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Clean Heating & Air Conditioning Solutions

Daniel Molina - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Clean Air Solutions | Heating and Air Conditioning

Although we can’t see the pollutants, studies have shown that the air inside of our homes can be even more polluted than the outdoors. Persons who spend a great deal of time indoors are at greater risk of developing health problems. The persons at the greatest risk are infants, young children, elderly persons and those with chronic illness. While it is true that typical heating and air conditioning systems clean the air to a certain degree, it will not provide the clean air solutions that an air filtration system is capable of. Some common indoor air pollutants are:

  • Animal dander from hair, skin and feathers
  • Dust Mite and cockroach parts
  • Pollen
  • Bacteria and viruses

Dirty ductwork can contribute to poor air quality. Change the filter monthly or as directed by the manufacturer for your specific model of heating and air conditioning system.

Indoor air pollution can contribute to upper respiratory infections like pneumonia and bronchitis, allergic reactions, headaches and nausea. Long term-health effects of indoor pollutants can cause cancer, heart disease, chronic respiratory illnesses and more. Carrier provides for more than just your home’s comfort with heating and air conditioning systems, we provide solutions for maintaining healthy air quality in your home. Let’s take a look at some of Carrier’s air solutions.

Infinity Air Purifier

The Infinity air cleaner is one of the top air purifiers available. The Infinity is a whole-house air cleaner that captures and kills airborne pollutants such as viruses, bacteria and mold spores. The Infinity Air Purifier ensures the air you’re breathing is purified and free of pollutants.

Performance EZ Flex Cabinet Air Filter

The Performance EZ Flex Cabinet air filter is just as effective as the Infinity model by capturing the same pollutants and allergens, and killing the pathogens. This model provides clean air for those with a budget, and its compact size provides a solution for those with limited space.

Comfort Series EZ Flex Cabinet Air Filter

Indoor air pollution can not only irritate health issues such as asthma, allergies and chronic lung disease but can also cause lung disease. The Comfort Series EZ Flex Cabinet air filter offers an affordable and effective alternative to the standard filtration of air through your heating and air conditioning system.

Carrier offers some of the foremost air quality products available. Garland provides highly-knowledgeable HVAC technicians for all of your heating and air conditioning needs.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

There are numerous pollutants that may be found in homes. VOCs are one example. VOCs are dangerous compounds that are emitted as gases and quickly evaporate into the air. VOCs can be removed with quality air cleaning solutions by Carrier. The following are common products that emit VOCs.

  • Paints and varnishes
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Carpeting
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Upholstery and fabrics
  • Pressed wood furniture
  • Air fresheners
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Hairspray

The EPA classifies phenol, benzene and formaldehyde as hazardous pollutants and is among the most dangerous VOCs, and over 50 percent of homes have more than twice the recommended level.

Allergies are a common health problem related to homes with air quality problems. Allergic reactions can range from mild to life threatening. Some common symptoms are as follows:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Runny nose and sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itching
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing and difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Controlling Moisture

Excessive moisture in your home can come from a variety of sources. There are numerous means to control moisture in your home and include the following:

  • Repair plumbing leaks, this includes water seeping around tubs and showers due to failed grouting. Stop water from entering basements by ensuring the proper slope away from the home’s foundation, or the installation of a sump pump in certain cases
  • Install plastic cover over the soil in crawlspaces to block ground moisture and provide adequate ventilation.
  • Use exhaust fans which vent to the outside of the home in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Vent the clothes dryer to the outside of the home.
  • Properly installed whole house Dehumidifiers can assist with controlling excessive moisture.
  • Increase circulation in the home by opening closed off rooms, and using fans when appropriate.

If your air conditioner only runs a short time, even though the home is cold, you may have an oversized AC in your home. When the system brings the temperature down quickly and shuts off, moisture is not being removed from the air, leading to excessive humidity and its issues of mildew, mold, wood damage and discomfort to occupants. If this sounds like your heating and air conditioning system, having your home assessed for the correct size of system needed, can identify if your system is sized correctly for your home.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is your local Carrier dealer Our certified technicians can provide you with the installation of the air quality products your home requires for healthier air, and a more comfortable home. Give us a call for all of your heating and air conditioning needs.

Heating & Air Conditioning Comfort

Daniel Molina - Monday, August 11, 2014

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Comfort Solutions for Your Home | Heating and Air Conditioning

When it is time to purchase a new heating and air conditioning system, you want to ensure that the system provides for both your home’s needs, and has the features you desire. Carrier’s home comfort systems offer a wide range of features that will save you money as well as enhance your home’s comfort. As your local Carrier dealer in the Dallas/ Fort Worth region, Garland Heating and Air Conditioning will be glad to assist you in selecting the HVAC system that is right for your home, your family and your budget, while providing the comfort solutions for your home that you desire.

