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Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality
Posted: April 19, 2018 by Andy

Struggling with allergies this spring? Your dirty HVAC system could be partially to blame!

Spring is the wonderful time of year when the flowers are in bloom, and the temperatures begin to warm up. There's no denying that spring is beautiful. It's a welcome change from the dark and gloomy winter. However, it's also the time of year for respiratory issues caused by allergies.

If you and other members of your family are experiencing seasonal allergies, now is a great time to do some spring cleaning. While you're at it, we also recommend that you take steps to improve your indoor air quality. Freshen up your home's air this spring with these easy tips.

Open your windows

Believe it or not, the air in your home can be more polluted than the air outside. Your doors and windows have been shut tight all winter to keep the cold out, and the air quality inside your home may suffer as a result.

Preventive maintenance

Before you turn on your air conditioning this summer, it's best to call in one of our expert HVAC technicians to have your system inspected. This is important as it helps ensure that your air conditioner is in top shape and prevents breakdowns during the hottest months of the year. A broken AC is not only an inconvenience - it can be costly, too!

Proper ventilation

Without sufficient ventilation, the air inside your home becomes humid, odorous and stale. It'll trigger allergy symptoms, and will also encourage mold to grow. Mold poses a threat to your family's health and if not addressed immediately, can be extremely difficult to eliminate.

The bathroom is the area in your home that is most susceptible to mold growth. We advise that you turn on the exhaust fan during and after taking a shower. Your bathroom's fan helps disperse moisture, which helps keep mold from growing. Likewise, make sure that you turn on the hood fan over your stove while cooking in your kitchen.

Clean system filters

Most people don't give the filters in their HVAC system much thought, but what they don't realize is that clogged and dirty air filters can lead to many problems. A dirty filter forces your system to work harder, which leads to higher utility bills and also reduces your home's indoor air quality.

Clogged air filters cause dirt, dust and other debris to be recirculated back into the air. These airborne particles trigger allergic symptoms and can negatively impact your health. To keep allergens to a minimum, it's best to check your air filters every month and replace them when needed. For best results, choose air filters with a high MERV rating and breathe easier!


Prepare Your Cooling System For Summer
Posted: April 12, 2018 by Andy

Don't just switch your thermostat to cool without doing some preventive air conditioning system maintenance first!

Summer heat is just around the corner! Before you know it, you'll be seeking relief from it by turning on your air conditioner. As a homeowner, it's essential to ensure that your cooling system is ready for hot weather. You want to make sure that it's up to the task of keeping your home nice and cool during the hottest months. Here are four important things to check for a trouble-free summer.

Take your air conditioner's cover off

Many homeowners cover their outside AC unit during the winter to keep snow, leaves, sticks and other debris out and to provide protection from falling ice. Covering your air conditioner in winter will help prolong your condenser's life, but make sure that you remove the cover before switching your thermostat to "cool" for the summer. Otherwise, you could cause damage to your AC, which will lead to costly repairs.

Clear the area around your exterior AC condenser

Before using your AC for the first time each season, you should check the area around you outdoor unit and make sure nothing is obstructing airflow into it. Clear any leaves, branches, sticks and other debris, making sure it has at least two feet of space around the unit. It needs a nice, unobstructed flow of air around it to work properly.

Have your home's ductwork cleaned

To maintain optimal system efficiency, you should have your home's vents and ductwork cleaned once a year, preferably in the spring. Duct cleaning isn't very time-consuming, so you won't be inconvenienced. In fact, a professional duct cleaning typically takes only about three to five hours. An annual duct cleaning will also prevent mold problems from occurring and will improve your indoor air quality.

Call in the pros

Before starting your air conditioner each summer, we highly recommend having your cooling system professionally inspected to make sure that it is in good working condition. Our expert HVAC technicians will address any concerns you may have, and our inspection will keep your system in tip-top shape. You'll stay comfortable throughout the summer months and avoid additional - and potentially costly - air conditioning service.


Why Is This Room Warmer Than The Rest Of My Home?
Posted: April 5, 2018 by Andy

A room that is warmer or cooler than the others in your home may indicate a problem with your HVAC system!

Most homeowners notice from time to time that one or two rooms in their home are much colder or hotter compared to the rest of the house. Why are some areas different than others? Let's take a closer look at the key reasons why some rooms just can't keep up.

Clogged or dirty air filters

Dirt-clogged air filters can prevent air from flowing to certain parts of your home, which can cause some rooms to cool much more quickly than others. We recommend that you change your air filters every 30 to 90 days.

