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Indoor Air Pollution | Heating and Air Conditioning

Daniel Molina - Monday, June 22, 2015

Indoor Air Pollution | Heating and Air Conditioning

Indoor Air Pollution | Heating and Air Conditioning

In the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about indoor air pollution. The home's heating and air conditioning system will filter a number of pollutants with a HEPA filter. While ventilating your home with fresh air improves indoor air quality, there are a number of hazards you can treat to reduce the amounts present.

By being proactive and eliminating as many sources of indoor air pollutants as possible, your health will improve, while reducing the risks. The following are a few common indoor air pollutants:

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is odorless, invisible, and tasteless. At low exposures, it can induce headaches, dizziness, nausea and other flu-like symptoms. At higher doses, the gas can be lethal, and for those who survive, brain damage can be permanent.

Carbon monoxide is a byproduct from the combustion of fossil fuels, such as natural gas, propane, kerosene, diesel fuel, and gasoline. Ensure your gas appliances and ventilation pipes receive routinely inspection. When a Garland technician provides annual maintenance on your home's heating and air conditioning system, we will inspect the gas furnace's ventilation pipe to ensure its safety. The gas stove does not have a vent pipe, therefore each time you use it, run the ventilation hood fan, and never use the oven as a heat source.

The second step in protecting your family is to use carbon monoxide detectors. Install at least one on each floor, and one outside of each sleeping area.

Dust Mites

Dust mites are common in bedding, carpet and other upholstered furnishings around the house. Dust mite feces are especially problematic for persons with asthma and can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

Place new mattresses in fully enclosed mattress covers, and pillows in pillow covers. Vacuum the existing mattress thoroughly before sealing in covers. However, dust mites are in the air in your home. Only a HEPA air purifier can remove this irritant from the air that your family breathes. Contact your HVAC technician, and ask if it is safe to use a HEPA filter in your home's heating and air conditioning system.

Mold

Damp, moist conditions can cause mold spores to proliferate. Persons with asthma, allergies, and immune system disorders are sensitive to mold.

Treat mold at the source by having leaks repaired. If the basement tends to flood, have a sump pump installed. A high quality HEPA filter can help to reduce the presence of mold spores. In addition, a dehumidifier can be installed attached to your home's heating and air conditioning to lower the moisture in humid environments, and increase your comfort during the summer season.

Radon

Radon is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, and is the second leading cause of cancer. It seeps into homes and from the ground. Test kits are available to test for radon in the home. If radon is present in your home, contact a professional.

Smoke

Smoking has deadly consequences, for both smokers and those who inhale secondhand smoke. Smoking can trigger allergies and is the number one cause of cancer. The best way to prevent the health issues related to second hand smoke is by not allowing anyone to smoke in your home.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

VOCs include chemicals such as formaldehyde, acetone, benzene and many others. Potential sources include composite wood products, flooring, adhesives, carpet, paint, sealing caulk, solvents, vinyl flooring, varnishes, upholstery fabrics, air fresheners, cleaning and disinfecting products and many others.

Use natural cleaning products such as vinegar and lemon juice, and make air freshener from essential oil and water. When remodeling look for VOC free paints and products. A HEPA filter will help to reduce the amount of VOCs in the circulating air.

You can minimize the amount of indoor air pollutants with frequent "airings" of the home, and the use of a HEPA filter. Not all HVAC systems are designed for the use of a HEPA filter. Check with your systems manufacturer or your Garland Heating and Air Conditioning HVAC technician before using a HEPA to prevent potential damage to the heating and air conditioning system.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers the professional installation of products to enhance a home's comfort and provide cleaner indoor air. From ventilators to whole-house air cleaners and other, our certified technicians ensure the proper installation and system compatibility of our products with your heating and air conditioning to provide the greatest comfort and cleanest air possible.

When you are ready to start improving the indoor air quality in your home, contact our air quality specialists. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers expertise in heating and air conditioning installation, AC repair in Dallas, annual maintenance, clean air solutions and more. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Tips to Save Energy | AC Repair Dallas

Daniel Molina - Friday, June 19, 2015

Tips to Save Energy | AC Repair Dallas

Tips to Save Energy | AC Repair Dallas

Summer vacation is an exciting time for family fun, and well-earned relaxation. When vacationing, you deserve to relax, and not worry whether unnecessary energy is wasted. If the air conditioning system has not already received its annual service, schedule it before leaving. That way if a problem is developing, providing AC repair in Dallas before your departure will ensure a comfortable home upon your return. The following tips to save energy will prevent unnecessary energy waste while away on vacation.

