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Indoor Air Quality Products

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The importance of choosing quality indoor products for your HVAC system

air qualityWe all want to be comfortable in our home but there are problems that could occur which make it difficult for you to stay comfortable and even healthy. Some of these issues may be hidden under the surface and although you do not think about them often, they may affect you negatively in the way that you breathe and in the allergy symptoms that you are experiencing. This is especially true when it comes to the HVAC system, as it is interconnected throughout the home and provides air to every room in the home. That is why choosing a high-quality filter for your HVAC system is of prime importance. After all, we all deserve to breathe clean air and if you're not using a quality filter, you are going to suffer to a certain extent as a result.

One of the quality products that you should consider for your HVAC system is the filter. There are a wide variety of quality filters available, including some 4 inch and 1 inch options. This is something that should be considered carefully, particularly if you suffer from allergy symptoms or have breathing difficulties. A 4 inch filter that is of high quality will reduce the particles that are allowed to flow through the filter and will allow additional airflow when compared to a 1 inch filter. A 4 inch filter will also increase the efficiency of your HVAC system.

Additional indoor quality products to consider.

Another thing that should be considered is the possibility of adding a whole house air filter from Accuclean. This can work along with the filtering that is done by your HVAC system to lower the allergens that are in the home. Many people that use those air filters have seen a great difference in the allergy symptoms that they are experiencing and many have been able to breathe easier as a result of using them. UV lights are also very popular, as they can kill many of the microbes that enter into the HVAC system, allowing cleaner and healthier air to be circulated through the home.

by Bill Grote


Humidifiers

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The benefits of installing a whole house humidifier

There are numerous things that you can do to increase your comfort within the home. Some of those items are often overlooked by many homeowners but once they are installed, they end up wondering how they could have ever lived without it in the first place. That is the case when you install all house humidifiers, an option that you should consider when you live in areas where you may experience dry conditions within the home for a few months or longer throughout the year. What are the benefits of installing whole house humidifiers and how can you choose one that is going to be right for you?

First of all, it's important for you to understand that the newer humidifiers that work throughout the whole house are going to work similarly to the old-fashioned humidifiers that were often used in times past. To simplify things, they help to moisturize the air in the home, which allows you to breathe easier because dry air is difficult to breathe. The main benefit that you get from installing the whole house humidifier is the fact that it can increase the humidity throughout the home in every room, rather than you having to carry the humidifier from one room to another while you are living in the home.

The health benefits of whole house humidifiers

You will normally find it to be easier to breathe and you will actually find that your respiratory health is improving with a humidifier is used. As was stated earlier, dry air can be very difficult to breathe, especially when your respiratory system is already compromised. Having adequate moisture within the air can help to keep your nasal passages and lungs moist, reducing the breathing problems that you have and even limiting the possibility of getting sick.

 

Of course, there are many different products available which can add moisture to the home and you should look at those products carefully before making your choice. Honeywell makes some excellent products, including a whole house bypass humidifier and evaporative humidifier systems which will help you to be more comfortable in your home as you breathe easily.

by Bill Grote


Carbon Monoxide Detection

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The importance of carbon monoxide detection

first-alert-carbon-monoxide-detectorCarbon monoxide is a gas that is both odorless and colorless and unfortunately, it is also poisonous. On average, there are about 170 individuals who die in America on an annual basis from carbon monoxide poisoning that occurs within the home. It is interesting to note, there are also many individuals that die as a result of automotive-based carbon monoxide poisoning but they are not included in that number. Obviously, it is important to ensure that your home is free of carbon monoxide as it can pose a danger to both you and your family that can easily take your life with very few symptoms associated with it. That is why it is important for you to have somebody come in to test for carbon dioxide regularly and to install carbon dioxide testers which will help to ensure that you do not have this problem at any time in the future.

Although there are very few symptoms that are associated with carbon monoxide poisoning, that doesn't necessarily mean that it is always going to be a complete surprise that you have the issue. If you have moderate or low levels of carbon monoxide in the home, you may end up having some symptoms that can alert you to the problem and the fact that you need to do something about it. In some cases, you will experience flulike symptoms but will not have a fever. Other symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, nausea and dizziness. As the poisoning continues to progress, you can develop additional symptoms which may include loss of muscular coordination, mental confusion, vomiting, unconsciousness and in extreme cases, death.

Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning through detection

There are a number of things that you can do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, including having your home tested for the gas on a regular basis. It is also important to ensure that any appliances that you have in your home which use gas or other fuel are installed properly and tested on a regular basis. You should also avoid burning charcoal in the home and do not cover the bottom of any propane or natural gas oven with aluminum foil, as it may cause a buildup of carbon monoxide in the home as well.

by Bill Grote


Landscaping – Blocking the outdoor condenser from proper air flow

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Is landscaping killing your HVAC unit?

