Wednesday, July 18, 2018

How to Keep Your HVAC System Mold Free

During the hot summer months in Missouri, humidity can become an issue. Unfortunately, high humidity levels in your home and/or in your Lake of the Ozarks HVAC system can lead to mold growth. Mold thrives in conditions of high humidity levels and warm temperatures. These conditions are created during the heating/cooling process of your HVAC system. Below are a few tips for how to keep your HVAC system mold free.

1. Ensure Your HVAC System is the Proper Size for Your Home.  


Not only does your HVAC system work to either heat or cool your home, it also dehumidifies the air. If your system is too large for your space, it will kick on and off so quickly that it doesn't have time to dehumidify correctly. This causes excess moisture in your HVAC system because there's not enough time for the dehumidifying process to be completed properly. Humidity levels of 60% or higher inside your system create an environment where mold can easily begin to grow. An undersized system can also cause humidity issues, as they are overworked and can't keep up with both heating/cooling and dehumidifying. Mold in your HVAC system doesn't just impact the system itself, but also the indoor air quality of your home.

2. Keep Your HVAC System Clean & Maintained. 


Just like with any other piece of equipment, you need to keep your HVAC system regularly maintained. Not only will this help your system last longer, but it will decrease the likelihood that mold develops in your system. Make sure that you change your AC filters regularly, which is typically monthly during the hot summer months. In addition, you'll want to check regularly for leaks. Be sure to drain any excess water you find and clean the drain pans regularly. Standing water in your drip tray can lead to active mold growth. Last, but not least, clean your air ducts regularly as well.

3. Invest in a Dehumidifier for Your Home.


Dehumidifiers work with your HVAC system and help take some of the pressure off of it. Anytime there's excess moisture in your home, which is a common problem during the humid summer months, you'll want to consider running a dehumidifier. One of the main benefits of running a dehumidifier in your home is that it prevents mold growth, in your home and in your HVAC system. By removing a lot of the water from the air before it even makes it to the HVAC system, the dehumidifier is allowing the HVAC system to work less hard to dehumidify the air. Learn more about this in our recent blog titled, "Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier in Your Home."

4. Keep Your Windows and Doors Closed. 


While it may seem like a great idea to open your windows and let a breeze in on a hot summer day, you may want to think twice about that. Keeping the humidity outdoors will not only decrease the humidity levels in your home, but it will allow your system to work more efficiently. This will result in less condensation build up inside your system, with reduces the chances of mold development. In addition, the less hard your system has to work, the longer its going to last you. Therefore, it's a good idea to keep your windows and doors closed on hot, humid summer days.

5. Have Your HVAC System Serviced Regularly. 


Last, but certainly not least, be sure to have your HVAC system serviced regularly by a professional HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks. Not only does this ensure your system is performing at its optimal efficiency, making it last longer, but it will help prevent mold growth. Your HVAC contractor will be able to see if there's any excess moisture in your system and help you remedy the situation. The best way to prevent mold growth, or any other issues with your system, is to monitor it regularly.

Royal Heating & Air is your locally owned and operated HVAC company at the Lake! We're here for all your heating and cooling needs. From preventative maintenance to complete installs, we can provide you with affordable, dependable and trustworthly HVAC service at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Is Your AC System on the Fritz?

When the air conditioning in your home isn't working properly, many people assume the worst. In many cases, it could be a simple fix to get your AC unit producing cool air again. Keep reading for some troubleshooting advice from the Lake of the Ozarks' best HVAC company.

Why is my Air Conditioner Not Cooling My Home? 


If you notice warm air or low airflow from your AC system, chances are there's a blockage issue and/or dirt buildup.

Check the Air Filter 
If your air filter is dirty or clogged, air cannot pass through the system properly. Replacing the filter with a new one could fix the problem.

Check the Condenser
Another common cause of warm air is a dirty condenser unit, the part of your AC that's outside. Buildup of dirt and debris on the condenser coils prevents your AC from properly cooling your air. Weeds or bushes could also be smothering the condenser and blocking airflow.

Other possible issues can include a faulty condenser, low refrigerant or a refrigerant leak, or a bad compressor. If you've tried cleaning your filter and condenser coils, it's a good idea to contact an air conditioning professional at the Lake of the Ozarks to diagnose the problem.

Why is my Air Conditioner Not Turning On? 


If your AC system won't turn on at all, chances are it isn't receiving power or isn't receiving the right signals from your thermostat.

Check the Thermostat 
Make sure your thermostat has power. Then check the settings to ensure the proper mode is selected. Then ensure the temperature setting is below the current room temperature. (If it's higher, the system won't need to kick on.)

