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How to Address Common Springtime Threats to Your Indoor Air Quality

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For many people, spring feels like a breath of fresh air after the oppressive weather commonly found over the winter months. However, while the air outside may feel crisp and clear, as a homeowner, you may begin to wonder about how the change in seasons has affected your indoor air quality


Many households experience diminished air quality during the spring and early summer due to the residual effects of winter and the increasing temperatures. In this blog, we discuss the most common springtime threats to your indoor air quality and how you can best address these issues.


Dust

When you start to check items off of your spring cleaning checklist, one of the substances you'll find on almost every surface you clean is dust. Because winter conditions can make it more difficult to access certain areas of homes, dust often has more of an opportunity to build up.


This principle holds particularly true for the portions of your home that most determine air quality: your HVAC components such as ductwork. Air conditioners can be particularly affected by dust buildup in the spring because the units have sat dormant for months.


To reduce the amount of dust in your air, have your air conditioning unit and ducts professionally cleaned.


Household Chemicals

As you complete your spring cleaning checklist, you may use a range of chemicals from glass cleaner to wall paint. Many of these chemicals release fumes that can be harmful when breathed in.


Specifically, household chemicals like paint can contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can trigger allergic or asthma reactions, dizziness, headaches, and respiratory health issues.


In addition to opening your windows when working in close quarters, use your household ventilation system to remove harmful fumes. Additionally, you may want to put replacing your air filters at the top of your to-do list to ensure that your climate system removes as many foreign particles as possible.


Humidity Fluctuations

The humidity level of your air can have a significant impact on its quality. Unfortunately, in the spring your humidity may fluctuate widely between low humidity caused by your heating system and high humidity related to seasonal storms.


An HVAC expert may recommend that you use a whole-home humidifier, dehumidifier, or both to keep your indoor humidity at optimal levels.


Microbes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity in the United States typically peaks in the late winter months. During this time frame, every member of your family and visitor of your household may leave bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens on the surfaces of your home.


Additionally, spring's high moisture levels can contribute to mold developing and can lead to spores circulating in your indoor air.


As you perform spring cleaning and begin running your air conditioner for the first time in the year, you may stir up these microbes and inadvertently increase the likelihood of illness.


Experts recommend that homeowners who are concerned about microbes, especially those who are caregivers for young children or individuals with autoimmune conditions, invest in air purifiers that use filtration to remove large particles and UV light to neutralize remaining pathogens.


Phthalates

Many homeowners find their houses smelling a little musty or stale after winter. You may feel tempted to fill the space with pleasant scents from candles and air fresheners. However, these items can be as harmful to your indoor air quality as VOCs.


Many artificially scented items contain phthalates, a type of contaminant that can cause headaches, nausea, and other symptoms with excessive exposure.


The best way to avoid phthalates in your home is by checking all scented products, including personal care and cleaning solutions, for phthalates. Unscented and organic products are less likely to contain high levels of phthalates and may have less of an effect on your indoor air quality.


Pollen

Like dust, pollen can gather on any surface of your home during the springtime and, like pathogens, pollen can be stirred up during normal activities and cause adverse reactions. Pollen can infiltrate your home in a number of ways.


You can reduce the amount of pollen in your air by taking off your shoes on the porch or in the entryway and using a HEPA-rated vacuum cleaner frequently.


You should also have a qualified HVAC technician check your system for any leaks and replace your air filters to reduce the levels of contamination. In some cases, you may want to add a secondary filtration system, like an air scrubber. These systems can be particularly useful in households where one or more person has severe allergies or respiratory issues.


Use the guidelines listed above to ensure that the air inside your home is just as clean and clear at the air after spring showers. For personalized recommendations based on your climate, home size, and current HVAC system specifications, schedule a consultation with an experienced HVAC technician.


For comprehensive HVAC services, including indoor air quality management measures, trust the expert team at TemperaturePro.


Blogs > Tips on Maintaining Your HVAC System During the Winter Months

Tips on Maintaining Your HVAC System During the Winter Months

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The cold weather is here and your HVAC system is working as hard to keep you and your family warm. Here are some tips on how to maintain your HVAC system for the winter months. Following these tips will help improve the performance of your HVAC system and will ensure that you and your family will stay warm, even when it gets freezing cold outside.

 

Clean the Vents

 

Throughout the year, debris can build up in the ventilation system and cause airflow problems in your HVAC unit. Before winter comes around, it’s a good idea to check your vents for any debris that may have built up over the year. If you see anything that impedes airflow, make sure to get a professional to vacuum it out. If the debris is left sitting there, it can block airflow and cause the debris to circulate around your home.

 

Program Your Thermostat

 

If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure you set it accordingly for the winter months. You can set the thermostat to lower temperatures when you are out of the house, and then set it to a higher temperature for when you come back home. Programming your thermostat helps make sure that your HVAC system is not working overtime, thereby helping to prevent a lot of unnecessary strain on your system. It will help keep your system operational during the winter months and for the long term.

