Spring cleaning time is here! That means it’s time to wipe off all that winter grime like a pro with these tips:
Dryer Vent
Your dryer vent is the most important and also most overlooked space in your home. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that more than 15,000 dryer vent fires occur each year when lint collects in the vent and hot air causes it to catch fire.
To clean your vent, move the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the vent tube where it attaches to the dryer, then use your vacuum cleaner hose to get the lint out and reconnect the tube. Plan to do this at least once a year, and make sure you clean your dryer’s lint filter before every load!
Ceiling Fans
Fans are great energy savers, but they can also be serious dust catchers. With the fan turned off, dust or vacuum the outside of the motor casing. Then tackle each of the fan blades, paying special attention to the blade tops because that’s where most of the dirt will be hiding. If you have a soaring ceiling, you can buy an extendable pole that’s specially made for ceiling fans, or you can rig your own. The trick is to have the dusting cloth wrapped around something that’s curved so you can reach the top of the blades.
Over and Under the Refrigerator
If you can’t see it, it’s not there, right? Not so much. Kitchen air isn’t just dusty, it also includes grease that makes dirt especially hard to remove. A sturdy chair or step stool will help you reach the top of your refrigerator. If you’d rather keep both feet on the floor, invest in a bendable and extendable dusting device like a Swiffer. With your dusting cloth at a right angle, you’ll be able to easily sweep dirt away. Once a month or so, grab your vacuum and run the brush attachment over the vent at the bottom of your fridge; you’ll keep it running more efficiently, which will keep money in your pocket. 
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/. 

Spring cleaning time is here! That means it’s time to wipe off all that winter grime like a pro with these tips:

Dryer Vent

Your dryer vent is the most important and also most overlooked space in your home. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that more than 15,000 dryer vent fires occur each year when lint collects in the vent and hot air causes it to catch fire.

To clean your vent, move the dryer away from the wall and disconnect the vent tube where it attaches to the dryer, then use your vacuum cleaner hose to get the lint out and reconnect the tube. Plan to do this at least once a year, and make sure you clean your dryer’s lint filter before every load!

Ceiling Fans

Fans are great energy savers, but they can also be serious dust catchers. With the fan turned off, dust or vacuum the outside of the motor casing. Then tackle each of the fan blades, paying special attention to the blade tops because that’s where most of the dirt will be hiding. If you have a soaring ceiling, you can buy an extendable pole that’s specially made for ceiling fans, or you can rig your own. The trick is to have the dusting cloth wrapped around something that’s curved so you can reach the top of the blades.

Over and Under the Refrigerator

If you can’t see it, it’s not there, right? Not so much. Kitchen air isn’t just dusty, it also includes grease that makes dirt especially hard to remove. A sturdy chair or step stool will help you reach the top of your refrigerator. If you’d rather keep both feet on the floor, invest in a bendable and extendable dusting device like a Swiffer. With your dusting cloth at a right angle, you’ll be able to easily sweep dirt away. Once a month or so, grab your vacuum and run the brush attachment over the vent at the bottom of your fridge; you’ll keep it running more efficiently, which will keep money in your pocket. 

Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

Since spring-cleaning is here, the Service Legends team has compiled a list of all-time favorite cleaning tricks – beloved tips that we use in our own homes almost every day!
These 7 cleaning tasks can proudly display our stamp of approval:
1.   How to Clean Your Coffee Maker
Cleaning your coffee maker with white vinegar at least once a month will drastically improve the taste of your coffee.
2. Get Rid of Drink Rings
No, this not a typo – mayonnaise can actually remove drink rings from your wood furniture. Give it a try!
3. Clean Your Microwave With a Lemon
This tip is too good not to share. Pop a lemon into the microwave to loosen food particles and create an instant air freshener.
4. How to Polish Copper
Tarnished copper is quite an eyesore. This trick starts working as soon as you start scrubbing – talk about instant gratification! All you need are a lemon and coarse salt. Sprinkle the cut side of a lemon half with the salt, then rub it over the copper, which will soon gleam. 
4. Remove Pet Hair
Try removing pet hair by putting a rubber glove on your hand and running your hand over the surface of everything. This trick works better than a lint roller or duct tape.
6. Get Your Disposal Squeaky Clean
Sometimes garbage disposals tend to smell like, well, garbage. Luckily, freshening your garbage disposal only takes a lemon and some baking soda.
7. Disinfect Your Kitchen Sponge
A study from the USDA found that the microwave is the best way to kill bacteria, yeast and mold in kitchen sponges.
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/. 

