Friday, December 6, 2019

Tips to Prepare the HVAC System for Winter Weather!

The days are getting shorter and colder as we move into the winter season! Soon the sleet, snow, and ice storms will start in earnest. Is your HVAC system prepared? Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC Company at the Lake of the Ozarks, so we know what it takes to help you get your systems ready for winter. Read on to learn more!


Schedule a Maintenance Check


Help your heating system out by scheduling regular maintenance checks and inspections. A professional HVAC technician can usually find issues in your unit before they cause bigger problems or system failure. They will inspect the unit's overall condition, motor, electrical components, safety controls, and more. If anything is lagging or has minor damage that could cause issues down the road, your technician will recommend a repair or replacement so you don't end up stuck with a broken heater in the dead of winter.

Look for Leaks


Leaks in the seals on your home can be somewhat difficult to notice in the warmer months. However, as the temperature drops, you may notice heat escaping near your windows and doors. Check the seals in these areas to make sure there aren't any cracks or gaps letting hot air escape. There are several tools you can use to help seal off doors and windows. Some are very simple additions to the bottom of the door or window that provide an additional buffer from the elements.

If you are still noticing a lot of heat loss in the winter months, you may want to consider investing in energy-efficient windows. These windows help hold in the warm air (or in the summer, the cool air) so your HVAC system doesn't have to work so hard to keep up. If you aren't sure how efficient your HVAC system is, call Royal Heating & Air and schedule a Home Comfort Check. We will do a complete check of your heater, gas furnace burners, and heating elements and help you find anything that may not be functioning at its optimal level.


Keep Airflow in Mind 


It is important to maintain good airflow throughout your home to keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently. Regularly check your air filters to ensure they are not dirty. A filter overloaded with dust, pet hair, and debris cannot properly filter the air in your home and will force your heater to work harder to push air through the dirty filter. Check the recommendations on the filter type you use to know how often your filter should be replaced.

Some people think that closing vents and doors in unused rooms can help the HVAC system preserve energy. It actually has the opposite effect. The air is still being heated and pushed through your air ducts to that vent. Blocking the vent or shutting the door does not efficiently redirect the airflow to other areas in your home. Instead, your HVAC system has a hard time keeping your whole home at a consistent temperature and ends up working harder.

Get a Programmable Thermostat


Traditional thermostats simply read the temperature of the room and signal your HVAC system to kick in if it is below (or above in the summer) the temperature you set for your home. A programmable thermostat can learn your patterns by keeping track of how you set the temperature throughout the day. When you're away at work, it can give your HVAC system a break. Do you like to sleep with the air a little cooler? Your programmable thermostat can do that for you automatically! With the freedom to set your programmable thermostat and forget it, you can sit back and relax while it saves you time and potentially even money.

Your Lake of the Ozarks HVAC Company


Royal Heating & Air is here to serve you and all of your HVAC needs. We love taking care of you and making sure your home stays comfortable year-round. Give us a call to schedule a maintenance inspection, a home comfort check, or a programmable thermostat installation. Whatever the HVAC need, we have your back!



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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Incredible Benefits of Bryant HVAC Units!

If your HVAC unit is a bit worse for wear and you're thinking about installing a new system, then look no further than Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems! Royal Heating and Air stands behind this brand and trusts their superior units to keep you and your home comfortable and happy through every season. Read on to learn more about why we are proud to be a certified dealer of Bryant's HVAC systems.

History of Bryant


Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems has been around for over 100 years! Charles Bryant, the founder, started the company in 1904 with a mission to take care of customers' indoor comfort needs. He was dedicated to building a trustworthy and hard-working brand that would provide numerous options for customers in need.

Top Quality Units


From furnaces to air conditioners and multiple kinds of products in between, Bryant is incomparable when it comes to their superior units. Their quality, durability, and reliability consistently exceed market expectations. Bryant works hard to continuously innovate and create solutions with energy-saving technology. Some of the many system types available through Bryant are duel fuel, split, geothermal, packaged, and ductless systems.


Bryant Lifespan


Heating and air conditioning units have a typical life expectancy of 15-20 years, and Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems are some of the most dependable and longest-lasting units available on the market. To keep your units running efficiently and effectively for as long as possible, schedule regular maintenance with your local HVAC company. (Call Royal Heating & Air to schedule yours!)

