Archive for May, 2014

Turning Your Home Furnace Off for the Summer

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

139726833During the summer cooling season, your AC takes center stage in your home. However, summer is a great time to turn off and inspect your furnace to determine if it needs repairs or even replacement. Take a look at the information below to learn how to turn off and care for your furnace this summer.

Turning the Furnace Off

Turning your furnace off for the summer may require a few steps. First, make sure your thermostat is set to “cool” so it activates your AC rather than your furnace to make temperature adjustments. If your furnace is gas-powered, you can turn off the gas intake at the appliance itself. You can also turn the furnace off using its on/off switch. If you have any questions about how to turn off your furnace or its gas supply, your heating and AC specialist can answer them.

Protecting the Furnace

There are a few simple ways you can protect your furnace this summer. Keep the area around your furnace clear for a few feet in every direction. Don’t store seasonal items, furniture, or equipment near the furnace—these items could fall and damage the unit. Make sure to change your HVAC filter regularly, which will protect your furnace as well as your AC.

Scheduling Furnace Maintenance

Regular furnace maintenance performed by a professional will ensure your furnace is in good repair and functioning properly. The best time to schedule maintenance for your furnace is during the summer, when there is little demand for furnace care. If your technician discovers any problems, there will be plenty of time to address them before your furnace is needed again. Talk to your HVAC specialist about scheduling a maintenance visit for your furnace at the earliest convenient date so you can’t forget this important task.

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How Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Affect Your Lung Health

Monday, May 5th, 2014

182262426The quality of your home’s indoor air is important. Poor indoor air quality refers to air that contains high levels of airborne contaminants, such as pollen, dust, mold, and animal dander. A poorly-functioning AC unit can contribute to increased airborne particles inside your home, which in turn can affect your family’s health.

Allergies and Asthma Attacks

Many airborne contaminants found in homes with poor air quality are common allergens and asthma triggers. These allergens include dust mites, pollen, animal dander, cockroach shells, molds, and bacteria. If your home suffers from poor air quality, your family may experience an increased incidence of allergies and asthma attacks. Studies indicate that the development of asthma may also be linked to poor indoor air quality. Symptoms of allergies and asthma caused by poor indoor air quality include coughing, wheezing, congestion, a sore or itchy throat, watery eyes, and fatigue.

Secondhand Smoke Effects

Tobacco smoke contains hundreds of chemicals and pollutants. If any member your family smokes tobacco indoors, these pollutants can remain and circulate through your home. Non-smokers can suffer from the effects of secondhand smoke inhalation, which can cause asthma, pneumonia, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. Smoking should always be limited to areas outside the home, regardless of the air filtration system your AC may employ.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Combustion from wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, and some appliances creates carbon monoxide gas as a byproduct. If this gas is not properly vented to the outdoors, it can build up inside your home. Low levels of carbon monoxide can cause headaches, confusion, fatigue, and nausea. Higher levels of exposure could cause dizziness, fainting, and even death in extreme cases.

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