Since spring-cleaning is here, the Service Legends team has compiled a list of all-time favorite cleaning tricks – beloved tips that we use in our own homes almost every day!

These 7 cleaning tasks can proudly display our stamp of approval:

1.   How to Clean Your Coffee Maker

Cleaning your coffee maker with white vinegar at least once a month will drastically improve the taste of your coffee.

2. Get Rid of Drink Rings

No, this not a typo – mayonnaise can actually remove drink rings from your wood furniture. Give it a try!

3. Clean Your Microwave With a Lemon

This tip is too good not to share. Pop a lemon into the microwave to loosen food particles and create an instant air freshener.

4. How to Polish Copper

Tarnished copper is quite an eyesore. This trick starts working as soon as you start scrubbing – talk about instant gratification! All you need are a lemon and coarse salt. Sprinkle the cut side of a lemon half with the salt, then rub it over the copper, which will soon gleam. 

4. Remove Pet Hair

Try removing pet hair by putting a rubber glove on your hand and running your hand over the surface of everything. This trick works better than a lint roller or duct tape.

6. Get Your Disposal Squeaky Clean

Sometimes garbage disposals tend to smell like, well, garbage. Luckily, freshening your garbage disposal only takes a lemon and some baking soda.

7. Disinfect Your Kitchen Sponge

A study from the USDA found that the microwave is the best way to kill bacteria, yeast and mold in kitchen sponges.

Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

Keep your A/C unit running smoothly, use less energy and stay cool this summer with a routine maintenance check. Just like a car needs a regular tune-up to run properly, so does your A/C system! Here are some tips on how to schedule your spring tune-up!
Contact us. We wouldn’t recommend trying this yourself! Give us a call and schedule a HVAC maintenance check-up. A professional is needed to prevent damaging your air conditioner and to ensure that it’s properly maintained.
Always schedule for spring. We highly recommend you schedule your HVAC tune-up in the spring. You’ll avoid a major breakdown during the summer, when the temperature is at its peak.
Know your basics. Here’s what your tune-up will include when you call us! Call today to learn more!
Infared camera inspection of Heat Exchanger
Test Blower Motor & Amp Draw
Check A/C for Level
Test Motor Start Capacitor
Inspect A/C Lines for Restrictions
Inspect Blower Motor
Inspect Evaporator Coil
Test Compressor Start Capacitor
Inspect Breaker & Disconnect
Inspect Contactor
Test Freon Levels
Test Compressor Amp Draw
Test All Wiring Connections
Measure & Test Temperature Drop
Check Filter
Clean Condenser Coil
Test All Wiring Connections
Measure & Test Temperature Rise
Clean Blower Housing
Inspect Coil for Mold Like Debris
Inspect Condensate Drain
Clean Debris Around Inside A/C
Wax and Seal AC Unit
Efficiency Performance Analysis
Lubricate Motor
Level & Clean Thermostat
Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/. 

Keep your A/C unit running smoothly, use less energy and stay cool this summer with a routine maintenance check. Just like a car needs a regular tune-up to run properly, so does your A/C system! Here are some tips on how to schedule your spring tune-up!

Contact us. We wouldn’t recommend trying this yourself! Give us a call and schedule a HVAC maintenance check-up. A professional is needed to prevent damaging your air conditioner and to ensure that it’s properly maintained.

Always schedule for spring. We highly recommend you schedule your HVAC tune-up in the spring. You’ll avoid a major breakdown during the summer, when the temperature is at its peak.