 

Clean Up the Outdoor Unit

 

If your HVAC unit is outside, it would be a good idea to clean it up. Leaves, dirt, grass, and other debris can get caught up in the outdoor unit. This can restrict proper airflow and become a potential fire hazard. Cleaning the outdoor unit can help you properly heat your home during the winter months since the airflow will be unrestricted and your overall unit will be able to operate with no glitches. 

 

Change the Air Filter

 

Changing the air filter is probably one of the most obvious maintenance tips to follow, but you will be surprised at how many people forget to keep up with this. Changing the air filter is one of the easiest tasks you can do when making sure that your HVAC system is working properly. A clogged and dirty air filter can negatively affect your entire system. It can cause the system to overwork and therefore puts a lot of unnecessary work on it. It is recommended that you change the air filter every 2-3 months to keep your HVAC unit working at an optimal level.

 

 

 

Schedule an Inspection

 

Some HVAC problems are not noticeable upon first glance. There may be a screw loose, a wire may have been fried, or a part of the HVAC system may not be working the way it should. This is why it is important to schedule regular inspections for your HVAC system. It will help ensure that your system is working the way it should work, and will save you a lot of trouble and heartache when winter does roll around. After all, would you want extensive HVAC repairs done when it’s freezing outside? Have a professional take care of any small problems now before they turn into bigger problems later on.

 

When extreme temperatures are afoot, your HVAC system is going to make sure that the steep changes in temperature do not affect you too much. Taking care of small maintenance tasks before the weather changes is a great way to prevent big problems from occurring before it is too late. 

Blogs > How the Wrong Air Filter can Harm Your Home

How the Wrong Air Filter can Harm Your Home

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Any old air filter will not suffice for your home's unique HVAC system.  The air filter prevents impurities, including allergens like pollen, from entering your home and reducing the quality of your air.  The unfortunate truth is many homeowners make at least one mistake when selecting an air filter for their home heating and cooling system.

 

Mind the Fit

 

Take a close look at your system's current filter before tossing it and buying a new one.  Otherwise, you might end up buying a filter that is too large and won't move into the slot as it should.  If the air filter is too small, it won't cover the full space.  It might permit dirt, allergens, dust and other unsavory particles to move on past.  If you do not know which size filter is ideal for your system, take a look at the manufacturer’s specifications.  You can also reach out to one of our experienced HVAC technicians for assistance.

 

Check the MERV Rating

 

Air filters are sold with varying MERV ratings.  MERV is an acronym that stands for minimum efficiency reporting value.  The typical air conditioner has a MERV rating between one and four.  Some go upwards of a MERV rating of eight.  A high MERV rating is an indication the filter has an especially fine mesh and can remove tiny particles from the flow of air.  Do not use a filter that has a higher MERV rating than what your unit is meant for.  If your air filter's mesh is overly fine, the system will not have the energy required to pull air through as designed.  The end result might be significant damage to the furnace or air conditioner.

 

Consider the Merits of Disposable Air Filters and Washable Air Filters

 

Take a look at your system to ensure it can take a washable air filter.  If your system will accept either a disposable or washable air filter, consider the merits of both before making a commitment.  Washable air filters are a bit more expensive yet they eliminate the need for regular replacements.  If you do not minding washing the air filter, the washable variety might prove optimal.  Our HVAC technicians can help you select the air filter that is best for your system.

 

Consider Different Types of Air Filters

 

There are different types of air filters beyond the washable and disposable variety.  If cost is a concern, consider the affordable fiberglass filter that mainly functions to safeguard the system.  This is an economical filter but might pose some issues for those who have respiratory problems as they do not improve home air quality as well as other varieties.  Those who are susceptible to allergies or breathing problems should consider a high efficiency home air filter.  This variety of filter is more costly yet it can protect the system and filter out small particles better than the comparably cheap air filters.

 

Contact Us Today

 

If you need a new air filter for your home HVAC system, are unsure as to which air filter is ideal for your system or need any other heating/cooling assistance, we can help.  Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

 

Blogs > Signs You Need Air Duct Cleaning

Signs You Need Air Duct Cleaning

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Most people forget about the air ducts in their home and business. They are out of sight and consequently, out of mind. If you neglect your air ducts long enough, they will eventually accumulate dirt, allergens, dust, and all sorts of other grime. The problem is you might not know your air ducts are rife with such particles unless you are aware of the common signs that air ducts require a cleaning.


Be Proactive by Inspecting the Vent Covers

Open up a vent cover and take a look inside. If you spot any debris, dirt, or other particles, it is an indication you are breathing in compromised air. Do not delay the cleaning of such compromised ducts. Have your air ducts cleaned at least once per year to ensure you do not breathe air laden with allergens, insect droppings, dirt, dust, and other gunk.

 

Mold

The presence of mold is a clear-cut indication your air ducts need to be cleaned. Mold is dangerous to everyone in your household, including your furry friends. Mold will eventually become a serious problem unless it is tended to in a timely manner. If you spot any sign of mold growing in your air ducts, reach out to our HVAC experts right away for a comprehensive clean.

