How to Stay Safe When Using Space Heaters

October 13, 2021

It’s fire prevention week, and a leading cause of accidental fires in New Albany, KY, area homes and apartments is the use of space heaters. While space heaters offer a convenient way to warm one room or one floor, they’re dangerous if not properly used. Use these tips to prevent accidental fires when using space heaters. Avoid Extension Cords When using a space heater, plug it directly into an outlet. Don’t use an extension cord or power strip with a space heater. Extension cords and power strips may overheat. They’re also tripping hazards. Only use space heaters with three-prong, grounded outlets. Observe the Three Feet Rule Don’t put anything flammable within 3 feet of a space heater. A space heater may melt plastic items within 3 feet of the unit. Paper, cardboard, blankets, towels and clothes should also be at least 3 feet away from the space heater. Don’t place a space heater in or near a bed or piece of furniture. Unplug It Overnight If your heating system is malfunctioning or broken, you might be tempted to run a space heater overnight so that you can sleep. However, this isn’t safe. The unit could overheat or ignite nearby items,...

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What Does Furnace Maintenance Include?

September 14, 2021

You should schedule furnace maintenance every fall before you turn on your heater. Doing so will help keep the system operating reliably, efficiently, and safely. It’s also required for your furnace warranty to be valid. What exactly does a technician do when performing furnace maintenance? Clean Your Furnace The technician will clean the inside of your furnace by vacuuming out dust, dirt, and debris. The components they clean include the furnace cabinet, the flame sensor, and the blower motor. This helps your furnace operate efficiently. If the flame sensor gets too dirty, this can prevent your furnace from turning on. Check for Gas Leaks Gas leaking from your furnace or the gas line leading to it is a safety hazard. The technician will inspect the gas line and furnace to ensure there are no gas leaks. They’ll also check the flue draft and combustion. in Louisville, KY, performs quality furnace maintenance. This service can extend the lifespan of your furnace and provide peace of mind it will work when needed. Test Safety Controls The technician will test all safety controls to make sure they’re in proper working order. Your furnace has various safety controls that will turn off the heater...

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Three Common Myths About Your Air Conditioner

August 2, 2021

Even when your AC system is running well, certain things you might be doing could cause it to run less efficiently. Often you might find advice on web forums or social media posts that seems like common sense about air conditioners. However, these myths can cause your system to work harder than it needs to and waste energy. 1. Large AC Systems Cool Better It seems like common sense that a larger AC system will cool your home better than a smaller one. An AC system that is too large wastes energy short cycling—turning off and on frequently—and wears out sooner. Systems that are too big also won’t cool your home evenly, causing some rooms to be too hot. 2. Keep Your Thermostat Low Contrary to what seems like common sense, a lower thermostat setting will not equal a cooler home. Air conditioners remove heat from the air, cycling it back into your home at a lower temperature. This cycling is done through fans moving the air that limits how fast the air can move. No matter how low you set the temperature, the AC can only cool as quickly as the fans can move. 3. Keep Vents Closed in...

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How to Reduce AC Noise

July 13, 2021

With proper maintenance, your air conditioner should run relatively quietly without producing a lot of disturbing sounds. If your air conditioner is suddenly making more noise than usual, you need to get it fixed. There are various causes of a noisy air conditioner unit, including age and loose parts. Here is how you can quiet a noisy AC unit. Sound Blankets If you are looking for an easy and simple way of quieting your noisy air conditioning unit, sound blankets might be your best option. Many air conditioning units have matching sound blankets made specifically for them. If you consider buying a sound blanket, be sure to take your time and to research the right sound blanket for your system. You can also get recommendations from . We offer all our clients’ recommendations for all their HVAC systems. Hire an Expert Most air conditioning units have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years. If your AC unit is past this range, some of the above tips may not help your noisy system. An air conditioning specialist will help you diagnose what’s wrong your system and offer the best repair and maintenance services. In the case of an old air...

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What Is the Ideal Temperature for Home Air Conditioning in the Summer?

June 14, 2021

When deciding what temperature to set your air conditioner at in the summer, it’s a balancing act between comfort and energy bills. You want to be comfortable in your home, but you also don’t want high energy bills. This means there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Department of Energy Recommendation The U.S. Department of Energy researched this issue and recommends people set their air conditioners to 78 degrees. They also said to set it to 82 degrees if you have a ceiling fan and set it even higher when you’re not home. While their recommendation saves money on energy bills, many people will be very uncomfortable with temperatures in their homes that high. Their recommendation may not be right for you. Realistic AC Temperature You can arrive at a more realistic air conditioner temperature while still keeping your home comfortable and energy bills down. If you find 70 degrees ideal, try turning it up to 72. If you’re still comfortable, set it to 74. Once you set a temperature at which you no longer find your home comfortable, set it back a degree. If your home becomes uncomfortable at 76, set your air conditioner at 75. Set it a little lower at...

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What Are Air Conditioning BTU’s?