Know your basics. Here’s what your tune-up will include when you call us! Call today to learn more!

  1. Infared camera inspection of Heat Exchanger
  2. Test Blower Motor & Amp Draw
  3. Check A/C for Level
  4. Test Motor Start Capacitor
  5. Inspect A/C Lines for Restrictions
  6. Inspect Blower Motor
  7. Inspect Evaporator Coil
  8. Test Compressor Start Capacitor
  9. Inspect Breaker & Disconnect
  10. Inspect Contactor
  11. Test Freon Levels
  12. Test Compressor Amp Draw
  13. Test All Wiring Connections
  14. Measure & Test Temperature Drop
  15. Check Filter
  16. Clean Condenser Coil
  17. Test All Wiring Connections
  18. Measure & Test Temperature Rise
  19. Clean Blower Housing
  20. Inspect Coil for Mold Like Debris
  21. Inspect Condensate Drain
  22. Clean Debris Around Inside A/C
  23. Wax and Seal AC Unit
  24. Efficiency Performance Analysis
  25. Lubricate Motor
  26. Level & Clean Thermostat

Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more and to schedule your spring tune-up! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

If you’re using store-bought aerosol fresheners at home, you’re likely spraying at least two toxic chemicals in the air, benzene and formaldehyde.  Both of these chemicals are harmful and can cause serious problems ranging from eye irritation to more serious conditions like cancer.
Luckily, there are plenty of natural air-freshener options that will keep your home smelling just as wonderful without the hidden addition of toxic chemicals.
Here are three of our favorite DIY air freshener recipes:

Homemade Febreeze
Distilled water
1 Tbs. Baking soda
2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Directions:1. Pour the baking soda into a small dish and add the drops of essential oils (if adding).  Mix well with a spoon.
2. Pour baking soda into the empty spray bottle and fill it to the top with water.  Shake well to mix the baking soda and water. You can use this to freshen the air in a room. You can also use it on carpets, couches, shoes, etc.

Spicy Potpourri
In a Ziploc bag, mix one ounce of cinnamon sticks, a small container of whole cloves and a small container of allspice. Give the bag a good shake! Take one teaspoon of the spice blend and mix it with one cup of water. Pour the blend into a saucepan on your stove, bring to a boil, and then let it simmer to create a potpourri with some kick!

Apple and Ginger
Gather sliced ginger, lemon juice and a big handful of apple peels. Add your ingredients together in a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the concoction to a boil on your stove top. Then turn down the heat and let the mixture boil until the water has evaporated. This is a great seasonal choice for winter. 

Service Legends cares about your comfort and coziness. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/. 

If you’re using store-bought aerosol fresheners at home, you’re likely spraying at least two toxic chemicals in the air, benzene and formaldehyde.  Both of these chemicals are harmful and can cause serious problems ranging from eye irritation to more serious conditions like cancer.

Luckily, there are plenty of natural air-freshener options that will keep your home smelling just as wonderful without the hidden addition of toxic chemicals.

Here are three of our favorite DIY air freshener recipes:

Homemade Febreeze

Distilled water

1 Tbs. Baking soda

2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Directions:
1. Pour the baking soda into a small dish and add the drops of essential oils (if adding).  Mix well with a spoon.

2. Pour baking soda into the empty spray bottle and fill it to the top with water.  Shake well to mix the baking soda and water. You can use this to freshen the air in a room. You can also use it on carpets, couches, shoes, etc.

Spicy Potpourri

In a Ziploc bag, mix one ounce of cinnamon sticks, a small container of whole cloves and a small container of allspice. Give the bag a good shake! Take one teaspoon of the spice blend and mix it with one cup of water. Pour the blend into a saucepan on your stove, bring to a boil, and then let it simmer to create a potpourri with some kick!

Apple and Ginger

Gather sliced ginger, lemon juice and a big handful of apple peels. Add your ingredients together in a saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the concoction to a boil on your stove top. Then turn down the heat and let the mixture boil until the water has evaporated. This is a great seasonal choice for winter. 

