Are you planning a family vacation once the kids are out on summer break? If so, be sure to include your HVAC system in your plans, and you'll avoid energy waste and keep your costly comfort equipment safe from harm. Here's a handy HVAC vacation checklist to follow:
Under normal conditions, you shouldn't have to add refrigerant to your HVAC system. The refrigerant doesn't get consumed – it travels in a loop through the system, absorbing heat at the indoor evaporator coil, and releasing it at the condenser coil into the outdoor air. When there's an HVAC leak, you may be able to detect it by these telltale signs:
It's important that your HVAC system maintain good airflow. Too little air from your A/C, and you risk freezing the condenser coil. Too much can lead to high humidity levels. And both problems waste lots of energy. So how can you tell if you have poor HVAC airflow? What can you do about it?
HVAC piping delivers hot water, cooled water, refrigerant, condensate, steam, and gas to and from your HVAC components. Its effectiveness is largely influenced by the materials used to make it. So what materials are ideal for HVAC pipes? Read on to learn more.
With so many choices to consider, buying a new HVAC system can seem like an intimidating task. Fortunately, the following can help you narrow down your HVAC choices and find the right system that meets your home’s heating and cooling needs.
When your home is closed up and you're running the A/C to combat heat and humidity, excessive HVAC noise can be disruptive and irritating. You expect some low-level whooshing or a quiet hum when the equipment is operating, but loud noises are concerning. Fortunately, there are soundproofing solutions available to quiet down noises like these:
Air Quality Awareness Week takes place April 29-May 3 this year. This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-sponsored event is held annually to highlight outdoor air quality concerns nation-wide. Here in Northeast Indiana, we contend with two main types of outdoor pollutants – low-level ozone and particulate matter.
Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are a hot trend worldwide, with consumers viewing them as an alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes don't contain tobacco. However, their increasing prevalence has raised concerns about their impact on indoor air quality.
Installing a dehumidifier might be the solution to a comfortable and healthy home this spring and summer. As spring progresses, the air gets more humid. By summer, it’s uncomfortable to be indoors and out as temperatures rise.
Egg hunts are an Easter tradition and a fun-filled occasion for adults and children alike. There's a lot of planning and prep work involved when you're hosting a hunt – like filling plastic eggs with goodies, picking the ideal hiding places, and readying snacks and beverages for guests of all ages. To ensure one and all enjoy a memorable, safe Easter egg hunt this year, be sure to take these safety-wise steps ahead of time:
Have you considered ductwork maintenance this spring along with the other HVAC preparations you’ll make for your cooling system? By including the ducts in the preparations, you can be sure that your system is running as efficiently as possible. As an added bonus, your air quality may also improve.
Ultraviolet (UV) lights have been utilized in commercial settings to reduce airborne contaminants and sanitize equipment for decades. You can now incorporate the proven technology into your HVAC system to boost your indoor air quality.
In the spring, wildlife and insects usually awaken from their winter slumbers. Their search for food, water, and shelter can lead them into your home. If left unchecked, small pest populations can grow into full-blown infestations, making you require professional bug removal services.
There are a variety of factors that affect your HVAC. Many of these are considered when sizing new equipment, like your home's square footage, orientation, amount of insulation, number/size of windows, and others. Did you know that your furniture and home's interior finishes can also impact your HVAC system?
Spring here in Indiana means fresh breezes, warming temperatures, greening grass, and blooming flowers. It's also time for tackling essential maintenance tasks around your home. One that's important to get a jump on early is air conditioner maintenance, so your A/C is in prime condition when the heat and humidity arrive.
Warm weather may seem far away right now, but it'll be here before you know it. You'll be able open the windows for a time, but all too soon, it'll be warm enough to turn on the air conditioner. It's always a good idea to start thinking about your spring HVAC preparations. You can make a list right now of the tasks you'll need to perform to get your air conditioner ready for the long hot summer.
Proper laundry room ventilation is often ignored in houses. To keep costs down, the laundry room in a newly constructed home is frequently a bare space with a hole in the wall for a vent. Builders frequently leave the details of proper ventilation to the occupants.
Your air conditioner blissfully tempers the blazing summer sun with a cool blast of air. But did you know that the cold, comforting air could harm your skin? Let's take a closer look at the negative A/C effects on your skin.
With the hectic schedules that most of us have these days, it's no surprise that many people are opting for at-home sporting activities and workout programs rather than gym memberships to improve their health. What you may not know is that the very equipment that's meant to help you stay healthy at home can degrade indoor air quality and harm your health. How can that be?