Colleen Salzman

Why perform maintenance on your heating system?

Your Safety: Gas furnaces, root top units, and boiler all have two things in common. 1) They all use gas as their fuel source. Periodically, customer’s may have a gas leak coming from their system and may not even know. When maintenance is performed on your equipment, service technicians use an electronic gas detector to check over your system to make sure there aren’t any gas leaks. In the event there is a gas leak, they are able to make the repair the point of leakage. It will not only save on your gas bill but could potentially save your family’s life. 2) They all expel carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that is produced from the heating equipment. It is important to have a service technician examine your unit and determine if any carbon monoxide is being emitted into the space. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Every home needs to have a carbon monoxide detector. I recommend a detector that is a plug in with a battery back up. Please remember that Carbon monoxide detectors do have an expiration date so if you already have one make sure it is still good.

Prevent Un-timely Breakdowns: There is nothing worse that having your heating system break down when its below zero outside. Service technicians clean your heating system, test the mechanical and electrical components of your unit in order to prevent breakdowns. There have been many times where customer’s have called, had no heat and it was due to there system being dirty. Majority of the heating problems can be detected during a routine maintenance tune-up. Customer’s can then have the time to make educated decisions regarding their system instead of being forced to make a quick decision when the unit has already failed.

Efficiency and Longevity: Equipment that is not properly maintenance causes stress on all of the components. In turn, these causes the unit to work harder and it not outputting heat as efficient. Also, equipment parts that are starting to wear cause other parts to work harder. Getting your heating unit tuned-up will increase the efficiency of your system. A well maintained heating system will have a longer life than those that have been neglected over the years.

Contact us to schedule maintenance with our qualified service technicians.

Colleen Salzman

What is IAQ and do I really need to be concerned by it?

IAQ stands for indoor air quality. It is a subject matter that is continuously overlooked by the HVAC community and homeowners alike.Homes are repetitively being exposed to indoor pollutants. Scented candles, air fresheners, and house hold cleaners are expelling toxic pollutants into the air and your family is breathing them in. In addition to man made pollutants exposing your family to toxins, homes are also infiltrated by outdoor pollutants such as bacteria, viruses, mold, and allergens.

You may ask, what can I do to improve the IAQ of my home?

1) Stop using scented candles and air fresheners
– If you want to make your home smell nice for guests that may be coming over try boiling water and adding cinnamon sticks with cut up apples.

2) Use non-toxic house hold cleaners
– Use Eco-friendly non-toxic products. Make sure to read your labels. The more natural ingredients the less toxins it will produce in the air.

3) Install an air filtration system
– Install a media filter, or an electronic air cleaner to filter out any allergens in the air. There are numerous electronic air cleaners (EACs) on the market today. Make sure that the EAC is connected to your heating/cooling system. Do not waste your money on the units that stand in the room. They only clean a very small portion of the room. Do your research on the devices.

4) Install an air purification device
– Install a Global Plasma Solution (GPS) or a UV bulb system. These products service to purify your air of mold, bacteria and viruses. Again, make sure to do your research.

5) Install a whole house humidifier.
– Whole house humidifier will alleviate stuffy noses, bloody noses, dry skin and eyes. Not to mention it will reduce the static electricity.

If you would like to know more about IAQ please contact us. Indoor air quality can and will effect the health and welfare of your family.

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