  • A programmable thermostat will assist in preventing unnecessary energy consumption. The thermostat can be set to provide minimal air conditioning during the day to prevent extreme heat from building in the home. Program the thermostat to restore the normal temperature, and a comfortable home for your return.
  • Reduce phantom drain by unplugging appliances and electronics that consume standby energy, or phantom drain. Appliances that maintain clocks, settings or other features use standby energy. These typically include televisions, DVD players, game systems, home theatre systems, microwaves, electric stoves, and computers. Unplug them completely, or turn off the power strip.
  • The water heater is the home's second largest consumer or power, and turning it down or completely off makes sense for saving power while you vacation.
  • Closing blinds and curtains will prevent heat gain through the windows increasing the interior temperature, and causing the air conditioning to run.
  • Turn off unnecessary lighting. Install CFL's, or LED lights for those that remain on. Consider placing indoor lighting on a timer for an occupied appearance to your home while vacationing.
  • Turn off all fans before leaving; fans cool you, and not the room.
  • Refrigerator coils can be on the back or beneath the appliance. If it has been a while, provide the coils with a thorough vacuum to ensure the appliance will not overheat and stop chilling. This prevents the need for repair, and saves energy year round.
  • Empty the refrigerator of foods that will perish. If your vacation will be a long one, empty the appliance and unplug it, turning off the water to the icemaker. Prop the door open to prevent odors and mold from developing.
  • Turn off the water to the washing machine, rather than risk serious damage to the home from a burst hose.
  • Have a plumber repair leaky faucets before leaving for vacation. A leaky faucet may turn into a broken faucet and a flood.
  • Provide a clean filter for the HVAC system before leaving. A dirty filter will increase energy costs and may result in damage to the system, requiring AC repair in Dallas. Remember to use an approved filter for the air conditioner. Damage may occur to systems requiring AC repair in Dallas when you insert a non-approved filter.

To receive air conditioning installation, maintenance, or AC repair in Dallas contact us for reliable, professional service. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning's certified HVAC technicians can provide your heating and air conditioning needs with superior service. Our certified HVAC technicians are trained, experienced and dedicated to providing professional quality installations and AC repair in Dallas. We guarantee your satisfaction, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. We hope you found our tips to save energy useful.

Thermostats | Air Conditioning Repair Dallas

Daniel Molina - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Thermostats | Air Conditioning Repair Dallas

Smart vs. Programmable Thermostats

Heating and air conditioning costs can account for up to 50% of a home's energy consumption. Everyone knows that HVAC thermostats control the temperature, though not everyone is familiar with the innovative technology of smart or programmable thermostats. These thermostats offer more than temperature control, and can assist you to save up to 20 percent on the cost of air conditioning. In addition, the long-term results of precise control are reduced wear and tear on the system, and consequently less air conditioning repair in Dallas.

Both smart and programmable thermostats can assist in managing the energy bills, though the benefits and features vary between the two styles. In the following, a comparison of the major features of both styles provides guidance in selecting the best one for you. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for thermostat installation, HVAC system installation, and air conditioning repair in Dallas.

Programmable Thermostats

  • Allows temperatures to be programmed based on your schedule, saving energy while the home unoccupied.
  • Can reduce cooling costs up to 20 percent when properly programmed and operated
  • Offers various models, providing a schedule to match your household habits:
    • 7 day: Ideal for those whose schedule is different every day of the week
    • 5+2 day: Created for those with the typical 5-day workweek, and 2-day weekend schedule
    • 5+1+1 day: For those with the typical 5-day work week and a varying weekend schedule.

Smart Thermostats

  • Allows programming through a Wi-Fi connection of computer, smartphone, or mobile device.
  • Is a self-learning device, monitors the household routine and adjust its settings based on your feedback, and even detects when a family member's return home, and when the home is unoccupied, to save energy.
  • Can reduce cooling costs up to 20 percent
  • Can improve air conditioning efficiency
  • Select models provide self-adjustment based on conditions such as humidity, while others will notify you when the temperature adjustments occur, and can operate lights in the home making it appear occupied.
  • Select models provide notification when a filter needs to be changed, or maintenance issues occur, and can notify your HVAC technician of the need for heating or air conditioning repair in Dallas.

Making the Decision

Select programmable when the following applies:

  • You leave the AC running or forget to adjust the thermostat before leaving.
  • You want the advantage of using rate discounts.
  • Saving energy is a priority.

Select a smart thermostat if the following applies:

  • You prefer the thermostat to program itself.
  • You do not mind spending extra for advanced features.
  • You have an irregular schedule.
  • You prefer the convenience of adjusting the thermostat remotely.
  • When monitoring, tracking, and charting energy usage to identify waste and ways to save energy and money are compelling.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning's certified technicians offer convenient 24-hour emergency services for after-hours air conditioning repair in Dallas.

Contact us for additional information regarding thermostats. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers factory-trained, NATE certified technicians with extensive experience in all brands of HVAC systems. Our certified technicians have the expertise to meet or exceed the industry's standards, ensuring professional quality HVAC services. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers HVAC installation, replacement, maintenance, and air conditioning repair in Dallas. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.