Tucker HVAC Installation -Another Happy Customer!

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

A good heating and air conditioning contractor will explain to you exactly what your options are before they begin work in your home. They won’t try to pressure you into buying new equipment or making an upgrade to your system that you do not completely understand. HVAC equipment can be complicated, but you should always be able to understand the work that is going on in your home.

We pride ourselves on our excellent service; all of our technicians are highly trained and ready to help answer any questions you might have. We will provide an honest assessment of your home and our suggestions on how to improve your energy usage. The final decision rests in your hands. Here is what Sam T. Tucker wrote to us about his HVAC evaluation:

I’ve recently completed three in-home HVAC evaluations. I chose Healthy Air. Their price was competitive. They gave me multiple options and explained them all in great detail. Their rep, Joe, spent well over an hour evaluating my existing systems. He found and pointed out issues that others didn’t notice. One of the other reputable bidders was only in my attic for 2 minutes. I guess it was too hot for him. On the first day they treated my house with great care. The installers wore shoe covers while in my home. Very professional company!

– Sam T. in Tucker

Thanks Sam! Remember that if you have any heating or indoor air quality problems with winter to give us a call! We offer 24/7 emergency service so we are always ready to help!

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Hiram HVAC Contractor Guide: The Goal of Indoor Air Quality Testing

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

If you are concerned about the air quality in your Hiram home, the first step is thorough testing for allergens, pollutants and other potentially harmful irritants in your air. But, what type of testing do you need and how should you order it? Here is a breakdown of what you can test for and why those tests are so important.

Mold Testing

If you suspect mold or recently moved into a new home that had water damage in the past, seriously consider mold testing. While the process is relatively extensive, the benefits are numerous. Most testing involves checking every potential surface and inlet for water sources and mold spores in your home. Dozens of samples are taken and tested in a lab for traces of mold and specific write ups are made of any areas affected by mold so treatment can be done.

Asbestos

Asbestos is most common in old insulation in walls, attics, basements or around pipes. Testing can be done to check if asbestos is present and if it is, the old insulation can be wrapped to ensure it doesn’t cause any damage to your family’s health.

Duct Work

One of the most common problems you will find in a home that hasn’t been tested for indoor air quality problems is the ductwork. Dirty ducts can be filled with debris, dust, mold, droppings and dozens of other things that you continuously breathe day after day. Testing involves video inspection and measurement for common allergens and pollutants.

General Pollutants

There are a number of other pollutants that can build up in your home. From lead paint flakes in the air to common allergens like dust, pollen and dander floating freely in your ductwork, pollutants build up over time and need not only to be tested for but removed. Smoke from cigarettes or outdoor pollutants can also be removed from your Hiram home after successful testing with the right air cleaning technology.

A good indoor air quality test will measure the levels of each of these contaminants and provide a clear breakdown of how to go about removing them.

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Question from Hiram: What is Refrigerant Pressure and Why Does it Matter?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Refrigerant is often called the “lifeblood” of mechanical cooling devices like refrigerators, heat pumps, and air conditioners, all equipment you probably have in your Hiram home.  The main function of refrigerant is to transfer heat through a closed loop system. Various heating and cooling (HVAC) components require different operating pressures to move refrigerant and process the “refrigeration cycle.”

In a nutshell, the refrigeration cycle involves refrigerant, which changes from a liquid to a vapor and back to a liquid again by the addition of pressure and heat. In a refrigeration system, pressurized refrigerant passed through an expansion valve into an evaporator and pressure is reduced. The evaporator is a tube which passes by the area to be cooled. When the pressure drops, this liquid refrigerant changes into a vapor, which absorbs vaporized heat from the area around the evaporator. After the heat is absorbed by the refrigerant, it flows to a condenser, where it passes over coils, absorbs heat from the hot vapor, and condenses back into a liquid. The liquid is returned to the compressor and the cycle begins again.

Today’s refrigerants – especially those used in residential applications – are broken down into two different types, labeled R-22 and R-410A. R-22 is made up of a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) chemical, which has been found to be damaging to the Earth’s ozone layer. It has been replaced by R-410A, which is made up of a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) chemical and will eventually be phased out by the year 2020. One of the biggest differences between the two are their operating temperatures. HFCs operate at much higher refrigerant pressure.

You don’t have to understand the refrigeration cycle to know that today’s high-pressure HFC refrigerants require different test instrumentation and retrofitted or upgraded mechanical equipment. The change in operating pressure is a small price to pay for a safer cleaner environment.

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How to Clean Up and Repair Damage from Mold: A Guide from Tucker

Monday, November 28th, 2011

So, you had your air quality tested and a mold inspector visited your Tucker home and gave you the bad news – there is mold in your house. What’s the next step? For millions of homeowners every year, mold becomes a reality and the cleanup and repair seem daunting. But depending on the severity of the problem, there may be a relatively simple solution.

Step 1- Fix the Problem

Before any cleanup occurs, the first step is to fix whatever problem caused the mold initially. In most cases, this is a source of excess water or humidity getting into your home. It could be a leak in your attic or standing water in your basement. Whatever the source, it needs to be repaired before any removal can occur.

Step 2 – Removing Damaged Items

Mold has a habit of destroying that which it grows on. This includes window frames, floor boards and furniture. For the most part, it’s recommended that you throw away anything affected by mold. Old carpet, upholstery, books, and clothing can be replaced – and rarely can mold be effectively removed from those items without a heavy cost. If something has sentimental valuable, make sure to consult an expert as to whether it can be cleaned.

Step 3 – Remove the Mold

With the water source fixed and damaged items removed, it’s time to clean up the mold damage. Any water or remaining dampness is removed first, usually with some form of vacuum cleaner or wet vac system. If a professional visits, they may wear protective masks or clothing to avoid inhaling potentially toxic mold spores – remember that while most mold is only an allergen, some mold can be dangerous even to healthy, non-allergic people.

If you choose to clean up the mold yourself, make sure you have it tested prior to cleanup to ensure it won’t be a health risk to you or your family.

Step 4 – Sterilization

Hopefully your mold problem is only on surfaces and removable fibers. Some mold can get into walls and ductwork, a problem which requires a much more in-depth cleaning process to correct. For this type of mold infestation, make sure you call a professional so you can be sure it is completely removed. To ensure mold being cleaned doesn’t enter the air and make anyone sick, it is usually contained with a wood frame or protective plastic sheeting. Careful removal with HEPA vacuums and sterilizing wipes is also recommended to ensure all mold spores are gone.

Mold is a problem for millions but if properly removed it doesn’t need to be a problem in your home. Make sure you call someone you can trust for testing, cleanup and prevention and your home will be safe and clean for years to come.

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