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! 



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Thursday, October 17, 2019

4 Ways to Help Improve Air Quality This Fall

We spend a significant amount of our time indoors without realizing what the quality of our air could be doing to our health. You may keep your home tidied up on a regular basis, but your home's air quality may still be worse than you think. Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks because we care. We know the importance of quality air and how to help you and your home. Read on to learn our important tips on how to help improve the air quality in your home, and give us a call to schedule your service.


Keep Your Floors Clean 


Dirty floors could dramatically affect the air quality in your home, particularly if you have a lot of rugs or carpeting. The pet hair, dust, dirt, dander, and dead skin cells that accumulate in your carpet do not stay there indefinitely. As traffic moves through your home, all that debris can get kicked up and start circulating in the air you breathe. For people who suffer from allergies and asthma, this could be a real health hazard by making it more difficult to breath.

Change Air Filters Regularly


The air filter in your HVAC system is a barrier that helps decrease the amount of dust, hair, and debris circulating in your home. However, if the filter becomes overloaded, it won't be able to do its job as well, and your HVAC system will likely have to work harder as it tries to push air through the clogged filter.

Four-inch filters need to be checked every 6 months and replaced at least every year. One-inch filters should be checked monthly and replaced as needed. Help keep your HVAC system operating at its best - set a reminder in your calendar to keep track of your filter's next check.


Consider a Whole-Home Humidifier


Winter air feels dry because the heating process tends to remove moisture from the air. Dry air can affect the health of your skin, sinuses, and overall well-being if it persists for too long. There are numerous benefits to installing a whole-home humidifying system (read our blog on the topic, here). Help improve the quality of the air in your home by calling Royal Heating & Air today and scheduling an appointment for your system.

Check the Airflow in Your Vents 


If the airflow in your home is inefficient, you could have to deal with stale, stagnant air. This could cause bad odors and allergens to settle in your home. Gross!

Your HVAC system could simply be too dirty to efficiently move air through the duct-work. A dirty unit could also decrease the airflow in your home. It can be important to have a professional check on your system to ensure everything is functioning appropriately and that there isn't anything blocking the flow of air. Schedule a Home Comfort Check with Royal Heating & Air to check-in on the HVAC systems in your home.

More seriously, your duct-work could be ill-fitted to the layout of your home. Standard duct-work can sometimes move air less efficiently than a custom system. At Royal Heating & Air, we set ourselves apart with the only HVAC custom sheet metal fabrication at the Lake of the Ozarks. You could be losing vital airflow through leaks in your current system.


Help Improve Your Air Quality with Royal Heating & Air


If you still feel like the quality of the air in your home is lacking after regularly changing your system's air filters and keeping your carpets clean, it might be time to call a professional. Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we have your back. Our experts would be happy to check the efficiency of your HVAC system and install a whole-home humidifier to help improve the air quality in your home. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment!


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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Home Comfort Checks – What We Check and How They Could Save You Money!

The comfort of your home is very important. What you might not realize is that keeping your home comfortable and performing regular checks could help save you quite a bit of money. As the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we at Royal Heating & Air have a team of experts that can help keep your home healthy and comfortable through the seasons while also saving you money on expensive repairs. Read on to learn more about our Home Comfort Check service and why it could be important to schedule one for your home this fall!

Air Conditioner


With temperatures reaching over 90 degrees for several weeks over the summer, your air conditioner had to work hard this year. You may not need to use it for much longer, but your air conditioner might be able to use some TLC before the cold season so it’s ready to go in the spring. There are a few checks we perform during our Home Comfort Check to make sure your air conditioner is in good condition. 

Refrigerant Level

Refrigerant is what your air conditioning unit needs in order to cool your air. If your unit doesn’t have enough, then the air coming out of your system will feel warm and won’t be able to keep your home cool. If the refrigerant level is low, then your air conditioner will have to work overtime and the coils in the system could freeze. Unlike gasoline in a car, refrigerant is not something that gets used up and must be refilled regularly. If your levels are low, that means there is a larger problem present in your air conditioning system, such as a leak. Regularly checking your refrigerant levels can help prevent extensive (and expensive) damage to your system by catching the issue early.

Fan Motor

The fan motor in your air conditioning unit could be considered the most important part of the system. This is the element that propels the cooled air into your home, so without it there can be no active airflow. If dirt builds up around the fan motor, it must work harder to function and can eventually overheat and burn out. Regular maintenance checks can help prevent this from happening and can also help extend the life of your air conditioner.



