Keeping Cool in the Summer

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Summer means heat and humidity. If you air conditioner has not been properly maintained, this could mean that the heat and humidity are in your home as well. By not having the air conditioning and HVAC system inspected, you run a great chance for a breakdown. This could even be during one of the hottest days of the summer. If you notice anything out of the norm with the HVAC unit, especially this summer, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the system and look for what is causing the issue. This can make repairing it cheaper and quicker than if you allow the issue to get worse.

No longer Cooling

If you notice your home is no longer as cool as and comfortable as it used to be, there are some things you can do to check. Make sure the thermostat is set to the cool setting and is running. If the set temperature is different than the actual temperature, it may mean the thermostat is malfunctioning. It could also mean that the ductwork has been damaged and needs to be repaired. We can inspect the thermostat to ensure it is connected properly to the system.

Remember to Check the Filter

The filter should also be inspected on a regular basis. If you notice that it is dirty or clogged, it will need to be replaced. It is important that you get the right filter for your air conditioner and correct size as well. If you are not sure what type of filter to get, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the option. We can also inspect and change the filter as well. This will help the air conditioner to remain effective and efficient when you need it this summer. Always remember to never operate the air conditioner without a filter. This is because the dirt and dust it would collect, does damage to the parts of the air conditioner.

Keeping the Air Quality Ideal in your Home

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The combustion pollutants can be gases or particles that come from burning materials in your home. This can include gas stoves, water heaters, dryers, and others that are either improperly vented or not vented at all. Types and amounts of pollutants produced will vary depending on how well the appliance was installed. It is also affected by how it is maintained, and vented, as well as what kind of fuel it uses. A few common combustion pollutants include carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. These are both of which are colorless, odorless gases.

Remove pollutants

There can also be pollutants in the air of your home as well. These are found in household products, including paints and varnishes, cleaning and disinfecting supplies. You will also find them in pesticides, craft materials like glues, adhesives, and permanent markers, air fresheners and other synthetic fragrances, dry-cleaned clothing, carpets, sealing caulks and solvents. You can purchase an air purifier to help remove these from the air in your home.

Notice signs of asthma

Asthma and allergy triggers can also reduce the air quality in your home. Some household triggers include mold, dust mites, pollen, secondhand smoke, and pet dander are some. At any given time a home may have mold growing on a shower curtain, dust mites in pillows, blankets or stuffed animals. Also, cat and dog hair on the floor and upholstery.

There are some things you can do to improve the air quality. Open the windows as much as possible, even just for a few minutes. Clean or change all the filters in your house regularly, particularly if you use an air conditioner, air purifier, and vacuum. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us. This way we can advise you on the correct schedule that you should follow to have clean air in your home. Adjust your humidity levels accordingly with a moisture or humidity gauge, this will help improve the air.

Ideal in-home humidity levels should hover around 45%. Humidity under 30% is too dry, and humidity over 50% is too high and can contribute to mold growth. To increase humidity, use a vaporizer or humidifier. To decrease humidity, open the windows, turn on a fan or air conditioner, or use a dehumidifier. If you think there is poor air quality in your home, contact us and we can inspect it. By doing so, you can help to breathe easier. You will also have better air quality in your home as well.

The Air Conditioning Filter for your Home

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Knowing when to change the filter for your air conditioner in your home is important. Several factors determine when your filters need to be changed. The main thing to remember is if it looks dirty, change it immediately. You should not wait until the filter is completely clogged, because that means your cooling system is not running at its full potential.

Type of Filter

One of the main indicators how often you need to change the filter in your home is what type of filter you buy.  Filters vary from each other in several ways. This is based on what materials they’re made with, if they are pleated or panel, the thickness, and other variations. The filter should be replaced based on the recommend schedule it has. Some can be changed monthly, while others can last several months. If you are not sure how often to change it, contact us, and we can advise you on the correct schedule.

Those in your Home

Another main factor in how often you should change the filter is based on who is living in the home. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies, the filter should be changed more often than recommended. This will help remove more of the allergens from the air in your home. If the filter is full and dirty, it won’t be able to trap them.

Do you have Pets?

Another occupant to consider when deciding how soon filters need to be changed is any pets that you have in your home. Most household pets shed, and their hair and dander gets everywhere. This includes the air and filters in your home. Over time, this will alter the performance of your cooling system. If you have several pets, you may need to change the filter more often. Also, depending on the time of the year, you will have to adjust when you change the filter. Your pets will shed more in during the summer, so you may have to check the filters more often.

Replacing a dirty filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy use by as much as 10 percent. Not only will it save you money on your energy bills, but it also can save you money on your cooling system. A dirty filter can restrict the air flow through the system, causing the air conditioner to work harder. This will cause wear and can create issues that possibly require repairs. It also leads to continuous wear and can lower the lifespan of the air conditioner.

