A Stay-At-Home Valentine’s Night? Let the Temperature Set the Mood

Keep the Night Heated Up and the Energy Bills Low With a Few Tips

It’s always nice to have a comfortable home, but it may be of extra value when love is in the air. When deciding where to put the candles and rose petals, it might be a good idea to prep the rest of the home to ensure the central heating is working at its best. The next step is to enjoy a date night.

Are Windows and Doors Drafty?

Catching a chill from a doorway or window is pretty common. Houses are not air-tight, and they grow less and less so with age. This is particularly true around the outdoor access points: windows and doors. 

These are the areas where there is the least insulation against outdoor weather. Of course, this is a partially intentional design, but the cracks do tend to grow. To cut down on drafts, there are several easy steps that the average homeowner can take. 

  • Caulking Windows: Sometimes, windows just need a little more silicone around their frames to keep the chill-out
  • Weather Stripping: Applying this cushion around the edges of a door frame will reduce the incoming cold
  • New Curtains: Many new curtain options are like adding an extra layer of insulation to a room

Try Energy Star WindowsA Stay-At-Home Valentine’s Night? Let the Temperature Set the Mood

When a customer is looking into optimizing home heating, one of the first things to look at is a home’s windows. As previously mentioned, windows are, by design and necessity, a weak point in a home’s insulation. Engineers have come a long way in window design since the days of the early glaziers. 

Windows can now provide their form of insulation and can greatly increase the efficiency of a home heating system.

Energy Star windows, which only receive the energy star rating after extensive independent testing for efficiency, are a great investment and often pay for themselves over time. Installing these can have a big effect on home comfort and energy costs.

Heater Maintenance and the Local ContractorA Stay-At-Home Valentine’s Night? Let the Temperature Set the Mood

While insulating a home and fixing drafts is certainly a good idea, there is little chance that these changes will help the temperature in a homestay consistent with a properly working HVAC system. Keeping up with heating maintenance can prevent a complete collapse of the system and eliminate the need for emergency or after-hours service. 

While this sounds good in theory, a homeowner may be concerned about finding a trustworthy heating company to do the job. Looking for an HVAC contractor may be daunting, but by following a few simple tips, a homeowner can be confident in their choice of heating contractor.

  1. Ask friends for recommendations
  2. Read reviews on Google or Yelp
  3. Look up a contractor through the Better Business Bureau or relevant certifying organizations such as NATE
  4. Check the company’s website for coupons and special deals

About Alta Air

The people of Woods Cross, UT have been relying on Alta Air for their HVAC services for nearly twenty years. They offer a complete array of heating services and installations. Call Alta Air today for heating service in Woods Cross and the surrounding areas.

Plan a Perfect Halloween Movie Night

3 Tips for Turning Any Family Night into a Scary Cinema Extravaganza

Not everyone is into Halloween or haunted houses, but most people can find a place in their hearts and busy schedules for an evening of film with friends and family. As the country is looking at spending another spooky season with minimal human contact, spending a night in with some good Halloween movies may be just what the doctor ordered. 

Choose the Film: To Gore or Not To GorePlan a Perfect Halloween Movie Night

While there are many Halloween movies to choose from, some people may want to choose movies that even the younger members of the family can enjoy. Some of these films might include the likes of Ghostbusters, The BoxTrolls, The Nightmare Before Christmas, E.T., and the first three Harry Potter films.

If blood and guts are more appealing to a person’s film tastes, then plenty of movies dish out the goods. Take a few of these classics:

  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Child’s Play
  • The Descent
  • As Above, So Below
  • Psycho

Get Cozy: Comfort Foods and Fuzzy Blankets

When planning a movie night, the snacks are almost as important as the film. Make it a whole experience by making and decorating spooky sugar cookies, or make popcorn balls, or just hit the dollar store candy aisle. Enjoy a few Halloween themed candies like:

  • Candy Corn
  • Marshmallow Pumpkins
  • Reese’s Pieces

Don’t forget the pillow fort. Grab all the fleece blankets and every pillow in the house and plump them up on the living room floor for a perfect movie-watching nest.

Double Check the FurnacePlan a Perfect Halloween Movie Night

Nothing is so ominous as bumping or banging noise in the night. That ominous sound may just be the furnace in distress. When planning a cozy night in, homeowners shouldn’t forget to have their furnace checked out so they are not left in the cold. 

Heater maintenance is an important part of a fall routine. If a homeowner gets a furnace inspection before the cold season starts, their furnace will be ready to make the movie night warm and toasty. 

An HVAC professional will swoop in like the late-entering hero to save the lead from the scary monster. There is nothing to fear from heater inspection or heater service. Here are a few examples of what a technician might look at:

  • Filter: In most systems, the filter needs to be changed at least once a year.
  • Electrical Connections: Checking these connections will keep a unit running efficiently and prevent any sort of fire hazard caused by loose or defective wiring.
  • Condensate Drain: The technician will verify that nothing blocking the drain could cause leaks and water damage.
  • Thermostat: The tech will verify that the thermostat is connected and working properly.
  • Fuel Lines: If the home is heated by natural gas, the lines will need to be checked for leaks to ensure peak efficiency and the highest safety.

With all these pieces in place, the Halloween movie night is sure to be a success.

About Alta Air

Alta Air is a locally owned and operated HVAC business serving the greater Woods Cross, UT area since 2003. With free estimates and quality workmanship, their mission is to have such satisfied customers that they return again and again and refer others. Call today for HVAC service!