How to Tackle Indoor Air Quality Concerns This Winter

October 29th, 2020

Poor indoor air quality is a serious problem that impacts both healthy and unhealthy people. We spend many additional hours indoors during the winter, and breathing in polluted air can create respiratory irritation and shortness of breath for those with severe respiratory problems. Even those not at risk of having a negative response to allergens and irritants can experience respiratory aggravation. The current state of your respiratory health will determine how at risk you are for complications from poor IAQ. Poor IAQ is the equivalent of indoor air pollution, and depending on your health, it can cause a variety of health concerns.

3 Indicators You Should Test Your Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is not a new term or idea, but you have likely heard it everywhere lately. While it may seem like a buzzword, you should stop and take a moment to assess why issues of indoor air quality have never been more critical. With cold and flu season right around the corner, you should get firm control over the state of your home’s air quality and ensure that you aren’t making an error that is worsening your air quality. Or, maybe your IAQ is perfect and you are doing everything right. Whatever the situation may be, we provide some ideas for knowing if your home needs air purification to improve the quality, and we provide tips on how to proceed to solve the problem.

You can begin to control the indoor air quality in your home and find the perfect solution by looking for these signs of bad air quality:

  1. Humidity – Some older heating and cooling systems can have a great deal of difficulty maintaining the moisture levels in your home. Imbalanced moisture is harmful to your home and the air quality in it. Moisture problems can also lead to mold growth. If you have a newer HVAC system, the moisture control issues could signal you have air leaks and imbalances in fresh and treated air.
  2. Stale Air – A home can smell musty and stale if you have a mold problem. Mold spores in the air can be hazardous to your respiratory health. Mold poses a severe threat to indoor air quality. Stale air can be a ventilation problem combined with mold spores. Eliminating the dampness and mold is a significant first step toward improving stale air, but effectively removing it will require a trained professional. A specialist can inspect your home, find the mold source, and eliminate the source of dampness.
  3. Dirty HVAC Unit – An HVAC system has an internal filter that removes allergens, dirt, and particles from the air in your home. If your air quality is still poor after filtering, then the problem could be in your HVAC ducts or warrant a more robust filtering system or air purification unit. If your filters and ducts are dirty, the dirt and air are being mixed and transported throughout your home.

Installing High-Quality Products to Improve IAQ

Individuals with pre-existing conditions like heart disease or upper respiratory issues are more susceptible to problems from subpar indoor air quality. Children and elderly persons are at greater risk of complications from long-term exposure to indoor air pollution than healthy adults. There are many health problems linked to contact with indoor pollution, and long-term exposure can lead to significant issues and respiratory illnesses. It’s crucial to begin tackling indoor air quality concerns as soon as you realize there is a problem.

Substandard air quality in your home or business can harm your health and cause:

  • Chronic Headaches – Persistent headaches unassociated with any other illness you’ve suffered could be attributed to polluted air in your home if you notice they only happen at home. Headaches could be caused by allergies or mold, but regardless of the cause, you should note any linked symptoms and speak to your medical provider to determine a cause.
  • Enduring Cold Symptoms – Coughs and sneezing that don’t go away and start when you spend time at home can be attributed to your home’s IAQ. These symptoms can be a sign that your heating and cooling system may need help filtering out allergens or mold spores.

The specialists at Coventry & Gattis Air Conditioning, Inc. are trained and licensed to install and maintain many of the newest leading technologies that provide excellent indoor air purification. Specifically, the new REME-LED™ technology used in products like the REME HALO® system can be easily incorporated into your current HVAC system, where it can kill 99% of viruses on surfaces and eliminate indoor pollutants.

Why Coventry & Gattis Air Conditioning, Inc.

The specialists at Coventry & Gattis Air Conditioning, Inc. are trusted professionals serving the residents of Grapevine, Texas, and surrounding communities. We are proud to offer our customers a robust selection of solutions that make your home a safer and better place to live. We have been in business for almost five decades, and over this time, we have been committed to providing our customers with the highest level of quality care, service, and products.

Our team of NATE-certified experts is trained and equipped to provide and manage your indoor air quality products and services. Coventry & Gattis Air Conditioning, Inc. delivers specialists committed to total customer satisfaction, and we do all this at a price you can afford.