 

Indications of Rodents or Pests

If you spot a mouse, rat, bugs, or any other type of rodent or pest, do not take any chances with your air ducts. There is a good chance these little buggers have made their way into your air ducts and left feces and urine behind.  They might have even brought bits of food into these spaces as well. Even the presence of insect droppings around the house is a sign your air ducts might be compromised. Any indication of a rodent means it is time for your system to be thoroughly swept.

 

Listen Closely to the Flow of Air

Turn off the TV, radio, and any other source of noise. Listen closely to the air as it flows through the ducts. If there is any type of noise besides the blower motor, it is a sign the air ducts have a blockage in the form of dirt, dust, allergens, or other particles that have accumulated over time. It is also possible a blockage has formed after a piece of insulation has become trapped within the ducts. Either way, the air ducts must be cleaned sooner rather than later to ensure system functionality and clean air.

 

Watch the Vent Upon the System's Start-up

Turn on the air conditioner and observe the vent as the motor kicks into action. If there is a blast of particles, be it dust, dirt, or anything else when the system turns on, it is a sign the air duct must be cleaned right away.

 

Examine Inlet Areas

In most homes, return air inlets are located by the floor. It is possible for objects and particles of all types to drop on down into these vents and prevent air from reaching the blower motor. If you spot any type of blockage in the return vent, it must be cleaned. Furthermore, you should also check to ensure nothing blocks these vents such as a child's toy, a pillow, magazines, furniture etc.

 

Contact Us Today to Schedule an Air Duct Cleaning

If you notice any of the signs outlined above, it is time to have your air ducts cleaned.  Reach out to us by dialing (301) 417 - 5323 to schedule your air duct cleaning.

Blogs > Common Wintertime HVAC Problems

Common Wintertime HVAC Problems

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Before you crank up the heat, you need to make sure that your HVAC system has not been plagued by some of the common winter problems that the system can go through. These problems can make it tough to properly heat your house.

 

Here are some of the common problems HVAC systems can experience during the winter time.

 

Frozen Pipes

 

Low temperatures make it possible for ice to accumulate around HVAC pipes. Ice can freeze over pipes or coils and can prevent your HVAC system from functioning properly. Hydronic systems such as hot water heaters and steam radiators can stop functioning completely due to cold temperatures because the water within the pipes can freeze and stop flowing. In some instances, the pipes can even burst because water expands when frozen and the pipes cannot contain the frozen water.

 

If your pipes are frozen, you need to turn off your water and call an HVAC professional to come and fix the problem immediately.

 

Carbon Monoxide Leaks

 

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can be hard to detect because it is colorless and odorless. During the winter months, leaks can happen because of a cracked heat exchanger in the heater, the heater itself is cracked and rusted, or your home has inadequate ventilation that prevents the gas from exiting the house. Make sure you get your heating system inspected by a professional to make sure it is in tip top shape for winter.

 

Dirty Heater Filters

 

Filters in heaters can become clogged with dust, dirt, and other types of debris when they become overused. This blockage results in decreased airflow and can make it difficult to effectively warm your home. If you feel that there is less air circulating around your home, check if the filters need to be changed.

 

Uneven Air Flow and Temperature

 

During the winter, it can be frustrating to find out that some rooms in your house are cold and some are warm. Ideally, you would want all the rooms in your house to be warm and cozy during winter. A lot of uneven air flow problems can be the result of faulty HVAC filters or parts, or your house may have structural issues such as holes or cracks that is causing this problem. It would be wise to check that your HVAC systems are in perfect working condition and that the structure of your home is prepared for winter as well.

 

Broken Heat Pump

 

Some homes use heat pumps that are located outside the house for warmth. Often times, chilly winds and snowfalls can damage the HVAC equipment outside. During the winter, heat pumps may not be able to defrost completely and will cause the heat pumps to not function properly. Other reasons why a heat pump may not function properly in the winter is because the fan motors are damaged or the coils are blocked.

 

Malfunctioning Thermostat

 

Your thermostat plays a crucial role when it comes to regulating how hot or how cool you want your home to be. Sometimes your HVAC system may not work properly because your thermostat has faulty wiring or could be calibrated incorrectly. Having a professional come in to check and see if your thermostat is functioning properly can help avoid a lot of problems in the winter.

 

HVAC systems are crucial for your home. An HVAC system that is functioning properly can help transform your home into a safe haven from the cold weather. Some of the problems HVAC systems experience due to cold weather can get in the way of that. This is why it is important to have a professional inspect and keep your HVAC system up-to-date. 

Blogs > Furnace Odors Homeowners Should Not Ignore

Furnace Odors Homeowners Should Not Ignore

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Every homeowner should be alarmed by odors emanating from the furnace. If you smell any sort of odor coming from your furnace or vents, do not shrug it off as a side effect of the system's natural operation. Such odors are a sign there might be a serious underlying problem. Be proactive by reaching out to our HVAC experts for assistance. Let's take a look at furnace odors and what they typically indicate.

 

A Musty Odor

 

A damp or musty odor stemming from your furnace is an indication that a new condenser pump is required. The furnace condenser pump accumulates water from the furnace system, and should be cleaned at least once per year. Dust and water gradually builds up within the pump, spurring the formation of bacteria and mold. If you still smell the odor after cleaning the condenser pump, the odor is likely emanating from something else in your home.

