Thursday, July 27, 2017

Protect Your AC From The Summer Heat

With temperatures nearing the 100s, AC units will be humming along all over the Lake area. We want to make sure the summer heat doesn't make your AC unit overwork. If your AC unit isn't performing efficiently, the extreme heat may cause it to overwork. Luckily, with just a few simple steps, we can help you beat the heat and keep your AC from overworking and running more efficiently.

1. Check the Filters

It's best to check the air filters once a month and change as necessary. Replacing the air filter is one of the easiest and most effective methods of conserving energy and saving money on your energy bills. It's a critical step in maintaining your system. It's important to regularly change the filter, as they get clogged with dust and other contaminants. If your filter becomes clogged, your system will have to work harder to supply the same amount of cool air. In addition, a dirty filter can cause cold air to get caught in the system, which can cause it to freeze up and stop working.

2. Keep AC Unit in the Shade

Making sure your AC unit is in a shaded area can help make it run more efficiently. Air in shaded spaces is cooler, which means that the AC unit will have an easier time cooling the air.

3. Don't Keep Thermostat in Heat

It's important to keep the thermostat away from heat producing appliances like lamps and TV sets. The thermostat would sense the heat coming off these appliances, which would cause the AC unit to run longer than necessary. When installing the thermostat, be thoughtful of the location. If it's placed near a window, the sun might shine on it also causing the AC unit to run longer.

4. Is it Time To Upgrade?

If your AC unit is over ten years old, it may not be very efficient in keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. Newer models are much more energy efficient and can keep your home comfortable no matter the temperature outside. If you have decided to replace your current AC unit, it's important to make sure it's the right size for your home. If your AC is too large for your home, it will cycle on and off more frequently, which will reduce the efficiency of the system.

5. Seal It Up

Make sure the cold air stays inside by properly insulating your home. In addition to ensuring there is enough insulation in the attic and around the air ducts, seal up any cracks and crevices around the windows and door frames with caulking. If your home is not weatherized, you could be wasting precious cold air during the summer months, which could make your AC unit work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

6. Call An HVAC Professional

The best way to make sure your AC unit is prepared for the summer heat is to have a professional Lake of the Ozarks HVAC technician take a look at your system. Royal Heating & Air can ensure that your system is prepared for even the hottest of days. Call us today at 573-480-4313 to schedule your service appointment.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Best Cooling System For Your Home

As a homeowner, there are many decisions you have to make when it comes to your home. From what type of flooring you want to the different appliances you can choose from, the options are endless. On top of that, you also have to decide what type of cooling system you want in your home. While your home probably had a cooling system installed when you bought it, depending on how old it is or what type it is, you may want to upgrade it. There are several different units you can install into your home to keep you cool all summer long. Royal Heating & Air takes a look at the different units available to help you decide which is best for your home.

Central Air Conditioning

Central AC units are probably one of the most common types of AC systems. These units are best for large buildings and homes. They use a split system, which includes an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor coil.  The air conditioner pulls heat from inside the home and brings it outside, which gives you cooler air in your home. The biggest difference between central AC units and other forms of AC system is the use of air ducts, which allows the cool air to reach multiple rooms in your home. Although central AC units are a big investment, they're highly beneficial. They don't make much noise, are efficient at keeping the indoor air cool during the summer and can help keep the indoor air clean by removing dust and other contaminants.

Heat Pumps

When cooling, heat pumps are essentially the same as AC units, as they work the same way to cool your home. However, what makes heat pumps different than AC units is that they can be reversed to heat your home. The reverse system can take heat from the outside of the home and move it inside, which makes your home warmer during the winter. Heat pumps can do twice the work, which can keep your home comfortable all year long, and keep your energy bills lower. However, once the temperature drops too low, heat pumps won't be able to keep your home warm, and another heating source like a furnace will have to kick in to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Mini Split

There are two components that make up a mini split, which are an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The indoor unit contains the evaporator coils as well as the cooling fan, while the outside unit houses the compressor, condenser and expansion valve. Mini splits work very similarly to heat pumps, as they are a high-efficiency air conditioner that can be reversed to also heat your home. One of the benefits to a mini split is that they don't need ducts to works. However, because of this, they're best in cooling down specific areas rather than whole homes, so they work best in small homes, condos and apartments.

If you are wondering what system is best for your home, call a professional Lake of the Ozarks heating and cooling company. At Royal Heating & Air, we can discuss the available options and figure out which system is best for your home. Call us today at 573-480-4313 and let the King of Comfort keep you cool all summer long!