Junior AC Repair ManMost of us want to be comfortable in our home and we want it to look beautiful on the outside as well. One way for us to be able to maintain this is through proper landscaping. This typically requires the grass to be cut regularly, as well as the bushes or trees in the yard. It may also require us to mulch around areas that contain the bushes and shrubs that surround our yard as well. Although this can look beautiful in some instances, it may also be causing problems that are quite serious. For example, mulch may be blocking the condenser of your HVAC system. Why is this an issue?

The HVAC system is going to need to have a flow of air available to it when it is running. If that airflow is not available, it is going to result in poor efficiency of the unit and in a worst-case scenario, unit failure. Not only is this going to cause the problem of you being uncomfortable when the unit is no longer working, it may end up costing you thousands of dollars to replace the unit that is no longer going to be able to function for you and your family. Unfortunately, many of us have discovered this too late but if you are reading this article, you can do something about it.

How to avoid landscaping mistakes that kill your HVAC unit

First of all, make a visual inspection of your HVAC unit on a monthly basis. This is especially important when you have a landscaping company that is taking care of the outside of your home. You should also have a serious discussion with the landscaping company so that they know not to put mulch around the HVAC unit. If you discover that they are still doing at, it's time to either talk to them again or get rid of them. Although it may seem extreme, it is less extreme than having a difficulty with your air conditioning or heating system because of some mulch that was put in the wrong place.

by Bill Grote


Air Zoning Systems

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Are zoning systems beneficial for your HVAC unit?

Furnace - properly hung using unistrut and 1.5 inch hanger to evenly support weight of systWhen you are installing a new HVAC unit in your home or place of business, there are going to be several considerations which will make the unit more or less efficient. These should be reviewed with you by the HVAC technician that is going to work at the home before it commences. One of those options that are available is a zoning system which can be included on the new HVAC unit that is being installed. To cut to the chase, there are many benefits to using a zoning system that you should consider, including improving the comfort level of the overall home and reducing how much you are spending and utility costs.

When you understand how a zoning system operates, it really helps you to see why it is so beneficial to you. Unfortunately, many homeowners are somewhat in the dark when it comes to these units and why they should be installed. Although there are numerous reasons why they are beneficial, it really has to do with cooling or heating the rooms that are most frequently used. For example, during the day, it is not typically necessary for you to keep the bedrooms at an optimum temperature, although you would want them to have the benefit of some heating or air-conditioning from the unit. That can help to reduce the amount of energy that you are consuming and it makes you more comfortable where you live, depending upon the time of day that the unit is working.

Additional benefits of zoning systems

As was discussed, the comfort and efficiency are some of the primary benefits that you will get when you include zoning systems with your HVAC unit. You also have the benefit of control, which is something that most people will appreciate. Since the house is being divided into several smaller units, you will be able to adjust the comfort of those individual units independently from each other. In addition, it helps to reduce how frequently the unit is being called on to do its work. Since fewer areas of the home are being conditioned at the same time, it is going to keep the unit from operating at peak capacity at all times.

by Bill Grote


Heat Pumps

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Are heat pumps a good idea for homeowners?

Heat Pump working properly before defrost cycleMost people are looking for a way to reduce their energy costs on a month by month basis. In colder climates, it can be quite expensive to continue to heat the home throughout the winter time and to keep it at a comfortable temperature. Many of us even sacrifice our comfort to some degree or another in order to cut the costs that we are spending on our energy bill. That may not be as necessary, however, when heat pumps are used. As a matter of fact, there are many benefits that are provided through the use of heat pumps that should be considered and we will review some of those benefits in this article.

One of the primary benefits that you are going to get when installing a heat pump at your home or place of business is energy savings, which equates to financial savings. A heat pump is the most efficient way for you to heat your home in the wintertime and when you consider the fact that about half of your energy costs are going to go towards heating the home, it can really make a difference. The efficiency of the heat pump is seen in the following equation. When you spend a dollar for electricity in order to power the heat pump, you get an average of three dollars of heat in return.

Additional heat pump benefits

You will also be happy to know, a heat pump not only provides you with the heat that you need in the winter time; it also provides a central air-conditioning unit that helps to keep your home court in the summer. In that way, you are not only providing yourself and your family with comfort during the cold winter months, you are helping them to be more comfortable in the home during the summer months as well.