 

A Burning Odor

 

This odor often occurs when the you turn up the thermostat to a higher temperature than normal. If you haven't operated your furnace in months, dust will have gathered within the combustion chamber. This dust will burn and create the burning odor. There might even be some smoke generated when the furnace is turned on. The problem is worsened if the furnace filter is dirty and rife with dust. It is also possible for brand new furnaces to generate a burning odor as the oil that prevents internal components from rusting is burned away. If the odor extends beyond the first day of use, it is a sign something else within the furnace is burning and professional attention is required.

 

An Electrical Odor

 

The vast majority of electrical odors are the result of broken furnace parts. This odor is similar to an iron that has overheated or blazing hot metal. If your furnace's air filter is dirty, it heightens the odds of electrical components becoming overheated. If furnace components are heated to the point that they malfunction, they must be replaced.

 

Generally Foul Odors

 

Generally foul odors are sometimes attributable to dirty air ducts. Have your air vents cleaned and the odor might dissipate. It must also be noted some foul odors are the result of small animals like birds and rodents that find their way into HVAC ventilation systems. The scent of the animal carcass will spread throughout your home until the remains are removed.

 

Waste Odor

 

If you smell pet urine when your furnace is in operation, take a look at the floor ventilation registers. If your pet has relieved himself by the vent, the odor will spread when the furnace operates.

 

The Odor of Gas or Rotten Eggs

 

If your home reeks of fuel/gas or rotten eggs, there is a chance it is the result of your natural gas or oil furnace burning fuel. However, if the odor stems from any part of your home away from the furnace, it is an indication there is a significant gas leak that has the potential to cause an explosion. Reach out to your fire department right away if the odor is not emanating from the furnace.

Blogs > How to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

How to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter

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Winter is quickly approaching. This is the ideal time to have your furnace inspected, tuned up, and repaired. The last thing you need is for your heating system to give out in the dead of winter. There are a few things you can do on your own to get your furnace ready for those low temperatures.

 

Clean up Around the Furnace

 

Most people keep other items in the room or space where their furnace is located. In some instances, the furnace is laden with stored items as it has not been in operation for months and has ample surface area. Relocate all items that are placed on or by the furnace. Give the surrounding space a thorough cleaning. Be sure to vacuum the exterior of the furnace to eliminate cobwebs and dirt. Finally, check to ensure the furnace is completely visible. The pilot light should be seen with ease.

 

Replace/Clean the Filter

 

Your furnace filter collects all the dirt, dust, and grime when air intake occurs. The filter should be cleaned prior to the start of winter. Ideally, the furnace filter should be cleaned once per month. If you find that the filter is clogged and in poor condition, replace it. A clogged and/or worn out filter will result in a high energy bill because it will require your furnace to work that much harder and longer to warm your living space.

 

Mind the Burners and Heating Vents

 

If the furnace burners are obstructed, they will prevent the proper flow of gas and lead to the release of carbon monoxide when the system is turned on. Make sure the burners are clean and do not have obstructions, like debris or dust, blocking them. Check the heating vents as well to ensure they are not obstructed. If heating vents are blocked, warm air won't spread throughout your home. It is even possible for blocked heating vents to overheat to the point that a fire forms.

 

Bearing Lubrication

 

If your furnace is old, it has plenty of moving parts that function with the assistance of bearings. These bearings must be oiled. If they lack lubrication, they will eventually wear out and the furnace will not function at optimal efficiency. A lack of bearing lubrication can also lead to costly repairs. Pinpoint the oil caps above the bearing shaft and apply oil.

 

Check the Blower Doors

 

If the furnace's blower doors are not tightly shut, harmful heating byproducts like carbon monoxide might mix with the warm air that circulates throughout your living space. Make sure the blower doors are firmly closed prior to operating your furnace in the winter.

 

Mind the Fan Belt

 

The fan belt is a vitally important component of the furnace. Make sure it has tension and doesn't have obvious signs of wear and tear. If the belt is too loose, the furnace will require an excessive amount of time to heat your home. Loose belts also cause the furnace to use more power/gas than necessary. Go ahead and unscrew the cover of the air handler, find the large rubber fan belt and check its integrity. If the belt is frayed, cracked, or compromised in any other manner, it must be replaced. If you do not feel comfortable conducting such an inspection, reach out to our team so we can do it for you.

 

Be Proactive

 

Lastly, be proactive by reaching out to our team for a furnace tune-up and inspection now and you will dramatically reduce the odds of malfunction throughout the winter.

Blogs > The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

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The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

Do not make the mistake of turning on your heating or cooling system and assuming the air emitted through your home's ducts will be perfectly clean. Just like any other space, air ducts gradually accumulate dirt, dust, allergens, and other particles. You and your loved ones should not be exposed to these contaminants each time you turn on the furnace or air conditioning. It is even possible for such particles to build up to the point that they impede the flow of air.