Warranty


Every Bryant system comes with warranty coverage that you can depend on to protect your investment. Each product comes with a different warranty that we would be happy to explain before you purchase your new Bryant HVAC unit. Some of the common warranties available on these products are 5-year warranties, while others even offer a 10-year warranty. Just remember to register your unit within 90 days to ensure your warranty is active and you'll be able to make a claim on the warranty if necessary.


Your Lake of the Ozarks HVAC


If you are considering installing a new heating or air conditioning system this season, we highly recommend considering a Bryant Heating and Cooling System for your home. With the proven history of quality, numerous options to fit your home's needs, and the dependable lifespan and product warranties, Royal Heating & Air trusts this brand to exceed your expectations. As the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are proud to be a certified dealer of Bryant systems and to serve our customers with the best of the best!


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Friday, November 22, 2019

5 Tips to Help Get Your Home Ready for Winter!

The weather outside is about to get frightful! Help keep your family comfortable and your home in good condition this winter with a few helpful tips from our team at Royal Heating & Air. As the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have your back to help keep you and your home comfortable! Read on to learn how to get your home ready this season.


Schedule Heating Checkup


Now is a great time to check-in on your HVAC, especially your heating system. No one wants to have a heating emergency in the dead of winter. Help prevent emergencies by scheduling regular maintenance on your HVAC system. This can help keep everything running efficiently and safely through the cold season. If you do experience an HVAC emergency, remember that you can always call our team at Royal Heating & Air!

Reverse the Ceiling Fans


Some fans may not have this function, but if the ceiling fans in your home have the ability to reverse their direction it could really help with the temperature feel in your home. Running ceiling fans in a clockwise direction pulls the ambient air up and pushes the heat trapped at the ceiling down into the room. Circulating the warm air in your home can help the air feel warmer at a lower temperature than usual.



Mind Your Roof


It can be important to make sure everything is up to standard with your roofing before winter starts in earnest. Don’t get stuck with roof leaks from snowmelt because of an overlooked crack or gap. Another way to make sure your roof is protected is to keep your gutters clear from debris. If gutters get overfilled, water can get backed up into your attic or other areas in your home where it shouldn’t be. When this water freezes, it can cause even more damage.

Drain Outdoor Water Lines


Call your landscaping company before the ground freezes to drain the water from your irrigation system. Any residual water left in your irrigation system over the winter season will freeze, expand, and likely cause serious damage to the entire system. It is also a good idea to disconnect and drain the hoses around your house.


Restock Winter Essentials


Don’t get stuck in the cold without the winter essentials you need. Before the snow and ice hits, make sure you have everything you will need to safely move about and get out of the house. Put your shovel and ice scraper where they will be easily accessible when needed. Purchase ice melt to keep on hand. Ice storms don’t always come with fair warning, so having it on hand can be tremendously helpful. It is also a good idea to keep your car stocked with items that will keep you safe a warm in case of an accident while you wait for emergency response… heavy blanket, hand & foot warmers, flashlight, reflective triangle, etc.


Preparing Your Lake of the Ozarks Home


We hope these winterization tips help you feel comfortable and prepared coming into the winter season! Give us a call to schedule your fall HVAC maintenance and a home comfort check. Royal Heating & Air is here to serve you!


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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Gas vs. Electric – Which is Best?

We are deep into fall, and some days it feels like winter is already upon us! If you are considering a new heating system this season and aren’t sure what kind of energy source to go with, Royal Heating& Air has some tips to help! We are the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we are here to help you. Read on to learn more and give us a call to install your new system!


Heat Rate


Gas and electric heating systems produce heat at different speeds because of the way they operate. Gas furnaces produce the maximum amount of heat possible as soon as the burners start running, so they can heat your home relatively quickly. Electric furnaces must spend time powering up before they begin to heat the air flowing through your home. What this means for you is that, once you make a change on your thermostat, a gas furnace will be able to kick in and warm up your home faster than an electric furnace which will experience somewhat of a delay.


Cost


Cost is a very important factor to consider when determining which kind of system you want to install. New systems typically last between 15 and 20 years, sometimes longer if maintained appropriately. That is quite a long-term investment!


Initial Cost

Electric systems win out on initial cost, as they typically do not require any additional construction to install. They can be installed relatively quickly with little to no interruption of your daily life. Gas systems, on the other hand, require proper ventilation, so oftentimes vents and flue pipes must be constructed before a gas furnace can be utilized in your home.

Cost Overall

Even though electric systems are cheaper to install initially, they can cost more money on a monthly basis. Electric is a more costly energy source, so making the larger up-front investment in a gas furnace can be beneficial long-term. This is particularly true in colder climates like ours where the heater runs at a high capacity for many months out of the year.


