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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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

5 Signs It's Time To Upgrade Your AC Unit

If you're a homeowner, one of the toughest decisions you'll have to make about your air conditioner is when it's time to get a new unit. A new AC unit can be expensive, but so can the costs of repairing an old one. So how are you supposed to tell when it's time to upgrade? Here are 5 signs to help you make that decision.

1. Your System Is Over 10 Years Old

Around the 10-year mark, it's a good idea to begin to think about upgrading your system. A typical AC unit that is well taken care of can last around 15 years. However, if the system doesn't get regular maintenance, it could be less than that.

2. It Frequently Breaks Downs

It's best to have a professional Lake of the Ozarks HVAC repair company service your HVAC system at least twice a year. However, if you're having to call them constantly for breakdowns, it may be time to replace your system. Repair costs can add up and become expensive. Compare the cost of repairing the unit with the cost of replacing. In addition, your new unit may actually save on energy costs so you may find that a brand new AC unit could actually be cheaper in the end.

3. The Utility Bills Are Increasing

If your energy bills are increasing, it could be because of your AC unit. If your cooling system is working too hard, it could cause your energy bill to increase. Upgrading your unit to a more energy efficient model could end up saving you money in the long run.

4. Your Home Isn't Cool Enough

If your AC isn't cooling your home enough for your needs, there are two likely causes. First, your AC unit may be dirty, or poorly maintained and needs to have maintenance. It's best to have your AC unit serviced once a year, typically in the spring, for optimum performance. If servicing your unit doesn't solve the issue, your AC unit may be improperly sized for your home. A unit that is too small for your square footage, won't be able to keep your home cool. An HVAC professional at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you determine the appropriate size unit for your home. Upgrading to a properly sized unit can make a dramatic difference in your home comfort.

5. Your System Uses R-22 Freon

R22 Freon is being phased out by the federal government in order to conserve energy nationwide. As a result, the cost of freon is rising. If your AC unit uses R22 Freon, you'll have to replace it eventually in order to switch over to the new refrigerant. If you're having major problems with your AC unit, especially if it involved the need for more freon, it's probably a good time to replace your unit.

 Royal Heating & Air is here for all your heating and cooling needs from preventative maintenance to installations. To speak with one of our expert HVAC technicians at the Lake of the Ozarks, call us today at 573-480-4313.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How Do You Know When It's Time To Change The Air Filter?

One of the best things you can do for your HVAC system is to change the air filter. At Royal Heating & Air, we recommend checking the air filter once a month and changing it as necessary. However, how do you know when it's time to change it? The best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks takes a look at all the factors that determines when it's time to change your home's air filter.

Air filters will clean out the particles in the air including dust, dirt and other "contaminants." Too many of these particles flying around your home can contribute to allergies, congestion and other health problems. The air filter will catch the majority of these particles before it reaches your vents. Over time, the air filter will get clogged by these particles, which makes it difficult for air to get through. This could result in your HVAC system working harder to try and reach the temperature set at your thermostat.

When To Change Your Air Filters

It might seem easy to know when it's time. When the air filters are visibly dirty, change them. However, choosing how often you should do this depends on several factors.

- The type of filter your HVAC system requires.
- The overall air quality of your city.
- If you have pets.
- The number of people occupating the house.
- General air pollution in your city or if there is construction taking place nearby.

It's best to follow the manufacturer's recommendation for the type of air filter you buy, which is usually bi-monthly. This is a great rule of thumb, however, this general guideline is not going to apply for everyone. If you have any allergies, smoke, have pets or any of the things mentioned above, you may need to change the air filter more often. On the other hand, if you live in a remote area or if your home is infrequently occupied (such as a vacation home), you may not need to change it as often.

How To Tell If It Needs Changing

A dirty air filter isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it means the filter is doing its job to remove dust and other particles from the air in your home. However, it's important to change the air filter before they become clogged to ensure the air can flow nicely through. There is no general guideline as to how much dirt is too much dirt, however, if there is a visible coating of dirt covering most of the filter's surface, in a layer that is thick enough that you can no longer see the filter material itself, that's a sign that your filter has been in the HVAC system far too long. A working filter would have a good coating of dust - a coat of fine particle where the underlying material is still visible. Once it gets beyond that point, it's time to change it.

It’s better to be safe than sorry when deciding it’s time to replace the filter. Keeping your heating and cooling vents clear of debris will be well worth it, not only when it comes time for your energy bills, but also for your overall health and well-being. If it's been a while since you've taken a look at the air filter, Royal Heating & Air can help you find the right one for your system. For all your heating and cooling needs, give Lake of the Ozarks' best HVAC company a call at 573-480-4313.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

5 Ways To Ensure Your AC Unit Will Last All Summer Long

Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner, which means many people will be visiting their home at the Lake of the Ozarks for the first time this year. There is nothing worse than arriving at your vacation home to find out your HVAC system has failed. Don't let this happen to you! Lake of the Ozarks' best heating and cooling company has five tips to make sure your AC unit won't fail on you this summer.

1. Keep outside unit clear of debris. During the fall and winter, leaves, twigs and other debris may have gotten stuck in and around your AC unit. Before the season really kicks into high gear, make sure your AC unit is clear of any debris. In addition, make sure you clear away lawn clippings after doing any yard work.

2. Check the air filter. While you may not have to change it every time, it's best to check the air filters at least once a month. If you have pets, children or smoke, you may need to change it more often. When the air filter is dirty, it makes your AC unit work harder, which could cause it to break down.

