Maintain Your Pets and Your HVAC System

If you have a pet it could be putting a strain on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system. If you have pets, maintenance for your system is especially crucial in order to have good air quality, all that pet dander, and fur can really affect your system. The air quality in your home affects all members, including your four-legged friends. We have come up with some essential tips you can follow to extend the life of your system and create a comfortable environment in your home.

1.Groom Your Pets

Groom them often! Prevention is key when it comes to your HVAC system. Regular grooming of your pet is not only good for you pet, it will reduce the amount of airborne hair and fur that ends up bogging down your system. Another helpful thing you can do is frequently bath your bet. This again is good for your pet, and can help eliminate allergies because it will help eliminate the microscopic pet dander, dust and pollen, which are all leading causes of allergies.

2.Keep Your Air Filters Maintained

Pet hair and dander can clog your filters and reduce the airflow in your system. HVAC air filters should be cleaned or replaced as part of normal HVAC maintenance, but even more so if you have pets. It is recommended to change your air filters every three months, but the frequency of changing air filters depends on the size of your system, the filter being used and how much you need to filter from your air. If your system has smaller filters and you have multiple pets, you may want to change your filters more often. On the other hand if your system uses bigger filters you may be able to go the generally recommended three months.

3.Consider Upgrading Your Filter

If you  have allergies and own pets, changing your HVAC filter may not be enough, you may need to upgrade to a HEPA ( High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter. These types of filters reduce allergens by 99 percent! They trap microscopic dander into the filter and prevent it from being re-released into the air. If you own pets and have allergies you can drastically improve the indoor air quality and extend the life of your HVAC system by using a HEPA filter.

4.Maintenance Your System Regularly

Regular HVAC maintenance is essential for your system, and you should consider the benefits of a maintenance plan with an HVAC expert to get the most out of your system, especially if you’re a pet owner. Most maintenance plans offer discounts on any repairs needed throughout the year and can even help save on energy bills. Many potential issues can be caught early, resulting in reduced repair bills and a healthier home.

With a little grooming and HVAC maintenance you can keep your pet-friendly home healthy and safe all year long, for all members of your family. If you need HVAC maintenance or are considering putting a preventative plan in place, we would be glad to help. Feel free to email us with any questions, or comment about any other tips you have for keeping your pet-friendly home healthy.

Cool Tips to Keep Your Home Cool

Spring has officially hit, and temperatures are starting to rise. You might have noticed the temperatures rising in your home as well. It’s a weird time of the year where it’s not quite hot enough to turn on the air conditioning, but you definitely don’t need the heat on, and you might not be exactly comfortable with the temperature in your home. If your home is already starting to feel a little warm but you aren’t wanting to turn the air conditioning on yet we are going to share some helpful tips with you. These tips will help keep your home a little cooler, cut the utility bill down, and benefit the environment, and you won’t feel the need to to turn the AC on just yet.

1.Adjust the Ceiling Fans

   

Between Fall and Spring you should be rotating the direction your ceiling fans turn. During the Fall and Winter, your fans should be rotating clockwise in order to pull cool air up. This gentle updraft will push the warm air, which naturally rises to the ceiling, down to help keep your home warmer. During the Spring and Summer, you want your fans to rotate counter clockwise in order to blow air straight down. This allows the cool air to be blown down, and the warmer air to rise. Keep in mind, the warmer it is, the higher the fan speed should be, and in cooler months your fan should run at a low speed in order to be the most effective.

2.Close Your Blinds

  

The sun can produce almost 30 percent of unwanted heat via your windows. During the day time, make the most of your window treatments. Whether you have blinds, curtains, window shades, or another type of covering, keep them closed the entire time the sun is up for the maximum effect. Keeping your window coverings down/closed during the day can help keep some of that unwanted heat and humidity out.

3.Shut Your Lights Off

When you aren’t home, turn your lights off. When you are home, turn off lights you aren’t using. Don’t bathe the room in light when you are only needing to use one area, and keep the lights off in other rooms that you aren’t utilizing. Only having lights on when and where you need them will help keep your home a little cooler, and will help you save on your utility bill at the same time.

