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Your Hilton Head, South Carolina, business needs high indoor air quality (IAQ) to keep your employees comfortable and happy. Without it, you could have to deal with higher costs and costly delays on essential tasks. Here are some of the ways that better IAQ can increase productivity for your employees.

Healthier Workers

Buildings with poor indoor air quality from a dirty air filter, dirty ductwork, or other issues can lead to frequent colds or other illnesses for your employees. Contaminants such as pollen, dust, dirt, and biological growth also increase asthma or allergy symptoms. It’s tough for a worker to do his or her best with a nasty cold, sinus problems, headaches, or other health issues. To keep your employees feeling healthier and more productive, change your HVAC system’s air filter at least every few months and get maintenance from a professional at least once per year.

More Alert Employees

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, acetone, xylene, and benzene can cause fatigue, dizziness, and other issues. Many paints, glues, and cleaners contain VOCs, and they can accumulate without proper ventilation. Keep your HVAC unit clean to reduce VOCs and increase your business’s IAQ, so your employees don’t experience fatigue or dizziness while working.

Less Downtime

High IAQ will reduce employee absences by making workers feel better. It also prevents issues such as poor airflow and makes your heater and air conditioner more efficient. This extends your HVAC system’s life by reducing wear and tear. That way, you won’t have to send employees home as often because of a sudden breakdown or the need to repair or replace your unit. Also, employees won’t have to take time from their work to clean up biological growth in their workspace.

Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning has decades of heating, cooling, and indoor air quality experience. We’re a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, and we can help you keep your company’s IAQ and productivity high. For outstanding, affordable service, call us anytime at 912-373-8447.

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We often focus on the dangers of outdoor air. But did you know that the air in your home in your Richmond Hill, Georgia, can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air? In this post, we’ll discuss six common household products that pollute indoor air.

Paint

Where do you store your nearly empty paint cans? If they are in your home or garage, these cans can give off gases and have an impact on you and your family’s breathing. Choose low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints for less air pollution.

Cleaning Products

You may love the smell of your home when it has just been cleaned. But many cleaning supplies are loaded with VOCs. Instead of using scented cleaning products, clean your home with unscented products, or better still, with natural products such as water, vinegar, and baking soda. You may be surprised to find how well these natural products work, and they will reduce you and your family’s exposure to harmful VOCs.

Aerosol Sprays

Some products that are used inside your home not only damage your indoor air, but also add to outdoor pollution. One of these products is aerosols. Aerosol sprays are full of VOCs — decrease pollution by avoiding using them whenever possible.

Dry Cleaning

A residue of a carcinogenic VOC called perchloroethylene is found to release into the air from dry-cleaned clothing. Check your clothing labels before automatically sending them for dry-cleaning. You may have the option of hand-washing. Choose the healthier DIY method to keep your indoor air healthy.

Air Fresheners

Did you know that air fresheners can emit over 100 different chemicals? This cocktail of chemicals can trigger asthma attacks, breathing issues, and migraines. To keep your home smelling clean and fresh, why not open a window or turn on a fan to circulate the fresh air?

Candles

Candles may smell good and create a nice ambiance, but they have ultra-fine particles that contribute to exposure of indoor particulate matter, associated with lung inflammation. If you love candles, choose ones made from beeswax.

Contact us at Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning today at 912-373-8447 for all your air quality questions.

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Many homeowners are not aware that there are multiple types of air filters available. Consider each of these important factors when choosing the right air filter for your Chatham County, Georgia, home.

Type of Model

Before choosing an air filter, it is important to make sure it’s compatible with your current unit. Using the wrong air filter can prevent it from effectively filtering the air. If you choose the wrong size, it may not even fit into your unit. Choosing the wrong air filter can also cause expensive damage to your HVAC unit.

You can usually find the recommended type and size of the air filter listed on your unit. If you aren’t sure, consult with an HVAC professional.

Air Quality

Today’s air filters are designed to improve air quality while also being more efficient. Some household situations, such as homes with poor air quality, families with allergies, or homes with pets, may require an air filter with a higher minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) than the average home. Most air filters will have a rating between four and 13, with the highest MERV ratings filtering out the most particles. It is possible to find MERV ratings ever higher than 13.

