Providing the latest updates and news on all things HVAC, Advent helps customers with the air conditioning and heating decisions they may face. Their mission is to be one of the industry leaders in home comfort solutions by providing HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair services to residential and commercial clients throughout the North Texas area.
Accompanying the joys of summer is a variety of odors that start wafting through your home. Pets that smell from outdoor play, clothing with a distinct stench of sweat, and that once-appetizing aroma of barbecue that lingers for days. Eradicating smells in your house is a tough but achievable chore!
Smell something funky? Safety first!
If you’re not sure of the source of the smell, make sure that it’s not a safety issue. Some odors could indicate a severe hazard. If you smell any of these distinct smells, be sure to take proper action:
Rotten eggs or sulfur could indicate a gas leak. If you suspect a gas leak, leave the area immediately and do not use any electrical switches of devices. For more information, visit Texas 811.
Burning or fishy smell could be an electrical fire. Even if you do not see a flame, there could be one behind your ceiling or walls. Leave your home and call 911 immediately.
When it comes to the safety of the air quality in your home, you should also take precautions against carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide can arise from car engines or faulty furnaces. CO is odorless, but it is hazardous to your family. The best way to protect your loved ones from carbon monoxide is to install a CO monitor on each floor of your house.
Advent offers a high-quality carbon monoxide monitor that alerts you at levels as low as 5 PPM. Most store-bought detectors only warn you at 70 PPM or higher. Since long-term exposure at levels higher than 15 PPM can be dangerous, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Call us today to start protecting your family.
Temporary Solution: Masking Smells in your House
Probably the most common technique for dealing with unwanted odors is to conceal them with fragrances. While using candles, room sprays, or plug-in scents does camouflage some odors temporarily; there are several downsides to this approach.
Second, these techniques are local only to a small area in your home. You’ll only be able to smell the fragrance within two or three feet of the device. To get the full effect of a fragrance, you need to place several air fresheners all-around your home. And if you use something temporary like a candle or room spray, the scent will only last a short while. Then you’re back to the foul smells.
And finally, chemical room scents are merely disguising the source smells rather than eliminating them. That means you’re adding chemicals to your air, which can be unhealthy for your family to breathe.
How to Permanently Eliminate Stinky Smells in your Entire House
The foul smells are created in your home when a substance releases molecules into the air. For instance, a sweaty dog or steaming food emits many odor-ridden air molecules into your home. The more easily something gives off molecules, the stronger the smell.
So, the only way to permanently eliminate stinky smells is to wipe out those smelly molecules directly. One way to treat all of the air in your entire home is to use a product in conjunction with your HVAC system. Luckily, there are effective products available that will wipe out odors in your home.
BiPolar 2400 from Air Oasis – We love this product because it is made in Texas and can be used with any HVAC system. The BiPolar 2400 fights allergens and contaminants with unique bipolar ionization technology. After installation, it’s completely maintenance-free.
Air Scrubber from Aerus – This product uses NASA technology to clean every air molecule in your home. The air scrubber produces negative ions that move through your home and eliminate contaminants in indoor air.
Air Purifier – Air purifiers capture and remove contaminants that cause smells in your home. Although there are local air purifiers you can buy for individual rooms, we recommend air purifiers that install in your ductwork. That way, your whole house gets the benefit of cleaner air.
Ready to put a Stop to Smells in your House?
Advent Air Conditioning, Inc. provides a wide variety of indoor air quality products. No matter what stench you’re dealing with, we can help guide you to the right solution for both your peace of mind and your budget. Call us today to learn more about our air quality products and start breathing (and smelling!) cleaner air, sooner.
So you just bought a new home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Congratulations! Whether this is your first home, or just the most recent move, you are probably discovering all sorts of quirks about your house. The list of home repairs and improvements can be long and overwhelming, especially in the first year of ownership. New homeowners should make sure that AC Service is near the top of the list.
It is easy for something like HVAC to fall off the radar. If your air conditioner is working okay, it may not enter your mind as a high priority to get serviced. But, regular HVAC maintenance is vital to the ongoing ability of your system to operate smoothly.
Wasn’t the HVAC looked at during the home inspection?
A good home inspection company will visually inspect your heating and air conditioning system. They will look for critical problems that are apparent when looking at the system in your attic. Also, a home inspector will evaluate the age of the system by looking at the serial number for the unit.
But, new homeowners should know that a home inspection is no substitute for a service of your AC system.
“A home inspection is no substitute for a service of your AC system.”