3. Clean the vents. Just like a dirty air filter, having dirty vents could also cause the AC unit to work overtime. Cleaning your vents isn't something you need to do on a regular basis, but it's a good idea to clean them at least twice a year. However, just like with the air filter, under certain circumstances, you may need to have your air vents professionally cleaned more often. When you have your air vents cleaned, you'll see a difference not only in the performance of your HVAC system, but also with the quality of your home's indoor air.

4. Seal up your home. No matter the season, it's a good idea to ensure your home is properly sealed. During the winter, it will help keep your home nice and cozy warm, while in the summer, it will help keep the cold are inside. Check all the window and door frames in your home. Take caulk and seal up any areas where you can feel a breeze. In addition to checking the frames, make sure the weather stripping along the bottom of your doors are intact.

5. Call "The King of Comfort." The best way to ensure your home's AC unit will last all summer long is to call Lake of the Ozarks' best heating and cooling company. It's important to get your AC unit serviced to ensure it's working properly at the beginning of the season. While your unit may turn on and work, there could be an internal issue you're not aware of that could cause it to break down. Royal Heating & Air can ensure the AC unit's coils are clean and everything is working properly. Don't spend the summer worrying about your AC unit and call the best HVAC repair company at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-480-4313.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Natural Ways To Reduce Humidity In Your Home

Summer is just around the corner and you may already be feeling some of the effects. One of those may be the increase in humidity. With the warm weather we are getting here at the Lake, plus the recent storms, the humidity levels are inching up, and they will only continue to increase. If your home is feeling a bit muggy, Royal Heating & Air has a few tips to help you feel more comfortable.

Why Humidity Is Bad For Your Home

Your home's humidity levels should be around 30 - 50 percent for optimum comfort. When the humidity in your home begins to increase, it starts to get uncomfortable and things can begin to happen in your home.

- Your hair begins to frizz, which isn't a huge deal, but it can become hard to manage.

- Your home will feel hotter. Even when you have your AC set to a comfortable level, when your home has too much moisture, it won't feel that way.

- In addition to your home feeling hot, it will also feel wet. Your sweat won't be able to cool you off because it won't be able to evaporate.

- You may experience sleep problems.

- Mold spores will begin to grow and spread, which could cause health issues.

- Wood will begin to swell and doors can become stuck.

- Your pets will begin to smell. While this isn't a huge deal, nobody wants a stinky pet, especially when it can be prevented!

- Rust and oxidation can occur and when the humidity is high it can speed up the process.

How To Get Rid Of Humidity

- Ventilate. Ventilation in your home will increase the air flow, which can reduce the humidity levels.

- Fix leaky pipes. Check the pipes in your home and fix any leaky ones you may find. In addition, it's also best to remove any condensation from hot or cold pipes with insulation.

- Use fans. Fans will help get the air moving in your home and help with evaporation.

- Change the air filter regularly. When your air filter is dirty, it slows down the air flow in your home, which could result in your home's humidity levels rising.

- Take shorter showers. Long hot showers produce extra steam, which increases the humidity.

- Install a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier offers soothing relief from high humidity and cooling costs. It draws excess moisture from your home's indoor air and lets you feel comfortable without over-cooling your home.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can feel more comfortable in your home, call the "King of Comfort" at 573-480-4313. Royal Heating & Air can help you with everything from preventative maintenance to complete furnace and air conditioning installations. The best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks can provide you with affordable, dependable and trustworthy service.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Be Prepared For Summer

With the weather getting warmer, now's the perfect time to contact your Lake of the Ozarks HVAC company for routine service. Manufactures recommend getting your heating and cooling systems serviced to ensure it's working at its optimum efficiency. At Royal Heating & Air, we recommend having your system checked twice per year - once in the spring and once in the fall. Servicing will help extend the life of your equipment, lower your utility bills and help provide consistent performance for your equipment. Nobody wants to get stuck on the hottest day of the year without air conditioning! Make sure your HVAC system is in tip top shape by having it serviced by Lake of the Ozarks' best heating & cooling company.

Importance of Preventative Maintenace

If you've turned on your air conditioning system for the season and it's working fine, you may think you don't need to have it serviced. However, AC units can continue to cool your home even if they have mechanical problems. There are many working parts that make up your cooling system. If one of these parts develop an issue, the problem will only get worse over time. It's possible for the other parts of your AC unit to run longer to make up for the malfunctioning part. This additional strain on your HVAC system can cause even more parts to break down.

When you call Royal Heating & Air to service your HVAC system, we can detect small and developing problems and address them before they become expensive or difficult to resolve. Preventative maintenance can also ensure your system is able to keep your home at a comfortable temperature no matter what the weather is like outside. When your HVAC system is working properly, it will run more efficiently, which can help decrease your heating and cooling costs.

When your HVAC system is properly maintained, it could help extend its life. Preventative maintenance helps reduce the wear and tear on your HVAC system, which means you shouldn't have to replace parts as often.

What Does Royal Heating & Air Do?

When you have Royal Heating & Air come to your home, we'll inspect your AC unit in the spring and your heater in the fall. During the spring service check, we will ensure you have enough coolant, the coils are clean and there are no leaks. If coolant is leaking or the coils are dirty, it's harder for your AC unit to cool your home. In addition, we will do a standard check of your thermostat to make sure it's accurately reading and keeping your home at the temperature you set it at. We will also ensure your air filters are clean and change them if necessary.

Royal Heating & Air recommends that your have your HVAC serviced at the Lake of the Ozarks twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Preventative maintenance will help extend the life, lower your utility bills, and help provide consistent performance from your equipment. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (573) 480-4313 or (573) 346-8370.

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