Thursday, October 11, 2018

Pros and Cons of Covering Your AC Unit This Winter!

The cooler weather has arrived which means it is time to switch from using your AC to turning on the heat.  Over the winter months, we can't forget about protecting our outdoor AC unit. Your air conditioning unit is made for the summer months, but it's actually built to survive the tough winter weather. Some people even find that their units work fine taking no precautions before winter. However, the outdoor components of the system can be damaged by debris, moisture build-up, and repeated freeze-and-thaw cycles. You could switch off the power to avoid accidentally turning it on during the winter. Turning your unit on could create a problem if it starts cycling water through the system and the water freezes. Here are the pros and cons of covering your AC unit this winter by the Lake of the Ozarks best heating and cooling company.

Pros On Covering Your AC Unit (Does Not Apply To Heat Pumps)

There are pros to covering your AC for the winter. While the cold itself won't hurt your system, the debris that accumulates over the season can. If you decide to cover your AC unit during the winter months, it is important to clean it up and remove any leaves or other gunk that has built up before stowing it. There are two ways you can cover an AC unit. First, you can place a piece of plywood over the top to keep icicles, branches, leaves and other things from falling in the top. Secondly, an AC cover from manufacturers can also keep debris out as well as lower the risk of damage to the metal from repeated freezing and thawing.  Some may find covering your unit only during heavy snowstorms is the optimal answer. However, if you have a heat pump, it is important NOT to cover it during the winter months, as it works all year long. Here are the pros of covering your ac unit this winter.

  • Covering your unit protects your unit from falling debris.  It helps keep your overall unit cleaner and able to run efficiently when the warmer weather begins.
  • Prevents water from getting into your unit and freezing. Water getting into your coils can cause damage over time. Covering your unit can help keep water out.
  • Keeps your air conditioner coils a little cleaner.  Keeping outside elements away from your coils will help keep your unit running efficiently.

Cons Of Covering Your AC Unit

There are cons to covering your AC for the winter. Your air conditioning unit is made for the summer months, but it's actually built to survive the tough winter weather. Some people even find that their units work fine taking no precautions before winter. By covering your unit you expose it to potential issues.  Here are a few cons to covering your air conditioning unit.

  • Mold and mildew can grow inside your unit. Due to moisture getting trapped, the unit won't have the ability to breathe causing mold and mildew growth. The unit is made to be open to the air to help prevent this type of growth.  By covering your unit, and not uncovering it when the weather turns warmer, you could put your system at risk.  This type of growth will block proper air flow to your system causing it to not function at full capacity. 
  • Animals may see shelter under the cover.  When you cover your unit for the entire winter, you may find rodents taking shelter.  This could lead to other issues like chewed electrical wires.
  • Moisture can still get into your unit even if you cover it.  Moisture can still find its way into your unit naturally still causing the same effect as having it uncovered.
  • Debris can accumulate under the cover.  You want to keep all the debris away from the unit at all times to ensure it will run efficiently next summer. 

Check On Your Unit 

It is important to periodically check on your AC unit throughout the winter season. If your AC is covered, it is important to make sure the cover is intact. In addition, it is important to check underneath the cover and clean out any debris that may have gotten in. If you did not cover it, it is important to check on your system after any snow storms to remove snow from the top to prevent water from getting into your system. It is also important to clear away any debris in and around the system.

Royal Heating & Air Can Help Protect Your HVAC System

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. Ensuring that your AC is protected this winter will help make sure that your AC 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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Monday, October 8, 2018

7 Tips To Stay Warm Without Turning Up The Heat This Winter!

Fall time at Lake of the Ozarks can be unpredictable with warm days and cool nights.  You may find yourself switching between your a/c and furnace on a daily basis right now.  Before the cold air sets in permanently for the winter and we all start blasting the heater, Royal Heating & Air the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers 7 tips to help you stay a little warmer this season.

