5 Ways to Optimize Home Comfort

 

“Home” means a lot of different things to different people. For most, home is a place where you can feel comfortable and at ease. Whether you are spending time with friends and family or looking for a place to enjoy a personal retreat, the key to a comfortable home is finding just the right temperature and creating a space that allows you to be happy and healthy. There are a number of improvements that you can make to improve your home comfort.

How to Make Your Home More Comfortable

Improving home comfort is about finding ways to make your home environment clean, safe, and cozy. Here are just a few ways you can make your home more comfortable:

  1. Use a smart thermostat.

A smart thermostat allows you to control temperatures and other home environment factors such as humidity from your smart device at any time and from any location. Not only can a smart thermostat give you greater control over the temperature in your home at any time of the day, it can also help you cut down on energy use and lower your heating and cooling costs by allowing you to adjust home temperatures to save energy while you are away.

  1. Improve home insulation around doors and windows.

Air can escape from your home through tiny leaks and cracks in your insulation, especially around doors and windows. This can allow cool or warm air to escape, making it harder for you to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Improving your home insulation will not only give you better control over the temperature in your home, it will also improve your energy efficiency, allowing you to save on energy costs.

  1. Upgrade to a smart ventilation system.

Do you ever find that one room in your home just doesn’t get as cool as the others? Or perhaps some members of your family like it warmer while others want to crank up the AC? A smart ventilation system can help you keep your home comfortable for all family members by giving you greater control over air flow and temperature in each room of your home.

  1. Keep your home clean using natural cleaning products.

Keeping your home clean is about more than just having a presentable and well-organized space. A clean home helps reduce build-up of dust, dirt, and other pollutants that can affect your indoor air quality. When possible, use natural cleaning products to avoid introducing potentially harmful chemicals into your home air.

  1. Consider using an air purifier.

For those who suffer from asthma or severe allergies, it can be hard to get comfortable in your home when you find it hard to breathe. An air purifier can help keep the air in your home cleaner by filtering out more of the pollutants that enter your home air. This will make it easier for you to breathe and enjoy the comfortable of improved indoor air quality.

Bartlett Heating & Air Conditioning knows just how important it is to keep your home comfortable and cozy. If you are interested in learning more about indoor air quality products that can help you improve home comfort, contact us today.

Avoid HVAC Inspection Scams: Watch Out for These 5 Things

As with any industry that requires you to put your trust in the hands of an expert, the HVAC industry has dishonest companies and contractors who will say whatever they need to in order to get more money from you. Though this is certainly unfortunate, there are ways that you can protect yourself by getting to know common HVAC inspection scams and how to avoid them. If you are having your HVAC system inspected, watch out for these 5 common scams:

 

  1. The technician replaces parts that don’t need to be replaced.

Some scammers may play on your lack of knowledge about your HVAC system to mislead you into thinking you need repairs that you don’t. Most of the time, these repairs are costly and sometimes replacing the unit appears to be the most cost-effective option. If you have not noticed any issues and the unit appears to be running fine, it is best to get a second opinion. Another red flag is when the technician suggests that there are many faulty parts. This is most often not the case, and you should seek a second opinion before you get the repair.

 

  1. The technician will replace a broken part with a used part.

Some dishonest technicians will offer to replace broken parts on the spot with a used part that they have in their truck. They may even offer it at a discount. No honest or experienced HVAC technician will install a used part. These parts don’t hold up as long as new parts and can even cause strain to your HVAC system, requiring even more repairs. If the technician suggests a used part, send him away and call a different company.

 

  1. The inspector offers extremely low cost estimates on products or free services.

This could be a bait and switch. This happens when HVAC companies offer you discounted services or products that you can’t refuse, and then take advantage of the opportunity to sell you additional services or mislead you on the condition of your unit. You can avoid this by sticking to the initial promotion and not adding any additional services or repairs until you get a second opinion from another HVAC company.

 

  1. The HVAC company asks for up-front cash payment.

Some HVAC companies will ask for a deposit before the repair begins and then a final payment once the service has been completed. Though this not uncommon, no honest and reputable HVAC company will ask for the entire payment up-front before any of the repairs are completed. Individuals that insist on up-front cash payment may never return to complete the job or will most likely do a poor job on the repair.

 

Though these inspection scams may cause you to have a dim outlook on the HVAC industry, the truth is that there are more good guys out there than bad. Bartlett Heating and Air Conditioning has been providing quality HVAC services to the community since 1978. But don’t take our word for it. Check out our testimonials and other online reviews to see what our customers are saying.

