To conserve energy during the chilly Texas winters, many Dallas residents seal their homes tightly to keep heat from getting out. Chill-proofing your home saves money, but it’s bad for your health. Insufficient ventilation causes airborne contaminants to multiply in your home because they have nowhere to go, causing poor indoor air quality.
Threats to Winter Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air pollution originates from many different sources including poor HVAC equipment maintenance. It can cause dizziness, fatigue, headaches, nausea and irritations of the eyes, nose, throat and skin. Long-term exposure can cause health problems like respiratory disease. Below is a list of some common contaminants:
- Building and furnishing materials
- Mold and mildew
- Viruses and bacteria
- Dust and mites
- Pet dander
- Household cleaning agents
- Carbon monoxide
Air Cleaning and Air Freshening Systems
Innovative indoor air quality products have been developed that can remove, trap or kill up to 99.98 percent of airborne contaminants:
- Whole-house filtration systems trap harmful particles in high-particulate air filters.
- Air purifiers like UV lights use advanced technology to zap contaminants as they circulate in indoor air. Air purifiers and UV lights also improve HVAC efficiency.
- Whole-house ventilators bring fresh air inside and move stale air out. Energy recovery and heat recovery ventilators minimize energy loss, sustain consistent indoor humidity levels and reduce heating and cooling costs.
- Bypass, power and steam humidifiers maintain optimal indoor relative humidity levels to prevent dry skin, skin rashes and eye, nose and throat irritations caused by dry indoor air.
Keeping Your Dallas Home Healthy
Have your HVAC equipment tuned up every year. Change the filters monthly and clean your home regularly with non-toxic products. Open windows for ventilation whenever possible and install an air cleaner or an air purifier.
To learn more about improving your indoor air, visit Willard Heating And Air Conditioning or call (972) 395-5139 to schedule HVAC equipment maintenance.
With increased environmental awareness in today’s world, you are probably looking for ways to make your Wylie, Texas, home a bit greener. One of the easiest ways you can lower energy consumption all year is with proper attic insulation.
Types of Attic Insulation
There are several types of attic insulation to choose from including batts, blown, and sprayed. Insulation batting comes in long rolls that are cut and placed between the floor studs in your attic. Batts installs quickly and easily, but can be difficult to cut precisely to ensure a good seal.
Blown insulation is installed by a service technician. It’s made from fiberglass, minerals, or cellulose and is blown in a layer along your attic floor. Blown insulation fills in gaps and crevices better than batts.
Spray foam insulation works well along attic ceilings when you don’t have any ducts or HVAC components in your attic. The spray sticks to the ceiling easily and fills in holes and cracks quite well.
How Insulation Works
During cold weather, warm air inside your home rises and can seep outside through your attic. During the summer, hot air can work its way inside without proper insulation. These air movements happen in attics easily and from your attic without the right insulation.
Insulation works to prevent air movement. Air caught inside insulation works to keep heated air from moving elsewhere. Insulation has an R-value, a number that indicates how well it keeps heat from moving through it. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation.
Reasons to Insulate Your Attic
Attic insulation reduces the amount of heat lost, thus reducing the amount of energy used to heat your home. Less electricity and gas used means a smaller carbon footprint.
A sealed attic prevents pollen, dirt, pests, and insects from coming inside. This keeps your indoor air quality healthier and keeps you feeling your best.
At Willard Heating & Air Conditioning, we have attic specialists that are your go-to experts for proper attic insulation. Call 972-395-5139 for a consultation or appointment today!
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Building a Highland Park, Texas, home is sometimes daunting. With so many decisions to make and so much to trust contractors with, new home construction can be overwhelming. However, it’s important to choose a reputable contractor to install your HVAC system and its ductwork, since heating and cooling account for most utility costs. When building a new home, you don’t want your HVAC contractor making any of these common ductwork mistakes.
Problems Caused by Bad Ductwork
Ductwork that’s installed incorrectly creates hot and cold spots throughout your home. You’ll experience stuffy, stale air because of poor airflow. Additionally, improper ducts allow air pressure differences that lead to slammed doors or distracting noises. Poor ductwork also causes your air conditioner to work harder and run longer. This undue stress leads to costly repairs and a shorter life for your air conditioner.
Ductwork that’s less than superior allows dust, allergens, and other pollutants to enter your home. It can lead to mildew and mold growth too, creating health concerns for you and your family. Inadequate ductwork installation also decreases energy efficiency by leaking cold air, which increases the workload for your system and raises your energy bill.
Common Ductwork Mistakes
Some ductwork installers will choose the wrong size ducts without considering the air conditioning system and its location, different cooling needs in different areas, or the materials used. Placing a new air conditioner too far from parts of the home will cause the system to work harder to get cooled air into all rooms, or the rooms will not be adequately heated or cooled.
Ductwork with numerous or sharp turns decreases the amount of cool air circulating throughout the house. Also, ducts that aren’t properly supported or sealed leak cold air into walls or spaces that don’t need air conditioning.
Builders turn to our service technicians to ensure every new home has the best ductwork possible. We’ll work with your contractor, or with you, to develop the most efficient ductwork design for your home. Give Willard Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 972-395-5139 today.
