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Friday, September 15, 2017

Preparing Your Home’s Heating and Ventilation Systems for Fall and Winter Usage

As the summer heat begins to fade, many find themselves enjoying the cooler weather by spending more time outdoors and opening home windows to let the fresh air in. The beginning of fall is usually the most enjoyable weather but eventually cold fronts will move in and home heaters will be turning on. When your heating system is most needed, it is not to time to find out its not working.



If your home heating system stops working in freezing temperatures, the situation can be very dangerous especially for the very young and old. Avoid taking chances and instead follow our advice below to ensure proper HVAC maintenance, and that everything is ready to work this winter.

Changing the Air Filter

Each and every month homeowners should check the condition of the air filter(s). If the filter(s) look dirty then it should be replaced. Also, vacuum away any dust from the vent panels. This is usually a fast and easy task that can be done by the homeowner themselves. However, filters and air vent can be located in hard to reach places like in the ceiling which requires the use of a ladder. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, do not hesitate to call a professional.

Seeing a lot of dust in your home and in the air ducts? This is a sign that dust has built up in the air ducts and a professional air duct cleaning is required. If this is not done or is done improperly, then the health of household members can suffer.  Also, the HVAC system will not be able to perform as efficiently.

Check Your Clothes Dryer

Cold weather means drier air and a higher risk of fires.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year approximately 2,900 home dryer fires are reported with the leading causing being unclean dryers. These reported instances include 5 fatalities and numerous injuries, not to mention money costs. In addition, most of these fires take place during fall and winter. This is why it is important to maintain a clean dryer and dryer vents.

The inside and outside of the dryer will need to be cleaned along with the exhaust hose and hood.  But, it can be a challenge getting into all the places that need cleaning and the hard to reach places should not be missed. For example, it is not uncommon for birds to nest in dryer exhaust hoods and there old nest could be the perfect fire starter. This is an easy clean is your dryer vents straight outside but if it does, the winding tube could be a difficult to get through. Clean Air Solutions South Charlotte will perform a thorough clothes dryer cleaning at an affordable price –just give them a call.

Old to New

If any part of your HVAC system is old and outdated, it is likely adding to your home electric costs. Even a bad thermostat can cause your unit to run more than needed. For best results, we recommend having a professional conduct a full HVAC inspection this fall. By inspecting every aspect of a home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system at once, an expert can identify any issues and provide a complete solution.

Nowadays, there are plenty of energy efficient HVAC units available. Some of these can reduce a home’s energy cost by more than 28 percent, which could make them beneficial as a replacement even if your old unit is still running. Keep in mind that some older units are no longer compatible with newer models and Freon types.

It is our hope that these tips help you and your family stay safe and comfortable through the fall and winter, and all year round. We also hope when you are in need of trustworthy HVAC services in Waxhaw, Monroe, Indian Trail, Rock Hill, and South Charlotte areas, that we will be your first call. Our team can perform all HVAC maintenance, crawlspace repair, air duct cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning and repair. Call or visit our website to learn more about our services.


❍ Resource: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html
 

Friday, August 26, 2016

How to Know When It’s Time for Air Duct Cleaning

There are lots of different reasons to have the air ducts in your home cleaned as it is a service that can make for a better quality of life. Here are some of the top reasons that call for air duct cleaning in Waxhaw NC.

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Pets in the Home

Over the course of time, fur from a pet can make its way into a home’s air ducts. This buildup can lead to germs and bacteria, which can cause allergies. Not only can this kind of buildup be problematic for people, but it can also negatively impact an HVAC system.

Signs of Mold

Mold doesn’t have to appear in large quantities to cause problems. Even small accumulations of mold contain spores that make their way into the air ducts. That presence can lead to allergic reactions in addition to the onset of an asthma attack or a migraine headache.

Energy Efficiency is Low

If your energy bills are mounting, it could indicate a problem in the air ducts. A buildup of dust and debris can force your heating and cooling system to work overtime. Cleaning out the air ducts will not only remove debris, but will also enhance the purity of your air.

There is a Leak in the Home

A leak in your roof should be fixed immediately. Once that problem is taken care of, it is important to turn your attention to the air ducts. If any water leaked into the ducts, it could result in a buildup of mold, which could mean potential problems for homeowners and their families.

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Dust Builds Up Quickly

When you clean your home and dust quickly reappears, it could mean your home is in need of a some proper Waxhaw HVAC maintenance. Even new homes accumulate quite a bit of dust from construction and that is leaked out through the air ducts. When dust is a constant problem, it’s a good idea to clean your ducts.

Allergy Symptoms

Allergies do not always have to come from the outdoors. Dust, mold and debris in the air ducts could trigger allergies. Those reactions could extend to itchy eyes and a scratchy throat. They could also be ongoing in the form of a chronic cough or sinus issues.

When you recognize any of these signs, contact the experienced professionals Clean Air Solutions for the best air duct cleaning in Waxhaw, NC and the surrounding areas. Clean Air Solutions also provides a variety of other Air Conditioning, Heating and Ventilation Services in Waxhaw NC.