Friday, September 24, 2021

Your Pup – Fun Fall Activities & HVAC Facts for Your Pets

Your dogs are part of the family! With fall having officially arrived in Missouri, there are a lot of great options for outdoor activities to spend time with you pet. There are also a lot of considerations you should make when it comes to how your pet can affect your HVAC system. Royal Heating & Air is bringing you tips on both in the rest of today's blog! Keep reading for inspiration for fun fall activities and important HVAC facts for your dogs. 


FALL ACTIVITIES THAT ARE GREAT FOR DOGS

Play in the Leaves


When you're raking up all the leaves in your yard, don't bag or burn them right away. First, have a great time jumping in the pile with your best pal. Jumping, running, tunneling through... A lot of dogs love playing in piles of leaves!

Visit a Dog-Friendly Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch


Look for an apple orchard or pumpkin patch that allows dogs. (You might be surprised how many do!) Your dog will love running around with you, trying to find the perfect apples or pumpkin. Let them sniff around and "pick" their favorite pumpkin. You could carve them their own dog-themed Jack-o-Lantern later! If you choose an apple orchard, don't forget to give them a slice. Apples can actually help keep a dog's teeth cleaner. (BUT, make sure to remove the seeds and core first as these can cause digestive issues and choking.)

Dress Up for Halloween


Who doesn't love photos of dogs dressed up in adorable costumes? Make it a family affair and include your dog in a group costume with you and the crew. There are lots of great ideas on Pinterest for dog costumes you're definitely going to love. You can even find dog-safe recipes for treats online to make sure your pup gets in on the trick-or-treating fun. 

Take Advantage of All the Pumpkin


Fall is the season for pumpkin for sure - It's everywhere! True pumpkin, without additives, can actually be really healthy for both you and your dog. Put a little bit of puree in with their food for a special treat that's full of fiber. (Don't put too much in though. Too much fiber can cause digestive issues.)

Go Hiking Together


In the summer, hiking can be a little more strenuous for your dog, especially if they have thick fur and can easily overheat. In the fall, on the other hand, your dog will love hiking alongside you! Take them with you to explore the fresh air and beautiful nature. They'll love you for it! 



HVAC CONSIDERATIONS WITH PETS

Mind Your Air Filter


Air filters help clean the air in your home, catching particles of dust, dander, and more depending on the type of filter you get. Your pets can create a lot of extra debris that the filter has to deal with to keep you and your family breathing easy. That's why it's a good idea to get the right kind of filter for your home and be sure to change it often. 

Protect the Outdoor Unit


If your outdoor unit is accessible to your pets, they could potentially cause expensive damage to your HVAC system. Whether your dog likes to dig around the unit, scratch at it when it makes noise, or mark it as their territory, your unit could be at risk for needing expensive repairs. Consider putting a fence around your unit that prevents any pet damage while still allowing enough airflow for it to work efficiently.

Clean Your Air Ducts


Pet hair is inevitable when you have dogs running around the house. It’s best to have your air ducts cleaned on a regular basis because the air ducts are a hot spot for fur and other debris to build up. While a filter can help keep some of this pet debris from circulating around your home, not all particles are filtered out. A thorough cleaning can help reduce the chance of this kind of pet hair and dander from making its way around your home. It's best to have your air ducts professionally cleaned at least once a year - maybe more depending on your pet's size and level of shedding. 

FALL AT THE LAKE OF THE OZARKS 


Royal Heating & Air loves the fall season at the Lake of the Ozarks. Not only can everyone enjoy the fresh air and nature with their pets, but it also gives us an opportunity to take care of you - our valued customer. As the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we love helping you keep your home comfortable year-round, and we are here to help in any way we can. Give us a call to schedule a maintenance check or ask how we can help you with our other services. Call today! 573-480-4313



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Friday, September 17, 2021

HVAC Hazards to Watch Out for This Fall

Fall is just around the corner at the Lake of the Ozarks, and that means it's time to start preparing your HVAC system for colder weather. Royal Heating & Air is the best HVAC Company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we are ready to help you prepare for the season and avoid the common hazards that can come with fall weather around your home. Keep reading to learn more and give us a call to schedule your maintenance check! 

Carbon Monoxide 


Soon the temperatures will cool off and you'll turn on your heater to keep the house warm and toasty. The number one danger of a failing heating system is a carbon monoxide (or CO) leak. This is one of the important reasons why you should schedule heating maintenance early and install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. CO detectors should be installed just like smoke detectors; this means they should be installed in all of the major areas in your home... Preferably on every level of the house and outside of each bedroom. It’s also a good idea to test all of your CO and smoke detectors once a month.

Fire Hazards


Any time you're dealing with a heat source, there is a potential for fire. That is why it's incredibly important to keep your furnace and pipes clear from anything that might catch fire. 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. Also 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.


