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When the weather is hot and humid in Greensboro, North Carolina, having a functional air conditioning system is a necessity to maintain indoor comfort. One of the most vital components within your HVAC system is the air filter, which prevents contaminants from moving into the unit and your home. Role of an Air Filter When […]

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Summertime in North Carolina can lead to expensive air conditioning bills as you attempt to beat the heat. A few thermostat tips like evaluating the location of your thermostat and reducing AC to unused rooms can decrease the cooling costs in your Reidsville, North Carolina, home. Install a Learning Thermostat Smart thermostats are getting even […]

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North Carolina’s allergy season is upon us and if you are prone to allergies, soon your days may be filled with sneezing, coughing, and watering, itching eyes. Fortunately, there are steps you can take, like changing your air filter and keeping the windows closed, to remove common allergens from the air in your Burlington, North Carolina, home.

Regularly Change Your Air Filter

Dust and other allergens can make their way through your air vents. Your air filter is the first barrier to preventing these particles from making it into your house. But if the air filter gets clogged, the unit will eventually push these substances into your house. While experts recommend changing your air filter at least every 90 days, it may make sense to change it more often if you suffer from allergies or have pets in your household.

Some types of air filters will help reduce springtime allergies more effectively. Air filters are rated by the size of particles they filter. Small particle air filters are able to filter out smaller sized pollutants, like allergens. When choosing the right air filter, first make sure that it is compatible with your unit. If you are not sure which air filter is best for your household, consider requesting assistance from an HVAC professional.

Schedule a Tune-Up

Routine HVAC tune-ups may be more important than you think if you suffer from allergies. Regular maintenance not only optimizes your unit but can also help to reduce indoor allergens. One of the many tasks that your HVAC technician will complete when evaluating your unit is a thorough cleaning. Your HVAC technician can also check things like the humidity level of your home and how efficient your unit is at reaching your intended temperature.

You can also schedule an air quality assessment which will help you understand the current quality of your air. The first step toward improving your air quality is understanding what is currently in your air. There are additional options available, including whole-home air purifiers and UV lamps, which will help to improve the quality of your air.

Make Deep Cleaning a Priority

Many homeowners start fresh each spring with the task of spring cleaning. This task can help with reducing household allergens by eliminating germs and other allergens from your house. In addition to dusting and deep scrubbing the different parts of your home, make sure you also pay attention to the HVAC unit itself. Outdoor units can get dirty over the winter months. Remove any leaves or debris from the area around the unit when you remove the cover.

You will also want to keep the area around your indoor unit clean. Regularly dust and vacuum the area where your indoor unit is located. Also, keep in mind, removing household allergens is not a one-time job. While spring cleaning is a great way to freshen your house after the winter months, consistent cleaning and dusting are important to avoid common allergens year-round.

Keep Outside Allergens Out

After a long winter, it can be tempting to open all the windows and let the fresh air in. However, this task can significantly affect your spring allergies. Outdoor allergies can affect you more in the confined space of your house. Many weather channels monitor allergens in the air so you know when it is safe to open the windows and doors.

Your shoes can track allergens in and make your allergies worse, especially if you have carpeted surfaces. Make it a habit to remove your shoes immediately when entering your house, or just outside the door. Vacuum carpeted surfaces frequently and choose a vacuum cleaner that has a small particle or high-efficiency particulate air filter.

If you are prone to allergies, springtime in North Carolina can be miserable. By changing your air filter regularly, scheduling frequent tune-ups, and dusting often, you can beat this year’s allergy season and enjoy the beautiful spring weather in North Carolina. Call us at Air Treatment, Inc. today at 336-790-3206 to discuss additional ways you can beat the spring allergy season.

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The quality of air inside your Julian, North Carolina, home greatly impacts so much more than your comfort levels. Poor indoor air quality can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms as well as hinder your HVAC system’s efficiency and effectiveness. If you’re considering an air quality assessment for your home, you’ll want to ask yourself the following questions.

Do You Notice Your Allergy and Asthma Symptoms Getting Worse?

If you walk into your home and immediately start sneezing or wheezing, this is a major indicator of poor indoor air quality. In just about every season but winter, weeds and grasses, along with trees, release pollen grains. These grains float into your home and aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms. They can also stick to your clothing, as well as onto your pet’s hair. When the grains enter through your nose or throat, they can also trigger hay fever.

An indoor air quality assessment can test your home for high pollen levels. If the test indicates high amounts of pollen, you may want to consider having an air purification system connected to your HVAC system; this provides whole-home air filtration.

Are Your Heating and Cooling Bills Increasing?

