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Sick of High Energy Bills? Get Your Ducts in a Row!

Air ducts play a major role in keeping your home safe and comfortable, but they are easy to forget about. However, if you are noticing that your energy costs are higher than they should be, you may have your ductwork to blame. Improperly insulated or sealed ducts can lead to some extremely expensive consequences.

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Leaky ductwork can increase the amount of money you spend on your energy bill by hundreds of dollars every year. By having your duct system properly insulated and sealed by a professional you will be able to see real savings on your heating and cooling bill each month.

This is especially true for areas of your home that are not meant to be air conditioned or heated, such as attics, unfinished basements, vented crawlspaces, etc. When your supply ducts are leaking, the air that you are paying to heat and cool will seep through the unsealed joints, taking your hard earned money with it. Plus, these leaky spots in your ductwork will often draw in unheated and air conditioned air back into your system, causing your air conditioner and furnace to work harder, to keep up.

Insulating and sealing your ducts is a job best left to the professionals. Our team knows where to find the weaknesses in your ductwork and what materials and steps are needed to correct them. Call us at (866)844-3770 to have your ducts inspected today!

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More than Just Comfortable: the Added Benefits of Your AC

Summer is in full swing and you are loving the cool air and comfort provided by your AC. After all, these warmer months would be fairly miserable if air conditioners weren’t around, but you may not be aware of some of the other added benefits that your AC system provides.

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Bonus Benefits from Your AC:

 Indoor Air Quality:

Your heating and cooling systems go a long way in improving the air quality of your home. Most notably, they drastically reduce the amount of pollutants and allergens floating around in the air of your home. A well maintained AC system will also help improve the quality of living of people who suffer from allergens or respiratory illnesses like asthma.

P.S. Having regular maintenance tasks performed will greatly improve your indoor air quality and extend the life of your AC system. These tasks include; yearly system checks, having your filter changed as recommended, having your air ducts clean annually, etc.

Productivity Boost:

If you are hot, uncomfortable and all around miserable you will be less productive. AC’s to the rescue! Air Conditioners are designed to keep you cool and comfortable, no matter how toasty things become outside. The more comfortable you are, the more productive you will be!

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This is also a matter of being comfortable. Keeping your bedroom between 60 to 65 degrees is often ideal for a perfect night of sleep. A properly functioning AC is the easiest way for you to keep your bedroom in this comfort zone.

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Symptoms of a Failing Air Conditioning System

A functioning air conditioning system is your best defense against the scorching summer heat. The last thing you want to deal with during a heat wave is a broken AC, which is why it is important to be on the lookout for signs that your air conditioner may be failing you. Whether your system is undersized, unable to keep up with the mounting summer temperatures and humidity or it is about to give out on you altogether, do not be caught off guard!

Signs Your Air Conditioning System is in Need of Repairs:

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1. Your AC is not producing cold air.

A lack of cold air is the easiest warning sign to spot when your AC needs repair work; it is also the most annoying and uncomfortable! No cold air could be a sign that you are low on refrigerant, the compressor has gone out or you have a number of other problems to worry about. If you crank your air conditioner to full blast and the air is still not cold, your AC needs professional maintenance.

2. Unusual sounds coming from your unit.

Is your air conditioning system making grinding, squealing, irritating or other weird noises? Strange sounds coming from your unit may be a sign that something is seriously wrong with the internal hardware of your AC. For example: a grinding noise could mean that the motor’s bearings are damaged or broken. A sharp squealing sound is an indication that the belt may have slipped out of place or some components may need extra lubrication. Ignoring the unusual sounds that are coming from your air conditioning system can spell disaster and lead to total system failure. It is best to have your AC inspected right away.

3. Unpleasant odors coming from your vents.

Strong, foul odors coming from your air conditioner are possibly even more alarming than strange noises coming from your unit. Musty odors could be a sign that your system has mold or mildew growing inside your AC or in your ductwork. More pungent odors could be a sign that your air conditioning system’s wire insulation has burnt out. You will want to have these issues corrected as soon as possible.

4. Weak air flow
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A sure sign that your AC’s compressor is failing is poor air flow coming through your vents. If you notice that some rooms or areas in your home are getting cooler than others, that is a sign that your air conditioner could need repairs urgently. This could also be a sign that your ductwork needs to be cleaned. Debris can become stuck in your AC vents over time, hindering airflow and lowering your indoor air quality.

5. Leakage or moisture buildup

A leaking air conditioning system can be an indication of two possible problems. More often than not, moisture around your unit will be caused by a refrigerant leak. Refrigerant leaks need to be repaired right away! These leaks can pose health and safety risks to you and your family and you should have one of our technical experts correct this as soon as possible. If you notice water pooling adjacent from your AC this might be a sign that the drain tube is broken or clogged. It is best to have this corrected so you can avoid mold and mildew growth.

