Most years, even a mild winter in Ontario is perfectly capable of making its own international news headlines.
This year, however, it is hard to tear our headlines away from the one topic that concerns us all: the second wave of COVID-19 cases.
Many of our customers continue to be hard-hit by the coronavirus, whether financially, health-wise, through the isolation of continued lockdowns or the restrictions of the normally festive holiday season.
With nearly a century of dedicated HVAC service to our valued customers in Hamilton and surrounding areas, our team of qualified HVAC technicians at Shipton’s Heating & Cooling always love to make December a time of giving back.
But this year we have decided to do even more.
This December, Shipton’s Heating & Cooling offers you the chance to choose one of three high-value gifts that support your budget and your health. Be sure to read to the end of this post for the details and to claim your FREE GIFT.
Indoor Humidity Effectively Fights Back Against COVID-19
It is true that ultraviolet light, HEPA filtration and the whole range of air cleaners have been in the limelight nearly since the new novel coronavirus was first discovered at the start of 2020.
Humidity, however, has remained an underdog – the unsung hero that can help stop airborne infectious droplets in their tracks.
How is this, you might be wondering? And why haven’t you heard more about the value and importance of humidity in fighting cold, flu and COVID-19?
The reason is simple: it is easier to talk about wearing masks and cleaning the air than about what to do once infectious droplets actually get into your airways.
So, that is what our team at Shipton’s Heating & Coolings wants to talk about here. When you breathe in any type of toxin – be it a cold or flu germ, mould or mildew spore or coronavirus droplet – your immune system’s job is to keep it from getting into your inner body.
It does that in a very unglamourous way – by producing mucus. The mucus traps the toxin so it can’t travel deep into your lungs or tissues and make you sick.
What does your body need to make mucous? It needs humidity. So, adding back humidity to your space is vital all year long and especially so in winter.
The new CDC guidelines state that you should aim to keep your indoor air humidity level between 40 and 60 percent (we devoted a whole blog post to this topic over on our sister site at CleanAir Solutions Hamilton if you’re interested in learning more).
Not sure how to keep your humidity up this winter? Contact our qualified team of HVAC experts here at Shipton’s Heating & Cooling. We’ll help walk you through the process of what you need and can even help you with the installation process of a whole home humidifier!
Let a Smart Thermostat Manage Your Energy Budget
The year-long pandemic has put a dent in nearly everyone’s budget, just in time for the most expensive season in terms of energy bills – WINTER.
And if there is one reliable way to reduce immune system efficiency, it is increased stress.
At Shipton’s Heating & Cooling in Hamilton, we have a handy solution to help dial down your winter stress AND save you money – the smart thermostat!
Smart thermostats take all the headaches out of managing your winter energy usage. All you have to do is install the smart thermostat (most furnaces will readily integrate with third-party smart thermostat controls) and program it.
It really is that simple.
You tell the smart thermostat when you want it to turn your furnace up or down so you aren’t paying to heat an empty house (or occupants who are already warm and cozy under the covers at night).
At Shipton’s, we have seen our customers save 15 percent or more on winter energy bills just by installing and programming a smart thermostat to work with their furnace. Depending on your energy use, that could easily put $200 to $300 back in your pocket this winter.
Ultraviolet Light Stops Coronavirus Droplets in Their Tracks
Ultraviolet (UV) light is the acknowledged air quality star thus far this year for one simple reason.
Our own sun is still the most powerful and effective air purifier ever discovered.
Indoor UV air purifiers use a synthetic version of the sun’s most powerful UV light, UV-C (this is the same light band we wear summer sunblock to guard against).
But inside, the air purifier bathes your air with short-wave UV-C light to kill or neutralize all harmful toxins, including cold and flu germs, mould and mildew spores, bacteria and viral droplets.
In the case of airborne coronavirus aerosol droplets, the UV light damages the delicate organic membrane that encases the RNA that causes COVID-19. This means the RNA cannot replicate inside your lungs and make you sick.
UV air purifiers are a great investment for any season because of the wide range of toxins they guard against. If, however, there was ever a time to take the leap and add UV purification to your indoor air, this is definitely the year!
(If you want to learn more about how UV-C light works with your indoor air to neutralize harmful chemicals, toxins and infectious agents, we have devoted a whole blog post to the topic over on our sister site, Clean Air Solutions Hamilton.)
Choose Your Gift: Humidifier, Smart Thermostat, UV Air Purifier
Now you know why we chose these three products for our annual season of giving promotion. Which gift will be yours this December?
Will you choose the humidifier to boost your indoor air humidity and your body’s immune response? Perhaps you are ready to put money back in your pocket with the smart thermostat. Maybe this is the season to add UV air purification to protect you for years to come.
Be sure to complete this simple online form to reserve your furnace/AC combo and claim your free high-value gift.
Contact Shipton’s for Expert Hamilton, Ontario HVAC Service
Our knowledgeable, friendly technicians here at Shipton’s Heating & Cooling can help you winterize your HVAC system today. And be sure to request our safe contact-less service, invoicing and payment options so that you can stay safe and healthy this holiday season.