Your dirty humidifier could be making you sick, here’s how to clean it

Humidifiers are a necessity in Michigan to help combat the dry winter air. Mike’s Heating & Cooling can help with a whole house humidifier. One of our models even has a 0 water waste, reducing water bills by 12-20 gallons of waste water a day compared to other in home humidifiers.

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humidifier spreading steam into airEveryone knows the benefits of running a humidifier during the dry winter months. The humidifier adds much need water moisture to your home’s air which helps your lungs and keeps your nasal passages from drying out; preventing illness. It can even help prevent migraines.

However, if you are not regularly cleaning your humidifier – and we’re talking weekly here – then your humidifier might be brewing up something else – bacteria, mold and mildew.

ABC News tested 10 different humidifiers from 10 different homes for different molds and bacteria. Most of the humidifiers tested showed

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4 Quick Tips to Keep the Stress Away for the Holidays

  1. christmas-cardsChange your perspective.  Pick one task that just makes you sweat during the holidays and look at it in a new light.  For example, if you dread the holiday cards list, enlist your kids to help.  This is an opportunity for some great family traditions: sipping hot cocoa, listening to Christmas music, and addressing cards, talking about the events that are important to each one over the holidays.
  2. christmas-listSkip the shopping list.  Trade the stress of holiday shopping for family members into sharing special moments. Memories and experiences of a holiday show, or breakfast at a fancy restaurant, last much longer.
  3. nutcrackerSkip expensive, high-stress rituals.  Dragging your kids off to see The Nutcracker because of tradition, while they whine every step, might be a sign to make a switch. Families thrive on traditions, but when it becomes less about the event itself and more about time together make sure it is something everyone is looking forward to. When you have complaining kids, rethink expensive, stressful traditions and replace them with simplicity, such as a Christmas Eve take-out dinner, followed by neighborhood caroling.
  4. Focus on what’s most important. That massive pile of holiday cards, the extensive gift list, or maybe it is the several cookie exchanges that are causing you extra stress.  Life coach, Linda Hedberg, suggests refocusing on what’s most important to you.  Just focus on the 10 holiday cards that are most important and send an e-card to everyone else.  It’s a green solution along with less stress!
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Getting Your Appliances Prepared For the Holiday Season

These are great thoughts for before your holiday Thanksgiving dinner with your family but, some of us may have not gotten all these done. Now is a great time to tackle the tips you missed. Maybe, we should even make this a priority after the holidays, for the time when the turkey splattered all over your oven, and the mashed potatoes boiled over on the stove, or even to clean out the sweets in the fridge.
Hope your holiday was delicious and fulfilling, reflecting on all we have to be thankful for.
Enjoy your clean fridge, stove, oven, and sink.

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The holiday season is finally upon us. As family and friends gather at our houses we must be sure that everything goes right. This time of year also puts the most stress on our appliances. Whether it’s preparing all of our favorite holiday meals and treats in our ovens, storing them in our refrigerators and freezers and cleaning all of our dishes after the big meal in our dishwashers, we are using our appliances more than usual. So how can we prepare ourselves and our appliances for all of this holiday chaos? Here are a few tips to help us out.

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A little Thanksgiving humor for your day

A little Thanksgiving humor for your day – Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and family! http://ow.ly/i/p4Zti

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5 Steps to Reduce Dust in Your Home and Be A Healthier You

dustmiteDo you know what dust is?  Dead skin, pet dander, dust mites, dust mite feces and remains, insect parts, and more!  Yuck!  Everyone breathes better in a home that isn’t so dusty, because dust acts as an irritant to your eyes, nose and lungs. Dust also negatively impacts many items in your home, including clogging up vents in electronics such as your computer, or your refrigerator coils.  Dust accumulates in our homes, so we want to reduce the amount of dust on flat surfaces, floors, and in fabrics and fibers. So take these five steps to reduce dust, and save on extra housework, and keep your family healthier.

