Friday, January 24, 2020

Enjoy Cleaner Air with HVAC UV Lights!

Indoor air quality is a hot topic these days. There are a lot of simple ways to help improve the air quality in your home a little, like getting air purifying plants, changing the filter regularly, keeping floors and upholstery clean... But have you ever thought about installing a UV light system in your HVAC? Royal Heating and Air believes this is one of the most effective ways to remove harmful substances from the air in your home. As the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we know the ins and outs of HVAC systems at the Lake. Read on to learn more about UV light systems and why they could be the perfect solution for your lake house! 


What is UV Light? 

UV light, or ultraviolet light, is not visible to the human eye. You are likely very familiar with the effects of UV light from the sun when you get a sunburn in the summer. This electromagnetic radiation has enough energy to break chemical bonds, which is why it is good for killing bacteria and other harmful substances. This is also why it's important to wear sunscreen and sunglasses when you're out in direct sunlight. 

How Does it Work? 


The UV light rays deactivate bacteria and viruses so that they are no longer able to multiply. That is why this is such an efficient, clean way to improve the air quality in your home. Rather than adding chemicals to the air like other cleaning methods, the UV light destroys any pathogens that it comes into contact with. Because the light remains on 24/7, the air quality in your home is protected at all times. The UV light system is so effective, that some users noticed almost immediately when the light burnt out as the air became less clean.


What are the Benefits?


There are several benefits to having a UV light system installed in your HVAC. Most importantly, it helps increase the air quality in your home. There are a few other great benefits, however. Read on to learn more!

1) Smells

Not only does the UV light reduce the number of bacteria in the air, but it also reduces smells and odors. As bacteria, viruses, and even mold grows in your HVAC system, it can start to smell bad. Think about the moldy food you found in the back of the refrigerator... gross. Having UV light working for you to keep the air ducts free from contaminants can help improve the smell in your home. 

2) Allergens

If someone in your household suffers from allergies or asthma, air quality is extremely important to their quality of life. A UV light system can significantly help with this issue by eradicating common allergens in the duct work. You will notice that it feels easier to breathe and your lungs are less constricted than before.

3) Sickness

Are your family members sick all the time? It may be due to a medical condition, but it also could be because of a buildup of bacteria, viruses, and mold in your duct work. Breathing these pathogens in every day is harmful to anyone's health. Your body may get tired of fighting off so many potential illness and infections and become more vulnerable. One sleepless night or one stressful day could be all it takes for your immune system to be overloaded and no longer able to keep up. A UV light system can remove these harmful materials from your air ducts and ease the burden on your body to constantly fight off germs in the air. 


Cleaner Air with Royal Heating & Air


If you are serious about improving the air quality in your home, talk to us about installing UV lights in your duct work. By decreasing the bacteria present in your air ducts, we are able to improve the air quality in your home!  This can reduce the chances of you or your family getting sick, reduce bad odors in your home, and help improve your respiratory health. This UV light treatment is especially effective at the Lake of the Ozarks due to our humid summer climate. Give the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call at 573-480-4313 to learn more or make an appointment for installation!



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Monday, January 20, 2020

The Mini Spilt System - Is it Right for Me?

If you are remodeling your home and considering going to a central HVAC system instead of keeping your old window units, a mini-split system could be the perfect solution for you and your home! Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC Company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we are here to help you with all your heating and cooling needs. We are excited today to talk about mini-split systems and how they could help your home be more efficient and comfortable year-round. Read on to learn more!


What is a Mini-Split System? 


A mini-split system is comprised of an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor. During the summer while cooling your home, the warm air in the house is pulled in by the indoor unit which then blows it over cold evaporator coils. The heat absorbed by the coils is brought to the outside unit and released there, away from your home.

Regular HVAC systems function almost the same way, but in a longer and less efficient process. The air is pulled through duct work to the indoor unit that is typically tucked away somewhere in the home. It is cooled by the same process there and then pushed back out through duct work to the rooms in your house.


What are the Benefits? 

Efficiency

Mini-splits are more efficient than central heating and cooling units because they are cooling the room where they are located. The air doesn't have to travel long distances through duct work and use up energy.

More Control

This system allows you to control the feel of each room of your home with the ideal temperature for that space. With a big home, this can be especially convenient. Leave the less-visited areas of your home one temperature, while keeping the areas where you spend most of your time at another.

No Duct Work Necessary

If your home currently has window units and you are looking for a better, more efficient system, a mini-split is a great choice. The installation is relatively simple, only requiring a small hole to connect to the outdoor unit. This could save you a lot of money that would have to be spent on duct work installation for a central HVAC system.