Of course, the amount of money that you are going to save when using heat pumps is going to vary from one household to another. In some cases, however, the savings can be quite substantial, particularly if you are currently using an electric furnace or if you're using a different type of fuel to heat your home. Of course, there may be some options that are available which would be slightly less expensive in some areas but you would be losing out on the benefits of AC in the summer.

by Bill Grote


Hail Storms and Outdoor Condensing Units

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The damage that hailstorms can cause to outdoor condensing units

There are many different types of storms that can cause damage to the home. These include windstorms and thunderstorms. One of the more damaging types of storms that can wreak havoc on the home, however, is a hailstorm. In some cases, this is not only going to cause visible damage to the home, including the outdoor condensing unit, it can also cause problems that are not immediately recognizable. Here are some of the issues that can occur with your outdoor condensing unit when a hailstorm has occurred.

It is true that much of the damage that occurs to the condensing unit is going to be visible. By doing a visible inspection, you will see that the damage is obvious and any repairs are going to be obvious as well. This is especially true with the coils that are on many outdoor condensing units. They may become damaged and when that occurs, your unit is not going to be operating efficiently and may even lose some of its lifespan. It is true that the coils, in some cases, are going to be able to be combed out but that is not always the case. In certain hailstorms and with certain HVAC units, you may end up having to replace the entire unit because the damage is extensive. It is interesting to note, that may be covered under storm damages with your insurance company if it is files properly.

When a hailstorm occurs -call an HVAC technician

If you have a hailstorm in your area, do not wait to call a technician to inspect your HVAC system. You could be running the system and although it may be heating or cooling your home at this time, damage inside of the unit may end up taking its toll. This can be quite expensive but on the other hand, having some minor repairs done that occurred as a result of the hailstorm is going to end up being less expensive. It is always a good idea for you to have the system checked immediately after the hailstorm occurs. Not only can it help to rule out any extensive problems that may exist, it can help to keep your AC up and running when the temperature gets hot.

by Bill Grote


Positives of Maintenance plans

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The benefits of HVAC maintenance plans

hvac vecterYou depend on your HVAC unit throughout the year to provide you with comfortable temperatures inside of the home. In most cases, the HVAC continues to run throughout the year and we don't give it much thought, until something goes wrong. The unfortunate thing is, any problems that occur with the HVAC unit can be very expensive, particularly if the unit needs to be replaced. That is one of the reasons why it is important for you to consider the possibility of having a maintenance plan from a licensed HVAC technician. Here are some of the positives of those maintenance plans.

One of the benefits of a maintenance plan is the fact that your HVAC unit is going to run smoothly because it will be cleaner. The professional technician is going to remove the grime and dirt from the coils and also from the drain lines. If those coils and drain lines are allowed to become clogged and dirty, your HVAC system is not going to run smoothly and may wind up costing you more on your energy bill. In addition, physical damage could occur to the home if the drain line is permitted to overflow, as it may cause water damage in difficult to reach places.

Additional positives of HVAC maintenance plans

The filters are also going to be replaced by the technician, increasing the efficiency of the unit when it is running. This will help your house to feel more comfortable while you are operating it. Additional benefits are also seen which can increase your comfort when the thermostat is calibrated properly. This will help to give you a more even temperature inside of the home where you are living.

There are also other benefits of using a maintenance plan to ensure that your HVAC system is running properly. These include lubricating the parts to the HVAC unit as needed and ensuring that all of the electrical connections are tightened properly. Although these things may easily be overlooked by a homeowner, they are a regular part of a maintenance plan that will help you to be more comfortable and may extend the life of your HVAC unit.

by Bill Grote


Insurance – how much does your contractor carry?

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Installation techniques 020If you're going to have somebody working at your home, it is very important for you to ensure that they carry the right amount of insurance. This is especially true when you are having someone work on your HVAC unit, as they may be working both inside and outside of the home on the same day. The fact the matter is, there are multiple types of insurance the can be carried by the contractor and you should make sure that they have those insurances available before they begin doing any work in your home. Not only is it going to help you to avoid some of the mishaps that could occur if they do not carry insurance, it also can helps you to have a good idea of the type of business that they are running. Here is some specific information about the insurance that they should be carrying.

One important type of insurance that should be carried by your HVAC contractor is liability insurance. This type of insurance will cover you, as well as the house, if there should happen to be any problems that occur when they are at the home. The type of liability insurance that they have may differ from one contractor to another and if you have any concerns, you can check into this in advance. You should ensure that they are covered for any damage that occurs in the home while they are there.

The importance of workers compensation insurance

You should also check to see if your HVAC contractor is carrying workers compensation insurance. If they have any technicians that are working in your home which are hired by their company, they need to be responsible for any injuries or problems that occur with the individual while they are in your home. Workers compensation is going to be the type of insurance that covers them in that instance. It is important to note, if they do not carry Worker's Compensation insurance, you may end up being responsible for some or all of the expenses that occur due to the injury of the technician. That is not always the case, but it is something that should be considered when hiring a contractor.

by Bill Grote


Thermostats controlled by your smart phone

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Is it good to control a thermostat from your smartphone?

smart thermostatsWe live in a day where electronics are the norm and there are many different things that can benefit you in this electronic age. One of the things that you may want to consider is the possibility of controlling your home thermostat by using your smartphone. There are many benefits when you do so that should be considered. It is not only as a convenience, it can actually help you to save money and it makes your home more environmentally friendly. Here are some of the ways that you can use your smartphone to control a thermostat to your benefit.