If you think your home air quality could be improved or have questions about how IAQ solutions could enhance your house’s livability, call us at (817) 242-4888. We can answer all of your IAQ questions. We can’t wait to serve you!

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HVAC Tune-Ups: An Essential Part of System Care

October 20th, 2020

It’s easy to ignore your HVAC system as long as it’s working and your home is comfortable. If you’re a believer that no news is good news, then an operational HVAC system showing no signs of problems translates to: Why go looking for one? Right? Actually, we’d say, no, wrong! Just because your system seems fine doesn’t mean it is okay. Manufacturers and industry professionals agree that yearly tune-ups are vitally important to your heating and cooling unit’s long-term health because they catch problems before they become costly and disruptive.

There are many benefits associated with seasonal system maintenance and virtually no downsides. When you opt for preventative care in the form of a tune-up or maintenance plan, you are decreasing the chances your system will experience emergency breakdowns. This is great news for you because national averages show that emergency service calls are double and, in some cases, triple the costs of a regular service call. If you’ve never considered scheduling a tune-up for your HVAC system, stop missing out on the benefits and savings!

Here are several benefits of HVAC system care and tune-ups:

  1. Reduced Risk of System Breakdowns: After each winter, your heating system is sitting around unused during the summer, and all that time sitting idle can leave your system unprepared to operate at peak performance when you need it again. When your system is not working optimally, that means it’s overworking to heat or cool your home. When your heating system has to work harder to warm your home, it’s left open to breakdowns and system failures. By scheduling a seasonal tune-up for your heating system this winter, you can ensure that your heater is ready for the winter months ahead.
  2. Improved Indoor Air Quality: Your indoor air quality can impact the efficiency of your heating system. When your home’s air is dirty, your system is filtering and treating air full of dust and particles. When that dust and dirt are in your system, it can harm its components. When you schedule a tune-up with a trained and licensed HVAC specialist, one of the first points on your service provider’s list will be to clean any dirt, dust, or debris from your system. Dust and dirt are the enemies of your heating and cooling unit. The particles get into your system and cause it to work less efficiently. Tune-ups ensure that your system is clean and working as efficiently as possible.
  3. Lower Energy Spending: You will realize savings by cleaning and ensuring your heating system is working correctly. Your HVAC system uses almost half of all the energy in your home, so when it’s not working properly, it costs you big bucks throughout the year. Allowing your system to remain dirty and unkempt means you are essentially wasting energy. As we mentioned earlier, tuning-up your system can yield greater efficiency and better operation. These system improvements mean your system will not work as hard or operate as long, which translates to energy savings!
  4. Extended System Lifespan: Your system is like any other piece of machinery or appliance; it’s upkeep and general care will dictate how long it lasts and works for you. If you operate your HVAC system long and hard, ignoring it until you need to use it again, then it’s likely you will not get the maximum years out of the system. Your heating and cooling systems represent a significant investment, so you want to ensure you protect it by scheduling seasonal tune-ups before heavy usage.

By choosing to schedule a tune-up before planned seasonal heavy usage, you can ensure that your HVAC unit is in the best condition to serve you for the upcoming year. The average system can last you up to 25 years, so you could be saving a good deal of money by investing in your unit’s upkeep.

Convenient Tune-ups from Coventry Gattis

The team at Coventry & Gattis Air Conditioning, Inc. offers convenient maintenance and tune-up services that can help you take care of your HVAC system and extend its lifespan. As a full-service provider of heating and cooling solutions, our licensed, trained, and experienced team of professionals is always ready to offer helpful and timely care for your comfort systems.

We work with the best products in the business, and our specialists are consistently recognized for their dedication to customer care and satisfaction. When you choose to work with us, you are getting over four decades of experience and a team of trustworthy professionals committed to promptly solving your HVAC issues. Don’t miss out on all the great ways you can benefit from preventative care for your heating and cooling unit!

If you are experiencing fear of missing out because you’ve learned about all the savings and benefits of preventative maintenance, hurry and call the team at Coventry & Gattis Air Conditioning, Inc. at (817) 242-4888. We can schedule an appointment today!

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