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The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

A couple of months ago, the HVAC unit in my home started malfunctioning. The temperature inside my home soared to over eighty degrees Fahrenheit, even though my air conditioning system ran nonstop. After inspecting my air conditioning unit, my knowledgeable HVAC contractor recommended I purchase a new system. He discussed the pros and cons of installing different sizes of HVAC units with me. After considering my HVAC contractor’s advice, I decided to purchase a three and a half ton HVAC unit. Shortly after my HVAC contractor installed my new air conditioning unit, my house started feeling more comfortable. On this blog, I hope you will discover how an HVAC contractor can help you select the right air conditioning unit for your home. Enjoy!


The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

Wondering If Your Indoor Air Is Making You Sick? How to Find Out

by Jamie Shaw

Indoor air quality has a lot to do with people's health. It is the number one reason why so many people are sick in winter. They stay inside with the windows closed and the furnace running, circulating the same air throughout the house all winter. Add some outside germs to the mix, and everyone is sick all winter long. If you are wondering if the sudden uptick in illness in your home is due to air quality, here is how you can find out, and how you can fix the situation. 

Call an HVAC Company to Test Your Air Quality

There are a couple of different tests your HVAC technician can run to test air quality. The first test catches some of the air blown through a hot air vent. The trapped air is connected to an air quality meter. The meter measures how much dust in ppm, or parts per million is traveling into your home with your heated air. Particularly high amounts of dust cause allergies, making you feel like you have a cold that will not go away. The test will also register pet dander. Pet dander is sucked into cold air vents and often returned in hot air vents. Even if you have never had a pet in your home, previous owners might have had pets and just never cleaned the air ducts. Pet dander would also contribute to your feeling poorly. 

Another test sends a camera into the ducts. Video and photos are taken along the way so that you can see exactly what it is you are breathing in. Some dirty ducts are pretty scary, bordering on the types of things you might only see draping from walls and banisters and light fixtures in abandoned houses. If the camera test reveals a lot of dust or other particulates, you'll probably want to get your ducts cleaned.

Cleaning out the Ducts

As part of most indoor air quality services, the technician may offer to clean all of the vents and ducts for you. After seeing how filthy they are, you might agree to this additional service. In so doing, you will undoubtedly notice a big change in how everyone in the house feels in the coming week. Everyone should be breathing easier, sneezing less, and becoming sick less often than before. The good news is that the cleaning will last all winter and well into next year, making your indoor air healthier all year long.