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Your Guide for Back-to-School HVAC Maintenance

Now is the time to think about your back-to-school HVAC maintenance that will keep everything running smoothly, help lower monthly energy bills and give YOU Peace of Mind.

Here are a few quick tips to follow:

Schedule a System Tune-Up

The best way to keep your HVAC system running properly and efficiently all year round is to become a Preferred Customer and sign up for Gastech Solutions Precision Care Maintenance Plan. Our HVAC equipment is designed for optimal efficiency and comfort. Regular maintenance is the best way to ensure peak performance. These service check-ins can reveal leaks, rust or wear and tear, each season. A visit in the spring and fall will also improve its efficiency and prolong the equipment’s operational lifespan.

Clean or Change Your Air Filter

Your system’s air filter is constantly stopping pollutants and other particulates from re-entering your home’s air as the equipment is running. Maintaining your air filter is easy and routine maintenance will keep you breathing easier. Most filters are easy to slide or swap out, and it’s one of the few things you can do to maintain your filter without the help of a Gastech Solution Technician.

You should always double-check your user manual for specific recommendations, but generally speaking, it’s best to clean or change your filters once every 3 months. Remember, regular cleaning/changing of your filter will ensure the best filtration, increase the life of your machine, and give you peace of mind that you’re breathing easier.

Gastech Solutions can provide you with a year’s supply of proper air filters. Give the office a call 519-933-9823 for more information.

Look Around for Air Leaks

Small air leaks will force your HVAC equipment to run longer than it needs to, which will waste a great deal of energy and increase monthly energy bills. Two common places to find leaks are around the edges of doors and windows. Fix these trouble areas with caulking or weather-stripping.

Remove Debris from the Outdoor Unit

If your system has an outdoor unit, there’s a good chance that dirt and debris have collected around it, often including branches, leaves bird’s nests, animal droppings, and a slew of other items from nature. This can cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently, be sure to remove any debris near your unit.

If you’d like to know more about back-to-school HVAC maintenance, or have other home comfort questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office and talk to a pro 519-933-9823.

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What Are the Best Air Filters for Allergies?

Find out who wins between flat-panels, pleats, and whole-house

If you’re sniffling and sneezing your way through allergy season, adding the right air filter to your HVAC system can help improve your home’s air quality and ease your allergy symptoms. But deciding which filter to choose can be just as tricky as finding the right allergy medicine. Here’s what you need to know before you go shopping.

TRADITIONAL FIBERGLASS FILTERS

These are the flat-panel filters that have been around for years. They don’t look fancy, but they’re affordable and won’t restrict airflow in your HVAC system as much as the others. However, they’re not great at trapping allergens. These filters will capture less than 10% of the pollutants in your home. But if you’re allergies aren’t terrible, it’s a small investment to give these a try first.

PLEATED FIBERGLASS FILTER

The pleated filters have a lot more surface area and will filter 45% of allergens in your home — including pollen, dust mites and pet dander. You can even find electrostatic filters made with electrically charged materials that are great at attracting particles. The downside is they’re a little bit more expensive and can restrict airflow in your HVAC system. This means your system will have to work harder and it’ll be hard to save money on energy costs during allergy season. But test one out and see if the thicker filter changes the way your heating and cooling system works.

HIGH-EFFICIENCY PARTICULATE AIR (HEPA) FILTERS

These filters are so good that they remove up to 98% of pollutants in the air, but they’re also so thick that they require an extra fan to push air through the filter. That’s why HEPA filters have to be incorporated into a whole-house filtration system, like the Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner. Filtration systems like this can trap particles down to .1 micron in size. And while these filters have the highest cost, they also the biggest impact on improving allergy symptoms.

Before you make your final decision, compare the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of common filter types. You may pay a little more for a higher CADR, but your sinuses will thank you.

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Finally, keep in mind that an air filter is just one part of your allergy battle plan. You’ll have a better chance of wiping out allergies if you use multiple tactics. Try adding some of these simple tips into your routine.

  • Keep pets off of furniture and out of bedrooms. If your pets are outside often, allergens will stick to their fur and they’ll bring those particles indoors with them.
  • Shower before you go to bed to remove any allergens that are on your hair and skin.
  • Wash clothing and linens with super hot water to banish dust mites.
  • Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. A fast way to reduce sniffle-inducing dust and allergens is to vacuum once a day.
  • Keep your windows closed and limit your time outdoors to reduce exposure to pollen and outdoor allergens.
  • Change your air filter once a month
  • Consider a whole-house filtration system for a more robust approach to stopping allergy attacks.

 

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