Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

February 12, 2021

It’s no fun when your furnace blows cold air, especially if it’s freezing outside. The cause may be simple, or it may need a technician to resolve the situation. There are several possible reasons why your furnace is blowing cold air. Furnace Just Turned On When you first turn on your furnace, it will initially blow cool air before it’s warmed up. You should start feeling warm air after a few minutes. It’s the same thing that happens when you turn on a hot water faucet and only get cold water for a bit.

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Does Having Indoor Plants Improve Air Quality?

January 5, 2021

If you’ve ever admired someone’s collection of house plants, the proud owner likely mentioned that they cleaned the indoor air. You’ll also hear this claim often when shopping for house plants. People like to call them nature’s air purifiers. This is true, but a few potted plants in your house only have a tiny effect on indoor air quality. Plants Can Mitigate Volatile Organic Compounds You don’t have to spend much time investigating indoor air quality before you hear about volatile organic compounds. VOCs leak into the air from materials like drywall, paint,

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How to Identify the Type of Heating System You Have

December 9, 2020

Winter weather will soon arrive in Richardson, TX, so it’s time to get to know your heating system. If you’ve just purchased your home or have recently taken over managing the household maintenance, you might wonder whether you have a heat pump or a furnace. Here are three ways to tell which type of heating system is in your home. 1. Check the Unit Locate the indoor heating system unit. In many homes, it’s in the basement or a utility room. It should have a panel or sticker with the type of system. It should also

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Benefits of Two-Stage Heating

November 17, 2020

Two-stage heaters, also known as variable-speed and dual-stage units, are a newer type of heater that can operate at two power levels. Conventional heaters are either on or off. A two-stage heater can operate at full output or at a more efficient low-power option. How Does Two-Stage Heating Work? A two-stage heater looks just like a conventional heater, and you use it in the same way. It will operate at full strength when it’s freezing outdoors, so your home is comfortable. When temperatures are moderate, it will operate at a lower energy level.

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Why Proper Indoor Air Quality Relies on Ventilation

October 20, 2020

Everyone wants to have good indoor air quality in their homes. Unfortunately, it’s easy for the air inside to become stuffy and polluted. The main way to improve indoor air quality is to have proper ventilation. Airborne Contaminants There can be many air contaminants in your home. Sources of contaminants include cleaning supplies, fuel-burning combustion appliances, off-gassing carpets, glue in furniture and more. You need proper ventilation to remove these contaminants from your home. If there isn’t adequate ventilation, the contaminants in your home multiply over time. Fresh air needs

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The Unique Needs of Ductless HVAC Systems

September 23, 2020

Ductless heating and cooling systems have recently been gaining popularity among homeowners. Rather than using a network of air ducts connected to one indoor air handler, ductless systems use different air handler units coming from a single outdoor unit. Conditioned air is distributed to the air handlers that are mounted on the walls of different rooms. The outdoor unit acts as the central heating pump connected to the air handler units with no ductwork. These systems are beneficial since you can zone the temperatures of different rooms in your home. However, they come with unique maintenance and repair needs.

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How to Reduce Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

August 11, 2020

In Richardson, TX, most people worry about keeping their homes at the right temperature throughout the year. Yet, it doesn’t matter if the air is comfortable if it isn’t clean. Poor indoor air quality can affect the health of you and your loved ones. Fortunately, there are some effective ways to remove pollutants from your indoor air supply. Signs of Poor Air Quality Air quality issues can take on many forms. The most common signs of an air quality problem resemble the symptoms of a common cold. People who have allergies may have a runny nose,

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How Can Air Quality Affect Your Mental Health?

July 16, 2020

Poor air quality doesn’t feel good to breathe in. However, it can have effects that go far beyond your physical health. Let us take a close look at how air quality can affect your mental health. Concentration To start things off, poor air quality leads to poor concentration. We’ve all had those days where we simply can’t focus on even the most routine tasks. If you’re constantly breathing in tainted air, this could become a reality every day. Improving air quality is an absolute must for individuals who work from home and need to be at

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Air Conditioner Troubleshooting Guide

June 16, 2020

There are several things that can go wrong with your air conditioner that you can fix yourself. These are simple things to check before calling to schedule a visit from a technician. Here are the main things to troubleshoot when your AC isn’t working properly. Dirty Air Filter A dirty air filter can cause all sorts of issues that are easily remedied by cleaning or by replacing it. Airflow is restricted by a dirty air filter, so your air conditioner can’t effectively cool the air. If your energy bills have been high lately, it’s entirely possible

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Things To Know About Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

May 13, 2020

Carbon monoxide is a naturally odorless and colorless gas that can get into your home in a variety of different ways. Exposure to any amount of carbon monoxide can lead to significant health problems. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about this gas so you can keep yourself and your family safe. Carbon Monoxide Can Quickly Accumulate in Closed Spaces You should never start a car before opening the garage door or attempt to use a gas grill indoors. It is also never a good idea to use a

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