Your air conditioning system has moving mechanical parts that require regular servicing. Consider if your vehicle only received a visual inspection instead of regular oil changes. If you never changed the oil in your car, you can expect more frequent breakdowns and a shorter lifespan. Similarly, air conditioners require regular service to ensure performance and system longevity.
Avoid costly repairs with preventative maintenance
The biggest reason new homeowners should schedule an AC service is to avoid future issues. Even if your HVAC appears to be running just fine, there could be unseen problems.
Here’s one example from a recent AC service for a new homeowner. This customer had no complaints about how their air conditioner was operating.
However, during the service we noticed a major problem. The drain pan under their coil was completely rusted. Rusty drain pans develop holes which can lead to costly water damage.
Had this new homeowner not scheduled service for their AC system, they could have been dealing with a huge headache later on. They would have had to repair not only the air conditioner, but also replace attic insulation, check for mold, and even fix drywall on the ceilings. Suffice to say a simple AC service saved this homeowner hundreds – possibly thousands of dollars in home repairs.
How often should you have your HVAC serviced?
Your heating and air conditioning system should be serviced twice a year. You want to make sure your systems are in good shape right before the heaviest season,
Air conditioners should be serviced in the spring
Heating systems should be serviced in the fall
So, a service technician should be visiting your home about every 6 months. It can be tough to remember to schedule your seasonal tune-ups, so we came up with a solution. Advent offers maintenance plans to ensure your system gets the regular maintenance it needs.
When you are a member of our preventative maintenance plan, you’ll always receive a reminder to schedule your service. Plus, the cost of your maintenance visits is broken up into a low monthly payment. For many of our customers, this makes it easier to budget for the visit. And, maintenance program members get discounts on parts and priority service, making it a great deal.
How new homeowners can schedule AC service
At Advent, we make scheduling HVAC service simple. Just give us a call or fill out our online form for HVAC maintenance and we’ll arrange to visit your home as soon as we are able. We are consistently recognized as one of the best contractors in the industry, so you can trust that the team at Advent will provide the best service in the DFW area.
Buying a new HVAC system can be a major home improvement expense. Homeowners should keep their eyes peeled for the best deals. And if you’re savvy, you can stack up discounts and save a ton of money on your new HVAC purchase.
The best trick to saving the most money on a new HVAC system is to combine multiple promotions. You might be familiar with grocery store coupons, which often can’t be combined. But promotions on new HVAC units can almost always be used together! HVAC rebates, manufacturer specials, and financing can be used simultaneously to get the best deal. The key is to make sure you understand how each of these offers work and that you are following the guidelines for all of the programs. Your wallet will thank you!
Rebates: The Best Kept Secret to Save Money on HVAC Systems
Rebates are a great way to save money on a new HVAC system. Right now DFW customers can save over $4,600 on a new HVAC system.
But how do rebates work? Well, rebates are simply a discount on your purchase. With a grocery coupon you receive the discount before you pay your final total. But with a rebate, you get the discount after your purchase.
Once you have paid for your new air conditioner, you will complete the application for a rebate. Don’t worry – the application is always very simple. Usually, you’ll just need a receipt and verification of the installation. The most important thing is to make sure the AC unit you are buying meets the requirements of the rebate program. At Advent, we know all of the rules regarding our local Dallas/Fort Worth rebates. So if you want to be sure your new system qualifies for that huge discount, give us a call at 469-240-5456 and we can walk you through the process.
Save Huge Amounts of Money with Carrier’s Cool Cash HVAC Rebates
Every once in a while, manufacturers run amazing deals on new HVAC systems. If you’re ready to buy, you can save a ton of money. Right now is one of those times!
Carrier is offering a great rebate on brand new cooling systems. You can save up to $1,650 on a qualifying Carrier purchase. This is the very best deal we can offer. And, Cool Cash only comes around twice a year at most. So when Cool Cash is active, it’s the right time to buy. Cool Cash is only available through June 30th.
HVAC Rebates from Local Utilties
In Dallas/Fort Worth, there are even more rebates you can use to save money on a new HVAC unit.
Rebates encourage homeowners to choose high-efficiency products to cool and heat their home. Efficient AC units are a great way to reduce your energy bill each month – and that’s just one reason you should go green. But when many homeowners choose these energy-saving products, the utility companies benefit because there is less strain on the electrical grid. As an incentive for you to choose high-SEER units, utility companies offer a discount on your new HVAC purchase.
Advent has partnered with local electricity provider Oncor to offer even more rebates to our customers. You can save up to $1,140 on a new air conditioner or up to $2,940 on a heat pump. Oncor’s Take a Load Off, Texas program is a great way to save on a high-efficiency system. For units to quality, they must have a SEER rating above 18 and an EER rating above 12.