Frozen Lines


Any lines outside of the house that carry water or condensation need to be drained and protected to prevent freezing and cracking. To prevent your irrigation lines from getting damaged this winter, call your landscaping company before the ground freezes to drain the water. Any residual water left in your irrigation system over the winter season will freeze, expand, and likely cause serious damage to the entire system. It is also a good idea to disconnect and drain the hoses around your house. Also, if you have a high-efficiency furnace, there is likely a condensation line to keep the moisture from puddling around your furnace. If the temperature drops to very cold levels, then this line could freeze all the way back to the furnace and cause it to not be able to kick on. Keep this line insulated away from the cold weather in the fall and winter months. 

Get a Fall Maintenance Check


There are a lot of things to consider when getting your home and HVAC system ready for the cold season. If you want to make sure your home is going to be comfortable and safe all season long, give Royal Heating & Air a call! We'll come out and do a maintenance check on your HVAC system to make sure everything is in working order. We can also schedule a Whole Home Comfort Check, install a Programmable Thermostat, and more! Call today to work with the best heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks. We are here for you! 


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Friday, September 10, 2021

Your HVAC Fall Maintenance Check – Why You Shouldn’t Skip It!

 At Royal Heating and Air, we know your HVAC system is one of the more expensive systems in your home. It is also one you rely on every single day, 24/7 and DO NOT want to be without due to an unexpected failure. Just like with your car, HVAC maintenance is critical to keeping your system running efficiently and reliably. So today, we wanted to talk to you about important benefits of a fall maintenance check.

Efficiency and Lifespan

As parts wear and dust accumulates on your components, your furnace and air conditioner can become less efficient and have to work harder. Over time this can slowly increase your energy bill and reduce the lifespan of your system.  In fact, consistent maintenance can lengthen the working life of your system up to 48% and reduce loss of efficiency up to 15%.

Prevent Bigger Problems

Regular preventative maintenance can not only increase efficiency and lifespan, it also helps you discover and repair things before they lead to bigger problems, more expensive repairs, and potential outages.  If you have not had your furnace serviced yet this year, we have HVAC technicians at the Lake of the Ozarks ready to help

What It Entails

When one of our technicians arrives for a fall HVAC maintenance check at the Lake of the Ozarks, the first thing that will happen is your system and its components will be inspected.  If parts are dirty, they will be cleaned, if there are signs of wear or damage, those will be addressed.  Moving parts will be lubricated and if the filter is clogged it will be replaced. The air handler will be checked out to make sure it is in good working condition and cleaned if needed. Airflow efficiency will be measured and your thermostat will also be tested and calibrated if necessary.  In addition, the technician will monitor the system while it is on to make sure it is functioning properly and not using more power than it should be.  If you have a gas furnace the burner will be cleaned and the heat exchanger checked for signs of cracking or corrosion, too.  Any issue that is found will be brought to your attention and discussed along with repair solutions.

While it is easy not to think about your heating and cooling system … it is no fun if it stops working.  It is far better (and less expensive) to fix a small problem before it becomes huge issue or leaves you without service in the coldest season. At Royal Heating and Air, we love to help people get the most out of their HVAC systems and we know how much preventative maintenance can help. We work hard to make HVAC preventative maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks convenient for you and even have a program where you can sign up for regular maintenance checks and not even have to think about it.  We let you know when it is time, and you get to relax, and rest assured knowing your HVAC system is in tip-top shape.  Even though you are still using your air conditioner, you will want to get on the schedule now for your fall maintenance check.  Make sure all is good when the cold winter weather is upon us, give Royal Heating and Air a call today!


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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Heat Pump versus Traditional Air Conditioner and Furnace - Which is Best For You?

When it comes to replacing an HVAC system at the Lake of the Ozarks, people sometimes inquire about heat pumps and whether they might be a better option.  At Royal Heating and Air, our technicians hear it all the time, but the answer to that question is unique to each client depending on a number of factors.  To help you understand why, we thought we would take some time today to talk about heat pumps and how they work, what makes them different, and how to make a good decision on which one is right for you. 

Similarities.

A traditional air conditioner does not add cool air to your home, it removes heat from the air in your home.  It does this as it draws air into the indoor air handler through the return vents in your ductwork.  The warmer air passes over cooling coils filled with refrigerant and the heat is absorbed into the refrigerant.  The refrigerant circulates through the system to the outdoor unit where it releases the heat into the great outdoors.   A heat pump will work based on the same principle to cool the air in your home. 

Differences.

Where they differ is in the heating side of the HVAC system.  Air conditioners only cool, so for heating you have to have a separate furnace unit.  Heat pumps are able to heat AND cool with the same unit.  It does so by basically reversing the process it uses for cooling … taking heat from outside and absorbing it into the coils and releasing it into the inside air handler to be circulated in your home.  

