Posted by Tony on February 2nd, 2015
We’ve moved on from the dancing sharks (who stole the Super Bowl halftime show) and focused our attention on another animal friend: Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog.
Each year on February 2nd, people show up bright and early to learn if Phil sees his shadow. If he does, then prepare for 6 more weeks of winter. If not, spring is around the corner.
Not surprisingly, our favorite groundhog did see his shadow. So it looks like we’re in for 6 more weeks of winter. But let’s be honest, is anyone surprised? Phil could have saved himself some time and just watched the Weather Channel.
Winter Storm Linus is crushing Chicago just days after Boston survived one of the biggest snowstorm’s in its long history.
And even though Groundhog Day is a cheeky holiday, I think it’s a safe bet this time. Stay safe if you’re traveling, and do your best to keep warm at home. Continue reading
Posted by Tony on January 12th, 2015
Frigid winter weather has definitely arrived. An extra boost of warm air can make a huge difference in these conditions—and that’s exactly where space heaters come in.
To help you sift through your options and figure out which one is right for you, we picked our top 5 space heater recommendations for 2015. Read on to learn more and pick one for your home or office.
1. Honeywell HZ-980 EnergySmart Infrared Heater
Quiet, gently warms whole rooms, and currently on sale!
Bedrooms, living rooms, and basements
The Honeywell HZ-980 is a customer favorite. Recently named a “Best Buy” from a top consumer reporting agency, this model is simple to use, will fit in with just about any room, and gently spreads heat around your space.
- Efficient: Automatically regulates power consumption; Energy Usage Indicator displays amount of energy used
- Technology: Infrared heating technology with a fan to distribute warm air around rooms up to 1,000 square feet
- Thermostat: Set your ideal room temperature and heat level (low to high)
- Save Your Settings: Program 2 settings as favorites, programs to turn off up to 8 hours in advance.
Posted by Tony on October 21st, 2014
Cold weather has definitely arrived, but don’t tell football fans. Chances are they won’t care anyways. Die-hard fans are preparing for the second (and most important) half of football season, and being ready for long, cold days of tailgating is a must. The goal is to stay warm without compromising the fun. If you follow these 5 tailgating tips, you’ll stay healthy and comfortable even in the coldest football weather. Continue reading
Posted by Tony on January 31st, 2014
We’ve been saying it for a while now: This has been a crazy winter. Little did we know just how crazy it would get here in Atlanta! On Tuesday all hell broke loose and the term “Snowpocolypse” was unavoidable. After a few inches of ice caused a full-blown city shutdown, the dust (or ice?) has finally settled.
The political and economic consequences are still the talk-of-the-town, but this storm proved one thing: With Mother Nature, you really just never know. I’ll leave the political conversation to Mayor Kasim Reed and the various news outlets asking the tough questions. But as some people are just getting home after 48+ hours away from their families, let’s take a look back at the craziness: Continue reading
Posted by Tony on December 6th, 2013
Winter doesn’t officially start for another 5 weeks, but freezing weather came earlier than expected thanks to an arctic blast that hit the south and northeast over the last few days. People from Florida to DC and even Texas saw temperatures drop from fair to freezing in a matter of hours. As discussed on the various news channels (including CBS) this week, experts say this may be the start of a very long winter. These unusually cold temperatures are affecting millions of people across the country and have many worried about what lies ahead.
The current blast is producing record-breaking lows and freezing weather that residents haven’t seen (or prepared for) in quite some time. Considering these unpredictable weather patterns, it may be time to prepare for the cold winter ahead. Central heating systems are great, but when temperatures drop drastically with no warning, it’s a good idea to have a space heater available for quick, directed heat in specific rooms. Most of these inexpensive heaters are about as efficient as you can get–and can help save you money by keeping your thermostat at a lower temperature.
Whether you’re looking for a compact heater to place on your floor, a tabletop heater, or a heater that hangs from your wall, we have a variety of options for any room in your home. Here are a few good heater options depending on your needs:
- Convection Heaters: Looking to warm an entire room? Then a convection heater is definitely one to check out. Generally aided by fans, these heaters spread warmth across your room and are generally compact enough to move from room to room. So you can keep it in your bedroom when you sleep and then move it to your living room while you’re watching TV.
- Infrared Heaters: Consider an infrared heater if you need direct heat to objects in your space. They’re common for people looking to heat themselves and other direct objects–not necessarily an entire room. Just target yours right where you need it, and enjoy the warmth instantly.
- Garage Heaters: Working in garages when it’s frigidly cold outside sounds like a ton of fun, right? Probably not. Glance over our selection of garage and workshop heaters to see if any of them can help you out this winter. With rugged exteriors and powerful heating capabilities, they can withstand the tough conditions in your garage–and you will too!
Regardless of how you do it, do your best to get through the crazy weather patterns hitting the United States. Have you noticed any surprisingly low temperatures in your areas? Have any suggestions to deal with it? Let us know in the comments below!
Posted by Kylie on December 12th, 2012
Although it took a while to feel like winter in many parts of the country, there’s no doubt that cold weather has arrived. As we start turning on our furnaces and space heaters, there are a few things to keep in mind. An overload of dust can be dispersed by running your furnace, especially for the first time. Help keep your air clean and fresh (and lower your risk of feeling bad around the holidays) by completing a few small tasks around your house.
When you turn on your furnace for the first time each year, you might notice a “burnt dust” smell in the air—I know I did! During warmer months, your heating ducts accumulate a lot of dust and other allergens. When it’s time to turn it back on, your home is flooded with all that has accumulated over the last year, which can lead to allergies and other respiratory issues.
It may not seem like a huge deal, but the dust and other particles floating around can also compromise your immune system. If your body is busy fighting off the impurities in your air, you’re more vulnerable to other infections like the common cold or flu.
Fortunately there are a couple of ways you can diminish this problem:
- Use air filters to catch the dust and debris. Clean permanent filters and use HEPA filters to catch as many unwanted allergens as possible.
- Install eco friendly heaters that don’t spread as much dust and allergens into the air.
- Have your heating ducts cleaned regularly, especially just before you fire them up for the year.
- Use a humidifier if your air is dry. Dry air can irritate your sinuses and cause sore throats, so make sure your humidity is between 35% and 50%.
The best way to improve your indoor air while running your furnace or heater is to use all of these strategies. The bottom line is that it’s not the air that’s bad for you; it’s the dust and allergens that accumulate when your heater’s not in use. Be sure to have adequate filtration and cleaning processes, so you can enjoy a warm home without some of these nasty side effects.
I’ve been running my heat for more than two months now (I live in North Dakota)! When did you decide it was time to kick on the furnace?
Photo Credit: Fireplace by Travis Wiens on Flickr.
Posted by Kylie on November 28th, 2012
The weather is cooling down, and for many of us, that means our pets will be spending much more time inside. Unfortunately, our beloved furry friends can bring in a lot of allergens – especially when it comes to their hair and dander.
Even those of us who don’t have these allergies should aim to diminish pet hair and dander in the home to keep the indoor air as pure as possible. Plus your pet-allergic friends will thank you!
Fortunately, we can enjoy our pets’ company without suffering from reduced indoor air quality.