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Furnace Season Has Arrived! But Wait…What is That Smell?

It looks like fall weather has finally arrived in the Midwest and most of us will be giving in to the cold weather and will be turning on our furnaces.8667c17f2d092fcf468de1a802fc0769

And what’s the first thing you will likely notice when that furnace kicks on? A strong odor that lets you know winter is on the way. But what causes this odor and should you be concerned?

That odor you’re noticing, when you first start-up your furnace could indicate a health risk!

The odor is often caused by airborne dust and household chemicals that have settled on the furnace. These are “burnt” off as the furnace heats up. The main source of this problem is from unclean or poorly filtered ductwork where dust, pet hair and debris have settled and decayed over the years.

This debris build-up not only creates that unpleasant smell, but it can also be a fire risk. For your safety and to improve your indoor air quality you should have your ductwork expertly cleaned by a trained professional.


142715_image2 copyAnother potential cause of your furnace’s odor is an old, dirty air filter. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your air filter, you need to do that right away!

There are also products and air filters designed to not only improve your indoor air quality and health, but they also run more efficiently, are designed to save you money and require less maintenance.


To have all of your ductwork professionally cleaned and have your air filter changed or upgraded call 1-888-9TIGER4 or visit TrustTiger.com today!


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The Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide 101

Carbon monoxide(CO) kills an estimated 660 Americans each year. What makes carbon monoxide so dangerous is its lack of warning signs. Smoke typically precedes fire; gas leaks often produce strong odors. Carbon monoxide, on the other hand, is an odorless and colorless gas; you may not know you’re breathing until it’s too late.gas-stove-138885_640

CO is created by the incomplete burning of gasoline, wood, charcoal, natural gas, propane, oil or methane. Vehicles running inside an attached garage, furnaces, gas ovens, poorly vented stoves or fireplaces, are some of the most common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The effects and dangers of carbon monoxide vary depending on several factors:

  • Infants, small children, pregnant women and those in poor health, are more at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • CO poisoning can be a long, slow process if a person’s exposure is limited or the carbon monoxide leak is small.
  • However, carbon monoxide poisoning can happen much faster, if the leak is larger. Carbon monoxide can kill within minutes if a person is exposed to enough CO.

The  symptoms of CO poisoning are often mistaken for other common illnesses. People often believe they are suffering from food poisoning, the flu, viral infections or exhaustion. So, many people never even consider there might be a carbon monoxide leak.

Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

  • Dizziness

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Breathlessness

  • Collapsing

  • Loss of consciousness

How to tell if these symptoms are from a common illness or warning signs of CO poisoning:

  • The symptoms you’re experiencing, only occur when you are at home

  • Your symptoms seemed to improve when you leave your home.

  • The other members of your family are experiencing similar symptoms.

  • Your pets also seem to be suffering from CO poisoning symptoms.

Strategies to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure:

  • Have youreal-estate-475875_640r heating system, water heater and any other gas-, oil- or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Install a battery-operated CO detector and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
  • Do not use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, garage or near a window.
  • Do not run a vehicle inside a garage attached to your home, even if you leave the garage door open.
  • Do not burn anything on a stove or in a fireplace that is not vented.
  • Do not heat your house with a gas oven.
  • Interconnected CO alarms offer the best protection; when one sounds, they all do. One of our Certified Electricians can install hard-wired interconnected CO alarms throughout your home.
  • Or you can install wireless alarms, plug-in alarms or battery operated alarms.

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Get the Jump on Fall Allergies and Breathe Easier

Fall allergy season is just around the corner. Are you ready for the itchy, watery eyes, the running nose, the stuffy head, the sore throat, the coughing, sneezing and all of the other lovely symptoms that accompany your seasonal allergies?woman-698953_640

If you’re like most people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you spend most of autumn indoors trying to avoid all of the ragweed and mold in the air. Unfortunately, the air indoors is often much worse for your allergies than the air outside.

Ragweed can be dragged in with you when you enter your house. Mold thrives anywhere damp and may already be in your home. Dust mites are likely already clinging to just about every surface. And there are dozens of other indoor pollutants, floating around in the air you’re breathing.

Every time youmite-67638_640 inhale, you may be breathing in all of those pollutants and worsening your allergies. Additionally, if you live in a home with poor indoor air quality, you can suffer from frequent headaches, chest colds, worsening of your asthma symptoms, bronchitis and other respiratory issues. So, does that mean you’re doomed to spend every fall in misery? Not at all!