Check the Power
If that doesn't fix the issue, check your power. See if your system's breaker has flipped or blown a fuse. You should also check the external switches located near the outdoor condenser unit and the indoor air handler to ensure they haven't been turned off accidentally.

If everything is as it should be, you'll want to contact a service technician to come find the issue.

We hope these troubleshooting tips will help you with a quick fix when possible, but when you're not sure why your system is on the fritz, Royal Heating & Air is here for you. We are your locally owned and operated HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks. From preventative maintenance to air conditioning repair, we can provide you with affordable, dependable and trustworthy service.

Royal Heating & Air - "The King of Comfort"

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier in Your Home

Missouri summers can be not only hot, but also humid! That humidity can have a big effect on your indoor air quality. In addition to having a properly running Lake of the Ozarks air conditioning unit, you might consider investing in a dehumidifier to improve your indoor air quality. Keep reading to learn about some of the benefits of using a dehumidifier in your home.

Benefits of a Dehumidifier


When you live in a humid environment, allergies are a common issue. Small living spaces with limited ventilation, such as bathrooms or kitchen or even basements are common areas where moisture from the air can build up and cause problems. Here are a few benefits of adding a dehumidifier to your home.

1. Reduce Allergens - Dehumidifiers reduce humidity levels which makes your home less hospitable to allergens such as dust mites, mold and mildew. They'll also reduce odors associated with those allergens. They can get rid of that musty or rotting smell. By removing allergens from the air, dehumidifiers reduce irritation to your skin and your respiratory system. This allows you to breathe easier and feel comfortable in your home. With less dust in your home, you also won't need to clean as often. 

2. Prevent Mold Growth - Moisture is required for mold to thrive; therefore, moisture control is key in mold prevention. A dehumidifier helps keep the moisture levels in your home low, reducing the possibility that mold will develop in your home, on the walls, furniture, your clothes, etc. Mold can also develop in your air conditioning system, so lowering the humidity levels can prevent that from happening and prevent you from breathing in contaminated air.

3. Lower Energy Costs - Dehumidifiers can aid in lowering your energy costs because they help your air conditioner run more efficiently. When the air is more humid, the AC must not only cool the air, but also remove moisture, which means it has to work harder. This can also cause your air conditioning system to wear out sooner, meaning you will need to replace and repair it more often.

Should I Get a Dehumidifier? 


If you're suffering from allergies, a dehumidifier could help you feel more comfortable in your home. In addition, if you see signs of high humidity levels in your home, you might want to invest in a dehumidifier. These signs can include water stains on the walls or ceilings, high humidity in rooms with poor ventilation, frequent condensation on windows, small black spots growing on walls or in bathtubs, and musty or mildew smells.


Your AC unit and dehumidifier work together to keep your indoor air quality in tip-top shape, helping you live a healthier, happier life. If you're experiencing any cooling issues in your home, contact us for professional air conditioning services at the Lake of the Ozarks. Royal Heating & Air is here for all your HVAC needs!

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Your Air Conditioning FAQs Answered

Air conditioning may be one of the greatest inventions of all time. There's nothing better than walking into a cool home or business after being outside on a hot summer day. For someone who's not familiar with AC systems aside from their magical cooling properties, you might have some questions. The best air conditioning company at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to answer some of those FAQs.

1. How Does An Air Conditioner Work? 


In order to cool a home, air conditioners use a refrigerant that absorbs and discharges heat. Warm air moves across the evaporator coils. Then the refrigerant in the coils absorb's the air's heat and "cools" the air. The refrigerant turns from a cool liquid into a hot gas that is transferred to the outside unit, where it's compressed and condensed back into liquid form. The hot air is released outdoors and then the refrigerant travels back to the indoor unit to continue the cooling process.

2. How Often Should I Have My AC System Maintained? 


For a residential AC system, it's recommended that you have your AC serviced 1-2 times per year, especially in the spring before the summer heat hits. For areas with high levels of contaminants in the air such as kitchens, hair salons or workshops, additional service may be needed to keep your AC system in tip-top shape!

3. Why Should I Service My AC System Regularly? 


Routine maintenance on your AC system keeps your unit running at maximum efficiency. This can significantly extend the lifetime of your unit and reduce your operating costs. In addition, if your system is under warranty, routine maintenance is often required to keep that warranty.

4. Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water? 


There are several reasons why an AC unit could be leaking water. Condensation on the coils should fall into a drip pan that is then drained away or pumped outside. If excess water is finding it's way into your home, that condensate is likely not being drained away properly. The most common reason is that dirt and grime clog up the drainage system. Another issue could be that the pump is broken, in which case that would need to be replaced. If cleaning your coils doesn't fix the issue, it's time to call in a professional HVAC repair technician at the Lake of the Ozarks to determine and resolve the issue.

