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Have Allergies? Make Your Furnace Air More Friendly

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have Allergies? Make Your Furnace Air More Friendly

Does someone in your home suffer from allergies? If so, the force air heat in your home can be causing them problems. Using forced air for heat is very common, and you’ll have difficulties finding a house that does not use forced air. It causes allergens to get dispersed in the air, like pet dander, mold spores, and dust.  What is the solution then? Follow these tips that will make the furnace heat friendly to those that have allergies. HEPA Filters Those cheap fiberglass filters that you get at your local home improvement store could be perfectly fine for those that don’t have allergies, but a HEPA filter could be worth the extra money for those with allergies. HEPA air filters are capable of removing 99.97% of airborne particles that are at least 0.3 micrometers in size. To put some perspective on that, the typical mold spore, particle of pet dander, and other common allergens will get caught in the filter. A regular air filter could cause these to seep through, but a HEPA air filter will catch them. Swapping out a filter can be done on your own, since it is installed just as if you were replacing a regular air filter. Keep in mind that your HEPA filter could have different requirements for how often it needs to be changed, so check the recommendations on the filter before you put it in. Clean Ducts You can’t see inside your home’s air ducts, but that is where allergens will accumulate. Vacuuming the ducts is not an option, so you will need professional help. Hire a professional that can come clean your air ducts for you, which will cost as little as $300 on average. You may discover that the cost is well worth it when those in your home are not sneezing or itching as often. Air Humidification Dry air can be bothersome to those with allergies. That is because the allergens linger longer in the air, causing them to be inhaled much easier. Moist air causes allergens to become weighed down, falling toward the floor instead of getting sucked back into the HVAC system. A whole-home humidifier could be just what you need to solve allergy problems. While portable vaporizers can work, they won’t provide the level of comfort that a whole-home system can. Speak to a local HVAC technician like Staley Mechanicals about installing a humidifier on your HVAC system, helping treat all the air in your...

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3 Heating Points To Address As Soon As Possible

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Heating Points To Address As Soon As Possible

When winter hits, no one wants to be without heat. This is an uncomfortable truth that some people have to endure as a result of not getting prepared. Sometimes everyday habits and the layout of homes can affect how well heat is distributed. The following are some things that you can do to ensure your home is warm and toasty when the temperature drops to freezing. Furnace Filter Ensure that you change your furnace filter before turning your furnace on. Clogged furnace filters can impact performance. This can lead to higher heating costs. Dirty filters can also cause issues with allergies. Some homes have caught on fire due to dirty furnace filters igniting. If you opt to have your furnace serviced as recommended, the filter change will likely be part of the service.  Oil Tank If you rely on fuel oil or propane to warm your home, you may need to have a tank on your property refilled. Some people forget to tend to this task before winter. Making a call to your fuel provider will ensure that you have the fuel you need to supply your home. This is an issue that is common in rural areas. Replenishing tanks prior to winter will aid in ensuring that you do not get caught without fuel. Thermostat Determine the temperature that you find most comfortable, and set your thermostat. Keep in mind that if you set it too high, your furnace may cycle on and off frequently. It may also run continuously, which can cause you to have higher heating costs. If you have an older thermostat, you may want to consider upgrading it to a smart thermostat or a programmable thermostat. Both of these options can help you save on heating costs because you will have full control over when your home is being heated. This means you will not have to worry about the heat turning on when no one is home. You also will not have to dread going home to a cold house due to the heat being off all day.  An HVAC contractor is a good resource to use for additional heating tips. They can also help you determine the nature of any heating phenomenon you notice in your home. For example, some people have certain rooms in their homes that do not warm as well as other rooms in their homes. This is something that could be caused by damaged insulation, covered or closed vents, or a mechanical issue with the heating system. For more information, contact local professionals like HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and...

