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  • Three Foolproof Tips for Combatting Stale Air in Your Home

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018


    There are many ways you can improve the indoor air quality of your home without having to spend too much money.

    Indoor air quality matters because it relates to your health; you can get very sick if the air quality is bad. Sometimes detecting bad inside air is easy because you will notice an unpleasant odor or see dirt particles. But all too often, people will not notice their air is terrible. If you suspect you have bad air, try these cheap and easy tips:

    Tip #1: Install a New Air Filter

    Your HVAC's air filter is the primary way for your heating and cooling system to clean your indoor air. Over time, a filter will get dirty and be unable to remove contaminants from the air. Additionally, an old filter will make it harder for the HVAC air handler to move air through your home. This results in higher energy bills and less air flow. With less air flow, air will become stale before getting clean.

    Tip #2: Place Indoor Plants Inside Your Home

    Plants are great for reducing stale air because they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. And a few particular plants, such as the spider plant, will also remove chemicals from the air, including volatile organic compounds. Then there’s the bonus of having a nice bit of greenery inside the home, too.

    Tip #3: Open the Windows

    Air doesn’t get fresher than directly from nature, so opening the windows is one of the best and easiest ways to flush out stale air from inside and pull in natural air from the outside. Opening windows for circulation is even more important when there are chemicals or toxins inside that are harmful to humans or pets. One thing to keep in mind about opening windows is that during allergy season, the incoming outdoor air will have a lot of pollen, which can be really bad for allergy suffers.

    At Certified Electric, Inc., we have had plenty of experience finding ways to improve and maintain indoor air quality in homes and offices. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call and set up a time for one of our HVAC professionals to find tailored ways to improve your home’s air quality.

  • Three Electrical Tips for Saving Money This Winter

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018


    There are a variety of ways to you can save money by changing your electrical power needs.

    For most people, their electrical appliances and gadgets will be the biggest energy users. That means one of the first places to look for ways to reduce your energy bill will be to find ways to lower your usage of electricity. Here are three handy tips to get you started:

    Tip #1: Fight Vampire Power

    Televisions, video players, gaming consoles and laptops are notorious for pulling electricity even though they're not in operation. This slow drain goes by the name of "vampire power draw" because of the slow sucking of electricity.

    Many homes have multiple televisions, laptops and other appliances, which means the slow electricity drain adds up and can result in significantly higher energy bills over the course of a year. So the next time you finish using one of these appliances, unplug them from the outlet or power strip. Alternatively, you can buy special power strips that will stop vampire power draw.

    Tip #2: Upgrade Light Bulbs

    Incandescent light bulbs have been around for over 100 years, but they’re very inefficient. You can feel this inefficiency for yourself every time you try to touch an incandescent light bulb that has been on for more than a few minutes.

    Far more efficient lighting options include LED bulbs, which produce almost no heat (this is really nice in the summer!) and are multiple times more efficient than the incandescent bulbs. When they first hit the market LED bulbs were quite expensive, but now they are far cheaper and will easily pay for themselves in energy savings.

    Tip #3: Install a Dimmer Switch

    Sometimes you only need a little bit of electrical lighting, but you turn your lights to 100 percent power when you flip the switch. This extra lighting ends up being electricity that goes to waste. Dimmer switches allow you to dim the light, reducing your electricity usage to only the amount of light you really need.

    If you want to find other ways you can save money on your electrical needs in the home or office, it’s time to get in touch with our team of electrical professionals at Certified Electric, Inc.

  • Three Possible HVAC Warning Signs You Should Keep an Eye Out For

    Wednesday, March 07, 2018


    Your heating and air conditioning unit is an expensive investment, so be on the lookout for signs it may be in trouble.

    Even if your heating and air conditioning system is working, it may not be working the way it should. Many HVAC systems will provide some warning signs before they fail or at least send a signal that something isn’t quite right. Below we discuss a three of these signs and what they could mean:

    Sign #1: The Air Conditioner Doesn’t Cool

    If the air conditioner turns on and moves air, but the air coming out of the vents doesn’t feel cool, that’s probably a sign that something is wrong with the compressor. One common issue occurs when there isn’t enough refrigerant to create cold air. Sometimes this is because of a leak in the refrigerant lines or containment vessel. Other times, the refrigerant levels are just too low, which can happen after years and years of running an air conditioner.

    Sign #2: The HVAC System Turns On, But Only Briefly

    An air conditioner or furnace that will initially startup as it should, but then promptly turn off often means there is a serious issue with the system. Often this is a sign of an electrical problem, and the HVAC system's safety protocols are shutting it down. It can also be a mechanical problem where a moving part isn't moving as freely as it should. This then overloads the electrical system and blows a fuse or trips a circuit breaker. But whatever the exact cause is, a visit from a knowledgeable HVAC technician is probably a good idea.

    Sign #3: The HVAC System Never Seems to Turn Off

    If the air coming out of the vents is as warm (or cool) as you expect, yet your heater or air conditioner seems to run all day and night, there is probably something wrong with your thermostat, air ducts or building. Maybe there’s an open window somewhere or an air duct that’s leaking badly. But your common sense is correct when it concludes that no HVAC system should be running 100 percent of the time.

    To discover other signs that indicate your heating and air conditioning unit could be in trouble, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Certified Electric, Inc. Let one of our HVAC professionals take a look at your system.

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