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How to Control Dry Air in Your Home

As the weather gets colder the air inside your home will get drier and drier. This is something we tend to take for granted even though it may annoy us to no end.

But dry air is actually more trouble than most people realize. You should see it as an unwanted and uninvited guest in your home, and the sooner you can get rid of it the better off your whole family will be.

Dry Air Side Effects

When the humidity is high you tend to feel warmer. Conversely when it is low you tend to feel cooler, and when the air inside your home lacks moisture you may have to turn your thermostat up a couple of extra degrees to find comfort. This results in higher-than-necessary electricity or gas bills, to the tune of about a four percent increase for each additional degree of heat your HVAC system is asked to produce.

But the problems caused by dry air go well beyond financial. When the interior humidity level declines the state of your health may decline right along with it.

Some of the negative health effects of extremely dry air include:

  • Lowered immune system functioning that leaves you more susceptible to colds and the flu.
  • Increased likelihood of asthma attacks in response to respiratory distress and infection.
  • Chronic dryness of the nose, eyes and throat, accompanied by soreness and itching.
  • Dry and scaly skin on the hands and feet, which can crack and lead to the development of painful open wounds.

This is all pretty unpleasant and all linked to continuous exposure to drier-than-normal indoor air.

In addition to the effect it has on your body dry air can also damage the body of your home. Floors, walls and ceilings may develop cracks in their wooden surfaces and the flaking and peeling of painted surfaces may escalate when dryness runs out of control.

And you know those shocks you get from static electricity, which builds up in the dry air and discharges when you touch a physical object or other person? In some instances those shocks can be potent enough to damage sensitive (and expensive) electronic equipment.

Dryness Be Gone!

One of the best ways to re-humidify your home during the winter time (or during any season if you live in a desert climate) is to add a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC network.

When a whole-home humidifier is up and running dry air has no place to hide. As long as your home is relatively airtight you should have no trouble maintaining indoor moisture levels to your liking, possibly with the assistance of digital thermostats that tie into whole-home humidifiers and can turn them on and off in accordance with pre-determined settings.

Whole-home humidifiers do require an additional financial investment, but are likely to pay for themselves in relatively short order through reduced energy consumption and fewer trips to the family doctor.

Dry Air is Preventable, Not Inevitable

Dry indoor air is not a trivial concern. It is a problem to be eliminated with all due haste, before your family is forced to suffer even further from its unpleasant and costly effects.

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Differences Between Commercial and Residential HVAC Systems

Residential and commercial HVAC systems are fundamentally similar in many respects, but they also have a number of important differences. As a result, technicians who perform work on commercial HVAC systems need to have training and experience specific to commercial work.

Most of the differences between these two types of systems arise from the simple fact that commercial HVAC systems are much larger than residential HVAC systems. Commercial HVAC systems are designed to serve sizable buildings and significant numbers of people, which requires large and complex system architecture compared to the relative simplicity and small size of residential systems.

Breaking Down the Differences

  • Location: Residential HVAC systems are generally placed on the ground, but commercial HVAC systems typically live on the roof of commercial buildings. This keeps them from taking up too much space next to or inside the building, and also protects the system from vandalism.
  • Standalone Vs. Modular: Residential HVAC systems are single, self-contained units that cannot be modified or expanded. In contrast, commercial HVAC systems are modular, and modules can be added or taken away in order to expand or reduce the amount of heating and cooling that the system supplies to a building.
  • Packaged Vs. Split: In residential HVAC units, some of the components are housed in an indoor unit while the others are located in an outdoor cabinet. The components of commercial HVAC systems are housed in a single cabinet, which is known as a packaged unit.
  • Drainage: While residential systems can typically use a single condensation pan that usually drains outside, the drainage system for a commercial system is generally much more complex.
  • Ventilation: Commercial HVAC systems must use a variety of components to help with ventilation, since they do no have windows like residential systems do.

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Choose a Technician With Experience

All of these differences, large and small, make it critical that you find an HVAC service provider with technicians who are experienced in commercial work if you have a commercial HVAC system that requires maintenance or repair. Without experience working on commercial systems, HVAC technicians may incorrectly repair or install components, fail to spot areas where maintenance or repairs are necessary or make other mistakes that could end up costing you time, efficiency and money.

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Why You Should Be Wary of Bargain HVAC Repairs

There is nothing wrong with hunting for a bargain, but it is also wise to beware of deals that sound too good to be true. When it comes to HVAC repairs, bargain prices often come hand in hand with bargain quality work, and this will end up costing you more money than you saved in the long term.

