As with any expensive investment, you want to protect your HVAC system. But because it’s not as fun or glamorous as a new car or boat, it often slips to the back of the mind when thinking about maintenance.
Air conditioning and heating units malfunction, often at the most inopportune time. Unfortunately, when your HVAC unit breaks down, it’s usually not a cheap or easy fix. But by performing maintenance on your HVAC unit annually, you can save thousands down the road and ensure your HVAC system lasts a long time. Performing maintenance before the start of cooling season ensures you and your family will be comfortable all summer long.
Professional maintenance is the easiest and most effective way to keep your system running smoothly. During a visit, an NATE-certified technician inspects the system, look for areas that need attention, and pinpoints potential problems. The technician will also clean and lubricate the system.
A poorly running HVAC system can also impact your health. Hot, humid air can be attributed to heat stroke, poor breathing conditions, allergies, etc. Ensure your cooling system is properly maintained and ready to keep you cool all summer long. All Temp Co., Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating has been a family owned and operated local business for more than 30 years. (Our mission is to provide the highest standard of living in the HVAC industry for customers as well as team members. Striving for excellence and sustainability from every customers’s home to every employee. Where we create excellent service, provided by excellent people, at an excellent value.) We serve the Charlotte Metro and surrounding areas. For Your Comfort. All Day. All Night. Call All Temp at 704-266-1403.
April 4, 2016
Many people don’t think about indoor air quality, but it has a significant effect on your comfort and health. Improving air quality reduces contaminants, allows you to breathe easier, reduces allergy and asthma symptoms, and keeps your home cleaner. Improving indoor air quality is simple and homeowners can do many of these services themselves or for relatively cheap:
- Air purifiers and filters – Air purifiers and filters capture contaminants as air passes through the purifier/filter. There are different types of air purifiers and filters, designed to trap different contaminants. In addition to cleaning the air inside your home, duct mounted air purifiers and filters stop contaminants, particles, and dust from building up inside your heating and cooling systems, which eventually leads to poor performance.
- Humidifier – Humidifiers help to alleviate dry, winter air in your house. Dry air exacerbates allergy, asthma, and respiratory symptoms. It also leads to itchy skin, eyes, and nose. To protect yourself from dry air and improve the air quality in your home, humidity is important. Whole house humidifiers and portable humidifiers are both good options for improving air humidity.
- Ventilators – Ventilators bring fresh air into the home from outside, replacing the stale indoor air. Because indoor areas don’t have the same air circulation as the outdoors, contaminants become more concentrated. Ventilators send contaminated air out and bring fresh air in while working to reduce energy loss.
- Ultraviolet lights – Ultraviolet lights eliminate mold and mildew growth from the most common growth areas of your HVAC system. Using ultraviolet energy, ultraviolet lights remove contaminants, including germs, allergens, bacteria, and prevent the regrowth of these harmful particles.
- Dehumidifiers – While some moisture in the air is necessary, too much can facilitate the growth of mold and bacteria. Moisture allows such contaminants to thrive and can even damage building materials, finishes, furnishings, and more. Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from indoor air.
The cost and commitment of each indoor air quality service vary depending upon equipment and types of services needed. To discuss how to improve your indoor air quality, call All Temp Co. Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating at 704-266-1403 today.
March 1, 2016
We are often asked by customers “Should I get my ducts cleaned?” and unfortunately the answer is not so straight forward. Duct cleaning certainly can be a great benefit, But unlike air conditioning maintenance there is not a manufacturer suggested schedule for duct cleaning. Instead the need for duct cleaning should be left to the judgment of the home owner, and the integrity of the duct cleaning company. Though the EPA (Environmental protection agency) has published guidelines to assist in making a wise choice of when to clean your ducts, Along with NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) Creating a duct cleaning checklist to assist in finding a reputable company to perform the work.
According to the EPA these three rules are a good gauge of when to have tour ducts cleaned.
- There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.
- Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects).
- Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.
If you would like to read more of the EPA’s extensive research on duct cleaning you may do so here
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If you feel your ducts need cleaning, then NADCA will help you find the right contractor with it its contractor check list with can be found in PDF and HTML form at http://nadca.com/en/evaluation-checklist.