Seal Up Cracks

The first step in fighting the cold weather is to make sure the warm air stays in and you keep the cold air out. Check for drafts near doors and windows and seal all necessary spots. Caulk is a good way to seal up around the frame and weatherstripping underneath doors and windows. 

Close Blinds

Blinds have another purpose other than decoration and privacy. During the winter, close the blinds to trap warm air in and keep the cool air out. If kept closed, blinds can prevent drafts from making the room cool. However, if there is a nice sunny day, make sure to keep the blinds open and let the sun heat up the room - just remember to close them before it gets dark. 

Insulate Your Home

Insulation is pretty standard in today's homes. However, if your home is older, it is a good idea to check to make sure the insulation is still good. Over time, insulation will get packed down. When that happens, the insulation won't work as efficiently. Make sure your home is sealed up by making sure there is enough insulation.

Make It Humid

Humidity makes the air feel warmer, which is why we try to take the humidity out of the air during the summer. However, in the winter, we want to add humidity. While taking a shower, turn off the bathroom fan. Afterward, leave the door open and let the humidity fill up the house. However, a professional HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks can add a humidifier to your home.  

Get Cooking

Cooking and baking are great ways to get the house nice and warm, plus it will smell good too! In the summer, it is best to do as much cooking outside as possible to keep the house cool. During the winter, do as much cooking and baking inside to get your home nice and toasty. 

Put Down Rugs

If you have hardwood, tile or laminate flooring, having rugs can help you stay warm without blasting the heater. Rugs can help prevent cold air from slipping through the floorboards of hardwood. Plus, they are usually warmer to walk on than tile or hardwood.  

Reverse Ceiling Fan Direction

Ceiling fans going clockwise pushes air down and creates a draft. However, in the winter, they can also help make your home feel warmer. When the ceiling fan goes clockwise, it will push the cool air up and mix with the rising heat. Once the air mixes, it will spread out and down making the room feel warmer. 

Keep Warm With Royal Heating & Air

Royal Heating & Air will ensure that your home is safe and cozy this fall and winter. The tips above are a great way to get ready for the colder weather without breaking the bank.  From preventative maintenance to installations, the best HVAC company in Lake of the Ozarks is here to help you. Call 573-480-4313 to schedule an appointment today!

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Must See Lake of the Ozarks Fall Festivals!

The weather is starting to cool down and fall is officially here. It is the perfect time to live and visit Lake of the Ozarks.  The next couple months are filled with so many family fun fall festivals that it is sure to keep everyone in your family entertained. Royal Heating & Air has the full list of festivals to see below!  

Pumkin Chunkin' Palooza

Where: Ozarks Amphitheater, Camdenton, MO
When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Hours: 10am-6pm
Contact: or call 573-346-0000

This is a one of a kind event held annually at Lake of the Ozarks.  From start to finish you will keep the entire family entertained.  You can participate in the Pumkin Chunkin' Competition.  Watch throughout the day as every hour on the hour pumpkins will be hurling through the air.  Throughout the day, there will be live music, contest, and lots of vendors to enjoy.  Families can have fun at the bounce houses, corn pits, hay rides, pony rides, face painting, games and more.  This is a fun full day of activities that will be sure to keep everyone having fun!

33rd Annual Turkey Festival

Where: Downtown Eldon, MO
When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Hours: 9am-5pm
Contact: or call 573-392-3752

This Annual Fall Festival is fun for the whole family.  It starts off will a large parade going throughout town and ending at the festival.  Tons of kids activities, vendors and LOTS of great food.  Even a large turkey leg with your name on it.  There is a stage with live music, live performances by area groups as well.  Gather your family and spend the day having a wholesome time at this great small town festival!

Versailles Olde Tyme Apple Festival

Where: Downtown Versailles, MO
When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Hours: 9am-6pm
Contact: call 573-378-4401

This award-winning festival is enjoyed by thousands of people every year.  It starts off with a huge parade followed by a day full of fun.  Tons of vendors surround the streets and more food than you can choose from.  You can also, enjoy the live music playing around every corner.  Lots of kids activities and more. This is one festival you won't want to miss.

