Clean Air for your Home is Important

 

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The air in your home should always be in the best quality. Having the air easy to breath can help improve your health and happiness when you are in your home. While the temperature is getting cooler out, you will open your windows less and less. That means the amount of fresh air can decrease significantly. To help improve the air quality, there are several things you can do. The first thing is to make sure your HVAC system is working properly. You will want to contact us so we can inspect it and look for any issues it might have. Always make sure to contact us if there is an issue you notice. Catching a problem at the first sign can help prevent more serious issues as well.

Inspect the System

The system should be inspected. More often, the filter of the HVAC system will need to be inspected. The filter will collect any dust, pollutants, or dander that are in the air of the home. This will then help prevent it from redistributing throughout the home further. If you have pets or someone smokes in your home, the filter will need to be changed more often. Pet fur and dander can get into the air, and cause breathing issues from those who may be allergic to it. Keeping the furnace clean and replaced will help improve the air quality.

Humidifier

You may also want to look into a humidifier for your home. As the air gets cooler, it also becomes dry. This can lead to several issues in your home. You may notice an increase in static electricity and shocks. When a humidifier is operating, it will release humidity into the air to reduce the amount of static. The humidifier can also help make it easier to breathe. This will also help reduce the chance for bloody noses, chapped lips, or dry skin. With proper humidity levels, you will feel better as well.

Remember Regular Maintenance

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Keeping your home cool and comfortable in the summer is important. In order to do so, you will want to make sure that the system is properly maintained. This should include a regular maintenance check, as well as looking at the parts anytime you notice an issue. By catching the issue right away, you help to prevent further problems with the parts, or other parts as well. Maintenance for the HVAC system can save you money in the long run as well.

Filter Maintenance

One part that is often forgot about is the filter. The filter should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure it is free of dirt and dust build up. If you notice it is dirty, you can clean it. There are also times that you should change the filter. This will help provide good filter maintenance for the air conditioner. If you are not sure how often the filter will need to be changed, contact us and we can advise you on the schedule. This way you can help to ensure that the filter is always as clean as it should be.

Noticing Noises

If you notice any odd noises, make sure to have a scheduled appointment so we can inspect it. Over time the parts will start to wear with one another. If these noises are ignored, then more damage could be done to the air conditioning system. This runs the risk of it going out when you will need it on hot humid days. If the noise gets worse or is more often, immediate action should be taken. You also run the risk that the system will not work efficiently, causing a higher energy bill at the end of each month. By having regular maintenance and proper inspections done, you can help to ensure the air conditioning system it working the best that it can for your home.

A Dehumidifier Can Provide Benefits for your Home

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You will want to keep your home comfortable and free of humidity during the hot summer months. To help accomplish this, make sure that the air conditioner is properly maintained and inspected. If you are not sure how often it should be inspected, make sure to contact us. This way we can advise you on the correct maintenance tasks. You may also want to consider getting a dehumidifier for your home. This will help remove the humidity from the air in your home.

Remove Allergy Issues

Humid environments can increase the chance for allergy triggers. This can include dust mites, mold, mildew, and even bad odors. Small areas with poor ventilation are common places where moisture and mildew can build up. The bathroom is one example where the humidity and moisture levels are typically higher than normal. You may notice some of the allergy issues that include a stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, sneezing or breathing difficulties, and skin rashes or other irritation to your skin. The mold can also be a major contributor to issues like asthma in children. If you notice any issue, consider a dehumidifier for your home. If you notice a family member is sick, it could be cause by mold in your home. Investing in a dehumidifier can help prevent this.

Removing Humidity

By investing in a dehumidifier, you can reduce the humidity in your home, making it more comfortable. It will also remove the allergens like mold, mildew, and dust mites that could be in your home as well. The dehumidifier can also reduce odors in your home that can be caused by mold and mildew. This smell can be described sometimes as a musty or rotting smell. The dehumidifier can also help to prevent the smell from appearing on your clothing, furniture, or other objects in your home.

 

A dehumidifier can also reduce irritation when you breathe. Having good comfort for you and your family is important in your home. If you suffer from breathing issues, a dehumidifier can help you and your family. If you are not sure what type would be best for your home, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on one.