5. How Often Should I Change My AC Filter? 


The single most important thing you can do to maintain your AC system is replace the filter regularly. It's recommended that you check your filters monthly, especially during the hot summer months when the system is working extra hard to cool your home. Some higher efficiency filters can last up to three months, but it's still a good idea to check them. If you have a disposable filter and you see that it's covered in dirt, you can easily replace it yourself. You can get filters at your local home improvement store, just make sure you get the correct size for your unit.

6. How Long Does The Average HVAC System Last? 


On average, most HVAC systems will last anywhere from 10-20 years. As your unit starts to age though, the efficiency can decrease. Your unit may get louder and require more frequent maintenance and repairs. When this happens, you'll need to make the decision to continue repairing it or invest in a new HVAC system.

7. How Do I Know If My AC Unit Needs Replaced? 


If your AC system is more than 10 years old and you're having to repair it frequently, you might consider replacing your system. While it may seem like a big investment now, it can save you money in both repair costs and energy costs over time. Find a trusted Lake of the Ozarks AC company to schedule a consultation for an estimate on a new system. Do the math and see what the best option is for you at the time. You don't want to keep throwing money at repairs to turn around and have to replace it soon after because it entirely breaks down.

If you have other questions about your AC unit, don't hesitate to reach out to us at 573-480-4313. Royal Heating & Air is your full-service, locally owned and operated HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks. From installation to preventative maintenance, we've got all your HVAC needs covered!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Reducing Bacteria with Ultraviolet Light

Is good air quality important to you and your family? The air quality inside your home is directly related to the cleanliness of your ductwork. In addition to better indoor air quality, cleaning your ducts also improves the efficiency of your HVAC system and reduces fire risks. This is particularly important during the humid summer months, when mold has a better chance of developing. Keep reading to learn about how the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks can use ultraviolet light to clean your air ducts.

What is Ultraviolet Light? 


Ultraviolet light is a form of electromagnetic radiation that is not visible to the human eye. This radiation comes from the sun and is transmitted in waves or particles at different wavelengths and frequencies. This broad range of wavelengths is known as the electromagnetic spectrum.The spectrum is generally divided into seven regions, with UV falling between visible light and x-rays. UV light is generally then divided into three sub-categories: UV-A, UV-B and UV-C. UV radiation has enough energy to break chemical bonds. This can be beneficial for disinfecting surfaces, but it can be harmful to the skin and the eyes. Today, a number of artificial sources have been devised for producing UV radiation that can be used for a variety of things, such as killing bacteria to improve the indoor air quality of a home or business.

How Ultraviolet Light Kills Bacteria


Shortwave radiation, or UV-C, has a potent germ-killing effect. The UV-C wavelengths are germicidal, meaning they are able to inactivate microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa. This property makes UV light an effective, environmentally-friendly and chemical-free approach to killing dangerous microorganisms. The UV rays deactivate the DNA in bacteria and viruses, preventing them from reproducing. At Royal Heating & Air, we have two types of UV lights that we can install in your ductwork to kill bacteria that has built up in there. These UV lights remain on 24/7 and are very effective at controlling bacteria and mold. Any microorganisms in the line of sight of the UV light will be killed, minimizing build-up on the coil and reducing bacteria in the air you breathe.

UV Light Installation 


Are you looking to improve the air quality in your home? Talk to us about installing UV lights in your ductwork today. 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 contracting a cold or the flu, and reduce smells and odors in your home. This UV light treatment is especially effective at the Lake of the Ozarks due to the humid summer climate. Give our Lake of the Ozarks HVAC company a call at 573-480-4313 to learn more or make an appointment for installation.

Royal Heating & Air - "The King of Comfort"

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

7 Ways to Keep Your Cooling Costs Down During the Hot Summer Months

While summer may be filled with fun on the water and family vacations, it also means hot and humid weather. After being out in the sun, you want to come home to a nice, refreshingly cool home, right? Unfortunately, those cool indoor temperatures don't always come cheap. Royal Heating & Air is here to help you keep your home cool this summer without breaking the bank! Below are several things you can do to reduce your cooling costs this summer.

1. Service Your AC System. 


If you didn't have your system serviced before the summer heat kicked-in, now's the time to do so! It's recommended that you have your HVAC system checked by a professional at least twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Hiring the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks for preventative maintenance will keep your system working efficiently. Your contractor will clean the coils, check the connections, make sure the refrigerant is at proper levels and check for anything else that might not be working properly or could cause issues down the road.