Thunder Mountain Fall Festival

Where: Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, Camdenton, MO
When: Every Weekend in October
Hours: 9am-4pm
Contact: or call 573-346-2676

This fun fall festival is every weekend in October at Thunder Mountain Park located at the beautiful Bridal Cave.  It has something for everyone.  You can hike the pumpkin trail and choose your favorite pumpkin, pan for gemstones, enjoy pumpkin fudge, caramel apple bar, hot cider, smores, hot chocolate and so much more.  The mood is set with live bluegrass music from noon to 3pm.  Every child admission will receive a pumpkin to paint.  Call for pricing and more details.

MECCA Family Farms Pumpkin Patch

Where: MECCA Family Farm-425 Delmar, Roach, MO
When: Every Weekend in October
Hours: 10am-5pm
Contact: or call 573-280-3116

Visiting a pumpkin patch is a must in the fall!  MECCA Family Farm is a U-Pick pumpkin patch open weekends in October from 1am-5pm.  Admission is $7 per person.  You can enjoy the big slide, petting zoo, corn crib, crop maze, hay mountain, obstacle course, pumpkin painting, corn cannon, concession stand and of course picking a pumpkin.  Only open for one month so make sure you plan to visit!

18th Annual Osage Beach Fall Festival

Where: Osage Beach City Park
When: October 13, 2018
Hours: 10am-5pm
Contact: or call 573-302-2000

Get ready for the 18th Annual Osage Beach Fall Festival!  It's bound to be a fun time.  There will be FREE kids activities, bounce houses, petting zoo, pumpkin decorating and more.  Enjoy the arts and crafts booth, live music, food vendors, police display, fire display, and EMS display.  There is a lot to keep the family having fun at the event!


We hope you enjoy fall at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks!  It is full of cooler weather fun fall events that make living in a small community amazing. Make sure you check out all the fun we have coming up!  Don't forget if you find your heat not working properly as the weather cools down to give the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. Royal Heating & Air knows that annual professional maintenance will ensure that your home is safe and cozy this fall and winter. From preventative maintenance to installations, the best HVAC company in Lake of the Ozarks is here to help you. Call 573-480-4313 to schedule an appointment today!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Fall Furnace Safety Tips

The weather is starting to cool down and fall is officially here. Each season, there are different things homeowners need to do in order to ensure safety and comfort in their home. Royal Heating & Air is here to help you with these tasks. Now is the time to review furnace safety tips provided by the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks. These tips will help ensure that your home will be safe and cozy this fall and winter.

Fall Furnace Safety Tips

Your heating and cooling system should be checked twice a year. Once in the spring before the heat of summer, and once in the fall before the cold of winter. Heating systems, such as fireplaces and furnaces that aren’t routinely checked are not only inefficient, but they can be dangerous as well. The older your HVAC system, the more important routine checks are. Make sure your home is safe this fall and winter with these tips!

Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home and outside of each bedroom.
The number one danger of a failing heating system is a carbon monoxide leak. This is one reason why you should schedule heating maintenance early. CO detectors should be installed just like smoke detectors; this means they should be installed in all of the major areas in your home. It’s also a good idea to test all of your CO and smoke detectors once a month.

Make sure there is nothing combustible within 6 inches of your ventilation pipe.
Periodically inspect your vent pipes to make sure there is nothing obstructing them, such as leaves, snow, or even bird nests. All fuel-burning systems need ventilation for proper safety.

Maintain a minimum 3-foot clearance around your furnace, fireplace, and other heat sources.
Keep the area around heaters unobstructed and free from any flammable items. You should also never store any paint, chemicals, gasoline or any other combustible material anywhere near your furnace.