Combine HVAC Rebates and Save Money
Here is the icing on the cake: you don’t have to pick one rebate or the other, or figure out which one will give you the most benefit. You can take advantage of BOTH!
By combining rebates, you can save huge amounts on an HVAC purchase, making it very affordable. Your budget will thank you!
Financing your new HVAC System
One more way you can save money on your new HVAC system is with financing. Cooling systems are replaced only every 10-15 years, and heating systems even longer. So you may not remember to budget or plan for such a large expense. But if your AC or furnace is on its last legs, you should replace it now before you are in a situation where you have to make quick, potentially hasty decisions. If you’re ready to replace but don’t have the money saved up, consider financing.
With financing, the cost of your new heating or cooling system is broken up in small payments over the course of up to 72 months! Depending on your credit, you may be eligible for 0% APR interest rate. That means that your HVAC will cost exactly the same whether you have small monthly payments or you pay up-front. If the price of an HVAC system is what is keeping you from buying now, please reach out to us to discuss your financing options.
Advent Air Conditioning: Leading the Way & Helping you Save!
With over 30 years of experience in installing new HVAC systems around the DFW metroplex, we know how to help our customers save big. Our team of professionals is ready to answer your questions about incentives, rebates, and financing. Place your trust in the award-winning experts at Advent – plenty of your neighbors already have! If you’re ready to start saving, contact us!
As a homeowner in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, you know how important it is to keep your home in good shape. Regular HVAC maintenance is critical to ensuring a comfortable home and preventing unexpected breakdowns. But if you haven’t had an AC tune-up recently (…or ever!) you may not know what to expect from a visit.
This post covers everything you need to know about the AC tune-up experience with Advent.
Scheduling your AC Tune-Up
Scheduling an AC tune-up visit is very easy. Our online form for HVAC maintenance makes it simple to provide all of your information and your preferred day and time for the visit. Once you submit the form, one of our friendly dispatchers will call you to confirm your appointment time. Alternatively, you can call us at 469-240-5456 to schedule the visit right away.
Once your appointment is scheduled, you’ll receive a confirmation text and email within just a few minutes. All the information you need for your AC tune up is in this message for your convenience.
Preparing Your Home for an AC Tune-Up
Sometimes our customers ask how they should prepare their home for an AC tune-up. Oftentimes, people feel obligated to tidy their home before our technicians arrive. Rest assured we have seen homes of all conditions!
The most important thing is that we have a clear path to access your air conditioning equipment for servicing. Here are a few things you can do to help your AC tune-up run smoothly:
Clear the Path to your Indoor Systems – Most indoor systems in DFW homes are located in the attic. So, do a visual inspection of the area from the front door to the attic. We’re always careful when entering your home, but we do bring in a large toolkit and bulky test equipment. If there is any furniture in the pathway, it may be helpful to move it out of the way. Relocate any valuable artwork or knick knacks on tables.
Move Storage Boxes – If you have any containers or boxes that are located right next to your furnace, we’ll have to move those to access your equipment for servicing. If you can temporarily put them in a new place ahead of your visit, that would be helpful!
Check Around your Outdoor Unit – Pick up any toys or debris that may be around your outdoor unit. If you have plants or trees, make sure they are trimmed back so that we can adequately service your system. Keeping the area around your outdoor unit clear is good practice all year round for the best efficiency.
Before the Technician Arrives
Life moves fast, and sometimes you need a little reminder. The day before your technician arrives, you’ll receive another notification via email and text message.
We have all dealt with service professionals that don’t send any communications after the scheduling. This can leave you feeling uncertain of whether or not the appointment is still happening. With our reminder of your AC tune-up, you’ll never be left wondering.
The Day of your AC Tune-Up Visit
When you schedule your AC tune-up, you’ll be given a 3-hour window in which our team will arrive. But, that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck at your home waiting. At Advent, we send a notification about an hour before our technician will be arriving at your house. That gives you the freedom to be out and about, or even stay at the office, until you know for sure we’re on our way.
Customers receive both an email and text that our technician is on the way. In addition, we include a picture of our HVAC tech. This way, you can trust to open your door to the right person. We really believe in making sure our customers feel comfortable with our team. That’s why we include the picture with our notification.
When our technician is on their way, this is a good time to begin securing any pets.
One thing to keep in mind is the weather. If it is raining, thundering, or lightning on the day of your AC tune up, we may need to reschedule. This is for the safety of our technicians.