Incompetent repairs from “bargain” service providers can cost you both money and time, and may even pose a safety hazard. Incorrect installations by inept or inexperienced technicians may generate more noise, perform with less efficiency, and wear or break down more quickly. Sometimes, the repaired system may not function at all, creating a longer delay as you schedule another visit or find another technician.

Cheap Parts and Unnecessary Repairs

Bargain HVAC repairs can cost you money in several different ways. Dirt-cheap service providers often hire inexperienced technicians who struggle to properly diagnose and repair problems. These providers also frequently use low-quality parts in order to save costs, often without informing the homeowner that the parts they are installing are inferior to the parts they are replacing.

When HVAC technicians don’t know their job, they may struggle to find the real source of complicated problems and recommend replacing parts that don’t need replacing. Although a bargain provider’s initial estimate for repairs may have been lower than the competition, you often end up with a large final bill once the costs of unnecessary replacements parts have been added.

Bargain HVAC service providers may also advertise inexpensive parts, or simply substitute cheaper parts in order to keep their costs low. Cheaper parts are often noisier than their high-quality counterparts, in addition to running less efficiently. They are also liable to wear down more quickly and force you to spend money on them all over again.

Even when they have the right diagnosis and the right part, incompetent HVAC technicians may botch the installation. Improper installations can also cause noise, inefficiency and wear, and may even pose a safety risk. Potential health and safety hazards from botched installations include carbon monoxide leaks, inadequate humidity control, improper air filtration and electrical issues.

Trust the Technicians With Credentials

Competent HVAC technicians are worth the up-front cost because they save you money and hassle in the long-term. A reliable and experienced HVAC technician will ensure that your HVAC systems runs efficiently (helping to keep your energy bills low), and can extend the life of your system through effective maintenance and repairs.

Reputable HVAC service providers will also refrain from recommending unnecessary repairs, replacements or upgrades to your HVAC system in order to charge you more money. In the end, the discounted prices offered by bargain HVAC technicians are tempting, but the peace of mind that a reputable technician provides is invaluable.

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HVAC Maintenance Plans Vs. Home Warranty

Home warranty plans and HVAC maintenance plans are both designed to protect homeowners from the high cost of repairing and replacing home furnace and air conditioning systems. However, an HVAC maintenance plan has a number of advantages over a home warranty, and is more likely to save you time and money in the long run.

Maintenance Increases the Life and Efficiency of Your HVAC System

HVAC maintenance plans provide inspections and professional cleanings every six months at no additional charge. Home warranty plans, on the other hand, only cover repairs and replacements rather than routine maintenance. However, warranty companies may deny claims for repair work if a system has not undergone regular maintenance and the breakdown can be traced to poor upkeep. This means that you will need to pay for HVAC maintenance out-of-pocket if you want to benefit from your home warranty plan.

Regular maintenance does more than just prevent breakdowns in your HVAC system. It also extends the overall life of your HVAC system and helps the system to work at maximum efficiency. This will save you money in the long-term by lowering your energy bills and increasing the number of years between HVAC system replacements.

Reliable Service and Faster Response Times

With a home warranty plan, you have no control over which service provider the warranty company will contract to perform your repairs. With a home maintenance plan, you get to choose a service provider you know and trust, and have the freedom to change plans if you don’t like the service you receive. Furthermore, HVAC service providers prioritize repairs for their plan members, and most will guarantee same-day service.

Contract service providers don’t have the same incentives to provide fast, high-quality work. As contractors, they may only work on your system once or twice, and aren’t concerned with establishing a positive professional relationship with you. Since their jobs and payment come from a warranty company rather than directly from clients, they don’t necessarily stand to benefit from providing exceptional customer service.

Avoid Frustrating Repair Limits and Deductibles

Inevitably, components of your HVAC system will need to be repaired and eventually replaced. However, having a home warranty plan doesn’t guarantee that these repairs and replacements will happen free of charge. As we said earlier, warranty companies may cite lack of maintenance as a reason to deny claims. Many warranty plans also require you to meet a deductible before they will cover the remaining costs. Furthermore, they often place limits on the types of repairs that they will cover.

Service providers that offer maintenance plans frequently provide discounts on labor and parts when repairs and replacements are needed. You don’t have to worry about navigating the limitations of your warranty agreement in order to fix whatever needs fixing in your HVAC system.

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