5.Open Windows at Night

During the Spring, the night temperatures are still a little bit cool, utilize this. Of course, keep your windows closed during the day in order to keep that unwanted warm air out, but you can open them at night to utilize the cooler night air. You can create cross ventilation by opening windows at either end of the house, allowing the cool air to blow through your whole home. Another option is to put standing fans in the window sill to help push the cool air through the house at a faster pace.

6.Strategically Plant Trees

This is more of a long-term investment, but can be an effective way of helping cool down your home. Deciduous trees are great at defending your home from the sun, especially if they’re planted strategically. Plant these trees on the east or west side of your home and partially near a window. You could also plant them near areas that absorb a lot of heat such as air conditioning units and driveways in order to keep them cooler. Once these trees are grown, they will produce a lot of shade and help keep your home cooler.

We hope these tips will help keep your home a little bit cooler during the warm Spring months. Soon it will be too warm for these tips alone to keep your home cool, and you will need your air conditioning. If you need maintenance on your AC unit we recommend getting it done before the even warmer Summer temperatures hit. If you know of any more tips that help keep your home cool without having to turn the AC on, please feel free to comment or send us an email.

 

Cold Showers Actually Have Perks

Most people end up calling a repair man when their water heater isn’t working correctly, because who wants to take a cold shower? Although, taking a shower using cold water isn’t typically the way it’s done, some people actually do this on purpose. Taking a cold shower may not be as enjoyable as a hot one, but it does have benefits. Cold showers are known to benefit; health, skin, hair, and energy. If you think you can handle a cold shower first thing in the morning, we are going to let you know about some of the perks you’re in for.

1.Alertness

Many people use coffee in the morning to add some pep in their step, but there’s something better, a cold shower! Just a couple minutes under the cold water will wake you up more than your espresso. This is perfect if you don’t drink coffee, or if you’re needing something more to help you get going in the mornings. The shock of the cold water will snap you awake, but it’s not the only reason a cold shower gets you going. When you are under the cold water your body is going to respond in order to keep you warm. In cold temperatures your body will stimulate longer and deeper breathes so that you are able to take in more oxygen, and your heart rate will naturally increase in order to assist with blood flow. A cold shower may not feel the best, and the things your body is doing to warm you up probably won’t actually allow you to feel warmer, but it will definitely put some pep in your step.

2.Boosting Your Immune System

When your blood flow is increased due to the cold shower, your white blood cells will race through your body. Next time your’re feeling a little under the weather, a cold shower might be in your best interest. Your white blood cells are your natural disease fighting system, and having that little extra kick from them might help you fight your symptoms even faster. Getting your blood circulating like this also benefits your health because your heart is getting exercise while your arteries are getting cleared out, and your blood pressure is lowering.

3. Burning Fat

We talked about your body having to work hard to keep you warm in a cold shower and a couple of the benefits you get from that process, but there is another benefit! Cold showers might even help you lose weight. The fuel your body uses to keep you warm is fat, which gets burned during the process your body goes through to try and keep you warm. So if you want to get your metabolism moving, hop in the cold shower.

4. Beautiful Skin and Hair

I’m sure most of us agree that hot showers feel great, and are almost always preferred over a cold one, but they can dry out your skin. Cold showers can make your skin look great by tightening your pores. Tightening your pores is especially great for people with oily skin or acne. We can’t forget about the hair. Cold water can make your hair appear shinier, as well as strengthen hair follicles and overall scalp health. If you can bare through those cold showers you might end up with great looking skin and hair.

5.Soothing Muscle Pain

Many people take warm showers or baths when they have sore muscles, or are expecting to get them, but the truth is a cold shower is probably better for your muscles in this case. Cold water soothes tired muscles, and helps minimize the intensity of delayed muscle soreness. You see professional athletes take ice baths all the time for these very reasons. The next time you think your muscles might get sore, try taking a cold shower and see if you can tell the difference.