Features for Your Comfort

The saying is that home is where the heart is. It is the place we relax, a sanctuary after a long day at work. You want your home to be comfortable, and Carrier offers a heating and air conditioning system just right for your home. Carrier systems provide a variety of features for you to select from. Some of the most popular include:

Humidity control – These systems work with the air conditioner, heat pump or furnace at controlling indoor humidity levels. Most people are comfortable at an indoor humidity level of around 50 percent. In the summer, humidity levels can approach 90 or even 100 percent, whereas the humidity level most people prefer for comfort are at 50%. At the opposite level of comfort, winter humidity levels are typically low, and can cause static electricity and itchy dry skin. A humidity control system will take care of these problems, providing a consistent and comfortable level of humidity.

Carrier provides indoor air quality solutions, which improve the conditions that irritate the respiratory issues of family members with allergies and asthma. These features help to cleanse and purify indoor air to remove irritating particulates.

Money Saving Features

Carrier’s home comfort systems provide exceptional performance and high energy efficiency. Selecting an Energy Star approved system can lower your monthly cost of operating heating and air conditioning by up to 50 %.

Home Energy Tracking

Knowing when and where your home uses energy provides you with the ability to control it and save money. The Infinity® Touch control provides the ability to track energy use right at the control or, with the Wi-Fi enabled unit, via your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Quiet Operation

Outdoor units offer variable-speed or 2 stage technology to minimize sound, as well as energy use.

Comfort is Not Optional

Basements and attics in today’s homes are no longer delegated for storage only. These once little used spaces are often used as theater rooms, game rooms, home gyms, home offices and much more. Comfort doesn’t have to be sacrificed, and an Infinity® zoned system allows you the ability to provide independent settings for each rooms comfort level, including the basement and attic.

In fact, a zoned Carrier system enables you to take advantage of zoned technology in up to 8 rooms. This means when your grandmother comes to visit, you don’t have to shut the register off because she is cold. Her own zone allows her to set the guest room to the ideal temperature for her, while your room remains ice cold to suit you.

Time Saving Features

When you add a programmable thermostat to the heating and air conditioning system, you can program the entire week’s heating and cooling schedule. Furthermore, the programmable thermostat enables you to program the thermostat to run the system less when no one is home, reducing the energy usage, as well as the cost of heating and air conditioning operation.

As your Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is glad to offer Carrier’s affordable, advanced, reliable and efficient total home comfort systems. Numerous heating and air conditioning installers offer multiple brands of > heating and air conditioning systems, at Garland, we offer only the very best.

Heat Pump & Air Conditioning Service

Daniel Molina - Friday, August 01, 2014

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Heat Pump Maintenance | Air Conditioning Service

Providing heat pump maintenance is the life of your unit. When your heat pump operates properly, it is not only providing its peak performance, but the greatest energy efficiency. Operating the fan continuously will reduce the heat pump’s performance, as well as cause wear and tear on the system, leading to the need for heating and air conditioning service. The exception to this is if your heat pump features a high-efficiency, variable-speed fan motor. Always use the “auto” fan setting on the thermostat.

The provision of routine maintenance to the heat pump is the crucial factor in maintaining efficient operation, peak performance, as well as extending the unit’s service life. Neglecting the heat pump or any HVAC system will negatively impact its service life and energy usage. The lack of maintenance can cause the additional use of up to 25% in energy consumption. The cost of providing maintenance is small, when compared to the cost of increased energy usage and the wear leading to the need for heating and air conditioning service and repair.

There is little the homeowner can provide, inspections, heating and air conditioning service, repair and replacement are best left to a certified professional. The homeowner’s responsibility is to clean or change the air filters once a month, or as required depending upon the type of filter used. An additional homeowner’s responsibility is to ensure routine maintenance is provided by a professional as the manufacturer specifies or annually at the minimum.

Dirty filters, coils, and fans reduce the airflow through the system, decreasing the system’s performance and can cause damage your system’s compressor, as well as providing poor operation and increased energy use. Coils are best cleaned by a professional when heating and air conditioning service is provided, but the homeowner can ensure that grass, landscaping or other vegetative material is not near the unit where it can block the air flow. Keep the area surrounding the outdoor unit free of clutter. The homeowner can also keep the air supply and return registers clean and prevent clutter from blocking their airflow.

As stated previously, heating and air conditioning service provided to the heat pump annually, will maintain its performance and efficiency, while extending its service life. When you call for heat pump maintenance the technician can provide the following, as well as other services:

  • Inspect ducts, filters, blower, and indoor coil for dirt or other obstructions
  • Identify and seal duct leakage
  • Measure and verify adequate airflow
  • Measure and verify correct refrigerant charge
  • Check for refrigerant leaks
  • Inspect electric terminals, and, if necessary, clean and tighten connections
  • Inspect and lubricate blower motor
  • Confirm the correct electrical control, ensuring that heating is locked out when the thermostat calls for cooling and vice versa
  • Confirm the thermostat is operating properly
  • Inspect for loose or worn parts
  • Inspect the heat exchanger, gas valve operation and adjust gas pressure if necessary, as well as inspect clean and adjust the pilot burner if present and required
  • Check the ignition system
  • Inspect the condensate drain line and drain pan.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning provides heat pump repair, tune-up, installation, as well as heating and air conditioning service. Fall will soon be here, if you would like to get a jump on your annual heat pump inspection give us a call to schedule an appointment.