Change your air filters regularly.
Dirty filters are hard on your system.  A system that is overworked will not run effectively, which could cause potential risk to your home.  You want to make sure to change your filter often to prevent future damage to your unit which could be dangerous. 

Schedule Fall maintenance to be performed on your unit.
When it comes to maintenance, we can help.  You can keep your system running with simple upkeep tasks but to make sure it is running safely, it is always best to have your system inspected by a professional.  Keep your family safe this year and make sure your unit is ready for the colder months.    

Royal Heating & Air knows that annual professional maintenance will ensure that your home is safe and cozy this fall and winter. The furnace safety tips above are a great way to get ready for the colder weather.  From preventative maintenance to installations, the best HVAC company in Lake of the Ozarks is here to help you. Call 573-480-4313 to schedule an appointment today!

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fight Your Fall Allergies By Improving Your Indoor Air Quality!

Fall allergies have arrived. If you find yourself suffering, we have a few tips to help fight your fall allergies by improving your indoor air quality. Not only is it important for the air inside your home to be a comfortable temperature, you want the quality of the air to be good as well. While some things may be out of your control, there are little things you can do around your home to improve the quality of the air that you and your family are breathing in on a daily basis. This time of year is a great time to do some indoor maintenance to your home and HVAC system to help improve your allergy symptoms. Your premier HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks have a few tips to improve your indoor air quality from Royal Heating & Air.

Check Your Filters

Fall is a great time to check your air filters. As your system runs, it will circulate the dust and dirt throughout your home causing your allergies to flare up even more. Dirty filters don't trap the dirt as efficiently as clean or new filters would. It is recommended to clean or change your air filters every couple of months. As the dust settles in your home, be sure to keep your surfaces clean and dust free. The excess dust will irritate seasonal allergies, so staying on top of your cleaning regimen will help reduce symptoms.

Keep Your Floors Clean

One of the easiest ways to keep pollutants out of the air in your home is to clean your floors regularly. Allergens easily settle and accumulate on the floors of your home. From carpet to tile or wood flooring, you want to keep them all clean. By vacuuming often, you reduce pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Mopping the floors picks up the dust that's left after vacuuming. To keep your floors from getting too dirty in the first place, be sure to put a doormat down for people to wipe their shoes on. You can even ask people to take their shoes off at the door to cut down on the pollutants brought into your home.

Invest In a Whole-Home Humidifier

As the cooler weather approaches, we switch from air conditioning to heat. As this switch happens, the dry air from your system can cause the same symptoms as your allergies. If you are already suffering from allergies, the heat can irritate your symptoms even more. A whole-home humidifier can help relieve your symptoms by adding moisture back into the air. The whole-home humidifier covers more square feet of home, as well as, adjusts automatically to your homes humidity level. Give us a call and we can help you understand the benefits of a whole home humidifier system.

Keep Your AC Clean
Keeping your HVAC unit clean is another great way to improve your indoor air quality, and you're giving your system a longer life in the process. Make sure leaves and other outside debris is clear from your unit to help it run efficiently.  Be sure to check the coils and drip pan regularly too.

Many of these steps are things you can accomplish on your own, but when it comes to a properly working HVAC system, you know who to call. Our Lake of the Ozarks HVAC company is here for all your heating and cooling needs. We want to help you with improving your indoor air quality by ensuring your system is in tip-top shape. For any HVAC maintenance needs at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call at 573-480-4313.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

HVAC System Maintenance This Fall Is A Must

Fall is quickly approaching, which means most of us will start to spend more time indoors. Therefore, it's important that the atmosphere inside your home promotes good health and safety. This time of year is a great time to schedule your HVAC maintenance by your premier HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Read below why scheduling your HVAC maintenance this fall is a must.

Longer Equipment Life

Regular maintenance on your HVAC unit will help promote a longer life for your equipment.  These units don't last forever but we can help promote a longer lifespan with regular maintenance.  Catching small issues ahead of time and fixing it now will ensure you are ready for the cooler weather. Fixing small issues before they become big problems will save you money and headache.  Stay on top of servicing your unit and in the long run, your HVAC system will run more efficiently.

