Friday, January 21, 2022

Keep the Family Entertained in Sub-Freezing Temperatures!

The temperatures have been really low the past few days! And sometimes it can be hard to think of what to do and how to stay entertained when it's in the single digits outside. Royal Heating & Air is here to keep your house comfortable and warm throughout the icy winter. And today we're bringing you some great ideas on how to stay entertained inside when it's too cold to be outside!

Get Crafty

You might be singing, "Snow, snow, go away!" But, you could embrace the snow theme instead and create paper snowflakes to hang around the house for the snowiest snow day of all! Some of the best materials to use for decorative snowflakes are probably already in your house... Printer paper, paper plates, and coffee filters all make beautiful snowflakes. You could try and follow a snowflake pattern online, or just have fun with it! The key is to make a circle with the material you're using, fold it in half several times over until it looks like a cone, then cut little notches out of the edges... voila! A pretty, unique snowflake of your own! 

Go Classic

When was the last time you played a good old fashioned card game, or even checkers! There are so many fun games out there right now, that it's easy to forget about the simpler games that we used to play. If you don't have a checker board, don't worry... You can use napkins to make the squares and paper plates and plastic cups for the pieces! Or, you could use ALL the decks of cards in the house and build the biggest house of cards you've ever built. Try seeing how many rooms you can build through with your card house castle. Or try to get the tallest tower of cards possible! 


Bake Some Treats

Another fun cold weather activity is to bake together. If you have a favorite baked treat, but you've never tried making it yourself, look up a recipe online and give it a go! Not feeling super adventurous? Sugar cookies are a classic treat... and who doesn't love sneaking some cookie dough before they go in the oven? Plus, baking can make you feel warmer as you watch the cookies bake in the oven. 
(Important Warning: Never use your oven to warm the house!! This can cause carbon monoxide leaks and even house fires.)

Do a Puzzle

If you have an old puzzle you've done before, now might be the perfect time to break it back out and put it together again! Puzzles help pass the time and can be a lot of fun to work on together. If you don't have a puzzle but can get out of the house for a bit, swing by the nearest WalMart and find a big selection of puzzles of all sizes in the toy section. There are also gadgets like the Puzzle Scoop that helps move bigger sections of the puzzle around and the Puzzler Saver that lets you roll the puzzle up on a mat to put away and continue working on later.

Stay Warm

Whatever fun activity you choose, be sure your house is warm and safe with the best heating company at the Lake of the Ozarks... Royal Heating & Air! We have been serving the Lake area for 10 years and we are committed to keeping your family comfortable year-round, even in single-digit temperatures. If your furnace isn't keeping up with these temperatures or your vents are only blowing cold air, give us a call and we'll come check it out! 


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Friday, January 14, 2022

Use This HVAC Checklist Before Calling the Pros!

If you are noticing that something is off with your HVAC system, there could be a few things you can check and try on your own before calling in the professionals. Most people's instinct is to call right away, but there are a few things you can check first! Royal Heating & Air truly cares about your home comfort and giving you the best solutions. That's why we're sharing a quick checklist of a few things you should take a peek at before picking up the phone. 


Is the Power On? 


This might sound like a really silly question. But, with so many people using natural light during the day, you may not even realize that you've had a power outage. 
  • Check Outages - If you don't have power, check to see if it's a temporary outage in your area... 
    • Do you neighbors have power? 
    • Does your power company show an outage online?
  • Yes, There's an Outage - If it is a temporary outage that has already been reported in the area, then your solution is to wait until the power comes back on and see if everything starts back up like it should. 
  • No, There's Not an Outage - If there's not a temporary outage in your area, check your breakers. You could have accidentally tripped one, causing the power to shut off. 
  • Yes, The Breaker is Flipped - When you flip the breaker back on, if it immediately flips off again, then it's time to turn everything off, call an electrician, and have a professional HVAC technician come to the house to see what's going on. 

Is the Thermostat Working? 