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Importance Of Maintaining Your AC Unit

With the summer cooling season fully underway, AC units all across the Lake of the Ozarks are humming along to provide precious cool air. While millions of people rely on AC in the summer, the units won't work well without a little care. With regular maintenance, you can count on your AC unit operating at top efficiency. If you are diligent about your AC maintenance, your AC unit will take care of you.

1. Remember to check the air filter monthly and change as necessary. This is a very simple task that can do wonders for your unit. If the filter gets clogged with dust and dirt, the unit will have to work harder and use more energy to keep your house cool. This could potentially overwork your AC unit and damage it. It will also lower the air quality in your home, which could aggravate allergies and asthma.

If you're running your system with a dirty filter, there are a couple major consequences that could happen.

- Short Cycling: When an AC or furnace cycle stops before hitting its temperature goal, it's known as a short cycle. A clogged air filter can cause this by trapping stagnant air inside the system tricking it into stopping the cycle early or forcing it to shut down to avoid overheating. This puts excessive wear on the system components and often leads to unpredictable temperatures in your home.

- Frozen Coils: During the summer season, dirty air filters can trap cooled air inside the HVAC system, which can eventually lead to frost buildup on the condenser and evaporator coils. If the frost continues to build, it could cause the unit to freeze up.

2. Have your HVAC system serviced at least twice per year. While you are able to change out the filter yourself, having your HVAC system serviced requires the professionals. A Lake of the Ozarks HVAC technician can give your entire system a good once-over to make sure everything is operating at peak condition and that there are no damaged parts. If there is anything that needs to be repaired or cleaned, the technician will make sure it gets done correctly. The HVAC system has a lot of moving parts and it's important they get taken care of properly to ensure there are no problems down the line.

3. Don't forget to clean the ducts. While it's important to take care of the HVAC system itself, it's also important not to forget about the ducts themselves. However, ducts don't need regular maintenance, so it's easy to forget to take care of them. Air ducts need to be cleaned and checked every couple of years by a professional. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you may need to clean them more often. It's best to have your air ducts checked every couple of years to get rid of any dust or grime that accumulated over the years and to ensure there isn't any leakage.

If you need help ensuring your AC unit can last you until the end of the summer season, contact Royal Heating & Air at 573-480-4313. We can take a look at your AC unit and ensure everything is working the way it should.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

5 Tips To Lowering Cooling Costs This Summer

Summer is full of vacations, pool days, relaxation and, of course, hot and humid days. After a fun day out in the sun, we want to come home to a nice, cool home. However, sometimes we don't like the costs associated with cooling our homes. If you're wanting a little extra spending money this summer, Royal Heating & Air has 5 tips to help you reduce your cooling costs this season.

1. Avoid Heat Build Up

When the outdoor temperature exceeds the temperature inside, try to avoid activities that generate heat like cooking, using the dishwasher and using the dryer. Instead of using the oven, or cooking on the stovetop, try grilling outside. You can avoid using the dishwasher by hand washing dishes or letting your clothes air dry instead of turning on the dryer. Or instead of doing these activities during the peak of the heat, try saving these activities for when the sun goes down or the temperature drops.

2. Use Your Ceiling Fans

Using ceiling fans could help you feel about 6 degrees cooler via the wind-chill effect. Although a fan doesn't cool a room, it just makes it more comfortable to be in. When combined with the air conditioner, the ceiling fan can help disperse cooled air more efficiently and allow you to lower the thermostat a bit with little or no discomfort. However, just remember to turn off the fan when no one's in the room to enjoy it, as it's just wasting electricity.

3. Close Blinds & Curtains

Whatever your window treatments are, you'll see a difference in your cooling cost when you keep them drawn during the day. Try using light-colored treatments to deflect the sun's scorching rays. Hang shades as close to windowpanes as possible, as this enables them to also block outdoor heat from radiating inside.

4. Be More Energy Efficient

Installing a programmable thermostat can help your system become more energy efficient. It's best to increase the temperature by a couple of degrees when you're not home, or when you're asleep to help with your cooling cost during the summer. When coming home to a hot house, don't set your thermostat colder than you want to cool your home, as this doesn't cool your home faster.