Blocked ducts

Ductwork is the system or network of airways that deliver heated and cooled air throughout your home. You can think of it as the lungs of your HVAC system. When your ducts become clogged with dirt and debris over time, air cannot pass through efficiently, causing the areas farthest away from your HVAC unit to be warmer or cooler than those closer to it.

Rooms that face the sun

Does the room get more afternoon sun than other rooms? Does it face south? Heat from the sun might be causing the problem, as this additional warmth can easily get trapped in a room, making it hotter than other rooms that don't face the sun. To keep a room from warming up more quickly than the others due to heat from the sun, we recommend hanging heavy, thermal-insulated curtains and closing them during the day.

If you've tried these solutions and a room is still consistently warmer or cooler than the rest of your home, it could mean that you have a problem with your HVAC system. Call us today to schedule a visit from one of our experts and get back to living comfortably!


Retire Your Old Thermostat
Posted: March 29, 2018 by Andy

It's long past time to retire that dumb old thermostat - we can help you upgrade to a smart new one!

Programmable thermostats have gained popularity in recent years, becoming the standard in homes across the country. Whether you're at home or across town, it's now possible to keep your home's temperature just the way you want it. Upgrading your thermostat to a programmable unit allows you to reduce costs and save energy, and you also ensure that your family is comfortable throughout the year. Here are several compelling reasons why you should upgrade to a smart thermostat before the summer's heat arrives.

Convenience

Many of today's thermostats have user-friendly displays, which makes them easier to read and use. Not only are they easy, they're also very convenient. Some devices even have remote-access capabilities via wi-fi, so you can adjust the settings using your tablet or smartphone.

If you're still using an old manual thermostat, you probably forget to adjust the temperature setting before leaving for work. A smart thermostat does the work for you - no need to manually adjust the temperature setting anymore! Many modern thermostats allow you to set a weekly program that matches your lifestyle and schedule and - no need to constantly re-adjust it when you wake or go to sleep, and leave or come home from work.

Ideal comfort

In addition to a weekly program, many programmable thermostats allow you to program your heating and cooling system for different temperatures at different times of the day. Guided by a smart thermostat, your system will deliver maximum comfort for your household and function at its highest capacity and efficiency at the same time.

Lower energy costs

Homeowners typically spend at least $1,000 every year on heating and cooling costs. This amount is often much more than necessary because many people leave their HVAC system running at full blast even when nobody is home.

This summer, program your air conditioner to take a break from cooling your home while you're at work with the help of a smart thermostat. According to studies, homeowners save 2% on cooling cost for every degree the temperature is increased. In fact, studies suggest that you can save up to $200 a year just by using a programmable thermostat. So, call us out to install a fancy new thermostat, and we'll help you start saving money today!


Stop Believing These HVAC Myths
Posted: March 22, 2018 by Andy

Think closing registers in unused rooms will save you money? You might be achieving the opposite of your goal by doing it!

Many people look for ways to reduce their energy bills while staying comfortable inside their homes. Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation circulating that it's hard to separate facts from misconceptions. Here are four common HVAC myths you need to stop believing.

If it isn't broken, there's no need to call a professional - FALSE!

Most people don't pay much attention to their HVAC system until something goes wrong. Just like your car, your HVAC is a complex system that needs annual tune-ups. Neglecting professional maintenance can lead to a malfunctioning system, and no one wants that. To keep your system working efficiently, we recommend that you call a professional for a visit at least once a year. Having your HVAC system checked and inspected every year can prevent inconvenient and expensive breakdowns.

Closing registers in unused rooms will save you money - FALSE!

Many homeowners close the air registers in rooms they aren't using in an attempt to save money. However, shutting off registers in unused rooms doesn't improve energy efficiency. It adversely affects your system's intake and exhaust, so your system is pushed out of balance. This can strain on your system and actually increase your energy costs.

Instead, leave every vent open, even in rooms that are not being used. This way, your system efficiently circulates air throughout your home at a balanced rate.

Turn your thermostat all the way down to cool your home faster - FALSE!

You won't reach the desired temperature faster by moving the thermostat all the way up or down. Regardless of what temperature is set, your system heats and cools your home at a steady pace.

Filters don't need to be changed regularly - FALSE!

A clogged or dirty air filter reduces airflow. This pushes your HVAC system to work harder than usual, leaving you with a more expensive energy bill than you would see with a regularly-changed filter. To ensure optimal efficiency of your HVAC system, we highly recommend that you check your air filter every month and change it when it's dirty.


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