The thermostat is another quick, easy check you can do to see if there is a simple error you can handle on your own.
  • Thermostat Power - Many thermostats run on batteries. If your HVAC isn't kicking on when the temperature falls out of range, then it could just mean your thermostat's power is too low. Replace the batteries and turn the thermostat 5-10 degrees in the direction you want the house temperature to move and see if it kicks on. If it does, problem solved! If not, it's time to give us a call. 
  • Thermostat Setting - Check to make sure the thermostat is on the right setting and didn't get bumped into a different one. There is cool, fan, and heat. Fan just circulates air, while the other two settings are self-explanatory. 
  • Thermostat Error - Your thermostat might be flashing a symbol that you don't recognize. For example, if your system has just turned off after a cycle and you immediately change the temperature again, it could flash a warning that it needs to wait a little bit before turning on again. This is normal and is no cause for alarm. You can always search your thermostat type and what the symbol means to get a good idea of what's going on. 

Is the Filter Clean? 


  • Check the Filter - When was the last time you changed the air filter? Clogged filters restrict airflow and can make it difficult for your system to keep the temperature where you want it. When you change it, go ahead and mark your calendar or set a reminder for the next time you need to make the switch!
    • 1-inch filters should be changed every month
    • 2-inch filters should be changed every 2 months 
    • 4-5-inch filters should be changed every 6 to 12 months


Inspect Your Vents


Some people have this idea that closing vents and doors to rooms they aren't using will help concentrate all the air flow into the room they are using and therefore maximize efficiency. That couldn't be further from the truth. The air will still get pushed through the ductwork to those rooms and then have nowhere to go. The room your in won't get any more air than it would have in the first place, and all the air will leach into other areas of the house trying to get the whole home to the right temperature. 
  • Open the Vents - Go through the house and make sure all the vents are open.
  • Tidy Up - Even if you know all the vents are open, make sure they are all not blocked by any clothes, kids' toys, plants, etc. Your vents should have two feet of room on all sides.
  • Get the Ducts Cleaned - Every so often, it's a good idea to have your ductwork thoroughly cleaned. Your ducts can accumulate quite a bit if dust, debris, dead insects, and even dead rodents. Not only does this block air flow, but it also can be harmful to your health to breathe in the air that passes over these materials day after day. 

Check the Outdoor Unit


Now that you've checked everything inside, it's time to check outside! A lot of people stop at the inside checks and then just call a technician because they are intimidated by the idea of trying to look at the outdoor unit. But, there are a few simple things you can take a look at before calling. 
  • Remove Debris & Crowding - If weeds have started growing up around your unit or animals have made nests on or near it, you'll want to clear that away. There should be three feet of room around your unit for optimal efficiency. 
  • Check for Damage - Missouri experiences a lot of crazy weather! And that can mean fallen branches, debris being blown into the unit, and other sources of damage.
  • Do a Light Clean - Use a gentle nozzle on a standard hose to spray down your unit (but not under pressure!) to help get rid of any clogging leaves and particles that could be causing problems.
  • Check the Disconnect Switch - The are disconnect switches to your indoor and outdoor units. On the outside, it will be in a service box mounted on the wall near your condenser unit. Make sure this is switched ON. 
  • Check Your Fuses - There is a fuse between your thermostat and your AC. If it's been blown, this could be a simple swap! Standard sizes are available at most hardware stores.
  • Check for Freezing - If you have a high-efficiency furnace, then subfreezing temperatures could cause the condensation line to freeze all the way back to the unit, freezing up the unit and preventing it from kicking on. Try thawing this out to see if it begins working again. 

If you have gone through this checklist and are still experiencing issues, give us a call! Royal Heating & Air is here for you, and our technicians would love to come out and check your system to make sure everything is working like it should be. Your comfort and health means a lot to us, and we love helping however we can! 



