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Three Ways Cleaning Your Vents' Air Ducts Can Increase Your Energy Efficiency
11 Jan
By: Climate Control
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Keeping your air ducts clean can save money by boosting energy efficiency.

An often neglected method of improving the energy efficiency of your HVAC system is to clean the air ducts. Here are a few of the reasons why doing so can help save money with lower energy bills.

Improved Air Flow

Dirty air ducts serve as roadblocks to air flowing through the HVAC system. Even a small buildup of dust and dirt along the inside of the ductwork and air pipes can reduce the flow of air. When the air ducts become especially dirty, air flow can drop so much that you can actually feel less air coming out of your vents. Getting rid of this dirt will allow air to move faster and more freely.

Cleaner Indoor Air

Another reason to clean your air ducts is to keep your indoor air as clean as possible. When the air moves past the dirty ductworks, bits of dust and dirt break loose and travel through the ductwork and out of the air vents. Much of this airborne contamination will find its way into your air filter. Initially, this doesn't pose a problem, as the air filter is doing its job. But this can lead to reduced efficiency because as the air filter catches contaminants, it becomes harder for air to freely flow through it. This is why replacing or cleaning your HVAC’s air filter is so important.

Higher Performance

Assuming you are okay with dirtier indoor air and reduced air flow, you're probably not going to be okay with your heater or air conditioner not working as well as it should. Dirty air ducts reduce the performance of your HVAC system. This usually results in you compensating by running the HVAC unit harder or longer. This then increases your energy usage, which is the direct result of lower efficiency. And don't forget that running your HVAC harder and longer than necessary reduces its overall service life.

Cleaning air ducts can do a lot to improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. To discover more about what a duct cleaning will entail, contact our team at Climate Control today.

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Why You Shouldn't Use Your Exhaust Fans in the Winter
04 Jan
By: Splash Omnimedia
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Using your exhaust fan in the winter could cause extra work for your heating and air conditioning system.

To avoid using your heating and air conditioning system more than necessary in the winter, it’s best to avoid using your exhaust fan as much as you can. But why is so? And if you’re not running your exhaust fan, is there anything else you can do to help circulate the indoor air? Read on to find out.

The Reason Not to Run the Exhaust Fan

An exhaust fan works by taking air inside a building and transporting it outside. But when this happens, outside air must come inside to replace what just left. In the winter, this means an exhaust fan is pushing warmed air into the cold environment while pulling in cold air from the outside. Your heater has to work harder to warm this cold air.

Alternatives to Using an Exhaust Fan

Exhaust fans typically exist in the kitchen or bathroom. In the kitchen, using an exhaust fan may be necessary for pushing out smelly or humid air. Besides using an exhaust fan, cooks can place a free-standing fan in the kitchen to provide extra air circulation throughout the house. This isn" perfect solution, but it can help if the smell or humidity isn't>

The bathroom is another primary location for exhaust fan usage as it removes the moist air to avoid fogging up the mirrors. To stop using a bathroom exhaust fan, there are several possible solutions.

First, you can take short and cool showers. This won’t be comfortable or easy in the winter time, but it helps you avoid using an exhaust fan. Second, you can shower with an open door. This will drastically reduce moisture buildup in the bathroom. A problem with this solution is that the humid air will spread to the rest of the house.

To help your heating and air conditioning system during the winter months, try to avoid using the exhaust fan as much as possible. To learn about additional ways to do this, contact our team of experts at Climate Control at your earliest convenience.

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Four Things to Check Prior to Calling for Service
28 Dec
By: Climate Control
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Maintenance agreements are helpful in that they prevent or reduce the chances of having problems with your HVAC system.

Maintenance agreements can help you save money by reducing the chances you’ll need to call your HVAC professional for service. But despite the best maintenance habits and preventative care, your HVAC may malfunction. The next time it does, try the following tips for a possible easy fix:

1. Check the Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers are wonderful safety devices that prevent electrical fires and protect appliances from damage when there's a power surge. In certain situations, a circuit breaker may trip, stopping the flow of electricity to an appliance, such as an HVAC unit. If your HVAC doesn't turn on, check the circuit breaker attached to it to see if it's in the "off" position. If it is, turn it back on, then see if your HVAC unit also turns on. If it only comes on for a few moments before tripping the breaker again, do not reset the breaker, as there is a more serious problem with the HVAC unit.

2. Check the Vents

If you're suffering from reduced air flow or hot and cold spots in your building, make sure all the register vents are open and not blocked by anything, such as furniture. It sounds so simple, but it's amazing how often people complain of a room that doesn't cool or heat properly, and it turns the vent has something blocking it.

3. Check the Air Filter

If you have less than normal air flow, you could have a clogged air filter that needs cleaning or replacing. Once the air filter is clean, you’ll also enjoy the benefit of cleaner indoor air.

4. Check the Thermostat

If a thermostat is malfunctioning, it can result in an HVAC that doesn’t work properly or even turn on. So make sure your thermostat has fresh batteries and a calibrated thermal sensor before calling for professional help.

To help supplement the advantages provided by maintenance agreements, you can do a little proactive work yourself. If you’re still unable to fix your HVAC issues, then it’s time to contact our team at Climate Control.

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Three Tactics to Improve Commercial Indoor Air Quality
21 Dec
By: Climate Control
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Commercial services can be helpful in improving the indoor air quality of your office or commercial building.

Having bad air inside your office can require using commercial services to find and fix the problem. But before you call your local HVAC professional, try these tactics to help improve your indoor air quality.

Grow Indoor Plants

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are toxic chemicals that can cause cancer and additional health problems in humans and other animals. One natural and cost-effective way to reduce the amount of VOCs in your office is to have indoor plants. Plants such as the spider plant and the bromeliad plant will provide a splash of color and life to your space while improving the air quality.

Change Your Air Filter

This is an easy fix to help your indoor air quality. However, it's often neglected, resulting in extra dusty and contaminated air flowing through your ductwork. Not only does this hinder the function of your filter, but it can reduce the energy efficiency of your commercial HVAC system, resulting in higher energy bills. If you’re not sure how to change your air filter, contact your local HVAC technician who can show you or take care of it himself.

Use Your Windows

The best way to use your windows will depend on the time of year and what is the primary source of bad air quality. For instance, in the spring, you may want to keep your windows closed to avoid allowing pollen-saturated air from entering your office space. But in the fall, when there are usually less outdoor allergens hanging around, you may want to have your windows open to circulate some fresh air into your office and stale, dusty air to the outside.

If you need other ways to improve the indoor air quality of your commercial property, it’s time to consider the commercial services from our friendly team of experts at Climate Control; connect with us online now to learn more.

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