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  • 5 Common Fall HVAC Issues and What to Do about Them

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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    Here’s how to handle the most common fall HVAC issues.

    As fall comes around, it is important to consider maintenance agreements for your HVAC system. That's because this season is one of the worst for these systems. It can cause a variety of problems that regular maintenance can catch and fix rather quickly. Here are five common fall HVAC issues to consider:

    1. Refrigerant Leaks Are Dangerous

    As the hot summer weather cools down in fall, your HVAC system is going to suffer from a lot of pressure. As a result, the refrigerant pipes may end up leaking and suffering from serious problems. These leaks are dangerous and require regular maintenance to fix. Make sure your maintenance agreement includes a check into this concern.

    2. Clogged Up Systems

    As the leaves die and fall from trees, they can end up stuck in your HVAC system. For example, they can get sucked into vents and cause clogs. This problem should be noticeable if your system is running poorly or struggling to operate. Regularly maintenance visits should help with this concern by cleaning the leaves out every time.

    3. Filters Can Get Dirty

    After summer has passed and fall is beginning, a lot of air pollution could affect your system. For example, pollen and other natural items often get sucked into an HVAC system and clog up the air filter. Make sure to check your filter before the season begins and get it replaced by maintenance professional. A maintenance agreement allows you to do this without a sweat.

    4. Thermostat Problems

    Another common issue that affects HVAC systems is a malfunctioning thermostat. This problem typically occurs around this season because the batteries end up dying or the system suffers from the problematic cold. If your thermostat is at a temperature your home isn't reaching, you have a concern to address. Create a maintenance agreement to ensure this issue gets fixed.

    5. Sensor Failure

    Sensors tend to fail in your HVAC system for a variety of reasons. Temperature changes put a lot of strain on them. Fall is often the most unpredictable of all seasons, meaning your sensors may face a daunting test. Talk to a maintenance specialist about this concern if you notice your system struggling to fluctuate through temperatures.

    As you can see, maintenance agreements can help catch these HVAC problems efficiently. These common fall issues require just a minimum amount of maintenance to avoid. However, if you fail to perform maintenance regularly, you run the risk of making these problems worse. Get in touch with our team of experts at Certified Electric, Inc., to get started on the right maintenance agreement today.

  • 5 Foolproof Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality before the Holidays

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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    Want to improve your indoor air quality before the holidays get here? Here’s how.

    Indoor air quality is an important aspect of a home, but few people consider it. It’s kind of like—out of sight, out of mind! Make sure you take the time to improve this area of your home by performing these five simple steps. They are perfect for the holiday season because they make your home a more comfortable place for you and your family.

    1. Regularly Clean Your Carpets

    What does cleaning your carpets have to do with improving your air quality? It will suck up many of the contaminants that live in its fibers and provide you with a safer and healthier quality of air. More importantly, it will also keep your floors clean and help you avoid mold and other dangerous air pollution.

    2. Mop Wooden Floors

    On a related note, don't forget to mop up your wooden or tiled floors regularly. This performs the same basic step as vacuuming by eliminating dust, dirt, and other potential air contaminants. You should both vacuum and mop at least once to three times a week for the best effect.

    3. Adjust Your Home's Humidity

    Another important step for improving indoor air quality is balancing your home's humidity. Try to keep it around 30-50 percent to reduce allergens while also having a comfortable home. A dehumidifier can help remove excess moisture from the air efficiently while a humidifier can add it if necessary.

    4. Clean the HVAC Air Filters

    Your high-quality HVAC system uses air filters to eliminate contaminants that could otherwise affect your home. Make sure to clean these at least once a season to improve your indoor air quality, or more often, depending upon your system's requirements. This step should take no more than 10-15 minutes to perform.

    5. Fix Your Plumbing Concerns

    How in the world does fixing plumbing problems help improve your indoor air quality? Leaky plumbing allows mold to grow unfettered in your home. By fixing these problems and eliminating this mold, you improve your home's air quality almost immediately.

    The best thing about these indoor air quality tips is that just about anybody can perform them. However, you should also contact a professional to get more specialized steps to further protect your family during the holiday season. Our team at Certified Electric, Inc., is ready to help you, so get in touch with us today.

  • 3 Ways to Save Electricity This Winter

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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    Check out these three ways to save electricity this winter.

    Are you looking for ways to save on electricity this winter by improving your electrical system? There are many simple steps you can take. We are going to highlight three ways to give you the help you need to avoid high electrical bills during the difficult winter.

    Avoiding Electrical Issues

    Before winter rolls around, call a professional to look through your electrical system and identify any common electrical issues. These problems include:

    • Poor wiring
    • Shorts in the system
    • Disconnected areas
    • Poorly insulated areas

    After spotting these problems, get them fixed right away. This action should help improve your electrical efficiency and keep you from financial loss as a result.

    #1 Consider a Programmed Thermostat

    A programmed thermostat can help you save electricity by decreasing your use during the day. For example, if you program your thermostat to keep a minimum temperature of about 60 degrees Fahrenheit while you're at work, you avoid excessive electrical use. More importantly, you also decrease your HVAC costs.

    #2 Improve Your Natural Lighting

    Consider installing more windows and sliding glass doors in your house to save on your electrical bills during the winter. These areas add more light to your home, which means you avoid turning on the lights earlier than normal. Make sure, however, to carefully seal and insulate these areas, as they can be a significant source of lost heat if improperly managed.

    #3 Open Your Blinds during the Day

    When the sun is out, take advantage of that beautiful natural lighting by opening your blinds. This action will not only help make your home brighter but will also tap into the natural beauty of the scenery. Even better, snow will reflect light back up to you and not only heat your home a little better but provide it with a brighter interior.

    Take the time to perform these simple tips and contact our team of experts at Certified Electric, Inc., if you need extra help. Let us connect you with the incredible electrical savings you deserve this winter.

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