5. Get AC Unit Serviced 

It's not enough to install a programmable thermostat. If you don't properly care for you AC unit, it won't help reduce your cooling cost. In fact, if there is something wrong with your AC unit, it could cost you more. Dirty air filters block airflow and could make your unit work harder to cool your home. In addition, ensure registers aren't blocked by dust or furniture. It's best to have a professional Lake of the Ozarks HVAC technician look at your system to ensure everything is in proper working condition. 

Royal Heating & Air can ensure your HVAC system is ready for the summer season. Call the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-480-4313. We can take a look at your AC unit and make sure it's running efficiently to make sure you stay cool even during the hottest of days.

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Weather & Your Air Conditioner

Your AC unit is a valuable part of your home, especially during the summer months. However, summer in the Midwest is also a time for storms. HVAC systems are huge investments, so it's only natural to be concerned about our outside units during thunderstorms. From hail to lightning, there are dangers around every corner for our AC units during summer storms. Royal Heating & Air takes a look at how weather can affect our AC units and how we can protect them.

Summer Storms

There are some components in your AC unit that could be damaged by moisture. Luckily, these parts are well protected from the elements. It can rain all day and night without an issue, and on top of that, most AC units can withstand temporary flooding of several inches.

Although, if there's flooding that is a foot or deeper, that could pose a greater risk of damage. If this happens, shut off all power to your HVAC system at the breaker immediately and schedule an inspection and service with a professional HVAC technician at the Lake of the Ozarks after the water subsides.

In addition to water, your AC unit can also handle some abuse from hail or windblown debris. A couple dents in the exterior of the unit won't do much harm, however, a Lake of the Ozarks HVAC technician should inspect the damage to be sure. Some dents, especially to coils and fins, can hurt the energy efficiency and needs to be repaired.

If possible, a quick inspection of your yard before a storm for any loose branches or other debris could help tremendously. A big part of preventing damage is throwing away or securing items before the wind begins to pick up.

Cover It Up

If you're concerned about the risk of damage, you could invest in an AC unit cover. These are designed to protect AC units from the elements or debris. However, it's important to make sure you purchase a cover designed for your system, as homemade covers could inhibit airflow and do more damage to your system. If your cover doesn't allow proper airflow, it could trap moisture in the unit leading to corrosion and mold growth. Don't place anything on top of the AC unit like plywood, as it could block vents or trap heat, which could make your system run inefficiently and cause wear on the moving parts.

The Real Danger

The biggest threat to your AC unit is the one that attacks your system from the inside: power surges. During electrical storms, a surge of electricity could fry some of the more sensitive internal components of the HVAC system. While you can't protect your HVAC system with a power strip, there is still a way to keep it safe. A whole home surge protection system could protect your HVAC system from electrical storms.

Your AC unit can help keep you comfortable all summer long, rain or shine. However, if you do run into trouble, Royal Heating & Air is just a phone call away ready to help. Your Lake of the Ozark heating and cooling company can help you with everything from regular maintenance to full HVAC installations, plus we also offer 24/7 emergency service. Don't be left in the heat, call the King of Comfort at 573-480-4313.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tips On Preparing Your HVAC System For Summer Vacation

Summer is gearing up and people are packing their bags getting ready for their vacations. However, there is an important part of getting ready for a vacation that often gets overlooked - the HVAC system.  Your Lake of the Ozarks heating and cooling company has a few tips on how to get your HVAC system ready for your vacation.

1. Check The Air Filter

It's best to check the air filter at least once a month and change it as necessary. It's important to check the air filter before you leave for an extended period of time. When filters are clogged with debris, airflow is restricted, which causes your AC unit to work harder to cool your home. When you're away, you can't notice the signs of restricted airflow, which includes:

- HVAC system running more often or for longer periods of time
- Loud noises
- Warm air being supplied from the vents
- Excessive build-up of dust and dirt

2. Adjust The Thermostat

Contrary to popular belief, you should run your AC while you're away. When the HVAC doesn't engage for long periods of time, your home is susceptible to moisture buildup and mold development. The HVAC system is designed to run regularly, so when it doesn't engage for long periods of time, it can actually damage your equipment and shorten its lifespan. When you're away, raise the thermostat no more than 5 degrees. A programmable thermostat can help you maximize efficiency even while you're away.

3. Check The Outside Unit

Before leaving, it's important to make sure the outside unit is taken care of. Ensure there is no debris around the outside unit that would restrict airflow. In addition, make sure nearby shrubbery is well trimmed and clear of any leaves, limbs or grass clippings from your HVAC system. While clearing away any debris, take the time to ensure your outside unit is not damaged or leaking. If any issues are spotted, contact a professional HVAC repair company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If the issues go without repair, it could make them worse, and you don't want to return from vacation to a catastrophic HVAC failure.