Air Duct Cleaning Frequency

Air ducts should be cleaned at least once every two years. Frequent cleaning will guarantee that your family breathes in the cleanest possible air. If you wait longer than a couple years to have your air ducts cleaned, you and your loved ones run the risk of breathing in everything from allergens to mold, dust, dirt, and all sorts of other unsavory particles.

The Strangest Things Find Their Way Into Air Ducts

Some air ducts serve as makeshift living spaces for insects, small animals, and other vermin. Pollutants can accumulate in this space and be recycled through your heating and cooling systems over and over again, and manifest in the form of black debris along the outside of the vents and/or furnace filter. Such debris is an indication that your system is soiled. Air ducts can also contain mold, mildew, animal droppings, and all sorts of other nasty gunk that should not be redirected to your living space each time the furnace or air conditioning turns on.

Air Duct Cleaning Combats Sickness and Respiratory Problems

If anyone in your family has asthma or any other respiratory problem, it is even more imperative that you eliminate dust mites from your living space. Those who suffer from allergies should not be exposed to dander or pollen. Each of these particles will inevitably accumulate in your home's air ducts unless they are cleaned at the proper frequency. Do not assume you will be able to spot such particles. They are microscopic and therefore are too small to see with the naked eye.   Have your air ducts cleaned frequently and breathe in the fresh and clean air you deserve, and you will find you feel much better.

Increased Efficiency Means Big Savings

Air ducts that are not cleaned for years will gradually build up particles. These particles will eventually block the flow of air. Some will be transported right on back to your heating and cooling systems. The end result will be a reduction in air flow through the ducts, inefficient HVAC operation, and ultimately, higher utility bills. Consider the following statistic: the United States Department of Energy reports upwards of 40 percent of energy used to cool or heat a living space is wasted. Aside from wasting energy, dirty air ducts will also force your system to work harder to reach your selected temperature A system that is forced to work harder than it should will break down that much quicker.

Have your air ducts cleaned by one of our professionals and you will rest easy knowing you are breathing in the cleanest possible air.

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Signs for Air Conditioner Replacement

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Signs for Air Conditioner Replacement

When something goes wrong with an air conditioner, it is often difficult to determine if a repair or a replacement is necessary. Oftentimes, even the most experienced air conditioning professional isn't completely sure as to what the best decision is. The bottom line is no one can predict how an air conditioner will perform following a repair. It might function without flaw for years to come or require an additional repair in the coming year. Let's take a look at some general guidance regarding air conditioner replacement and repair to help homeowners make the best decision.

 

An air conditioner that reaches 10 to 15 years old and requires multiple repairs should be replaced. There is no sense in spending money on multiple repair projects once your air conditioner has reached a decade in age. In general, if an air conditioner repair bill is one-third or more of the cost of a new air conditioning system, it makes sense to invest in a completely new system. This is especially true for air conditioning systems that are near or beyond 10 years in age. Invest in a new air conditioner and you will enjoy the many benefits provided by today's energy-efficient models. These new units reduce utility bills and generate incredibly clean air. A new system won't require a steady stream of repairs like an air conditioner that is nearing the end of its useful life.

 

Take a look at your monthly energy bill. Compare it to the prior month's bill. If there is an upward trend even though you have not decreased your thermostat temperature setting, your system might need to be replaced. Older air conditioning systems' inner mechanisms eventually become worn and require an abundance of energy to generate cool air. In some instances, a repair can be performed. Yet there is no guarantee the repair will stand the test of time. It is possible numerous repairs will be required, making it more economically prudent to invest in a new system.

 

Signs for Air Conditioner Repair

 

A home that is not cooled in an even manner is cause for concern. The temperature in bedrooms should not be drastically different than the temperature in the living room or other spaces. Air conditioners that are in proper working order spread out cool air in an even manner across the home's entirety. In many instances, uneven cooling is the result of clogged air ducts. Have the ducts cleaned and the cooling might even out. It is also possible that the air conditioner itself is malfunctioning.

 

If your air conditioner turns on and off without much time between the cycles, it requires a repair. When functioning properly, air conditioners cool a living or working space to a temperature below the level set by the user. It turns back on once the air returns to the selected temperature.

 

If you notice system warning lights on the interface, don't panic. This is a sign your air conditioner requires some sort of repair or maintenance. Reach out to our air conditioner aficionados for an in-depth analysis and repair.

Blogs > How To improve The Air Quality In Your Home

How To improve The Air Quality In Your Home

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How To improve The Air Quality In Your Home

Having poor indoor air quality can have a negative impact on your health and your daily life if the air is not kept at quality level standards.  Most air quality can be improved by taking easy steps.  At TemperaturePro, improving air quality is easy and there are plenty of solutions to ensure that the air you breathe is clean and healthy for your body.

 

  • Air Scrubbers/Cleaners
  • Electronic Recovery Ventilator
  • Vent/Duct Cleaning
  • Humidifiers/Dehumidifiers
  • Changing Air Cleaners/Air Filters

Contrary to what people believe, the air quality indoors is usually worse than the air quality outside.  The air we breathe inside is often far worse than the air quality outside and the reason for that is because the contributing factor to poor indoor air quality is that newer homes are generally more efficient and have airtight seals. In fact, today’s energy efficient homes are constructed with materials that seal the home tightly and reduce air flow.  Energy efficient homes not only help with energy consumption but they also reduce air flow allowing toxic pollutants to build up and contaminate the air you breath. 

