Friday, February 14, 2020

Indoor Air Quality & Allergies – What to Do?!

The temperature may be below freezing with wind that takes your breath away. But believe it or not, spring is a mere 5 weeks away! So, it’s time to start preparing for the warmer weather and the potential air quality issues that can come with it. Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC Company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we have several years of experience with indoor air quality. There are a lot of ways to help keep the air clean and fresh this spring. Read on to learn some of our favorite tips! 


Pollen


Spring is a beautiful time of year. Who doesn’t love the end of winter, sunny days, and blooming flowers? If you have allergies or asthma, however, spring could be a frustrating and difficult time for you. As all of those gorgeous plants and flowers are blooming, they are also releasing pollen into the air. This pollen can cause allergic reactions like itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, and headache. For some it can be so bad that they have to take medication throughout the whole season and can hardly function when exposed to too much pollen. These particles can end up inside the home by hitching a ride on clothes or blowing in through an open window.

If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms or allergic reactions inside your home, it might mean that your air filter is overdue for a replacement. Each type lasts for a different amount of time before it needs to be replaced. Once it is full, it can no longer efficiently filter the air in your home, and harmful materials and allergens circulate through the air in your home causing difficulties.

Dust


Another common allergen that could be causing issues for you and your family is dust and the resulting dust mites. Dust can be an agitator that causes inflammation in your respiratory system. This makes it more difficult to breathe clearly and freely. Your body may be trying to tell you something by sneezing more often when you are indoors, trying to remove the dust particles from your nasal passages.

Your air conditioning unit and the compressor could also be dirty and clogged, which limits the airflow indoors. With limited airflow, less fresh air is being circulated inside your home. This can cause allergens to settle and continue to give you respiratory issues.


Mold & Bacteria


Another source of respiratory concern is mold and bacteria. If these harmful materials are circulated inside your home and then breathed in by you and your family members, you could be in danger of getting sick more often. These pathogens can come from a lot of different sources: pet accidents, particles getting kicked up from the carpet, tracked-in substances from shoes, improperly cleaned portable humidifiers, and many more.

Royal Heating & Air can help remove bacteria and mold from the air inside your home by installing an HVAC UV Light System. This system uses ultraviolet light to destroy harmful materials and sterilize the air that passes through the light. Imagine how much cleaner the air in your home could be with a sanitizing UV light system in your HVAC!

Air Quality at the Lake


If you feel like your indoor air quality could use some help, it could be time to call in a professional. Call the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the OzarksRoyal Heating & Air! Whether you need a maintenance check on your unit or an ultraviolet light system installed in the air ducts, we are there for you. Don’t spend your time in a house that feels stuffy and stale. Help get your home feeling cleaner and healthier with our team of expert technicians at Royal Heating & Air.


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Friday, February 7, 2020

Programmable Thermostat FAQs, Pros, and Cons – Learn All About It!

Have you been considering installing a programmable thermostat in your home? Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, so we have all the inside information you need to help make your decision! Today we’ll go over how a programmable thermostat works and the pros and cons of installing one in your home. Read on to learn more!


What is a Programmable Thermostat?


Programmable thermostats offer the most flexibility out of all thermostat types and can be installed for almost any heating and cooling system. Standard thermostats sense the temperature inside and trigger the furnace or air conditioning to turn on when it falls outside of the set temperature. Programmable thermostats allow you to set a schedule of temperatures instead of just one. For example, if there is no one in the house for a large portion of the work day, you can program the thermostat to a lower temperature than when you are at home to give the furnace a break and save energy.


What are the Pros of a Programmable Thermostat?


Energy Savings

These programmable thermostats could help you save on your energy bill, particularly if you work outside the home for large portions of the day. Rather than keeping the house at a high temperature all day, you can program the temperature to drop while you are out of the house so the furnace doesn’t have to work hard heating an empty house.


Scheduling Conveniences

You never have to remember to change the thermostat before you leave, or feel uncomfortable waiting for it to come back to temperature when you come home and change it back. With a programmable thermostat, you can schedule it to automatically change temperature after you leave and before you get home.

Remote Controlling and Monitoring

Did the day’s schedule change? If you’re coming home early, you can use an app on your phone to change the temperature in your house remotely. You can also monitor the temperature from your phone to make sure everything is running smoothly. Talk about convenience!


What are the Cons?


Setup Can be Difficult

If you don’t have any experience setting up thermostats, it can be difficult to do. It could be easy to make a mistake that will cause the system to not function correctly. This is a relatively easy problem to fix, though. Just call the best HVAC company at the Lake of the OzarksRoyal Heating & Air – and we can help you out!

Compatibility Can be an Issue

Programmable thermostats don’t always work with every HVAC system. If you buy one without checking the compatibility first, you could end up with a useless new thermostat and an HVAC system that isn’t working. Make sure you do your research first!


Your HVAC Resource at the Lake


Royal Heating & Air is the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks and we love helping you with all your HVAC needs! If you decide to get a programmable thermostat for your home, give us a call and we will help you choose the right one for you.


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Monday, February 3, 2020

Protect the AC Unit From the Winter with These Tips!

We are in the middle of the winter and the weather is determined to make sure we know it. With all this snow and ice coming through each week, what does it mean for your AC unit? Is all the snow bad for it? Should it be covered? Royal Heating and Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks and we are here to help answer all your questions about how to keep your AC unit safe this winter. Read on to learn more!


Covering the AC Unit 

Your Air Conditioning unit is not being used right now with all the cold weather. While it's taking a break this winter, should it be covered? There are several pros to covering the AC unit this winter. (Note: This does not apply to heat pumps.)

First, it can protect the unit from any falling debris, like heavy snow, broken tree limbs and twigs, icicles breaking off the side of your house. These falling projectiles could cause some damage to your AC unit on impact, so covering the unit could help protect minimize the impact.

Also, covering your unit helps prevent water from getting into the unit and then freezing when the temperature drops. If this happens to often, it can cause damage to the coils on your unit and require expensive repairs.

Keeping Your AC Unit Free 


There are also a few cons to covering the AC unit, however, and your circumstances could mean that it's a good idea to leave it as is.

Covering the unit protects it from accumulating water that could freeze and expand, but covering could allow moisture to build up in the enclosed space on warmer days and cause it to grow mold and mildew. 

The cover for your AC unit could also serve as a cover for pests. They may see it as a shelter and make their home by your AC unit. This could lead to contamination with droppings and damage to the unit from chewing rodents.


Regularly Check the Unit 


Whether you decide to cover the unit or leave it free, it's important to regularly venture out and make sure everything is okay. If you decided to go with a cover, make sure there aren't any tears in the cover, any rodents living underneath, or any mold and mildew growing between the unit and cover. If you decide to leave the unit open to the air, make sure snow is not accumulating on top in large amounts, keep the sides free from fallen branches and leaves, and make sure the gutters above the unit are intact and not leaking water directing on the unit. 

Schedule Regular Check-Ups


Even though you aren't currently using your air conditioning unit, you don't want to wait until the middle of a hot day to find out there is an issue. Call the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks - Royal Heating & Air, and we will come out to do an inspection on the AC unit to make sure frozen water hasn't burst the pipes/coils. As the spring starts to near in the next few weeks, it becomes even more important to make sure the unit is working properly.

HVAC at the Lake of the Ozarks 


Royal Heating & Air can help protect your AC or furnace this season! Call the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks to ensure your AC is protected this winter so it is ready to work hard next summer. You can count on Royal Heating & Air to make sure your AC unit is ready when you need it. Call 573-480-4313 to schedule an appointment today!


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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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