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Chilly fall temperatures are only weeks away for the Garland, Texas area, and pests will be searching for places to stay snug and dry. Unfortunately, one of those places may be inside your HVAC system. There are several pests that can wreak havoc on your home.
Types of Pests Found in HVAC Systems
Small mammals nesting in or near your HVAC units can cause serious problems. Raccoons building shelters inside your homes air ducts will cause damage to the ducts and create problems with indoor air quality. Rabbits nesting near the outdoor units can cause power shortages or surges when wires get frayed. Nesting materials reduce efficiency by crowding the outdoor unit.
Rodents like rats and mice search for warmer places to nest in autumn. Rats that nest inside air ducts cause pollution from droppings, nesting materials, and rotten food. Mice may nest inside your outdoor unit causing an electrical fire or system failure. Rodents are notorious chewers and will chew through insulation and sealants along ducts and wiring outside.
Insects like spiders and cockroaches can invade your home through unsealed ducts, windows, and doors. These bugs cause indoor air quality problems, and treating for infestation leads to more air issues when pesticides come into play. Outside, anyone working or playing near your HVAC system that’s home to a nest of wasps or hornets runs a risk of being stung.
Regular Maintenance and Pests
When one of our skilled technicians inspects your HVAC system, he will check for signs of pests like nests and droppings. We see places in your home that no one else probably ever will, and we know exactly what to look for to help keep pest infestation at bay.
To keep your Garland, Texas HVAC system pest free and running in tip-top shape, call Willard Heating and Air Conditioning at 972-395-5139. We’re glad to discuss any of our preventative maintenance options or help with any other concerns you may have about your HVAC system.
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Home automation systems were just figments of our imaginations not long ago. Having an automated house that links to your smartphone gives you access to leading technology for your Dallas, Texas, home’s heating, cooling, and security. There are many benefits to installing a home automation system that links to the services we offer.
Benefits of Home Automation
When you choose us for this high-tech advancement, you’ll enjoy a Nexia Home Automation System that partners perfectly with our Trane heating and cooling technology. Nexia rises above other home automation because it’s not merely a product with a connecting app, but instead, Nexia has its own app that brings all connected products inside your home together and makes them manageable from any connected device.
You’ll experience many benefits by installing a Nexia home automation system including an easily expandable system and innovative platform that works with today’s most tech-savvy brands. It costs less to subscribe to Nexia than other customized systems, and all technical support representatives are in the U.S.
How Nexia Helps Keep Your Home Safer
Nexia alerts you when sensors detect motion around your home’s exterior, if someone puts in a door code or leaves doors unlocked, and if anyone enters the wrong door code or tries to open a door.
The system will alert you to temperature changes and the presence of carbon monoxide, smoke, or a water leak. Nexia will also remind you to change the batteries to keep your locks, sensors, and HVAC filter connected and protected.
What Nexia Can Do for You
Having Nexia helps you maintain control over your home from almost anywhere in the world. You can track and change temperatures, turn lights and appliances on and off, and access security cameras remotely.
Questions About Nexia?
If you have questions about Nexia and whether or not it’s right for your Dallas home, call Willard Heating and Air Conditioning at972-395-5139. Our service professionals will gladly help you choose the best HVAC units and home automation systems.
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Attic insulation substantially improves the energy efficiency of your home. However, applying insulation in your Dallas, Texas, home as a DIY project can be overwhelming. Installing attic insulation involves determining the right type of insulation, proper execution, and complying with laws concerning insulation, which makes it a complex project, best handled by experienced professionals.
Determining the Type of Insulation
Insulation efficiency is rated in terms of R-value, which is a measure of its resistance to heat flow at a given thickness. Higher R-value offers better insulation, but the right R-value for each project needs to be determined based upon the location and the type of insulation.
There are basically three types of insulation which come in a variety of forms. Roll insulation is usually a fiberglass material that looks like cotton candy. Batt insulation, on the other hand, is available as pre-cut panels designed to fit between the joists. The third type is blown-in insulation which comes in spray foam and loose fill forms.
In addition to heat insulation, also consider factors like sound proofing and fire prevention when choosing your insulation material.
An attic is a difficult place to work and often requires specialized equipment for safe access. Improper insulation installed without professional tools and skills results in heat loss and wasted energy. It is also important to make provisions for air circulation and lighting. Insulation professionals use wind baffles or venting chutes for airflow and radiant barriers for lighting. Additionally, there may be issues like air leaks, mold growth, and exposed electrical wiring that need to be fixed before taking up insulation.
Laws Concerning Insulation
Removal and disposal of old insulation must be done as per the applicable laws. Installation of new insulation must be within the framework of energy efficiency regulations and prevailing building codes in Dallas and Texas. Permits may be required for carrying out major insulation involving structural changes.
Considering all these complexities involved, it is well worth hiring a professional insulation company for a long-lasting, efficient installation. Contact Willard Heating and Air Conditioning for attic insulation in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding areas. Reach us at 972-395-5139 round-the-clock without any overtime charges.
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