Are There Any Cons? 

Yes, as with nearly any system on the market, there are a few cons to consider before making your final decision.

Upfront Cost 

The upfront cost for a mini-split system can sometimes be higher than a central HVAC unit. (This does not include new duct work.) While it can save you money in the long term, it could be important to do some calculations on how the costs will add up and whether or not it's the right choice for you.

Maintenance 

Mini-split systems do require more maintenance than central HVAC systems. The filters have to be washed out monthly or the system could fail and require hundreds of dollars of repairs.

Aesthetics 

Some people are concerned that the mini-split system won't fit well in their home because the indoor units have to be located somewhere visible and they cannot be covered up. Most buyers, however, don't notice the units after they have been installed and enjoy the convenience and efficiency they bring.


HVAC at the Lake of the Ozarks


Royal Heating & Air works with top-quality equipment and we have the best HVAC technicians at the Lake of the Ozarks! We would love to help you determine if a mini-split system is right for your home. Whatever HVAC needs you have, we are here to help. Give us a call today! 573-480-4313


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Friday, January 10, 2020

It’s Cold! Should I Turn the Emergency Heat On?

Winter weather is on its way, and there are a few things you should know about the Emergency Heat setting on your thermostat before the temperatures drop. Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we have the tips to help you understand your HVAC system and to help you get prepared for the coming cold. Read on to learn more and schedule your winter maintenance to make sure everything is running smoothly.


What is Emergency Heat?


If you have a heat pump, Emergency Heat is a setting that your thermostat turns too when the temperature drops below approximately 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures this cold make it difficult for your heat pump to draw enough ambient heat to warm your home. For that reason, emergency heat is considered a secondary, or auxiliary, source of heat.

When emergency heat kicks in, the heat pump gets bypassed for the secondary source, which can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or oil. Because of this, it can cost quite a bit more money to run your HVAC system on the emergency heat setting. If your outdoor unit is an air conditioner instead of a heat pump, your “emergency heat” is always on since you only have one source of heat.

When to Use Emergency Heat?


In an emergency! This heat source is aptly named because it should only be used in case of an emergency, like if the heat pump is damaged or has an internal failure. If this happens, take advantage of the emergency heat setting and call your local HVAC technician to come out for a maintenance check to see what is going on. This setting is only meant to be used temporarily as it can put a strain on your system and cost significantly more than the standard setting. 


How do I Know if My Emergency Heat is On?


Most thermostats have a red indicator light that turns on when the emergency heat source kicks in. So it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your HVAC system and check for the red indicator light. You might see the red indicator light come on for a short time while the system is in defrost mode, which is normal. If it doesn’t turn off and it is above 35 degrees outside, then it is a good idea to call a professional HVAC company to come out and check on your unit to ensure it is working properly.


HVAC at the Lake of the Ozarks


So far, we have had a pretty mild winter at the Lake of the Ozarks, but the snow and freezing temperatures are on their way as early as this weekend! Get your HVAC system ready for the brutally cold temperatures by scheduling a maintenance check with the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks - Royal Heating & Air. Give us a call today!


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Friday, January 3, 2020

Winter Events at Lake of the Ozarks!

If the return of the cold weather has been getting you down, today's blog is the one for you! Today we're talking about all of the wonderful activities and events there are to enjoy at the Lake of the Ozarks in the winter. Royal Heating & Air has served this area as the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks for several years. That's how we know it is such a beautiful and fun place to be in the winter, even when it's cold. Read on to learn about some of our favorite events going on around the Lake in the next couple of months!


Great Events to Look Forward To!

Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days


January 4th-5th, Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm and Sunday 10:00am-4:30pm
Multiple Locations
Lake Ozark, MO 65049 

This event is free and open to the public! Enjoy shows from the Dickerson Park Zoo hosted at the School of the Osage Heritage Elementary, including "American Bald Eagle Program" and "Built for Flight - Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Chicken, and Owl Program." The elementary school will also host family-friendly activities like a coloring contest and face painting. View wild eagles at Willmore Lodge or the Bagnell Dam Access. At the latter, also enjoy free hot chocolate! Learn more about the event and plan your weekend here.

The Lake of the Ozarks Wedding Expo


January 19th, 12:00pm-3:00pm
The Lodge of Four Seasons
Granada Room
315 Four Seasons Drive
Lake Ozark MO 65049

Meet potential wedding vendors, enjoy food tastings, take advantage of deals, and get inspired by the Fashion Show. You can even enter to win thousands of dollars in door prizes!

