What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?

February 20, 2020

Poor indoor air quality can either subtly or obviously impair our health. Types of health problems it can cause include respiratory illnesses, weakened immune system, allergies and cancer. Here are four causes behind poor indoor air quality and what you can do to protect your health: 1. Formaldehyde You’ve probably heard of this chemical being dangerous. It’s found in the adhesive of many consumer products, including carpeting, upholstery and plywood paneling. The EPA has classified formaldehyde as a potential carcinogen. Not much is yet known about the long-term effects of this chemical, but we do know the short-term effects can cause coughing, wheezing, skin irritation, watery eyes, nausea, and a burning sensation in the throat, nose, and eyes. 2. Cigarette Smoke Secondhand cigarette smoke in the air is just as dangerous than firsthand smoke, and it’s difficult to get out of a home. Cigarette smoke that gets into the ducts, walls, floors, furniture and basically every part of your home is called thirdhand smoke. It greatly reduces your indoor air quality. You shouldn’t allow smoking inside of the house for these reasons if you want to maintain healthy air. Also, make sure no one smokes near the condensing unit outside…...

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HVAC Troubleshooting Tips

February 10, 2020

HVAC systems can stop working at inconvenient times. If your HVAC system is having problems, don’t panic. Here are five things to check when your HVAC system isn’t working properly. 1. Circuit Breakers Your home’s wiring may not be strong enough to handle all its electrical demands. An overloaded electrical system can trip the circuits. When your HVAC system isn’t working, inspect the circuit panel for tripped circuits. 2. Air Filters It isn’t unusual for people to forget to change the air filters in their HVAC systems. This is especially true if you have a busy schedule. Clean air filters boost your HVAC system’s efficiency. When filters are filled with airborne particles, your HVAC system will slow down. 3. Return and Supply Vents Keep furniture and other items at least two feet away from return and supply vents. Remove the vent covers to determine if there are blockages. Our technicians at in Monrovia can inspect your vents for obstructions during HVAC maintenance services. 4. Thermostat Digital thermostats are powered by batteries. Batteries can last up to three months. Put new batteries in your thermostat if it has stopped working. If you have an outdated thermostat, our technicians can replace it…...

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What Are the Most Important Rooms to Have an Air Purifier in?

January 20, 2020

If you want clean air in your home, consider getting an air purifier. These units are especially important if you live in a city with a pollution problem or next to a busy street. Air purifiers can improve the overall air quality in your living space and rid the indoor atmosphere of particulates that could cause a variety of respiratory problems. Once you’ve arrived at this decision, you’ll want to place the equipment for maximum efficiency. Placement of Air Purifiers By carefully placing individual air purifiers, you can get maximum filtration throughout your home. For spaces without many walls, a single unit might be sufficient to clean the air. If you have a bigger home, multiple units would be needed to provide a high level of air purification. You’ll want to put individual air purifiers in rooms that see a lot of use. Since you sleep in your bedroom for many hours every day, having clean air in there is important. Spaces such as kitchens and living rooms can also benefit from an air purifier. You’ll want to place units where they can circulate large amounts of air in order to purify as much volume as possible. Whole-home Air Purifier…...

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Is It Bad to Run My Heating System 24/7?

January 11, 2020

Coming home to a cold house isn’t enjoyable. Waking up in the morning to discover burst pipes would be a nightmare. A properly running furnace can prevent these things and more. That’s why people run their furnace day and night during the winter season. Homeowners do, however, wonder if running a heating system 24/7 is a smart plan. Added Wear and Tear Running the furnace 24 hours a day for several weeks at a time can lead to wear and tear. Now, if the temperatures drop very low for weeks at a time, running the furnace at this pace may be unavoidable. Therefore, you have to be on top of routine maintenance and be mindful of any needed repairs. Furnaces in Monrovia homes that run a lot during the winter will need service at some point. employs technicians capable of performing repairs on request. Routine maintenance services allow for preventative inspections and tune-ups. Be Prepared to Pay Running the furnace 24/7 comes at a cost. All that gas used to light up the furnace drives up your monthly bill. If you want to run the furnace at high temperatures all the time, you must pay accordingly. Granted, you can’t live…...

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Common Reasons Your Heating Bill is Too High

December 20, 2019

You expect the heating bill to go up during the colder months, but perhaps it has reached an abnormally high amount. There are several possible reasons for this. Poor Heating Performance Unusually high bills are often coupled with bad heating performance, and this, in turn, can be the result of some defect in the heater or the thermostat. You may have noticed that the heating is uneven between rooms and between floors. This may be due to a blockage in the air ducts, or the cause may be as simple as a piece of furniture blocking an air vent. Such obstacles force the system to work harder to blow out air, which can mean higher electricity bills. An Overused Heating System It could be that you’re using your heating system more than is necessary. Perhaps you’re letting it run all day, even while you’re sleeping or while you’re out of the house, in which case it would be wise to create a heating schedule. You can do this with a programmable thermostat. At , we offer Côr Wi-Fi thermostats in Monrovia, CA. A related issue involves the temperature. Some will set it extremely high, but to stay comfortable, one only…...

