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What does HVAC stand for?

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning.

What is Ultimate Cleaning?

 

 

Dirty Condenser slows, even stops air flow causing more failures, high utility bills, and eventually it will stop cooling your home as it should.

 
According to research done by LSU, cleaning the condenser will make the system last longer with fewer repairs, lower energy bills, and provide the comfort you expect inside your home.
 
This is a deep cleaning process of the outdoor condenser pays for your membership immediately, while bringing it as closer as possible to a factory fresh condition. 
  
  
Why is Indoor Air Quality important?

This information is taken from American Lung Association website.

 
We recommend IQ Air (an American Lung Association - Indoor Air Quality Education Partner) and doing an Air Quality Check (free with your Mustang Club Membership).

Indoor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. People who already have lung disease are at greater risk.

The American Lung Association recommends that the first line of defense against indoor air pollution is finding ways to keep the pollutants from being added to the air in the first place. This is known as source control. Appropriate ventilation with clean fresh air can also reduce levels of indoor air pollutants. Finally, while air cleaning devices can be useful, they are no substitute for preventing the air from getting dirty in the first place.

Common air pollutants, their health effects and ways to control their sources are listed below:

Biological Pollutants

Includes molds, bacteria, viruses, pollen, animal dander and particles from dust mites and cockroaches. These may cause infections, provoke allergic symptoms or trigger asthma attacks. These may be a major cause of days lost from work and school. Means of control include washing bedding to kill dust mites, keeping animals out of areas affected persons frequent, and practicing careful cleaning. It is also critical to control moisture that promotes mold growth.

Secondhand Tobacco Smoke

Secondhand Smoke is a major indoor air pollutant. It contains some 200 known poisons, such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, and at least 60 chemicals known to cause cancer. In U.S. nonsmokers, every year it causes an estimated 3,000 lung cancer deaths and up to 50,000 heart disease deaths. In children, especially infants, it is responsible for pneumonia, lower respiratory tract infections and ear infections. It causes asthma to develop, causes asthma attacks, and makes attacks worse. Source control is basic: No one should smoke around children.

Combustion Pollutants

Combustion Pollutants come from sources such as fuel burning stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, heaters, and water heaters, using gas, oil, coal, wood, or other fuel. The most dangerous are both colorless and odorless gases carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). CO interferes with the delivery of oxygen to the body. It can produce fatigue, headache, confusion, nausea, and dizziness. Very high levels can cause death. NO2 irritates the mucous membranes in the eye, nose and throat and can cause shortness of breath and promote infections. The best way to control these pollutants is to make sure combustion appliances are installed and maintained by reliable professionals, and properly used. A UL-listed CO monitor should also be installed.

Radon

Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, can enter the home through cracks in the foundation floor and walls, drains, and other openings. Indoor radon exposure is estimated to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., responsible for at least 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Steps to control radon include testing ones home, and following recommendations for further testing and repairs.

Asbestos

A non-flammable mineral that can produce microscopic fibers, that when inhaled into the lungs can cause asbestosis (scarring of the lung tissue), lung cancer and another cancer called mesothelioma. Many asbestos products are found in the home, including roofing and flooring materials, and insulation for ceilings, walls, pipes and heating equipment. To avoid asbestos exposure, either cover intact source materials with an airtight seal or use professional services to remove damaged source materials.

Formaldehyde

A common chemical, found primarily in adhesive or bonding agents for many materials found in households and offices, including carpets, upholstery, particle board, and plywood paneling. The release of formaldehyde into the air may cause health problems, such as coughing; eye, nose, and throat irritation; skin rashes, headaches, and dizziness. The best control is to avoid using products that emit formaldehyde. Though not as effective, try to be sure that new potential sources are sufficiently aired out before bringing them indoors.

Hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals are emitted by household cleaning agents, personal care products, pesticides, paints, hobby products, and solvents. Such chemicals can cause dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, eye/skin/respiratory tract irritation, and cancer. Minimize your use of such sources of dangerous chemicals, and be sure to follow manufacturers directions, including using protective equipment and adequate ventilation. An alternative is to find safer substitutes.

Why does Indoor Air Quality matter?

The air quality of our indoor environments affects our health and often contributes to structural degradation and building failures within our homes.