Why Preventative Maintenance is Needed

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Preventative maintenance for your air conditioner is important. You will want to make sure you contact us so we can inspect it. If you are not sure how often the system should be tuned up, contact us. We can advise you on a regular schedule so your HVAC system is working efficiently. Annual preventative maintenance enables your system to use energy more efficiently. Keeping it maintained should include cleaning the cooling coils, blades, and other components. By having it clean, it helps generate cool air more efficiently. The system will use less energy when it cools the air in your home this summer.

Extending the System’s Life

Regular maintenance is important to help it operated efficiently. One of the main reasons a HVAC system will fail early is due to lack of maintenance. Maintain your system each year and your system will maintain your comfort for years to come.

Improves Air Quality

As the air conditioning system is used, dirt and debris collect inside of it, which can lead to issues. These can be released into the air inside your home, decreasing the quality of the indoor air. When routine maintenance is done, we can clean the dirt and debris so that the pollutants do not contaminate the indoor air.

Less Repairs

When you have your heating system and air conditioner regularly maintained, you reduce the chances that you will face a costly emergency repair in the future. We can check for damaged or worn parts and will notify you of any need for a part replacement. The part should be replaced to prevent further damage and avoid a possible emergency call. Also cleaning and maintenance will also extend the life of your compressor. The compressor is an important part of the system and can be a very costly repair if it is damaged. During the summer, dirt and dust can collect on the cleaning coils. Dirty cleaning coils cause the compressor to work harder with age. By having the coils cleaned during our inspection, you can reduce the demand on the compressor and avoid a major repair.

 

What is a Sump Pump in your Home?

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Do you have a sump pump?  Depending where you live, you may or may not. This is usually determined if you are in an area where flooding occurs. It could also be if you have issues with quick melting snow or heavy rainstorms. It does not take much water to cause thousands of dollars of damage, and if you have a damp basement, mold can be a serious problem. A good sump pump can be worth it.

What it is

Sump pumps are pumps that are located in your basement or crawlspace. They are designed to prevent excess rain or ground water from entering the house. There are portable units, but most residential ones are installed in pits, called sump pits. By doing so, they help keep your basement dry by pumping the water out of the pit, away from your house.

Location

A sump pump is typically installed in the lower part of a basement, or crawlspace of a home. A hole is installed in the floor, and the pump is then placed in the sump pit.  A pipe is attached, which then runs up, and out of the house, and releases the water several feet away from the foundation. The pipe usually has a check valve which prevents water from flowing back into the pit. When there is a flood, excess rainfall, or water from rapidly melting snow, this can result in damage. Instead of leaking into your house through any tiny cracks, it flows into the sump pit. Sump pumps are activated by a float. This looks like the one in your toilet tank. When the water in the pit assists in making the float to rise to a designated level, the pump is then activated.

How they work

Most pumps have a fan-like device, or impeller, which spins once the pump is activated. This uses centrifugal force, which pushes the water out through the pipe. If you are not sure if you need a sump pump, make sure to contact us. We can inspect your home and advise you on if one may be needed. When there is an issue, it is best to fix it immediately. By doing so, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Furnace Noises you might hear

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Furnace noise should not be ignored if you hear them. Heating systems are an important part of your home. They help keep you and your family members warm during the cold winter months. It is important to understand when your heating system might be in need of repairs.  A common sign that your system might need repairs is when you hear the system making strange noises.  It is important to catch the need for repairs in time to have them fixed before they cause larger, more complicated issues.

Grinding furnace noises

If you are hearing a grinding noise, this can be a common noise heard from a heating system that is having problems functioning properly.  When you hear a grinding noise, it usually means that some of the parts in your heating system might be scraping against other parts in the system. The grinding noises could also be a sign that a bent fan blade is striking a metal component that is nearby, a part of the motor could be overheating, or a piece of debris could also be stuck in the blades of the fan.

Banging sounds

A loud banging noise coming from your heating system could mean that your radiator is broken or not functioning properly.  Replacing a radiator can be very expensive. It can also be time consuming. You will want to be sure you investigate a banging noise immediately.  A banging noise that occurs when the heat kicks may mean the radiator is in need of repairs.

Humming noise

Another common noise heard from a defective heating system could be a humming noise.  A common cause of this type of noise could be caused by a few things. One is that the heating system is working too hard and might be in danger of shutting down.  The humming can be caused by the motors in the fan. It could also be another part of the heating system working too hard. The noise could be from the job it is designed for. If you notice an odd noise or anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the furnace and HVAC system for you.