By switching to a High Efficiency Air Filter, you can help lessen the power seasonal allergies have on your life.

High Efficiency Air Filter 101

  • Most heating and cooling systems still use a basic air filter.
  • These filters were originally designed to protect the equipment and not the people served by the equipment.
  • The average air filter is only capable of removing three to five percent of the particles that pass through it, l142715_image2 copyeaving 93-95% of all indoor pollutants in the air you’re breathing.
  • Today, they are several types of permanent air filters available in various efficiencies that can help you filter the air in your home.
  • If you suffer from allergies, asthma, hay fever or other breathing difficulties, there is an air filter that can help you.
  • We can even provide you with the same type of air filter used in hospital operating rooms. So, not only will your seasonal allergy symptoms improve, but your indoor air quality will be much better all year long.

Check out TrustTiger.com or call 1-888-9TIGER1, for more information on how a High Efficiency Air Filter can improve your indoor air quality and your life! Be sure to check out Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Services on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram!

Stop Ignoring Your Air Ducts

Unfortunately, in a lot of homes, air ducts get the out of sight, out of mind treatment. However; if you’re in the habit of running your air conditioning unit to cool your home in the summer and your furnace to keep yourself from freezing to death in the winter, then regularly cleaning your ducts is vital.

All of the air that circulates through your home, from your heating and cooling systems, runs through your air ducts. Which means all of the dust and particles, floating in the air, will collect and stick inside your ducts. Causing air flow and air quality issues inside you’re home.Before-After

There are several major benefits to keeping your ducts clean and the air flowing freely throughout your home.

1. Prevent Mold Growth

Everyone dreads the possibility of mold growing in their home. Mold can cause some serious health issues and severely lower the value of your home. Now, you already know that basements, bathrooms, kitchens and other potentially moist places  in your home are hot
spots for mold growth.

But many people forget that dirty air ducts, create the perfect environment for mold growth, as well. Air ducts full of mold are particularly dangerous, because the moment you kick on your heating and cooling units, those mold spores shoot directly into the very air your breathing.

2. Save on your Energy Bill

Dirty, clogged air ducts, means that the hot or cold air you’re trying to use to make your home comfortable, isn’t flowing easily through your duct system. Meaning your air conditioner and furnace have to work harder and run more often, to produce enough hot or cold air to keep your home at the desirable temperature.

Cleaning your ducts means that the air from your heating and cooling syst
ems can flow through your vents freely. Which means you’ll spend less money on your energy bill, since it will take less effort from your heating and cooling systems to regulate the temperature of your home.

3. You’ll Breathe Easier

Each time you turn on your air conditioner or furnace, you’re forcing air to pass through your air ducts. This air picks up the dust and other indoor air pollutants, that have collected in your ventilation system, and shoots them right into the air you and your family are breathing.

You may not see these particles floair ductsating around you, but this dust and debris from your air ducts maybe causing you some unpleasant health issues. If you or members of your family battle allergies or respiratory issues, your air ducts are likely causing or increasing these issues.

Ensuring that your air ducts are clean and clear, you will dramatically increase
the air and living quality of your home.  So, clean your ducts to start enjoying cleaner air and a better quality of living.

4. Less System Maintenance

The dust and debris in your air ducts not only flow through the air you’re breathing, but they travel through your heating and cooling systems as well. Overtime, this debris can clog air filters and fans, cause extra wear and tear on your heating and cooling systems and drastically shorten the lifetime of your units.

Proper air duct cleaning is vital to your home maintenance and should be moved to the top of your home improvement priority list. To have your air ducts professionally cleaned and maintained call (866) 844-3770 or visit trusttiger.com, to learn more about the importance of clean, debris free air ducts.

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Your Sinus Headaches May Not Be Caused By Allergies…

Did you know that headaches can be caused by poor indoor air quality?