But because heat pumps take heat from the outside, they are limited in their heating efficiency when temperatures are  below 25-30 degrees.  In areas where it is not uncommon for temperatures to fall below that, it may be recommended to have a backup heat source or furnace as well.  On the other hand, a traditional air conditioner is only very efficient when the indoor and outdoor temperatures are only about 20 degrees apart or less.  But a heat pump will remain just as efficient in those higher temperatures.

Cost Analysis.

To compare price differences you really have to look at several factors to know which one will cost you more in the long run.  Because it is 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 per year below freezing days than above 90 degrees a traditional HVAC system may make more sense.  In Missouri we get quite a mix. It also matters if you really only need to replace the heating OR cooling part of your system whether it is a good idea to switch your type of system.

In reality a reputable HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks is needed  to help you analyze all these factors.  Our owner would be happy to look at your current system and, talk with you about your options so you could really compare costs and make a fully educated decision.   If you have questions about heat pumps versus air conditioner and furnace systems, give us a call anytime.  We are the king of comfort and are always on your team to provide for all your HVAC needs. 



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Thursday, August 26, 2021

How to Protect Your HVAC System from Summer Storms

Here in the Midwest, rain showers are not limited to just springtime.  Summer can bring its fair share of pop-up storms and that can be an issue for your HVAC system, especially if it is aged or worn out.  Even a new system can be at risk from damaging winds or electrical surges.  At Royal Heating and Air, we have a few tips to help you prepare and protect your HVAC system from storms.

Wind & Hail

The first threat to your HVAC system that we are going to talk about is wind and hail.  When the wind kicks up during a storm it can stir up debris of all sizes (or hail) and torpedo it against your outdoor condensing unit. Your condenser is made of tiny and delicate fins that can be easily bent or dented by flying debris.  If this happens it can seriously affect how efficiently your system functions. If you notice dents or dings on your outside condensing unit after a storm, it is recommended that you have an HVAC technician at the Lake of the Ozarks come out and inspect your system to see if repairs are needed.

Preventatively, it is a good idea to do what you can to keep your trees trimmed and your yard free of debris.  In an extreme situation, it may be best to shut off your HVAC system and cover it securely just until the storm passes.  However, it is important to uncover it before using your system again and before moisture and mold has a chance to accumulate.

Lightening

Lightening can be the most serious hazard to your HVAC system during a summer storm.  A strike at or nearby your home can damage or completely ruin your system’s components or wiring.  Of course, your system is hard wired in, so you can’t just plug it into a surge protector.  But you can add a whole-house surge protector, which will not only protect your HVAC system but everything that is plugged into your home’s electrical system.

Otherwise, your safest bet is to shut your thermostat off during an electrical storm and turn off the breaker to your system until the storm has passed. If your system is on during a power surge and the electricity goes off, and your air conditioner does not start back up when the electricity resumes, call Royal Heating and Air.  We prioritize emergency HVAC services the Lake of the Ozarks for our clients and will be happy to come out and help.  

Rain

Rain and moisture shouldn’t be an issue for a healthy HVAC system, but if one is old or worn out and has leaks or cracks where rain and humidity can get into moisture sensitive components, it is possible that normal rainstorms could cause problems.  You can help avoid unwanted surprise by scheduling a regular maintenance check with a reputable HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks. 

While you can’t control the weather, you can predict and prevent some of the risks to your HVAC system caused by summer storms.  We know how miserable it can get in the summer if your air conditioner goes out and as the king of comfort, we want you be able to weather the storms safely and comfortably.  For all your HVAC services at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on Royal Heating and Air.



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Friday, August 20, 2021

A Day in the Life of an HVAC Technician

When it comes to working as an HVAC technician at theLake of the Ozarks, one thing is for certain, every day is different.  But each day is likely to bring a combination of at least 3 things … working with your hands, working with people, and plenty of problem solving.  

Working with your Hands

Whether on a service call to figure out why someone’s air conditioner is not working, installing a new system, or doing a preventative maintenance check, the service technician will be removing access panels, examining the parts and pieces of the system, cleaning components, and looking for anything unusual.  They may find that the outside condenser coils are coated with debris, and if so, will need to remove the top cover and use low pressure water to spray the unit from the inside out.  The inside unit also has coils that may need to be cleaned.  They may be arriving at a house that has water leaking from the HVAC unit and damaging the home.  That may be something as simple as blowing out a clog in the drain line, or it may require checking/correcting the level of refrigerant in the system.  All in the same day an HVAC tech may learn and use plumbing skills, electrical skills, mechanical skills, carpentry skills, and much more.