Mardi Gras Pub Crawl


February 8th, 4:00pm-2:00am (buses run until 2:30am)
Multiple Venues
Osage Beach, MO 65049

The world’s largest pub crawl!
No individual covers for every bar – Just $10 for a wristband that gets you into each location and onto bus transportation. 16 bars, restaurants, and hotels will be participating!
Must be 21, possess a valid ID, and have a wristband to ride the buses.
VIP shuttle service is available.

Renew Your Vows for Free


February 9th, 9:00am-4:00pm
Bridal Cave
526 Bridal Cave Road
Camdenton MO, 65020

Just before Valentine’s Day, renew your vows with your spouse in the beautiful Bridal Chapel inside Bridal Cave. Surrounded by legendary stalactites and the rich history of the cave, you won’t be able to help falling in love all over again. Each couple will receive flowers for the Bride, a wedding portrait, a goodie bag, and a lifetime Pass to Bridal Cave, compliments of KRMS and Lake 94.

Pairing Event at Stark Caverns


February 14th, 6:00pm-9:45pm
Stark Caverns
125 Cave Drive
Eldon, MO 65026

Enjoy delicious wine, beer, food and fabulous music… underground! Professional Chef Allen Plemmons and Stark Caverns have paired up to create this romantic evening for your special Valentine’s Day date. Each menu item will be paired with a complimentary beverage from a local winery or brewery, including Canterbury Hill, Golden Rock, Seven Springs Winery, Bees Knees, and Lake of the Ozarks Brewing. Enjoy a tour of Stark Caverns as you sample each dish, and end up in the ballroom for dessert and coffee. You will also receive a commemorative photo of the evening to cherish. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased until January 31st. Buy yours here!
Must be 21 to attend; valid ID required.


YPL 5th Annual Dodgeball Tournament


February 22nd, 8:30am-2:00pm
School of the Osage Middle School
635 MO-42
Osage Beach, MO

The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals at the Lake are pairing up to host the 5th Annual YPL Dodge Ball Tournament. A portion of all sales will be donated to Wonderland Camp at the Lake of the Ozarks. Sponsorships and entry teams are now available. Contact the Lake Area Chamber for more info: 573-964-1008


Winterfest 2020


February 22nd, 5:30pm-11:00pm
Margaritaville Lake Resort
494 Tan Tar A Drive
Osage Beach MO, 65065

For just $60 per person, or $600 per table of 10, enjoy a delicious buffet, the live band The Rosy Hips, and a live and silent auction. The theme is Adventure Awaits, so go dressed in your favorite travel or adventure costume! Event presented by Lake Ozark Daybreak Rotary. Contact Winterfest Co-Chair Sara Veile for sponsorship and ticket information at 636-346-5086.

Home, Business & Lake Living Expo


February 28th-29th, Friday 3:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Lodge of Four Seasons
Campana Hall
315 Four Seasons Dr.

This year’s EXPO will feature many different services and products for you to enjoy. Vendors will include consumer goods, health and wellness, building contractors and suppliers, plumbing and electrical supplies, home improvement and remodeling, and more.


Polar Plunge


February 29th, 2:00pm
Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Public Beach #2
711 Public Beach Rd
Osage Beach MO 65065

Support Special Olympics athletes at this frigid event! Raise a minimum of $75 to participate and show your bravery! Register here.
Thank you to the Osage Beach Police Department for hosting this wonderful event.
Must be at least 10 to enter.

Fun Outings with Friends


Karaoke Nights at the Lake


October 24th – April 29th, Thursdays 6:00pm-10:00pm
The Fish Out of Water
1165 N. Business Hwy 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

Enjoy specials on drinks and appetizers while you sing karaoke with your friends and DJ Kyle!

Themed Trivia Night 


October 29th – April 27th, Tuesdays 7:00pm
The Fish Out of Water
1165 N. Business Hwy 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

This is the only themed and costumed trivia night at the Lake of the Ozarks. Grab your friends and enjoy fun prizes, giveaways, entertainment, and trivia with DJ Kyle.

Deer Chase Golf Winter League


November 2nd – March 1st, Saturdays 10:00am
The Golf Club at Deer Chase
770 Lowell Williams Rd
Linn Creek, MO 65052

Weekly Flighted Two-Person Scramble with Season Points Race
Just a one-time fee of $20 if you want in the Championship.
For the public, it is $35 and for full members of the Golf Club at Deer Chase, it is $15. This includes 18 holes with golf cart and range balls.
The number of entrants will determine the cash payout amount.
If the forecast is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the game is on!
Winter rules in effect.