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How New Air Ducts Can Improve Your Heating System

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How New Air Ducts Can Improve Your Heating System

The efficiency of your HVAC unit is of utmost importance if you are to keep temperatures in your home warm enough without spending a fortune on heating bills during the cold season. One of the main components of the system is the ductwork circulating heated air from the furnace to your entire home. Problems with the air ducts can lead to enormous heat loss and increased energy bills. With that in mind, here is a look at how you could benefit from having your old ductwork replaced. Correctly sized and balanced ducts Typically, most old homes have undersized ductwork that doesn’t allow for the natural flow of conditioned air. Restrictive return/supply ducts essentially cause the HVAC unit to blow harder in order to reach the temperature set on the thermostat. This can lead to energy inefficiency and possible failure of the heating unit. Having new air ducts installed by an HVAC contractor can ensure that the natural flow of air is restored, allowing for your home to warm up quicker and for chilled air to be quickly returned to the furnace for heating. Modern contractors typically use technology to determine how much of the ductwork should be directed to each room, ensuring a balanced supply of heated air across the home. This can help eliminate hot/cold spots in certain areas. Direct runs and healthier air Old ductwork is often prone to kinks and bends that slow down the flow of heated air from the furnace to your conditioned spaces. The slow air flow leads to heat loss and makes the home heat up a lot slower. New ducts can solve this issue, ensuring direct runs of air in the attic, crawl space and other unconditioned spaces. Loose duct connections and damaged joints often contribute to loss of heated air and allow in contaminants such as fumes from the garage, dust and pollen to infiltrate your indoor air. Having a fresh duct system installed can solve the issue of air leaks and air contamination, boosting your energy efficiency and give you cleaner, more comfortable air. Better insulation With time, insulation on your old ductwork can get frayed or eroded, causing massive loss of heat. At times, the loss of insulation can be so massive that restoring it wouldn’t be economical. In such cases, having new ducts installed can be worthwhile, as they can prevent the loss of heated air and help keep your energy bills low. Local contractors can help you buy brand name furnace parts to ensure the furnace functions as long as...

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Three Signs Your Furnace Has An Emergency Situation And What You Can Do

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Signs Your Furnace Has An Emergency Situation And What You Can Do

In the most critical of situations with your furnace, you should leave the house and seek safety. However, you will have to size up the situation to determine if it is extremely and immediately dangerous, or if you can do something to prevent it from becoming so. Here are three signs your furnace has a potentially urgent situation or an emergency and what you can do in each instance. Your Furnace Is Banging Very Loudly and It Smells Like Something Is Burning This scenario could go from bad to worse, but it is still manageable. Cut the power to the furnace, if it involves any electricity. Since electricity can ignite fires with gas, oil, or propane, you definitely want to cut the power with those types of furnaces. Turn your thermostat off, so it does not signal your furnace to start. (If you already cut the electricity to the furnace, you are a step ahead here.) Finally, do not touch or open the furnace now that it is quiet. Instead, call an HVAC contractor to come check it out. Your Furnace Is Smoking Okay, now you can panic just a little. Then collect yourself together and turn everything off, including your main electrical breaker switch. Then leave your house, go somewhere safe where you can make your emergency calls, and stay put until the fire department and the HVAC contractor shows up to check things out. Better yet, stay right where you are and let the professionals come talk to you about the furnace. Once the furnace repairs have been made and you have the all-clear to go home and turn your power back on, you can resume normal daily life. Your Furnace Is on Fire! If it is a small fire, see if you can extinguish it with a multi-purpose fire extinguisher (not water!). If it is a bigger fire or you just do not have a fire extinguisher, leave the house right away! There is nothing you can really do at this point. Make sure you shut your basement door on the way out, and then close all of the house doors after you as you leave. Shutting the doors helps contain and delay the fire until the emergency services can get there. Then go to your designated safe spot in the neighborhood and call for help. The firefighters will take over from here, and if the fire is extinguished before it causes real damage, then you can call the HVAC contractor to replace the scorched furnace. For more information on furnace repairs, contact a company like Greers Service Company...

