HVAC Tips You Don’t Want Miss Out On For The 4th of July

HVAC Tips You Don’t Want Miss Out On For The 4th of July

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Our country is lucky because we get to celebrate it every year. The 4th of July is an important national holiday that commemorates the day we gained our independence.

With the school season ended, it’s also the perfect time to kick off the summer with a party and fireworks. Planning a party is exciting but how many people make plans on how to stay cool during this celebration?

Staying cool is easy thanks to our AC units, but there are other methods we can apply that can help with the cost of running it. Here are some HVAC unit tips you won’t want to miss out on for this year’s celebration.

Hydration Keeps You Cool

stayhydratedWe know that if we turn our AC on, we’ll stay cool and comfortable without worrying about the temperatures outside. The downside to this though is that our unit will have to run more often and the electricity bill will skyrocket.

Rather than relying on a lower temperature from an appliance, lower your own body temperature instead. By drinking a glass of cold water, you’ll help yourself stay hydrated and your body will lower its own temperature naturally.

Your tolerance for the heat will actually increase because of this. It’s about as easy as lowering the thermostat but your body gains more benefits from it!

Don’t Forget to Change Your Air Filter

airfilterEven if you’ve known about the air filters before this, it still needs to be said. Air filters are an important component of an AC unit. It captures the dust, dirt, and pollen that floats around in the air before it can pass into your home.

This is especially helpful if you’re throwing a 4th of July party and you have a grill going. You can expect doors will stay open with all your guests moving in and out and that will allow the smoke to enter your home.

By cleaning and replacing your air filters regularly, your AC unit will not have to exhaust itself by the blocks a dirty filter can create. This will also save you money and expose you to fewer pollutants and allergens.

Preventative Maintenance is Essential

preventativemaintenanceAs a final HVAC tip, if you’ve never considered preventative maintenance for your AC unit, now is a good time to start. If you are hosting this year’s 4th of July party, the last thing you would want to happen is for your AC to stop working.

Preventative maintenance can help in a number of ways. First, it will ensure that your AC is running as efficiently and effectively as it should. Second, you’ll be able to recognize when a part needs to be replaced. Third, you’ll reduce the chances of it breaking down on you unexpectedly.

A 4th of July party is what everyone wants to do, but remembering to stay cool is what everyone needs to do. The festivities and excitement can be ruined easily if the heat becomes unbearable. If you think your HVAC unit might be in need of service, give our company a call. We’ll be happy to book an appointment with you and provide a consultation.

An Environmental Upgrade That Makes Sense & 3 Reasons Why

An Environmental Upgrade That Makes Sense & 3 Reasons Why

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Sometimes, there are upgrades that make sense and sometimes there are ones that are unnecessary. Spending hundreds to get a first class upgrade on a two-hour flight probably doesn’t make a lot of sense – there just isn’t a huge return on investment, as nice as it may feel to be in first class.

On the other hand, there are upgrades with huge benefits that you can start seeing right away. A great example of an upgrade like that is energy efficient climate control.

While some people focus on the upfront Air Conditioning costs of such an upgrade, there are benefits that you see right away and, in the long run, you may actually save yourself some green.

The Environmental Impact of Air Conditioning

goodenvironmentWhile we’d never advocate for surviving the Maryland summers without any form of air conditioning, it is still important to understand the massive impact that air conditioning can have on the environment.

First off, during the summers, in particular, your HVAC system is very likely the number one consumer of energy in your entire house. It uses a ton of resources.

However, it doesn’t use those resources efficiently, creating waste (which, as you’ll soon see, also means wasted dollars).  Also, air conditioners contribute to our carbon footprints, because they emit greenhouse gasses.

Lastly, in busy cities (like nearby Baltimore), air conditioners can discharge so much warm air that they create urban hot zones which can affect the weather pattern. Making the decision to go green can help alleviate all of these issues.

How You Can Save Money With an HVAC Upgrade

Believe it or not, you can start getting a return on your investment in an HVAC upgrade pretty quickly. There are a couple of factors that impact your long term costs.

  • savemoneyReduce the Upfront Cost: First, you can start saving money right from the outset. That’s because many state and local governments offer incentives to make the switch to energy efficient models because it reduces the energy resources required. These can come in the form of rebates or breaks on price which reduce the upfront cost.
  • The Cost Savings Are Immediate: You may think that the upgrade to a new system will only save a small amount of money. However, consider the fact that, according to a metric called annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), older HVAC systems can waste 30% of the energy they use. As a comparison, the new systems waste less than 7% – meaning you see money savings on your monthly bill right away.

Most Importantly, Comfort  & Efficiency is Top Notch

efficiencyWhile helping the environment and saving money are both big positives, the most important thing is the assurance that your system will still keep your family comfortable. As technology has evolved, so too has the ability to control our indoor climate effectively.