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Friday, January 7, 2022

HVAC 101: The Basics Every Home Owner Should Know

If you're a home owner in Missouri, you have an HVAC system that keeps your home safe and comfortable year-round. It's a really important part of your home, but do you know anything about it? Royal Heating and Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks and we are here to help! In today's blog, we are covering the basics that every home owner should know about your heating and cooling system. Keep reading to learn all about it! 


What Does HVAC Stand For?


We use the term HVAC a lot, and you know it generally means the system that keeps your house warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot. But what does HVAC actually stand for? It stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. 

Most Familiar Parts of Your HVAC


Thermostat

The thermostat is the part of the HVAC system that you interact with the most - maybe even on a daily basis. The thermostat is the appliance where you set the temperature for your home. You can switch the system from cool to heat or fan. Thermostats can be fairly simple and relatively outdated, or they can be customizable, programmable devices that help you save on energy costs and enjoy more convenience. Royal Heating & Air has great programmable thermostats for you home - give us a call to learn more! 

Vents & Ductwork

The vents are another part of the HVAC system that you can easily see from inside your home. Depending on how your system is installed, the vents could be in the ceiling or in the floor. These vents are connected to the ductwork. Ductwork is what moves the air through the system and throughout your home to keep it at the temperature you set. Royal Heating & Air is set apart because we can design and create custom-fit ductwork for homes. This helps improve your system's efficiency and longevity because there are less leaks and more direct paths to the rooms they're managing. 


HVAC Parts for Heating


Furnace

Furnaces move heated air from the heat exchanger into the ductwork, which then goes into your home. 

Heat Exchanger

A heat exchanger is inside of the furnace, but not technically part of it. This is a really important element in keeping your home warm when it's cold outside. It adds heat to air that comes through the system. 

HVAC Parts for Cooling


Evaporator Coil

Even though this part of your system is for cooling, it's located in the furnace. Inside of the evaporator coil, there is a fluid called refrigerant. As air passes over the coil, the coil absorbs the heat from the air which cools it down. Then that cold air is blown into your home, cooling it down. 

Condensing Unit

Condensing units also exchange heat with the air that passes over it, just like the evaporator coil. However, condensing units give off heat and are for outdoor HVAC units. 

Refrigerant Tubes

These tubes connect the indoor (evaporator coil) and outdoor (condensing coil) HVAC units. 

Heat Pump

Heat pumps can work to both heat and cool your home. When it's cold outside, the heat pump takes heat from the outside and pumps it inside. When it's hot outside, it takes heat from inside and pumps it outside instead.

Best HVAC Company at the Lake 


Royal Heating & Air is the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks and we are here to help you understand your system and keep it working well so your home stays comfortable and safe for years to come. Give us a call to schedule your maintenance check: 573-480-4313



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Thursday, December 30, 2021

New Year’s Resolutions for your HVAC

New Year's is just around the corner, which means it's time to write those New Year's Resolution lists! It's a fun activity that helps start the year with purpose and goals to pursue. Usually resolutions are about health, finances, and good general habits... But what about your HVAC system? Royal Heating & Air is bringing you some great resolutions for 2022. Get ready to have the best heating and cooling at the Lake of the Ozarks



Do a Deep Clean


Doing a deep clean throughout your home can help give you a fresh start and make the new year feel even newer. With a clean house and a fresh outlook, you'll be unstoppable! Part of your deep clean this year should be your HVAC system. After all, the air you breathe inside your home is filtered through your HVAC system over and over again. If your ducts are full of dust, dirt, dead bugs, and even mice, then just imagine what you're actually breathing. 

It's a good idea to get your HVAC ductwork cleaned professionally at least every 5 years. If you have allergies or asthma, then it might be a good idea to get them cleaned more often - as much as necessary. One incredible way to keep your HVAC system free from bacteria and viruses is to install an HVAC UV Light System! These systems prevent pathogens from reproducing so they can't spread and get you sick. It works constantly in the background, giving you cleaner air and peace of mind. Royal Heating & Air can install one for you, just give us a call to learn more!

