5 Reasons You Need an Air Purifier This Winter

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When you think about poor air quality you may picture summertime issues like pollen and ragweed, city smog, and seasonally high humidity levels. You may assume that as temperatures decrease, so does your need for an air purifier.

However, while icy air can feel crisp and clean when you walk out of your home, your indoor air quality during the winter months is likely at it the worst level you’ll experience through the entire year.

In this blog, we list five reasons to continue using your existing air purifier year round or to add an air purifier to your HVAC System this winter.

Know What These Odors Mean for Your Furnace

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Male closing his nose and carrying a stinky garbage bag isolated on white backgroundChances are you haven’t started your furnace since last winter, especially given how hot it can get on the Wasatch Front. After giving your air conditioner a thorough workout, it’s finally time to put your furnace back into service. But as you do, you start smelling some rather strange odors — odors that give you plenty of concern about the state of your furnace.

The following provides a rundown of some of the more common odors you might encounter the first time you start your furnace for the winter. You’ll also find out what these odors mean for your furnace and how you can successfully clear the air.

Hard Water and Your Water Heater: What You Can Do

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Inspecting Hot Water HeaterHard water is a common problem in Utah. In Layton, our water hardness falls between 112 and 169 mg/L, which means that we have moderately hard to hard water. Hard water is a problem for water heaters because it causes a mineral buildup that can reduce the efficiency of the unit and shorten its service life. Knowing how to recognize the signs of hard water and taking action to protect your water heater can help lengthen its lifespan and improve its efficiency.

3 Options for Whole House Ventilation Systems

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Air DuctProper home ventilation carries many benefits, including the reduction of odors and allergens, and it may also help home occupants who suffer from certain respiratory problems. Unfortunately, many homes are not properly ventilated, even those that use central heating and air conditioning systems; furnaces and air conditioners merely circulate existing air and don’t effectively exchange stale, interior air with fresher outside air.

One of the most effective means of increasing ventilation in a home is through the use of whole house ventilation. Whole house systems can be used in addition to existing heating and air conditioning systems and come in several types. Below is more information about the three most common types of whole house ventilation systems.

Heat Pumps: An Effective, Efficient Heating and Cooling Solution for Utah Homes

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Illustration of HomeA conventional HVAC system contains both a furnace and an air conditioner. In the winter, the furnace warms the home, and in the summer, the air conditioner cools it. But for Utah homeowners who hope to maintain the most energy-efficient home possible, there is an alternative to this conventional setup. Heat pumps are single appliances that provide either heating or cooling functions, depending on the season. Here is a closer look at this heating solution and why it’s becoming such a popular choice among eco-conscious homeowners.

Is Your Air Conditioner Leaking Water? Put a Stop to It

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You dread the day when your pipes, faucets, or hot water heater spring a leak. Seeing your air conditioner leak water, however, can come as a surprise. After all, a water leak isn’t something you’d expect from your A/C system. So how can something that’s not hooked up to your home’s plumbing system manage to leak water?

The following not only answers this question, but also presents a few solutions you can use to stop any ongoing water leaks.

4 Reasons Why You Should Think Twice About Partially Replacing Your Air Conditioner

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It’s no secret that a brand new central air conditioner can come with a hefty price tag. In fact, it often drives many homeowners to wonder if they can save money by swapping out only half of the system. At first glance, replacing only the indoor air handler or outdoor condenser cabinet seems like a fiscally smart move. However, replacing only half of your central air conditioner is a penny-wise yet pound-foolish decision that often proves painful in more ways than one.

Your New Equipment May Not Work With Your Old Unit

 

If you decide to replace only half of your current air conditioning system, you may run into compatibility issues between your new and old equipment. For starters, your current air conditioner may rely on R-22 or Freon, a once common refrigerant that is currently being phased out due to its documented environmental impact on the ozone layer.

4 Ways Central Air Can Improve Your Health

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Central Air RepairIf you are debating the merits of switching from an evaporative cooler or wall unit to a central air conditioning system, you may see AC as a luxury rather than a necessity. While it’s true that some homeowners manage to make it through Utah’s hot summers without central air, a central system can have a significant positive impact.

In fact, many people find that a central air conditioning system improves their health in addition to their overall comfort.

In this blog, we list four ways that a central air conditioning system may help you achieve a healthier, happier you.


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