 

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Protect Your Home From the Summer Heat With One Simple Trick

The summer heat is taking over the Midwest and we are all feeling the effects. Every time we open our front doors a wave of heat hits us in the face, yuck! Thank goodness for air conditioning, for making dealing with the summer heat bearable. Of course, running your AC comes with higher monthly energy costs, which is frustrating. The good news is that if your home happens to have an attic, there is a simple trick you can do to combat the summer heat and reduce cooling costs.

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It is not uncommon for the temperature in your attic to reach over 150 degrees during the summer. All of that heat has to go somewhere, right? Yes, the heat from your attic seeps into your home. Causing your AC to work harder and run longer, which causes you to spend more money cooling your home.

You can stop this endless cycle of overpaying to cool your home with one simple addition. You can greatly reduce the temperature of your attic by having an attic fan installed. An attic fan can cut the costs of your AC bill by as much as 30%.

Attic fans are a simple solution to protect your home and save you money. Fans work by drawing in cooler air from outside that replaces the boiling summer air that typically becomes trapped in your attic. These fans come with automatic turn-on and offs sensors that allow you to set the temperature you desire so your fan will not run around the clock!

P.S. An attic fan will not only help in the battle against the summer heat, but it can also protect your rafters and shingles from deteriorating. It can also help stop your floors from becoming warped over time. The fan will help keep air circulating, which keeps moisture from building up and prevents condensation from ruining your rafters and floors. During the winter months, the heat and humidity from your furnace rises into your cold attic, causing you to spend more money on your heating bill. All of the extra humidity and moisture in your attic can mix with the cold air and create frost in your attic. This frost can cause mold to grow on the wood framing in your attic.

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Should I Shut My AC Off During Thunderstorms?

Thunderstorms and rocky weather are a way of life here in the Metro-East Area and we are all aware that there are some safety precautions we should follow when severe weather starts. Head indoors or take cover, do not sit near windows, roll up your car windows if driving, etc. but many people may not be aware of the risks that come from running their AC Units during thunderstorms.

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The extremely hot, sticky, humid conditions that make you want to run your AC are the same conditions that thunderstorms thrive in. Unfortunately, running your AC during a storm can cause some serious and expensive damage to the unit. So, it is a good idea to shut your AC off when a storm rolls in.

Why Are Thunderstorms and AC Units A Bad Combination?

One of the most dangerous elements of any storm is the possibility of lightning, and AC’s are not immune to the damage that comes with a lightning strike. The good news is that lightning striking homes are rare, but they are possible. And if lightning strikes the spot were your utility lines connect to your roof, five billion joules of electricity will surg10426_image7 copye throughout your home’s electrical system and wiring. This power can surge through your home before the breakers have a chance to be triggered to trip, leaving your electrical devices and appliances vulnerable.

Your AC can be rendered completely unusable by the damage caused by a lightning strike. If your AC is running when lightning hits your home, the delicate electrical circuitry of your AC Unit can be completely fried and the plug for your unit can be melted. Your AC could require expensive repairs or need to be replaced outright. 

In order to protect your AC Unit, it is best to turn it off when Thunderstorms or lightning begins rolling in.

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Warning Signs that Your Home Needs A Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier can be extremely helpful during the hot summer months. Humidity is on the rise here in the Midwest and many of us turn to the comfort of our Air Conditioned homes to escape the sticky weather. However, sometimes an air conditioner is not enough to beat summer’s humidity. Your home may also need the aid of a dehumidifier.

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Signs You Need A Dehumidifier:

1. You see mold and mildew spots on your ceiling or walls.

Mold loves moisture and during the warmer months the added humidity can raise the moisture levels in your home. This makes it easier for mold spores to take root and grow. Bathrooms and kitchens are especially vulnerable, since cooking and bathing only help to increase the moisture levels; but during the more humid months, you may see mold growth in other areas of your home. Be sure to inspect areas with little to no ventilation: basements, attics, closets, etc.

2. You have water marks on your walls, floors or ceiling.

Not as worrisome as mold but just as unsightly, water marks can be a sign that you have an excess of humidity in your home.

3. You or your guests notice a musty odor when entering your home.

Musty odors can be a dead giveaway that the humidity levels in your home are way to high. These odors can also be a sign that mold and mildew growth is present.

4. You notice condensation on your windows.winter-1169046_960_720

High humidity levels in your home can cause condensation to form on your windows and sometimes other glass surfaces as well.

5. Your home just feels sticky and uncomfortable.

There is no bigger sign that you need a dehumidifier than a sticky home. Living in the Midwest, we all know what high humidity levels feels like. Keep this icky feeling outdoors in the summer, where it belongs!