Convenience

Many homeowners also care about convenience. Ideally, you should change your air filter every 90 days at minimum. However, you should change your air filter more frequently if you have pets or seasonal allergies. Whether you choose a disposable filter that must be replaced or a reusable one that must be removed, cleaned, and reinserted comes down to preference. Although traditional fiberglass disposable air filters are cheaper, you will have to regularly buy them. Washable air filters are more expensive but last for a much longer period of time.

It is important to choose an air filter that is made for your unit while also considering your air quality needs and convenience preferences. Call us today at Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning to discuss your Chatham County, Georgia, heating and cooling needs.

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With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to think about how to handle the allergens in your Savannah, Georgia, home. By following a few simple tips and tricks, you can prepare for the allergy season and get your home allergen-proofed.

Declutter and Clean Your Home

Clutter gives allergens the perfect place to hide and can also create a dust and pollen buildup that can come loose in the air. Clean any cluttered areas, and give your house a complete once-over, dusting and vacuuming under furniture, in corners, and anywhere else dust can hide.

Set Reminders to Change Your Filters

Dirty air filters are one of the quickest ways to get allergens, pollen, and pet dander circulating throughout the air in your home and triggering your allergy symptoms. Mark your calendar, or set a phone reminder, to check the filter every few weeks and another reminder to change the filter at least monthly. If you have someone in the household with severe allergies, you may want to consider installing a filter with a slightly higher MERV rating.

Have Your Pets Groomed and Trimmed

If you share your home with furry friends, you should regularly take them to be bathed and brushed. If the breed type allows, keep your pets’ fur trimmed short so you’ll have less of it in the house. Keep pets out of your sleeping area, regularly wash their bedding, and vacuum areas in which they eat and sleep.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

Having routine maintenance performed on your HVAC system not only improves its efficiency and longevity, but it also helps clean out dirt, debris, and allergens that build up on the components over time and get into your indoor air supply. During your HVAC maintenance, your specialist will also ensure your rooms are getting proper airflow and the air is circulating properly.

Prepare for the spring allergen battle early. Contact Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning at 912-373-8447 today to schedule your HVAC maintenance.

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Vacations are a great way to relieve some stress and spend time with loved ones. If you’re planning on going away for the weekend or an extended trip, it’s important to get your Richmond Hill, Georgia, home prepared for your absence. Taking care of your HVAC system before you leave on vacation, for instance, can help you save energy and return to a comfortable home. With that in mind, here’s a quick guide to some HVAC tips designed to get your house ready!

Change Your Thermostat

Before you head out, adjust your thermostat to a vacation-friendly temperature. Smart and programmable thermostats make it easy to set and maintain a constant temperature when you’re gone. They can also keep your heat levels minimal, just enough to prevent freezing pipes or other wintertime issues. This helps you save money while you’re away from home. Also, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats can be activated when you’re heading back so you can return to a cozy home.

Switch Your Air Filters

A fresh HVAC filter is a good idea if you’ll be going on a long vacation. For short stays, it shouldn’t matter so much. However, switching to a fresh filter can help prevent coming back to a stale-smelling home. Plus, reducing the amount of dust your airflow comes into contact with can help air stay fresh longer. It may also cut down on the amount of cleaning you have to do when you return. After all, a fresh filter does a great job ensuring dust doesn’t enter your home through your ductwork.

Check Your System’s Components

The last thing you want is to come home from vacation to a busted HVAC system. If you’ve been noticing some small issues such as reduced airflow or odd smells, get your system checked before you leave. Even small problems can compound quickly and cause failure. You can have one of our licensed HVAC technicians give your system a checkup before you leave to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

If you need to have your HVAC system inspected before vacation, give Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning a call. Contact us at 912-373-8447 to set up a consultation today!

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Many people suffer from allergies all year long. Others have seasonal allergies, meaning their symptoms tend to worsen during certain seasons. If your allergy symptoms get worse during the winter, it could be that your heating system is aggravating them. You may find s changing the air filter can reduce your symptoms by improving the indoor air quality. A professional HVAC contractor can inspect the heating system in your Springfield, Georgia, home to determine if it’s aggravating your allergies.