Service Legends cares about your comfort and coziness. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

                                                        





Only one in five Americans pays attention to their furnace filters! Since monthly maintenance prevents an unaffordable disaster down the road, it’s important to maintain your furnace. That includes the filter!


Find the filter. Some filters are located in the bottom, some in the back and some in the front (but behind a panel). If you have trouble finding your furnace’s filter, check your owner’s manual.


Check your current filter. If you’re not sure whether or not it’s time to change your filter, hold your dirty filter up to the light. If you can no longer see through the filter, than it’s definitely time to change it.


Choose your new filter. If you simply want to protect your blower motor from dirt, then go for the least expensive filter option. If you’re more interested in keeping your air free of pollutants, choose a HEPA filter, which removes 99.97 percent of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometer. They do cost more, but they’ll clean your air better than anything else. If you do go this route, keep in mind that more expensive filters will capture more dust, pollen and pet danger. That means they’ll become clogged faster and air flow will get restricted. Restricted air flow can lead to premature furnace failure, so it’s really important that you change HEPA filters regularly!


Change the filter. Pull the dirty filter out and replace it with a new one. Make sure that the arrow on the filter is pointing towards the blowing motor. Tadah! 

Service Legends cares about your comfort and coziness. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/. 
                                                        

Only one in five Americans pays attention to their furnace filters! Since monthly maintenance prevents an unaffordable disaster down the road, it’s important to maintain your furnace. That includes the filter!
  1. Find the filter. Some filters are located in the bottom, some in the back and some in the front (but behind a panel). If you have trouble finding your furnace’s filter, check your owner’s manual.

  2. Check your current filter. If you’re not sure whether or not it’s time to change your filter, hold your dirty filter up to the light. If you can no longer see through the filter, than it’s definitely time to change it.

  3. Choose your new filter. If you simply want to protect your blower motor from dirt, then go for the least expensive filter option. If you’re more interested in keeping your air free of pollutants, choose a HEPA filter, which removes 99.97 percent of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometer. They do cost more, but they’ll clean your air better than anything else. If you do go this route, keep in mind that more expensive filters will capture more dust, pollen and pet danger. That means they’ll become clogged faster and air flow will get restricted. Restricted air flow can lead to premature furnace failure, so it’s really important that you change HEPA filters regularly!

  4. Change the filter. Pull the dirty filter out and replace it with a new one. Make sure that the arrow on the filter is pointing towards the blowing motor. Tadah! 

Service Legends cares about your comfort and coziness. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

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The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the air inside of your home is actually two to five times MORE polluted than the air outside. Most of us know cigarette smoke and carbon monoxide as major indoor air pollutants, but did you know that the paint on your walls could also be doing some serious damage to your health? Here are a few less commonly known sources of indoor air problems:

Paint

Although it’s officially banned, lead paint can still be found in older homes. Lead based paint is dangerous if ingested, and has been linked to nervous system damage in children, behavioral problems, learning disabilities and slow growth. If you have a home built before 1978, call a professional to determine if you have lead based paint. 

Lead paint isn’t the only type of paint that can damage your air quality. New paints release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that have a range of negative health effects including cancer, liver damage and kidney damage. Next time you paint, choose a no-VOC paint.

Cleaning Products

Cleaning products contain powerful and toxic solvents, antibiotic pesticides and other dangerous chemicals. Also, did you know you accidentally create chlorine gas when you clean a surface with both an acid-based cleaner and a chlorine-based cleaner. Chlorine gas is used in warfare. So that’s not good. Instead of using over-the-counter cleaners, opt instead for vinegar or baking soda. They will do just as good of a job without any of the harmful chemicals. 

Carpets

What’s so bad about a rug?

First, carpets harbor dirt, dust mites, pet dander, dirt, fungus and other unhealthy particles that can irritate the lungs, trigger asthma attacks or cause sneezes and sniffles for allergy sufferers. 

Less obvious is the presence of suspect chemicals used to manufacture carpets that let off gas and can fill the room. The most common is formaldehyde, which will not only irritate the nose and throat, trigger asthma attacks and cause other lung damage, but could also potentially cause cancer. 

