How to Prepare for Fall Allergens

October 1, 2019

If you suffer from allergies, then you probably have medication and other ways of coping with symptoms while you are outdoors. Following a few actionable steps can help you eliminate fall allergens from your home. What Are Some Common Fall Allergens? Understanding what you are safeguarding against will give you a better understanding of why you will be taking each of the following steps. Fall allergens include pollen from ragweed, sagebrush, and pigweed. These weeds do not have to be in the immediate vicinity of your home in order to affect your respiratory system. Weed pollen can be transferred by the wind for hundreds of miles into your city or town. Other irritants that cause allergic reactions can be found within your home. Mold spores and dust mites develop indoors and can set off hay fever and cause difficulty breathing. 1. Keeping Your Home Clean Thoroughly cleaning your home will prevent dust from accumulating and mold from forming. A secondary benefit of cleaning your home is that you will also be removing any pollen that has settled on your floors and furniture. 2. Replace Your HVAC Filter You should be replacing your HVAC filter regularly regardless of the season, but...

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What to do When Humidity is Unbearable

August 19, 2019

Humidity is often among the more uncomfortable aspects of summer, and it can be downright unbearable at times. It often forces you to crank the AC just to feel reasonably at ease. With that in mind, let us consider some of the other steps that you can take to increase your comfort. Have the AC Inspected for Optimal Performance has served Dayton, OH, and the surrounding areas since 1949. We are a proud Carrier factory-authorized dealer that often recommends Carrier air conditioners and heat pumps due to how efficiently they combat humidity. We also recommend seasonal AC tune-ups, and if it has been a while, then we advise an immediate inspection in order to rule out that the excess humidity is caused by an underperforming AC. Ceiling Fans and Exhaust Fans Exhaust fans are necessary for all rooms where higher humidity is to be expected, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Ideally, every room should have a return vent and a ceiling fan, and you can use additional fans on a temporary basis to help you feel cooler. Whole-Home Dehumidification If high humidity is a consistent problem in your house, a whole-home humidifier may be the answer. Such a unit can...

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Can You Save Money By Closing Vents in Unused Rooms?

January 18, 2019

With the rising cost of heating fuel and electricity, you might be thinking of ways to lower your monthly bills. If you have a forced hot air heating system in your Dayton, OH, home, closing one of the vents in a storage space or unused guest room might be at the top of the list. Let’s find out if that is actually an effective means of saving money. The Short Answer Is No Your forced air heating and air conditioning system is installed, balanced and tested with all the vents open. When you close a vent in a room, it will either cause the blower in the basement to circulate less air because it detects added pressure in the line or it tries to push through more air to overcome the blockage it senses in the ducts. One way results in less heat circulating through the house, which means your furnace works harder to keep you comfortable. The other way uses more electricity and damages equipment, resulting in higher utility bills and repairs. Closed Vents Can Cause Damage If your blower increases pressure to push past the closed vent, it can rupture ducting. Constantly calling for heat or cooling can...

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Butler Can Help You Achieve Your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

January 10, 2019

It’s the start of 2019, and just about everyone has New Year’s resolution. No matter what your resolution is, we wish you luck! And if your resolution include making yourself or your family healthier, or your goal is to save money, can help you achieve your goals through your HVAC systems! We even have some solutions that don’t cost a lot of money so you don’t have to worry about making a big investment to make a positive impact. Read our tips below or watch the video version made by our very own Nick Lamb, owner of : Health Benefits Solutions to make your home healthie by improving your home’s indoor air quality, and your health as a result! These range from a simple filtration upgrade project or duct cleaning to a whole house humidifier and air purification system. Whole Home Humidifiers Health benefits of installing a whole home humidifier: Helps prevent the spread of airborne viruses, especially influenza Airborne particles become heavier and drop, instead of spreading Helps relieve allergy & sinus symptoms Helps prevent sore throats Helps prevent snoring for a better sleep Helps prevent irritation of the throat tissues associated with snoring The whole home humidifier solutions...

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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality With Plants

August 28, 2018

Plants are a source of great joy and beauty for a lot of people. But they can also help improve health in some cases. Eating certain plants has benefits, but so does putting them in your home. That’s because plants take carbon dioxide from the air and put out oxygen, making it easier for humans and animals to breathe. When you want to improve the indoor air quality in your home, plants are part of the way you can do that. Do Plants Really Make a Difference? If you only have a couple of small plants in your home, they probably aren’t going to make a lot of difference in the overall quality of the air you’re breathing. But if you have many larger plants, you could really improve your air quality. Plants filter out so much that we shouldn’t be breathing, and they work to put more oxygen into the air, too. It’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature in your home and also breathe better. People who have allergies, asthma, COPD, and other types of breathing problems may want to consider having more plants in their home, so their air can be as good as...

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Mitsubishi Mini-Split Project Case Study

April 2, 2018

The residents of Dayton, OH and surrounding areas can now enjoy comfort in their homes all season round by using Mitsubishi mini-split systems. The system is eco-friendly, easy to install, and saves on energy bills. Gem City Catfé recently decided to convert a historic home into a cat café to include a cat lounge, an espresso bar, and an event area. Historic properties have many design challenges. The engineer designed a traditional HVAC system which uses sheet metal ductwork to move conditioned air to the required space. This was a problem for Gem City Catfé. The cost of installation was so high, so Butler offered an alternative solution of installing a ductless system made by the Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating. This reduced the install costs by half while still maintaining the historic property that Gem City Catfé fell in love with. The design also allowed for each space in the property to have a dedicated air handler. Since three spaces were meant for cats, it was necessary for those areas not to mix airstreams with the client areas. This design also made it possible for temperatures to be controlled differently in each area. A Hyperheat solution was also incorporated...

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How Do Pets Affect Indoor Air Quality in Springboro?

October 26, 2017

It has been estimated that more than 70 percent of all households in the United States have a dog or a cat. While owning a pet can provide a wide range of health advantages, unfortunately, animals can also adversely have an effect on your home’s indoor air quality. A pet can introduce airborne irritants into your home and trigger allergy symptoms, even if your family isn’t allergic to your pet. Fall is the air, temperatures are changing and soon Springboro, OH AC units will be turned off and they will start preparing to turn on their furnace, both of which can be affected by pet dander. If you are a pet owner, it’s important to know that not only can your furry family member’s fur have an effect on the indoor air quality, but on the entire air conditioning and heating system, so here are a few tips on how to improve the air quality in your home. What Exactly is Pet Dander? First, it’s important to note that while pet dander and pet hair can generally create similar problems, they are not the same thing. Pet dander is microscopic flakes of skin that are produced by dogs, cats, and...

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