How To Handle A Heat Pump Freeze Up?

When it comes to keeping your house comfortable no matter what the season, there’s nothing that throws off the interior climate quite like having your heat pump freeze up in the middle of winter. Most systems have some type of system that reverses the flow of air when this happens to attempt to warm the iced up section of the heat pump to take care of the issue naturally – but this isn’t necessarily guaranteed to work.

The best way to deal with issues when dealing with an HVAC’s heat pump freeze up is to look at the most common issues that can cause this to happen and take the right preventive measures so this is an occasional issue with an easy fix as opposed to a recurring issue that keeps costing you more and more money – or even leads to needing a full replacement.

There are multiple issues that can be causing a heat pump freeze up, and that’s part of the reason why it is so important for individuals to call on professional heat pump specialists who know how to check out your overall HVAC situation and fix any recurring problems that might be causing your actual big issues.

A very light build up of ice or frost isn’t unusual, however when it thickens into chunks of ice that cut off the lines from working consistently, that actually becomes a consistent problem. Issues could include there being too low refrigerant levels, a revering valve that is sticking, or even bad sensors and relays that are preventing the HVAC system from working properly.

Basic things you can do to help out includes keeping any exposed part of your HVAC system clear of leaves, dust, twigs, and debris to make sure they’re not hampering air flow. In addition to this, you want to call an HVAC professional in at least once every 5-6 months just to run regular maintenance and to make sure that it continues to run smoothly.

The other important step is to make sure to call professionals in the very moment you realize there’s something different going on. A healthy heat pump will go a long way to keeping the interior of your home or building at the comfortable level you want it at.

Bartlett Heating and Air Talks About Indoor Air Quality

Have you ever seen I.A.Q? That stands for indoor air quality. Indoor air quality is the quality of air inside and around the building. So many little things can affect your indoor air quality. These include the wood in your home, tobacco, mold, dust, gas, oil, coal, and more. You also have outdoor things like air pollution, radon, pesticides and more that can contribute to your indoor air quality. Another thing that can have a big impact on your indoor air quality is your HVAC system. Indoor air quality can affect your health so it is important to control it the best you can. Some of the ways it can affect your health is that it makes you dizzy, gives you headaches, sore throat, irritation and more. There are also factors of age and past medical history of the person and how they are affected by indoor air pollution. People who have a weakened immune system will be more susceptible to the indoor air pollution. The long term effects of the indoor air quality being bad are heart disease and cancer in some cases. You can help improve your indoor air quality by having your HVAC system cleaned and maintained each spring and fall. This will make sure all the harmful bacteria is cleaned out and not being circulated into the home. Bartlett Heating and Air also does inspections on the equipment to make sure things like carbon monoxide isn’t leaking into your home. Changing the filter each month helps greatly since it will catch the particles and junk that would otherwise be floating in your air. It needs to be changed often to make sure it’s doing its job. Bartlett Heating and Air recommends getting your ducts cleaned and sanitized every year or two to make sure you kill the viruses and bacteria so it is not transferred into the air delivered by the ducts to your home. Watch the amount of candles you burn because they release chemicals into the air. Also try to clean with organic cleaning supplies to reduce the amount of chemicals being put into your homes air. These are simple things that you can do to help the quality of your homes air. Call Bartlett Heating and Air today to schedule your HVAC maintenance and duct cleaning!

How Do I Change My HVAC Filter? Bartlett Heating and Air Has the Answer

Has it been awhile since you changed your HVAC filter? Do you know how often you are supposed to change your HVAC filter? It is recommended that you change it every month or every other month dependent on use. If you have pets and smokers in the home you should change your filter every 30 days at least. On of the easiest ways to keep up maintenance on your HVAC system each month is to change your filter. The filters job is to trap dust, dirt, dander, animal hair, and other fine particulates that are floating around in your home air. Clean filters help it run better and clean your air so your family breathes better. Not changing your filter can damage your furnace and AC and also lead to less clean air. When buying a filter, the higher the MERV rating, the more it traps. You want to get a decently high number but not the highest because those are hospital grade filters. The hospital grade filters can restrict airflow to your system leaving your AC vulnerable to coil freezing up and the furnace not working correctly. You can also get a HEPA filter to trap more allergens if your household has allergies, it is worth the little extra money. It is recommended that you change the filter every month especially if you have animals, people with allergies, run the ac and furnace a lot, open windows and doors often, have smokers in the house, or notice dirt buildup on the filter.

