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Asthma and allergies are no laughing matter, and excess dust can severely exacerbate the suffering. If you've been looking for ways to reduce household dust in your greater Tulsa area home, we suggest that you start with these tips:
For more advice on ways to reduce household dust, or if you have any other concerns related to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Air Assurance. We've been serving the HVAC needs of Broken Arrow and the surrounding area since 1985.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about household dust and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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Purchasing new home cooling equipment represents a major investment that goes beyond the initial price, since you'll be paying to maintain and operate your A/C for many years. To make a wise purchasing decision, you need to compare both first and lifetime A/C replacement costs.
An air conditioner's first cost is the dollar amount on the price tag, minus any rebates or discounts. The sticker price correlates directly to the equipment's seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating. Higher SEER ratings come at a higher cost.
When it comes to air conditioners, a low price tag doesn't necessarily indicate a better buy. To accurately estimate value, you need to consider the various other costs incurred over the equipment's life span, or the lifetime costs. Some of the factors that affect lifetime costs include quality, durability, maintenance, energy efficiency and installation.
Crucial Factors that Impact A/C Replacement Costs
Keeping your budget and equipment first costs in mind as you comparison shop, make sure you also consider the different lifetime cost variables:
For help comparing A/C replacement costs, contact the Broken Arrow comfort experts at Air Assurance today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about A/C replacement costs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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Fixing water leaks means finding them first. Both tasks tend to be a job for a professional plumber with the experience to know where to look and the expertise to repair the leak. However, the average homeowner can expedite the process of fixing water leaks by noting patterns of leakage that may help narrow down the cause. Here are some common signs of leakage to look for.
Tub and Shower Leakage
Signs of water escaping the tub/shower enclosure include:
Deteriorated caulking around the enclosure frame and degraded rubber door seals and gaskets are items that may be replaced by a plumber.
Evidence of water damage under sinks may originate from one of three locations:
Leaky Toilet Flange
Leakage can occur at the joint between the toilet and the drain pipe installed in the floor. While minimal seepage may enter the bathroom, leakage at this joint in an upper level will stain the ceiling below. Otherwise, the first evidence may be deterioration of the wooden floor structure beneath the toilet.
Removal of the toilet by a professional plumber, replacement of damaged structural components and renewal of the wax seal ring are required to resolve leakage.
Leave finding and fixing water leaks to the professionals. In greater Tulsa, contact the experts at Air Assurance.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water leaks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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The agricultural production and manufacturing around Broken Arrow can make maintaining a healthy home environment difficult at times, but there's still plenty you can do to keep your home clean.
Keep the Contaminants Out
Because chemicals such as paint, pesticides and harsh cleaners give off harmful fumes, these products should be stored outside your home. Choosing paint, carpeting and other household materials labeled low-VOC can also reduce chemical fumes in your home.
High humidity encourages the spread of dust mites, mold and bacteria. Aim to keep your indoor humidity level between 40 and 50 percent. Run your exhaust fans after showering or cooking, and repair leaks in your plumbing, roof or basement. Regularly disinfecting your sponges, mops and other cleaning supplies also cuts down on the bacteria and mold spores floating around your home.
Using an HVAC air filter with a MERV rating between 5 and 10 and replacing it on schedule will reduce the level of dust, pollen, mold spores and pet dander in your air.
Good ventilation helps remove contaminants from your air and controls your humidity, doing double duty to support a healthy home environment. If you live in a modern airtight home or an older one that's been air sealed for energy efficiency, you'll benefit from a whole-house ventilation system.
Stay on Top of Health Risks
Any fuel-burning appliance, such as a gas stove or fireplace, can release carbon monoxide. Even trace amounts can cause headaches and fatigue. To protect your health, install CO detectors on every floor and within 15 feet of every sleeping area.
Around one in 16 homes has a dangerously high level of radon, a natural yet cancer-causing gas that enters through the foundation or water lines. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality's Radon Program offers test kits for this gas.
Investing in professional air quality testing is another way to find out what harmful contaminants are in your home's air so you can take steps toward getting rid of them.
For more information on maintaining a healthy home environment, contact Air Assurance. We've been serving Broken Arrow since 1985.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about a healthy home environment and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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Geothermal heating and cooling is generating substantial interest as more homeowners adopt the ultimate in low-cost and environmentally friendly indoor comfort. Just six feet beneath the earth's surface, temperatures average about 55 degrees. This convenient geological fact, combined with efficient heat pump technology, turns the earth itself into an available energy source for geothermal heating and cooling.
Misunderstandings and myths surround some of the basics of geothermal heating and cooling, however. Here are a few you may hear—plus the actual facts of the matter.
Geothermal Consumes Electricity
The nominal electricity consumed by a geothermal system is utilized only to power the heat pump compressor, circulation pumps and blower. Heat produced by a geothermal system is extracted from the earth by a ground heat exchanger consisting of buried tubes that continuously circulate a heat-absorbing solution. In summer, the system reverses and extracts heat from the home, dispersing it back into the earth through the ground heat exchanger.
Geothermal Requires Lots of Space
In a horizontal installation, tubing can be arranged in loops and “slinky” type configuration to reduce the required square footage. Moreover, heat exchange tubing can also be installed vertically, in a deep bore drilled into the ground. Vertical installations can be adapted to almost any size lot.
Underground Components Degrade
High-density polyethylene tubing utilized for the ground heat exchanger is typically guaranteed for 50 years or more. Because they are not exposed to weather extremes, buried components typically incur less wear and tear than surface components of a conventional A/C system.
Geothermal Heat Pumps Make Noise
All above-ground components of a geothermal system are installed indoors. Because heat is absorbed and dispersed by the buried heat exchanger, there are no noisy coil fans running.
Solar Panels and Wind Generators Are More Efficient
For every unit of energy consumed, a geothermal system returns four units of heating or cooling. Reduction in power demand of a geothermal system is equal to or up to four times greater than solar or wind.
Ask the professionals at Air Assurance for more facts about the advantages of geothermal heating and cooling.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about geothermal heating and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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