How Clean Is Your Indoor Air?

January 12, 2020

If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time inside your home. Therefore, it is important that the air in your house is as clean as possible. There are many different strategies that you can use to improve your home’s air quality and minimize the chances that anyone gets sick. What You Don’t Know Could Be Harmful Carbon monoxide and radon are both odorless gases that can cause significant health problems. Radon is one of the most common causes of lung cancer while carbon monoxide can lean toward developmental delays and other mental health issues. Ideally, you should install a carbon monoxide detector in your home and schedule radon testing on a regular basis. A professional from Collins Comfort Masters in Gilbert can perform an indoor air quality test in your home at your earliest convenience. Carpets Can Hold a Large Quantity of Material Carpets are great at trapping mold, dust and pet dander. Ideally, you should have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year to help improve the air quality in your home. It is also a good idea to have them replaced at least once a decade as they become harder to clean as...

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Heating System Tips for The Winter

January 3, 2020

Your HVAC system will work hard for you during the holidays. It is cold outside, and you will have guests to entertain. However, you will need to take care of your HVAC system so it is in good working order and there for you when you need it most. Here are some tips for HVAC care this winter. Check Your HVAC System Periodically, you should have your HVAC system inspected to make sure that there are no problems with the system. By doing routine maintenance when it is necessary, you will prevent smaller problems from becoming bigger ones. An HVAC professional can perform a routine inspection to test your system and ensure that it is in working order. It is best to do this before things get cold outside because the last thing that you want is to be stuck during the holidays with a freezing home. Change Your Air Filter Air quality in your house is an important aspect during the winter. When it is cold and flu season, you want germ-free air circulating throughout your residence. An old and clogged air filter will mean that there is dirty and stale air in your home, which can make you...

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HVAC Goals for 2020

December 20, 2019

We have all heard the same old New Year’s resolutions. Weight loss, higher salaries, and paying off credit card debt are at the top of many lists. There is, however, a goal you can set that will benefit the center of your family’s life. The home is where the heart is, so make it as comfortable as you can. At , we strive to help improve indoor air quality in Gilbert, Phoenix, and the East Valley area. That’s why we think you should strive for a more comfortable home and better HVAC in 2020. The Benefits of a Healthy HVAC The benefits of a healthy heater and air conditioner extend far beyond making your house cool during the summertime and warm in the winter. Proper HVAC maintenance will result in overall better quality of air. That’s why it’s important to get a tune-up at least once a year. When your unit is up to date on its maintenance, you won’t have to worry about an excessive amount of moisture in the air causing mold. Also, harmful allergens like dander, dust, and viruses will no longer have an atmosphere in which to flourish when the air system in your home is...

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3 Reasons To Use A Humidifier During Flu Season

December 10, 2019

Millions of Americans get sick with the flu each year. In fact, thousands of vulnerable people actually die from the virus. A humidifier in your home can help you get over the flu quickly or avoid it entirely. Here are three reasons why a humidifier can be a great investment. 1. High Humidity Lessens Flu Virus Infection Humidifiers have shown to lower the ability of flu viruses to infect others. In dry air conditions, flu viruses thrive and easily spread from person to person. A humidity level between 45% to 50% is sufficient for significantly reducing infection. You can measure your home’s humidity level using a hygrometer. 2. Humidifiers Can Help You Feel Better Low humidity levels can result in bloody noses, cracked skin, and dry sinuses. Humidifiers make your home and body more comfortable. You get better sleep, which results in better health. If you do get sick, a humidifier can help you feel better faster. You can breathe easier as higher humidity levels moisturize your throat, nasal passages, and lungs. A humidifier can help you get quickly back to your normal routine. 3. Humidifiers Help You Ward Off Getting Sick Having a humidifier in your home can help...

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What Causes Heating Repairs?

December 1, 2019

There are some common things that lead to furnace repairs. At , we’ve seen our share of the following issues in Gilbert, Phoenix and the East Valley. Lack of Maintenance If you don’t have an HVAC specialist look at your furnace at least annually, you could have issues that lead to costly repairs. Routine inspections catch unexpected issues before they become a big problem. Tune-ups help your furnace operate efficiently and reliably. Dirty Air Filters A dirty air filter forces your furnace to work a lot harder to circulate air through your home. It can also damage your limit switch, which means the fan stops working. Not cleaning and changing the filter could significantly shorten the life of your heater. Wear and Tear As your furnace gets older, parts start to become damaged or nonfunctional. Normal wear and tear will eventually cause airflow issues, overheating and heat-control problems. Cracked Heat Exchanger The heat exchanger is a set of tubes in your furnace that heats air. It can crack, which results in a costly visit from an HVAC specialist. This is something that can be avoided with regular maintenance. Slipped or Frayed Blower Belt If you hear a high-pitched squeal coming...

