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How to Keep Elderly Loved Ones Cool When Temperatures Rise

Important things to know with summer on the way While many parts of the country are still thawing out from this ice-block of winter, it won’t be long now before the nice weather gets here. Unfortunately, those pleasant warm spells never seem to last too long, always quickly morphing into hot and sticky days. And while this is just an annoyance for a lot of us, for others, the hot weather poses a real danger, especially to seniors. People age 65 or older are generally more susceptible to heat-related ailments, including: Heat exhaustion Heat exhaustion is typically the first indication that someone is getting overheated. Symptoms include dizziness, heavy sweating, headache, and nausea. However, in many cases, pulse and body temperature remain normal. Heat stroke Heat stroke happens when the body is unable to regulate its internal temperature and it quickly goes up past 104°F. Symptoms often include faintness, confusion, [...]

What to Know Before You Buy a New Air Conditioner

Pricing is lower when there’s less demand, so do your shopping in the winter months No, you are not the last person in the country to get around to installing air conditioning. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), it was as recently as 1993 that only 68% of households had air conditioning. The organization’s latest survey shows this statistic has crept up to 87%. Air conditioning usage varies by region, as you might expect. EIA said that 94% of households in the hot and humid southeastern area of the country have air conditioning, while only half of the homes in the Pacific Northwest coastal area had it. Here’s what you need to know if it’s finally time to cool things down with air conditioning – or if it’s time to replace the system you have. What’s the best type of air conditioning system? EIA’s data shows that central [...]

Is central air right for you?

Central air is a good choice, but it’s not the only one you have The right choice? The question might catch you off guard because there has been only one popular alternative to central air conditioning. Okay, maybe there are two options if you include the decision to skip cooling your home with air conditioning altogether. Otherwise, the choice is to attempt to cool areas with room air conditioners, or with a central air conditioning system. Thanks to the rapidly growing acceptance of ductless mini split systems in the United States – which are extremely popular around the world – there are now three choices. So, before you go with the standard choice, here’s now to decide if central air conditioning is right for you. How air conditioning works According to the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly all air conditioning systems have a lot in common with the refrigerator in [...]

The 6 Different Kinds of Air Conditioners

Is there one type that’s better than the others? Variety is the spice of life, so they say, but this usually isn’t something that applies to air conditioners. If you’re like most people, you are only really familiar with two types of AC units: central air and the ones that go in windows. This is why it may be surprising to learn that there are quite a few other options. Let’s take a look at each, starting with those familiar ones: Central air Central air is the most common air conditioning found in homes, and it works by circulating cool air through ducts. Easy to use and operate, a central air system is unobtrusive and can immediately make a home cooler. The downside to central air is the fact that it’s not very energy efficient. Once you turn it on, that cool air goes to every part of the house, [...]

When Do You Need to Clean Your Air Ducts?

It’s not necessary – or it should be done regularly – depending on who you ask Talk about confusing. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says studies do not conclusively demonstrate that duct cleaning prevents health problems or reduces dust levels in the home. But if that’s true, why is there something called NADCA, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, a nonprofit global trade association devoted to promoting standards for – you guessed it – cleaning HVAC duct systems? Should you get your air ducts clean? And how often? Although the trade association was created to assist the business growth of air duct cleaners, NADCA’s own FAQ says it depends, and it’s mainly up to the preference of the homeowner. According to NADCA, “if your air ducts look dirty, they probably are.” The organization says that contaminants such as dander, dust, and chemicals are pulled into your HVAC system [...]

Keeping Your Air Clean

Indoor air can be worse than what you’re breathing outside The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration NEWS website reports Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) statistics which say that each year 3.8 million people around the world die prematurely because of exposure to indoor air pollution. The EPA points out that we spend nearly 90% of our time indoors, where pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Outside, it might be pollution caused by vehicles. Inside, according to Asthma for Dummies author William E. Berger, it can be just dust. Berger writes that the average six-home room collects 40 pounds of dust each year. What steps can we take to keep indoor air clean? A breath of fresh air The EPA has produced a guide to portable air cleaners, as well as furnace and HVAC filters. The safety-minded organization leads with the advice that one of the most [...]

7 Common Problems with a Traditional AC Unit

Why they may not be worth the expense Have you ever noticed that once something becomes popular, most people just accept it without question? Air conditioning systems are the perfect example of this. The majority of homes in the U.S. have a central air system; newer houses are usually built with them, and older houses are often retrofitted to accommodate them. And while these systems have some benefits, problems with them are common. Here are the issues that crop up regularly: 1. Coolant leaks In order to work well, central AC needs the right amount of coolant. If a homeowner notices a fluctuation in temperature, often low coolant is the culprit. And because it doesn’t evaporate, most likely the problem is a leak. Depending on its location and extent, a leak can be very costly to fix. 2.  Clogged drain lines Over time, things like dirt and lint can accumulate [...]

Warranty Coverage for Your HVAC Unit

ComfortUp’s warranty coverage Just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should. That’s the takeaway for deciding whether or not to install the new ductless mini split system you purchased from ComfortUp. Yes, these systems are far less complex than a traditional ducted HVAC system – which means you might want to try a DIY approach. Installing a ductless mini split system yourself is not a good idea. ComfortUp tells customers that an improperly installed system can reduce its efficiency by as much as 50%. But, there’s even a costlier consequence. The excellent warranties offered by manufacturers represented by ComfortUp are valid only with the system is properly installed by a licensed contractor. Protecting your investment An HVAC system’s compressor is one of its most expensive parts. It moves the refrigerant through your system to remove heat and humidity. If it’s incorrectly installed the compressor is unable to expel heat. [...]

ComfortUp vs. eComfort

Similar names, different philosophies You might get tripped up by the sound-alike names, but that’s where the similarity ends. ComfortUp and eComfort have very different approaches to providing customers with air conditioning solutions to heat and cool homes and offices. There’s nothing wrong with casting a wide net to catch customers, and that’s the approach eComfort takes. They’ll sell you a shower drain if you need one. ComfortUp, on the other hand, prefers to keep a tight focus only on heating and cooling systems, along with selected air quality products that enable a more comfortable and energy-efficient lifestyle. Brands and products A visit to the eComfort website can be a little overwhelming if your search is for a ductless mini split system. You’ll find them, but your choices may be nestled among everything from shower tiles and tankless water heaters, to small appliances like wine coolers. The number of options [...]

Ductless Mini Splits: Letting Apartment Tenants Take Control of Their Comfort

How an HVAC system popular overseas is improving apartment living in the U.S. It’s an unfortunate reality of apartment living: airflow is often a struggle. By the nature of their design, the same amount of air can’t move through apartments as freestanding homes – leading to reduced air quality and spaces that can be unbearably hot in warmer months. To make matters worse, apartment buildings often rely on inefficient, energy-hogging cooling and heating systems that force residents to pay sky-high bills for mediocre levels of comfort. Many buildings use a centralized HVAC system that can’t be personalized in each apartment, creating headaches for landlords constantly fielding complaints that the temperature is too hot or too cold, and disgruntling tenants forced to supplement with portable air conditioners to make their apartments comfortable. An ineffective climate control system impacts every facet of apartment living, creating an unbearable home environment, too-high energy bills, [...]