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2 Problems With A Central AC’s Outdoor Coil That Can Thwart Efficiency

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Problems With A Central AC’s Outdoor Coil That Can Thwart Efficiency

Your central air conditioner’s cooling process starts inside the condensing unit located on a concrete slab outside your home. The condensing unit contains an outdoor coil that takes in gas refrigerant and changes that gas to a liquid. Part problems that interfere with this process can thwart your unit’s cooling efficiency. What are a few outdoor coil problems that can thwart efficiency – and how can an air conditioning service company help?  Dirty Outdoor Coil A condensing unit has grates to allow outside air to pass through the system to help the blower fan keep the parts from overheating during operation. That outside air carries dirt and particulates that can become stuck to the surface of the outdoor coil. A dirty coil won’t have the careful calibration required to complete the phase change from gas refrigerant to liquid refrigerant. The phase change issues can result in the coils becoming overheated, which will trigger a safety system in the unit and turn off the power supply. An outdoor coil isn’t as easy to clean as its indoor counterpart because the condensing unit has several parts you don’t want to douse with water. The condensing unit also lacks a drain pan that could catch a no-rinse coil cleanser as it fell from the coil. If you do want to try and clean the outside coil yourself, you should use a hose pointed at the coils from inside the condensing unit. But it is better to leave the coil cleaning in the hands of an air conditioning services professional. Bent or Broken Outdoor Coil Bends or breaks in the outdoor coil can thwart the phase change process and cause gas refrigerant to leak out of the system. The loss of the refrigerant will impact the ability of both the outdoor and indoor coils to pass the refrigerant through the system properly. You will soon have no working air conditioning at all as the fuel source continues to run out. You can conduct a visual check of the outdoor coil by turning off the power and taking a look through the access panel. But you should leave any coil replacement to an HVAC professional. Even if the coil looks undamaged, ask a trained professional to take a look as the cracks or bends could be so small it’s hard to notice the problem with your naked eye. You will need to have a tech present, anyway, if your system proves to have a low refrigerant level due to any cause. The refrigerant is a controlled chemical only obtainable by licensed professionals so you really do need to leave this type of work up to the...

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Why Is Ductless A/C A Better Option For Your Small Restaurant?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Is Ductless A/C A Better Option For Your Small Restaurant?

Owning a small restaurant can present a number of challenges and a multitude of expenses that you have to take care of. That’s why it’s a good idea to periodically assess your business to find ways to cut costs or make things run more efficiently. Your HVAC system might seem acceptable right now, but you may want to replace your system with ductless air conditioning (ductless A/C) for the following reasons. Lower Utility Bills Do you want to pay for cool air inside the ducts? With a traditional system, that’s exactly what you are doing. The main HVAC unit sends cool air through the ducts until it reaches various areas of your restaurant. By contrast, ductless A/C uses a network of mini-air conditioning units that cool the immediate surrounding space without an extensive duct network. You should see a drop in utility bills because you’re only cooling the space necessary to keep customers and employees comfortable. Avoid a Full System Shutdown When you use a series of units as part of a ductless A/C system, you can avoid the traditional HVAC problem where a clogged duct or similar problem causes the entire system to shut down. That can lead to stuffy, humid misery for all of your customers and workers. When one mini-air conditioning unit in a ductless system has trouble, the rest of the system can function properly; a problem in one of the units may even be fixed more quickly because the HVAC contractor doesn’t need to examine the entire system before locating the source of the problem. Create Additions with Freedom One of the challenges that arises when you’d like to expand your restaurant, but have a traditional cooling system, is that you and your contractor must focus on new ducts that must be installed. It can be costly to install these ducts and it can take more time to complete an addition because of that work. The layout of the addition might depend on ductwork instead of what you think is best for the restaurant itself. Ductless A/C can prevent a lot of those headaches; you simply design the space and put in a mini-air conditioning unit. Ductless A/C can lower your bills, help you avoid a full air conditioning breakdown and give you greater freedom when creating additions. Talk with a commercial HVAC professional about how this system could work best for you and your...