Pollen, along with dust mites and other indoor air contaminants, will stick to your heating and cooling system, especially the ductwork. When this happens, the efficiency and effectiveness of the HVAC system are greatly reduced.

Fortunately, there are ways to improve indoor air quality and maintain the efficiency of your HVAC system. You can increase outdoor airflow using a constant outdoor airflow control. Then, if you maintain humidity at 60 percent and use an energy recovery ventilation system, you will increase the system’s efficiency as well as improve the indoor air quality.

Contact Air Treatment Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning today at 336-790-3206 to schedule an air quality assessment. One of our certified technicians can help you create an air treatment plan that meets your home’s specific air quality needs.

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Many of us are quick to recognize threats to our health. We avoid coughing and sniffling employees at work. We get our flu shots. We eat as healthy as our will allows. We try to balance some kind of exercise with our busy schedules. But while many homeowners in Greensboro, North Carolina, are aware of their personal health, they are less aware of threats to their HVAC systems’ health, which could consequently affect their own. Keep your eye out for these five threats to HVAC health, and you’ll build a healthier, more efficient, and comfortable home.

Bad Heating and Cooling Habits

Your HVAC system is constantly at the mercy of your heating and cooling habits. How hard you run your system will inevitably determine how long it will provide the comfort you demand. Unfortunately, too many homeowners run their systems inefficiently, forcing units to keep homes far cooler or warmer than they need to be. The closer your thermostat setting is to the temperature outside, the less strain your system will experience and the more you’ll extend its lifespan. If you want maximum efficiency this spring and summer, try not to let your thermostat setting dip below 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

A dirty home is more than a health risk, it can also become a threat to your HVAC system’s health. Too much clutter, especially around your HVAC unit, vents, and heat registers, will restrict airflow and force the unit to work harder to maintain comfort. This reduces its lifespan. Dust, dirt, and debris around your indoor air handler can also add to system strain. To mitigate the effects of poor indoor air quality on your HVAC system, clean around your unit often, keep your living space as clutter-free as possible, and remove debris around your outdoor compressor.

Air Leaks

Anything that forces your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to will inevitably cut time from its lifespan, and few things strain your unit more than air leaks around your home. These leaks allow outside air to enter your home and affect the temperature while allowing controlled air to escape. You can identify air leaks by looking for excess dust and dirt around windows and doors, and by evaluating the insulation throughout your living space. Seal leaks where you can, and insulate unfinished areas of your home to put a stop to air leaks.

Inefficient HVAC Size

HVAC size is a crucial aspect of your system’s health. Sometimes, however, an HVAC system isn’t properly fitted for the load requirements of your living space. Those load requirements include the square footage and design of the home, as well as how many windows and doors the building has plus the surrounding climate, and much more.

An HVAC system that’s smaller than the needs demanded by the load will struggle to maintain comfort and never get there, straining the unit, hiking up your utility costs, and cutting its lifespan. A system that’s larger than the needs of the load will short cycle constantly, also contributing to higher energy bills and a shorter system lifespan. Schedule an HVAC inspection to guarantee your system is properly sized for your home.

Lack of Professional Maintenance

Imagine how poor your health would be if you never consulted a medical professional. Just as you need doctors to give you care when necessary, your HVAC system needs the trained hands of professional technicians to continue running efficiently. Without regular professional maintenance, the otherwise minor wear and tear your unit experiences will escalate to become system-crippling problems. During a maintenance appointment, a professional technician will thoroughly inspect your unit, clean your system, and conduct any necessary repairs. You should schedule professional maintenance at least twice a year, ideally in the spring and fall.

Don’t let threats to your HVAC system’s health lead to higher utility costs, reduced comfort, and an early system failure. To cut HVAC threats early, schedule professional maintenance with Air Treatment by calling 336-790-3206.

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Many people like to think that bigger is better. Bigger houses, bigger meals, and bigger bulk items from Costco. When it comes to HVAC systems, however, a bigger system in High Point, NC doesn’t mean better comfort. Unless properly sized for your home’s needs, your HVAC system could be contributing to high utility bills, reduced energy-efficiency, and poor comfort. Here’s what you need to know about your HVAC system’s size.

HVAC Size and Load Requirements

Since every home is unique, every home requires a certain size HVAC system. The ideal size of an HVAC system depends on a load requirement that’s determined by measuring how many British Thermal Units (otherwise known as BTUs) are necessary to maintain comfort in your specific living space. In order to determine load requirements, HVAC experts conduct a number of measurements and evaluations, but, unfortunately, some home developers simply calculate square footage and throw in a system that fits only that measurement.