Safer For The Family

Equipment breaks down over time causing leaks and inefficiencies in your HVAC unit.  Regular maintenance will find any potential issues and fix it before it becomes a problem.  Leaks can be extremely dangerous for your family.  Checking for leaks in your system can keep carbon monoxide and other dangerous gas from harming your family.  Don't take any chances this fall, make sure you get your system checked so you can have peace of mind.

Saves You Money In The Long Run

Keeping your energy costs down is one of our goals for our customers.  Over time a neglected system breaks down and doesn't run efficiently. When you schedule preventative maintenance for your HVAC unit, you are staying on top of any issues that could make your unit run poorly.  A regularly maintained unit will keep your home comfortable and will consume less energy to do so.

Royal Heating and Air is here to help with your Lake of the Ozarks HVAC System maintenance! Our goal is to keep your unit running safely, efficiently and for as long as possible.  "The King of Comfort" team is ready to give you peace of mind this fall, Lake of the Ozark HVAC needs!

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Importance of Good Ventilation in Your Home

Most Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. Therefore, it's important that the atmosphere inside your home promotes good health and safety. Good ventilation is a crucial part of being comfortable in your own home as well. It prevents air pollutants from affecting your health, reduces unwanted smells and more. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of good home ventilation from your premier HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Ventilation Controls Moisture 

One of the main reasons that ventilation is so important is because it controls the moisture levels in your home. Good ventilation will remove/prevent condensation from areas of your home. Excess moisture in your home can cause all sorts of issues, like mold, wood rot and drywall damage. This can eventually lead to compromising the structural integrity of your home, and mold can cause health problems for you and your family.

Ventilation Filters Out Allergens 

Without good ventilation in your home, pollutants and allergens can take over. This can cause sickness among your family, especially those members with bad allergies. Proper ventilation will help remove large particles, such as pollen, dust or other irritants, from the air. This can effectively reduce allergy symptoms and create a comfortable environment for your family to live in. Most notably when it comes to health, good ventilation will protect respiratory health and help prevent asthma. It can also prevent rashes and other skin irritation that results from pollutants or impurities in the air.

Ventilation Prevents Backdrafting 

Another common issue with poor ventilation is that it can cause backdrafts in your home. This is when outdoor air is pulled inside due to the pressure inside your home being less than that outside. This backdrafting can actually become dangerous if that air is coming from a chimney or other areas of the home  with an opening. Proper ventilation can help to control the pressure within your home.

Good ventilation supplies fresh air to your home - and there's no denying that fresh air is critical to making your home comfortable. Make sure you have exhaust fans located throughout your home, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms. You should also have air ducts installed around your home; some older homes don't have them. In addition, they need to stay clean.

Royal Heating and Air is here to help with your ventilation issues! We do custom duct work, and we can also keep them clean by installing UV lights. Your AC system also plays a role in airflow and ventilation. We can help you keep it maintained. Call 573-480-4313 for all your Lake of the Ozark HVAC needs!

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Benefits of Custom Ductwork in Your Home

Ventilation systems are rarely on the top of people's minds. No one thinks about their HVAC system or their ductwork, and how it all works, until something goes wrong. Custom ductwork can make a huge difference in efficiently keeping your home comfortable. Keep reading to learn about some of the benefits of custom ductwork from Royal Heating & Air.

1. Increased Performance. 

With ductwork that's custom fit to your home, you'll have greater overall performance of your HVAC system. The improvement in airflow will help regulate temperatures in rooms throughout the home. Keeping the temperature constant, with fewer temperature swings, prevents your system from overworking. This can be especially beneficial for upstairs rooms or other rooms that typically get hotter or colder than others. Controlled temperatures throughout your home not only increases performance of your system, but promotes a longer life for your HVAC system.

