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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Friday, August 6, 2021

5 DIY Tips Before Calling Your HVAC technician if Your Air conditioner is Not Keeping Up.

Royal Heating and Air knows it is no fun finding yourself in the heat of summer when your air conditioner is not keeping up.  It can even be dangerous if it quits all together.  Because your HVAC system gets used more during this season, it is a good idea to know some things to look for if your system is not working the way it should.  Here are a few DIY tips from the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks.

1) Electricity.

Just to be sure, double check that the electricity in your home is working and that no breakers have blown. If you find there is a blown breaker, and it blows again after you reset it, you will want to call an electrician and your favorite HVAC technician at the Lake of the Ozarks.

2) Thermostat.

Sometimes it is not the air conditioner, it is the thermostat that is malfunctioning.  If your thermostat has a battery (most do) eliminate that variable, replace it with a new battery.  Then turn down the temperature on the thermostat 5-10 degrees and see if the AC kicks on.  If not, the problem may be with the thermostat, not the HVAC unit.

3) Filter.

If the airflow is restricted in your HVAC system, that can cause it to be inefficient in cooling the air in your home.  It can also result in your entire system running more or working harder which in turn can cause other problems.  Check your filter and see that it is clean and properly in place.  Royal Heating and Air suggests checking your filter monthly and replacing it when you notice it is coated with dust or debris.  You will probably need to change it more often if you have pets in the home or if you live in a dusty area like near a gravel road.

4) Clean and Clear.

If weeds and greenery sprout up around your outside condenser unit it can have the same effect as a dirty filter.  Those plants restrict airflow through the condenser coils and limit their cooling potential.  It is best to keep a 3-foot-wide swath clear around your outside unit.  If you notice that the coils are dirty, it is recommended to clean those too.  You can use a garden hose (never under pressure) or call us for an HVAC maintenance check at the Lake of the Ozarks.

5) Vents.

Although it seems counterintuitive, closing vents to avoid heating areas of the house you don’t use will not help make it easier for your air conditioner to keep up.  It can actually cause pressure problems and lead to your HVAC system working harder.  So, take a quick look at all your vents and air returns and see that they are open.  Also, try not to place furniture or other objects in the way where they can restrict airflow.

If after checking all these things you still find your air conditioner is not performing up to par, it is time to call an HVAC professional at the Lake of the Ozarks.  In fact, for extra peace of mind you could schedule preventative maintenance with us and one of our technicians will inspect your entire HVAC system and make sure it is in great shape and running at optimum efficiency.  At Royal Heating and Air, we are proud to be the King of Comfort and we want to keep you comfortable all summer long.  For all your HVAC services at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on Royal Heating and Air.  


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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

3 Things That Could Cause Your AC Unit to Freeze Up and How to Avoid Them

It is hard to imagine how an air conditioning unit could freeze up in the extreme heat of summer.  But it is more common than you think.  At Royal Heating and Air we get requests for HVAC service at the Lake of the Ozarks every summer due to frozen air conditioners.  It is usually because of one of three things, and the good news is … they are avoidable.  We would like to share those three things with you in this blog so you can avoid any inconveniences or unexpected damage due to a frozen AC unit this summer.

1) Improper Airflow.

Your air conditioning unit requires good airflow to function properly.  The way it works is by blowing the hot air in your home over evaporating coils which are cooled by a chemical refrigerant. The refrigerant absorbs that excess heat and, in the process, cools the air which then blows back into your home.  If the airflow is restricted, it can keep enough air from flowing across the coils and they get too cold.  This leads condensation on the coils to turn to ice and freezes up the unit. 

A common cause of lack of airflow is a dirty air filter.  Keeping a clean filter will help maintain proper air flow and help prevent freezing.  Proper air flow also helps improve efficiency, which could help extend the life of your HVAC unit.  Not to mention, a clean air filter helps maintain better indoor air quality.  It is a good idea to check your filter more regularly if you have pets or a home more prone to dust such as one on or near a gravel road.

