How To Stay Cool If Your AC Breaks

June 7, 2020

We generally rely on our AC units to keep us cool in the summer. Unfortunately, things do eventually malfunction, and they sometimes break at the worst possible time. If it’s hot and you’re stuck waiting on AC repairs, you should consider some other ways to beat the heat. Here are several methods of staying cool this summer if your AC fails you and the repairs haven’t been completed yet. Cool Drinks and Cool Foods The things you put into your body help control your body’s temperature. If you are already hot, you don’t want to consume soup or hot tea. This will only make you feel warmer. Instead, focus on cool foods and drinks. You also want to ingest items that contain plenty of water to help you stay hydrated. Some great options include popsicles, iced tea, fruit and vegetables. These will keep you cool and replenish the water you lose from sweating. Play in the Water One of the best ways to cool off is to get into the water. If you have a pool or a public pool nearby, that’s a great place to go and relax. You can also just run through the sprinkler. However, as you...

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What are the Types of Smart Thermostats?

May 11, 2020

Programmable thermostats are a step up from the old analog or dial styles of thermostats. They allow you to set different temperatures for different times of the day and days of the week. A smart thermostat is another step up from a programmable thermostat. A smart thermostat connects to your Meridian, ID, home’s Wi-Fi and offers more features and functionality. Knowing about the types of smart thermostats and their features allows you to make an informed decision about which one is the best for your Meridian-area home. Basic Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat Nest, EcoBee, Honeywell and other manufacturers all make basic smart thermostats. These thermostats connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network. They work with compatible central heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. They also work with ductless and mini-split HVAC systems. All smart thermostats make use of algorithms. They get new algorithms and updates to existing algorithms on a regular basis through your Wi-Fi. These software updates are important because they allow the smart thermostat to optimize your home’s energy usage. Smart thermostats also include an app for use on your smartphone. There are iOS and Android versions of each manufacturer’s app. This allows you to update your temperature settings from...

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Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality in the Spring

April 15, 2020

Quality air in your home is essential to the well-being of you and your family members. Your HVAC system is your house’s first line of defense against dirt, dust mites, and pathogens that are found floating around your residence. This unit doesn’t just heat and cool your home; it also filters and circulates the air, which is a benefit to your respiratory health. As the seasons change from winter to spring, the makeup of the air in your home will shift. The warmer air becomes more humid, meaning particulate in the air can stay longer and travel farther. If the air quality in your home is important to you, then you need to prepare it for each new season. Here are some steps you can take to make your house’s air as healthy as possible during the spring. Use High-Quality Filters Having filters installed that are allergen-rated will go a long way toward cleaning the air in your home. This rating means the filters have been tested and proven to trap much smaller particles than standard HVAC filters. Filters clean the air as it cycles through the duct system. The more of these microscopic particles you can get out of...

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Which Electric Heating Systems are the Best?

March 18, 2020

Forced-air and water-based heating systems are common choices for many homeowners. In some locations of the U.S., however, installing electric heating equipment might make more sense. When electricity is a cheaper alternative than oil or gas, going electric is a welcome option. You may also want to choose electric over other fuel sources if you simply need to extend an existing forced-air system. Cutting into walls to add ductwork and registers in addition to paying for a larger heating unit can be costly. Adding on a smaller electric heater instead could have cost benefits. You’ll find that there are many choices when it comes to selecting the best electric heating system for a home. If you’re still investigating what’s available for your floor plan, we can help you narrow the candidates. Our quick home heating guide for electric heating systems is packed with good information and budget-friendly alternatives. Heat Pumps for Heating a Home For many homeowners, heat pumps are a surprising addition when discussing electric heating systems. Heat pumps are a highly energy-efficient option when considering a replacement system for your home. These systems are designed to transfer heat rather than create heat. They operate by moving hot air...

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How Does a Thermostat Work?

February 20, 2020

Being able to turn on your home’s heating system is a luxury that we often take for granted. At the same time, it’s key that our heat can turn off when we’ve already hit our goal temperature. We have our thermostats to thank for our ability to maintain a certain temperature inside our homes. “Thermostat” literally means “to keep the temperature the same.” How Do They Work? Thermostats can be digital or mechanical. Digital thermostats can turn on their heating systems instantly, once the temperature drops below whatever mark you’ve set. Many modern thermostats can be programmed to maintain different temperatures at different times of the day. This can save you money if you don’t need to heat your home while you’re at work, for example. Smart thermostats are gaining popularity, and at in Meridian, ID, we regularly help people modernize their homes by installing thermostats that can be controlled by mobile devices. Many older thermostats are controlled through physics. They have thin strips of a special metal inside of them, and that metal can physically move depending on the temperature. This is because metal expands when it warms up and contracts when it cools down. That motion of the...