When we get headaches, that we often contribute to seasonal allergies, we don’t think that they could be caused by our own homes or the buildings in which we work; however, more often than not, environmental causes may be 4867472163_422821ed85the culprit for our achy heads – including poor indoor air quality. Having good indoor air quality is vital for the maintenance of proper health. According to the statistics presented by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the pollutant level inside the home is often two to five times higher than what is outside. These pollutants include different types of airborne particles as well as particulate matters such as gases, lung irritants, allergens, toxic chemicals and VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

If you get headaches often, take time to notice if it only happens when you are in a particular room or building.  If so, there are two likely causes: Mold or Clogged Air Ducts. The presence of mold in your home or building may lead to several health issues.  In addition to headaches, recurring mold exposure may produce the following symptoms: decreased attention span, fatigue, respiratory distress, asthma, irritations of eye, nose, throat, and lungs, and redness and rashes, among others.

Young children are particularly vulnerable to the various health risks associated with polluted indoor air, as their lungs are still developing and are smaller in size. They also need to take more breaths in throughout each day, which becomes difficult if the air quality is bad. If a person is experiencing asthma attacks or allergy symptoms, then bad indoor air quality in his or her home might be a probable cause for such symptoms. Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a variety of factors, such as lingering odors, poor ventilation, water damage, new furniture, a new pet or environmental changes such as a recent construction.

If the ductwork in your home or building is clogged, clean air cannot reach the room or rooms it is vented into. When this happens, only stale air and carbon dioxide re-circulates and the lack of 4873976130_97338fc1f2oxygen-rich air will cause headaches. The best way to treat poor indoor air quality is to have your air duct system cleaned and disinfected.

Likewise, If you experience allergic reactions more severely when you are in a certain room, space, or building than you do in others, it is likely caused by the presence of unknown allergens. If you are bothered in a certain area with allergic reactions, it is very important to get indoor air quality testing to rule out the possibility of poor indoor air quality being the cause of your allergies.

Using professional duct cleaning experts, such as those at Tiger Heating & Air Conditioning Services, will ensure that the indoor air that you breathe is healthy.  Schedule an appointment online, or call us today at 1-866-TIGER70. Don’t delay, get headache and allergy relief today!

 

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Earth Day Energy (and money!) Saving Tips

earth-day-vector-03Earth Day is today and we’d like to share some energy saving tips! Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. Below are just a few of the many, many tips out there to help out the environment, while saving yourself some money too!

1. Change the filters in your current HVAC system. A new air filter can increase the efficiency of your HVAC system by giving it proper airflow. There are several types of permanent air filters available in various efficiencies that can help you filter the air in your home. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, hay fever or other breathing difficulties, there is an air filter that can help you. We can even provide you with the same type of air filter used in hospital operating rooms. 

2. Install a digital setback thermostat. A digital setback thermostat is designed for people with fixed schedules that take them in and out of the home. With it, you can program the temperature to ‘set-back’ when you are not at home. This feature keeps you comfortable when you’re home and saves you money when you’re not by reducing the energy needs to heat and cool your home. We can help you select the prefect thermostat for your home.

3. Save on water-heating bills. Some ways to save on these bills require greater financial investments than others. You may wish to consider the no- or low-cost options before making large purchases. Also allow for circumstances that may be unique to your household when deciding on the appropriate options (e.g., a small-capacity washing machine could meet the needs of a one-person household efficiently).

Although it is not feasible to eliminate water heating in your home, it is possible to substantially reduce water-heating costs without sacrificing comfort and convenience. The tips in this publication can help decrease your costs for heating water.

4. Add additional air returns to your current system. Lack of return air is a very common problem for those systems that were either poorly designed or originally planned for heat only applications. Adding additional returns to your system allows for greater supply air into your home, resulting in better airflow and comfort for your family. The benefits you will receive by taking care of this problem include: quieter operation, better airflow, fewer repairs, longer life of your equipment, lower utility bills and, best of all, greater comfort.

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to learn how we can help you save energy… and money!

Tiger Continues to Support Cancer Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

METRO EAST, IL. – Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has expanded their fleet of orange tiger-striped trucks and vans with two pink tiger-striped vehicles. The van and the truck will help raise money for cancer awareness in our area.

“We wanted to do something to help out our community, so a portion of the proceeds from each service call that we go to in one of these vehicles is donated to the American Cancer Society,” said Jeff Gamblin, owner of Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. “To date, we have donated over $8,000 to the organization.”

The eye-catching vehicles are a big hit at local community events as well.

“We like to take the vehicles out to local Relay for Life events, and other cancer-related awareness events,” said Gamblin. “On June 27th, 2015, we will be at the Relay for Life event in Collinsville, Illinois, to show our support.”