Consider the Facts

  • According to the American Lung Association of Minnesota, elements within our home and workplaces have been increasingly recognized as threats to our respiratory health. The most common pollutants are radon, combustion products, biologicals (molds, pet dander, pollen), volatile organic compounds, lead dust and asbestos.
  • There are an estimated 40 million individuals in the United States who are affected by allergies. Learning how to control a homes environment to reduce allergen levels is important for managing allergies and asthma. Individuals who suffer from asthma, or have other respiratory illness may potentially be at a greater risk for health complications associated with poor air quality in their homes.
  • The prevalence rate of pediatric asthma has increased from 40.1 to 69.1,—a 72.3 percent increase. Asthma is the sixth ranking chronic condition in our nation and the leading serious chronic illness of children in the U.S.
  • In the house, poor indoor air quality can result in structural rot within the walls and attic and around window framing from excess moisture.
  • Common pollutants can enter our houses through air leaks in the structure.
  • Common housing problems or failures that occur in our homes include: musty odors and mold growth, window condensation, structural rot, peeling paint, back-drafting appliances, damp basements and ice dams, or build-up of ice on the roofs edge, and high utility costs.
Should I have my air ducts cleaned?

Should you have your air ducts cleaned?


Air Quality News from IQAir

Air ducts are the pathways that deliver the indoor air you breathe. Under certain conditions, they make a perfect home for mold, pests and dust particles that could be blown into your home’s living spaces and trigger your allergies. Because of this, you may think that you should have your air ducts cleaned regularly. But read on. 

Despite years of research, there is no conclusive evidence that particle levels in homes increase even when air ducts are dirty. Most of the dirt and dust that collects in air ducts adheres to surfaces and is not blown out into the living environment. In fact, pollutants from indoor sources such as cooking and cleaning, as well as outdoor pollutants that are inside the home, are much more significant sources of contaminants. And in some cases, cleaning air ducts is not only unnecessary; it’s downright dangerous. 

Some air ducts are hazardous to clean

Asbestos: Ductwork that is made of asbestos is especially hazardous, and should not be cleaned under normal circumstances. The asbestos can deteriorate and the fibers can be blown into the house, and cleaning can expose both the cleaners and the home’s occupants to airborne fibers. Asbestos air ducts can be safely removed only by a qualified asbestos abatement contractor and then replaced with new non-hazardous ductwork. Air ducts that are lined or wrapped with asbestos should also be removed, or at least encapsulated, whenever possible.

Fiberglass: Fiberglass air duct liner and air duct board also presents a problem and must be cleaned according to strict standards developed by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association. Vacuuming with a special HEPA filter, air washing and power brushing are considered acceptable techniques when performed by a qualified expert.

When you should consider having your air ducts cleaned

Even when hazardous ductwork material is not an issue, air duct cleaning should only be undertaken as a last resort, and only after thorough evaluation by a professional. Certain conditions may warrant consideration of air duct cleaning:

  1. There is visible mold inside your air ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.
  2. Your air ducts are infested with rodents, insects or other pests.
  3. Your air ducts are clogged with dust and debris or significant levels of particles are being released into the home from the supply registers.

Choosing an air duct cleaner

If you are considering air duct cleaning for one of the reasons mentioned above, you may want to consult with the company that services your heating and cooling system for advice. They can inspect your system and also recommend an air duct cleaning company. You should also consider contacting the National Air Duct Cleaners Association at www.nadca.com to find a qualified air duct cleaner near you.

It is a wise idea to get estimates from three different providers, and ask them to show you the contamination they have detected and plan to clean. Only allow air duct cleaners to apply biocides or other chemicals if you fully understand what they are applying, why they are applying it, and what possible hazards the chemicals may present.

Prevention is the best strategy

Whether or not you decide to have your air ducts cleaned, it is always important to prevent water and dirt from entering the air duct system in the first place.

Moisture: It’s critical to promptly repair any leaks or water damage in your heating and cooling system. Check condensation pans for proper drainage. Also, make sure air ducts are properly sealed and insulated to prevent water condensation.

Dirt: Protect your heating and cooling system by using a high-efficiency air filter. The best choice is the IQAir Perfect 16 air filtration system, which removes more than 95% of all particles (0.3 microns or larger) and at least 85% of all ultrafine particles before they can reach your system coils.

Home vacuuming: Regular vacuuming of your home with a high-efficiency HEPA vacuum can also help reduce the amount of dust in your air ducts and throughout your home.

For more information on how to keep your air ducts clean, visit www.epa.gov.

This online publication is brought to you by  The IQ Air Group, which develops innovative air quality solutions for indoor environments around the globe. IQ Air is the exclusive educational partner of the American Lung Association for the air purifier industry

Freon R-22 vs R410-A ?

