Clean Air in the Home for Asthmatics

Air Conditioners: Common Air Supply Duct Obstructions

Posted by on July 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Air Conditioners: Common Air Supply Duct Obstructions

Air conditioning systems usually work by sucking air from a building, cooling the air, and then dumping the cooled air back into the building. This process is usually made possible by a system of ducts. Obstructions in any part of an air conditioner’s duct system are bound to cause restricted airflow, something that will then have a negative impact on the air conditioner’s performance. The following are common air supply obstructions that may be to blame for the drop in your air conditioner’s performance. A sucked-in air filter Air filters usually help to not protect air conditioning systems from the negative effects of dust accumulation, but also improve air quality in air conditioned spaces. Unfortunately, the force with which the air is being sucked into the system can sometimes be too much for an air filter to handle. It may also be that the fasteners of a filter get loose. This may then cause the filter to be sucked into the air duct system. And since the filter is likely to be sucked into the duct system at an angle, it will make it almost impossible for air to pass through. This will restrict the rate at which air flows through the system. To prevent this from happening, making sure that you tighten your air filter fasteners is important. Cleaning the filter will allow for smoother airflow through the filters and will thus create less resistance. Doing so will, therefore, help to reduce the risks of the filter getting sucked into the air duct system. The collapsed sections of flex ducts Sharp bends, an inadequate support structure, and restricted installation space usually increase the chances of flex duct blockage. When the material used to hold the flex duct in place is tied tight or forces the flex duct to hang on its own weight, it creates crimped sections that may not allow smooth flow of air through the system. This may then lead to restricted airflow problems such as coil icing that may then reduce the ability of your air conditioner to cool incoming air. This is a problem that can be avoided by providing the appropriate support structure to the flex ducts. Avoiding sharp bends during installation will also help. Stuck zone dampers Zone dampers are usually used to control the flow of air in a building with multiple spaces that need air conditioning. The dampers can be used to encourage cooled air to flow into a given space by restricting air flow to another. This is usually necessary especially in cases where a building has different lengths of ducts running into different rooms. When a zone damper gets stuck while closed, it can completely block airflow to a certain section of the building. The resulting obstruction will then starve the section of cool air, making it uncomfortable. Zone dampers that get stuck when in an open position can also restrict airflow to spaces that can only get air if the damper is closed. In such cases, changing the defective zone damper is usually enough to get the air duct system working as efficiently as it should.  For more information on air conditioning maintenance and repair, check out websites...

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AC On The Fritz? 2 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Postpone Repairs

Posted by on June 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on AC On The Fritz? 2 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Postpone Repairs

A broken air conditioner can really take a big chunk out of your budget. Unfortunately, leaving it in disrepair during the summer can end up costing you more problems in the long run. If you’re thinking about waiting to have repairs done until you can find room in the budget, you might want to rethink that decision. Here are three reasons why you shouldn’t wait to fix your air conditioner. Problems for Your Home You might be surprised to find out that a broken air conditioner does more than just make you uncomfortable. It can also wreak havoc on your home. Take a look at two problems your home could develop if you leave your air conditioner in disrepair. Roof Damage As the inside of your home gets hotter, the hot air rises towards the attic. Over time, the excessive heat inside the attic will begin to radiate out towards your roof. If you have asphalt shingles on your roof, that excess heat could spell disaster for your shingles. The heat will cause your shingles to curl around the edges, exposing the underside of the roof. To help reduce curling until you can get your air conditioner repaired, you can place a fan in the attic. This will allow the air to circulate and keep the temperatures down. Mold Growth If your air conditioner has developed a leak that’s causing it to malfunction, you should stop using it until you can get it repaired. The leak could cause excess moisture to build up in your home, which could lead to mold growth. Because mold needs moisture to grow, a leaky air conditioner provides the perfect environment for it to flourish. If you notice liquid draining from your air conditioner, or you see a build-up of condensation on your windows, you may have a leak in your air conditioner. Health Problems If your broken air conditioner has you feeling under the weather, you may be developing heat-related complications. Elevated temperatures inside your home can leave you susceptible to a variety of heat-related illnesses, including heat cramps and heat exhaustion. Heat Cramps If the temperatures inside your home goes too high, you could start feeling your muscles tensing up. You could also begin experiencing cramping. Those feelings are caused by your body trying to compensate for an increase in core temperature. Heat Exhaustion If you continue to overheat after developing heat cramps, you may develop heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion occurs when the air is too hot for your body to sweat properly. As a result, your core body temperature continues to elevate to dangerous levels. Unfortunately, heat exhaustion can quickly turn into a medical emergency.  If you experience the following symptoms while inside your home, be sure to seek immediate medical attention. Some of the symptoms you should watch for include: Headaches Nausea Weakness Vomiting If your air conditioner stops working in the middle of summer, you need to get it repaired as quickly as possible. Delaying AC repairs could cause damage to your home or serious health problems for you and your...