More goes into determining load requirement than measuring square footage. In addition to the physical dimensions of your home, load requirements are also dependent on your particular climate, the natural light or shade a room receives, the number and position of windows and doors, the amount of insulation, the efficiency of your duct network, the number of residents, and more.

HVAC Size and Energy Efficiency

Is an ineffectively-sized HVAC system really a significant problem? If you consider high utility costs, cut HVAC lifespans, and reduced comfort problems, then yes. A system that’s too small for its load requirement will always struggle to maintain comfort. That strain takes its toll on both your bills and on your small system.

But run a system that’s larger than your home needs, and your unit will likely short cycle, meaning that it will spend most of its time in its energy-sucking start-up phase before turning off too quickly. Your home may not be adequately cooled or dehumidified. That constant short cycling will also hike up your utility costs and damage your system.

Don’t let incorrect HVAC size put another unnecessary burden on you and your family. To have your HVAC size inspected, call Air Treatment at 336-790-3206.

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Winter is a time of year when the lack of moisture in the air can cause your home’s indoor air to become too dry. Using a humidifier is a great way to add moisture back into the air, and it can even improve indoor air quality. This is especially beneficial if you suffer from allergies or asthma.

You have a number of options to choose from to improve your Winston-Salem, North Carolina, home’s indoor air quality this winter. From whole home air purifiers to UV lamps and humidifiers, a professional HVAC contractor can help you pick an option that best suits your needs and preferences.

Whole-Home Air Purifier

A whole-home air purifier filters and cleans the air in your entire home. The air purification system is installed within your heating and cooling unit to ensure you receive year-round air treatment. It’s very important to regularly change the filter on the air purification system. Once it becomes clogged, its effectiveness in treating the air is greatly hindered.

UV Lamps

UV lamps work great as an air treatment option because they kill a variety of airborne allergens, such as dust mites, germs, bacteria, and more. The UV lamps are connected to the HVAC system and constantly clean the air as it passes through the ductwork. UV lamps emit light that damages DNA in cells such as bacteria. The damage to DNA either kills the cell or removes its ability to reproduce.

Humidifiers

Proper humidity control is essential to minimize the growth of bacteria, the spread of viruses, and the number of dust mites in your home. By using a humidifier, you can easily add moisture back into the air inside your home during the winter, which translates into better indoor air quality. It also gives you better control over your asthma and allergy symptoms.

Air Treatment specializes in a variety of indoor air quality services and products. Contact us today at 336-740-9895 to learn more about your winter options for improving the quality of the air inside your home.

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Your HVAC system is vital to maintaining the comfort of your North Carolina home. Unfortunately, over time, your HVAC system may begin to show signs that it needs repair or replacement. One way in which your system may be telling you that there’s a problem is with the noises that it makes. Here are five HVAC noises you should never ignore.

Clanging

Clanging or metal-on-metal sounds often mean that there is a part that has slipped loose and is hitting the other parts of the system. This is most commonly a blower wheel or a bearing. If you hear this, shut your system off immediately to prevent further damage.

Loud Pops or Bangs

Banging and popping noises often indicate a delay in the pilot igniting. This could be due to dirty burners, which can lead to excess gas buildup. When the ignition finally occurs, the excess gas will cause a loud bang.

Whining or Squealing

High-pitched whining or squealing often is a sign that one or more parts in your system need oil. It also could be a sign that the blower belt is frayed or slipping and needs adjustment or replacement. The worst-case scenario is a problem with your blower.

Rattling

Rattling noises are often a sign that the ductwork has become loose. Your ducts may need a simple tightening of the screws, sealing or replacement. If you tighten the screws on the vents and returns and still hear the noise, contact a professional.

Rumbling

If your system is fueled by gas or oil and you hear a rumbling noise, you should shut the system off immediately and contact an HVAC technician. This type of noise is typically a serious issue with your burner and can be a fire hazard.

If you hear any of the HVAC noises listed above, give Air Treatment a call today. Our experienced HVAC technicians will determine the problem and get your system back up and running in no time.

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The indoor air quality in your North Carolina home can be a top concern, especially if you have family members that suffer from asthma or allergies. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips that you can follow that can improve the indoor air quality in your home and help everyone breathe a little easier.

Make Sure You Have Proper Ventilation

Getting the proper airflow is essential, as it removes the stagnant air and refreshes the air of the interior. While opening the windows and doors when the weather is nice can help improve your air flow, this may not always be practical during cold weather or if you live in a busy city. Instead, you can have a ventilator installed that will allow the air from the outside to pass through a filter removing impurities before it enters your home.

