Because children are still developing, good indoor air quality at home is even more important for them than for adults. A child’s lungs and immune system are more susceptible to the negative effects of allergens and pollutants. Some toxins can even compromise brain development. To protect your children, and your whole family, choose an air purifier that is most effective at removing the pollutants that are most harmful to kids. Pollutants that cause problems for kids Indoor air quality is impacted by a number of pollutants that come into our homes. They can be in the form of particles or [...]
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Whether hiring an HVAC company for repairs, maintenance or installation, choosing the right people to do the work in your home is as important as choosing the right equipment. Even the best HVAC system will not work efficiently or effectively if it is not properly installed or serviced. Look for these 10 qualities in order to choose a great HVAC company. 1. Brand Experience Choose an HVAC technician that has experience in the brand you are purchasing. Many equipment manufacturers offer special training and education so the technicians who install and service their equipment are experts and understand all the [...]
Central air conditioning is a pleasure for homeowners during the hot summer months, but it can also be a big expense. An air conditioner that runs constantly is using more energy unnecessarily. Finding the cause is important for both your comfort and your wallet. Here are some of the common issues that cause an air conditioner to run excessively. Improper size and installation (including wrong duct size) When it comes to air conditioners, bigger is not always better and smaller is not always less expensive. A unit that is too big will not be able to remove the moisture from [...]
The air filter in your HVAC system is perhaps its most important component. While it is easy and inexpensive to replace, the air filter is the first line of defense in preventing breakdowns, maintaining performance and energy efficiency, extending the life of your equipment and protecting your indoor air quality. In other words, a clean air filter is a highly cost effective part of your HVAC maintenance. How often should you replace the air filter? Several factors impact how quickly your air filter will clog with dirt and contaminants. In general, experts recommend a simple rule of thumb for changing [...]
Common Thermostat Problems and How to Troubleshoot the Issue Thermostats are often the overlooked components of a home’s HVAC system. When the furnace or air conditioning is not working properly, the thermostat is rarely the first thing people check. The reality is, the thermostat is a complex piece of equipment and, if installed incorrectly or not properly maintained, it can cause issues with your heating and cooling systems. Here are some tips for troubleshooting problems with a thermostat. Where is it located? To work properly, the thermostat should be positioned five feet from the ground and away from direct sunlight [...]
Your thermostat isn’t the only thing you can adjust to set the temperature in your home. There are several methods you can use to increase your heating and cooling efficiency while keeping your home comfortable and maintaining the look and feel of your home’s décor. Energy-efficient drapes Purchasing energy-efficient drapes can help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The fabric of these curtains is designed to block out light and UV rays, which is great for summer months. Plus, the heavy-duty material can also reduce chill and help you achieve your goal of heating [...]