Cold showers might not be for everyone, but if you can handle them, there are many benefits for your body. Of course if you’re taking an unplanned cold shower, then you might need to call your local plumber for maintenance, repair, or replacement of your hot water heater. If you know about any other benefits to taking a cold shower please feel free to comment or email us.

Signs Your HVAC System is on Its Last Leg

Do you hear weird noises when your heat/air conditioning kicks on? Have your energy bills been robbing your wallet? Don’t ignore these signs. Eventually your heating and air conditioning system will reach the end of its lifetime and will need to be replaced.  Many homeowners continue to make little fixes to their system a long the way, but it might be more beneficial to just upgrade your system. We are here to let you know some signs it’s time to upgrade your heating and air conditioning system.

1.Your System is Over a Decade Old

Typically the average span of an HVAC system is 10-15 years. If your system has reached this age or is coming close it might be a good idea to upgrade to a new system, rather than putting money into equipment that is going to need updated soon anyways. A benefit to upgrading is you you won’t have to worry about your system quitting during the cold winter months and being left without heat, or being left without AC during the hot summer months.

2.Noisy Equipment

Does your system make a lot of noise when running? This could be due to having the wrong size system installed. People may have thoughts of “a bigger system will cool/heat my home faster” or “the smaller system will save money” and these typically end up costing you more in the long run. If it’s over sized or undersized for the space it’s trying to cool/heat, your equipment will be working overtime, costing you more money than it should. We recommend getting a quote from a HVAC professional to make sure you’ve got the right size system in order for it to work the most efficiently. Having the right size system could lower your monthly costs dramatically.

3. Comfortable Temperature isn’t Maintain

Do you often find yourself too hot or very cold? An HVAC system that is getting old will often struggle to keep your home at a consistent temperature. This could be from various things such as; worn out motor, clogged filters, damaged thermostat, or cracked air ducts. Temperature inconsistencies usually mean your system is not powerful enough to supply air throughout your home for whatever reason. Maybe your duct work isn’t installed properly or like mentioned in sign 2 your system could be the wrong size. Temperature inconsistencies will result in higher energy bills, so make sure to look for those inconsistencies and get your system checked out if you notice them.

4. Frequent Repairs

Of course maintenance on your system is important and repairs will be needed from time to time, especially if your system is older, but if you have your HVAC company on speed dial you might consider upgrading your system. Instead of investing money for tons of repairs, and having an HVAC technician at your home all the time, you could invest that money into a new system. Your HVAC tech will still be there for any repairs needed to your new system over time, but wouldn’t it be nice to not worry about that for a while?

5. Poor Air Quality

Over time your HVAC system can lose its ability to filter out pollen, dust, mildew, and various other allergens. Pay close attention to the dust in your home as well as allergy symptoms in your family. This could be being caused by your air filters and duct work becoming faulty, which does happen as they age. Your system isn’t only responsible for heating and cooling your home, it also controls the quality of the air you and your family are breathing. If you notice more dust than usual in your home it may be due to your HVAC system needed upgraded.

Feel free to leave a comment or send an email with any questions. We would love to hear about any other signs you’ve experienced before having to replace your HVAC system, or about your experience after you’ve had your system replaced. Thanks for reading!

Don’t Duck Out of Clean Air Ducts – HVAC System Cleaning

Air ducts are often out of sight, out of mind for a lot of homeowners, however, your body could be suffering from the side effects of dirty air ducts. Ducking out of HVAC Maintenance and Cleaning could be a hazard to your health and here’s why.

According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the rule of thumb for homeowners are “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are”. Hiring a trusted, certified HVAC professional to inspect your HVAC system is important. The need for performing HVAC system cleaning on your home and office is not just because dust and dirt regularly accumulates in your air ducts, but because of all the other factors that also accumulate inside as well:

  • Cigarette and Cigar Smoke
  • Pets in the house
  • Occupants with Allergies or Asthma
  • Mold
  • Home Renovation or Remodeling Projects
  • Water Contamination or Damage to the Home or HVAC System
Before and After Duct Cleaning

 

A good HVAC System Cleaning to clean out your residential or commercial air ducts will help address that poor indoor air quality that could be a hazard to occupants who are more sensitive to these contaminants such as those who suffer with allergies and asthma, young children and the elderly.