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Cheap Maintenance To Improve Your AC Unit

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cheap Maintenance To Improve Your AC Unit

If your AC is not working as it should and you are on a tight budget, then you may want to consider taking matters into your own hands and attempting a few repair services on your own. There are a few things that you could do to help improve your air conditioner’s performance, even if you are on a tight budget. So, if you want to make sure that your AC unit is operating more efficiently, then consider doing the following:  Maintenance Your Condenser Cleaning your condenser is critical, as debris and local landscape can often times get stuck inside of the condenser fins. This can clog the unit, which can reduce and even eliminate the air intake performance of your unit. If the air intake for your condenser is reduced or even eliminated, your home will not receive the airflow that it needs for your home to cool off, which can be a major issue. So, on a regular basis, you will want to clean the vent of your air condenser unit so you can make sure that the airflow will not be compromised due to it being clogged.  Clean Dirty Air Filters Air filters do a great job and making sure debris does not enter your home but as your filters continue to block out debris from entering your home, the filters themselves can become covered in debris that it has blocked out. Once your filters become covered in debris and dust, the cool air that your condenser creates may not be able to pass through the filters efficiently and this can reduce the airflow that enters into your home. So, remove your air filters often and take them outside so you can hose them off to remove any debris that may be clogging the micro openings inside of the filter.  Add Refrigerant If your condenser unit isn’t doing a great job and chilling the air that enters the unit then there may be a chance that your refrigerant levels are low, which can cause your condenser to not cool the air that it pulls in. So, if you notice that your AC is producing a good amount of air but it just doesn’t feel cold, then consider adding new refrigerant to your unit. Like a car and its engine oil, all consider units are different and require different quality and type of refrigerant, so keep this in mind before going out to the store and buying replacement refrigerant.  By using these three maintenance options, you will likely be able to revamp the performance of your air conditioner so you can avoid having to spend money on a replacement or major repairs. This is a great way to save money and to help your unit operate more efficiently, so you can keep your home cool while eliminating high electricity costs. Contact a repair contractor, like Childers Enterprises Inc, for more...

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4 Ways To Prolong The Life Of Your Home’s Central Air Conditioning Unit

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Prolong The Life Of Your Home’s Central Air Conditioning Unit

You rely greatly on your central air conditioning unit to keep your home cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. With proper care and maintenance, an AC unit should easily last you for a decade or more without needing major repair or replacement. Unfortunately, not all homeowners know what steps they should be taking to prolong the life of their central AC units. Cover it Up During the Winter During the frigid months of winter when you know you’re not going to be using your air conditioning, why not protect your outdoor AC unit from the elements? Check with your AC manufacturer to see if they sell a waterproof cover specifically designed for your unit. If not, you can always use a tarp and some bungee cords to cover up the unit and protect it from the elements until spring rolls around. Just remember to remove the cover before kicking the AC on for the first time when temperatures heat up! Trim Shrubs Around the Unit Having shrubs and plants around the AC unit outdoors can be a great way to provide it with added protection from the elements. However, if your shrubs and plants are located in very close proximity to the unit itself, you’ll also want to be careful to trim them regularly. The last thing you want is for branches to obstruct the air conditioning unit’s ventilation system, thus reducing efficiency and potentially causing problems down the road. Schedule an Annual Inspection Find a reputable and professional HVAC contractor that you can trust to come out and inspect your home’s AC unit each spring. This will alert you to any potential problems so you can repair them before they turn into a larger issue. Furthermore, an inspection typically includes a tune-up, which will help keep your AC running as efficiently as possible all summer long. Clean the Condenser Regularly Your air conditioner’s condenser is one of its most important components. Over time, however, debris and other build-ups can block the condenser and keep it from functioning efficiently. Fortunately, a simple solution to this is to clean out the condenser using a garden hose and soft-bristle brush each year. Just be sure to shut off power to the AC unit before you do this and be as gentle as possible while you clean the condenser itself. By doing so, you can keep your AC running efficiently and smoothly.  For more information, consider contacting a company like Tropic Air Conditioning...