2. Adjust Your Thermostat. 


When you're hot, one of the first things you're tempted to do is go bump your AC down by a couple degrees. Many people don't realize that just a couple degrees can make a huge difference in energy costs. Always set your thermostat to the highest temperature you can stand to save the most money. Studies have found that each degree a thermostat is set above 75°F could save 10-15% in energy. Many experts actually recommend setting it at 78°F on hot days, and anywhere from 82-85°F when you're not home. Installing a programmable thermostat is a great way to maintain energy efficient temperatures in your home.

3. Use Your Ceiling Fans. 


Did you know that using a ceiling fan can offer energy savings up to 40%? While fans don't actually cool the air, they make it feel cooler by moving it, pulling body heat away from your skin. Fans use roughly 1/60th the energy of an air conditioner, so using both at the same time and raising your thermostat a couple degrees is an energy-efficient way to cool your home on hot summer days. Just make sure that your ceiling fan has angled blades that are set to push the air downward at you.

4. Cover Your Windows. 


While windows are great for letting natural light in, they also let heat in during the summer months. That extra heat makes your AC system work even harder to cool off the room. Invest in some blinds, curtains or other devices to keep sunlight from entering your home. Another great idea is to plant shrubs, particularly on the south and west sides of your home, in front of the windows to help block the sunlight and absorb some of the heat so it doesn't enter your home.

5. Cook Outside. 


One of the largest culprits of extra heat in your home is the use of the oven/stove. Consider using your oven/stove less during the summer months and grill out instead. This can help keep your energy costs down because the AC doesn't have to work extra hard to compensate for that extra heat in the kitchen. Alternatively, you can use other appliances that throw off less heat such as a crockpot.

6. Seal Your Windows. 


Poorly sealed windows and doors will leak air, which makes your AC work harder to keep your home cool. Caulking leaks or cracks and weather stripping your windows will prevent the cool air from escaping your home through the windows and doors. In addition, make sure that your home is properly insulated to keep the cool air in and the hot air out.

7. Replace Your Air Filter. 


One home maintenance task that easily gets overlooked is regularly replacing your AC's air filter. This is especially important during the hot summer months, and even more so if you have pets. Air filters keep your HVAC system running smoothly by preventing dust from blocking your vents and promoting air circulation. If the filters are dirty, your system will have to work harder to circulate air. Luckily, this is an easy and inexpensive task.

Our Lake of the Ozarks HVAC maintenance company is here to ensure your system is ready for the summer heat! If you have your system checked this spring, you should consider having us come out and take a look at it as soon as possible. We're also here for all your emergency service needs. Keep our number handy - 573-480-4313.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

3 Common Causes of an AC Freeze Up

AC freeze ups are a common problem, especially during the hot summer months when your unit has to work extra hard to keep your home cool. Figuring out what is causing the freeze up can be quite frustrating sometimes. Today's blog from your favorite Lake of the Ozarks HVAC company discusses some common causes of an AC freeze up.

1. Poor Airflow. 


The most common reason air conditioners freeze up is due to a lack of airflow. The way your AC works is that it pulls in the indoor air and blows it over the evaporator coil. This allows the refrigerant to absorb the heat, therefore cooling the air before it's pushed back out. If anything stops, blocks or restricts that air from flowing over the coil, it gets too cold, causing any condensation or moisture to turn to ice. Airflow issues are often a result of a dirty air filter. During the summer months, it's important that you change your air filter once a month. If you replace your air filter and the problem isn't resolved, you'll want to call a professional for air conditioning repair at the Lake of the Ozarks.

2. Low Refrigerant. 


Another common cause of an AC freeze up is low refrigerant. When your AC unit is low on refrigerant, the system pressure drops and the temperature along with it. The evaporator coil then gets too cold and freezes up. If your unit is experiencing low levels of refrigerant, you most likely have a leak somewhere. This is when you'll want to call in the professionals at Royal Heating and Air. We will find the leak and get you an estimate on the repairs.

3. Dirty Coils.


Your air filter isn't the only part of  your unit that can become dirty. Dirty coils are also a common cause of AC freeze ups. In addition to cooling the air, the evaporator coils also dehumidify it, pulling water out of it. Typically, that water will condense on the coils and then drip off into the pan below. However, if the coils are covered in a layer of dirt, it can prevent the water from absorbing fast enough and then it can freeze. Bi-annual HVAC checkups from your local provider can keep your coils clean and prevent this issue from occurring.

If you experience an AC freeze up, trust Royal Heating and Air to fix the problem for you. We are your trusted HVAC repair company at the Lake of the Ozarks. From emergency service to new installs, we've got all your HVAC needs covered.

Royal Heating & Air - "The King of Comfort"

Visit our website: www.RoyalHeatandAir.com

CALL TODAY! (573) 480-4313