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12 Maintenance Tasks to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

Summer is on its way and in the Midwest that means we need to be ready for an abundance of heat, humidity and summertime pests. Is your home ready for the long summer months? If you are not sure, you may need to run through this maintenance checklist designed to help you get through the summer months in comfort.

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1. Screen Check: On cooler days it may be tempting to open your windows and allow the cross breeze to cool your home. But with a mild winter: bugs, mosquitoes and tiny pests will be out in force and you will want to keep them outside where they belong. Take some time to inspect your window screens and storm door screens and make sure they are not damaged or have holes.

2. Replace Your F142614_image1urnace Filter: It may seem odd to be worrying about your furnace ahead of summer time, but keep in mind that your AC system and your furnace work together. Depending on the type of filter you have, you may need to clean and/or replace it monthly to ensure that your heating and cooling equipment are functioning properly.

3. Look for Leaks: Inspect all outdoor hoses for damages and leaks. This task is especially important if your hose was exposed to the winter elements.

4. Venture Up to the Attic: You should inspect your attic at least once or twice a year and before summer hits is a good time to explore this space. You are looking for any signs of damage caused by winter weather or spring time storms. Leaks are your main concern because a little water damage can go a long way in the form of mold and mildew growth in your home. Additionally, leaks in your attic will eventually make their way down and come through your ceiling. First check out your attic when it is raining and see if you can see any signs of leaks. Then when the sun finally comes back out, head back up to your attic and turn off all the lights and see if you can see the light shining through anywhere it is not supposed to. While you are up in your attic be on the lookout for signs of pests or insects turning your home into theirs.

5. Explore Your Basement: After you are done inspecting your attic, head downstairs and check for signs of leaks, pests, insects or mold growth. Basements tend to be the darkest, dampest and coolest place in your house, making it the perfect home for mold and insects to invade. Also be on the lookout for cracks and other signs of damage in your basement walls and/or foundation.

6. Battery Tests: This is the perfect time to test the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Remember safety first!

7.  Make Sure Your AC Can Take the Pressure: Before the temperatures climb much higher, it is best to have one of our Heating and Cooling Experts inspect and tune-up your Air Conditioning equipment. The last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is to turn on your AC for some much needed relief, only to discover it does not work! Beat the rush and call 866-844-3770.

8. Dust Your Fans: Prevent dust from flying off of your fan blades and take a few moments to dust your ceiling fans.

9. Avoid a Shockin262062g Surprise: Turn to one of our Certified Electricians to inspect your outdoor electrical outlets and light fixtures. Having your outlet electrical wiring inspected once a year is vital to your home’s safety. Wires can become frayed or damaged over time by the elements and wildlife.

10. Keep the Air Flowing: Clean and dust the air vents in your home. When vents become dirty and dusty, the air from your air conditioner cannot flow as easily, causing your cooling equipment to work harder, costing you more money on your power bill and shortening the life of your AC Unit. Plus, the dust on vents are blown into the air you breathe when you turn on your air conditioner.

11. Gutter Check: If you skipped cleaning your gutters during your spring cleaning, then it is time to grab a ladder and take care of this unpleasant task ASAP. Clogged gutters can cause a lot of expensive damage to your roof and foundation.

12. Get Your Ducts in a Row: Dirty air ducts lead to several serious issues to your home and health. When you turn on your heating or cooling equipment the air is pushed through your duct work and all of the dirt, dust, allergens, dander and other tiny particles are released into the air you and your family breathe; lowering the air quality in your home and leading to health issues and concerns. Additionally, dirty duct work will damage your AC and furnace equipment, leading to costly repairs and early replacements needed.

Have A Great Summer!

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Rain, Rain, Go Away, Don’t Ruin Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, but the rainy spring weather isn’t ready to let go just yet. There is a lot of rain in the forecast this week and we are all crossing our fingers, hoping that the weather improves before the big holiday weekend. Unfortunately, along with the heavy rain falls, the temperature and humidity levels are also on the rise this week. One thing is clear as we head into Memorial Day weekend; the weather is not on our side. Don’t panic just yet! Here are some steps you can take to help prevent the extreme weather from ruining your holiday weekend.Memorial Day

1. Avoid a Sump Pump Disaster

Sump pumps are designed to help prevent basement flooding, especially during periods of constant and heavy rainfall. The protection offered by sump pumps is especially important in finished basements with recreation rooms, home offices, bedrooms or rooms storing electronics or valuables. Like all other vital equipment in your home, your sump pump needs regular maintenance to ensure everything is functioning properly and so you can avoid a major disaster.  We’ll be happy to inspect and evaluate your sump pump needs, to give you peace of mind.

