5 Ways to Tackle Mold Growth in Your Air Conditioner

April 2, 2018

A moldy air conditioner is one of the most common complaints among Wasatch Front homeowners. Mold can be a tricky problem to deal with. For starters, it’s practically everywhere in your home, albeit in the form of inactive mold spores. But once the right conditions develop, those spores can quickly take hold of an area and flourish with little difficulty. When mold takes hold of your air conditioner, the consequences often go beyond poor cooling performance. Once mold gets inside of your AC system, it has the potential to spread throughout your entire home. Exposure to mold

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What the R-22 Phase-Out Means for Your Air Conditioner

March 7, 2018

Change is a constant in the HVAC industry, so it’s not unusual to see standards come and go and new technologies emerge. One such change is the current phase-out of R-22 refrigerant from use in air conditioners, heat pumps, and other appliances. While many older air conditioners still use R-22, the latest models are designed to use different, non-ozone depleting refrigerants. As part of the ongoing phase-out, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeks to end new production and import of R-22 and other hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2020. After 2020, HVAC technicians will only have dwindling stocks of new HCFC refrigerant

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6 Ways to Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Spring

February 12, 2018

The upcoming spring offers a needed respite from bone-chilling winter weather. While you’re ready to welcome warmer temperatures with open arms, the same can’t be said of your air conditioner. After spending the previous months in dormancy, your air conditioner will need plenty of work done before it’s ready to keep your home cool and comfortable. Here are six ways you can prepare your air conditioner for spring. Swap Out and Upgrade Your Air Filter Even when your air conditioner’s not running, its air filter can still trap dust, allergens, and

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5 Reasons You Need an Air Purifier This Winter

January 5, 2018

When you think about poor air quality you may picture summertime issues like pollen and ragweed, city smog, and seasonally high humidity levels. You may assume that as temperatures decrease, so does your need for an air purifier. However, while icy air can feel crisp and clean when you walk out of your home, your indoor air quality during the winter months is likely at it the worst level you’ll experience throughout the entire year. In this blog, we list five reasons to continue using your existing air purifier year-round or to add an

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Know What These Odors Mean for Your Furnace

December 13, 2017

Chances are you haven’t started your furnace since last winter, especially given how hot it can get on the Wasatch Front. After giving your air conditioner a thorough workout, it’s finally time to put your furnace back into service. But as you do, you start smelling some rather strange odors — odors that give you plenty of concern about the state of your furnace. The following provides a rundown of some of the more common odors you might encounter the first time you start your furnace for the winter. You’ll also find out what these odors mean

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Hard Water and Your Water Heater: What You Can Do

November 30, 2017

Hard water is a common problem in Utah. In Layton, our water hardness falls between 112 and 169 mg/L, which means that we have moderately hard to hard water. Hard water is a problem for water heaters because it causes a mineral buildup that can reduce the efficiency of the unit and shorten its service life. Knowing how to recognize the signs of hard water and taking action to protect your water heater can help lengthen its lifespan and improve its efficiency. Recognize the Signs of Hard Water Getting your water tested

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3 Options for Whole House Ventilation Systems

November 30, 2017

Proper home ventilation carries many benefits, including the reduction of odors and allergens, and it may also help home occupants who suffer from certain respiratory problems. Unfortunately, many homes are not properly ventilated, even those that use central heating and air conditioning systems; furnaces and air conditioners merely circulate existing air and don’t effectively exchange stale, interior air with fresher outside air. One of the most effective means of increasing ventilation in a home is through the use of whole-house ventilation. Whole house systems can be used in addition to existing heating and air conditioning systems and

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Heat Pumps: An Effective, Efficient Heating and Cooling Solution for Utah Homes

November 13, 2017

A conventional HVAC system contains both a furnace and an air conditioner. In the winter, the furnace warms the home, and in the summer, the air conditioner cools it. But for Utah homeowners who hope to maintain the most energy-efficient home possible, there is an alternative to this conventional setup. Heat pumps are single appliances that provide either heating or cooling functions, depending on the season. Here is a closer look at this heating solution and why it’s becoming such a popular choice among eco-conscious homeowners. Functioning of Heat Pumps The most common style

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9 Steps To Take Before Turning On Your Furnace For Winter

October 24, 2017

As the leaves fall and the temperatures drop, you know that soon you’ll need to turn on your furnace to keep your home cozy and comfortable for the winter. Before you do so, there are a few steps you should take to ensure your furnace is in safe, working order. Below, we discuss nine ways to prepare your furnace for winter. Change Filter You should check and change your furnace’s air filter every few months. If you have allergies or pets that shed, you may want to change the filter more often. Keeping

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Is Your Air Conditioner Leaking Water? Put a Stop to It

August 28, 2017

You dread the day when your pipes, faucets, or hot water heater spring a leak. Seeing your air conditioner leak water, however, can come as a surprise. After all, a water leak isn’t something you’d expect from your A/C system. So how can something that’s not hooked up to your home’s plumbing system manage to leak water? The following not only answers this question, but also presents a few solutions you can use to stop any ongoing water leaks. Where Does It Come From? As it turns out, your air conditioner

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