Your Air Filter Is Dirty

An air filter on a heating system is meant to filter particles in the air. As it collects more particles, its filtering capabilities become less effective. As a result, the air quality in your home is reduced and the efficiency of the heating system decreases. Change the filter at least once a month to ensure the system can properly filter airborne allergens. Replace the filter with a new one once every 20 days if you have indoor pets.

Your Air Ducts Are Dirty

Much like a dirty air filter, when the air ducts are dirty, this affects air quality in a negative manner. Any dust that collects in the air ducts is pushed through air vents and distributed throughout all areas of your home. Having your ductwork cleaned at least once a year can minimize dust and might improve your allergy symptoms.

You’re Ignoring Preventative Maintenance

Another reason your heater might be aggravating your allergies is because you are ignoring preventative maintenance on your heating system. A well-maintained system can perform a better job at keeping the air inside your home as clean as possible. This especially applies if your system has an air purification system connected to it. Contact a professional HVAC contractor to perform preventative maintenance right before you turn on your heating system.

Bryd Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in quality heating installation and repair services. Contact us today by visiting our website or give us a call at 912-373-8447.

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Investing in a quality HVAC system is the best way to keep your Savannah, Georgia, home as comfortable as possible. To make sure you get the system that best matches your needs, it’s imperative you have your HVAC contractor perform a Manual J residential load calculation. Learn more about the Manual J residential load calculation and find out why it’s crucial for guaranteeing your family’s comfort.

What Is the Manual J Calculation?

The Manual J load calculation is used to determine exactly what size HVAC system you need to cool and heat your home effectively. The Air Conditioner Contractors Association of America (ACCA) has recommended that these calculations be performed whenever a new HVAC system is installed in a residential setting.

Once your heating and cooling contractor has made these load calculations, he or she can advise you as to what size system is right for your home.

How Are Manual J Calculations Performed?

How your contractor will complete your Manual J residential load calculations will depend on the layout of your home. If your house has pre-existing ductwork, for example, your contractor will perform these calculations room-by-room. For homes without ductwork, a whole house calculation can be used.

Your HVAC contractor will examine several factors while determining your load calculations:

  • Climate and weather patterns where your home is located.
  • The size of your home and how it is oriented.
  • How much insulation you have in your home and what type.
  • How much air leaks out of your home on average.

After reviewing these issues and a few others, such as your home’s windows, lighting system, and appliances, your contractor can complete your load calculations by using a piece of computer software.

If you want Manual J residential load calculations performed in your home so you can choose the right HVAC system, call Byrd Heating & Air Conditioning today at 912-373-8447 to schedule an appointment. We can help you make your home as comfortable as you need and deserve.

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Does your home always seem to have extra layers of dust on the furniture, bedding, and just about every surface? A thorough cleaning of the HVAC system in your Modena Island, Georgia, home could help. Dust is not only an unsightly nuisance; it can also be a health hazard. Let’s look at sources of dust and ways to eliminate and keep your family healthy.

Where Causes Dust?

Much of the dust in your home comes from everyday activities. Some of it also comes from outside the home and enters via shoes, open windows, and even the HVAC system. Dust is a complex mix of fine particulate matter derived from dirt, pet dander, food particles, insect droppings, human skin, pollen, and outdoor pollution. These components bond to create the dust balls we find under the furniture.

How Does Dust Affect My Family?

For many of us, exposure to dust will cause the sniffles or occasional sneezing. However, dust can also trigger asthma and allergy attacks and cause respiratory illnesses. Long-term exposure can be detrimental to your health. Small bits of particulate matter are dangerous since you can inhale them into the lungs. If members of your family are coughing a lot when at home that’s a sign of indoor air quality problems.

How Can I Keep Dust Away?

You can’t prevent dust from entering your home. However, you can keep it under control for example, by:

  • Cleaning your house frequently
  • Scheduling regular HVAC maintenance
  • Cleaning or replacing the air filters regularly
  • Cleaning your air vents and registers
  • Shampooing your carpet regularly

If you have large area rugs, don’t forget that these are prime dust magnets. By following these simple tips, you can help to manage dust in your home.