Use Beeswax Candles to Purify the Air

Beeswax candles release negative ions that provide them with purifying air qualities. Since pollen, dust, dirt, and other pollutants carry a positive charge, the negative ions released will attract the positive ions and attract them into the candle. The other plus is that they can create a wonderful smell throughout your home.

Decorate With Air-Purifying Household Plants

Many household plants have air-purifying qualities. They aid in removing toxins from your home while also producing extra oxygen. They also can help improve the look and smell of your home. Plants that are best at improving the indoor air in your home include bamboo palm, English ivy, Gerbera daisies, and red-edged dracaena.

Consider Installing an Air Purifier

Air purifiers can be stand-alone units or installed with your HVAC system. When the air is circulated through the home, it will pass through a filter, removing the impurities before returning it out through the vents in your home. Air purifiers can not only remove contaminants but also dust, pollen, and pet dander. This can help lessen allergy and asthma symptoms.

Use Natural or Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

While it’s important to keep your home clean to improve the indoor air quality by removing dust and pet hair and dander, using chemical cleaning products can release high levels of volatile air compounds into the air, which can reduce the overall air quality. To prevent releasing more contaminants into your indoor air, you can clean your home with green cleaning products with natural solutions such as lemon and vinegar.

Wash Your Linens on a Regular Basis

Dust mites, dead skin, pollen, and pet dander can end up on your bedding. When this debris builds up, you may find yourself feeling tired or lethargic, or you may notice that your allergy symptoms have become worse. To combat this, consider washing and changing your sheets and bedding at least once a week and keep your pets off your bed when possible.

Regularly Clean Your Home

The built-up dirt in your home can not only ruin the indoor air quality of your home but can also circulate through your HVAC system, coating the interior of your ducts with dirt as well. You should keep a regular cleaning schedule that involves wiping surfaces, dusting, and vacuuming. Tasks such as vacuuming should be done more often when you have one or more pets in the home.

Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance

Over time, your HVAC system will become dirty as the dust and dirt in your home are drawn back into it. During your scheduled HVAC maintenance, your technician will not only check for damaged or worn parts but will also thoroughly clean your HVAC parts. Once cleaned, there will be less dirt and debris circulating through your system and out of the vents.

Change Your Filter Often

When your filter becomes clogged, it not only makes your HVAC system work less efficiently but also will impede airflow, allowing dust and dirt to settle at a quicker rate. Also, if it’s too dirty, it won’t be able to perform as well and will not properly remove the contaminants from getting into your home.

Improve the indoor air quality in your home and lessen allergy and asthma symptoms by trying some of these tips. To find out more ways to improve your home’s IAQ, or schedule HVAC maintenance, contact Air Treatment today to schedule an appointment.

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Keep your commercial HVAC system running in top condition in your Greensboro, North Carolina, business with proper maintenance. In order to optimize your HVAC system’s performance and efficiency, regular professional maintenance is vital. Here are four ways that preventative maintenance can help optimize your commercial HVAC system.

Improved Performance

Without proper maintenance, your complex commercial HVAC system can fail, break, or malfunction at several points. The system’s ductwork, motors, blowers, condensers, thermostat controls, and everything in between work seamlessly to heat and cool your commercial building. They must all be tuned, calibrated, cleaned, and maintained on a regular basis for optimum performance.

Fewer Repairs

As a business owner, you are constantly trying to keep unnecessary costs to a minimum. Commercial HVAC emergency repairs are expensive. In addition, suffering a breakdown or malfunction during peak operating hours could be extremely detrimental to your business’ bottom line. Professional technicians are able to spot a variety of issues and repair them before they become serious and require expensive emergency repairs. We also carry an extensive line of replacement parts to keep your HVAC system performing smoothly and efficiently.

Keep Employees and Customers Comfortable

Employee productivity increases when they are working in a comfortable environment. Customers will remain in your establishment longer when the temperature is properly controlled. Regular maintenance on your commercial HVAC system will also improve the indoor air quality of the building helping to prevent employees and customers from getting sick. When the system is clean, the ignition system and burners are firing properly, and the filtration system is thoroughly and regularly cleaned, you can prevent “sick building syndrome.”

Extend the Lifespan of Your System

Your commercial HVAC system is a major financial investment and it’s essential to keep the system running efficiently for as long as you can. The median lifespan of a commercial HVAC system is approximately 15 years. However, with regular maintenance, the life expectancy of the system may exceed the average number.

Consistent inspection, maintenance, and timely repairs are essential in optimizing your commercial HVAC system. To schedule a maintenance appointment with Air Treatment Inc., call us today at 336-790-3206.

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