Indoor Air Quality Solutions

What’s so important about the quality of the air you breathe?  Be certain you have the best indoor air quality possible.  It can be the most important decision you make!  Having good air quality is an important factor in supporting the well being and health of your entire family.  There are many contributing factors that make the air quality worse in your home and cause problems to your health.  Homes have indoor contaminants that include pollen, bacteria, mold, pet dander, tobacco, chemicals used for cleaning, dust mites, and fumes left over from cooking.  Poor air quality can diminish a person’s quality of life and contributes to a number of health issues, including; poor immune system, allergies, sinus infections, upper respiratory infections, and other negative ailments.  Some people can develop severe breathing problems if the air within a home is not clean and fresh.

Blogs > Signs It is Time to Have Your HVAC System Inspected by a Professional

Signs It is Time to Have Your HVAC System Inspected by a Professional

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Signs It is Time to Have Your HVAC System Inspected by a Professional

 

Most heating and cooling systems function without flaw across all four seasons. However, there are some instances when the attention and expertise of professional HVAC technicians is necessary. If you notice any of the red flags outlined below, reach out to our heating and cooling experts for an in-depth inspection. We will diagnose the problem, develop a plan of action and provide you with a free quote.

 

Odor Stemming From the HVAC System

 

If you notice any sort of odd odor coming from your heating or cooling unit, it is cause for concern. It is possible a part is overheating, that a small rodent or insects are trapped in the machine/ducts or that something else has gone wrong. Let our experienced HVAC professionals inspect your system to determine exactly what is going on.

 

System Warning Lights

 

If any of the system's warning lights are illuminated on the thermostat interface, do not shrug it off and assume the system will function as designed. The illumination of such a light is a sign that something might be seriously wrong with your heating or cooling system. Do not wait longer than a couple days from the time in which the warning light illuminates to call our HVAC professionals.

 

Odd Noises

 

If your heating or cooling system is making unexpected noises, there is likely a problem that requires the attention of a professional HVAC technician. Though every heating and cooling system will make a little bit of noise during operation, particularly loud noises are a warning sign. Any sort of clanging, grinding or banging noises from your heating or cooling system must be addressed so the problem doesn't worsen and spiral into an even costlier project.

 

Energy Bills are Rising Without a Temperature Change

 

If you haven't adjusted the temperature of your living or working space but your energy bills continue to go up, there might be something wrong with your system. You should not have to pay through the nose to heat or cool your home or office when you aren't setting the temperature at a particularly low or high level. The solution might be a surprisingly simple repair of your thermostat or heating/cooling system.

 

Issues With the System Turning on and Off

 

If your heating or cooling system won't turn on or off or continues to cycle on and off in a repeated fashion, it requires the attention of one of our HVAC aficionados. You have plenty to lose from a furnace or air conditioner that turns on and off over and over again with little time in between cycles. Such activity will increase your utility bill and unnecessarily tax your heating or cooling system. This overworking of the system will cause significant wear and tear and possibly force an early replacement. Contact our HVAC professionals for an accurate diagnosis of the problem. We'll get your heating or cooling system back in shape so it maintains your selected temperature without constantly cycling on and off.

 

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The Importance of Regular HVAC Maintenance

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Heating and cooling systems are just like any other piece of machinery in that they require occasional maintenance in order to function as designed. Periodic HVAC maintenance will ensure your heating and cooling systems produce high-quality air, remain functional for years if not decades and keep your energy bills as low as possible.

Enhanced Indoor Air Quality

The typical homeowner assumes his heating and cooling systems will generate warm and cool air that is perfectly clean. Though this is true most of the time, neglected HVAC systems can reach the point where they emit low-quality air. You and your loved ones deserve only the best air. Take a moment to think about all the time you spend indoors. You sleep, eat and relax in your home for upwards of 16 hours per day or more. Regular HVAC maintenance will ensure your system's air filter isn't clogged or faulty in any other way. This filter must be periodically cleaned or replaced to ensure dust, allergens, dirt and other nasty particles do not enter the equipment and taint your air supply.

HVAC Maintenance Prevents Major Problems From Developing

Let one of our knowledgeable and experienced HVAC gurus inspect and maintain your heating and cooling systems at least once per year. This opportunity will give us the chance to identify potential trouble spots. Nipping these problems in the bud before they spiral out of control is essential to maintaining your comfort as well as your budget. Repairing a minor problem (or a potential problem) now will likely prove much cheaper and easier than rectifying a major breakdown that occurs weeks, months or years later.

Peace of Mind

One of the most underrated benefits of regular HVAC maintenance is peace of mind. You will enjoy a powerful sense of peace and relief knowing a savvy heating and cooling expert has analyzed your HVAC system before and after those blazing hot summers and frigid winters. Our technician will check everything from the system's connections to its electrical components, filter, safety controls, cleanliness, airflow, belts, blowers and overall operation. You will rest easy following this maintenance, knowing your heating and cooling systems will keep you perfectly comfortable no matter how hot or cold it gets.