Reasons Why the Thermostat May not Work

The thermostat is an important part of your HVAC system in your home. This is a way you can control what temperature you will want your home to be. As important as filter maintenance is, so is thermostat maintenance. Make sure to contact us and we can inspect the thermostat in your home. This way we can ensure that it is operating efficiently in your home. It will also help to keep the home at the most ideal temperature that you would like. If you notice that the set temperature is different than the actual temperature, then there is an issue. We can inspect it to ensure the issue is only located to the thermostat part.

The placement of the thermostat is also is important. You will want to make sure that it is not in any direction of any direct sunlight. Also move the thermostat away from any registers, vents, or fans. The air movement around that can give it a false reading. If a false reading occurs, then the system will not be efficient and will have to work longer and harder to get your home to the desired temperature. When installing a thermostat, make sure you plan to have it placed in an area that is free from these things, all day long. Check the spot several times throughout the day to ensure it will not be affected by any windows or vents. We can also check the location for you, but checking it through the day is always the best.

Since there are several models to choose from for a programmable thermostat, you may want to consider when you are in and out of your home. This way you can schedule the thermostat to operate only when you are there. This also helps to reduce the chance of energy being wasted. Based on your schedule and lifestyle, we can also recommend an ideal thermostat for you.

 

Why Programmable Thermostats are Beneficial in your Home

 

Everything we have nowadays is “smart.” From our phones to our TV’s, the options are endless! So, of course, “smart” thermostats exists. We understand that with a hectic lifestyle, sometimes the smallest things can be a hassle. Programmable thermostats work to make your life a little bit easier. With the constant and drastic change of our weather, scheduling your thermostat can go a long way in keeping your home comfortable.

Saving Time

Instead of manually making changes to your thermostat, you can program it for different times and days. Program it to warm up your house 30 minutes before you get up, or program it to lower the temperature 5 minutes after you leave to work. Instead of having to do it yourself and maybe forgetting about it, you can program it in advance.

Energy Efficient

Instead of running your thermostat all day, programming it for the times that you actually need it can save up to 30% on energy costs. A lower electricity bill is always a good thing! Plus, the use of less energy is good for the environment. If you are noticing an increase in your monthly energy bill, make sure to look into a programmable thermostat.

Reduce Wear and Tear

By setting your thermostat automatically for the times you do use it; saves time, money, and extends the life of your heating and cooling system. Of course, we want you to use your heating and cooling for whenever you need it, but programming it avoids unnecessary use. The less wear on your system; the more use you will get out of it. This means fewer repairs and more savings. There are countless options to choose from when it comes to programmable thermostats. Depending on your needs, you can choose a thermostat that tracks your energy use, manages your indoor air quality, reminds you to replace your filters, etc. There are many of thermostats to choose from. Programmable thermostats are the future and the best way to keep your energy costs low. If you want to install a programmable thermostat in your home or you have questions about the features, give us a call.

 

The Benefits of Having Cleaner Air in your Home

Since you will probably spend a majority of time in your home this winter, it is important to have the best quality air. You will first want to make sure that the system has been properly maintained and is up to date on all repairs. If you ignore an issue or repair, you will be doing more harm than good to the system. This can also lead to other parts wearing and failing with time as well. Any odd noise you might hear should be a signal that the system is not working correctly. Anytime you suspect an issue, contact us. Even if the monthly energy bill has gone up, it could mean the system needs to be inspected or repaired. Make sure to remember when maintenance checks are in need, this can keep your system operating ideally.

You will also want to check the air filter in your home. As the air circulates, the dirt and dust from it can be captured into the filter. The filter will need to be changed in order to ensure that the air is the best quality. Remember to never operate the system without a filter. Failure to do so will result in parts becoming damaged from the dirt and dust. If you are not sure how often to change the filter, contact us and we can advise you on a schedule.

An air purifier may also be a necessity in your home. When this is installed, it will help clean the air in your home to keep you and your family breathing easier. If you are not sure of the type of air cleaner, we can certainly recommend one for you. Some homes benefit even more by having several placed throughout the home, and even in bedrooms.

 

 

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.