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Tips for Maintaining Your Winter Indoor Air Quality

November 21, 2019

Keeping your home warm in the winter should be a top priority. Once a property gets too cold, pipes could burst without warning. Furthermore, chilly air isn’t exactly beneficial to your health. So, homeowners should make sure that their furnaces are operating efficiently before winter hits. Maximizing indoor air quality must be part of this process. Don’t dismiss the steps necessary for improving indoor air quality during the winter months. Change Your Filters More Often A dirty air filter doesn’t help the cause of keeping the airflow clean. Filters capture all kinds of debris and prevent them from traveling through the ducts with the heated air. When the filters become dirty, they can’t do the intended job efficiently. If you want to improve your indoor air quality, change the filters more often. A dirty filter could also cause problems in the furnace. At , we can help with heating and plumbing repair and maintenance. Clean the Vents Dirt and debris become a problem when they collect. No matter where debris collects, it can cause a severe problem. So, you don’t want the vents to become excessively dirty or dusty. Simply vacuuming the vents with a decent attachment could remove a...

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How To Optimize Your Energy Efficiency This Winter

November 11, 2019

No matter where you live in the United States, including here in the Phoenix area, temperatures are going to drop in the winter, which means your home will require more energy to stay comfortable. Monthly energy costs tend to spike during the winter for this very reason. Still, you can ease the sting of these added expenses by taking a few proactive measures. Install Storm Windows or Thick Curtains to Keep the Heat In Many of the ways you can promote energy efficiency during the cold winter months center on your windows. For starters, you can install storm windows to add a layer of insulation to trap in the heat. Windows are extremely weak spots in your home’s insulation. Beef them up to keep the heat in. Similarly, you can also install thick curtains that will hold out drafts. If you do have window coverings, make sure they are left open when the sun is shining. If your home is lucky enough to get significant sunshine during the day, let the sun do the hard work of warming your home so your furnace doesn’t have to shoulder the entire load. Turn Down the Thermostat Preserving energy efficiency during the winter...

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Benefits of Financing a Heating System

November 7, 2019

Regardless of where people live in the United States, it is going to be cold this winter. There is already snow on the ground in some places and it is critical for everyone to make sure that they have a working heating system. Unfortunately, many people are going to be disappointed when they boot up their heating system for the first time since last winter. They might find that their heating system needs to be repaired or even replaced. These types of emergent, unexpected expenses are difficult for families living on a budget. Fortunately, there is a way to afford a new heating system for the winter. Financing is a Possible Choice Families have the option to finance their heating system. For those who might not be familiar with the term, financing means that families do not have to pay for the entire value of the heating system upfront. Instead, families can pay off their heating system gradually, spreading the payments out over several weeks or months. This means that families do not have to wait to save up for the heating system. They can have warm heat this winter when it matters most. Other Benefits of FInancing a Heating...

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5 Ways to Save Energy this Fall

October 27, 2019

As summer transitions into fall, you can start preparing your home for the colder weather. There are some things that you can do to save money on your energy bills. When you start using your heating system more, consider these five energy-saving tips for your home. 1. Check for Air Leaks Fall is a great time to check for air leaks. It is a good idea to check on the windows and doors throughout your home. Weatherstripping is the perfect solution to keep warm air in your house as you shut out the cold air. 2. Replace Those Filters Clogged air filters can lead to higher energy bills. A dirty filter can also reduce your heater’s efficiency as it uses more energy consumption. In addition to that, the HVAC unit will need to work harder to keep your home warm on a chilly night. 3. Tune-Up Your Heating System Before the frigid weather comes to town, you will want to conduct a tune-up on your system. A professional can check your system for the upcoming season. At , our technicians can make sure your heating unit is ready for winter in the Gilbert area. 4. Change Your Ceiling Fan Blade...

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How to Prepare for Fall Allergens

October 17, 2019

Other than limiting your exposure to pollen, there isn’t much else you can do when you are outdoors to avoid allergens. However, there are a few actionable steps you can take to eliminate fall allergens and achieve maximum comfort in your home. The Most Common Fall Allergens Even those living in cities can be affected by allergens. Ragweed pollen is one of the most common autumn allergens. It can travel hundreds of miles being carried by the wind right to your neighborhood. Don’t dry your laundry outdoors where ragweed pollen can cling to it. Mold spores and dust mites can also set off your allergies and exacerbate your reaction to pollen. One of the easiest things you can do to help reduce the presence of allergens in your home is to clean it often. Mold has the ability to grow on different types of surfaces, and dust can build up in corners and creases. Replace the HVAC Filter Your air filter is tasked with keeping your indoor air clean. Checking it often and replacing it before it becomes clogged will keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently while catching any free-floating allergens drifting indoors. Schedule Duct Cleaning Allergens that...

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