Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Many homes fall short when it comes to healthy indoor air quality, and you probably don’t even know it. But, when it comes to your indoor air quality, you should care, because according to CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities,” and “Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Luckily, there are simple solutions that will bring more fresh air into your home, improve your indoor air quality and reduce those pesky household contaminants. Keep your family breathing the best air possible with these tips.


1. Bring Nature Indoors

There are many benefits to houseplants. They will actually help clean indoor air, because of the way houseplants breathe. They take in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. People and animals take in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. When you bring house plants into your home you filter the air and bring in fresh oxygen.

2.Crack Windows

Your home doesn’t “breathe” well. It will recirculate the same air over, and over again. When you crack windows every now and then, you can improve your indoor air quality, because you are letting fresh air into your home, and allowing your home to “breathe.”

3. Turn Your Furnace Blower On

This is another great way to circulate indoor air in order to help improve your indoor air quality. When you have your furnace blower turned on it re-circulate the air, in your home, through your intake and back out of your home’s supply ducts. Although, in order for this to work the best it can, you need to make sure your furnace has been serviced. If your furnaced hasn’t been serviced it can cause more maintenance problems or even stop working altogether. It is important to keep your furnace serviced regularly. Contact an HVAC professional to keep your furnace serviced correctly.

4. Keep Air Filters Clean

The air filter in your HVAC system is the front line of defense against poor indoor air quality. The entire air volume in your home passes through the air filter multiple times a day. A clean filter will remove airborne particulates, ranging from dust to invisible microscopic particles. If your air filter is dirty, it will make your indoor air quality worse, as it circulates contaminates back into the air you are breathing. Your filters should be changed about once a month or according to your manufacture’s recommendations. You can either purchase filters and change them on your own, or have a professional do it for you.

5. Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

The ducts are often the worst areas of the home in terms of indoor air quality. Which is a problem, since they circulate air around the home. Air ducts are not often cleaned, if at all, and that makes them a prime gathering place for airborne contaminants of various kinds. Things like dust, dander, pollen, germs, and mold spores all build up in the ducts. When your HVAC system is turned on either for heat or A/C it blows all those contaminates around your home, and you and your family breathe them in, which obviously isn’t good for your health. Duct cleaning removes those contaminants from your air supply, helping improve your indoor air quality, and allowing you to breathe easier. If your air ducts haven’t been cleaned at all, or a lot of time has passed since they’ve been cleaned, contact a professional today and start improving your indoor air quality.


The quality of your indoor air is important for your family’s health. Contact your heating and cooling experts today and start breathing fresh, clean indoor air!

Getting Your AC Ready for Spring and Summer

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Instead of waiting until the heat comes, get your air conditioning unit ready now. During the start of the summer months, we get a lot of calls for fixing air conditioning units, it’s best to inspect yours ahead of time.


Change the filter

Most people don’t change the filters in their air conditioners often enough. Before you start to use your unit, check to make sure the filter doesn’t need cleaned or replaced. You should be replacing the filter on your air conditioner once a month when it is in use. Some air conditioners have a permanent, reusable filter. If yours has a permanent filter, clean it once a month with a water and vinegar solution.

Clean the lines in your AC unit

The condensation lines in your air conditioning unit can become plugged up with debris. You really don’t want this to happen as this can cause a big mess. It can also be expensive to repair. A lot of times these lines become backed up due to algae growth. If it is not draining properly, you can use an algaecide to kill the algae growth.

Remove debris from around the unit

After a long season, a lot of things can grow around or even in the air conditioning unit. Look for tall grass, weeds, or vines that may be obstructing it. Be sure and remove any plants or other items that are blocking it and making your air conditioning less effective.

Clean the coils and fins on the outside of your AC unit

After sitting unused for a long period of time, your AC unit can collect a lot of dust and it is exposed to the elements, especially if you don’t use a cover. Disconnect the power and wash down the outside of your AC unit. If it is extra dirty, you can buy a specialized cleaner for your unit. To clean the fins, gently clean with a soft brush. Also try and straighten out any severely bent fins.


Do you want to get your air conditioning unit inspected before the hot weather hits? Contact us about getting your unit serviced. We also install new units and programmable thermostats.

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!

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