What To Expect During Your AC Tune-Up
When our friendly technician arrives, they will be wearing our logo-embossed uniform. He or she will introduce themselves to you. You’ll receive a professional packet of information about our company, and more information about your HVAC system.
It is important to us that we respect your home during our visit. Our technician will put on shoe covers before entering your home. And, we’ll place a plastic sheet to protect your floors before lowering the ladder to your attic.
During the visit, the technician will be doing a combination of preventative maintenance and operation checks. For example, your technician will clean your indoor coils, ensure your condensate drain is not blocked, and check that the air temperatures your system is generating are within an acceptable range. We will also change your air filter, rinse your outdoor unit, and check for any problems in your system.
Should our team see any issues that need your attention, they will advise you after the visit is complete. And, we’ll provide a quote on-the-spot for what those fixes will cost. In some cases, we’ll be able to perform the repair on the same day. Other times, we may need to order a specific part, and we’ll need to return for the repair.
The entire visit will take somewhere between an hour to an hour and a half for homes with one air conditioning system. In extraordinary circumstances, the visit may take as long as two hours. This is especially true if you haven’t had your system serviced in quite some time. Visits will definitely take longer if you have multiple air conditioners serving your house.
After Your AC Tune-Up
Before departing, our technician will review any key issues with you. Some items will be more critical than others. Our knowledgeable techs are happy to answer any questions you have about your system.
Throughout the tune-up visit, our technicians store key information about your air conditioning system on a tablet. We are better able to service your home in the future when we have this information on hand. For example, we can track and compare readings over time to see how your equipment is performing. Also, we can be sure we have the correct filter size on-hand when we arrive at your home.
A report with all of this information will be sent to you for your records. Not only is this helpful information for you, it can be great information to have on-hand if you decide to sell your home.
After the AC tune-up, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a properly maintained HVAC system. Not only will your air conditioning run more efficiently, but you have extended its life as well. Your mind will be at ease knowing that you will have headed off any unexpected breakdowns over the summer. You and your family will enjoy a cool, comfortable summer despite the Texas heat.
The Best AC Service in Dallas/Fort Worth
Now that you know what to expect from an AC tune-up, it’s time to schedule your service. We’d be honored to serve you. As the award-winning experts in HVAC, we lead the way in providing the absolute best customer service. We guarantee you won’t get better service from any other company in the area. Contact us today to schedule your preventive maintenance visit.
Living in Texas, triple-digit temps are a common occurrence. So it’s no surprise that a common complaint we hear about a home’s heating and cooling system is that it’s simply not keeping up with the demand. But more frequently, people talk about just one room being hot. It seems every home has a hot spot. It can definitely be frustrating to have most of your home at a comfortable temperature, but just one room uncomfortable.
While many of these hot spots can be fixed with just small adjustments, some require a little more work. And in some cases — you have to make a call on whether you want to truly fix the problem with an expensive repair, or make do with what you have.
In this blog, we’re sharing a few of the reasons why one room could get hot, while others remain comfortable.
Common Problems that Make One Room Hot
When one room is warmer than it should be, it is not an unsolvable problem. It is simply a matter ofenergy transfer. But the solution isn’t as simple. First, you need to determine what exactly is causing your space to receive less energy than other rooms. Then, our trained experts can help resolve the problem.
Problem 1: Your equipment is undersized
When a new HVAC is installed on a home a calculation is done to determine the heat load. The load is what determines the size of your HVAC equipment. Your load will change over the course of the day and definitely over the course of years.
When your equipment is undersized, you’ll experience a whole host of problems. One issue you may encounter is a room – or many rooms- being too hot. Specifically, the room that is furthest from your air handler may feel warmer than others. That’s because the energy is being transferred and equalizing before it reaches the last space.
If the load in your home is more than what your air conditioner is sized for, then your course of actions are limited:
Use blackout curtains on your windows to prevent too much energy loss
Use devices that generate heat, like coffee pots and clothes dryers, sparingly. Isolate the heat to the room by shutting doors.
Utilize ceiling fans
Seal all of your windows and doors
Make home improvements to improve the insulation of your house, like replacing roof insulation or installing new windows
Add an additional HVAC system like a ductless mini-split to the culprit space. This reduces the load on your original system.
Replace your HVAC system with a larger, right-sized system.
Problem 2: Warm air is rising to your second floor
Perhaps it’s not just one room that is hot, it’s an entire floor of your home! An important science concept for air is that hot air rises in spaces. That’s because cold air is more dense than hot air.
