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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CALL TODAY! (573) 480-4313


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!


Royal Heating & Air - "The King of Comfort"

Visit our website: www.RoyalHeatandAir.com



CALL TODAY! (573) 480-4313