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    Carbon Moxide Testing

    Sometimes called the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless poisonous gas that can be lethal when inhaled.

    When the gas is inhaled, carbon monoxide inhibits the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen. This dangerous gas can be emitted from burning fuels such as propane, natural gas, oil, wood, or gasoline. These gases can be released from normal household items such as your furnace, clothes dryer, water heater, chimney, or even portable fuel-burning space heater.

    Because of the dangerous nature of carbon monoxide, it’s important to have a properly functioning carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. The air quality control experts at Precision Heating & Air in Dallas, Georgia, explain how you can protect your family and yourself from dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    If you are wondering if you need a carbon monoxide detector, the answer is ‘yes!’ Every home with at least one fuel-burning appliance/heater, attached garage or fireplace should have a carbon monoxide detector installed. The detector works to alert you that the poisonous gas is somewhere in the home.

    Here are some guidelines for installing your carbon monoxide alarm:

    • If the home only has one carbon monoxide alarm, it should be installed in the main bedroom or in the hallway outside of the sleeping area.
    • Avoid installing the alarm near a window or dead space.
    • Make sure nothing is covering the carbon monoxide unit.
    • Install an alarm on every floor of the home.
    • Check your carbon monoxide alarm once a week by pressing the test/reset button.
    • Carbon monoxide alarms should be placed at least 15 feet away from fuel burning appliances.
    • Every month, unplug the unit and clean it with a soft brush or cloth to remove accumulated dust.

    The professionals at Precision Heating and Air would be happy to set up your home with a sophisticated carbon monoxide alarm or any other air quality control units. These detectors are incredibly important for keeping your entire family healthy.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do bigger air conditioning units perform better?
    Not necessarily. It is important to purchase an air conditioner that is the right size for your home. If you buy an AC unit that’s too big, it will cool your home faster, but it will also be less efficient and will not eliminate humidity well enough. It will have short-run cycles. While it will cool the air quickly, it will shut off before it blows enough air across the indoor coil to drain water from your system. This will leave too much moisture in the air, which can lead to mold and mildew in your home. Your system starting and stopping more often, may cause it to use more energy and wear down faster. Longer run cycles are more efficient.
    How long does HVAC equipment last?
    HVAC systems generally last 10 to 15 years. However, your system becomes less efficient and performs worse as it gets older. Therefore, after about 10 years, you may want to start looking for a replacement. Even if you are not having any major problems, modern HVAC systems will save you money on your energy bills because they are more efficient. Plus, they generally come with 10-year warranties, so you won’t need to worry about replacing them for quite a while.
    If I have an older system, can I save money by just replacing the outdoor unit?
    Probably not. Older systems use Freon R-22, which has been phased out and replaced with Freon R-410A, also known as Puron. Puron is more environmentally friendly and more efficient. In addition, the minimum SEER rating or efficiency that we can use today is 13 SEER (older systems are 10 SEER and below). The refrigerant and efficiency rating of your indoor coil and outdoor unit must be the same, so you have to replace the whole system at once.
    Why do I need a system with matched components?
    Matched systems ensure maximum performance, maximum efficiency, and maximum comfort. A matched system will maintain proper cycle times and manage humidity properly for your home. In addition, a matched system will prevent you from paying too much for your energy bills. Your system will run at peak efficiency, with no energy wasted due to improper size.

    What are the advantages of high-efficiency air filters?
    Proper air filtration is crucial to the health of both your HVAC system and your family. Air filters prevent dust and dirt from building up in your system to keep it performing at its best. High-efficiency filters do a better job of this and remove dust, dirt, mold, and more from the air. This is especially useful if you have allergies or respiratory issues. High-efficiency filters are better, but not 100% necessary. Whether or not you choose to use them, remember to change your filters regularly.
    How often should I have my air conditioning unit serviced?
    We recommend having your air conditioner serviced once a year. This will save you on energy and repair costs, keep your system running smoothly and efficiently, and make it last longer. The longer you put off AC maintenance, the worse your unit will perform, and the more likely it is that it will break down. Trying to save money by delaying maintenance may backfire by forcing you to pay more on energy bills, and potentially, on repairs if a serious issue arises with your system.
    How can I improve the air quality in my home?
    The first step to improving your air quality is to prevent unwanted air from entering your home. To do this, seal your duct system. Then you can focus on either cleaning your existing system or installing a more efficient air filtration system.
    What is duct cleaning?
    Duct cleaning includes cleaning the various components of HVAC forced air systems, including the air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers, coils, fan motor, fan housing, and the air handling unit housing. Dust, pollen, and other debris may build up in these components if they are not properly maintained.

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