Heating System


If this winter is anything like last year, your heating system has a lot of work in its future. There are a few checks Royal Heating & Air can perform to help ensure your system is operating efficiently and is prepared for winter.

Heating Elements

Heating elements are tightly wound coils found inside your electric furnace. This is the part of your system that produces heat. While they aren’t particularly complicated, they will wear out over time and need to be replaced. During your Home Comfort Check, a technician from Royal Heating & Air will perform a test with a digital multimeter to check the elements’ functionality.

Gas Furnace Burners

Your gas furnace burners can accumulate rust and dirt throughout their use, which can eventually clog the pipes in your system. In order to properly clean them, the gas furnace burners must be removed, so it is not always an easy do-it-yourself task. Our Lake of the Ozarks HVAC experts at Royal Heating & Air have the proper training and equipment to thoroughly clean your gas furnace burners. Keeping these clean can help avoid costly repairs in the future. 



Schedule Your Home Comfort Check


Now is a great time to have your HVAC systems checked and cleaned. Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and our technicians are experts you can trust. So, call today and schedule your fall Home Comfort Check with the best there is!


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Friday, October 4, 2019

How a Whole-Home Humidifier Could Improve Your Winter

Winter air is notorious for feeling dry... ‘Tis the season for moisturizing! There are a few things you can do, though, to help keep your home comfortable throughout the dry season. One of those things is to call the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks - Royal Heating & Air. We can install a whole-home humidifying system to optimize your health, comfort, and the efficiency and cleanliness of your home. Read on to learn more about whole-home humidifiers and how one could benefit you!


What Are the Negative Effects of Dry Air?


Cold air isn’t drier than warm air on its own. As cold air is warmed up by our heaters, it tends to lose moisture and dry out. That’s why winter feels drier than other seasons - heaters can sap the moisture out of the air. Humidifiers add moisture back into the air but, other than needing less hand lotion, why is that important?

Health Consequences


Dry air can be damaging to your comfort and possibly even your health. When your body is regularly subjected to dry air, your eyes, nose, and throat can all become dehydrated and irritated. Dry eyes feel scratchy and uncomfortable and can make it hard to focus. If your sinuses get dehydrated, they can feel tight and even sore at times. If your nasal passages get too dry, it can be hard for your system to fight bacteria and viruses due to the lack of mucus that captures and disposes of those pathogens. If you suffer from dry coughing and snoring, your throat may be too dry.


Effects on Your Home


Your home can also suffer from dry air. A lack of moisture in the air can cause wooden floors, furniture, and instruments to dry out and crack. This could cause expensive repairs that may have been avoided with the use of a humidifier. Humidified air could also help save on your heating bill in the winter. Moisturized air feels warmer than dry air, so you may not feel the need to turn up the heat as high.


What Kind of Humidifier is Best?


Evaporators, steam vaporizers, and central humidifiers are the most common types of home humidifiers and each one has its own unique method of adding moisture to the air.

Evaporators

Evaporators use a fan to push air through a moistened filter, expelling humidified air into the room. These systems, unfortunately, do not have sensors to let you know when enough moisture has been added to the air and it’s time to turn them off. They are also confined to humidifying one room at a time.

Steam Vaporizers

Steam vaporizers are perhaps one of the most common types of humidifiers. They can be purchased in local drug stores and are relatively affordable. Steam vaporizers function by heating water into a vapor. The vapor is then cooled before the machine expels it into the room like a mist. These humidifiers are also confined to working in one room at a time.


Central Humidifiers

Central humidifiers are whole-home systems installed inside your HVAC ductwork. These function by utilizing the airflow already in your HVAC system, directing the air through a water pad treated with anti-bacterial enzymes and placed in the ductwork. This water pad is moistened directly by a line from your water pipes. The system uses water only as needed and doesn’t have to keep a reserve of water that could grow mildew or mold, and the water pads simply need to be replaced once per year. These systems humidify the whole home evenly for a more balanced and effective result.

Set Up Your Installation Today


Whole-home humidifiers could help improve your air quality, protect valuable wooden items in your home, and possibly even help improve your sense of well-being during the driest season of the year.

To start enjoying the possible benefits of humidified air throughout your home - call the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, Royal Heating & Air!


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