May 24, 2021

If you’ve ever looked at the product information for air conditioning units, you may have noticed that they’re all rated in BTUs. What exactly is a BTU, and what does it mean for you? British Thermal Units (BTUs) BTU stands for British thermal unit. It’s defined as the amount of energy required to raise 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit at sea-level air pressure. Your air conditioner works to lower the temperature rather than raising it, and your air pressure may be different. The BTU represents a standard unit for rating its cooling power. How Many BTUs Do I Need? You need to be sure that your system has the right number of BTUs for the space you’re trying to cool. If it has too few, it probably won’t have the power to cool your house to a comfortable temperature — or it will have to work too hard to do so. But an overpowered system also has its problems. If it cools down the space too quickly, then it may shut off too soon, only to turn on again when the room warms up. This power-cycling uses more energy and creates more wear on your compressor. The...

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How Does the REME HALO Air Purification System Work?

April 12, 2021

As a proud Louisville homeowner, you understand the importance of keeping your home’s air clean and healthy for your family. While there are many tools available to help you achieve this goal, one of the best is the REME HALO air purification system. Although this system continually receives rave reviews, the best way to decide whether or not it will work for you is to read this guide from . What Is It? The REME HALO air purification system is a sophisticated air purifier that works in multiple ways to help clean your home’s air. Rather than acting alone as a separate unit, the REME HALO is installed inside the ductwork in your home. This allows the purifier to purify a large volume of air and to target its purification capacity where it’s most needed. How Does It Work? The REME HALO from uses two main purification methods to help keep your home’s air clean. First, the unit produces low levels of airborne hydrogen peroxide. Just as liquid hydrogen peroxide is useful for sanitizing wounds, airborne hydrogen peroxide can help to neutralize and remove many airborne contaminants. Additionally, the unit produces ozone so that smaller contaminants will stick together, ultimately...

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The Best Ways to Heat a Garage

March 9, 2021

Winter is fast approaching, and you know that in the Louisville area, it means snow days and frigid temperatures. You have probably already prepared for the cold weather. However, most people often overlook their garage, a vital part of every home. It would be best to heat your garage during the cold weather regardless of how you use this space. The room needs heating whether you store valuables there like your car or you converted it into a living space. Here are the best ways to heat your garage this winter. Ductless Heating Consider ductless heating as an energy-efficient heating option for a garage. Mini-split or ductless heating systems are made up of two components that are connected by a conduit. The conduit connects the air handling unit installed indoors and the outdoor compressor or condenser to act as a central heating system. Since the ductless heating system is made for zoned heating, it is ideal for heating a garage. Seal Any Air Leaks Drafts are your enemy when it comes to heating a garage. Therefore, replace the weather stripping around the doors and windows of your garage so that you can maintain comfortable warmth during the cold months. However,...

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How Often Should You Get HVAC Maintenance?

February 5, 2021

Louisville, KY, has four seasons of variable and sometimes wild weather. Your home’s heating and cooling system needs to be ready at all times for what nature has in store. Regular maintenance ensures that your home’s heating and cooling system will consistently and efficiently maintain indoor comfort. Use these tips from our skilled technicians at to schedule your upcoming heating and cooling maintenance appointments. Air Conditioning Systems Air conditioning systems get a lot of use during the hot and humid summer months of the year in Louisville. We recommend scheduling a tune-up of the cooling system in April or early May. Our tune-up services include checking the refrigerant level and cleaning the condensate drain. We’ll also show you how to check and clean or replace the air conditioner’s filter. Standard Heating Systems Louisville winters can get downright chilly, and you’ll need an efficient and effective heating system for comfort and safety. We recommend an autumn tune-up for a furnace or boiler. During this maintenance visit, our technicians inspect and clean the burners, thermocouple, and heat exchanger. We also check the flue and blower for signs of damage. Heat Pumps and Ductless Systems Heat pumps are systems that both heat and...

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How Are Air Ducts repaired?

January 10, 2021

Air ducts serve an important duty in an HVAC system. The ducts provide the passageway that hot or cool air uses to travel throughout a home. Sometimes, problems arise with the air ducts, and repairs become necessary. What repair steps do HVAC contractors take when fixing things? Read on to learn some of the more common solutions. Sealing the Ducts The ducts might have holes that can be caused by anything from corrosion to punctures. Professionals can seal the holes if they aren’t too severe. There are sealants and special tapes that professionals use to fix smaller holes. Insulation Insulation is another way to make sure your ductwork is working properly. Insulating the ducts might also address problems like condensation. Ductwork exposed to sections of a home, like an uninsulated attic, basement or crawlspace, may require insulation. Loose Air Ducts Require Fixing Loose air ducts could be another problem homeowners deal with. Loose ducts could affect the furnace, driving it to overwork. That could raise home heating bills and, worse, contribute to wear and tear on the furnace. Straightening out the problem with loose ducts should be a priority. Air Comfort of KY Heating and Air Conditioning awaits calls from...

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