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April 2015

AC Health & Your Pocket!

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HVAC repair and maintenance is extremely important when you are trying to save money. Your air conditioning unit should not be something that you replace regularly; they are made to last, though not all of them do. There are several ways that you can extend the life and efficiency of your unit while still ensuring its safety. These tips can also be beneficial if your heating and cooling system seems to suffer from “Murphy’s Law” and is consistently having common HVAC problems. Use Fans Sometimes it is a good idea to give your air conditioning unit a break. On days that are not unbearably hot, try to use fans to keep cool. Your AC will last longer if it is not on full blast when it does not have to be. Use A Programmable Thermostat If you have the ability to turn the temperature up overnight, while you’re on vacation, or when your house is empty, it will save money and help preserve your unit. A programmable thermostat will also stop you from having to flip a switch or push buttons anytime you need to change the temperature. Check Your Airflow Airflow is extremely important when it comes to making sure your AC does not have to work as hard. Check around vents and make sure they are clear of dust and debris, which can constrict airflow. The more freely air can flow, the less work your unit will have to do. This helps to ensure that your AC is not…

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Why Do I Need a Yearly Air Conditioner Efficiency and Safety Check?

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Something that many people forget is that air conditioning is just as important as a furnace. Would you ignore your furnace? Would you not make sure it was running safely and correctly? Heating, ventilation and air conditioning professionals, who specialize in HVAC repair and maintenance, will tell you that annual service to your AC unit is a good way to not only keep it energy-efficient and in working order but also to ensure its safety. Why Should I Have My AC Unit Checked? Just like a furnace, an air conditioning unit is used to control the temperature inside of your home. Your air conditioning is what you blast in the summer to cool down from the nasty heat outside. But did you know that your AC is actually extremely important to your health and safety? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the United States has a large number of heat-related deaths and illnesses during the summer months. These occur mostly in areas that see a lot of sun and high heat, including California, Texas, Kentucky and other Southern and Midwestern states. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common weather-related deaths and illness are because of the heat — not from the cold, as some may believe. Common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Each of these can lead to a quick death if not treated properly. Keeping your air conditioning in working order is one of the best ways to prevent these…

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Indoor Air Quality and What It Means for You

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The quality of indoor air has often been overlooked. Fortunately, with modern science and communications, most people have become aware of the importance of maintaining clean air in homes and businesses. Dust and other pollutants accumulate inside heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems if they are not properly designed and maintained, potentially causing a variety of health problems. New technologies account for these issues and can help keep your home not only fresh but clean and healthy. The effects of having poor indoor air quality can be numerous. It can cause headaches and dizziness with very little exposure. In other cases, it may cause nuisance problems such as dry eyes or an itchy nose and throat. In general terms, unclean air will nearly always cause some form of discomfort among those who breathe it. Although air that is not clean can be particularly dangerous for people who already face health conditions, breathing unclean air can also affect people in perfect health. A number of issues are known to begin with, and be exacerbated by, unclean air in the home. People with asthma are especially at risk when pollutants are in the air. Dust and mold in the air can aggravate the lungs of a person who typically breathes normally; for someone who already has problems with breathing from asthma, those pollutants can introduce new problems while worsening the existing condition. Other respiratory problems besides asthma are also affected by poor air quality. Infants and toddlers are especially at risk, because…

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