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A DIY Guide To Duct Cleaning

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A DIY Guide To Duct Cleaning

Cleaning the ducts in your home is an essential project that you should not neglect. Dirty air ducts can contribute to allergies and might even eventually cause mold formation. Moldy ducts are a health hazard, and they can be very expensive to clean. If you clean your ducts on a regular basis, you will not need to worry about mold and allergies. Most people hire a professional HVAC contractor like one from Arlington Heating & Air Conditioning to clean their ducts. However, if you are able to gather the right tools and have access to a ladder, it is project that you can often do on your own. This article explains how to clean your ducts with ease. Accessing the Ducts First, you need access the ducts by removing the air registers. This only requires the removal of a few screws so it is quite simple. However, there is one step that you can do before removing all of the ducts. Remove the register from one duct. Then, close the vents for all of the other registers in your home. Next, you can tape a large black trash bag around the perimeter of the open register. Turn the AC or heater on at the highest level. This blows loose dirt and dust in the vents, and it will save you a lot of time. Finally, you can remove the rest of the air registers and begin cleaning the ducts. Cleaning the Ducts Cleaning the ducts is hard if you don’t have a long pole. A long, telescoping pole with a universal head for attaching paint rollers or dusters is ideal. These are usually sold in the paint section at home improvement stores. You can find cleaning attachments that will fit, too. The most useful attachment for cleaning ducts is a sponge. For added cleaning power, soak the sponge in a diluted all-purpose cleaner and wipe down all 4 sidewalls of the ducts. You will definitely need a work light, head lamp or flashlight so you can actually see what you are cleaning. It is very important to keep an eye out for black mold. If you notice mold, you should try to clean it yourself. However, it is still a good idea to contact a mold expert to take a closer look. While you air registers are removed from the wall, you should clean them as well. You can easily wipe them down with a wet rag before you reattach...

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Get Your Furnace A Checkup Every Fall

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get Your Furnace A Checkup Every Fall

Every year, homes are at risk of fire due to malfunctioning heating systems. There are ways to help lower your risk of having a fire in your furnace. One of them is to have a furnace repair service tech come into your house and give your furnace a checkup in the fall. There are several things that the service tech will look for when they check your furnace out.  Soot Soot can end up on the inside of the burner of your furnace. Soot is an inescapable by-product of fire, so it can be hard to avoid getting it in the burner. However, soot is also flammable. When the service tech is checking out your furnace, they will clean out the burner, getting rid of all the soot. If there appears to be more than is reasonable, the technician will do an examination to see if they can find out where it came from. You don’t want to risk the soot building back up quickly.  Nuts and Bolts Even if a loose nut doesn’t cause serious problems, the sound of it rattling around every time your furnace turns on may drive you to distraction. However, there is always the risk that a loose nut or bolt will fall down into the blower or into some other part of your furnace, thus destroying your furnace. Making sure everything is right and tight may seem like it’s not all that important, but it really is.  Ignition Switch Your furnace has to have some way to light up. If your ignition switch doesn’t turn on every time it’s triggered, then you aren’t getting any heat. And the switch always seems to fail on the coldest night of the year. If you have to have it repaired then, you are going to end up with a huge repair bill and a long, cold wait. Making sure that your ignition switch triggers when it should will help make sure that you don’t wake up cold in the middle of the night. One way that the service tech can tell if your ignition switch is a problem is by using a volt meter. What they will do is take the leads on the volt meter and attach them to the ignitor plug. They are looking to see if the ignitor puts out 220 volts when it kicks on. If it doesn’t, then the switch should be replaced. Hiring a company that offers furnace tune up services every fall is no different than going to the doctor’s office and getting a physical. It’s a way to make sure that problems are caught before they get bad and that everything is working the way that it...

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