Indoor Air Quality is important for many homeowners and business owners. Your heating and cooling system are the lungs of your home as the system takes air in and breathes air out. Contaminants such as dander, dust, and chemicals are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulate an average of 5 to 7 times per day. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of these contaminants in the duct work.

While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home or business, they may be part of larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.

Good health is not the only thing at risk if you are avoiding giving your HVAC System and Air Ducts a professional cleaning. Your hard earned money is also at risk. Cleaning the HVAC unit and ductwork allows your HVAC System to run efficiently. There is evidence that dirty heating and cooling coils, motors, and air handling units can make your HVAC unit less efficient.

Our qualified, certified team here at Sam’s Heating & Air Conditioning in Montrose, Colorado is experienced in HVAC Cleaning and creating a healthy atmosphere within the home and work place through clean HVAC units, coils, air ducts, and the whole system. Let us create a healthier environment for your family!


Call Sam’s Heating & Air Conditioning with confidence at (970) 249-6790 to schedule your appointment with a NATE Certified Technician. Located in Montrose, CO and serving the Western Slope.

Make Sure Your HVAC System Is Ready For Winter

Whether there is snow or not, the temperatures are dropping and you along with your HVAC system should be prepared for the cold months ahead. It may be cold outside, but you don’t want inside your home to feel the same. So get out this winter; build a snowman, go sledding, or simply shovel the snow from the sidewalk and driveway, but be able to come back to a warm home. In order to make sure your home stays warm throughout the winter there are some steps you can take to make sure your HVAC system operates efficiently throughout these cold months.

 #1-  Clean vents and clean air filter

You may not realize how much of a difference cleaning your vents can make. If you make the effort to clean your vents, even just once a month, it makes a difference. All you have to do is take the vacuum hose attachment to the vent. Besides, why wouldn’t you want to clean your air vents? Your air vents are responsible for circulating the air from your heating and air system in and out of each room, aka the air you are breathing. Keeping these vents clean can help insure you have adequate airflow and insure stuff doesn’t get caught up in your duct work.

The importance of a clean air filter cannot be stressed enough! Having a clean air filter helps prevent malfunctions and brings benefits to you and your home. Changing your air filter is a simple task and helps the life span of your HVAC system. Allowing build-up on your air filter can cause poor quality for your indoor air, raise the cost for operating your system, or cause damage to your HVAC system . You should change your filter monthly, but never go more than three months without changing it.

#2- Have an up-to-date thermostat 

Having a thermostat that is programmable can have many benefits. A big benefit and money saver of having a thermostat you can program is efficiency. If your programmable thermostat is used right it can save money. Some tips for using your thermostat correctly; have it set to 68 degrees while you are awake, and a bit lower while you are sleeping. This same rule applies to having it set while you are home/when you are away. Like most working people, you are probably out of the house for an average or 8 hours a day. Have your thermostat set lower for the time you are away, and program it to kick on shortly before you to arrive home. This way your house it always comfortable while you are there, and you are saving money because it doesn’t run all day when there is no need for it to.

#3- Get HVAC maintenance

Keeping on top of the maintenance of your system allows you to prevent bigger, more expensive problems from coming up. If you get your HVAC system checked annually a technician can catch small problems, and fix them before they turn into big ones. Paying for a certified technician to do a checkup on your home once a year is a lot cheaper than having major work done on your system, or the whole thing replaced because a small problem turned into a major one. Allow your system to stay up to date and prevent issues by getting a yearly checkup! A good time to do your yearly check up is right before winter in order to get it ready for extended use.


Call Sam’s Heating & Air Conditioning with confidence at (970) 249-6790 to schedule your appointment with a NATE Certified Technician. Located in Montrose, CO and serving the Western Slope.

 

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