4 Ways Your HVAC System Impacts Allergies

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Allergies can turn your day into a nightmare of congestion, sniffling and coughing. Typical indoor allergens include mold spores, dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander, pollen from outside, and house dust. 

Continue reading for 4 ways your HVAC system could be making your allergies worse, and how you can deal with it.

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Some of the Most Expensive Mistakes You Can Make as a Homeowner

Being a homeowner comes with a lot of responsibilities and tough choices. Unfortunately, some of the decisions you may be making in your home can actually be costing you quite a bit of money. No worries, we are here to help you identify some of the most expensive mistakes made by homeowners and how to correct them. 

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The Most Expensive Mistakes You Are Making As A Homeowner:

1. Ignoring That Dripping Faucet.

How much dplumbing 62234amage could a small drip or leak really do? A lot more than you might think! You can waste up to 265 gallons of water per day, depending on how fast the faucet is dripping. This much water waste can really add up on your monthly water bill. Have dripping faucets and other leaks fixed right away to prevent your hard earned money from going down the drain! 

2. Allowing Leaky Doors and Windows.

Doorways and windows require regular maintenance to help ensure that you are not wasting extra money on heating and cooling. To save money on your heating bill, it is important to make sure that your doorways and windows are properly sealed and caulked around the edges.

3. You Are Still Using Incandescent Light Bulbs.

Traditional incandescent bulbs require a greater amount of energy than more efficient models. You can see real savings on your power bill each month by switching to LED and energy efficient CFL bulbs.

4. Treating Your Air Filter like an After Thought.

Using the wrong size air filter or forgetting to change it regularly will force your hefilter-2ating and air conditioning system to work much harder, increasing the amount of money you are spending on your power bill. Additionally, failing to properly maintain your air filter will damage your heating and air conditioning system over time, causing costly repairs and shorten the system’s lifespan.

5. Failing to Properly Adjust Your Thermostat.

A benefit of being a homeowner is that you get to control the temperature of your home to fit
your specific comfort desires. However, there is no need for you to be wasting money on keeping your home at the perfect comfortable temperature when you are not there to enjoy it. You can see real savings by simply adjusting your thermostat 10 degrees before leaving for work. 

Not to worry if you are not a fan of the idea of coming home to an uncomfortable house or you do not want to have to worry about adjusting your thermostat each morning. Wifi and programmable thermostats are great options if you want the power to control your temperature settings when you are not at home. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your thermostat.

6. Your Water Heater Settings Are Higher Than They Should Be.

Traditional water heaters, versus tankless water heaters, store and heat water around the clock.  Which means your water heater is almost constantly using energy to keep a large tank of water heated and ready for use. So, if your temperature is set higher than it needs to be, you are wasting money needlessly. We recommend a water heater setting between 110-115 degrees to save you money on your power bill. You may also want to consider upgrading to a tankless water heater to save even more money.

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Take Care of Your Home and Family by Taking Care of Your Furnace Filter

You probably do not give your furnace filter much thought but it plays an important role in keeping your family healthy and your HVAC system running efficiently. What makes your furnace filter so important? Take a deep breath. How is the air quality in your home? The condition of your furnace filter helps improve you and your family’s quality of living.

What does a furnace filter do?

There are different types of furnace filters ranging from basic to high efficiency models. The type of furnace filter used in your home will depend on the type of HVAC system in your home. However, the functions of any furnace filter are basically the same. Furnace filters are designed to work with your heating and cooling system to improve your indoor air quality. furnace filter

Additionally, furnace filters also work to help protect and extend the life of your furnace. Debris and dust are drawn into your furnace through your return ducts and without a filter the debris will collect on the heat exchanger, fan, coil, etc. causing your unit to work longer and harder, leading to early system failure.

Why should you clean/replace your furnace filters regularly? 

A dirty furnace filter means air has trouble flowing through your system. Greatly hindering the amount of heating and cooling your system can do. If your system cannot heat and cool properly your evaporator coil can freeze up if the across air flow is low, which can cause your AC unit to stop working altogether.

A worn out or dirty furnacdollar-926397_640e filter will also affect the efficiency levels of your HVAC system. Your fan has to work so much harder to pull air through the dirty coil. Your HVAC system will consume more energy having to run longer and harder, costing you more money on your power bill. However, a clean furnace filter will allow air to flow freely through your HVAC system, saving energy and money, while still blocking pollutants and allergens.

Your furnace filter and your indoor air quality are intertwined. Once your filter becomes clogged with dust, air flow will be restricted, causing dust to settle throughout your ductwork. This dust will then be blown into the air you and your family breathe. Dust mites, bacteria and other allergens will be able to grow in your ductwork and be released into the air.

How can you ensure that your furnace filter is clean and functioning properly?

Your filter is located in your furnace and most are disposable. If you have a disposable filter, remember to change it every 1 to 3 months (although some filters may last up t142715_image2 copyo six months) depending on the type of filter you have and the cleanliness of your system. There are a few other factors that will determine how frequently you will need to change your filter. For example, if you have pets, smoke or anyone in your home suffers from allergies; your filter should be changed more often. Additionally, fiberglass filters need to be changed sooner than pleated filters.

These disposable furnace filters are typically only capable of removing 3-5% of the debris and dust particles that pass through them. There are other options when it comes to furnace filters, some of these are permanent and more efficient. To learn more about these higher efficiency filters or to have any of your heating or cooling concerns addressed, call us at (866)844-3770.

 

 

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Labor Day Already? Are You Ready for the Changing Seasons?

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer here in the Midwest. The weather will slowly start to transition from hot, humid summer temperatures to cool, crisp autumn air. As we begin to move from one season to another, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you are ready for what is to come.

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Life After Labor Day:

One important thing to keep in mind is that summer is ending, it is not over. You will want to hold off on packing up those summer clothes and you will likely want to keep using your AC for the next several weeks. The good news is that as the days start to become a little cooler, your AC will need to run less often to keep you and your family comfortable. Saving energy and money!ceiling-fan-558988_960_720 (1)

A ceiling fan will also go a long way in keeping your home comfortable over the next couple of months. Ceiling fans will help distribute the cooler air throughout your home, causing your AC to run less often.

Seasonal Allergies:

With the changing weather comes fall allergies, making this time of year rough for those of us who have to battle seasonal allergens. Ragweed, pollen, dust mites, all on top of all the other allergen triggers can turn the beautiful months of fall into a sneezing nightmare. While you may not be able to do much about the air outside, you can clean and purify the air you breathe inside your home.

Start by changing the air filter inside your furnace. Changing your air filter as recommended will not only greatly improve your indoor air quality, but it will also help your heating and cooling system run more efficiently.

The next step is to have a member of our team come out and thoroughly clean and sanitize your ductwork. Having your ducts cleaned is a great way to get the allergens and bacteria out of the air you and your family breathes. Call (866)844-3770 to schedule your duct cleaning today!

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day!

 

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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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