Great Stone Coffee Events: 


  • Oh Snap Poetry Open Mic - January 4th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Free Movie Night - January 10th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Old-Time Radio Theater - January 11th, 7:00pm
    (Live theater in the style of old-time radio)
  • Scentsy Bunco - January 17th, 6:00pm
  • Stand-Up Comedy - January 18th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
    (6-7:30 $1 Budweiser products and Barefoot wine)
  • Paint Night with Paint the Town - January 24th, 6:30pm
    ($30 per painter, acrylic paint on stretched canvas, guided painting)
  • Scentsy Bingo - January 31st, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Open Mic - February 7th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • Rum Tasting Dinner - February 8th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Stand-Up Comedy - February 15th
  • Old-Time Radio Theater - February 21st, 7:00pm
    (Live theater in the style of old-time radio)
  • Improv Jam - February 22nd, 7:00pm-9:00pm
    (With Mary DeMichele)
  • Paint the Town - February 28th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
    ($30 per painter, acrylic paint on stretched canvas, guided painting)

Winter at the Lake


The Lake of the Ozarks has incredible events throughout the winter to help get you out of the house and enjoying the community. But, if you feel like curling up at home instead and the furnace is giving you trouble, call our experts at Royal Heating & Air right away! We are a skilled team that is available for every HVAC need you have, year-round. For your HVAC at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can't beat Royal Heating & Air. Call today to schedule! 573-480-4313


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Friday, December 27, 2019

Top 6 Blogs of 2019 – The Best HVAC Resource in the New Year!

What a year 2019 has been! Our team at Royal Heating & Air loves being part of the community at the Lake of the Ozarks and serving all your HVAC needs. Over the past year, we have shared some important and fun topics in the blog, and we are excited to recap a few of our favorites to close out the year. Read on to learn more!


1) Gas vs. Electric – Which is Best?


If you are considering installing a new heating system this winter, it could be important to consider the pros and cons of gas and electric systems. There are a lot of factors to consider, including how quickly each energy source can heat your home, how much each system costs both initially and over time, environmental factors, and how much maintenance each requires. Find out which energy source might be best for your home here!

2) Benefits of Installing HVAC UV Lights


Did you know that installing UV lighting in your HVAC system could help improve the air quality in your home? UV light is commonly used to sterilize a multitude of objects, including air ducts. Sterilization with ultraviolet light can help control the growth of mold and mildew and prevent build-up on the coil or algae growth in the drain lines. Find out more about what UV light could do for your HVAC system by reading the whole blog here.

3) Perks of Using a Smart Thermostat


It seems like everything is getting “smart” these days… Smart phones, smart watches, smart thermostats even! We love what smart thermostats bring to the table. They can help you save energy, make your HVAC system more convenient to use, and allow you to review past energy use to make better choices in the future. The full blog offers a lot of great insight into smart thermostats and how they can help improve your home.


4) How a Whole-Home Humidifier Could Improve Your Winter


The air in winter can feel significantly drier than it does in any other season. One great way to improve the air quality in your home during the winter is to install a whole home humidifier in the HVAC system. Keeping the air in your home moisturized not only helps your skin, nose, eyes, and throat feel more hydrated, but it could also keep your home in better condition. Find out how!

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


This is a very scary, life-threatening substance that can be difficult, if not impossible to detect with human senses. It comes from the fumes that are produced by burning fuel and can come from vehicles, small engines, stovetops, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces. Carbon monoxide takes up the space in your lungs and red blood cells instead of oxygen. If you are exposed to it for too long, it can actually kill you. Learn more about this deadly substance and how you can protect yourself and your family from it in the full blog!

6) Learn 4 Ways Fido Could be Affecting the HVAC


There are a lot of factors that can affect the efficiency of your HVAC system. But did you know that one of those things could be your beloved family pet? Pets can affect the air filtration, airflow, temperature control, and the health of your outdoor units. Find out how you can help ease the burden on your HVAC system by reading the whole blog here.


Your Resource for HVAC at the Lake of the Ozarks


Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC Company at the Lake of the Ozarks. For any HVAC questions, needs, or emergencies, we are a team you can trust. Add us to your phone to schedule your winter maintenance appointment, or in case an HVAC emergency takes you off guard: 573-480-4313 We have your back!


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Friday, December 20, 2019

Should the HVAC Unit be Repaired or Replaced? How to Read the Signs

Is your heater struggling to keep up in these freezing temperatures? If you're waking up with icy fingers and toes, your furnace could probably use some attention. Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we have your back! So before you get frustrated and decide to throw it out and start over, read on to learn more about what your HVAC could be trying to tell you. It could need anything from a simple repair to a total replacement.