Carpets are concerning enough that the American Lung Association recommends avoiding them completely. (If you already have one, the association recommends using a HEPA [high efficiency particle air] vacuum.) There are carpets on the market that are made with nontoxic materials.

The Kitchen Stove

We all know that ventilating a bathroom is important to maintain good indoor air quality. Failing to turn on the fan after a few hot showers, and mildew and mold will inevitably sprout. Ventilating the kitchen is also important, according to the American Lung Association.

Just the simple act of cooking on the stove, particularly a gas stove, can actually introduce unsafe levels of nitrogen dioxide into the air, increasing the risk of asthma attacks and other respiratory illness. Also a concern is simple steam, which can do the same work as moisture in the bathroom at promoting unwanted mold growth.

Service Legends cares about your comfort and coziness. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

5 Things New Homeowners Don’t Know They Need to Do

Owning a home comes with plenty of perks…and plenty of responsibility. With all of the maintenance and repairs, it’s easy for some tasks to slip through the cracks. Here are some important to-do’s that should be on every homeowners list. 

Save

You can’t stop the unexpected, but you can be prepared. Make a effort to set some cash aside to pay for unexpected replacements. As a general rule, you should save 1-3 percent of your home’s initial price each year so that you can afford those unwanted problems.

Inspect your Home 

Detecting certain issues sooner rather than later can save you from an unaffordable disaster down the road. Make sure to have a professional inspect your basement, attic, insulation and roof at least once a year. 

Stock Up on Furnace Filters

Changing your filter doesn’t just save you money in the long run, but a regular change will improve your air and your health in the process. Make it an easy habit to start by purchasing your filters in bulk. Look at your heater and find the filter size. Simply order enough to last for at least a year. The exact number you will need to order will vary depending on the type of furnace you have. 

Know Your Appliances

Your heater will last 15-20 years. Your water heater will last 10. Find out the age of every appliance in your home so that you can plan ahead for their replacements.

Keep Records

Every improvement or repair you make to your home should be recorded. Start a home maintenance notebook so that you can keep track of what you have invested into your home. This will also come in handy if you ever choose to sell your home. 

Service Legends cares about your comfort. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

Why You Need a Whole-Home Humidifier

You need a little humidity in your home during the winter. The easiest way to attain the perfect level at all times with very little effort on your part? Invest in a whole-house humidifier.
A whole-house unit is an install-it-and-forget-it item. It’s integrated into the blower system on your furnace, drawing water directly from your water supply. There are a few different types on the market, including a sprayer that injects mist into the airflow inside your ductwork and a foam cylinder that rotates in a water tray, with air blowing through and around it.

The whole-house system’s greatest advantage is that it requires virtually no maintenance and keeps your entire home at a set humidity with just a one-time setup. Because it draws water from your plumbing system as it’s needed, you never have to fill it or worry that it’s not humidifying because it’s run dry. It’s virtually soundless, and the initial cost is a fraction of what most portable units cost. In addition, most whole-house humidifiers literally cost pennies per year to operate. 
Here’s a full list of whole-house humidifier benefits:
  • Virtually no maintenance
  • Keeps your entire home at even humidity
  • One-time setup
  • Quiet and virtually soundless
  • Cost efficient to install
  • Simple to clean
  • Lower utilities 
Schedule a Free Estimate Today! Pick a time that works best with your schedule and we will work to accommodate your needs. You will receive a phone call shortly from one of our friendly client care representatives to confirm the date selected and to answer any questions you may have. 
 
Service Legends cares about your comfort and coziness. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

How To Deal With Dry Air

If you’ve been having allergy symptoms, it might actually not be allergies. The culprit could be the humidity level in your home. Your home’s humidity affects your health, furniture, wood floors, pictures, musical instruments, plants and your wallet. A dry nose and throat can help cause or aggravate sinus and respiratory problems.  Dry musical instruments lose tune and tone.  Dry floors and paintings can crack. Overall, dry air can cause some serious damage. 

