Fresh Air

Admit it, you really do not want to think about cold weather yet! We don’t either, but as your local Lansing community heating and cooling specialist, we want to make Mother Nature’s frigid return as pain-free as possible for you. We’ll provide you with information to empower you to choose the best heating and cooling products and services to suit your home, health and energy costs.

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Your heating and cooling system uses the most energy of all your appliances. Maintaining and ensuring it’s functioning properly will lead to fewer repairs and a longer lifespan. Also, having a comprehensive planned maintenance program is the best way to avoid high reactive “breakdown” repair costs. Consider these items as you prepare your heating and cooling system for the fall and winter season.

– Make sure you choose an air conditioner cover designed to let the system breathe, while keeping moisture out. A cover made exclusively for your unit can guarantee a perfect fit, keeping debris and animals out. You can even choose a color to match your home.

– Contractors who follow Energy Star and ACCA’s standards for maintenance and service are key players in extending the life of your HVAC system.

– Your furnace directly impacts the air you breathe so be sure to change your filters regularly. The air in your home can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Know someone with allergy issues? You may want to consider a whole-house air cleaner that has a Clean Air Delivery Rate of 1,200. Standard 1” furnace filters only have a rate of 12.

– The winter air can lead to dry skin, static electricity and trigger allergy attacks. It can also damage plants, furniture and valuables. Make sure your humidifier is turned on and the replaceable pad has been changed. Whole-house humidifiers will keep your home comfy and make sure your moisture levels are where they should be through the winter.

– Last, but certainly not least, make sure you have a low-level carbon monoxide monitor to protect your family from carbon monoxide, which is a deadly, colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. Store-bought models don’t alarm until unsafe levels are present, usually around 70ppm, but long-term exposure to low levels of CO can cause illness. Low-level monitors alert you at 15ppm, long before the standard ones do, to protect you and your family well in advance.