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What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

February 10, 2020

Poor indoor air quality is a problem for millions of people nationwide. When you learn that on average people spend 93% of their lives indoors, it isn’t difficult to imagine how air quality plays a significant role in how they feel. Our indoor environment has a major impact on our health and well-being. This is especially true if you suffer from any sort of respiratory problem or allergy. Common Pollutants Sadly, you can find pollutants almost everywhere in a home, even one in which owners have the most meticulous housekeeping habits. Dust, dander, pollen, carpeting, cleaning chemicals, odors from paint and smoke can all pollute the indoor air. Substantial levels of free-radicals and contaminants increase the health risks to people breathing in these volatile organic chemicals. Potential Signs of Poor Air Quality If you are unsure of the air quality in your home, these are some of the signs that indicate it might be poor: Unpleasant smells Mildew or mold growth Dust buildup around vents High humidity Uneven air distribution All these signs should be taken seriously to ensure the good health of the residents and guests in your home. Health-related symptoms that could be associated with poor indoor air...

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Symptoms of a Dirty Coil

January 20, 2020

At , we provide the reliable HVAC services you need to make your home more energy efficient. We’re always stressing the importance of maintaining a clean HVAC system. That includes maintaining a clean evaporator coil. If you’re unsure of whether you have a dirty coil, keep an eye out for the following symptoms. Your Home Stays Warm Despite Running the Air Conditioner Not all air conditioning malfunctions result in a sudden stop in operation. Many problems lead to a slow and steady decline. If you’ve discovered that your air conditioner has become less effective at cooling, a dirty coil may be the underlying problem. When dust and debris are allowed to build up on an evaporator coil, the coil becomes less effective at drawing heat from the air. As a result, the air that circulates into your home through the air conditioner will be warmer than usual. When your air conditioner no longer blows cold, we recommend the following: Evaporator coil cleaning service Air filter cleaning/replacement service Duct cleaning Your Air Conditioner Oil Freezes Condensation accumulates on your evaporator coil when the coil is no longer able to draw heat from the air due to built up dust and debris....

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How to Avoid Furnace Repairs

January 12, 2020

Part of an ideal winter is one where you don’t have to frantically call an HVAC service company in the hopes that it will come out and repair your home’s furnace. Any downtime for your heater can mean frigid temperatures inside your house. While you will never be able to control the unpredictable, there are steps you can take to minimize the chances you will need furnace repair. If you do end up needing repairs, in Meridian, Idaho, provides prompt, effective, and affordable service. A Yearly Tune-Up Is a Must As the weather transitions from warm/mild to cold, that’s the perfect time to bring in an HVAC technician for a thorough inspection and tune-up. This is your chance to make sure everything is functioning correctly and that your furnace is ready to handle another long, cold winter. Maintain Your Furnace on Your Own You don’t need any experience working with complex HVAC systems to be able to handle small tasks that will keep your furnace operating efficiently throughout the colder months. These are basic maintenance to-dos, such as replacing the air filter every couple of months, keeping the inside of your heater and accessible areas of your ducts clean, putting...

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3 Reasons To Use A Humidifier During Flu Season

December 15, 2019

There are simple steps that you can take to cut your risk of developing the flu virus. In fact, one of the most effective steps is simply having a humidifier in your home. Here are several ways that a humidifier can help protect you during flu season. 1. Humidity Kills Germs Flu particles thrive the most when it is dry in the air. Those are the ideal conditions for the particles to remain in the air and not fall to the ground. However, fly germs begin to have difficulty when the air is heavier. In fact, humid air can kill up to 85 percent of the flu particles from the air. Humidity stifles both large and small germs. Through a humidifier, you can keep the humidity level in your home at the desired 40 to 60 percent range. This will make the life of a flu particle a whole lot more challenging. 2. Moisture Helps Your Nose There are tiny hairs in your nose called cilia that are the first line of defense in your body against germs. When these small hairs are lubricated, they are even more effective. It is humidity that provides the cilia with this needed lubricant....

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Furnace Tips for the Holidays

December 5, 2019

Holiday parties and get-togethers can be both fun and memorable. Rarely is it possible to get so many friends and family in the same house for the same joyous event. To make sure everyone stays happy, the temperature inside the home should be appropriate. There are some smart ways to run a furnace during the holidays. Let’s take a look at some tips. Make Sure You Have the Right Thermostat A running theme here involves taking steps in advance of the holiday party. Don’t cut things too close because you want enough time to make sure the work is done. Upgrading a thermostat might be a valuable way to keep the interior temperature at the preferred level. A high-tech, modern thermostat can adjust temperature levels quickly and without much trouble. Some may even work with your smartphone adding further conveniences. Clean Out the Ducts Dirty ducts aren’t beneficial to your guests. You don’t want guests in your home breathing in poor-quality air. For the same reason, you want to change a dirty filter if necessary. Besides addressing air quality, cleaning the air ducts could help you avoid some problems with the furnace. Running the furnace when there’s tons of dirt...

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