It’s Coming! You Guessed It…..Allergy Season.

Spring is upon us and, while Coweta County’s beauty is flourishing as nature blooms, many of us are beginning to suffer our dreaded spring allergies. The pollen count is getting higher with grass, ragweed, trees, and various other plants in bloom; damp and humid temperatures will soon give way to mold; and those cool spring and summer breezes blowing through the windows we all enjoy will circulate dust and other allergens around our homes. But spring doesn’t need to be bleak for allergy sufferers; just follow these HVAC maintenance tips to ease your allergies.

  1. Purchase high quality filters. Filters are your HVAC system’s way of defending you against allergens; filters keep allergens out so they won’t circulate through your home. You want to purchase high quality filters so they do their job properly.
  2. Change filters regularly. Filters trap dirt, pollen, dust, and other allergens. At some point, those filters must be changed so they can continue to trap allergens while still allowing air to circulate effectively. Filters should be changed every couple of months, with the exact amount of time dependent on your specific filter and HVAC system. If you see the filters are getting dirty before the regularly scheduled change, you may want to change them early.
  3. Your ducts may need cleaning. If your home hasn’t had regular HVAC maintenance or if you suspect there is mold or debris inside of your ducts, then you should have your ducts cleaned to remove allergens. This is a good tip to keep in mind before cranking up the heat again in the fall. Your ducts accumulate dust and other allergens all summer, so when you first turn your heating unit on those allergens will circulate throughout the house.
  4. Get rid of debris around units. Keep the area around your indoor and outdoor units clean and free of debris. Outdoor units pull air, and while the filter is there to catch the debris you don’t want to make the filter work harder if it doesn’t need to. Excessive debris will cause your filters to get dirtier faster, which means you will need to change your filters more frequently. Indoor units will circulate the air that is already inside of the house and any other allergens that are already inside of the house. If there is dust, dirt, or pet dander in front of your unit, those allergens will get circulated around the house when the unit blows the air.
  5. Don’t forget to dust. It’s common for people to forget to dust registers and return vents, but they can’t be overlooked because they circulate all of the air from the HVAC system. You don’t want registers and vents circulating allergens with the air.

Need help with your indoor air quality? Call us at 770-253-2665 or set an appointment up here.

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Do Broken Water Heaters Make Baths Impossible?

Having a water heater in need of water heater repair comes with a lot of challenges. Not only is it a little more difficult to get your clothes and dishes clean with a water heater in need of water heater repair, but showering can be very tricky as well. Thankfully, getting clean when you have a water heater in need of water heater isn’t impossible, just tricky. Here’s how to do it in five steps:

Tips to Keep Clean With a Broken Water Heater

1. Boil a Large Pot of Water on the Stove

Just because your water heater is in need of water heater repair does not mean that you have to go completely without hot water. Simply bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove.

2. Place a Few Inches of Cold Water in the Tub

You won’t want to put boiling water right on you, so fill the bathtub with a few inches of cold water. Add just enough hot water to make the water warm enough to bathe. Save the rest for pouring over you.

3. Gather Supplies

Gather your supplies ahead of time so you won’t have to jump out of the warm bath later. In addition to your usual shampoo and soap, you will also want the hot water and a pitcher or bowl to pour water onto yourself since your water heater is in need of water heater repair.

4. Mix Water as Needed

Don’t pour the hot water directly onto your skin and risk burning yourself. Mix it with the cold water to make it the perfect temperature. Get your water to the perfect temperature and you may forget all about your need for water heater repair.

5. Bathe
Once you are all set, simply wash yourself with the warm water you mixed and pour it over yourself to rinse. While this makeshift bath won’t compete with your usual shower, it will keep you clean and fresh smelling while you wait on your water heater repair.

Info courtesy of All Star Heating, Cooling and Plumbing

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Preventative Maintenance Tips

It’s that time of year again in the South when the climate cannot make up its mind. One day we’ll be in a heat advisory, and the next it could be a cool, fall day. With the season changes, it may also be hard to check on your appliances and program your HVAC system.

When it comes to your heating and cooling system, there are some guidelines to assist you ease into the fall and winter seasons. First, by placing a programmable thermostat in your home, you can reduce the energy bills and raise the comfort level year round. A programmable thermostat will allow you to alter the temperature based on the time of day, according to your needs.

Another efficient method to save cash and maintain your heating and cooling system to operate effectively year round is with regular checkups on the appliances. Through servicing your HVAC on a regular basis, your local specialist can repair any minor problems with the system before they become larger, costly issues. At Progressive Heating and Air, we recommend having your system serviced at the end of each season.

 

Preventative Maintenance Tips for your HVAC System

Taking care of your home’s HVAC system does not have to be hard or expensive. Follow these preventive maintenance tips to help improve comfort and reduce energy costs:

  • Always keep the furnace filter clean. A filter that is clogged creates the heating system to perform harder, reducing its lifespan. Replacing the filter once a month in the winter is highly recommended.

  • Keep the exterior condenser clean. Ensure that no snow, leaves, shrubs or other debris is cleared away at all times.

  • If your furnace is vented at the side of the house, make sure to keep ice from storing in the vent and shovel the areas surrounding the vent.

 

A call to your local expert can keep your appliances operating efficiently for years to come. A professional will be able to inspect any possible issues and have the ability to solve them before they get worse. For more information, contact Progressive Heating and Air today at 770-253-2665, or schedule online!