Another simple way to make sure the air in your home is as clean as possible is to regularly change your air filters. Air filters should be changed according to their type and amount of use, but on average filters need to be changed every 30 to 90 days. Having a clean air filter is crucial to maintaining good indoor air quality. If your air filter is dirty, then your system will have a hard time pulling clean air through it. This can negatively affect your system's efficiency as well as your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infection. Check your air filter every month to make sure it hasn't accumulated too much dust and debris.

Don't forget outside! Check your outdoor unit to make sure there aren't any leaks, damage from storms or animals, bad smells, or loud noises coming from the unit. It's also important to make sure the unit is clear from any debris like dead leaves, snow, fallen branches, etc. We recommend that there should be at least a 3-foot clearance around the entire unit.



Improve Efficiency 


Efficiency isn't just a popular buzz word when it comes to your HVAC system. High efficiency saves you money in the short-term and the long-term. In the short-term, your energy bill will be lower if your system is running at it's best instead of struggling to keep up because it's having issues. In the long-term, your HVAC system will typically last longer if it has been able to operate at top efficiency for its whole life. Your units may need to be replaced earlier than expected if they haven't been well cared for during their use. 

To improve efficiency, make sure your airflow is at its best. Check to see if air is escaping through gaps and cracks in your ductwork. On average, about 20-30% of air that flows through air ducts escapes through cracks in the ductwork. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent.” This could be a great way to save on energy and have a more comfortable home in 2022. 
If you haven't already, you should also consider a programmable thermostat. Not only are they convenient, but they are also cost-effective. Programmable thermostats allow you to easily control the temperature of your home around the clock, whether you’re home or away. Smart thermostats provide energy savings by learning your unique schedule and temperature preferences and adapting to them.


Work with the Best


Instead of trying to DIY solutions to your HVAC issues or calling someone to help that isn't reliable, turn to the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks! Working with Royal Heating & Air in 2022 should definitely be on your new year's resolution list for your heating and cooling next year. Our technicians are skilled, on time, and care about you and the comfort and safety of your home. 

Give us a call to schedule a maintenance check on your HVAC system, have us come perform a Home Comfort Check, or have us install great technology to improve your home's sanitation, efficiency, and humidity. We've got what you need! 


Royal Heating & Air - "The King of Comfort"

Visit our website: www.RoyalHeatandAir.com



CALL TODAY! (573) 480-4313


Thursday, December 23, 2021

Buying a New HVAC System – The Answers to All Your Questions!

A good HVAC system can make or break your home comfort. Imagine sweltering summers with no air conditioning, or frigid and icy winters with no heat... Missouri weather can be brutal and you need a great system to keep up with it. If yours is struggling and it's time for a new one, or you're building a new house altogether, Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks and we are here to help! In today's blog, we're answering common questions when it comes to buying a new HVAC unit. Keep reading to find out! 


Should I Replace All the HVAC Equipment at Once?


If only part of your system goes out, it's possible that you won't have to replace the entire system. However, we recommend that when you replace one, it can be a good idea to replace both. Typically, AC units and furnaces are installed at the same time. That means if one goes out, it won't be long before the other one wears out too. If you are spending money to replace part of the unit, you deserve to have the peace of mind that your entire system is updated and running efficiently! You will also save money by only having technicians come out once instead of twice. Plus, in the long run, you'll save money with improved efficiency all around.


What Size System Do I Need?


Determining the right size for your HVAC system is important. If you buy a system that is too large for your home, you'll be wasting money. But, if you buy one that's too small, it won't keep your home at a comfortable temperature. You want to buy one that's just right! One way is to determine the proper size for your unit is to determine how many BTUS of heating and tons of AC you will need. You can figure that out by using the square footage of your home. There are several useful charts that can help you factor the right BTUS for your home's square footage. If you are between sizes, we recommend going up in size. You can also give your local HVAC expert a call: 573-480-4313. We would be happy to help you determine what size system would be right for your home!


How Long Does Installation Take?