So, as air moves in your home the coldest air will be at the lowest point and your warmest air will be at the highest point. If your entire second floor feels warm, then it could be a result of warm air naturally rising. Another cause may be poor roof insulation.
In this case, some possible courses of action are:
Changing your dampers or air vents to ensure air reaches the second floor
Put more insulation to your attic
Install a ventilation fan in your attic space – this will remove heat from your attic area quickly, so that it doesn’t return to the space
Add a new HVAC system for your second floor
Problem 3: Your Ductwork has Leakage Problems
If your ductwork has lost sealing over time, this can be a major problem for the comfort of your home. If your ducts are leaking, that means you are wasting energy cooling the interior spaces of your home where ductwork travels. In short: the energy that should be used to cool your rooms is not making it there.
Our team can identify leaky ductwork with a few simple tests. Here’s the good news: solving a duct leakage problem is relatively simple. Ducts will be re-sealed with mastic (not duct tape!). To ensure energy is making its way to your spaces and not your attic, we’ll make sure your ductwork is fully insulated.
There can be some complications in sealing ductwork, like if you have a tight crawlspace or hard-to-reach-places. In any case, it’s best to call in the professionals to help! Even if sealing your ducts doesn’t solve your problem, ensuring your ducts are working properly will greatly improve the efficiency of your home.
Problem 4: Your Thermostat is in a Poor Location
Air conditioners control the space temperature based on a sensor that is located in your thermostat. Think for a moment about where your thermostat is located. We bet it’s not in that room that’s too hot!
Contrary to popular belief, your air conditioning system does not sense the air temperature all throughout your home. Most A/Cs only sense temperatures in one single spot. So, that may be a reason why different spaces in your home experience different temperatures.
Thermostats don’t always end up being in the right location. This is especially true if there has been a remodel where doors, windows, or appliances have shifted around in your home.
Thermostats should never be located in spaces that could experience huge temperature swings. If your thermostat shares a wall with a clothes dryer, for example, your AC could be running a lot more than it needs to be. And in the winter, your heat may not kick on if the thermostat senses the space is warm.
Similarly, never place heat generating equipment, like a television, near a thermostat.
A professional can help you relocate a thermostat that not in the optimal location. Another solution is to add a temperature sensor to other spaces in the home, like your hottest room. Special thermostat systems can then determine an average of the space temperature and cool your home adequately.
Problem 5: The vents or dampers in your system need adjustment
Another potential problem that can cause a hot room is that the dampers or vents in your system require adjustment. There are many reasons that a system becomes unbalanced. Two of the most common are:
Room use – perhaps you or a previous homeowner are using spaces for different reasons. For example, an old nursery may be turned into an equipment-heavy office.
Renovation – An HVAC system will definitely become unbalanced if walls are added or removed.
Occasionally, we see vents that are completely closed in an effort to save energy or because an occupant was complaining about the temperature. Sometimes making this change is simple, and other times it can be difficult. So, we recommend calling a professional to assess the situation.
Every Home is Different
Every home is unique. When we try to troubleshoot hotspot problems, we have to assess each home individually. Sometimes, fixing a room that is too hot is as simple as changing a damper or a directional vane. And in other cases, a new system may need to be installed. So, we understand why homeowners feel like they are getting different answers from their neighbors. In fact, you may have totally different recommendations from different AC companies on the right solutions.
Do you have one room that’s hot? We can help
With over 30 years of experience in addressing hot spots, we can identify and solve the true source of your comfort problems. Feel free to take it from your neighbors – we’re the best at resolving hotspots. Hire an award-winning professional HVAC team today and get your home back to being comfortable – in every space!
One question that many homeowners often ask is – how much does HVAC repair cost? The truth is that the answer to this question will vary greatly depending on a number of factors. HVAC repair costs can significantly vary across the country. Not to mention, prices for HVAC repair will vary across local HVAC contractors even within the same zip code.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to know for sure how much HVAC repair costs until you an HVAC contractor inspects your system. Even if you describe the problem to them, they won’t know for sure what the cause is or what the severity of the issue may be until they are able to inspect your system.