Maintenance


Because gas furnaces run combustible fuel, they must be regularly checked to ensure they are still operating safely and efficiently. If something goes wrong, it could cause a carbon monoxide leak and seriously threaten your health. Electric systems still need maintenance, but not quite as much as gas furnaces.

Environmental Impact


One may think at first that gas furnaces are not environmentally friendly because “gas” is associated often associated in our minds with emissions and bad effects on the air. Electricity seems harmless without digging into how its energy is created. Electricity is primarily fueled by coal, which is not considered environmentally friendly. While producing natural gas does emit some harmful emissions, it burns cleaner than coal. Therefore, gas is considered somewhat more friendly to the environment than electricity.



Whether you choose gas or electric to heat your home, feel confident knowing that Royal Heating & Air has your back. We install the best systems around and can service nearly any HVAC system currently operating in your home. We are the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we are available whenever you need us. Entrust your HVAC needs to the expert team at Royal Heating & Air!



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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Learn All About Air Filters - Types, Uses, and More!

Air filters play a very important role in the functionality and efficiency of your HVAC system. By pushing air through the filter, your HVAC system can help keep the air in your home cleaner and healthier. Some filters simply help prevent the spread of dust and debris, while others can help reduce allergens in the air. Choosing the right filter can seem like a daunting task when you're standing in front of an aisle full of so many sizes, ratings, and brands. Let Royal Heating & Air help give you some pointers on how to choose the right air filter for your home. Read on to learn more from the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks!


Facts About Air Filters


Filters are rated on the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) system to determine how efficient they are and what kind of materials they help filter from the air (MERV Rating Chart: http://www.mechreps.com/PDF/Merv_Rating_Chart.pdf). A rating of 1-4 offers minimal filtration and can remove dust mites, fibers, pollen, and dust from the air it filters. Ratings 5-8 can filter the air more thoroughly by removing smaller particles like mold spores, cement dust, and even hair spray. For a more superior filtration, ratings 9-12 can remove Legionella, lead dust, auto emissions, and certain fumes. Ratings between 12 and 20 are typically reserved for surgical rooms, hospitals, "cleanrooms", pharmaceuticals, and areas that deal with hazardous materials. 

Air filters not only help filter the air in your home, but they also protect your HVAC system and the air ducts from accumulating dust and debris that would affect its efficiency. To help keep the air and your ducts clean, regularly change your air filters and don't allow them to get clogged.


Types of Air Filters 

Fiberglass

This is the most common type of filter on the market. Comprised of fiberglass, these filters help eliminate major debris in the air. Although they are on the lower end of the MERV rating system, they are highly affordable and easily accessible. 

Pleated

These filters have a higher rating on the MERV system, reaching between 5 and 13. Because they help eliminate mold spores and finer particles from the air, pleated filters could be a great idea for homeowners that suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions. The drawback to these types of filters is that they can be somewhat less efficient. With more resistance to airflow, your system may have to work harder to push air through the house, particularly if you have trouble remembering to change the filter regularly. 

HEPA

These are very thorough filters that are rated between 17 and 20 on the MERV system and can filter out tobacco smoke and bacteria. If you have an indoor smoker in your home or someone that suffers from a condition that makes them susceptible to infections, this filter may be the right choice. However, they can be difficult to install and may require a professional technician.

Reusable

These air filters can be washed and replaced, helping save on long-term costs for air filtration. The MERV rating is on the low end, only filtering out major dust particles, mites, and pollen at a 1-4. While these are convenient and cost-effective, they can cause additional issues in your system. If they are not perfectly dried before being reinstalled, they can grow mold and mildew and start to spread it in the air in your home. 


Sensing

Some newer filters can actually time how long they have been operating, sense the amount of debris they have accumulated, and alert you that it's time to change the filter. Some brands can even automatically order replacements as needed. While this technology is incredibly convenient and ensures your filters are never overloaded, make sure to check the MERV rating to see if it truly is a good fit for your home and lifestyle. 

HVAC at the Lake of the Ozarks


Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we have your back for all your heating and air conditioning needs! Call Royal Heating & Air to schedule your fall maintenance and home comfort check to ensure all your systems are operating at maximum efficiency. We love taking care of you!