Working with People

Our clients are why we are in business.  We are their trusted partner when it comes to maintaining, servicing, repairing or replacing an HVAC system at the Lake of the Ozarks.  So, every day will involve working with and helping the people we serve – sometimes in the midst of a stressful situation.  Most people are not very familiar with how their HVAC system works, they just know they want to be comfortable in their own homes.  A technician at Royal Heating and Air is trained to know and be able to explain how the system works or why it isn’t to a customer in language they can relate to.  They will also offer options for solutions, always trying to repair before replacing and showing respect for the client’s budget.

Problem Solving

Sometimes we think our technicians should wear capes.  Each day they go out and help diagnose and SOLVE problems for our customers.  Sometimes they are easy problems, sometimes they are complicated.  But our team members will not be satisfied until they have figured out what the issue is and provide a workable solution for the client.  It is not unusual for an employee to start with Royal Heating and Air with no prior HVAC experience, which can be a bonus for both the employee and the company.  The employee receives free on the job training while earning a great paycheck and learns how and what to do at Royal’s high standards of expectations.  The skills that are utilized to help our customers each day, translate into life skills that will be valuable in any setting.

Royal Heating and Air is always interested in meeting someone who is thinking about a career in the HVAC Industry, and right now we are actively seeking someone to add to our crew.  If you enjoy working with your hands, working with people, and using critical thinking skills, you may be perfectly suited for our team!  You could learn a trade without going into student debt, while getting started in the job market, and develop skills that will apply for the rest of your life!  Call today to find out more.


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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Warning Signs That Your HVAC May Be in Need of Help – Time To Call a Professional.

Wondering if there is something seriously wrong with your HVAC system is very stressful.  But if you know the warning signs to look for you can feel confident knowing how to recognize when something is wrong, and whether or not it requires calling a professional.  As usual, prevention is cheaper that fixing a problem after it has gotten bigger.  So, we wanted to share some things with you to help you decide when it is time to have your HVAC system serviced at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Lack of regular maintenance.

Your HVAC system is one of the most important systems in your home, yet most people don’t really think about it until something goes wrong.  Lack of regular maintenance can actually be a warning sign all by itself.  We know regular maintenance on our cars is essential to keep them running and to prevent breakdowns or extend the life of the car.  The same is true for your HVAC system.  Routine maintenance checks reveal issues before they become big problems and can reduce the need for repairs.  Scheduling a routine HVAC maintenance check at Lake of the Ozarks is as simple as going online or calling Royal Heating and Air.  You can even get on a maintenance schedule, so we come out twice a year preventatively, so you don’t have to think about it at all.

Freezing coils.

Your air conditioner can literally freeze up, and although it seems counter intuitive, it is more likely to happen the hotter is it is outside.  We work our air conditioners harder in the heat and if the refrigerant is low, or there is dust or debris on the coils, they are less effective in absorbing the heat, causing them to get too cold, leading them to freeze the water condensing on them.  This situation can cause expensive damage in several different ways and is something you will want to have a professional HVAC technician at the Lake of the Ozarks inspect for you.

Blowing warm air - not keeping up.

If your system just seems to be ineffective at keeping up, that could be a sign of something small or major.  First, see if the thermostat responds.  Turn it down 10 degrees and see if the air conditioner kicks on.  If not, the problem is likely in the thermostat and may be a simple as changing batteries.  If it does kick on but still does not bring the temperature down, make sure all the breakers are on.  If they are, check to see if the coils are covered with dust or if the filter is clogged.  If after checking all those things there is still no change, it is time to call a trusted HVAC service company at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Leaks and clogs.

If you have refrigerant leaking from a damaged area in your HVAC unit, that can be a serious issue that only a professional should address.  Sometimes you may have water leaking from your air conditioner.  That can happen if the coils have frozen and then thawed, or if your drain pan is clogged.  No matter whether it is a clog, or thawing coils, or leaking refrigerant, scheduling HVAC maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks will be the answer.

Other.

In general, if you notice unusual odors, like the smell of something burning or a musty smell, those are signs that something isn’t right.  If you hear strange noises like banging or grinding or whining or screeching, that is not normal and should be looked in to.  If you are just not getting the air flow that you should, or the air in your home is stuffy and steamy because air conditioning is not removing enough humidity from the air … these are all signs that your HVAC unit is not functioning properly and is need of a checkup.

Just like with your cars, preventative maintenance is key to making sure your HVAC unit will function and last the way it was made to.  Taking care of your HVAC system couldn’t be easier than it is with Royal Heating and Air.  Whether you want a one-time service visit, or you want to sign up for regular maintenance checks, all it takes is a phone call or online request.  It is our goal to keep you comfortable year-round, after all, we are the king of comfort!


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