HVAC Repair Costs & Service Fee
Though you can’t know for sure how much an HVAC repair will
cost until a technician has inspected your system, you should understand what’s
involved in repair costs before you pick up the phone. Most heating and cooling
contractors will charge a service fee for repair calls, which covers the cost
of the HVAC technician coming to your home and inspecting your unit to
determine the cause of your problems. The service fee will depend on the
When it comes to the repair, contractors charge for this a
little differently. Some HVAC companies will charge for parts and then add a
separate hourly fee for the labor costs. This means that if the technician
takes his or her time replacing the part, you will pay more. Whereas other HVAC
contractors will charge a flat fee for standard repairs. Included in this flat
fee is the cost of the parts plus the cost of the labor. That means that you
don’t pay more if it takes the technician longer to correctly replace the
When you call an HVAC contractor to repair your system, be
sure to ask how their repair pricing works. Find a contractor that is focused
on helping repair your system and restore home comfort rather than nickel and
24/7 Emergency HVAC Repair DFW
Whether your AC breaks down in the middle of a summer night
or you heat goes out on Christmas, you need a reliable HVAC contractor that can
provide quality repair services quickly and affordable. Advent Air Conditioning
has a team of trained and experienced HVAC technicians that are ready to
inspect and repair your system and get your home back to comfortable.
We understand that your HVAC system can break down at the
most inconvenient times. That’s why we offer 24/7 emergency HVAC repair
services. All you need to do is call, and we will do our best to get an HVAC
technician out to your home as soon as possible. After inspecting your system
and identifying the cause of your problem, our HVAC technician will provide a
fair and accurate cost estimate for your repairs. After we get the okay, we
will perform the repair so that you can get back to enjoying your home space.
As we celebrate Earth Day 2019, one great way we can all chip in is by reducing the energy we use. Your home uses a significant amount of energy. But, you don’t have to make drastic changes to make your home more efficient. You can start simple steps today toward energy savings (and reducing your energy costs). In order to help you out, we put together this infographic that shows how you can get started.
Infographic: 6 Tips for Energy Savings
Are you ready to start saving a little more each month on your energy costs? In addition to our home energy efficiency guide, we’ve highlighted six easy energy saving tips that you can start using today:
If you’re ready to see energy savings in your utility bill, give us a call. With over 30 years in the HVAC business, our team at Advent knows what to look for. For example, we know how important preventative maintenance is key to an efficient home. Call us at 469-240-5456 and we’ll schedule one of our highly-trained technicians to visit your home.
It’s time for Spring Cleaning and our experts here at Advent want you to add your HVAC to your tidying list. Since air conditioning is so important to a comfortable home during our hot Dallas/Fort Worth summers, Spring is a great time to do a quick check on your HVAC system. Here are some Spring HVAC maintenance tips to get your A/C ready for summer.
Replace Your Filters
Your air filter is what traps the airborne dust in your home. Replacing your dirty filter will not greatly improve your indoor air quality, which is extra important as a part to maintain your HVAC in Spring. Air filters are available in many sizes, so before your buy a replacement make sure you have the correct dimensions that your air handler requires.
You can have your air filters shipped to your front door by ordering them from an online air conditioning supply store. And since air filters should be replaced at least every three months, we offer a subscription service so that your air filters are shipped to you automatically on a regular basis.
An important tip: if you plan to do a deep dusting of your home during the Spring, replace your HVAC air filter after your cleaning is complete. This way, your new air vent won’t become dirty and clogged immediately after install.
Clean Your Air Vents
Air vents help direct conditioned air into your spaces, but their shape can cause buildup of dust and grime which isn’t a pretty sight to see. A vacuum cleaner with an extender rod can be used to suck up any visible dust on your HVAC components.
If you can reach your vents, you can use an old rag with warm, soapy water to wipe away any residue on the vents. For an even deeper Spring clean of your AC vents, remove them from the wall or ceiling using a screwdriver. Then, use a broom to brush away any extra dust from the vents.
Schedule a Professional Tune Up
The best thing you can do for HVAC maintenance in Spring to prepare your Hsystem for Summer is to have a professional swing by for a tune-up. Air conditioners contain moving components that require regular spot checks and lubrication to ensure the best performance. A professional can also help you identify and replace any parts that may be breaking down – helping you avoid a costly and uncomfortable emergency visit during the summer.
Did you know we spend over 90% of our time indoors? The bad news is the air we’re breathing indoors may not be as fresh as you may think. According to the EPA, indoor air can be as much as 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. You may be thinking you need a whole house air purifier!
Homes are being constructed “tighter” than ever with better seals, improved insulation, and less porous materials. While this results in a more efficient home, the paths for fresh air to get in are limited – and the same for polluted indoor air to get out. Normal activities like cooking, cleaning, and sweating in your home gym add pollutants to your indoor air. Without any fresh air being introduced to your home, the air in your home is simply recirculating. Traditional air filters only capture larger dust particles – the smaller airborne contaminants will still be in the air you and your family is breathing.