Our maintenance service includes a comprehensive cleaning of your HVAC system two times each year. If you’re ready for an HVAC system tuneup or want to learn about our maintenance plans, call Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning today at 912-373-8447.

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As a homeowner in Springfield, Georgia, you want to make sure that you maintain your HVAC equipment regularly. Taking care of your system will keep it running smoothly and efficiently. While you may think you can diagnose and try repairs yourself, it is always best to have an expert HVAC specialist perform complex tasks. Only HVAC professionals have the training, specialized tools, and understanding of hazards to perform HVAC system repairs.

Professional HVAC Service Technicians

HVAC technicians must stay ahead of new technologies by constantly learning about emerging trends and industry best practices. Professional HVAC technicians today also need to pass certification courses that have stringent requirements.

Essential Certifications

The service technicians at Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning hold all relevant certifications. Credentials include NATE AND EPA Section 608 Universal certifications. NATE (North American Technician Excellence) is the gold standard for certification in the HVAC industry and requires extensive training, testing, and recertification. EPA Section 608 Universal Certification is mandatory if a technician is going to be handling refrigerants. Improper handling of refrigerants is not only a health hazard but is also dangerous to the environment.

EPA Certification

Certification for the EPA 608 has four tiers with the Universal Certification being the highest level. This certification allows a technician to install, repair, and dispose of all types of HVAC equipment that requires the use of refrigerants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is the certifying body, and technicians must go through levels of training, testing, and recertification that demand continuing education.

Manufacturer Requirements

HVAC technicians also need certification for certain manufacturer products and protocols that allow them to install and repair specific equipment. It is vital that a technician understands the nuances of a particular HVAC system for proper equipment repairs and installation. Otherwise, you could face problems with the warranty.

Professional Technicians Have Special Tools

HVAC systems are quite complex and require specialized tools for installation, service, and repair. Instead of going out and purchasing these tools, using an HVAC services professional who has these tools makes much more financial sense. These specialists know the correct ways to use the tools and can select the appropriate instrument for each job.

Simple and Complex Tools

Many of the tools such as wire strippers, pliers, hammers, tubing cutters, and multipurpose screwdrivers are basic. However, for more advanced work, technicians might use a digital thermometer, an infrared thermometer, vacuum pump, recovery machine, a nitrogen regulator, and a motor and gear puller.

Once a technician gets into the heart of a system, even more advanced tools are essential. Technicians need a refrigerant scale to accurately and precisely measure the levels of refrigerant needed to keep specific compressors running smoothly. HVAC specialists have to use a coil removal tool as well as a coil fin straightener. A psychrometer which reads the airflow and humidity levels is a part of a technician’s toolkit.

Understanding HVAC Technology

Service technicians must also be able to use HVAC software and mobile apps for effective communication with customers and for connecting with smart-controlled thermostats. As HVAC technology continues to develop, the need for more advanced tools along with the knowledge of how to use these tools will increase. As a homeowner, having all the tools needed would be overwhelming and quite expensive. Additionally, you will need to learn to use the equipment.

On-the-Job Hazards

HVAC technicians often face hazards on the job, but they have the experience to look out for these dangers. They also have the training to handle problems that occur. Technicians often work at heights, especially when installing or servicing an air conditioning unit on a roof. Accessing the ductwork involves going into small and confined spaces where the air quality might be unhealthy. In addition, technicians must deal with refrigerant and other hazardous chemicals. If you attempt some of these tasks, you could be putting yourself and your household at risk of injury.

Handling Refrigerants

The EPA-certified technicians at Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning know how to handle and dispose of HVAC refrigerants. Refrigerants contain a highly toxic chemical that has no taste or odor. Anyone who inhales this toxin could experience severe damage to the lungs and respiratory system. Only professionals who have the training and certification should handle refrigerant issues.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning is another hazard for anyone working around furnaces and other gas-fired equipment. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a clear and odorless gas. Exposure can cause serious illness and can even be fatal. HVAC technicians have the training to handle equipment carefully and avoid mistakes that could lead to possible poisoning. A carbon monoxide monitor will detect carbon monoxide in the home.