Air Conditioning Maintenance is Important

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The air conditioning is important to keeping your home cool and comfortable. There are several parts you should inspect for the HVAC system as well. The ductwork carries the cooled air from the air conditioner throughout your home. However, if there are holes or breaks in the ducts, that expensive cooled air will be wasted. This also causes your air conditioner to work harder and drive up your energy bills.

Thermostat

Make sure to check the thermostat. Especially if you still have the old dial-type thermostats, they could be incorrectly calibrated. Your air conditioner will not be synced correctly from the control system. This problem is fairly easy to fix by replacing or re-calibrating your thermostats. If you have new programmable thermostats, sometimes these are difficult to program and they may be set incorrectly. If you still have the manual, check the instructions to make sure your thermostat’s settings are correct. You can also contact us and we can inspect the thermostat for you.

All the moisture that your air conditioner removes from the air has to go somewhere. It’s supposed to be removed from the space through a drain line, into a pan and finally down a drain. If the line or drain gets clogged or the pan gets full, the water can back up and damage your system. It can also result in water leaks that damage walls, ceilings, and furnishings in your home. If you don’t see it right away, you will eventually have mold growth. Having it inspected can help ensure that it is working efficiently.

Replace the Filter

You should also replace the air filters for your HVAC system. Airflow problems that lead to coils freezing are often caused by clogged air filters. If you are not sure how often to check the filter, make sure to contact us. We will advise you on the schedule to ensure the filter is clean and free of debris.

Check the ductwork

Also inspect the ductwork. You will want to repair it if there are any holes. If it seems like there’s not enough air coming from the registers, or your energy bills keep going up, have us look at the condition of your ductwork.

Make sure to take time and brush the debris away from around the unit that is outside. If the condenser or fan gets clogged with leaves, it will not work efficiently. It should also be cleaned of trash, dirt, and other debris. If the unit is clogged, it cannot get rid of the heat as effectively as it could otherwise. Noticing an issue early can help prevent time, money, and stress in the long run.

Improving your Indoor Quality

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Having good air quality is important no matter what time of the year it is. Since you will spend more time indoors during the winter months, it is especially important to make sure the air quality is the best it can be. In the winter, typically the doors and windows stay shut. This makes the indoor air is mostly recycled during these months. Any pollutants that are brought in from the outside or form the home are re-circulated over and over again. This can go on for many months unless the indoor air is purified during winter.

Healthy air quality

In order to keep the air quality the best all season long, you need to have the correct air filter system installed in your house. Make sure to change the air filter during winter to ensure the equipment performs properly. A quality home air filter is also important for you and your family. Typically a third of homes have 30% poor indoor air quality.  By cleaning and changing your air filter, it improves the indoor air quality during winter.

Fresh air in winter

In your home, an air filter keeps the indoor air fresh. When the outside temperatures decrease, a filter allows you to keep the air from getting stuffy without having to crack a window. You want to reduce all possibilities of losing heat that is produced during the winter. For your furnace system, cracking a window can reduce the efficiency and increase your monthly energy bills.

Check the Filter

In order for air filter to keep the indoor air clean, the filter will need to be free of dirt and dust. Check the filter at least once a month for dirt and dust build up. When recommended, you will need to change the filter. Also make sure to clean the filter when necessary to allow for clean air filtration. If you are buy a new air filter, choose a HEPA model for the furnace system. These are more effective at removing germs from the air. If you notice an issue with the filter or air quality, contact us. We can inspect the HVAC system and air quality for you.

Filter Inspections are Beneficial

Keeping your HVAC system maintained is important. You will want to inspect it regularly to ensure it is operating at to efficiency levels. Filter inspections is one of the most important parts of the system, because it collects the dirt and dust that is in the air of your home. By checking it on a regular basis, you can determine when it is clogged and will need to be replaced. Make sure to check the filters regularly, or when can do filter inspections for you.

One of the most common system breakdowns is because of a dirty filter. As dust and dirt collects air can’t pass and the system overheats. The motor then has to work harder. In a best-case scenario, your unit will need to be repaired. If the HVAC system is older, not replacing filters could put it over the edge and require you to buy a new one. Filter inspections will help you to be aware when a new filter is then needed.

Changing a filter can also help lower energy costs. If the filter works harder, more energy will then be used. And when it requires more energy to make your heating work, it causes your energy bill to increase. Replacing the filter is quick and easy, while helping to extend the life of your system and improve your indoor air quality. It also decreases the amount of energy your family uses.

A clean filter also helps to improve the air quality. This is needed if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or breathing issues. Dirty air filters will cause the air quality to become poor, and increase the symptoms of allergies. If you have pets, pet dander will accumulate in the system. So you will want to make sure you check the filter more often, because it can spread allergens throughout the household. Make sure to buy the right type of filter that is needed for your HVAC system in your home.