Fortunately, there are technologies available for whole house air purification. At Advent, we offer two different types of technologies to our Dallas/Fort Worth customers for their indoor air quality needs: Air Scrubbers and Air Purifiers.
Let’s talk about dust atoms
Before we dig in to how these technologies work, let’s revisit a bit of chemistry basics. Recall that molecular atoms consist of positive, neutral, and negative elements called protons, neutrons, and electrons. An atom is neutral if it has equal numbers of protons and electrons. An ion is an atom that has missing or extra electrons. When an atom is missing electrons, there are more protons in that atom so it is called a positive ion. When an atom has extra electrons, the atom is a negative ion. An atom will always seek to be neutral. So, when an atom is ionized, it will seek out another ion to bond with to become a stable and happy atom.
This is important, because most pollutants in the air have a positive charge. To truly clean the air at the molecular level, we need to infuse the air with negative ions. Both air scrubbers and air purifiers use negative ionization to wipe out contaminants, but the approach is different for each technology.
What is an Air Purifier?
An air purifier is an air cleaning device that captures and kills contaminants within the purifier itself. The air purifier is installed inside your existing ductwork. As air recirculates through your air handler it passes through the device.
The first component in an air purifier is an ionization array, which creates both positive and negative ions. Then the polluted air – along with the positive and negative ions – then passes through a fiber filter material that has been electrically charged. The electrical charge causes the positive and negative ions to separate – like positive and negative ends of magnet. This process is called polarization. The ions then attach themselves to opposite sides of the filter.
‘The air particles within the pollutant atoms suddenly become attracted to both sides of the filter – seeking to join up with the positive ions or the negative ions. This causes the atom to stretch and ultimately separate – destroying the pathogen. Finally, air travels through a filter with an high MERV rating – capturing any larger particles that were not destroyed by the electrical ionization process.
So, do air purifiers work? In a word, yes. dirty air enters the air purifier, and clean air leaves it. After several recirculations of the air in your home, all of the air will become pure.
Our Comfort Care Advisor Sarah shows a customer an Air Scrubber.
What is an Air Scrubber?
An air scrubber is an air cleaning device that utilizes a search and retrieve method to eliminate contaminants in indoor air. As air flows through your ductwork system, the air scrubber continuously produces negative ions. Those negative ions are sent out on a mission to find and bring back the pollutants floating in your air that are too small to be captured by your normal air filter.
To create the negative ions, an Air Scrubber contains small metal tubes. The tubes are arranged in the shape of a honeycomb which have a special coating. Air travels through the tubes and then passes through a section that contains an ultraviolent (or UV) light. As a result negative ions are created and sent on their way to clean your air.
Once the negative ions are in the air in your home, they seek to match up with positively charged particles, like bacteria, pollen, or other allergens. When the negative ions and positive particles bond, they create larger, heavier particles that can no longer float in the air. Instead, they fall to the ground or on surfaces. When your air handler’s fan is turned on, it will pull the newly-formed, larger dirt particles through your ductwork system, ultimately landing and sticking to your air filter.
During the first week of operation – while the air scrubber is first cleansing your home’s air – you may notice an increase in dust around your home which can be swept, vacuumed, or wiped up. Think of this like a one-time spring cleaning. After the first operation, you shouldn’t notice a much dust at all.
To summarize, the air scrubber creates ions that do the heavy lifting within the spaces of your home, with the dirt and particles coming to their final resting place on your air handler’s filter.
So, which air cleaner is right for me?
Both air purifiers and air scrubbers use the chemistry of ionization to clean the air. This means that both devices will deep-clean your air, eliminating up to 99% of airborne particles. If you are seeking to purify the air in your home, both choices will get you there.
The advantage to an air purifier is that the cleansing process happens within the device itself. Pure air leaves the device, delivering clean, fresh air to your space immediately after installation. On the downside, an air purifier will require regular maintenance to replace the high-efficiency MERV filter. Filters of a higher MERV rating – which are the kind that air purifiers have – will be more expensive than the more common air filters used in an air handler.
By comparison, the air scrubber does not have any components that will require regular replacement – set it and forget it. And while it may seem disconcerting that the cleansing work is happening in your space rather than within the device itself, the air scrubber has a key advantage in the fact that the negative ions will also attach to particles on surfaces in your home like countertops, doorknobs, and light switches. An air purifier can only clean particles that are airborne. So – if you are seeking both clean air and clean surfaces, an air scrubber is the way to go.