Last but not least it is important to remember that a duct cleaning job done by poorly or improperly is worse than not having a job done at all. Why is this the case? Simply cleaning ducts can create a lot of dust and debris which may become airborne and if not isolated and removed from the home properly will find its way out of the duct and into the home. Air duct cleaning should also involve cleaning components of the heating and air conditioning system, done improperly this could cause damage to the system or worse leave it non functional necessitating the expense of a service call. One of the best way to avoid a poor job is to realize if it sounds to good to be true it probably is, According to Angie’s List, most duct cleaning jobs cost between $300-$500 Dollars. Companies that offer exceptionally low prices must honor those by cutting corners on the quality of work and equipment, or training their technicians in aggressive selling techniques and scare tactics. To avoid the hassle have a realistic expectation for how much a good job costs. A final source for great duct cleaning information is this article by Angie’s list http://www.angieslist.com/articles/air-duct-cleaning-worth-it.htm.
Did you know that in the average home, up to 30 percent of heating and cooling energy is lost through the duct system? This means conditioned air is lost through leaks and poor connections, escaping the system before it ever reaches your living areas. Air loss through your duct system is a huge waste of energy; imagine how much you could lower your energy bills if you resolved this issue!
Signs Your Ducts Aren’t Performing Properly
Though their installation locations make them harder to assess visually, there are some tell-tale signs which point to poor duct performance:
- High utility bills during heating and cooling season
- Areas of the home are more difficult to keep comfortable
- Areas of the home feel stuffy
Duct Testing for Performance Problems
Having duct testing performed will help you get to the bottom of the duct issues that are plaguing your household and driving up your energy bills. A duct blaster is used to pressurize the system so that air loss can be measured. The duct test will detect energy leaks, allowing the professional duct test administrator to identify problem areas within the system through the data obtained, as well as a thorough visual inspection.
Duct Sealing Improves Efficiency
Using the findings of your home’s duct testing, an energy efficiency professional can create an effective plan for resolving your duct issues. Your duct improvement plan may include:
- Sealing holes and loose connections with proper sealants
- Reconnecting fallen or disconnected portions of duct work
- Replacing failing duct work with new sections of duct
Benefits of Duct Sealing
Sealing problematic ducts offers a variety of benefits to homeowners, including:
July 14, 2015
- Comfort control problems are resolved, and temperatures can be regulated more effectively in all areas of the home.
- Indoor air quality is improved by eliminating holes and gaps in the system which allow contaminants to mix with conditioned air.
- Energy loss is prevented, lowering your utility bills and limiting fossil fuel use, benefiting the environment.
A lack of insulation is a major problem with today’s homes, often causing homeowners to lose heating and cooling energy. Insulation issues cause temperature and comfort control problems, as well as contribute to higher energy bills due to energy loss. Adding insulation to your home is a home improvement project that will pay for itself in increased energy savings.
Where should insulation be added?
The most common areas where homes are lacking insulation is in the attic, between walls, floors above unconditioned areas such as a garage or basement, and in crawlspaces and basements. Heating and cooling energy can escape through these areas if insulation levels are not up to par. A professional insulation installer will assess these areas to determine how much insulation should be added to bring your home to the recommended R-value, a measure of insulation’s thermal resistance.
Types of insulation
When adding insulation to your home, there are a few material options which can be used to raise levels in varying areas of the home. They include:
- Fiberglass bats: This type of insulation is a leading choice in new construction but is also useful in existing homes. For unfinished attics, fiberglass insulation can be easily fitted between beams to raise insulation levels.
- Blown-in insulation: Blown-in insulation is an excellent choice for insulating areas in existing homes. Made of cellulose, mineral wool, or fiberglass, it can be blown into wall cavities and over attic floors.
- Spray foam: Spray foam insulation can also be used to insulate wall cavities and attic floors. It can also be used to insulate around penetrations, such as pipes or vents which run to the exterior of the home.
How to boost insulation performance
Simply adding insulation to your home won’t totally eliminate energy loss, but it is an excellent step in improving energy efficiency. When installing new insulation at home, you should also perform air sealing measures. Caulking around problem areas where air loss occurs, such as gaps in door and window frames, will prevent air from escaping the home. Duct sealing is another home improvement task that should be performed, as it works to prevent energy loss as air moves through the duct system.
June 1, 2015