When you buy a wireless thermostat that is programmable and has access from your smartphone, you can access it from anywhere in the world. Of course, you are going to have to have an Internet connection at your home but most of us have an Internet line that is dedicated. When you have access to your thermostat from your smart phone, it gives you the ability to change the temperature in the home when you're not there. In that way, you can keep the home at a warmer temperature when you are not home but as you are thinking about returning, you can login and change the temperature to a more comfortable setting. In that way, the house is going to be more comfortable when you return.

Additional benefits of smartphone thermostats

There may be other benefits that are available when you choose the right thermostat that has smartphone controls. Not only are you going to be able to control it from anywhere, it also gives you detailed information about the history of your energy usage. In many cases, you can schedule a time that the temperature will change automatically while you are going to be away from home, such as when you are working. These are some of the benefits that are available.

 

You will also likely appreciate the fact that many of the newer thermostats are sleek and designed well. Instead of just having a regular box on the wall that is rather nondescript, you have something that is actually going to add to the room where it resides.

by Bill Grote


Is your HVAC company corrupt?

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Duct Work in need of replacementYou want to ensure that you can trust individuals who are doing work on your home. This is also true of those who are going to be working on your HVAC system. After all, a corrupt HVAC contractor can end up costing you a lot of money in a variety of ways, from unnecessary equipment replacement to difficulties that would cause your system to break down prematurely. Here are some ways for you to recognize that you are dealing with a corrupt HVAC company so that you can avoid their services. One of the most important things for you to consider is the insurance that is carried by the HVAC company. This is something that you should not only ask when deciding which contractor to use, you should also verify the insurance. Along with checking the insurance, you should also check the license status of the contractor himself. There are agencies available which can assist you in doing so and if you should happen to discover that your HVAC contractor is lying to you, make sure that you report them to the proper authorities.

Additional ways to determine if you are dealing with a corrupt HVAC contractor.

Something else that you should consider is the service call that is being done by the HVAC contractor. If they are giving you a cheap service call, it may actually end up costing you in the long run. Experienced HVAC contractors can be expensive and that expense is going to be paid by you, the consumer. If you pay less now, you may end up paying more later. Along the same lines, watch out for contractors that offer to give you free service and then end up charging you for expensive repairs. In addition, be leery of contractors that guarantee that they will be able to do the work within a certain amount time or it is free. Remember, you are dealing with an HVAC unit, not with pizza delivery. There is nothing wrong with you checking the credentials of your HVAC company to determine if they are trustworthy. When you avoid corrupt HVAC companies, you will avoid all of the headaches that can go along with them.

by Bill Grote


The importance of regular HVAC maintenance

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Inside a condenserYou spent a lot for your HVAC system and there's no doubt that you want to keep it running as long as possible. You also want to ensure that it is going to effectively cool and heat your home throughout the year. That is why it is important for you to consider the HVAC maintenance that takes place on your unit and should consistently take place throughout the year as well. In most cases, a preseason checkup that is going to be done will be taken care of by contractor annually. It is important for you to have contractor on call, as they tend to be rather busy when the spring and fall time rolls around. Here are some of the things that will be considered with the HVAC maintenance checkup. One thing that is going to be done is that all of the electrical connections are going to be tightened properly. Voltage is going to be measured on motors within the HVAC system to determine if there is any problem. Any faulty electrical connections are going to be corrected. The condensate drain is going to be inspected to determine if it is clogged. A plugged condensate drain can cause water to flow into the house and also can affect the comfort levels of the air inside of the home. Something else that is going to be done is the filter is going to be changed and the system is going to be cleaned. This is something that should be done on a routine basis to ensure that the entire HVAC system is operating properly. This would include cleaning the condensate or air-conditioning coils and the evaporator. The filter should be inspected and changed if necessary on a monthly basis, as a dirty filter can cause damage to the equipment and increases your energy expenses.

Additional ways that the HVAC will be maintained.

During the HVAC maintenance process, the thermostat settings are going to be checked and any moving parts in the system are going to be lubricated. The contractor is going to have a look at the controls that ensure the system is operating safely and effectively. There also going to be checks performed to determine if oil or gas connections are functioning properly and if the refrigerant level is at acceptable levels in the air-conditioning system.

by Bill Grote


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