“The funds donated from these vehicles are helping the American Cancer Society to create a world with more birthdays,” said Relay for Life Specialist, Amanda Kernan. “Because of Tiger’s commitment to finish the fight against cancer, the American Cancer Society is able to ensure patients have transportation to and from treatment, provide free lodging for both patients and caregivers, fund life changing cancer research, and so much more.”

acstiger2Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Services, which has been in business since 1993, has a fleet of more than 24 vehicles, and supports more than 7,000 calls in the Metro East each year.

“Everyone knows somebody that has been affected by cancer,” said Gamblin. “This is our way of making a difference in our community.”

To request one of the pink vehicles to come out to your home for service, call 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com today.

Clean Air Leads To A Healthy Home

As a homeowner, you probably give a great deal of attention to how well your furnace and air conditioner operate and keep each room of your home comfortable. But heating and cooling systems do more than raise and lower room temperature; they can also regulate or impact the quality of the air we breathe. Indoor air quality affects our comfort and our health.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor pollution sources that release gases or microscopic particles into the air are the primary causes of indoor air quality problems in homes. Poor ventilation could increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to reduce emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels could also increase concentrations of some pollutants.

Primary Sources of Indoor Air Quality Problems

HVAC-Air-Quality-SolutionsThere are many sources of indoor air pollution in homes. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products, all of which could produce carbon monoxide and other invisible and potentially deadly gases. Carpets, household cleaning products, insulation, and building materials can produce high levels of toxins. Dust, mold, and allergens can easily and invisibly accumulate and spread through the air and throughout your home. Even outdoor sources such as radon and pesticides could potentially get in your home.

Amount of Ventilation

If there is not enough fresh outdoor air entering your home, pollutants could accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems. Newer homes that are designed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can leak into and out of the home may potentially have higher pollutant levels than older homes that are normally considered “leaky” or “drafty.”

Indoor Pollution and Health Effects

Sometimes the effects of indoor air quality take time to show up. Initial symptoms could include unexplained headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of eyes, nose and throat. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be debilitating or fatal. Have you changed the batteries in your detector or tested it recently? 

Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Fortunately, homeowners have many options to ensure that the air quality of their homes is healthy and pollutant-free.

Source Control: Eliminate individual sources including smoking, wood or coal burning stoves. Keep cleaning products outside and remove harmful asbestos and insulation products.

Ventilation Improvements: Open your windows and doors. Run the bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans. Operate window or attic fans when weather permits.

Air Cleaners and Filters: There are many add-ons and modifications to your heating and air conditioning system that can be used to filter out contaminants and improve air quality. Changing your filter according to your system’s recommended maintenance schedule can keep your home allergy and pollution-free and can keep your heating and cooling system in fine working order for just a few dollars a year. On the higher end, there are some outstanding filtration systems that can remove up to 98% of all household contaminants.IndoorAirQuality3

The Right Systems and Equipment for Your Home

If you have an older model heating or air conditioning system, chances are that the quality of the air you and your family are breathing is not as good as it could be. After about 10 years of operation, many heaters and air conditioners can turn into breeding grounds for germs, allergens, and mold. Air conditioners and heaters manufactured before the year 2000 produce far more pollutants than today’s cleaner, more efficient models. Today’s heating and air conditioning systems also include advanced temperature and humidity controls and filtration systems to maintain ideal conditions and remove airborne contaminants.

If you’re concerned about the quality of air in your home, contact Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning. Our comfort advisors can perform a FREE In-Home Energy and Comfort Analysis to assess your indoor air quality and determine if your existing heating and cooling system poses any health risks. They can also work with you to design a heating and air conditioning solution that can deliver maximum comfort and optimal air quality.

Call Tiger Heating & Air Conditioning Services at 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com to schedule an In-Home Energy and Comfort Analysis Today!

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Tips for Optimum Efficiency of Your HVAC System

Maintaining Your System

With the recent heat wave in the Saint Louis Metro East, I’m sure many of you have been running your air conditioners constantly. Along with thinking, “I thought summer was over with,” you may be concerned about your looming energy bills. The cost of energy seems to be going up all the time. This same cost, associated with keeping the temperatures inside our homes comfortable, has left a lot of us looking for cost effective preventative maintenance for our HVAC system. This kind of care calls for looking after the HVAC system installed in our homes in a systematic and routine manner. Periodic inspection and servicing of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system ensures that the system keeps working proficiently for a long time to come. This not only means that our energy bills remain under control, but also that the expensive HVAC equipment need not be replaced or upgraded so early in the system’s life.

