Coronavirus and Your HVAC System

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly everyone, and we are taking steps and precautions to protect our employees and customers as best we can. The airborne nature of this virus puts HVAC service providers in a position to answer questions about how customers can take further measures within their homes or businesses to protect themselves. Here are couple of options to consider:

  • HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance) filters are typically used in healthcare facilities can be 99.97% effective at trapping particles down to 0.3 microns in size. This virus, however, is even smaller than that and will have some level of penetration. That being said, HEPA filters will provide you some protection versus a less effective filter, but this is no silver bullet.
  • UV disinfection systems for HVAC complement traditional filtration systems. UV germicidal systems have been shown to reduce microbial load and pathogens that are found within the HVAC system that would normally be redistributed back into the building. Though data on UV disinfection systems’ effectiveness specifically on COVID-19 have not been performed, these systems have been effective in other varieties of coronaviruses (SARS and MERS).

For more information, we recommend this helpful resource: https://www.achrnews.com/articles/142808-coronavirus-prompts-response-in-hvac-industry#.XnIw46i4gbk.email

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns or to ask about available options for your home or business.

Money-Saving Tips for the Summer!

As the temperature continues to rise, your air conditioning system is in overdrive trying to keep you cool! Here are some quick tips to reduce the strain on your system and keep some money in your pocket for that next beach trip!

1.  Annual Maintenance – Be sure to get your air conditioner serviced. Clean equipment operates more efficiently.

2.  Change or Clean Filters when Recommended – Clogged filters wreak havoc on HVAC system and its performance.

3.  Upgrade to Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostats – You can control your schedule remotely and turn it up when you’re not home.

4.  Use Ceiling Fans – Fans circulate the air. This helps with stale air, and you can turn it off easily when you’re not in the room.

5.  Keep Sun Facing Windows Covered – The sun is a major contributor to the temperature of your interior. Keep your windows shaded, and beat the heat!

6.  Proper Attic Insulation – Reduces cooling and heating costs.

7.  Proper Attic Ventilation – Drives hot air and moisture out of attic.

8.  Check Pull-Down Staircases – Old leaking staircases allow the hot attic air in the house.

9.  Seal Air Leaks – All leaks allows hot air in and cold air out, thus increasing operating costs.

10.  Replace Old Costly Equipment – Buying a new unit may seem expensive, but over time a new, high efficiency systems can save you significant money Plus you can get a great warranty in case something does go wrong!