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LED 101

We are often asked about all the different types of lighting currently available. As you know, incandescent light bulbs will not be around forever. 90% of their energy use is wasted by emitting heat instead of light. A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a type of solid-state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light. LED bulbs use only a fraction of the energy of an incandescent light bulb, so there is a dramatic decrease in energy costs. LEDs have a higher initial cost but they are far less expensive than they were a year ago and can provide huge long-term savings. Good quality LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more – meaning they can last more than 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. An LED bulb would last more than 3 years if run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because LEDs are not made of glass and are hollow inside, they are far less fragile than both fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. LED lights are resistant to shock, vibration and external impact, making them great for outdoor lighting systems exposed to wind, rain and extreme temperatures.

What is the correct humidity level for your home?

 

The answer is, every home is different, but there are several determining factors. A good place to start is around 30%. As you turn the dial on your humidistat, you will hear it click right around 30%. When it clicks, that is where you start. Pay attention for the next day or so – if there is condensation on the windows, turn the humidistat a bit lower. If the air still seems dry (shocks), turn it up a bit.  The colder it is outside, the more humidity we want, but make sure condensation is not forming on the windows. It is important that you have us check your humidifier every year so we can change the pad and check to be sure the water line is clear. If you do all of the above, your home should be healthy and comfortable!

Warm Wishes

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the Carlson Family to you and your family. It’s such a busy time of year, but your hvac equipment is busy working in the background to keep your home comfortable. Though the weather has been pretty mild for this area, it’s still important that you remember to have us clean and check your furnace for the season. This mild weather won’t last and you need to be prepared for the colder weather. Warmest wishes to all of you!

November 30 is our 60th Anniversary!

Today is the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Carlson Heating, Cooling & Electric Company. Sixty years ago today, Ray Carlson started our company, working out of the back of his 1948 Pontiac. Today, we have our own building and a fleet of service trucks and some of the finest technicians in the business. We have not lost sight of the fact, however, that the reason we have been able to succeed in this business is you, our loyal customers. We want you to know that we will dedicate the next sixty years to giving you the same kind of quality service that we have in the past. We will always remember our roots and strive to keep the trust that we have earned with you. Thank you for helping us to reach this milestone!

All filters are not created equal!

Beware of the filters you use. When you go to the hardware store to pick up new filters, you may see some filters which are self-described as “miracle filters”. They claim that they will catch a huge amount of the dirt that ordinary filters cannot stop. These filters are ultra dense and can result in a restriction of the air flow and can cause exactly the same problem that a dirty filter will. In our opinion, just stick with a regular filter.

The key is – change those throwaway filters regularly and if you have an electronic air cleaner, which will pick up most of the dirt in the air, wash it regularly. Do this and you’ll have a more comfortable home and a lower utility bill!