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Furnace Tips for the Holidays

December 10, 2019

During the holiday season, and especially in the wintertime, it is expected that you should see a slight increase in the use of your furnace. With the temperatures decreasing outside, you will have to rely on the heater to keep your house warm enough. Like any other home appliance, it is important to consider the following tips when using your furnace this holiday season. Install Ceiling Fans Your furnace does an incredible job of supplying hot air within your house. This hot air rises to the top of your house near the ceiling, thereby displacing the cold air downward. Installing ceiling fans to circulate this air evenly within your residence helps to ensure a uniform temperature distribution. Insulating the Ductwork The ability of your furnace to deliver hot air evenly and efficiently within your house is dependent on whether your ductwork is appropriately insulated or not. It may help to inspect all the ductwork within your home to ensure proper insulation. This may prove helpful in your bid for energy conservation and, therefore, keeping down the electric bills. Sealing the Windows and Other Openings Windows, doors, and any other vents within your house will always tend to leak out the…...

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Why Is My Heating System Blowing Cold Air?

November 20, 2019

You turned on the furnace to heat your chilly home. Now, the house feels even chillier because the heater is blowing cold air. This situation isn’t the most desirable, but let’s not assume something disastrous happened. The problem could require a small fix. There might not even be a problem. Be prepared, however, to discover a part needs replacing. The Fan Blows But the Furnace Is Off A furnace can circulate unheated air. All you have to do is switch the setting from “AUTO” to “ON.” Sometimes, this happens by accident. Turning the thermostat to “ON” by mistake means the fans will spin, and the furnace will sound like it is working. Actually, the heater is working as requested. Change the setting to AUTO, and you change the heating system’s “orders.” It should start blowing hot air again. The Furnace Started to Overheat If a furnace overheats, the system’s heat exchanger could suffer cracks. Modern heaters come with a safety switch designed to shut off the burners when the unit starts to overheat. The burners go off, but the fan still runs. Now, the system is blowing hot air. Why did the furnace overheat? Only an inspection will reveal an…...

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Why Are Some Rooms Colder Than Others?

November 12, 2019

You set the temperature of your thermostat and expect every room to be heated to that same temperature, but this may not happen in some cases. The following are just a few of the factors that would explain the uneven quality of your home’s central heating. Blocked Airflow Warm air could be blocked from this room or that room by something as simple as a piece of furniture on top of the air vent. You could also have dirt buildup in the air filter or ductwork, which can minimize the airflow. Poor Insulation A lack of insulation in the attic and wall cavities, or insulation with a low R-value (resistance to heat penetration), may cause some rooms to be colder than others. Air Duct Leaks Ductwork can develop cracks and holes, especially around the joints and fittings. When this occurs, warm air will escape and never reach the room that the affected duct leads into. If you live in Monrovia, CA, you can leave it to the professionals at to inspect and seal your ducts. We can also add insulation or replace it with something that has a higher R-value. An Undersized System Perhaps you purchased a small unit because…...

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10 Steps to a Green Home

October 10, 2019

By using the environment to your advantage in combination with advances in HVAC technology, you can create an eco-friendly home that keeps your energy expenditures to a bare minimum. Let’s look at a blueprint consisting of 10 steps to a green home. 1. Start With Functional Design Think of all the rooms in your home and the uses they will have. Try and visualize a compact design without wasteful spaces that will require extra energy to heat and cool. 2. Build an Efficient Foundation Using materials like stone and concrete for your foundation will keep heat from escaping during the winter while retaining cooler temperatures naturally in the hot months of summer. 3. Plan Your Window Placement You don’t have to sacrifice form for function when it comes to windows. If you like a lot of natural light in your home, try placing windows strategically on the sides of your house where they will best utilize the sun for its heat and lighting. Be sure to install curtains that reflect sunlight so that you can keep your house from heating up. 4. Use the Best Insulation Possible The energy savings from using the best quality of insulation that your budget…...

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Signs You’re Overworking Your AC System

October 1, 2019

Wear and tear gradually erodes an air conditioner’s ability to function efficiently. Warning signs will emerge to alert you that all is not well with your system. Addressing problems as soon as you notice them could save your AC system from total breakdown. Red Flags for AC Failure: The red flags that you should watch out for, that could indicate your AC is failing, include: An abnormally rising power bill Strange noises Odd odors Weak airflow Insufficient cooling Visible leaks What Causes Spiking Utility Costs? An AC system with declining performance struggles to cool a home to satisfy the thermostat setting. As a result, it consumes more electricity and drives up your power bill. Don’t Ignore Noises, Odors, and Leaks Moving parts that need lubrication and broken motor bearings produce squealing and grinding noises. These symptoms indicate an imminent mechanical breakdown. Furthermore, odors could arise from a burning insulation wire or an outbreak of mold growth. Liquid coming out of the unit might be refrigerant, which is hazardous to handle. The NATE-certified AC technicians at can diagnose and correct serious problems like these. Our company in Monrovia, CA, repairs all types of air conditioners. If you need a new unit,…...

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