Each home and situation is different, so we recommend that you get a specific quote to determine an estimated timeframe for installation. After you find the right unit for your home, we determine whether or not we need to order the system or if we already have it in stock. The actual installation time varies depending on the home's specifics and what is needed to install the unit. For example, will the system need new ductwork also? Installation in homes with ductwork already installed typically takes a full day. However, if we need to add the ductwork, vents, and other HVAC equipment, it could take longer. On existing homes, the old unit has to be removed before the new one can be installed, so it could take up to a couple days for the entire process. There are a lot of variables! Give us a call and we can help evaluation your situation and give you an accurate quote.

What is a SEER Number?


SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It is a measurement of an air conditioner's cooling capacity to the power input. It is a rating to show how efficient the system will perform and it is given by the manufacturer. When you purchase a unit, typically the higher the SEER rating the more efficient the unit will be. Always choose the higher SEER rating when given a choice.

How Do I Qualify for Rebates?


Rebates change from year to year, so always ask before purchasing your unit to see if it qualifies. Most rebates only qualify on existing homes and not for rentals or new construction. We can help you navigate through all your questions before purchasing your next HVAC unit.

Best Heating & Cooling Company 


At Royal Heating and Air, we pride ourselves on being The King of Comfort! As the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are here to help with all your heating and cooling needs. Give us a call to learn more or schedule an appointment! 573-480-4313




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CALL TODAY! (573) 480-4313


Monday, December 20, 2021

Should I Switch to a Heat Pump? 𝘍π˜ͺ𝘯π˜₯ π˜–π˜Άπ˜΅!

Have you heard that heat pumps could be more effective and efficient, but you're not sure if it's the right choice for you? Royal Heating and Air is the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we have the answers for you! For some, installing a heat pump could make a big positive impact on your energy costs and system efficiency. For others, it might be best to keep their current system. Keep reading to find out which group you're in! 


Heat Pumps, Explained


Heat Pumps are all-in-one heating and air conditioning systems. They are unique from a traditional furnace in that way – they can also be used for cooling! Basically, heat pumps transfer heat from one place to another. When they're operating to heat your home, they transfer heat energy from outside (from the air, the ground, or water) to the interior of your home. When a heat pump is operating to cool your home, it's transferring heat from inside your home, circulating it over cooling coils, and blowing the cooled air back into your house (similar to how a traditional air conditioner works). 


PROS: Why You SHOULD Get a Heat Pump


A great benefit to using a heat pump is that they are an energy-efficient way to both heat and cool your home. This is because of the way they function, by drawing heat from the environment as a source of renewable energy. Also, having one unit to service instead of both an air conditioner and a furnace could help cut costs over time.

You can also combine a heat pump with a furnace for a hybrid heat system in climates that get below freezing regularly and for long periods of time.


CONS: Why You Might NOT Want a Heat Pump


Some drawbacks to a heat pump are that they are working year-round and can wear out more quickly than an air conditioner. Again, heat pumps are doing the job of both the air conditioner and the furnace.

You may also notice that the system seems like it is always running, or that the air coming through the vent does not feel hot. This is because heat pumps provide a more constant flow of warm air over time, keeping your home at a constant temperature.



Heat Pump Maintenance Info.


To keep your heat pump happy, there are a few steps you’ll want to take...

Keep the thermostat set at a constant temperature. Frequently changing it could put an extra burden on your unit. If you do change the temperature throughout the day, try to limit it to twice a day. For example, when you leave work and when you return home.

Choose a temperature range that is manageable for your system – above 65 degrees in the summer and below 70 in the winter. Your system may have difficulty keeping up and could cause a frozen coil or condensation in the home in the winter.

Keep your heat pump as clean as possible. Remove snow build-up, ice, and any debris accumulating on or around the unit. Blockages can cause the system to overwork and begin to malfunction.

Schedule regular maintenance with Royal Heating & Air to ensure your heat pump is working efficiently. Your unit should be checked once a year at a minimum. It’s best to have us come out every season to ensure it is ready for the changing temperatures.


