Friday, January 26, 2018

You Should Be Ventilating Your Home During The Winter

Indoor air quality is extremely important, and winter is the time of year when you should pay close attention to your indoor air. During the winter, we spend a lot more time inside our home and we seal off our homes to keep the cold air out and to help save money on the energy bill. Royal Heating & Air encourages energy efficiency, but it’s important to understand the dangers that are associated with homes that are airtight and sealed up. The Environmental Protection Agency, has even deemed indoor air quality one of the top five environmental risks to public health. The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks has some tips on how you can ventilate your home for the winter.

Exhaust Ventilation – Exhaust fans expel the stale air and moisture that builds up in your home. While they tend to do a pretty good job of getting rid of the stale air, they don’t have any way of pulling fresh air in from the outside to replace the stale air. Exhaust only ventilation tends to create negative pressure inside of your home, which results in air coming in through cracks and gaps in the home. This can potentially pull in unwanted radon and other soil gases that we don’t want inside of our homes.

Supply Ventilation – A potential solution to negative pressure buildup from exhaust ventilation is to install a supply-only mechanical ventilation system. This will bring in fresh air, which allows your home to depressurize. Supply-only ventilation can be hooked up to your forced air system, which allows fresh air to get dispersed through your duct system. This can help to reduce the amount of radon and other contaminants from entering your home. One problem that may arise is the amount of humidity that may develop, especially in areas where you already have a moisture/condensation problem.

Balanced Ventilation – For most homes, especially if they are more energy-efficient, a balanced ventilation system that is specifically designed for the house is usually the best option. Balanced ventilation combines exhaust and supply ventilation into one system. With a balanced ventilation system, you can choose where the exhaust is drawn, where fresh air comes from and where it goes. For the most part, exhaust ventilation is installed where the most moisture and pollutants are generated. Those areas usually include bathrooms and kitchens. You can choose where the supply air comes in. If the fresh air is brought in through the duct system, it’s usually delivered to the most used areas of the home.

Indoor air quality is important all year long, but it’s extremely important during the wintertime. During those cold months, our house is sealed up and the furnace is constantly running. The air you are breathing in is being cycled over and over. Without introducing fresh air into your home, Royal Heating & Air knows that you are increasing the contaminants you breathe in and are increasing your chances of getting sick. If you have any questions about your indoor air quality, or your furnaces needs maintenance, give the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. 

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Warning Signs of a Gas Leak

If something smells like rotten eggs, there’s a chance that it could be gas that you're smelling. And we are not talking about gas coming from someone, more so from your furnace. Gas can often give off an unpleasant odor, which most people describe as rotten eggs or sulfur. Natural gas and propane, for the most part, are odorless; however, gas manufacturers are required to add a certain chemical which causes that awful smell. Royal Heating & Air knows that smelling gas is extremely dangerous and you should take action immediately. Check out these warning signs from the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks.

If you smell gas and you can trace it back to your furnace, you should immediately turn off the unit, evacuate your house, and call the fire department. Contacting both the fire department and gas company is a good place to start because they can make inspections and let you know whether it’s safe or not. In order to fix your furnace and the gas problem, you should contact your professional heating company at the Lake of the Ozarks for emergency service.

If You Smell Gas In The House

Do not use an electrical devices or appliances that could cause a spark – avoiding potential fire risks is important.
Avoid lighting matches and any other fire sources.
Turn off the source of gas if you can, evacuate everyone from the house, and call the fire department. Then call your local gas company and the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Signs of a Possible Gas Leak

Knowing the signs of a gas leak will not only give you peace of mind, but it will help keep everyone in your house safe.

Smelling Rotten Eggs or Sulfur?
Gas and propane often smell like rotten eggs. You should never ignore the smell of rotten eggs or sulfur. This is how natural gas makes its presence known. Another cause of a rotten egg smell is a dangerous electrical problem. You should follow the smell to identify where the smell is coming from so you know how to take action.

Hissing Sound
Often times you don’t just smell a gas leak. If the leak is coming from a pipe or behind the wall, you can actually hear the leak. Gas makes a distinct sound when it is leaking from the gas line. If you can pinpoint the smell and you can hear a sound that goes along with it, then you should take immediate action to prevent more gas from escaping.

Give Royal Heating & Air a Call

Gas leaks are nothing to take lightly. If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s important to take action immediately to help prevent any other serious problems. The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks knows how important it is to have your furnace serviced twice a year. If you are needing your furnace serviced or replaced, give Royal Heating & Air a call!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Is Your Furnace Not Turning On?