A lack of humid air can also affect your comfort level. 70 degree dry air seems cooler than 70 degree humid air. With dry winter air, you may find yourself bumping up the temperature a few degrees to stay comfortable. That means you’re also bumping up your heating bill. 

Prevent all of these health and home issues with a humidifier. Service Legends can help you determine a system that best fits your family’s needs. Give us a call today to schedule a free estimate. Pick a time that works best with your schedule and we will work to accommodate your needs. We will help walk you through the process of adding comfort to your home. 

Service Legends cares about your comfort and coziness. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/

Winter is a moisture sucker. It manages to dry out just about everything. Hair, skin, eyes and even nasal passages are all affected by low humidity. Dry air can also damage your home, causing excessive dust, cracks in wood floors and furniture and damage to electronic equipment. Put an end to the dryness and embrace humidity this season!

Here are a few easy ways you can fix low humidity levels in your home:



1. Measure your home’s humidity
To measure the humidity level, try purchasing a hygrometer, which costs around $20 and is sold in most drug and grocery stores. For optimum comfort, your home’s humidity level should be around 45 percent during the winter months. This can vary depending on climate.  
2. Purchase a humidifier
If the humidity level in your home is below 30 percent, it’s a good idea to purchase a for your home. The best option is a whole-home humidifier. It has all of the benefits with none of the effort of changing water daily. 
3. Hang your clothes to dry
Every little bit of moisture will help your home, even if it’s coming from damp clothes! As they dry, the moisture will be released into the air. Bonus: Air-drying your clothes lowers your electric bill since you won’t need to run the dryer!
4. Add some houseplants
Plants release moisture through transpiration (a fancy way of saying water vapor comes out of their leaves), so they’re a great, natural way to add a little humidity. Plus they add to the look and feel of your home!
Be careful with how much humidity you add to your home. You want a pleasant haven, not a tropical jungle. High humidity levels can actually have negative effects on your home health, too. If you notice fogging or condensation on your windows, your home is probably too humid. In the summer months, when humidity levels are higher, you should consider having a dehumidifier in your basement to prevent mold and mildew growth. 
Service Legends cares about your comfort and coziness. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/.
Winter is a moisture sucker. It manages to dry out just about everything. Hair, skin, eyes and even nasal passages are all affected by low humidity. Dry air can also damage your home, causing excessive dust, cracks in wood floors and furniture and damage to electronic equipment. Put an end to the dryness and embrace humidity this season!
Here are a few easy ways you can fix low humidity levels in your home:

1. Measure your home’s humidity

To measure the humidity level, try purchasing a hygrometer, which costs around $20 and is sold in most drug and grocery stores. For optimum comfort, your home’s humidity level should be around 45 percent during the winter months. This can vary depending on climate.  

2. Purchase a humidifier

If the humidity level in your home is below 30 percent, it’s a good idea to purchase a for your home. The best option is a whole-home humidifier. It has all of the benefits with none of the effort of changing water daily. 

3. Hang your clothes to dry

Every little bit of moisture will help your home, even if it’s coming from damp clothes! As they dry, the moisture will be released into the air. Bonus: Air-drying your clothes lowers your electric bill since you won’t need to run the dryer!

4. Add some houseplants

Plants release moisture through transpiration (a fancy way of saying water vapor comes out of their leaves), so they’re a great, natural way to add a little humidity. Plus they add to the look and feel of your home!

Be careful with how much humidity you add to your home. You want a pleasant haven, not a tropical jungle. High humidity levels can actually have negative effects on your home health, too. If you notice fogging or condensation on your windows, your home is probably too humid. In the summer months, when humidity levels are higher, you should consider having a dehumidifier in your basement to prevent mold and mildew growth. 

Service Legends cares about your comfort and coziness. We’re the world-class provider of residential home services such as: Heating, Air Conditioning, Geothermal, and Indoor Air Quality. Our goal is always comfort, reliability and peace of mind in your home. Give us a call today to find out more! Visit Service Legends at http://servicelegends.net/.