Improving the quality of air indoors is essential in improving your respiratory health. According to the EPA, the quality of air indoors is usually 2 to 5 times worse than the air outside due to the construction materials used in homes. Studies also show that most people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, thereby increasing the rate of exposure.
Air filtration systems aim to reduce contaminants in the home. These residential filtration systems can be fitted to your heating or cooling unit with little or no modifications.
If you have noticed that your home is not cooling off as well as it should, you may start to suspect that the refrigerant level may be low. However, since the refrigerant runs through a closed system and is not used up like gas in your car, a low level is a strong indicator for a leak somewhere in the unit. If you believe that this may be the case, look for the following signs that your home's central A/C unit is leaking refrigerant.
Some homeowners rarely or never schedule heating system maintenance, which should be done every year. They figure it's unnecessary. Yet going without this annual cleaning, inspection, and adjustment service can actually result in a need for emergency repair service. It also can reduce the equipment's longevity.
Why Maintenance Is Essential
Theoretically, a household might temporarily save some money by not scheduling annual maintenance. But it's like the old saying about paying an affordable amount now or paying a larger amount later.
Electric baseboard heaters are popular in areas where winter temperatures don't fall too low for too long. As long as you don't expect these appliances to protect against especially frigid nights, they can provide reliable and efficient heating. Since each heater acts independently, they also offer a form of zoned heating.
While problems don't often arise with electric heaters, they can fail from time to time. Understanding why they fail and how you can repair them is critical since any electric appliance can become a fire hazard.
Most homeowners are familiar with the air filter in their central air systems. It traps contaminants in order to stop them from circulating around the air in your home. However, your air conditioning system has another type of filter, too—the filter-drier.
The filter-drier is located in the refrigerant line, and its purpose is to trap contaminants in the air conditioner's refrigerant before they have a chance to harm the system. The filter-drier contains a desiccant that absorbs any water in the refrigerant, and it has a mesh screen that catches other contaminants such as dust, metal, and oil.