If you are not sure how often to inspect the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the schedule, and also set up an appointment to look at your HVAC unit. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Preventing Air Pollution in your Home

A lack of proper air exchange can cause the air in your home to be up to five times more polluted than outside air. This can cause increased problems in those with asthma or allergies, and can result other serious health risks. Common sources of home indoor air pollution include:

  • Dust, pet dander, and pollen
  • Excess moisture from bathing and cooking
  • Smoke from fireplaces, candles, or gas appliances
  • Harmful compounds from cleaners, adhesives, paints, and other products
  • Radon gas that can be released naturally based on location

Whole-House Ventilation Systems

One of the biggest trends in creating healthy indoor air is whole-house ventilation. There are two types of whole-house ventilation systems.

Heat Recovery Ventilators: These systems remove heat from the inside air before it is pushed to outside, and it will then  warm the incoming air.

Energy Recovery Ventilators: ERV systems manage both heat loss and the humidity in the air. These will transfer the moisture in the humid air stream to the dryer air stream to recover the energy trapped in the moisture.

The bathroom can be the most common spot of moisture in the home. The best line of defense against moisture in the bathroom is a quality vent fan. You can install one in each bathroom. Make sure to use them during and for thirty minutes after bathing to remove excess moisture. Doing so can help prevent mold and mildew.

Also remember to change the air filter every one to three months. Remember to install an air filter for your HVAC system. Replace it every one to three months to keep the system operating efficiently. Replace the air filter on your vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, which captures much finer particles than standard vacuum cleaner filters. If you have any questions about the system in your home, make sure to contact us.

 

Why Regular Inspections are Needed

Regular inspections to your HVAC system are always important. By doing so, you can help the efficiency of the HVAC system. We will be able to inspect the parts and components of the HVAC system for you. If there is an issue, we can advise you on the options you have to repair and have it fixed before it becomes worse. If you ignore an issue, it will end up costing more in the long run. This is because you will use more energy, so the monthly energy bill will become higher as well. The parts and components may also start to fail if they are not working correctly with one another. As one part fails, it can cause damage and wear to the other parts as well.

 

You will want to be aware of any odd noises the HVAC system has. Noise that are a grinding or clunking noise should be a reason to worry. This means a part has worn and should be repaired or fixed as soon as possible. It will also help avoid that piece from failing and needed to be repaired as well. Even if you are in doubt, contact us. Checking it can help ensure that everything is working efficiently with one another. If you notice that there is a difference between the set temperature and actual temperature, it could be caused by the thermostat. Make sure that the thermostat is placed out of direct contact of the sun or windows. We can also check the location of the thermostat for you.

 

Remember to change the air filter in your system as well. Over time the dirt in your home can start to collect on the filter. When this happens, the system may run rougher. There will be extra strain and stress when trying to pull the air through the filter. If you are not sure what type of filter is needed for your system, contact us and we can advise you on the best one.

Why Changing the Filter is Important

There are a number of different types of filters available on the market, each offering different benefits, but the fact remains that all types of filters need to checked, maintained and changed in order to function properly and safely.

First of all, a clogged air filter can cause extensive damage to your system. Checking the air filter can save you money in the long run. Dirt can be one of the leading causes of heating and cooling systems failing. So make sure the system is clean.

Changing the air filter is also important for your air quality. This is better for everyone in your home, particularly children and the elderly, and most especially for those suffering from allergies or asthma. A clean air filter means you are not constantly circulating dust, dust mites, pollen and other small particles in the air. Instead, your system will be able to purify the air, leaving it clean and healthy.

Besides protecting the HVAC system from unnecessary damage, cleaning out or changing a clogged air filter will also save you a significant amount on operating costs. In simplest terms, a dirty air filter uses much more energy than a new, clean air filter, which means a much higher electricity bill for you. You can, by keeping your air filter clean and in good condition, save up to 15% on utility costs.

An air filter that is clogged means a harder working HVAC system, thus it also means a lot of carbon monoxide and other greenhouse gasses by extension being released. Always remember to check or change the air filter when needed. If you need to know how often to change the filter, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on a schedule that is beneficial for you and your home.

Improve the Air in your Home

 

The air quality in your home is important for you and your family. Having the best air quality will help reduce systems of allergies and asthma. If you notice a breathing issue, it can lead to further issues. When your air quality is poor, chances are your health could decline as well. If you notice symptoms like sneezing and watery eyes, there may be an issue with the air quality. You can contact us and we can inspect the air quality for you and recommend what further actions should be done to improve it.

The filter is something you should not forget about. The filter can become clogged and dirty with time. This reduces the chance of air getting through it properly and efficiently. If you notice the filter dirty, make sure to clean it. Also remember to replace the filter on the necessary recommended schedule. If you have pets, you will have to replace the filter more often. If you are not sure how often replacing the filter should be, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on it.

To help keep the air clean, you may want to invest in an air purifier. By doing so, this will clean the air and other particles that might be there. Air purifiers take the air and remove the pollutants from it, and replace the clean air back in your home. If you want to know what type of air purifier is best for your home, contact us and we can recommend the options you have.