The temperature has been dropping into freezing temperatures and furnaces have been putting in extra work these last few weeks. When the temperature drops in your home, you would expect your furnace to recognize that and to automatically kick on. What happens if your furnace doesn’t turn on? Now, what do you do? The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few troubleshooting tips to help get your furnace running and your home warm and cozy. Royal Heating & Air is here to help with all of your heating and cooling needs. If you find yourself in a bind, we even offer 24/7 emergency service.

Check Your Thermostat

If your furnace doesn’t kick on, one of the first things you should do is check your thermostat. You should double check that it is set to “heat” not “cool” and that it’s set to the correct temperature. If it’s set too low, it will take a while for the furnace to kick on. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure that the time and date are correct, as well as the a.m. and p.m. settings. Make sure the batteries are working and that it is firmly attached to the wall. 

Switches & Breakers

Sometimes, all your furnace needs to do in order for it to start working again is for it to be turned on. All furnaces, no matter the age or manufacturer, have a switch that turns it on and off, and it could have accidentally been switched off. If that is not the issue, check the circuit breaker or fuse box to make sure everything is switched on and functioning. You should also make sure that the front panel covering the blower motor is securely fastened - there's a push-in switch under it that must be fully depressed for the furnace to operate. 

Change the Filters

Dirty filters are usually the most common cause of furnace issues. Dust and dirt restrict airflow, and if the filter gets too clogged, the heat exchanger will overheat and shut off too quickly, which results in your house not warming up. It is important to make sure to regularly check the filter and replace as necessary. A clean filter is vital to the efficiency of your furnace.

Check the Pilot Light

Check to make sure that the pilot light is lit. If gas or propane flow to the pilot light is interrupted, even for a moment, the light can go out and will need to be re-lit.  It's also important to make sure your gas is on. Just like the switches, someone may have turned off the gas valve and forgot to turn it back on. The easiest way to check to see if the gas supply is on is to check another gas appliance in your house, such as your stove. If you have no gas, call the gas company or fill your propane tank. 

Look for Blocked or Leaky Ducts

Blocked or leaky ducts can restrict airflow and make your furnace work harder than it needs to heat up your home and in some cases, your home will still feel chilly. Make sure the registers are open and clean. Afterward, check the ducts and ensure there are no leaks.

With this extremely cold weather, Royal Heating & Air wants to make sure your home stays warm and cozy during the remaining winter months. If your furnace needs service or repair, give the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks a call!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

18th Annual Eagle Days

It’s that time of year again! Make sure you grab your coats, hats, and gloves for one of the most popular winter events at the Lake of the Ozarks! Eagle Days will return for its 18th year at the Lake on Saturday, January 6th and Sunday, January 7th, 2018. This fun, free community event is a wonderful opportunity to view and learn about eagles and Royal Heating & Air is a proud sponsor for this year's event. The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks has all the information you need for this incredible winter event. 

Missouri is one of the leading states to spot our national bird, the bald eagle. Eagles make nests wherever they can find food and open water, which is why the Lake of the Ozarks is so attractive to these birds. If you would like to see a few up close and personal, then you should make plans to attend the 18th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days. 

The very first Eagle Days at the Lake, which was held in 1999, attracted 651 participants. Last year, over 3,700 people attended, which made it one of the most successful Eagle Days to date. This year's event will feature many fun activities, which include:
  • Wild eagle viewing & program
  • Owl, hawk and turkey vulture programs
  • Coloring contest
  • Photo contest
  • Other activities for kids

There is something for everyone at this year's event. There will even be live eagles from the World Bird Sanctuary with naturalists on hand to answer any question you may have about them. This exciting event will be taking place at Osage National Golf Course.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their binoculars to spot wild eagles. Willmore Lodge and below the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River are both excellent spots for bird-watching. Bring your camera too, as you will be able to get some beautiful photos of these birds during the live presentations. If you're lucky, you may even be able to capture some great pictures of them in the wild.

You can view a full Eagle Days schedule of events on their website at You can also find the photo contest rules, download the picture for the coloring contest and if you want to get involved, the application to volunteer for this year's event. If you have any questions about the event, you can call 1-800-386-5253.

The Annual Eagle Days event is fun for the whole family! 
Royal Heating & Air is proud to be a sponsor for this year's event. Don't forget to bring your binoculars and camera for viewing and photo opportunities. We hope to see you and your family January 6th and 7th at Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days! The best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks
can’t think of a better way to spend the first weekend of 2018. 

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