Carbon Monoxide Detectors: A Must-Have for Home Safety

Carbon monoxide detectors are always on guard against the presence of the dangerous gas, and it’s important to check your detectors regularly to make sure they’re operating properly. Carbon monoxide (CO) is the most common cause of poisoning deaths in the developed world, so don’t take chances when it comes to CO safety in your home.

Carbon monoxide gas is produced by fuel combustion. Malfunctioning or improperly-vented gas-fired stoves, furnaces and water heaters are all potential indoor sources of this invisible, odorless gas. Carbon monoxide detectors measure not only the level of carbon monoxide in the air, but also duration of exposure. When both factors exceed safe limits, the unit sounds a piercing alarm to alert residents.

To function reliably, carbon monoxide detectors require two critical maintenance procedures:

Test the Detector

This monthly testing procedure is standard for most models, but check your owner’s manual to make sure.

  • Press the “test” button on the front of the detector and hold it down for several seconds until you hear the alarm. Release the button when the alarm sounds.
  • If the alarm fails to sound, verify that the unit is plugged into a wall outlet if it is an AC-powered detector. Replace the batteries if it’s a DC unit.
  • Test again. Still no alarm? Replace the detector.

Replace the Batteries

Twice a year, install new batteries in a DC-powered detector. A detector that emits an intermittent chirp alarm may also require new backup batteries, which are utilized in the event of a household power failure.

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Information courtesy of Detmer and Sons


Improve Your Comfort With These Winterization Tips

Taking the time for home winterization will help you cut your heating costs and maintain a more comfortable home. It doesn’t cost much or involve a lot of hard work to prepare your home for freezing temperatures, and you’ll notice immediate improvements in comfort throughout.

  • Seal the leaks. As temperatures fall, you may notice cool air coming in around the windows and exterior door frames. Caulk around the window frames will stop the leaks, and fresh weatherstripping around the doors will stop drafts. When the door doesn’t close tightly at the base, use a draft stopper or install a door sweep.
  • Deal with the windows. If you don’t use storm windows or have thermal-rated windows, your windows can lose a lot of heat from your home 24/7. You can buy clear plastic window kits that stop some of the heat transfer outdoors. Depending on how many windows you have, the modest cost will easily pay for itself in lower heating bills.
  • Clean the gutters. When rain or snow melt runs off your roof, it can collect in clogged gutters and freeze, forming ice dams. While the dams may not affect your comfort the first season they appear, when the ice melts, it can damage the roof and exterior walls. Should water leak into the attic, the insulation can absorb the moisture, rendering it less effective for protecting against heat transfer.
  • Have your HVAC system serviced. Not only will this winterization tip help you save energy this winter, it will prolong the life of your equipment. Professional HVAC technicians clean and adjust the entire system, check the airflow through the system, and spot small problems before they become more serious.
  • Switch the ceiling fan direction. Change the settings for your ceiling fans to take advantage of the warmer air that collects near the ceiling during the winter. Blades that turn clockwise will pull the air down and increase the warmth closer to the floor and middle areas of your rooms.

Need to get in touch with us or schedule an appointment? Schedule online or call us at 770-253-2665 today!

Information courtesy of Detmer and Sons


3 Reasons to Change Your Furnace Filter More Often

Wondering why it’s so important to replace those filters? Check out the top three reasons why you should change furnace filters regularly:

1. Clean systems last longer

Dirt accumulates in filters over time, especially during summer and winter months when your heating and cooling systems are in peak use. Dirty build-up causes clogs in filters, and when air can’t pass through easily, the system must work harder, causing overheating. Overheating can cause serious damage, and may even result in needing to replace the furnace. Clogged filters can cause dirt to build up in other areas of the system as well, causing pollution and extra repairs that wouldn’t normally be necessary.

2. Reduce energy costs

Remember how we mentioned a clogged filter can cause your system to work harder? That means an increase in your energy usage. According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for almost half of the average home’s utility bills! Replacing your air filter regularly means that fan motor doesn’t have to work as hard, and you won’t be blowing tons of money on unnecessary energy costs.

3. Healthy air

Poor indoor air quality can cause symptoms such as eye irritation, sneezing, dizziness, and respiratory problems. People suffering from asthma and allergies are significantly affected by poor indoor air quality. Homes with pets experience extra dirt and dander in the air. Changing the air filter in your furnace regularly will prevent dust, dirt, mold spores, soot, bacteria, and allergens from building up in the air inside your home.

The life of your furnace and the health and safety of your family depend on regular heating system maintenance. Changing your furnace filter is a very simple way to keep your indoor air clean and avoid costly repairs to your heating system.

Need to get in touch with us or schedule an appointment? Schedule online or call us at 770-253-2665 today!

Information courtesy of Pronto Air


Thermostat Tips, Conclusion

A home’s comfort level is determined by who lives within the home. When evaluating your settings, you’ll want to consider, “What indoor temperature will provide personal comfort for my family and cost efficiency?” Some people like a home that is warm and some prefer a cooler environment. If you haven’t been consciously managing your temperature settings up to now, you might be surprised that changing your settings just a little up or down, depending on the season, will provide you with the same comfort you have enjoyed previously in your home.

No matter what your preference, adjusting your thermostat — either manually or with a programmable thermostat — will ultimately help you save money.

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