2) Dusty Coils.

Another reason to check your air filter regularly is to prevent dust from building up on the evaporator coils.  When dust in the air blows over the wet coils it sticks and creates a thick layer of moist residue that blankets the coils and keeps them from exchanging heat from the air into the refrigerant.  This causes the coils to get way too cold and eventually freeze up. 

3) Refrigerant.

If your AC is low on refrigerant, it can have a huge impact on how your system works.  When the pressure is low, the temperature of the refrigerant can drop.  At some point, the hot air is not enough to keep up with the low temperature and the evaporator coil can freeze.


Freezing up is something that can and should be avoided.  It not only could cause you to be without AC temporarily in the heat of the summer, but it might also result in damage to your AC unit and your home.  Sometimes homeowners don’t even realize the AC has frozen until they see the water damage caused to their home after it has frozen and quit working long enough to thaw.

Of course, you can keep an eye on your air filter and your coils yourself, but only a professional HVAC technician at the Lake of the Ozarks should check the refrigerant.  At Royal Heating and Air, when you schedule regular HVAC maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks, we check all three FOR YOU and more!  Why worry about avoidable damage when you can trust Royal Heating and Air to keep your HVAC in great shape?  After all, we are the king of comfort.


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Friday, July 23, 2021

The Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop 2021

As a family-owned HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, Royal Heating and Air is proud to be a part of the Lake of the Ozarks community.  We deeply respect how this community works together to help each other and we love to support those who dedicate their heart and time to making the lake the wonderful place that it is.  That is why we want to tell you about The Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop, because all of the proceeds from the Duck Drop event will benefit local children’s charities including Kid’s Harbor, Citizens Against Domestic Violence, The Food Pantry, Lake Area Big Brother’s Big Sisters, Wonderland Camp, and more!

photo credit: Fun Lake MO

Golf Tournament.

It all starts with the Duck Drop Golf Tournament which takes place on Friday, August 6th, 2021 at the Golf Club at Deer Chase. This “quacky” tournament includes crazy holes and obstacles in strategic places around the course to test your skills. It is a 4-person scramble with registration and lunch starting at noon and the shotgun start at 1:30p.m.  Each player also receives 10 complimentary Duck Drop tickets and there is a contest to win a set of Calloway golf clubs and bag! If golf is not your thing, consider being a hole sponsor instead for only $50.  Registering to sponsor or play in the tournament is easy, just click HERE and fill out the form.

Duck Drop.

The Duck Drop itself takes place on Saturday.  The ducks will be released by helicopter over the Osage River below the Dam at noon.  Ducks can be purchased for $5 each or 6 for $20 with first place winning $5000 and second place winning $1000.  You can get your tickets now by calling Katie Royal at 573-216-9046, or buy them online by clicking HERE.  Winners will be announced at the Fun Zone after the duck race is finished, you do not need to be present to win.  

photo credit: Fun Lake MO
Fun Zone.

What is the Fun Zone, you ask?  The Fun Zone is located on the Strip near the Dam and includes loads of things to do and enjoy with the kids.  There will be a bounce house, face painting, henna tattoos, snow cones, hot dots, cotton candy, root beer floats, games, a dunk tank, and more!  The Fun Zone will open at 10am and duck drop tickets will be available at there up until 11am.

photo credit: Fun Lake MO

Other ways to help.

First, you can help spread the word about what a great event this is and invite your friends, family, and co-workers to join you in supporting local kids. You can also become a sponsor by clicking HERE and filling out the form.  You can even volunteer to be on the committee to organize this awesome event.

Of course, as the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are here to help anyone stay comfortable in their homes and businesses with top notch HVAC service and maintenance.  But we are more than just a heating and cooling company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are parents who care deeply about the lake community with a special place in our hearts for children.   We know you will be happy with the time and money you give to these outstanding children’s organizations by participating in the Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop.  We want to thank you personally, for caring too.  


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