Just one example is the development of variable speed motors in HVAC systems. Moving from systems which were either circulating air or they weren’t, these variable speed motors have many settings. These settings allow your house to get to your desired system faster and stay there more consistently.

If you have any questions about upgrading your system, call an expert at Heidler, Inc. by dialing (410) 268-7191 and we’ll be happy to help.

Committing to Your Home’s HVAC

Committing to Your Home’s HVAC

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While most of the world views Valentine’s Day as a romantic day to spend with your significant other, spoiling them and showing them how much you love them, for those of us with commitment issues, it is a different experience entirely.

If the very idea of committing to a relationship makes your heart race and your palms start to sweat, we have a new kind of commitment for you this Valentine’s Day that you’ll be excited to make: a preventative maintenance agreement!

Heidler, Inc. offers a range of maintenance agreements, from annual plans to lifelong memberships, for all levels of commitment resistance. Trust us when we say that this is a commitment worth making. You won’t be sorry for committing to take care of your HVAC systems this Valentine’s Day!

Heating Emergency

heatingemergencyHaving a plan for maintaining your heater can help you prevent a heating emergency. You wouldn’t want to get stuck without heat in the middle of a harsh February, would you?

Well, with a planned maintenance agreement (PMA) from Heidler, Inc. you can be confident that your heater is always in good working condition.

Not only does your PMA include tune-ups that keep your heater and all its parts working properly, but it also allows your HVAC technician to inspect your system and diagnose any potential problems before they cause a real emergency.

Cooling System

coolingsystemAnother important part of the PMA procedure for HVAC systems is cleaning all parts of the heating and cooling unit, as well as other parts of the cooling system like the ductwork and air vents, when necessary.

This process can not only prevent major HVAC emergencies but will also help extend the life of your HVAC system. Inevitably, dust will settle on different parts of your cooling system.

This dust can get in the way of the system working efficiently. It can burn when the system is turned on, causing a burning smell throughout the house, and it can get into the condensate drain, causing it to become clogged.

Regularly clearing out AC unit’s condensate drain, as part of your PMA, can prevent it from becoming clogged and causing a leak.

Long Term

If you are a homeowner and plan on living in your current home for the foreseeable future, then a long term PMA may benefit you greatly. Heidler, Inc. offers a lifetime agreement at a very competitive price to help you keep your HVAC systems well maintained for years to come. If you are renting, or if you are planning on leaving your current home in the next few years, we have a PMA for you too.

Whether you are ready to make a lifelong commitment to your HVAC maintenance, or a short term one, Heidler, Inc. is here to help you take the next step! Now here’s a question that’s easy to answer: Do you want to save money while keeping your HVAC systems in proper working order?

If you answered no, then there are plenty of other HVAC companies that would be happy to overcharge you for standard heater maintenance. If you do like saving money, however, then give Heidler, Inc. a call today at (410) 268-7191 to speak with one of our expert HVAC technicians and set up an HVAC maintenance plan!

Spot Air Duct Mold in Your Home Using this Simple Guide

Spot Air Duct Mold in Your Home Using this Simple Guide

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Summer is a great time to enjoy the heat and maybe catch some rays. It’s also a good time to turn on the air conditioning. This is when mold can start to form. Mold loves dark and damp places and can grow and multiply quickly.

Indoor air quality can severely be affected when there is mold in the home, causing respiratory issues, migraines and more. Read on to learn how to identify if you have mold on your HVAC system.

You or Your Family Consistently Gets Sick

healthissuesIf you have mold in your air duct system, it can seriously affect the air quality in your home. You and your family may start to suffer from symptoms such as coughing, dizziness, and headaches.

These signs, along with sneezing and mucus in the throat and lungs can be ongoing. They won’t go away until the mold is removed from your home. This can also affect your pets. If you suspect there may be mold in your home, or have unexplained sickness occurring with your family or pets, have someone come and inspect immediately.

You Notice Mold or Stains Around Your HVAC System

visiblemoldThe last thing any homeowners wants to experience is mold living in their home. Unfortunately, this can happen, especially in your HVAC system due to its high moisture environment.

Check your HVAC system for visible mold. It will look black and be patchy or blotchy. It could look like a smudge or stain but will be difficult to wipe away.

Mold in your HVAC will make indoor air quality poor, and you will run the risk of getting your whole family sick. Seek out a professional in Annapolis, MD if you suspect or see mold in your home.

There is a Strong and Constant Odor in the Home

strongsmellMold has a very distinct smell. If you notice a musty, almost wood-rotting scent in your home, you may have mold growing. Mold is a very fast spreading organism, and it won’t take long, given the right environment, for it to multiply throughout your house.

This is a serious issue that must be addressed, and mold is extremely hazardous to our health. Call a professional right away if you suspect mold growing in your home, do not wait.

Do not procrastinate when it comes to your health and the health of your family. If you suspect mold in your home, it is your responsibility to have it removed right away, keeping you and your family safe.