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Does The Cold Actually Make You Sick?

Colds and flus typically claim most of their victims in the winter months, but before you blame the cold air for your sore throat and fever, take a closer look at another culprit — dry air.

When the temperature lowers, so does the humidity, and that dry air doesn’t just chap your lips. Low humidity means the mucus your nose naturally produces dries out, allowing more of the bacteria and viruses you breathe in to wreak havoc on your body.

This in turn causes you to be more susceptible to colds, influenza, bronchitis, aggravated allergy symptoms, and more.

The best solution? Ensure your home’s humidity doesn’t hover too far below 50%. Find out more here.

5 Surprising Things You Can Solve With RedLINK™ Technology

Honeywell’s RedLINK™ technology can be used to solve a variety of comfort challenges related to zoning, wireless stats, and more. Check out some uses for RedLINK™ technology you might not have thought of below.

1. Connect a condensing unit or boiler to control devices without running wires

Upgrading a single-stage condensing unit to a multi-stage unit and need to figure out how to run new wires through the house and out to the equipment? Try using Honeywell’s weatherproof Equipment Remote Module (ERM), which “enables control devices (like RedLINK thermostats) to communicate wirelessly with condensing units or boilers.”

2. Help homeowners customize their comfort in a single-zone application

Sometimes customers who could benefit from a zoning solution just won’t go for it. When this happens, take advantage of Portable Comfort Control (PCC). It’s easy to set up and senses temperature wirelessly, allowing homeowners to remotely adjust the set point to whatever they wish.

3. Connect and control multiple IAQ devices without running wires to the thermostat

Did you know you can wire up to three IAQ devices to an Equipment Interface Module (EIM) installed in the equipment room and it will wirelessly communicate to a RedLINK™ thermostat? This is a great option for when you need to connect humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but there aren’t enough wires to go around.

4. Give customers total comfort control from anywhere

When used together, a RedLINK™ thermostat and the redesigned RedLINK™ Internet Gateway allow homeowners to manage multiple zones, control humidity levels, and more from the Honeywell Total Connect Comfort app.

 5. Create customized alerts using dry contact devices

When used with an EIM, Honeywell’s dry contact sensors can detect “water leaks, frozen coils, fan failure, full drain pans and more,” sending an alert to the homeowner’s RedLINK™ thermostat or their Total Connect Comfort app to notify them of the issue.

For a deeper look into RedLINK™ solutions, take advantage of this interactive training module.

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La Niña Weather Conditions & Their Impact On The Midwest

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), weather conditions for winter 2017-18 may be influenced by La Niña, which the Weather Channel defines as “the periodic cooling of the equatorial eastern and central Pacific Ocean.”

This winter, the U.S. will likely experience weak La Niña weather conditions, characterized by above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation in the South and below-average temperatures and above-average precipitation in the North.

So what exactly does this mean for the Midwest? Check out the maps below.

   

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Two Crescent Execs Get “Mummified” To Raise Money For A Great Cause

A couple weeks ago we launched a charity fundraiser called Mummify A Crescent Exec, which allowed Crescent customers and employees to cast their votes for which of our six top executives they most wanted to see get wrapped up like a mummy. People voted by putting cash into one of the containers at our 15 branches labeled with the executives’ faces, and all money raised goes straight to charity.

There was a tie between our VP Guy and our CFO Mark, so they both got mummified! And the total money raised? A whopping $1100!

Our Quincy, IL branch raised the most, which means they get to decide which local charity the money will be donated to. They are still in the process of selecting their charity.

The rest of the money is being donated to The Little Bit Foundation, a St. Louis charity that works to remove barriers to attaining an education for children in need. Vic Edwards, a representative from the foundation, was present for the mummification.

Enjoy these photos of the mummification on Friday, October 27th in the training room at our St. Louis office and check out our Facebook for more.

 

    

Four Tips for Hiring Great HVAC Techs

Many dealers spend tremendous time and energy trying to find and hire the right techs, especially in recent years as the labor shortage becomes more of a problem.

Will Housh, founder and CEO of hvac.com, understands the struggle. He has 4 tips for targeting the right people and removing “holes in your hiring process [that] can hold your company back.”

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