Advent Air Conditioning offers both air purifier and air scrubber technology to our Dallas/Fort Worth customers. Contact us today to discuss your home’s indoor air quality with one of our comfort advisors.
HIf you’re in the market for a new heating and cooling system, you’ve probably got a lot of questions, especially if this is your first time purchasing a new HVAC system. We often get the same types of questions from our customers about buying a new air conditioner or heater and about HVAC installation. That’s why we’ve put together a list of HVAC installation FAQs to try to anticipate some of the questions you might have and help you during the research process.
Here are just a few of the most frequently asked questions
we get about HVAC installation:
When should I purchase a new heating or air conditioning system?
You should purchase a new heating or air conditioning system
when your current HVAC system is no longer able to support your home comfort
needs. Sometimes this can be hard to determine, but here are some general signs
that it’s time to purchase a new system:
You have had
your system for 10 years or longer. Ten years is the average lifespan of a
typical heating and cooling system. While some quality brands may last longer
than a decade, you’ll need to make a decision based on your system’s ability to
keep you comfortable.
energy bills are through the roof. If you start to notice your energy bills
increasing over time, and your system doesn’t need any repairs, then it may be
time to replace your HVAC system with a more energy efficient model.
of repair is higher than replacement. Older HVAC systems and those that are
on their way out will require more and more repairs as time goes on. If your
total cost of repairs is close to or more than it would cost to replace your
system, it probably makes more sense to just get a new system installed.
How can I find the HVAC system that’s right for me?
Just as every home has different comfort needs, they also
have different criteria for the ideal heating and cooling system. The best way
to find the HVAC system that’s right for you is to do a little research and
comparison shopping. Focus on which features each system can provide and narrow
it down to a list of systems that are able to meet your home comfort needs and your budget.
At Advent Air Conditioning, we recommend Carrier home
comfort systems to our customers. Not only is Carrier a trusted name in HVAC with
quality heating and cooling equipment, but they also offer a range of different
options to meet our customers’ needs across the board. Browse our Carrier products page to learn more
about your options for a new Carrier home comfort system.
What is the proper size HVAC system for my home?
The proper size HVAC system for your home depends on a number
of factors, including construction, window size and placement, ceiling height,
and other important variables. That’s why it’s vital that you get help from a
professional HVAC technician who specializes in new HVAC system installation. A
professional load calculation will help ensure that you are buying the right
size system for your home.
And why does size matter? Well, if your HVAC system is too
large for your space, it will turn on and off frequently when trying to get
your home to the right temperature. The frequent starting and stopping of your
system could cause unnecessary wear and tear to your system’s parts. Not to
mention, this can be a drain on your energy bill. Similarly, a system that’s
too small will have to work harder than it should to keep your home
comfortable, which results in unnecessary wear and tear, excessive energy use,
and even an inability to stay comfortable.
How to save on HVAC installation?
There are a variety of ways that you can save on your new
HVAC system installation:
Take advantage of dealer special promotions that
offer money off a new system or installation costs.
Use factory rebates to save significantly on a
brand new quality HVAC system.
Replace your HVAC system in the off seasons (Spring
or Fall) to take advantage of specials on installation pricing.
At Advent Air Conditioning, our dealer HVAC promotions
are always changing as we look for new ways to help our customers save. Be sure
to check our page often for updated deals or give us a call to see what
specials we are currently running.
How can I pay for a new HVAC system?
Purchasing a new heating and cooling system is a major
investment for most homeowners. However, with financing, it’s possible to get
help purchasing your new HVAC system so that you don’t have to sacrifice
quality or comfort. That’s why we offer special HVAC financing offers
that help homeowners get the money they need to replace their HVAC system. If
you qualify for financing, this can be a convenient way to pay for a new HVAC
system when you need it.
How do I find the right HVAC company?
Finding the right HVAC company is important if you want to have
a successful new system installation experience. Look for a Dallas HVAC company that has a
reputation for providing quality products and services to homeowners in the area:
Consider how long the company has been in
business and what values they have founded and operate their business under.
Look at customer reviews to find out
what other customers are saying about their experience.
Consider any awards or honors that the company
has won that demonstrate their commitment to honest customer service.
Take a look at the training required for their
HVAC technicians to ensure that they have the experience necessary to install
your new heating and cooling system.
Make sure that they have the proper licenses and
insurance in place to protect themselves and you as a homeowner.
Still have a question? Ready to get started with the HVAC
installation process? Our home comfort experts are only a phone call away.
Contact us today to find the best new HVAC system for your home comfort needs
and budget: (469) 240-5456.