System Lubricants

Your HVAC system needs special oil for the compressor to run effectively. The oil lubricates various components. It also helps to prevent heat buildup in the compressor that could seal the piston in the cylinder. If an oil leak occurs and mixes with refrigerant, a chemical reaction could take place. The result could be quite dangerous for the person handling this mixture and can be harmful to the HVAC system.

Repairing, servicing, and installing HVAC systems can present many dangers. Call our trained service technicians to service your HVAC system to prevent the risks of accidents and damage.

You Could Void the System’s Warranty

Your HVAC system normally comes with some type of warranty. Always check to see what your warranty covers, as some cover only parts and basic repairs. Each manufacturer has different types of warranties and lists what they cover and actions that will make them void.

DIY or Unlicensed Service

You might be tempted to work on your HVAC system, but you run the risk of voiding the warranty in several ways, for example:

  • Obtaining parts for your system and failing to install them correctly
  • Not hiring a licensed professional for installation
  • Purchasing components from anyone but an authorized dealer or manufacturer
  • Obtaining parts that might not be compatible with the system.

These are practices that generally run contrary to manufacturer’s requirements. You might be tempted to cut corners or buy cheaper versions or off-brand parts, but those decisions are not worth the price.

Skipping Maintenance

Many HVAC manufacturers require seasonal or annual maintenance to keep the warranty valid. If you neglect regular system maintenance or tuneups, you will run into problems when you need service or replacement parts in the future. Investing in a maintenance plan can help to ensure that your system receives the proper care and maintenance it needs at the right time.

Check with us at Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning if you’re trying to understand what your warranty covers. We are also happy to work with you to set up a maintenance plan that is right for you. We’ll make sure you get the required services that can help you keep your warranty intact.

You Save Money Over the Long Run

Investing in a sound and reliable HVAC system is a big financial decision. In order for your family to stay healthy and comfortable throughout the year, your HVAC system needs to run smoothly and efficiently. By trying to cut costs with DIY home repairs, you stand to jeopardize the performance of the system.

Hire a professional and trained service technician. You will have peace of mind knowing your technician has all the required certifications, knows proper installation and how to handle hazardous substances, and has the knowledge and tools to get the job done right. You’ll be ensuring the best for your HVAC system and your family’s well-being.

Ready to for a system repair or installation? Perhaps you would like to invest in an HVAC maintenance services plan. Call the experts at Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning today at 912-373-8447. Our professional service team will do the work to the manufacturer’s specifications. You won’t have to worry about voiding your warranty, and your family will stay comfortable and healthy from season to season.

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Allergies are aggravating no matter the time of year in Savannah, Georgia, but for many people, symptoms become much worse during the fall. High levels of pollen this time of the year are a contributing factor. Regardless of the reason, though, allergy sufferers should know there are various steps they can take to reduce allergy symptoms, and it starts right at home with an HVAC system. Here’s a look at three HVAC system components that can reduce fall allergy symptoms.

Filters

There are many types of filters available for HVAC systems and furnaces. The type you choose can have a significant impact on your allergies. Your goal should be to install a filter that reduces allergens in your home, like pet dander and pollen.

Ideally, you will opt for a filter that is disposable. Permanent filters require cleaning, and no matter how good you clean them, you won’t be able to remove all dust and debris, which will aggravate your allergy symptoms. Disposable filters, on the other hand, allow you to start with a fresh filter every time you change it out.

Ductwork

Your ductwork is an essential component of your HVAC system that can greatly impact your allergy symptoms if it isn’t properly cleaned. Many experts recommend having the ductwork cleaned at least once a year to remove dust and debris and to keep allergy symptoms to a minimum. Clean ductwork is also vital to heating and cooling efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty duct can reduce efficiency by up to 40 percent.

Drain Channels

A clogged drain channel can lead to increased moisture levels in your home because your HVAC unit won’t be able to properly reduce humidity. This can have a negative impact your allergies. With proper maintenance, drain channels can remain unclogged and help your HVAC system operate with the utmost efficiency.

If you would like to learn more about the various HVAC components that can reduce fall allergy symptoms, please contact Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning today at 912-373-8447.

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