April 15th, 2021
Did you know that your indoor air pollution can be far worse than the outdoor air pollution? Homes today are built very tightly, to allow no air to escape from your home. This is really good news for your HVAC systems—this tight construction helps those systems work as efficiently as possible. But it’s not great news for your allergies.
Since no air can escape from your home, this means that no allergens and other contaminants can get out either. This includes everything from visible pollen and dust to microorganisms, odors, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), mold and mildew, and more. Does this mean there’s nothing you can do about those contaminants and allergens? Of course not! While no single technology can reduce or eliminate contaminants in the home, there are a number of indoor air quality solutions we provide that can mitigate your exposure. Read on to learn more!
April 1st, 2021
When you see something about spring cleaning, you likely envision dusting and decluttering your home. Maybe you bag up some stuff to donate and call it a day. These tasks will certainly help you enjoy your home more, but we have a slightly different idea of what spring cleaning looks like.
For our professionals, spring cleaning means investing in home services and completing home maintenance tasks that will keep your household running as efficiently as possible. This improves your family’s comfort and contributes to lower monthly energy bills. Read on as we uncover our version of a spring cleaning checklist.
March 29th, 2021
If you’ve ever wondered if a whole-home air purifier will benefit your household, the answer is probably yes. Why? Because the quality of your indoor air could quite possibly be worse than that of the air outdoors.
Homeowners today are hyper-aware that it’s important to stay healthy inside their homes, and for good reason. While indoor air quality has become of a bit of a buzzword lately, it’s always been important. It’s one of those things you should care very much about. And our goal is to help you understand this as well as how a whole-home air purifier will help.
Keep in mind, while a big part of the focus these days on air purifiers is the prevention of virus transmission, there is no indoor air quality product that will completely eliminate this problem. But installing a whole-home air purifier will certainly help mitigate your risk.
March 8th, 2021
How can a power outage be an emergency? Well for starters, if it’s a chilly winter day in PA and you’re without a heater, that’s an emergency. Or what about not having your refrigerator? There are a number of reasons you don’t want to have a power outage—but what if you could have one and still have a functioning home? You can!
The answer is a whole-house generator. These systems give homeowners a peace of mind and are more useful, plus safer, than portable generator systems. Read on as we uncover how a generator helps to keep you comfortable and safe during a power outage.
February 22nd, 2021
If you haven’t already discovered this yourself as a homeowner, then you should know—portable generators can be a huge hassle. First off, they can impose a safety risk, running on stored gasoline that poses the opportunity for carbon monoxide poisoning in your living space. They can also be very inefficient, when you consider the cost-fuel perspective. Plus, they’re inconvenient! Weather could very well be the reason you have to turn it on, and that requires you going outside in that bad weather.
Fortunately, we’re not here to sell you a portable generator (that wouldn’t be a very good sales pitch, right?) Instead, we’re here to introduce you to the benefits of a whole-house generator, which is arguable the better and more desirable alternative. Read on as we uncover the benefits of this system and how different it is from a portable unit, and get ready to face any power outage you may experience with confidence that it won’t be a problem in your household.
February 8th, 2021
The groundhog may have just predicted last week that we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter, but we know as well as anyone that could go either way. When temperatures start warming up again, homeowners throughout Brentwood and beyond will look forward to shutting off their heaters and furnaces for the season and not giving them a second thought! The question is though, could this be a mistake?
We mean not giving your heater a second thought. If it’s been showing signs of disrepair, ignoring it could leave you with one of two (or both) very big problems: either a broken down heater the next time you go to use it when temperatures cool down again, or a broken down air conditioner due to a problem that affects both systems (such as damaged ductwork or a miscalibrated thermostat).
So, what signs should you want out for? Read on as we uncover a few of them!
January 25th, 2021
Your furnace makes noise. There’s no denying this fact, nor is there denying that there’s no such thing as a completely silent heater. There have certainly been advances in technology throughout the years that has made these systems quieter, but you’re always going to hear the unit cycle on and off, and air whooshing through the ventilation system. You may even hear a gentle rattling as the temperatures fluctuate inside your ductwork and cause your air ducts to shift a big.
But even though your furnace isn’t silent, there are some noises you should pay attention to, and give us a call when you hear them. Pretty much anything out of the ordinary sounds you hear on a daily basis should be cause for alarm, but we’ve shared some specifics below. Read on as we uncover some common noises a furnace in disrepair may make, and why you shouldn’t ignore them.
January 11th, 2021
Winter is officially here, and it’s important to be prepared! It goes without saying that our winter seasons are downright chilly, and you need a fully functional and efficiently operating heating system to keep you comfortable.
Having a great heater in place is about a number of things—reliability, efficacy, and efficiency! You want a heating system that will operate as efficiently as possible—otherwise you can find yourself paying far too much for that heating. Additionally, an inefficient heater often means a heater in disrepair. Letting a heating system operate this way for too long can result in much bigger repair needs and potentially even premature replacement. What can you do about all this? Read on to find out!
December 28th, 2020
Let’s put it this way—a cracked heat exchanger is not a minor repair need by any means. If you’re using a gas furnace to heat your home this winter, then you need to be aware of the things that can go wrong.
Before we continue, it’s worth mentioning that a gas furnace is not inherently dangerous. But when it’s ignored, ill-maintained, or even aged passed the point of its useful service life (10-15 years, depending on the manufacturer) it can become hazardous.
The same can be said for any gas-powered appliance, as they all have the potential to develop safety issues. While these systems do have a special feature to turn the system off if something malfunctions inside the system, a heat exchanger crack can be subtle and insidious. Read on to learn more!
December 14th, 2020
Indoor air quality is probably a term you’ve been hearing a lot lately, particularly if you’re reading this blog post at time of its publishing, near the end of 2020. Air quality is playing a huge role in how safe individuals feel in regards to the transmission of germs and illness. It’s understandable to have this concern, but what many homeowners don’t realize is they may have been suffering from poor indoor air quality for years without knowing it!
“Wait,” you may say, “My HVAC systems work just fine and keep me comfortable, so my indoor air quality is fine.”
Okay, but is “fine” really good enough for you? What would “good” indoor air quality mean for your home? When we talk about indoor air quality, we’re going far beyond how hot or cold it is in your home. We’re looking at how healthy the air you breathe is, as well as how that air quality can affect various components of your property. Read on as we explore what good indoor air quality looks like: