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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AC Filters Are Important for Your Home

May 22, 2019

Air filters are often an afterthought for many homeowners. These filters are very important for your cooling system, however. If you want to keep a well-maintained unit, you need to change your filters regularly. They help to filter out dust and debris from the air in your home and promote healthy indoor air quality in other ways. Here’s more information about what air filters do for you and your home: Protecting Your Cooling System Many things can damage your AC system, including dust and debris. A buildup of dust can even clog up important components in your unit. A clean air filter will stop these harmful particles from reaching the interior of your cooling system. In some cases, a new filter can save you money by avoiding costly repairs. If you need help replacing your air filter in Dayton, you need to contact the professional team at . Improving the Quality of Air You want to have the cleanest air in your home for your family. When you operate your AC unit, all that air in the home passes through the air filter. You want to make sure the filter is clean and not passing through dirt and debris on...

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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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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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Should I Turn My AC Off While On Vacation?

July 11, 2018

Turning off your AC while you are away may seem like the economic thing to do but that is not always the case. Cooling your home to the comfortable temperature is wasteful and unnecessary. If you are going on vacation, you should set the AC to a higher temperature than you usually do. You can use a programmable thermostat to set the desired temperatures at different times. Another way to increase efficiency and reduce the strain on your air conditioner is by keeping all curtains closed. Factors That Determine Whether to Switch Off Your AC While on Vacation Weather Check the forecast for the weather during the period you will be away. If the temperatures are expected to be moderate, it is wise to turn the AC completely off. If, however, temperatures are expected to be very high, then you need to leave it on. Air conditioners facilitate the circulation of air and removal of humidity in your home. If you switch off your AC and the humidity gets too high, it may lead to structural damages to your home including the growth of mold, swelling doors, peeling paint, cracking plaster, and buckling of wooden floors. If the temperatures get...

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How Does Air Conditioning Work?

May 22, 2018

Have you ever felt extremely uncomfortable because of the immense heat that you are feeling? Well, with the help of an air conditioner, it’s easy to go about your business at home without worrying about the heat. The Indoor Unit Here is how it works: basically, it uses chemicals that quickly convert gas to liquid and vice versa. This enables heat transfer from the air inside your house to the one that is outside. The unit also has three parts which are the compressor, the condenser, and the evaporator. The evaporator allows a cooling fluid to evaporate and absorb the heat from your home leaving cold air to be sent back to your house. This is the coil box located in your basement or closet near your furnace filter which is also the indoor unit. The Outdoor Unit For the outdoor unit, there is the remaining two that is the condenser and the compressor which usually, is on the side or back of your house where heat from the house is dispersed. The compressor moves the refrigerant through the system then once condensed it moves through the condenser receiving ambient air that cools it and hence inside your house. The...

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What Is Two-stage Heating?

December 21, 2015

Single-stage heating furnaces are popular in hot, humid areas as well as those with cold winter climates. These are designed to offer indoor comfort for very hot and cold days. This means that the HVAC systems operate at full capacity, even when it’s not necessary. This is where two-stage heating and cooling units come in to help save resources. What is Two-Stage Heating? Single stage units are designed to offer the maximum heating level that the furnace can yield, irrespective of outdoor and indoor temperature levels.  This means that when the furnace turns on, it disperses the maximum amount of energy it is designed to produce. As such, this could result in high energy bills. Multi-stage HVAC systems are named according to the number of levels of operation. Unlike their single stage counterparts, 2-stage HVAC units have two levels of cool and heat output. When the temperature is mild, the systems operate on low and can adjust to high if conditions change. The first stage of such furnaces operates most of the time in many climates, and usually runs at about 65% of the unit’s capacity. The second stage provides additional heating when the first stage becomes insufficient to heat...

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