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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health

June 12th, 2017

sick-woman-indoorsIn our industry, the term “indoor air quality” can have a lot of different meanings. Poor indoor air quality can affect a home in a lot of different ways. Excess humidity can make you uncomfortable, particularly in warm weather, and a lack of humidity can dry out your skin and even the furniture in your home. Poor ventilation makes the air feel stale, and leaks in the ductwork could raise your bills.

However, probably the biggest concern with your indoor air quality is health. The health of your family matters most of all, but you may be unclear of the impact of your home’s air. We have some information below. For a customized indoor air quality product for your whole home, reach out to our award-winning team!

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Run Constantly?

May 29th, 2017

working-on-outside-unit-ACThere’s something comforting about the sound of the air conditioner in your home starting up for its next cycle–unless it never stops. Your air conditioner should only run until it reaches the temperature on the thermostat. Of course, on a hotter day, it will take longer to do so. Still, an air conditioner that runs nonstop, day and night, is not going to do the job properly.

So what’s going on with your air conditioner? And can you solve the problem on your own? That depends, but you can learn more by reading on or contacting one of our experienced AC technicians.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Making Your Allergies Worse?

May 15th, 2017

AC-filter-air-filtrationHopefully, you know by now that your central air conditioner has a filter that you should be changing regularly. (And if you don’t, check out our blog for more information.) A clean air filter helps your air conditioner run properly, but it won’t necessarily filter out the allergens that make you sick. The standard air filter is designed for the purpose of protecting an air conditioner. It should provide some level of filtration, but it may not be what you need.

Is your air conditioner making your air quality worse? We’ll investigate that issue here, and let you know what you can do to get allergies under control, starting with your indoor air quality.

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Finding the Most Efficient Air Conditioning System for Your Home

May 1st, 2017

air-conditioning-condenser-wrenchIf you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, it’s important to rely on expert technicians for the installation. Air conditioning experts will make sure that your new system is properly and safely installed, and that it operates smoothly for a long time to come. It’s not worth it to trust installation to an amateur, who may be unable to make sure the electrical connections and refrigerant are set properly, which could result in major damages.

Before your new air conditioner is professionally installed, you’ll need to decide on the right unit for your home. We recommend consulting a technician for this too, and you’ll see why in today’s guide. If you’re going over your options, read on for more information and call our air conditioning technicians in Mason, OH.

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Don’t Skip This Step Before Running Your Air Conditioner

April 17th, 2017

Air-Conditioner-Top-CondenserWe forget how vital air conditioners are until we are without any air conditioning on a hot summer day. Nobody wants to deal with a sudden air conditioning breakdown when they really need their systems to run. In order to help protect your air conditioner, there’s something we think you should do—or have done by a professional—before you use the system this season.

Don’t forget to clean the condenser coil, located inside the outdoor portion of your air conditioner. Today, we detail what makes this process so important, along with the tools professionals use to maintain an outdoor unit well before summertime.

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Spring Reminder: Change the Air Filter and Get the AC Ready

April 3rd, 2017

AC-filter-air-filtrationAs allergy season approaches, you might notice that the people in your household are sneezing and coughing a little more. Changing the air filter may help to alleviate allergy symptoms, which is part of why we recommend doing so each month or so. But did you know that this serves a different purpose when it comes to the state of your air conditioning system?

Changing the filter can actually help air flow through your air conditioner with ease and prevent sudden system failure. But that’s not the only step to take to prepare your air conditioner for spring. Read on to learn the importance of changing the air filter and what else you should do to get your AC ready for spring.

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Is It Too Early for Air Conditioning Service?

March 20th, 2017

AC-unit-flowerBelieve it or not, spring is here. That means beautiful scenery, better weather, and, unfortunately, air quality troubles. While we look forward to the weather soon to come, it’s easy to forget that it will soon be a lot warmer than we’d like to be when we try to get comfortable at home.

The air conditioning season is right around the corner. You cannot just assume that your air conditioner will work properly. And you’d probably rather not wait for a technician when your air conditioner is broken down in the middle of a hot, humid summer. Prevent that from happening by scheduling AC service this spring.

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Indoor Air Quality Control That Really Works

March 6th, 2017

sick-woman-indoorsYour heating and air conditioning systems should (hopefully) have filters that help to block particles from coming through the vents. You may have heard that you should change your filters at least a few times a year, with some people urging filter replacements every month.

While changing your filter regularly is certainly important, is it really going to help with your most severe indoor air quality problems? Not necessarily. For indoor air quality control you can count on, you may need something a lot more powerful. Our technicians detail their suggestions below, but you can call our team to learn more.

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3 Reasons to Replace an Older Thermostat

February 20th, 2017

thermostat-manual-dialThe thermostat is the only part of the heating and air conditioning systems you really interact with. So by now, you may have gotten used to the settings or perhaps the little peculiarities of the controls. Many people keep the same thermostat around for years, even after major heating repairs or even system replacements.

But if you have an older thermostat that has not been replaced for quite a while—perhaps not since before you moved in—it’s time to consider moving on. You can get a thermostat that is much easier to navigate or has far more options than you’re working with now.

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How to Tell It’s Time for a Heating System Upgrade

February 6th, 2017

Inside a Natural Gas FurnaceIt’s something you may try to put off for as long as you can. Having to replace an older heating system may not be the ideal situation to find yourself in, but it’s important to recognize it when it comes. If you continue to run a furnace or boiler on the verge of a breakdown, it may fail when you really need it, and it probably costs a lot to run anyway.

Take note and check your heating system, or ask your technician if heating replacement is the better option. Here are some common signs that it’s time to upgrade your heating system to a more efficient, reliable unit.

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