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Over the years, Air Assurance has received many awards including the ACCA National Contractor of the Year, Best of Tulsa, Best of Broken Arrow, and Best in Oklahoma along with Tulsa's Fastest 40 growing companies in 2011-2012. They have been recognized by Lennox as one of their top 1% of dealers in North America. Air Assurance was the first contractor in the nation to provide their customers with an all-NATE certified (highest qualifying certification) technician staff. This means, when they send a technician to your home, you can count on safe, effective, and efficient service and installations of today's most sophisticated heating, air conditioning, and plumbing equipment.
A Short History
"Our philosophy has always been and will always be to provide the best possible service to our customers. Exceptional service and customer satisfaction have been instrumental in our growth and we will, in fact, do everything possible to make your experience a positive one." -Mike Rampey
Awards and Recognition
- 2015 Tulsa World Best in the World
- 2015 Angie´s List Super Service award
- 2015 Broken Arrow Ledger´s Reader´s Choice
- Ok Magazine Best of the Best award 2010-2015
- Tulsa People´s A List Readers Choice Winner 2015
- PSO Top Performer 2013-2015
- GTR Readers Choice award 2008-2015
- Journal Record´s"Tulsa´s Fastest 40 Growing Companies 2012-2013"
- Dave Lennox Award Winner 2012-2015
- Daily Oklahoman Top Places to work 2014-2015
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When planning remodeling projects, make sure you put HVAC protection on your prep list. Dust stirred up during home projects can infiltrate the system and cause many problems down the line. Here are steps to keep your HVAC system safe.
Seal Off Ductwork
You probably won’t see all the dust that enters vents and registers, but you will experience the effects of it later on. Debris in the ductwork can wind up in the machinery. There it is likely to coat A/C coils and get into furnace burners and other components where it will interfere with normal, safe operation.
Dust in ductwork also diminishes air quality in your home. It can attract allergens, such as mold, and these will be blown into the home. Cover all vents and registers and you will reduce the amount of remodeling debris that enters ductwork.
Use Plastic Sheeting
When you cannot simply shut a door to seal off work areas, make sure to hang plastic sheeting to confine debris. This keeps the mess in single areas, which makes it easier to clean up and prevents particles from entering your home’s air supply.
Use Good Cleanup Methods
You should turn the HVAC system off when doing any demolishing, sawing or sanding, but also make sure the air is clear and surfaces clean before turning it on again. It is not enough to let the dust settle because it will easily become airborne again. Instead, keep windows open and use a vacuum cleaner to remove dusty messes on floors. Sweeping stirs dust around and isn’t as effective.
Use a High-Quality HVAC Filter
Thick, pleated air filters will trap smaller particles of dust, and these filters are extra helpful during a remodel because of that. Fine particulates are created when working with drywall or sanding grout, for example, and cheap filters won’t always keep these out of your heating and cooling system. If your project lasts for several weeks, check the filter weekly and change it when it is clogged.
For more information about protecting your HVAC equipment, please contact us 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 protecting your HVAC system during a home remodel and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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While the ample rainfall and rolling hills of the Broken Arrow area make the outdoors enjoyable nearly year round, getting your indoor temperatures just right still takes some planning. Redirecting vents lets you fine tune your heating and cooling system to maximize your comfort.
Managing Airflow in Your Rooms
Standard vent covers protect your ducts from debris and reduce drafts, but they don’t direct airflow. If drafts are your main problem, installing a vent diffuser can help. Alternatively, install decorative Victorian-style vent covers with intricate scroll designs that diffuse airflow more effectively than standard grills.
A vent deflector helps with redirecting vents more accurately. This device sits over the vent to guide air away from a wall, sofa, curtains or other surface, and focus it toward your living space.
To get more air from a vent under an item of furniture, install a vent extender. Shaped like a low, flat tunnel, this channels air out from under the obstruction so more of it reaches your living space. If you’re planning to build cabinetry over a vent, install a toe kick register into the toe kick recess at the bottom of the cabinet so air can escape.
Managing Airflow in Your Duct System
If there’s a room or part of a room where you don’t want airflow, you can close the vent entirely. This allows the air to flow back into the duct system and out to other rooms. Place an adjustable vent deflector over the vent and lower top of the deflector to limit or block airflow as required. If you have metal vent grilles, you can apply magnetic vent covers to block the air flow.
Make sure no more than 10 percent of your vents are closed. Closing more than this creates excess air pressure in your ducts, which leads to wasteful air leakage and damages your system’s components. For a more efficient way to direct airflow, ask your technician about installing a zoning system.
For tips on redirecting vents and other ways to stay more comfortable affordably, contact us at Air Assurance anywhere around Broken Arrow.
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 aiming and redirecting vents and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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Summer brings substantial heat and humidity to our area, and that means air conditioners get a good workout. You probably know you should change your air filter to keep things running well, but you might hear different opinions on how often. Here are reasons you should play closer attention to the filter in summer and avoid letting it get too dirty.
When the HVAC System Works Harder, Filters Collect Dust Faster
Hot weather plays a big role on how frequently you will need to change your air filter. The more your air conditioner has to run, the more air blows through the filter. When more air is moving through the filter, greater amounts of particulates get trapped.
Unless Oklahoma has an unusually cool and dry summer, which is very rare, then chances are you will be using your air conditioner a lot and it will work hard to keep your home comfortable. This means you should check your air filter every month during the season, even if you don’t think you will need to change it.
