Air Quality for Pet Owners

Air Quality for Pet Owners

Prevention is Key There are many steps you can take to prevent pet dander build up in your home before it becomes an issue. One simple tip is to bathe or brush your pets regularly. This gets to the root of the problem (see what I did there?) before it builds up within your home. Sweep often. Sweeping often will help gather settled dander that could eventually end up in your ducts. Consider using a HEPA air cleaner. The pet dander that you can’t gather up from sweeping might be floating in the air. A HEPA air cleaner attached to your central heating or air conditioning can help remove the pet allergens from the air easily. Maintenance is a must Regular maintenance of your homes HVAC system is key. A big part of maintaining good air quality in your home depends on a well-running HVAC system. This, of course, becomes more important when you add pets into the equation. Dander and pet hair can accumulate in your ductwork or air filter and without regular cleaning will build...
Solutions to duct related HVAC problems

Solutions to duct related HVAC problems

Fortunately, HVAC problems caused by duct issues are generally easy to fix. With just the call to your HVAC service company, your ducts can be cleaned and unclogged quickly. Get an Inspection With everything else in our life, it can be easy to forget to book regular duct inspections. If they have not received much attention, dander, pollen, and other particles will build up. Repair Leaks Repair leaks in your ducts as soon as they occur to avoid them getting worse. Hire an HVAC professional to seal any leaks. This will be an immediate solution to noises and whistling that arises in your ducts. Consider Duct Sizing It is possible that your problems are stemming from an improperly designed system. If your load capacity was misdiagnosed by your original contractor, you could have undersized ducts that will make your system have to work harder to keep up. Add More Vents It is all too common that HVAC problems are caused by too few supplies and return vents. With not enough supply and return vents, it will result in unbalanced air pressure. This will decrease both comfort and efficiency. Flexible ducts? Check for damage If you have flexible ducts installed that are made of plastic, it is possible that the tubes have been damaged. Check your ducts for any signs of kinks or leaks. In some cases, supports can help balance your ducts and prevent further alignment issues. If you are experiencing any issues related to your HVAC system, give us a call and our technicians can help you decide what solution works best for...
Duct Issues affecting your HVAC System

Duct Issues affecting your HVAC System

Are you noticing changes in your space when it comes to temperature control or odor? Is the air musty? Do you hear noises coming from your ducts? If any of these are familiar to you, your ducts may be causing problems with your HVAC system. Poor airflow Do you notice a change in temperature in your space? If your ducts are leaking, air going through your HVAC system may not be getting to where you need it to go. If you take a closer look at your registers, you may notice that there is little air blowing from the vents. The air may feel stuffy or stale because of the lack of circulation. Hot and Cold Spots Do you notice that the temperature throughout your space is inconsistent? A hole in your air duct could lead to rooms feeling that they are different temperatures. Leaky ducts are a common cause of HVAC related problems. Smells Do you notice an unpleasant smell while your HVAC unit is on? These may not actually be coming from your central HVAC unit, but instead from the ductwork. If moisture builds up in your ducts, it can turn to mold and mildew. In addition, it is also possible that rodent deposits could also be causing unpleasant smells throughout your home. Poor Air quality Unpleasant odors aren’t the only problem that could be creeping inside of your ductwork. Allergens and contaminated air can also be taking over your breathing space. Outdoor pollution such as dust, pet dander, pollen. And VPCs could also be making its way into different rooms in your home through your registers....
Fall and Winter HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Fall and Winter HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Preventative maintenance is the key to having a lasting HVAC unit. Use the following checklist as a reminder to make sure you don’t miss any key components of your checkup that may cause problems in the future. Inspect heat exchanger Double check operation of thermostats Check your ignition and burner assembly Inspect operation of fan and blower motor Inspect electrical connections Clear drain lines and pans Inspect condition of belts and pulleys (replace if needed) Replace filters on cooling...
Spring Clean your AC

Spring Clean your AC

Have you noticed that the air in your home isn’t as fresh as it used to be? Are you nervous about getting your air conditioner running because your ducts may have pollen and particles in it? The fix is easy, and you can be cooling off in your home, breathing fresh air in no time. Clean Your Cooling Coils To prevent odor coming from your air conditioner, start with cleaning your cooling coils. Sticky outdoor air can quickly lead to accumulation of dust and pollen in your AC coils. After a while, the debris will begin to grow bacteria, leading to a funky odor throughout your home. Run your HVAC One of the main jobs of your HVAC system is to remove humidity from the air within your home. If your system isn’t doing this, it can also cause a musty odor in your home. Clogged Drains If water builds up in your air conditioners drain pan, the moisture can create mold and mildew. Check your condensate drain seasonally to make sure that you are cleaning it before it begins to produce an odor. Preventative maintenance is the best way to guarantee that you can prevent odor before it gets into your home. Duct cleaning may not currently be a part of your regular spring cleaning, but as you can see, it may be necessary to ensure that your home is effectively cooled and scent...
AC Coil Cleaning: All you need to know

AC Coil Cleaning: All you need to know

Anyone who has ever had an issue with their HVAC system can appreciate a regularly maintained unit. AC coil cleaning is just another aspect of that system. Your system has two different coils inside of it, evaporator coils to remove humidity from the air and a condenser coils to expel heat. It is important to clean these coils because once they are filled with dirt and debris, they cannot effectively do their job. A lot of problems can arise from poorly cleaned coils.  If you don’t include coil cleaning in your maintenance care, some of the consequences that can arise are: High Energy Bills If your coils are dirty, your system will try to work harder and longer to do its job. A clean system means a well running system, and your energy use will be adequate. Dirty coils can significantly increase your energy bill. Shortened Life Span Overworking your system is a great way to shorten its lifespan. You may find yourself replacing your HVAC system if you don’t do proper check ups regularly. Something as simple as cleaning your coils is an important step to keep your AC running at optimal speed. Breakdowns With parts of your system not working and your AC working in overdrive to get the job done, the strain on the system is likely to lead to hiccups in the system and potential breakdowns. Costly Fixes Cleaning your AC coils pays for itself in the long run. Avoid costly upgrades or fixes when your system breaks down AND save more in energy savings, lower repair bills, and an increased lifespan of your whole...