  1. vacuumVacuum Regularly – Vacuuming regularly is the most efficient way to reduce dust, but make sure your vacuum has a good filter in it. Vacuums suck up the dust so you can physically remove it from your home, but without a good filter, vacuuming ends up spraying dust back into the air. Vacuuming isn’t only for carpets, though, vacuuming hard floors removes dust better than other cleaning methods.  Also, don’t forget to vacuum these things too:
    •  Upholstered furniture
    • Carpeting
    • Draperies
    • Mattresses
    • Pillows
  2. Dust Regularly – Dusting isn’t hard, but it should be done regularly, and correctly. To remove the most dust, use a slightly damp cloth, which will pick up and hold the dust for easier removal. Start cleaning at the top, and working down, dust first and finish with a good vacuum.
  3. bedWash Bedding Regularly – Washing your bedding regularly will actually reduce the overall amount of your dust in your home. As you sleep at night, your body rubs against the sheets and pillowcase, and you make “dust,” including sloughing off dead skin cells, creating a place dust mites can thrive.  Regular washing & vacuuming helps keep the dust and dust mites away!
  4. dirtyfilterChange Air Filters  – Air filters in your HVAC system, also help to reduce dust, but they must be changed regularly. If you’re concerned about dust and indoor air quality, cheaper filters isn’t always better. If your home is dusty, along with these other strategies, follow these simple tips:
    • Get a better filter
    • Changed filter regularly
    • Install an Air Purifier (preferably one with Capture & Kill Technology)
    • Install a GPS (Global Plasma Solutions) system (Click for more information)
  5. open-windowsOpen Windows – Good ventilation is also key in reducing dust. Homes have become, “tighter,” to save energy costs, reducing air leaks, etc. This saves money, but it doesn’t improve air quality. To reduce concentration of dust in your home let in fresh air from time to time.

 

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Winter’s dry air, a turned-up thermosta

Winter’s dry air, a turned-up thermostat, and closed windows can wreak havoc on your respiratory system, a humidifier can help. http://ow.ly/i/p4ZYr

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As the season changes, we will be indoor

As the season changes, we will be indoors more. How is your indoor air quality? http://ow.ly/i/p4Yzl

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Mike’s Heating & Cooling Fall Furnace Tune-ups

Mike’s Heating & Cooling Fall Furnace Tune-ups
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Give Your Furnance a Little Love to Keep It Running

img_0719The best things you can do for your heating and cooling system to keep it preforming optimally is regular preventative HVAC maintenance from the professionals at Mike’s Heating & Cooling.
Early fall is the best time for a full system tune-up and inspection, before you put your system back to work for approximately another 6 solid months.

How can you, your family, and heating system benefit from the Mike’s Heating & Cooling tune-up and inspection?

1. Keep your heating system operating efficiently and save energy with a 15+ point check with our annual tune-up.

cropped-img_0274-jpg.jpeg2. Avoid unnecessary repairs by scheduling annual preventative maintenance and reduce the number of times you need to call us to make repairs.  Save time, energy, and cold, hard cash!!!

3. Keep your home safe from carbon monoxide poisoning with our tune-up inspections by checking your heat exchanger for cracks.  We also check and tighten all electrical connections, helping to prevent an electrical fire.

docs-154683_960_7204. Extend the life of your system with regular maintenance, can help it to run more efficiently and last longer.

Now is  the best time for a Mike’s Heating & Cooling  tune-up and inspection, you can also save big by joining our maintenance agreement program. Call now to schedule your furnace tune-up and ask us about our maintenance agreement program at (586) 739-2115.

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SEMCO Rebates – Save up to $400

We have a special deal for Semco Customers!

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Save a little green when you schedule a Furnace Tune Up & Sensi WIFI Thermostat Installation –  only $25* (Regular Price: $350) *After rebates: DTE $100 + SEMCO $175

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Save more green when you install a 96% (or greater) High Efficiency Furnace  –  save $490*
*After rebates: DTE $50 + SEMCO $440

We will process all the paperwork for you.  Call now for details (586) 739-2115.

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