s a quick guide to the pros and cons of both housing plans.

One Story

Among the most popular reasons for building a ranch style home is the lack of stairs. With so-called “baby boomers” accounting for about 1/4 of the overall U.S. population, this means that a lot of homeowners are older and looking for homes with more accessibility and an easier layout. You may want to consider this point if you’re interested in improving your house’s resale value or if you have aging family members who visit or stay with you.

Single story homes also offer more flexibility in design and layout. Because of their stacked-on-top nature, houses with two levels have certain limitations — among these is ceiling height and variation. You simply can’t have vaulted or cathedral ceilings nor skylights on the main level of a multi-story house. You’re also likely to need less bathrooms in a ranch home because the baths are more easily available rather than running upstairs or downstairs continuously. 

The “cons” of ranch homes tends to lie in their size and cost. Because you have a more sprawling layout, there’s simply more home to build. This means a larger roof and foundation to pay for. It also requires more physical space on the lot or piece of land. 

Two Story

The two-story house has grown in popularity to become the style most likely to be thought of first. One of the main reasons for such popularity is that it takes up less space. With average new homes in the United States encompassing about 2,392 square feet, it’s important to think about how much of your yard will be taken up by the house. Taking up less ground space also translates to cheaper construction costs if your budget is limited. 

Families may find, though, that two story construction is noisier and more cumbersome. With kids and pets running around the home, the sounds can travel between floors pretty significantly. Squeaks in the upper floor, heavy foot traffic and noise going up and down the stairs can all add up to a headache. In addition, rooms placed too closely together — like bedrooms placed on top of the family room, for instance — can add to noise pollution. And the house may be less energy efficient with two levels to keep comfortable. 

By knowing the advantages and disadvantages of both single level and multi level houses, you can make the best choice for your own situation. Work with your contractor to determine which of these factors is most important to you and your home lot. The end result will be a home that you can love for years to come. Contact a contractor that offers ranch style custom homes for more information.   

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