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  • How Could My Air Filters Be Making My Indoor Air Quality Worse?

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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    Filters are essential for maintaining good indoor air quality, but if neglected they can do much more harm than good.

    Although it's usually better to have something than nothing at all, this doesn't always apply-- particularly when it comes to indoor air quality. You may that by putting in air filters, you're ensuring the air you and your family members breathe will always be high quality. However, if you don't take steps to manage your filters and clean or replace them when necessary, you'll actually be hurting your air quality.

    Clogged Filters Can Compromise Heating and Cooling

    When air filters get too dirty, your HVAC system ends up straining to deliver the air it cooled or heated. This results in inconsistent comfort and areas in which the air is too hot or cold, regardless of the thermostat's settings. Furthermore, blocked air passages can limit an air conditioner's ability to decrease the impact of humidity in the air.

    If Dirty Filters Aren't Addressed, Your Air Can Become Unhealthy

    If air filters become too dirty and aren't replaced or cleaned, the same dirt and dust they filter out will come back into the system. From there it circulates through your home, which is a big problem -- especially when there are people in the house with breathing problems, like asthma. Allergens can also be an issue, and new health problems can emerge in elderly or very young individuals after prolonged exposure.

    Maintaining your filters is the best course of action if you wish to maintain good air quality. It can be tricky to determine which size and type of filter is the ideal fit for your system, but luckily there's help out there! For more information about what you can do to ensure the best indoor air quality in your home, contact the professionals at Certified Electric today.

  • Beginners Guide to Choosing a New Home HVAC System

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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    Deciding on a new HVAC system is no simple task, but it becomes easier if you understand what to look out for when purchasing.

    If you're in the process of picking out a new HVAC system that best suits your home, you might get stuck somewhere along the line. It could feel like there are just too many different elements to keep in mind at once, which can be overwhelming. Luckily, there are a few fundamentals that can make the process much simpler.

    When Choosing an HVAC System, Bigger Isn't Always Better

    The type of air conditioning or heating unit you get should ideally take into account your home's size. The flow of air, number of floors and needs of the occupants should also matter. Opting for bigger air conditioners, for example, can be a costly waste as they'd provide more power than your space requires. You would be spending far too much on your utility bills without any extra benefits. When in doubt, have a professional assess your space and help you pinpoint the right sized system for it.

    Keep Your HVAC Options in Mind

    Heating and cooling aren't one size fits all. You should take your location, as well as your specific needs, into account when picking a new system. Traditional options aren't for everyone, and there are other avenues you can look into if you want to consider something different:

    • Ductless mini-split systems offer the ability to have climate-controlled areas for smaller spaces, and as the name suggests, no ductwork is necessary. This option is also much easier to install than more traditional alternatives.
    • Heat pumps are a great option for homes in areas that feature milder climates. Since they function by transferring air instead of cooling or heating it, they are much more energy efficient than other HVAC options.

    Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions

    The experts have been dealing with new installations and different types of units for a long time -- that's what makes them experts! If you're unsure of the details or wondering if you may require an electrical upgrade to support a new HVAC system, don't hesitate to ask. At Certified Electric we can help you decide on a new HVAC system, and we'll also handle any electrical work you may require. Get in touch with us today!

  • Benefits of Residential Duct Cleaning

    Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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    Cleaning up now and then is a necessity, but did you know this also applies to your heating and air conditioning ducts?

    When many families embark on their yearly spring cleaning, they address almost every part of their home -- except the heating and air conditioning system! It's easy to forget your HVAC ducts can get quite dirty over time, but keeping them clean can provide you with some important benefits. Read on to learn why a dirt-free system is well worth the effort.

    Keeping HVAC Ducts Clean Saves Energy

    Even if you use air filters and clean them regularly, your vents and ducts will still get dirty over time as a result of regular, ongoing use. When contaminants and dirt build up in your ductwork, your HVAC system uses more energy to distribute the heated or cooled air. Not only does this extra work cause additional wear and tear, but it also leads to higher utility bills as the unit pulls more power to do the same job. Clean ducts translate to less energy needed to keep conditions at desirable temperatures.

    Cleaner Air Conditioning Vents Provide Better Air Quality

    Dirty ducts don't automatically mean you'll have unhealthy or dangerously poor air quality in your home, but they can be a problem for people with breathing conditions or allergies. When the HVAC system pulls in pollutants (which is unavoidable), those pollutants circulate multiple times a day. This leads to a surplus of contaminants in the vents and ductwork, which can have an impact on the quality of the indoor air you and your family breathe.

    Get Professional HVAC Duct Cleaning

    There will always be tasks you can handle on your own, but when it comes to your HVAC system, you should never take chances. At Certified Electric, our staff will address every aspect of your system and ensure in-depth cleaning to the highest possible standards. During maintenance, our experts will spot any issues the untrained eye might miss! For more information about how we can help with your heating and air conditioning system, contact us today.

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