Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

April 5, 2021

The average home has bad indoor air quality, according to the EPA. With people spending so much time in their homes because of the pandemic, they’re more exposed than ever to pollutants. There are thankfully many ways to improve the air quality in your home. Clean Your Floors You should vacuum carpets and mop floors at least once a week. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to ensure what is sucked up doesn’t get blown out in the exhaust. Vacuum high traffic areas several times to remove as much as possible. Control Humidity Mold and dust mites thrive in moisture. You should keep humidity between 30-50% in your home to control these air pollutants. Depending on where you live, you need either a humidifier or dehumidifier. Other ways to reduce humidity include not over-watering plants and fixing any leaky plumbing. in Dayton, OH, can help improve your indoor air quality. We install Carrier bypass humidifiers, which use your furnace blower to bring moisture into your home. This can introduce up to 18 gallons of water vapor per day to your home. Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas that is produced by burning fossil fuels. It is...

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What is a Variable Air Volume System?

March 18, 2021

The modern construction industry demands extreme comfort and energy efficiency. That is why engineers are continually developing new HVAC units to combat the disadvantages of older models. Variable Air Volume (VAV) systems are a new technology used for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning. How Does a Variable Air Volume System Work? The primary variable air volume system comprises a supply duct, which distributes air that is about 550 degrees Fahrenheit when in cooling mode. Since the air supply in these units is constant, the flow rate varies to attain the desired temperatures. VAV boxes have a few simple parts, including the damper and a coil for heating and cooling. They also have zone controllers with built-in actuators to maintain area temperature by regulating the airflow. The damper never closes because you will need some fresh air to enter the area. If your house in the Dayton area experiences an abrupt heat gain and the temperature rises above the desired threshold, the damper opens up to permit more air into the room. It cools the room and forces out all hot air into the return duct. When it’s too hot, the damper opens completely to let in enough cold air. Since...

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Can Too Much Rain Cause Plumbing Problems?

February 5, 2021

When your area has heavy rain, it can cause many problems. It can do extensive damage to your home’s plumbing system in a few ways, especially if you haven’t taken any precautions. Flooding If you don’t have adequate outdoor drainage, heavy rain can cause flooding. If water doesn’t have a way to drain, it pools in low places. This can easily result in large amounts of water entering your home’s crawlspace or basement. It can also damage your driveway and deck. Shifted Underground Pipes Heavy rain can soften the ground and cause it to shift. Shifting ground can crack underground pipes, especially if they’re old or made of galvanized steel. While modern plumbing systems are durable, heavy rain can still damage them. If your pipes crack, debris like dirt, sticks, and leaves can get into them. Signs this has happened include discoloration and debris in the water coming out of your faucets. You need to turn your water main off and have a plumber perform an emergency repair if this happens. in Dayton, OH, fixes cracked pipes. We have highly experienced plumbers and offer free estimates for plumbing repairs. Sewage Backup Heavy rainfall can negatively impact your sewer line. Debris...

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What Temperature Should The Thermostat Be Set At During Winter?

January 5, 2021

Who doesn’t enjoy a comfortable home interior temperature during the winter? Making a few adjustments to the thermostat allows for setting the perfect temperature. But what is the right temperature for the winter season? Some may say the answer is a matter of preference, but homeowners should also look at their energy costs and expenditures before choosing a temperature setting. A Recommended Temperature Setting Several different sources suggest a temperature of 68 degrees. This temperature figure refers to a recommended temperature when people are home. Personal preferences often factor into a thermostat and temperature setting, though. Someone in your household may want the temperature to be 71 degrees. While a homeowner has the choice to set a higher temperature, this higher temperature setting could mean higher energy expenses. If 65 degrees or lower provides an appealing climate, why not go with that level? Of course, a furnace has to work efficiently to deliver any temperature setting. Dayton residents could turn to Butler for temperature advice, heating maintenance, and repair service. We also install new heating systems. Lower Temperatures When Away From Home Keeping the temperature too high while no one is home wastes energy. Monthly heating bills may skyrocket. Maintaining...

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How to Choose A Heating System for Your Home

December 4, 2020

When it comes to heating systems, you have several options. It’s important to get this decision right as heating your home makes up over 40% of your energy bills. You also need to consider the cost of installing the system. Central Heating System Most homes in the United States and Canada have central heating systems. Furnaces are the most common central heating system, although heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular. While all heat pumps run on electricity, you can buy electric and gas furnaces. In these systems, warm air is blown through ductwork throughout your home. Gas furnaces are less expensive to operate than electric furnaces, although they cost a bit more to install. Heat pumps are more expensive than furnaces, but they are highly energy efficient. Boiler A boiler is a special-purpose water heater that heats your home. It distributes heated water through pipes and radiators. Heated water flows through your home and returns to the boiler, where it’s reheated. Most use natural gas as their fuel. They tend to be a little more expensive than furnaces. in Dayton, OH, installs furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, and air conditioning units. We’re proud to be a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer that...

