Does Your Home Suffer from Low Humidity?

dry skin | low humidity

You know that high humidity can make life miserable, but what you may not know is that low humidity isn’t pleasant, either. In fact, low humidity is a common problem in Connecticut during the winter months. The cold weather sucks the moisture right out of the air, and our home heating systems only make it worse.

Here are four things you should be paying attention to this winter, as they could indicate chronically low humidity levels in the home:

  • Your skin: dry air leads to dry skin. If you suffer from dry, itchy, scaly skin and don’t have a diagnosable condition (such as eczema), dry air is likely to blame.
  • Your eyes, nose, and mouth: just like your skin, your eyes, nose, and mouth can dry out in low humidity. These symptoms are often at their worst immediately after waking up. In extreme cases, you may wake up with cracked lips or a nosebleed.
  • Wooden surfaces: Your body isn’t the only thing that dries out in low humidity; the wood surfaces in your home can suffer too. Be on the lookout for warped, cracked, or split wood on your furniture and flooring.
  • Static electricity: Does it seem like you are getting zapped every time you touch a doorknob? It’s not your imagination, or a coincidence. Low humidity creates a charge imbalance, leading to an increased presence of static electricity.

Residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut can count on Devine Bros. to stay comfortable this winter. We offer a full complement of home heating services, including fuel delivery, furnace repairs, tune-ups, replacements, and installations. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

4 Signs You Need a New Water Heater

Water heater inside a building

Even though they play an integral part in our everyday lives, many homeowners don’t pay attention to their water heaters. That is, until something goes wrong.

Here are four signs you should be looking out for, as they could indicate you are in need of a new water heater.

You are constantly running out of hot water.

Nothing is better than a long, hot shower. Conversely, nothing is worse than a surprise cold shower. If you find yourself constantly running out of hot water after a short period of time, you may need to upgrade your water heater.

Your water heater is old enough to drive.

How old is your hot water heater? The average lifespan of a water heater is between 10-15 years. If yours is older, it may be nearing the end of its life. While you shouldn’t replace it immediately if there are no apparent problems, you should keep a close eye out for those starting to develop.

Your water heating bill has skyrocketed.

Is your hot water bill getting more and more expensive each month, despite your usage remaining relatively consistent? This could indicate that your water heater is on the brink of a major breakdown.

The repair bills keep adding up.

Loud noises, leaks, and muddy water are all common reasons for water heater repairs. While one repair is not too much cause for concern, multiple repairs are. If you find that your repair man is on speed dial, you are better off putting that repair money towards a new unit.
Is your hot water heater showing any of these signs? Fairfield County residents can count on the experts at Devine Bros. for professional water heater repairs and installations. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

It’s Not Too Late for a Furnace Tune-Up!

Plumber Fixing Radiator With Wrench

We rely on our home heating systems to keep us warm during the cold winter months. But what happens when these systems stop performing like they used to? Luckily, many problems don’t require hefty repairs – they just need a little TLC.

A professional tune-up is a great way to maximize your heating system’s performance this season. Though winter has already started, it’s not too late to reap the benefits that a tune-up can provide.

What is a heating system tune-up?

Just like your car, your heating system needs routine maintenance if it is going to run at peak capacity. During a tune-up service, a professional technician will clean, replace, lubricate, and inspect the various parts of your heating system. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Changing the air filter
  • Lubricating the blower
  • Cleaning the oil burner
  • Inspecting components for signs of potential failure

What benefits does a tune-up provide?

Annual tune-ups for your heating system offer many benefits, including:

  • Improved energy-efficiency.
  • Reduced wear and tear.
  • Improved safety.
  • Prevent future breakdowns.
  • Extend equipment lifespan.
  • Validate warranty (many manufacturers will void their warranty if your system isn’t properly maintained).

Why should I choose Devine Bros.?

Families across Fairfield County CT have trusted Devine Bros. to keep warm for nearly 100 winters, and you can too:

  • We are family owned and operated since 1918.
  • Our technicians are trained to service any make or model of heating equipment.
  • We offer 24/7 emergency services.
  • Our other heating services include repairs, installations, and oil delivery.

How can I get started?

Ready to schedule your heating system tune-up with the experts at Devine Bros.? If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, just give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

How to Prevent 3 Common Winter Problems Around the Home

Icicles hanging from the roof of a house

Sub-freezing temperatures are as troublesome for our home as they are for us. Avoid disaster this winter by following these preventative tips from the home heating experts at Devine Bros

Problem: Ice Dams

What happens: Heat rising through the attic begins to melt the snow on your roof. The snow turns into water, flows to the edge in the roof, but can’t drain due to a blockage in the gutters. The water re-freezes into ice, forming a literal dam at the edge of your roof. This leads to a backup of water, which can eventually begin to seep into your home.

How to prevent it: There are two approaches to dealing with ice dams: proactive and reactive. Reactive approaches include removing snow from your roof with a snow rake, or simply melting an ice dam using a garden hose. An example of a proactive approach is upgrading your attic’s insulation to minimize heat loss.

Problem: Burst Pipes

What happens: As temperatures begin to drop outside, uninsulated pipes in your home can freeze. When water freezes, it expands, thus creating an immense amount of pressure on the insides of your pipes. The pipe will eventually give in to this pressure by rupturing. This can lead to gallons of water pouring into your home, damaging everything it contacts.

How to prevent it: Insulate the pipes in your home, especially those that run along exterior walls, as they are most susceptible to freezing. You should also keep your home’s heat set to at least 65° at all times – even if you are away on vacation. It is a good idea to leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around your pipes.

Problem: Furnace Breakdowns

What happens: Your home heating system is comprised of several components which all work together to keep you warm. If just one of these components malfunctions, your entire furnace could fail to produce heat.

How to prevent it: Routine maintenance is the best way to prevent furnace breakdowns. The most important thing that homeowners can do on their own is change the air filter every month. You should also schedule one professional tune-up per year. During a tune-up, a licensed technician will clean your heating system and inspect it for signs of potential problems. This can help stop breakdowns before they start.

Devine Bros. offers home heating installations, repairs, and tune-ups to homeowners across Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our trained technicians are familiar with all makes and models of heating equipment. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.