It is simple to change your filter. First you turn off the furnace. Then you locate the service panel and remove it. You then can slide out the existing filter that is typically located next to intake/outtake blower fan. Slide in new filter to the spot you just removed the old filter from. Now you can turn your furnace back on. It is as simple as that! That process takes mere minutes so there is no reason not to change the filter each month. Its a cheap and easy way to maintain your HVAC system. Bartlett Heating and Air can help you decide what filter is best for your furnace so give us a call today!

Bartlett Heating and Air Has HVAC Tune Up Specials!

That time has come where the cold air is rushing in and the warm air is slowly leaving the area. Days are getting shorter, fall is on its way. You can still get your air conditioner cleaned and checked if you haven’t for $59! It’s a 28 point inspection and cleaning. Its also not too early to get your furnace cleaned for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. We have a $59 special on furnace cleanings as well as AC cleanings. The furnace tune up is a cleaning and 28 point inspection to make sure you are ready for the coming cold. If you choose to do both together we have a $95 special. It is important that you keep up on maintenance. Regular maintenance makes your systems last longer. It also helps your systems to run more efficiently which saves you money on your energy bills. Making sure to get the AC and furnace looked at will give us an opportunity to let you know of anything that is starting to fail so you can fix it right away. This saves you time, money, and a headache down the road for repairs that come in an untimely manner. Call Bartlett Heating and Air today to schedule yours! 630-372-7640

Bartlett Heating and Air Has Tips To Improve Indoor Air Quality.

Do you have people with sensitive respiratory systems in your home such as elderly, infants, or family members with asthma? Though you keep your home clean, your air inside your home can be more polluted than the air outside. There are various offenders in your home that make the indoor air quality come way down. If you add on humidity and high temperatures of the summer, the concentrations can rapidly increase and become worse. Inadequate ventilation in your home is another thing that will make the indoor pollutants worse so you want to make sure your ventilation is up the standard. Some of the indoor pollutants are from air fresheners, cleaning supplies, pesticides, and also asbestos in old insulation that can cause cancer. Other not so obvious causes of indoor pollution are broken florescent lamps that emit small amounts of mercury and new carpet that emits other chemicals. If your furnace and gas stoves aren’t properly adjusted and installed then you have a chance that carbon monoxide will leak out. Second hand smoke is a major pollutant for your home. Not only does it make it hard to breathe, it also stains walls and furniture with tar. Here are a few tips to have your indoor air as clean as it can be. Call the NATE certified technicians at Bartlett Heating and Air to make sure your furnace and air conditioner is installed properly, is clean, and running to standards. Use the correct filters in your system to make sure as many pollutants as possible are trapped so they aren’t circulating in the house. Make sure your humidity level is low so that doesn’t promote the growth of more bacteria and mold that like warm moist areas to grow in. Make sure you empty your drain pans. Clean your home each week to make sure you don’t encourage mold and bacteria growth. Make sure to have people smoke outside your home. Don’t use the candles and air fresheners to freshen your home unless they are all natural. When you clean your home make sure it is with organic and natural cleaners. Call Bartlett Heating and Air today to have your air conditioner, ducts, and furnace checked to make sure your air quality is as good as it can get.

Is It Ok to Close Registers In Your Home? Bartlett Heating and Air Has the Answer

We all have heard that you should close some of the registers in rooms that are not being used to save energy. Is this really a good idea? Bartlett Heating and Air has some answers. It is true that your heating and air conditioning use up a lot of energy. This totals to about half your electric bill each year. Your blower is the heart of your system and it pulls air from your home through your returns and pushes it back out through your supply’s. The blower is made to push against a certain amount of pressure to work correctly. When things like dirty filters and restrictive ducts change this you can run into issues. You end up losing efficiency when it is put up against a different amount of pressure than it was designed for. Higher pressure can mean less air flow in this situation. When you end up closing registers in some of your rooms you end up throwing off the pressure in the ducts. They become more restrictive. Most homes also do not have their ducts sealed so this becomes an issue also because you will have more leakage in your ducts from the higher pressure caused by the closed registers. The more registers you close, the more the motor has to work and that mean more energy is wasted. The harder the motor has to work will also cause unnecessary wear and tear. In a fixed capacity system, the amount of heat absorbed and given off is a set amount. If less air is flowing over the coil due to closed registers and there is excess condensation in the air this can cause the coil to literally freeze into a block of ice. This will cause it to not cool your home and can damage your system. Low air flow due to closed registers in the winter can cause your heat exchanger to possibly overheat and crack. When your heat exchanger cracks it can leak carbon monoxide which can be deadly to your family. In summary, if you want to close your registers here is a list of things that can be affected. Increased duct leaks, frozen coil, cracked heat exchanger, low air flow, compressor issues, and your system not heating or cooling properly. Your homes HVAC system was made to work with all registers open and unblocked. If you are having any issues with your HVAC system call Bartlett Heating and Air today!