2. Improved Efficiency. 

With custom ductwork, air can travel through the ducts more easily, without interruptions. It allows the air to get to you more quickly, without losing energy. This improved efficiency not only reduces a significant amount of waste, but it can save you money on your monthly energy bills. Greater efficiency means that hot or cold air will travel through your ductwork without any interruptions. Proper ductwork, designed specifically for your home, keeps your HVAC system working more efficiently.

3. Better Air Balance & Flow. 

One of the biggest issues with ductwork is poor installation. If typical, pre-made ductwork is installed in your home, it may be shoved into place which can cause pinching or collapsing. These problems can seriously interfere with the system’s air balance and flow. Getting ductwork custom designed for your home's specific measurements ensures that air flows without any hindrances. It will also help make sure that the air moving through your ducts gets to your rooms on the shortest possible path. With a custom ductwork system, you can rest assured that your system is perfectly balanced.

Royal Heating & Air specializes in sheet metal fabrication for custom ductwork at the Lake of the Ozarks. Custom ductwork allows for better airflow, distributes air evenly between rooms, and reduces leaks in unwanted areas. It also puts less strain on your HVAC system, allowing it to last longer. For all your HVAC related needs at the Lake, trust "The King of Comfort."

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Keeping Your Home Cool Without Overworking Your AC

The summer months at the Lake of the Ozarks are hot! There's no better feeling than walking into a nice cool home after being out in the heat. Constantly blasting your AC though, can cause high electric bills and can shorten your HVAC system's life. Keep reading for a few ideas on how to keep your home cool without overworking your Lake of the Ozarks AC system.

1. Switch Out Your Light Bulbs. 

Incandescent bulbs waste about 90% of their energy through the heat that they emit. By switching to LED or CFL bulbs, you'll not only be able to keep your home cooler, but also lower your electric bill.

2. Put Ice in Front of a Fan.

Fans, in conjunction with your AC, are a great way to get cool air circulating throughout your home. Fill a bowl with ice or grab an ice pack to sit in front of a large fan. This will help keep the room much cooler and get that cool air circulating around the room, allowing the AC to work less.

3. Cook Outdoors Instead of Inside. 

Appliances, such as your oven and range, emit quite a bit of heat. Grilling out during the summer months is not only fun, but also a way to keep your home cooler. Cook outside when possible or prepare meals that don't require cooking.

4. Cool Down From the Inside Out. 

Cooling down your body temperature can make it feel cooler inside without actually changing the temperature of the air around you. Drink plenty of ice water throughout the day, and apply a cold cloth to your neck and wrists. Drinking a glass of cold water before bed will lower your body temperature and reduce the likelihood of you sweating during the night.

5. Swap Out Your Bedding. 

During the hot summer months, consider swapping out your bedding. Cotton sheets breathe easier and stay cooler than flannel, fleece or polyester linens. Cotton bedding will also transfer moisture away from the skin. Buckwheat pillows are also cooler, as the buckwheat hulls have a naturally occurring air space between them. They also won't hold in your body heat like conventional pillows.

6. Close the Blinds During the Day. 

By simply closing your blinds to keep the sun's rays from entering your home, you can keep your home cooler and allow your AC system to work a little less hard. Most of the unwanted heat during the summer months comes from your windows. Therefore, utilizing blinds and curtains can lower the temperature inside your home drastically.

7. Open the Windows at Night. 

The Lake area typically cools off quite a bit during the night hours. Take advantage of this cooler time of day by opening the windows to let the naturally chilled air flow indoors and lower the temperature in your home. Just make sure that you close them in the morning before it gets too hot.

Another way to ensure your home stays cool and your system isn't overworked is to schedule regular maintenance with your Lake of the Ozarks HVAC company. Keeping your unit clean and changing the filters regularly will help in the effort of keeping your equipment working efficiently. For all your AC needs at the Lake, give Royal Heating and Air a call at 573-480-4313.

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