2. Battling the Humidity

With the heat rising and the rain falling, dealing with humidity this week is not going to be pleasant. To help you get through this muggy week, try out a few of these easy humidity-busting tricks.

  • Turn on your exhaust fans when bathing, doing laundry or cooking.
  • Cover pots as much as possible when cooking.
  • Use portable fans to improve airflow in stuffy rooms.
  • Take cooler and shorter showers.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are shut tight and that air isn’t able to leak through them.
  • Turn on your air conditioning to improve air flow and lower your home’s temperature.
  • Use a dehumidifier.

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Many people have been holding off on turning on their air conditioners, but the weather this week may mean it’s finally time to flip on that AC. The temperatures will be in the 80’s and the rain and humidity will mean that your windows will need to be closed. You’ll likely need to turn on your air conditioner for some much-needed relief but will your AC be up for the challenge? Air conditioning units require yearly maintenance and inspections to keep them running properly. Call on our expert technicians here at Team Tiger to make sure that your AC can handle the heat.

4. Keep the Power On

Power outages are always a real concern during stormy weather. Having a Whole-Home Standby Generator installed will help you keep the lights on and your AC running during even the most severe weather. A generator is not only useful during stormy spring and summer weather, but it can also come in handy during the winter months if a blizzard blows in. Like your sump pump and AC, generators require yearly maintenance. So if you already have a generator for your home, make sure to have one of our Certified Electricians come out and ensure everything is running properly and safely this season.

Happy Memorial Day!

 

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Home Inspection Pitfalls That Spell Disaster When Selling Your Home

Many home buyers will require a home inspection before they decide to close on a new house. If you are trying to sell your home or thinking about selling your home in the near future, it might be good idea to be aware of the most common home inspection pitfalls that could sabotage your sale.

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  • Home buyers will likely require that your replace broken window seals and windows with signs of condensation or water damage.
  • Leaks in your plumbing, even if they appear to be minor, can be a major red flag on your home inspection. Leaks around your toilet’s seal are especially troublesome, since they can cause serious damage to the floor around the toilet’s base.
  • Signs of mold during a home inspection can send home buyers running for the hills! Mold loves moisture making bathrooms, basements, areas around your windows and other damp places in your home vulnerable. It is best to remove the source of a mold infestation and then clean up the evidence that there was a mold problem, prior to a home inspection.
  • Electrical and wiring issues. If wiring is not up to code or has been damaged, it can cause a huge headache when selling your home. Be on the lookout for light switches that are not working properly, outlets that do not reset or spark, circuit breakers that tend to trip, flickering lights, etc.
  • Damage and issues with your roof. Repairing or replacing a roof is a monumental expense for any home owner, so it is unlikely that a home buyer will be interested in purchasing your home if the roof needs work. Hail damage, missing tiles, leaky issues or even cosmetic repairs may cost you the sale.
  • Heating and cooling equipment that is out of date, not up to code or that is not functioning properly will be an issue during a home inspection. Cracks in your furnace, leaky ductwork, Freon leaking from your air conditioning are just some of the issues to be on the lookout for.
  • Curb appeal issues. Damaged and worn out asphalt, concrete or pavement can be a major concern for home buyers since it can be very expensive to repair these issues. Additionally, it can be extremely beneficial for you to keep up with your landscaping when trying to sell your home. Keep in mind that the first thing a potential buyer sees is the outside of your home, so making sure it is as visually appealing as possible is vital in the home selling process.

Good luck selling your home!

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Is Your Air Conditioning Ready For The Warm Weather?

Good news! Spring will be here before we know it (on March 20th to be exact). Spring has a lot to offer those of us in the Midwest and you’ll undoubtedly want to rush through your Spring maintenance checklist as quickly as possible. So, you have more time to enjoy the nice weather! Which means it is time to make sure your air conditioning is ready for the upcoming warm weather.

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There are several major benefits of having your air conditioner inspected and tuned up this early in the season.

1. Early maintenance ensures that your unit will continue to run smoothly.

2. Proper maintenance will save you a lot of money in the long run, by helping you avoid expensive repairs that can be prevented.

3. Yearly tune-ups will extend the life of your air conditioner.Air Conditioning

4. Having your cooling system inspected now means you’ll have peace of mind and you’ll know that your system will be ready for you when you need it.

5. You will ensure that your air conditioning unit is running efficiently and isn’t wasting energy (and your money).

6. Scheduling your inspection today means that you won’t have to worry about fighting the crowds of people who waited until the last minute to have their air conditioner checked out.

Give yourself the gift of peace of mind this spring and contact us today at (866) 844-3770 to schedule your yearly air conditioner inspection.

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