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Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve Discharge Tube: Mistakes To Avoid

Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve Discharge Tube: Mistakes To Avoid

A Temperature/Pressure Relief (TPR) valve is a water heater safety feature that is designed to help reduce the risks of heater explosions. It does this by providing a pressure outlet in cases where things go wrong. In such cases, it is normal to have hot water, and steam, dripping out of the TPR valve. While the TPR valve plays an important role in helping to prevent boiler disasters, the fact that it usually leaks water can be a nuisance. These water drips can cause mold growth in a home. They can also damage wood floors and any other valuables that are not-so-friendly with water. And the fact that it usually emits hot water and steam means that scalding is one more thing that a homeowner needs to worry about. This is where a TPR valve discharge tube usually comes in handy. A TPR valve discharge tube is simple a tube that is attached to the TPR valve with the sole purpose of guiding the hot water, and steam, to a safe discharge location. By doing so, it reduces the risks of scalding accidents while also protecting property from water damage. However, these are benefits that one can enjoy only when the TPR valve discharge tube is functioning properly. Here are some of the mistakes that you should look out for. “Piped-up” TPR valve discharge tube For the TPR valve discharge tube to work properly, it has to be installed in such a way that it encourages the water to flow smoothly through it. When the tube is piped upwards, the water has to flow against gravity. This is usually hard especially in cases where the output of the TPR valve is small. A piped up discharge tube will therefore reduce the efficiency with which the TPR valve relieves boiler pressure, something that may increase the risks of a boiler explosion.  Blocked TPR valve discharge tube A working TPR valve discharge tube usually drips with water every time a TPR valve has to release boiler pressure. It is therefore tempting for a homeowner to mistake these drips for boiler leaks. He or she may then attempt to prevent the “leaks” by sealing off the end of the tube by using a valve, a cap or a plug. Doing so is a mistake that essentially eliminates the safety powers of the TPR valve, increasing the risks of a boiler explosion. However, not all blocking mistakes are intentional. One may end up blocking the pipe accidentally when he or she is installing water heater insulation – the insulation may clog the pipe. If you have questions about TPR valves, click here for more...

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3 Different Ways Heat Pumps Can Be Used For The Mechanical Systems In Your Home

Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Different Ways Heat Pumps Can Be Used For The Mechanical Systems In Your Home

When you hear the term heat pump, you probably think about your AC and the outdoor unit with the noisy fan. This is just one way heat pumps can be used for the mechanical systems in your home. Today, modern technology also allows for heat pumps to be used to efficiently heat water or to make a refrigerator more efficient. Here are some of the ways heat pumps can be used to make the mechanical systems in your home more efficient: 1. Using Heat Pumps To Make Modern AC More Efficient  Many modern heating systems use heat pumps to cool air. These systems have become more efficient and can even have more compact heat pumps to cool your home, which are also quitter than the older systems. These systems work by removing the heat from your home to help keep it cool. If you want to have a ductless AC system installed in your home, these systems use this type of technology to cool your home. 2. Modern Heat Pump Water Heater For Efficient Hot Water Solutions Today, the heat pumps available are also small enough to be used to heat the water in your home. A heat pump water heater can be much more efficient than conventional gas or electric water heater. These systems take the heat from the surrounding environment to provide hot water for your home. If you have the water heater installed in an area like a garage, it will also give you the benefit of keeping this area cool during the summer months. 3. AC And Heating With A Heat Pump In A Ductless HVAC System Ductless HVAC may be an improvement that you are considering for your home. This can be a good system to provide your home with cooling, but it can also be used for heating. There are now combination systems available, which work in reverse when you need heating for your home. If you are planning on adding ductless AC to your home, you may want to consider one of these systems that help provide heating through the use of a heat pump as well. These are some of the ways heat pumps can be used to make the mechanical systems in your home more efficient. If you want to have one of these systems added to your home, contact an HVAC contractor and talk with them about systems, such as a heat pump water heater to make your home more...

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