4. Be Prepared For Storms

Thunderstorms are a common occurrence in the Midwest during the summer months, so make sure your home is prepared for any that may pop up before you leave for your trip. If there are any low hanging limbs or unsecured structures near your home or AC unit, have them removed before you leave. Although you can't control nature, it's important to be prepared and do what you can to avoid returning home to a storm damaged HVAC system.

5. Close The Windows & Curtains

Before taking off, ensure all the windows are closed not only for safety, but also to help with energy efficiency. In addition, ensure the windows and door frames are sealed up to ensure the cool air stays in while you're away. Closing curtains and blinds will help regulate the temperature of your home while on vacation.

6. Open The Vents

HVAC systems are designed to maximize airflow, so even in rooms that are seldom used should have the vents open. Before leaving on vacation, check every room to ensure all the vents are open.

7. Vacuum Your Home

While you're away, dust and allergens will collect, so it's important for your home's air quality to vacuum before leaving for vacation.

The best way to make sure your HVAC system is ready for your vacation is to call Royal Heating & Air at 573-480-4313. Our expert technicians can take a look at your HVAC system and make sure there are no issues. We want to ensure you don't come home to any surprises involving your HVAC system.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

HVAC Maintenance Tips Pet Owners Should Know

For many of us, pets have become a part of our family. They bring us joy, unconditional love and companionship. As pet owners, we have taken on a responsibility of providing them with a safe and loving home. This means feeding them healthy meals, giving them delicious treats and providing them with enough exercise. In addition, owning a pet also requires putting in a little more work when it comes to your home's HVAC maintenance. Your Lake of the Ozarks HVAC repair company has a few tips to help keep your HVAC system happy as well as your pets.

Keep Your Pets Clean

Bathing your pets regularly can go a long way in improving the quality of your home's air. Pet dander is one of the major causes of allergies, so it's important to regularly pick up pet hair, as well as bath and groom your pets. Pet dander can be recirculated throughout your air ducts causing a perpetual problem.

Check The Air Filters

It's important to regularly pick up pet hair, as they can quickly clog up the air filter. The air filter's job is to remove dust particles and other contaminants from the air. However, once the air filter gets too dirty and clogged, it can't do its job, which could make the HVAC system overwork. It's no secret that dogs and cats shed a lot, so it's important to check the filter once a month and change them as necessary. If your home has pets, you may need to change the air filter more often.

Use The Right Air Filters

Air filters have an important job of keeping the air in your home clean, so you want to make sure you use the appropriate filters for your HVAC system. There are many different air filters to choose from, including some that are designed for homes with pets. If you're unsure about which filter is best for your home, contact a professional HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Check For Loose Wires

There are lots of parts that make your HVAC system work properly, including a lot of wires. These wires, if exposed, could look like a fun toy to a kitten or puppy, which could be a recipe for disaster. It's important to take a good look at your system and make sure there isn't anything that they could get to.

Keep Outside Unit Enclosed

If your dog is able to free roam your yard, this could pose a number of problems not only for the outside unit, but to your furry friend as well. Dogs could scratch the condenser's fans with their claws, which could injure your pup and cause issues for the condenser unit. In addition, if your dog decides to mark the condenser unit, the urine could lead to refrigerant leaks or corrosion in the unit.

Have The Air Ducts Cleaned

It's best to have your air ducts professionally cleaned at least once a year, however, if you have pets, you may need to do this more often.  Because the air ducts take the air from the HVAC system and transport it throughout your home, you want to ensure it's transporting clean air throughout your house. If the ducts in your home are dirty with pet hair and dander, then it will just continually be circulated throughout your home.

Seal The Air Ducts

If the air ducts in your home have gaps and cracks, it gives pet hair and dander an easy access to your ducts. As mentioned earlier, when your air ducts are filled with pet hair and dander, it will be continuously circulated through the air in your home. Sealing the ducts will remedy those gaps and cracks and keep debris from entering the ductwork.

At Royal Heating & Air, we want to make sure your heating and cooling system is working efficiently to keep your family (including our furry family members) comfortable. To schedule an appointment with one of our expert HVAC technicians at the Lake of the Ozarks, call 573-480-4313.

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