Bartlett Heating and Air Talks About Some AC Mistakes You Might Be Making

There are so many articles online about your HVAC system. While some have great advice, others feed you the wrong information that can hurt your system down the line and end up costing you more money. Here are some common mistakes you might be making when it comes to your homes air conditioning system. When you bought your new air conditioner did you have it sized right? Sometimes we find that some homes have an air conditioner that is either too big or too small for their home. A good technician will use the Manual J method to properly size your homes air conditioner. One of the ways you can tell you have an over sized AC is that it will run for only a short amount of time and then turn back off. This wastes electricity and also will cause it to wear out faster than it should. An air conditioner that was under sized will run constantly. This will cause it to wear down faster so you will have to repair it more. This will also waste energy and raise your bills. The AC that is too small will pull the humidity out of the air but will not be able to make it feel cool. Another mistake we make is to skip our yearly cleanings. We need to have our air conditioner looked at each spring to make sure they are cleaned and ready to go come summer. You also need to be checking the filter each month to make sure that it is clean. A dirty filter can cause the air conditioner to use more energy to work which increases your bills each month. A dirty filter can also cause it to break down. If you are turning your thermostat all the way down to make your AC cool your home faster, you are just hurting the AC. Turning the thermostat all the way down will only put strain on it. The AC does not cool faster this way. You will also be using more energy while your home is only cooling the same amount. You are risking premature breakdown of your system should you do this often. One last thing we will talk about is closing off the registers to rooms you are not using. This will also put strain on your system. Your system was sized and designed to cool most efficient using all rooms. Closing off some registers will throw this system off balance creating more strain. You can also cause leaks in your duct work by creating too much pressure when the registers are closed. This will not save you energy. These are common mistakes we at Bartlett Heating and Air see quite often. They are easy to fix so look over what you might be doing wrong and change it for the better. Bartlett Heating and Air can help you with all you HVAC needs so call us today!

Bartlett Heating and Air Tells You Why You Have Ice on Your AC and How to Fix It

A common issue we at Bartlett Heating and Air has ran into this year is customers air conditioners having frozen lines. There are a few reasons this happens. When your line freezes your air conditioner will not function correctly. There are a few early signs you can watch out for to try and fix it before it fully freezes. You will notice your AC performance slowly decrease. When your AC performance starts to decrease, you should call a technician and have them come and inspect it. When your AC is starting to freeze you will have less airflow coming out of your vents. You will also notice more condensate drainage. Your system might not shut off when your AC is getting ready to freeze and your indoor temperature will not be as comfortable as normal. These are all beginning signs that your air conditioner is getting ready to freeze. You can check if your air conditioner if frozen easily because you will see ice on the lines that run around your air conditioner. Some of the causes of the AC freezing is a dirty air filter will restrict airflow and make the AC freeze. Your return ducts might be too small, your air ducts are blocked, or you have closed registers will also cause the AC to freeze up. A dirty coil can also cause a freeze up, that is why it is important to get your air conditioner cleaned and checked each year. When you run your air conditioner when it is too cool outside, typically under 65F, which sometimes happens at night, your air conditioner can freeze up. One of the biggest causes of the AC freezing up is when you are low on refrigerant. You can be low on refrigerant due to a leak. When you notice that your air conditioner is frozen the first thing you need to do is to shut it off. It will need to defrost before we can do anything with it. Do not try and melt the ice with fire such as a torch, this is dangerous. As silly as this sounds,if you call a technician when your AC is still frozen, they have to turn your heat on to expedite the melting. You can easily prevent the air conditioner from freezing up as long as you keep up on your yearly and monthly maintenance. You need to get the air conditioner cleaned each spring and you need to be sure you change your filters each month. Doing those two simple things will prevent a headache later down the line because your air conditioner will be more reliable. Bartlett Heating and Air can help you with all your HVAC needs so call us today!