Health Hazards


One of the biggest, and perhaps most important, reasons to replace your furnace would be if it is threatening the health of you and your family. Sometimes when a unit is damaged, it is easy to fix with a simple repair. Your local HVAC company could have you back to your daily routine in no time. This is not always the case, though. While repairs to valves and wires could be simple enough, repairs to a cracked heat exchanger are significantly more complicated. And if this issue is left unresolved, then the furnace could be leaking carbon monoxide into your house. This deadly, odorless gas is not something you ever want in your home. If there is an imminent threat of a carbon monoxide leak, it could be time to replace your unit entirely.

Long-Term Cost


Replacing a furnace is not cheap. However, if you find yourself repairing the unit over and over again, then you may actually save money in the long run by replacing it with a new unit. A good way to determine whether to repair or replace it is to compare the costs directly. If the cost of repairing the unit is more than 50% of the cost to replace it, then it may be a good idea to go ahead and invest in the replacement.

To help offset the costs, you may be able to take advantage of rebates through Ameren Missouri or Summit Natural Gas. With Ameren Missouri, you could earn rebates by purchasing a new, energy-efficient system. Summit Natural Gas offers great rebates as well for purchasing new systems and recycling the old one. Check out the available rebates here!


Unit's Lifespan 


The average lifespan of a furnace is about 15-20 years. Remember that this is an average, not an exact range. Your 20-year-old furnace could still be running strong. This range is when half of all units have burnt out and half are still running. Some furnaces will last longer if they are well maintained and serviced, while others will struggle with longevity due to harsh winters and inadequate care. When your unit starts needing frequent repairs, then it is probably time to make a change and replace the furnace.

Efficiency


The purpose of your HVAC system is to keep you comfortable in your home regardless of hot or cold it is outside. If your system is no longer performing its job well, or if the heating bill has suddenly skyrocketed, it could be time to take action. Call your local HVAC company to come out and check whether the issue has a quick fix or means your unit needs to be replaced. Sometimes your HVAC system simply needs to be serviced and have the ductwork cleaned out. Your furnace could also just be an old, inefficient system. HVAC technology has advanced significantly over time, so replacing your old unit could be exactly what the system needed.


Your Lake of the Ozarks HVAC


HVAC systems can be difficult to understand and diagnose if you don't have experience working with them regularly. Our professional technicians are experienced and knowledgeable. Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake, after all! Call today to schedule your winter maintenance appointment: 573-480-4313. We can't wait to serve you!


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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Learn 4 Ways Fido Could be Affecting the HVAC!

There are a lot of factors that can affect the efficiency of your HVAC system. But did you know that one of those things could be your beloved family pet? As the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, Royal Heating & Air knows how to help improve the efficiency of your air conditioning and heating units even with a fur-baby or two in the home. Read on to learn more!


Filtration


Nearly any pet that you adopt will shed dander and hair throughout your home. Even if you regularly dust and vacuum, a lot of that shedding will still end up in your air filter. Check the recommendations of your specific kind of air filter to see how often you should check and replace it. You may want to increase the frequency of checks and replacements, though, if you have a pet. The higher amount of loose materials floating around your home and getting stirred up from the carpet, the more quickly the filter will become full and need replacement. You may also want to consider an air filter that is hypoallergenic to help reduce the presence of dander allergens in the air. 

Airflow


Does your cat love curling up next to the vent to soak in all the warmth from the heater? It may be cute and Instagram-worthy, but it could also be affecting your HVAC's efficiency. When rooms or vents are blocked off, your HVAC system has to work harder to compensate and bring the whole home to the set temperature. Keep an eye on your vents to ensure your pet isn't regularly covering them with toys, lying on them, or dropping sticks and debris from outside down the ducts.


Temperature


When people don't have pets at home, they can program their thermostats to lower temperatures in the winter and higher ones in the summer to conserve energy. However, if you have a pet that stays at home while you're away at work, you may not want to drop the temperature as low. This means your HVAC system will run more constantly throughout the day and expend more energy. While you may not want to allow the temperature to fluctuate too drastically, you can still allow a little bit of flex to help save energy by implementing a programmable thermostat. Ask your favorite Royal Heating & Air technician how to get started installing one in your home!

Outdoor Units


If your pet can access the HVAC unit, they may be marking their territory and urinating on the unit without you even realizing it. If this is the case, the urine could be causing serious damage to the unit and shortening the life of your HVAC system. Consider putting a fence around the unit to keep your pet away from it.

Your HVAC System Solution 


Having a pet in your family's life can be a huge bonus! Who can resist puppy eyes? But when it starts to slow down your HVAC system, you may need a little help from a local HVAC company that has your back. Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we are here for you. Give us a call today to schedule your regular maintenance check-up!



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