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Ways You Can Combat Dry Indoor Air This Winter

Ways You Can Combat Dry Indoor Air This Winter

Ways You Can Combat Dry Indoor Air This Winter As the outside temperature drops so does the humidity, both outside and inside your home. As you turn on your heat, excessively dry air causes a myriad of issues for you and your family. Dry winter air leeches moisture, leaving your skin dry and your sinuses parched. The dry air also contributes to static shock and affects household items. But there is a solution! Here are the effects and the ways you can combat dry indoor air this winter season. Effects of Dry Air Around the House When your house is

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Wondering How Your HVAC System Works?

Wondering How Your HVAC System Works?

Wondering How Your HVAC System Works? Did you ever wonder how your house stays cool in summer and warm in the winter? Curious about how your HVAC System works? Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment perform heating and cooling for residential, commercial or industrial buildings. HVAC systems are also responsible for providing fresh air. This dilutes interior airborne contaminants such as odors from occupants, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) emitted from interior furnishings, and chemicals used for cleaning, to name a few. A properly maintained custom designed system will provide a comfortable indoor environment year-round. Basic HVAC System Mechanics As to

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My Heater Smells, Should I Worry?

My Heater Smells, Should I Worry?

My Heater Smells, Should I Worry? Perhaps you have been putting off turning on the heat for the past few weeks, whether it is sheer stubbornness, or an effort to save on energy costs. However, now the outside temperatures have dropped, and it is inevitable. But you notice something doesn’t seem right, and you may be wondering about mysterious heater smells and if you should worry. We have some simple explanations about when to be concerned. Burning Dust Smell There are a few reasons it may smell like dust burning when you first turn on your heat. Dusty Elements After your

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Fall HVAC Energy Saving Tips

Fall HVAC Energy Saving Tips

Fall HVAC Energy Saving Tips Every autumn as the days get cooler there seems to be an age old debate whether to keep the windows open and the air conditioning off. You may naturally want to take advantage of the cooler temps. However, you may be using more energy by turning your unit on and off throughout the day. Consider that if you switch it off when you go to bed, the temperature gradually rises overnight. By the time midday hits your home’s internal temperature starts to feel uncomfortable. So, you turn the air conditioning back on. At this point,

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Simple Fall Allergy Tips That Make a Big Difference

Simple Fall Allergy Tips That Make a Big Difference

Simple Fall Allergy Tips That Make a Big Difference Ahhh, nothing is better than The Fall: the cooler weather, the colorful, falling leaves, the pumpkin-seasoned treats. But, for those living with seasonal allergies, autumn can be nothing short of a disaster. Symptoms such as a sneezing, runny nose, itchy watery eyes, scratchy throat, and respiratory issues intensify. Coupled with the side effects of medication; this can make life almost unbearable. But, luckily there are steps you can take at home. Here are a few fall allergy tips that can help you enjoy this beautiful season. Keep the Windows Closed While

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What Is the Best Air Filter for Your Home?

What Is the Best Air Filter for Your Home?

What Is the Best Air Filter for Your Home? HVAC Maintenance is one of those things most folks don’t really think about until something goes wrong. Kudos to you if you have a bi-annual maintenance program in place. It is the ideal way to ensure that your heat works on the coldest days and the A/C will cool you off in the hottest heat wave. But, did you know that neglecting your air filters could be a recipe for disaster? The wrong air filter or a clogged air filter can damage coils, motors, blowers, even burn out controls because of

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Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist The weather in the Chesapeake region can present severe opposites. It can be brutal, even downright unbearable. After a summer of a steamy mix of heat and humidity, you must make sure your HVAC system is prepared for the harshest of winters. The key is routine scheduled maintenance. Regular professional tune-ups may help also detect any small problems before they turn into big ones Here is an example of a fall HVAC maintenance checklist that will keep your system in top shape and keep you warm all winter long. And, as a bonus, your system will

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Is There Mold in Your HVAC System?

Is There Mold in Your HVAC System?

Is There Mold in Your HVAC System? Have you noticed a strong musty smell when your HVAC system kicks on? Or, have you or your family members experienced an increase in allergy-like symptoms while in your home? There may be mold in your HVAC system. Here are the signs, symptoms, and methods for dealing with mold in your central heating and air conditioning system. How does mold grow in HVAC systems? There are two primary reasons that mold begins growing in your HVAC system: moisture and nourishment. Here in the Chesapeake Bay area, especially in the summer months, there is

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Common Myths About Air Conditioning

Common Myths About Air Conditioning

Common Myths About Air Conditioning Each year your summer energy bills may leave you flabbergasted. But did you ever think it could be your methods, not the HVAC system that is the issue? There are many common myths about air conditioning. And, if you make a few changes you may see a difference on your next electric bill. Myth 1. Cranking Down the Thermostat Cools Faster Cranking down your thermostat to 60 degrees to cool your home quickly will not make a difference. In fact, it only taxes your HVAC system and ends up costing you more. Most units are

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Top Reasons For HVAC Failure in the Summer

Top Reasons For HVAC Failure in the Summer

Top Reasons For HVAC Failure in the Summer It’s Murphy’s Law that if anything can go wrong, it will. And, that could never be truer than when it comes to HVAC failure. What’s more, it will most likely occur during a summer heatwave. But, there are steps that you can take to prevent issues. Here are the top reasons for HVAC failure that you and your technician need to be on the look out for. Restricted Coolant Lines There are copper lines that run between the condenser and the evaporator coil in your HVAC unit. If they become crimped, they

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