Pricing for Heat Pumps vs. Traditional Systems


To compare pricing on heat pumps and traditional HVAC systems, you have to consider several factors to know which one will cost you more in the long run. It's not just about upfront cost, it is also about efficiency and what it costs to run each type of unit where you live. Here in Missouri, that can be tricky. If you live somewhere that often has extreme heat and rarely gets below freezing, the heat pump is a no brainer.  But if you have more days below freezing days than above 90 degrees, then a traditional HVAC system may make more sense. In Missouri we get quite a mix. So another consideration is whether you need to replace the heating OR cooling part of your system... Or both. Because a heat pump can work as both a heating and cooling system for your home, it may be more cost-effective (especially in the short-term) to get a heat pump for your home. 


Best HVAC at the Lake of the Ozarks


Royal Heating & Air is the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks. We know all about heat pumps and whether or not one might be right for your home. So if you are considering installing a heat pump, we can schedule a time to evaluate your home’s heating and cooling needs and determine what is best for you. We are the king of comfort and are always on your team to provide for all your HVAC needs. We can't wait to help!




Royal Heating & Air - "The King of Comfort"

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CALL TODAY! (573) 480-4313


Friday, December 10, 2021

Make This Season Healthier with a UV Light System

It's about this time of year that everyone starts coming down with "a bug". Whether it's just a cold or actually the flu, no one likes getting sick. Royal Heating & Air has a great solution to help you stay as healthy as possible this season - Ultraviolet (UV) lights for your HVAC system! Today we're talking about how a UV light system works and why it's beneficial for your home and your health. Keep reading to learn more! 


What Does Ultraviolet Light Do? 


Ultraviolet (UV) light destroys the pathogens it shines on by deactivating their ability to multiply. That's right, simply shining UV light on bacteria and viruses can prevent them from replicating and overwhelming your immune system, making you sick. No harsh chemicals! 

UV Light for Coils


There are two types of UV lights available for your HVAC system. The first kind focuses on the components that are most prone to growing mold and mildew or other allergens and contaminants. The coils in your HVAC system have condensation that drips into a pan. This creates a humid, dark place... The perfect environment for mold and other harmful materials to grow. When air is circulated in your house through your HVACs ductwork, those germs get spread around and can reach every part of your home. By directing UV light at the coils with the proper intensity, those germs are killed and prevented from multiplying or spreading. In addition to providing cleaner air, your HVAC will also be more effective because the coils will not have buildup. This greater efficiency not only helps reduce your overall energy consumption, but it can also help extend the life of your HVAC system.

UV Light for Air Ducts


The second type of UV light for your HVAC is designed to focus on the air in your air ducts and to sterilize the air as it passes through. The positioning and intensity of the light can make a huge difference in its effectiveness. You will want to rely on a highly rated HVAC company. We will evaluate your home first to see if it is well-suited for a UV light. Then we'll handle the installation to make sure you get great results - and healthier air!



How Much of a Difference Does UV Light Make?


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 and could keep you healthier by destroying allergens, bacteria, and viruses before they cause issues. It makes such a big difference in air quality for our customers, that many notice immediately when the bulbs burn out and need to be replaced. 

What Substances Can UV Light Destroy? 

1) 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 should notice that it feels easier to breathe and your lungs are less constricted than before.

2) Smells

Not only does the UV light reduce the number of bacteria in the air, but it also reduces smells and odors. When bacteria, viruses, and mold grow 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.

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 in these pathogens 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.

Best HVAC Company at the Lake 


Want to give your immune system the best chance to stay healthy this cold & flu season? Give Royal Heating & Air a call to install a UV Light System in your home. It can help improve your HVAC efficiency and the air quality in your home! We can also help check-in on your furnace to make sure everything is working the way it should before it gets too cold. Call now! 573-480-4313.


Royal Heating & Air - "The King of Comfort"

Visit our website: www.RoyalHeatandAir.com



CALL TODAY! (573) 480-4313