HVAC Maintenance Saves You Money

There is no better reason to have your heating and cooling systems maintained than to save money. A HVAC system that runs in an efficient manner is clean, properly insulated and capable of warming or cooling a building to a specific temperature without turning on and off with little time in between cycles. This maintenance will prevent your system from working harder or longer than it has to. The ultimate result is a reduction in your utility bill.

Prolong the System's Lifespan

Regular HVAC maintenance will also extend the lifespan of your heating and cooling systems. A well-maintained, well-functioning HVAC system will keep your living or working space at the desired temperature for upward of a decade or longer. Think back to the massive investment you made in this system. All it takes is periodic maintenance to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.
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How to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Winter's Wrath

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Winter is right around the corner and that means it will soon be time to turn off the air conditioning and start up the furnace. However, simply turning off your air conditioner and assuming it will function without flaw once next summer arrives is a mistake. Be proactive by preparing your air conditioner for the harsh winter. Minor preparations made in the coming weeks can make a major difference when you turn the air conditioner back on eight months later. Follow these steps to keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape across winter's duration.

Turn the Air Conditioner's Power Off

Start out by turning off the exterior power to the unit. Air conditioners are designed with an exterior circuit that controls the power that is sent to the unit. Open the box on the side of the house by the unit and pinpoint the red circuit handle. Flip it upside down then reinsert it in the slot. Close the box's lid. Turning the power off will prevent damage to the air conditioning unit and also prevent you and others from being electrocuted when working with the unit. Furthermore, turning off the power will prevent the air conditioner from accidentally being placed in the “on” position in the midst of winter. The last thing you want is for your air conditioner to be errantly turned on in the winter months when its water can freeze and damage the unit's condensing unit.

Cover the Air Conditioner's Pipes

The pipes that extend from the air conditioner to your house contain water. They should be wrapped with foam insulation strips and secured with duct tape so they are not exposed to winter's freezing temperatures. You can also use foam blocks and duct tape to protect these pipes.

Clean Around the Air Conditioner Unit

Take a close look at the area around the air conditioner. If you spot any sort of debris like leaves, lawn clippings, branches or other items, sweep, rake or pick them up. Clear out at least a two foot radius around the air conditioner. Trim plants that are growing over or near the unit. You can also use a hose to wash off bugs and grime from the condensing coils and fan blades. Such a thorough cleaning will reduce the chances of clogging and combat rust/damage. It will also make the area less inviting to animals looking for a new home.

Protect the Unit

It is important to safeguard your air conditioner so leaves, ice, snow and other items do not seep in. Grab a square of plywood and place it atop the system. Place a large rock or a brick on top of the plywood to keep it firmly in place.

Take protection a step further by covering the unit. Wrap a thick plastic or vinyl tarp around the unit and tie it together with rope or bungee cords. Leave just enough slack so residual debris, moisture and condensation aren't trapped inside.

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Best Ways To Improve Your Home’s Air Quality This Summer
When Summer comes around maintaining your AC is probably the last thing on your mind. However, AC maintenance should be at the top of your list for home maintenance priorities as it helps to improve the quality of your air. Cooling systems that are kept in proper condition can improve the air circulation which makes the air that you breathe better for you.

Since the inside of your home is where you likely spend the most of your time, it is important to ensure that the air quality you breathe is clean. The reason for this is because the impact the air can have on your body can have both negative and positive effects. Experts at the Temperature Pro of Maryland list several three ways you can improve your air quality and how this can improve your health and increase the enjoyment you receive from your home environment.

Would you rather skip our tips to improving air quality and hire us to clean your AC instead? Contact The Temperature Pro of Maryland today to get started!

Tip #1: Replace Your HVAC System Filters
Depending on the air conditioning system you have, your home’s HVAC system filters should be changed periodically on a routine, monthly basis. The golden rule for the amount of time to have in between replacing your AC filters is once per month, however some AC systems can get away with only needing the filters to be changed every three months. HVAC systems that only need filters replaced a few times a week. Doing this will ensure that the air being blown throughout your house doesn’t contain high amounts of dust, dirt, and other toxic substances that can affect the integrity of your health and the air your breathe.

Tip #2: Buy A New Air Conditioning Unit
If your systems are particularly old, or in bad condition for one reason or another, it might be time to invest in a new air conditioning unit altogether. Not only will a new system naturally guarantee clean air quality circulating throughout your home, but it can save you money too.

Tip #3: Open All Your Windows
If you’ve already taken the appropriate maintenance measures for cleaning your HVAC system and air conditioning units, the next best thing you can do to improve the air quality in your home is to simply open up the windows from time to time. This allows fresh air to come through and prevents dirty air from becoming stagnant and being re-circulated throughout your home.

Tip #4: How Can HVAC Maintenance Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

Many homeowners don’t realize that they can improve indoor air by simply giving their HVAC system some routine TLC. Most residential cooling and heating systems blow air through ductwork, which is referred to as forced air. Each HVAC system also has an air filter with the primary purpose of keeping dust out of the equipment.