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Friday, November 1, 2019

FAQs About Variable Speed Technology

Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks. We use advanced tools and technology to help keep your systems running efficiently. One of those advanced methods is Variable Speed Technology. Due to industry-wide requirements, all new HVAC systems use some form of variable speed technology, but some units use a more advanced version of the technology than others. Read on to learn more about how variable speed technology works and the advanced options you can find in some systems. Call Royal Heating & Air to find out more about the systems we can install for you!


How Does it Work?


Variable Speed Technology allows HVAC systems to adapt to the home's temperature needs and adjust the output accordingly. Without variable speed technology, an HVAC system runs either at 100% on, or is off completely. This can use a lot of energy because your system constantly has to rev up to reach temperature after it has been off. The variable speed technology's purpose is to function at multiple capacity levels. This technology may be able to help lower your utility bills because it uses less electricity than a conventional motor.

On very hot summer days, the compressor can operate at 100% capacity to cool your house down to the desired temperature. When the temperature is milder, it can operate at a lower capacity (as low as 30%) to keep your home comfortable while saving on energy.

Variable speed technology is also very helpful in the winter, as it can help prevent the feeling that cold air is blowing through the vents. This works because the varying speeds allow it to control the amount of air blowing through the vents and into your home.


Energy Efficiency


When your HVAC system turns on from being shut off for a while, it sucks a lot of energy to reheat your home to the proper temperature. Variable speed technology allows your system to preserve energy by running continuously. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy reports that a motor that uses variable speed technology may use as much as 75% less power than a base model motor. (Source: https://www.energy.gov/eere/amo/variable-speed-low-cost-motor-residential-hvac-systems)

Variable Speed Advances


More advanced systems can sense the amount of air that is moving through the system and adjust to compensate for any inadequacies. For example, if you have a dirty air filter, if the air ducts are too small or too large, or if there are other issues within your HVAC, the variable speed technology can adjust the amount of airflow to keep your home feeling comfortable regardless of what issues your HVAC system may be experiencing.


Your Lake of the Ozarks System


Call the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks to learn more about the variable speed technology available in the systems we offer. Royal Heating & Air would love to take care of you and all our Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning needs. Contact us today!



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Friday, October 25, 2019

Carbon Monoxide: What it Does and How to Protect from Exposure

Carbon monoxide is a substance that could threaten the health and safety in your own home. You may have heard of it before, but do you know how common carbon monoxide exposure is and how it can affect your health? As the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, Royal Heating & Air cares about your wellbeing. Read on to learn important information about how to protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide this season.


Where Does it Come From?


Carbon monoxide, or CO, can be found in fumes that come from burning fuel. Sources can include vehicles, small engines, stovetops, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. Because many of these items are commonly found in nearly every home in America, the likelihood that you could be exposed to carbon monoxide is high. In fact, over 400 Americans die annually from unintentional CO poisoning. Even more frightening, over 20,000 people visit the emergency room and 4,000 people are then hospitalized from CO exposure every year in the United States. (https://www.cdc.gov/co/faqs.htm) Keep reading to find out why carbon monoxide is dangerous and how you can help protect yourself and your family from exposure.



Why is it Dangerous?


Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas. For that reason, it can be hard to know if there is a carbon monoxide leak in your home. If CO builds up indoors or in an enclosed area, it can be deadly. As your body is forced to breathe in more carbon monoxide and less oxygen, it starts to affect your bloodstream. The oxygen in your red blood cells gets replaced with carbon monoxide which does serious damage to your body and can often result in death without treatment.

The symptoms of carbon monoxide are often likened to the flu. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, get to fresh air and seek medical attention: dull headache, weakness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, or loss of consciousness. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/carbon-monoxide/symptoms-causes/syc-20370642)


How to Protect Yourself from Exposure


The idea that a substance could be leaking into your home and threatening your health without you knowing is terrifying to consider. To help alleviate your fear, try implementing some of the following tips in your home.

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
  • When you buy gas equipment, make sure it has a seal from a national testing agency.
  • Check and clean your chimney every year.
  • Don't patch a pipe with tape, gum, etc.
  • Never use your gas range or oven as a heating source for your home.
  • Have your heating system and other gas appliances checked regularly by a qualified technician.

Call Royal Heating & Air 


Our experts at Royal Heating & Air would be more than happy to come by your home for a fall maintenance check. We will make sure your furnace is in good working order to help prevent carbon monoxide exposure in your home. We are the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks - You can trust us to take care of you and your home HVAC needs. Call today for your appointment! 



Royal Heating & Air - "The King of Comfort"

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