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  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality at the Office This Spring

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017


    The indoor air quality at your business can have a considerable impact on how happy and healthy (and productive) your staff is. Serious health issues as a result of poor indoor air quality are rare, but if you employ individuals with breathing problems, such as asthma or allergies, you could be facing liability issues down the road. If the problem is acute enough, you could even risk losing customers as a result. It is important to do whatever you can to improve the quality of the air at your workplace.

    Proper Space Planning Helps Air Quality

    Something as simple as the placement of equipment and furniture can impact the quality of your air. If items are blocking vents, you could end up with poor air circulation and a buildup of irritants and dust. Putting components that generate heat too close to a thermostat can also impact the air by tricking the system into delivering too much cold air for conditions to remain comfortable.

    Basic Cleaning, Though Simple, Is Important for Healthy Indoor Air

    This requires a certain level of cooperation among the people working in your space, but maintaining standards of cleanliness means you will usually enjoy better air quality. Something as simple as regular dusting can make a positive difference. Remember, even a little bit of buildup can contribute to poor air quality if left unattended for too long. Air filters need regular cleaning and changes as well.

    When It Comes to Air Quality at Work, Maintenance Is Key

    HVAC equipment can lose some of its efficiency over time. To continue ensuring effective and reliable delivery of high-quality air, regularly scheduled maintenance is essential. You can take some steps on your own to help the situation, but nothing will be as effective as an inspection and tune-up performed by an experienced HVAC technician.

    If you notice a decline in your indoor air quality, or if you want to prevent such an event from occurring in the first place, get in touch with Certified Electric, Inc., today. We'll look over your system and take the necessary steps to keep it working at its best. We'll even offer tips that will help you maintain the highest possible air quality at your business.

  • Troubleshooting Common Household Electrical Issues

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017


    Some electrical issues are more common than others, and the handier among us might feel inclined to tackle them without calling for outside help. However, even the savviest amateurs are taking risks whenever they attempt to repair something outside their comfort zone. Electrical work is incredibly dangerous, even for professionals. It is vital that you understand what you're dealing with before you decide on any course of action. When in doubt, calling in the experts will always be the best option. 

    Dead Outlets Are a Common Household Problem

    If an outlet dies or is simply worn out, someone knowledgeable about electricity will need to replace it. On the other hand, if one or more of them have gone dead for seemingly no reason, it could be due to a tripped GFCI outlet. When this happens, the outlet itself stops working, in addition to other outlets connected to it. Finding and resetting it should be enough to restore power. If this doesn't work, or if the outlets are in need of replacement, an electrician is your best bet.

    Flickering Lights Can Be a Simple Electrical Issue...Or Not

    Blinking or flickering lights are almost always a sign of a poor electrical connection. You can find the source of the issue by taking note of which lights are blinking; if isolated to a single room, it could be due to a poorly connected or faulty switch. If the issue is throughout the entire house, however, it means there is a connection problem in the electrical panel or the main wire.

    Only an electrician can safely address a problem of this magnitude. Even if it's a matter of repairing a switch connection, you might be better off bringing in an expert. Sometimes a deeper problem could be present, one only an experienced professional can identify.

    Circuit Breakers That Keep Tripping

    If your breaker keeps tripping and won't reset, it could mean there is something on the circuit using too much power. Moving appliances to another circuit can usually correct the problem, but if this doesn't work the breaker itself might be the issue. Don't hesitate to call an electrician if this is the case. Panel work can be dangerous -- an inexperienced person making repairs to it can also accidentally make conditions worse with only the slightest mistake.

    At Certified Electric, Inc., our trained technicians deal with every type of electrical repair. If you have an issue in your home that needs professional help, or if you have any questions at all, give us a call at 912-265-3419 today.

  • What Is That Smell When I Turn on My HVAC System?

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017


    Given the importance of heating and air conditioning in our lives, it can be alarming to discover something might be wrong with your HVAC system. Sometimes we see visual signs of malfunctions, or we encounter a strange sound that raises warning flags. Other times, it could be a smell that catches our attention. When your HVAC begins to stink, there are many possibilities to consider. Not all smells are a sign of serious issues, but some causes could warrant a visit from a professional as soon as possible.

    Some HVAC Smells Aren't Urgent

    Some of the smells you might experience aren't serious at all -- in some cases, an odor issue can be as simple as an air filter that needs changing. If you encounter the smell of mold or mildew coming from your unit, it typically means there is a buildup of moisture inside it. That could be the result of inadequate drainage. This isn't an urgent problem, but it also isn't one you can ignore, given the harmful impact mold can have on the health of the people who breathe it into their lungs.

    Other Heating and AC Odors Need Immediate Attention

    Some of the various smells you might detect coming from your HVAC unit are signs of serious issues. If you encounter any of these, be sure to call an expert without delay:

    • The smell of rotten eggs. Beyond being downright unpleasant, this can mean there is a gas leak present near your air ducts. If you detect this smell, get out of the house right away and call your gas company.
    • A burning smell could mean an issue with the AC's compressor or fan. If left alone, a fire can result -- don't delay on calling for help from an HVAC technician.
    • The smell of raw sewage could indicate a backed up or ruptured sewer pipe, likely located close to your ductwork. Methane gas is dangerous, and if left alone this issue could lead to a great deal of it entering your house.
    • The smell of exhaust or gunpowder can mean an engine fluid leak or a shorted component. Call for help! To avoid a dangerous situation, don't turn the unit back on until you know it's safe.

    When in Doubt, Follow Your Nose and Get a Reliable HVAC Technician

    At Certified Electric, Inc., our focus is keeping our customers safe and comfortable. If you encounter strange smells coming from your heating and air conditioning system, get in touch with us right away, before the problem can worsen. Our staff is always ready and willing to assist you with anything you need.

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