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Kill Coronavirus at Home With an Air Purifier

November 20, 2020

There are numerous ways to kill coronavirus in the home and help prevent its associated spread and potential reinfection. One of the best ways to do this is through the regular use of a home air purifier. Air purifiers are effective at capturing COVID-19 as well as many other types of viruses, bacteria, and other unhealthy particulate matter in your indoor air. Air Purifiers Mean Healthy Indoor Air Air purifiers are a proven solution for many types of viruses and bacteria and can achieve a highly effective kill rate of 99.97%. Because of this high efficacy rate, air purifiers are highly recommended by doctors, government health agencies, and all other pros in the know. Not having an air purifier could mean that all viruses and bacteria will remain floating around in your indoor air. Types of Air Purifiers There are many types of air purifiers on the market today. One type is the kind available at most home improvement stores. These portable models can be set on a table or other surface and moved throughout your house. The most effective kinds of air purifiers, however, are whole-house air purifiers that install directly in line with your residence’s current heating and...

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Tips for Changing Your Furnace Filter

October 21, 2020

The transition into autumn means that it’s time to start thinking about furnace maintenance for your Dayton, OH, area home. Your furnace filter requires a monthly check. Our technicians at offer these tips on how to change your furnace filter so that you can enjoy a comfortable and healthy home this fall and winter. Locate the Filter’s Housing Before changing your furnace filter, turn off the power to the furnace. You can do this at the circuit breaker or with the power switch on the furnace. It’s best to wait for a heating cycle to end before cutting the power. The air filter typically has its own housing. The filter chamber typically has a screw, magnet or clamp holding the housing door shut. You may need a screwdriver to open the housing door. If you’re not sure where the air filter’s housing is located, your furnace’s owner’s manual should show a diagram of where it is. Our technicians can also show you where the filter is during your furnace tune-up. Remove the Old Filter Put on a dust mask before removing the old filter. Jostling the filter could release some dust particles. After opening the housing door, observe the filter’s...

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The Unique Repair Needs of Ductless Systems

September 23, 2020

The ductless HVAC system has recently gained popularity. Rather than operating via a network of channels linked to an indoor evaporation unit and air controller, a ductless system breaks down the indoor unit and fans to distribute the air conditioning all over a house. Using this kind of air conditioner in Dayton, OH, has numerous benefits, especially when it comes to efficiency. However, there are some unique needs to consider. Water Leak Behind the Air Handlers Every wall-mounted air handling unit has a chain of connections channeled through an opening behind them. This includes a refrigerant line, supply line, and condensate line. The latter removes moisture from the water from the refrigerating process so that it does not enter your house. However, these lines can drip. When this happens, water begins to accumulate between the wall and the air handling unit. If not immediately noticed, the wall material can weaken, and the air controller can break and fall, causing damage to the wall and almost breaking the unit. Therefore, if you notice any leaks, request a repair right away. Broken Air Handlers The good news with this repair is that it is advantageous over a conventional central air handler. By...

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AC Won’t Cool? Here’s Why

August 16, 2020

You want your air conditioning system to cool your home, but sometimes that doesn’t happen for one reason or another. These are the common reasons why your AC is blowing warm instead of cool air. Your Thermostat Isn’t Set Up Right The first thing to do when your AC isn’t working is to check the thermostat. Make sure it’s set to “AUTO” and “COOL.” If it still doesn’t turn on, check that the breaker didn’t flip in your electrical panel. The Outdoor AC Unit Is Dirty If the outdoor AC unit gets dirty, it has a hard time with the heat exchange process. You should turn the system off, remove the protective cover, and use a bucket of soap and water to clean it. You can buy a cover to put over the outdoor AC unit to keep it from getting dirty during the winter. The Refrigerant Is Leaking Your outdoor AC unit needs refrigerant to cool air. If there’s a leak and enough refrigerant is gone, you’ll just get warm air out of it. You need to have a professional repair the leak and recharge the refrigerant. helps residents of Dayton, OH, with refrigerant leaks and other problems. We...

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How Duct Cleaning Can Help Your Family Stay Healthy

July 16, 2020

All of the air in your home circulates through your heating and cooling system. If this system is dirty, your indoor air will be, too. Here’s how duct cleaning can help to keep your family safe and healthy. Dust, Allergens, and Pollutants As air moves through your house, it collects dust, dirt, and pollutants. These particles can stick inside your air ducts and help bacteria and allergens to grow and prosper. This can make your family sick, especially anyone with allergies or asthma. Insect Bodies and Vermin Droppings Insects and vermin can get into your ductwork through holes, cracks, and misaligned sections. Breathing the by-products of dead insects and vermin droppings can make people sick. A thorough duct cleaning will clear these problems out. Mold Infestation Mold can grow in your air ducts due to moisture and dust combining in them. If you smell moldy or musty smells when you turn on your heating and cooling system, it’s likely you have a mold infestation growing in the air ducts. Mold is very unhealthy to breathe and needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. How Professional Duct Cleaning Helps A technician can clean your ductwork, which removes dust,...

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