R-22 Freon 

 

Many older systems use R-22; which, is currently being phased out. In 1992 an international gathering of scientist determined that it was detrimentally affecting the earth's Ozone layer. They collectively decided to phase it out over several years with total manufacturer of virgin product ending by January of 2020. The recycled refrigerant will be available until supplies are completely exhausted.

 
The depleted quantities have caused the cost of the product to rise astronomically.
 
R410-A Freon
 
R410-A Freon is the new standard for residential air conditioning systems. It offers greater efficiency, saving you energy costs and it is better for the environment.
 
Low on Freon?
  
It is best to have a technician come to your home and assess why you are low on Freon. If it has a leak it will continue to cost you money and make your home less comfortable.
What is the average life expectancy of a system?

Many factors determine how long a heating and air conditioning system should last, but according to the governments Home Performance with Energy Star the most critical factor in getting a long lived and properly functioning system is based on the quality of the installation. 

 
Poorly installed systems expire sooner and have more problems. Properly installed they will last a long time without many failures.
  
The Insurance Industry has weighed in through their Actuarial Tables, where they project a life span of 10-12 years.
 
We have found that many customers are able to save enough money on their utility bills to pay for a new energy efficient system.
I your Heating System ready for Winter?

Summer vacation is already a memory. Kids are back at school, and even though the days are still warm, the nights are cooling down. Soon you will start pulling out the sweaters, raking leaves and turning on the heat. By preparing your heating system now for the cold months ahead, you can lower energy bills throughout the winter and help ensure a reliable supply of warm air all winter long. Here are eight questions you can ask yourself to help you make sure your heating system is ready for the coming months:

 

1. Is your air conditioning system ready for winter?

If you have central air conditioning, consider a winter covering for the outside condensing unit of your air conditioning system. This will prevent debris or ice from falling onto the system and causing damage during the winter. You should also disconnect power to your air conditioning system for the winter months to ensure it is not accidentally turned on with the cover still on.

 

2. Have you changed HVAC filters?

HVAC system filters (whether you have central air conditioning or heating only) should be changed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, typically every three months of use. Filters keep your system operating efficiently and help reduce energy costs by allowing air to flow through the system without being restricted. This is also a good time to consider adding a high-performance whole-house air filtration system such as the IQ Air Perfect 16 to filter airborne contaminants year round.

 

3. Do you hear whistling noises from the windows?

You can save 20% – or even more – on energy costs during the winter just by sealing leaks around windows, doors, pipes and electrical outlets. Use weather stripping around doors and seal windows with caulking if possible. Attic hatches and areas where pipes enter the home should also be checked and sealed if necessary. Foam weatherstrip tape is a good option for this.

 

4. Does your home have radiators?

If your home has a forced hot water or steam system, inspect the radiators. This goes for baseboard heaters as well. Make sure these areas are free of dust and dirt that can reduce a radiator’s effectiveness. Also check to make sure furniture or drapes are not covering or blocking radiators, hindering airflow into the room or creating a safety hazard.

 

5. Are the vents in your home actually working?

If air vents aren’t allowing air to flow efficiently, your HVAC system will be forced to work harder than necessary, increasing energy costs. Examine vents to make sure they are open and that air can easily pass through them. With the heating or cooling system running, observe carefully to see if air is blowing freely. Consult with a Texas Air Doctors.

 

6. Is your furnace a fire hazard?

Inspect the area around the furnace to ensure there are no flammable objects near the furnace (and water heater too). Paper products, aerosols and other flammable products do not belong near any source of combustion in your home. Also, if the furnace is in an enclosed room or closet, make sure air is flowing correctly through louvers or vents.

 

7. Is your chimney or flue blocked?

The chimney and flue should be inspected for leaks and blockage every season. If possible, remove the flue cap near the furnace and look through to confirm there is no blockage. A blocked chimney can allow carbon monoxide and other gases to seep into the home. Look closely at the chimney for cracks, especially at the base.

 

8. When do I call a professional?

In addition to reducing energy costs, cleaning and servicing of your heating system by a professional can help reduce the likelihood of needing emergency services or repairs in the coldest months. The service technician can check the furnace blower motor and belts, pilot lights, fuel pipes, test system efficiency and verify your system is operating safely.

 

 

By taking steps now to prepare your heating system for the winter, you will save money, eliminate unnecessary emergency repairs, and make your home safer to live in year round. For more information on making your home heating system safer and more efficient, visit energy.gov.