Tip #5: Upgrading Air Filters to Improve Indoor Air Quality
For people who suffer from airborne allergies, an easy way to improve the air quality and filter out contaminants in the HVAC system is to install a better filter quality. All filters have MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) ratings, which are indicators of the size of particles they can trap. The scale runs from 1 to 16 for residential purposes. The higher the MERV rating is, the cleaner the air in your home will be. For example, fiberglass filters have ratings from 1 to 4 and cannot trap the most irritating particles, like dust mite waste, mold spores, pet dander, and pollen. Pleated filters have 5-8 MERV ratings and will trap the more offensive particles. Some filters have ratings as high as 13, but it is best to check with your HVAC contractor or your system’s owner’s manual before selecting filters with high ratings as they can slow down the airflow as much as a dirty filter would.

Tip #6: Clean Out Air Ducts
Having good air filters will assist in keeping air ducts cleaner, which will help you and your family breathe better. Over time, dust collects in the ductwork of the HVAC system which in return calls for the need of professional duct cleaning services. Signs of problems with the air ducts include smelling odors or seeing dust deposits near the registers more often. You can remove the register cover to see how much dust and debris has collected inside the ducts.

The best way to prevent a dust buildup is to check the air filter monthly during cooling season and replace it when it’s dirty. Higher density filters trap more particulate matter and may need to be changed more frequently since more dust particles will be collected inside the filters.

For clean air, contact an HVAC expert at Temperature Pro of Maryland today!


 

  




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How Your Air Conditioning System Works

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Your Air Conditioning system is composed of 3 primary parts: 1) Compressor; 2) Condenser; 3) Evaporator. The compressor and condenser are normally on the outside of the building and the evaporator is normally located on the inside the building and can be a part of your furnace.

Air conditioners use a chemical, or refrigerant, that easily converts from a gas to a liquid and back to a gas again. This refrigerant is used to transfer heat from the air inside of a home to the outside air.

The refrigerant is a cool, low-pressure gas when it reaches the compressor. The compressor squeezes the refrigerant causing the fluid to increase its energy and changes from a liquid to a gas and absorbs heat from inside the building in the process. As a high pressure gas, the refrigerant leaves the compressor and flows to the condenser. The condenser serves as a ‘radiator’ and helps the heat to be released from the system into the air.

As the refrigerant leaves the condenser, its temperature cools allowing the refrigerant to convert back from a gas to a liquid. The liquid travels into the evaporator through a very tiny, narrow hole. On the other side of the evaporator, the liquid's pressure drops causing it to evaporate back to a gas state, and as it evaporates, it extracts heat from the air around it. As the refrigerant exits the evaporator, it is now a cool, low pressure gas. It then returns to the compressor to begin its trip all over again.

Connected to the evaporator is a fan that circulates the air inside the house to blow across the evaporator fins. Hot air is lighter than cold air, so the hot air in the room rises to the top of a room. There is a vent there where air is sucked into the air conditioner and goes down ducts. The hot air is used to cool the gas in the evaporator. As the heat is removed from the air, the air is cooled. It is then blown into the house through other ducts usually at the floor level. This cycle continues over and over again until the unit turns off usually by a thermostat when your indoor air reaches a certain present temperature.
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The Importance Of Summer HVAC Maintenance

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The Importance Of Summer HVAC Maintenance For Your Maryland Home

Though you’re able to complete the tasks above on your own, there are a few parts of HVAC maintenance that need to be taken care of by certified HVAC technicians.  At TemperaturePro Central of Maryland, our certified air conditioning technician specialists can complete the following regular AC maintenance services:

  • Clear AC Drain – When your HVAC system’s drain is clogged, your unit has to work much harder to blow out cool air.  Not only does a clogged drain waste the energy of the AC components, but it also raises your electric bills causing inefficiency all around.
  • Clean AC Units (Inside & Outside Units) – Certified AC technicians can easily disassemble your AC unit in order to properly clean the fan blades of your outdoor condenser fan.  After the outside condenser is cleaned the AC technician will proceed by removing dust and debris from the evaporator coil of the indoor unit.  This will ensure your HVAC system is maintained well enough to effectively cool your home through the entire Summer.

During any regular HVAC maintenance or AC tune-up it is important that the following steps are also taken to ensure the best quality of air and cooling continue to be supplied through your entire home:

  • ●Cleaning or Replacing Your Air Filters
  • ●Checking For Fluid Leakage On Indoor AC Units
  • ●Inspect & Test All Major AC Components. This includes the blower motor, compressor, condenser, evaporator, Indoor and outdoor coils, and the thermostat.
  • ●Lubricating / Tightening All Necessary AC Connected Parts
  • ●Checking The AC Refrigerator For Leaks
  • ●Replace Components That May Be Broken

 

For all other maintenance pertaining to HVAC systems, it is always important to have a certified-HVAC professional to assess your AC maintenance needs.  Ready to get started on your HVAC maintenance?  Contact TemperaturePro Central of Maryland to improve your airflow today!