We cannot live without climate control. It is essential to have comfortable temperatures and humidity levels all year round with warm temperatures during winters and cool air during hot summers. This requires both our air conditioning and heating systems to operate in an efficient manner. If you don’t look after your HVAC equipment, you may be required to pay higher energy bills besides paying dearly to get the repairs done. It is only natural for an HVAC system to become less efficient with the passage of time if it is not serviced and maintained periodically. In addition, did you know that your system’s warranty could be voided if regular service is not maintained? There are also very high chances of breakage and damages.

family with tiger ac unitAre you keeping up with the Jones’? If you are paying more than your neighbors in terms of your monthly electric bill it is probably time to consult Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning Services to design a regular maintenance plan for your HVAC equipment. A repair to your HVAC system in the middle of the winter can be very costly. This is where regular maintenance comes handy, as it not only keeps the parts of your HVAC system working efficiently, but also improves the longevity of the HVAC system.

HVAC is an acronym for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The parts of an HVAC system include fans, blowers, pumps, centrifuges, tubes, ducts, filters, circuit boards, accumulators, blower wheels, compressors, thermostats and so on. It is indeed a complicated system designed to ensure that you and your family members remain comfortable even when there is a scorching sun or biting cold outside. It is not necessary for you to know about each and every part inside your HVAC system, but you can certainly play your part in keeping the system working efficiently with the help of Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning Services.

Buy A Filter Or Be A Filter

Man Changing Furnace FilterDo you feel like you constantly have indoor allergies when at home? It may not be your beloved pet that is causing this. Filters inside the HVAC system are like the lungs in our body. It is vitally important to keep your lungs clean and clear for breathing, just like the filters in your ventilation system. The filters need regular replacement because microorganisms such as dust mites get inside the HVAC system along with dust; these being released into your air stream can cause potential health problems for your family members. If not regularly changed, or in some cases cleaned, the filters in your HVAC system can provide a breeding ground for microorganisms. Changing dirty filters is one easy step you can take for day to day maintenance in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. At Tiger, we have a wide variety of filters designed to meet your comfort and air quality needs.

Keep The A/C Unit Clean

Is that a freight train or your air conditioner!? Obstructions to the condenser coil (that thing outside that runs when you turn your A/C on) prevents the system from drawing in fresh air. This happens when dead leaves, heavy dust, or any other impurity is drawn inside the condenser coil. In the Midwest, this can happen cyclically: when the farmers are tilling prior to planting, when they are harvesting in the late summer, and when the leaves fall. To clean the condenser all you need to do is turn off the circuit breaker to the AC unit, then wash it with a soap solution and water. Never use water at high pressure to wash the condenser as it can cause irreparable damage to the fins of the condensers. The safest solution, however, is to call your qualified, professional technicians at Tiger to perform these cleaning operations for you.

By maintaining your heating and cooling system, you can save a lot of your hard earned money on energy costs. If you have any questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact Tiger Heating and Air Conditioning Services at 1-866-TIGER70 or visit TrustTiger.com . Remember  that we offer duct cleaning and sanitization, too!

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What is a Residential Zoning System?

bigstock-Happy-family-at-home-Real-est-46211113Imagine if every time you turned on a light switch, every electrical device in your home came on, or if every time you went to wash your hands every faucet, shower, tub and toilet opened up. That would be crazy! So why is it that when you need heating or air conditioning in one room the entire house heats up? Now you can zone your heating and cooling so that you don’t have to heat or cool your entire home when you don’t need to.

We can fit your home with a home zoning system specially designed to allow your entire family to be comfortable, regardless of where they are in your home. Now you can divide your home’s ductwork into specific zones that can be controlled independently, whether heating or cooling.

Imagine the bedrooms on one zone, the family room on another, and the kitchen on a third. Even better yet, you can finally control that hard to heat and cool addition for which you paid a fortune. 

Give us a call today at 1-866-TIGER70  to schedule your free estimate of a zoning system in your home or visit TrustTiger.com for more information.