How Often to Change the Filter
Many air filters, especially the low cost ones, will need to be changed every month during summer. You will be able to see very quickly how much dust it has already collected.
Thick, pleated filters can sometimes last longer without needing to be replaced, but you should still check them every month and avoid going longer than 3 months without replacing them. The only exception to this is if the manufacturer or your HVAC technician specifically states otherwise.
Why Dirty Filters are Harmful
One of the primary problems with dirty filters is they restrict the volume of air getting through. This places a burden on the air handler and in turn takes a toll on the entire system. Soiled filters can also lead to:
- Frozen coils
- Dirty ducts
- Worsening allergies
- Higher energy bills — the restricted airflow makes your air conditioner cycle more and expend more effort.
To learn more about air filters and your Broken Arrow home, please contact us 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 changing your air filter and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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Improving the indoor air quality in your Broken Arrow home means you’ll have healthier air to breathe. This can reduce breathing problems and other respiratory symptoms that air pollutants can cause. One of the easiest ways to make the air in your home cleaner is by getting a few houseplants to help remove indoor air pollutants. Certain kinds of plants are great at removing formaldehyde, benzene, and other pollutants that get into the air in your home from wood finishes, furniture and other household objects.
These colorful flowers get rid of several pollutants that can make the air in your home unhealthy, including formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, and xylene. Mums are easy to care for, and you can move them to an outside garden when they’re done blooming.
These plants are ideal if you have a home with higher ceilings, since they can grow to be up to 12 feet high. Bamboo plants help filter out a few pollutants that are commonly found in homes, such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, providing you with improved indoor air quality.
These plants do best in environments with higher levels of humidity and indirect sunlight. Boston ferns help remove xylene and formaldehyde from homes, as long as they’re kept in moist soil.
Lady palms, which are easy to grow, add a touch of elegance to homes. These tree-like plants help clear the air of ammonia, which can get into your home from dyes, cleaning products, and some types of textiles.
These vines grow fast, making them ideal for indoor hanging baskets. Golden pothos, which have dark green and gold leaves, can get rid of formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide.
These vividly colored flowering houseplants, which come in pink, red or white, need plenty of sunlight. They’re known for removing benzene and toluene, an air pollutant that comes from certain kinds of adhesives and waxes.
If you need help improving the indoor air quality of your Broken Arrow home, please contact 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 houseplants and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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Having energy-efficient windows installed in your Broken Arrow home can make a big difference in your heating and cooling bills. These come in a variety of designs and include different features that affect efficiency.
Types of Energy-Efficient Window Options
Energy-efficient window options include the following types:
- Double-hung — These are a common type of window found in most homes. The bottom part of the window slides up when opened. A double-hung window offers decent efficiency, although air sometimes flows in between the window sliders.
- Casement — These are ones that open out when you turn a crank. They offer high efficiency, as long as you make sure the seals and hinges on them are well maintained.
- Picture — This is a large type of window that typically doesn’t open. Certain features can improve the efficiency of a picture window.
Energy-Efficient Window Features
The following features affect a window’s efficiency:
- Low-E — Also known as low emissivity, this indicates how much heat a window can reflect. The more heat that is reflected, the more efficiency a window with this coating has.
- Gas fills — Some windows have krypton or argon between glazing, which helps boost insulation and reduces heat transfer.
- Double pane — A window with double panes offers better insulation and more efficiency than single-pane ones.
- Frame material — A window’s material can affect its efficiency. Vinyl offers good insulation, while aluminum provides a lower amount of efficiency. Wood and fiberglass also offer decent efficiency, although wood contracts or expands with moisture and fiberglass can be costly.
Keep in mind that installation is also an important factor for improving window efficiency in your home. It’s important to make sure you hire professionals who do new window installations properly, or you’ll have heated air leaking out in winter and hot air from outside getting in during summer. Proper installation helps ensure that you have as much window efficiency as possible in your Broken Arrow home.
If you need to replace old windows with energy-efficient ones, contact Air Assurance. We offer window replacement services, as well as HVAC and plumbing services, in the Broken Arrow area.
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 energy-efficient windows and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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The Broken Arrow area may not be the most humid part of the country, but we can still get enough moisture in the air to cause problems. A whole-home dehumidifier can control your humidity to improve your comfort and save you money.
The Problem with High Humidity
Ideally, your indoor humidity should fall somewhere between 30 and 50 percent. Although it’s naturally a little higher in summer, humidity that’s consistently above 50 percent causes a number of problems.
- You feel hot and sticky in summer, even with the A/C temperature set low. In winter, you always feel chilly, even with the heat on.
- Your allergies or asthma are worse when you’re at home than when you’re out.
- You find mold on the ceilings in your bathroom or kitchen, or you smell a musty odor.
- You see brown, splotchy water stains on your walls or ceilings.
- Your paint is bubbling or your wallpaper is peeling.
- You often see condensation on your windows, particularly in winter.
How a Whole-home Dehumidifier Helps
A portable dehumidifier is useful in a small space with high humidity, but it can’t dehumidify multiple rooms. A whole-house dehumidifier sits inside your heating and cooling system and removes excess moisture from the air as it passes through. The resulting water is drained away to your plumbing system. The dehumidified air continues through your duct system and out to your rooms. This lowers the humidity in your entire house to a healthier level.
Better humidity improves the “feels like” temperature in your home. In summer, your body will be able to cool itself more effectively in drier air, and you’ll feel cozier in winter, too. You’ll need less heating and cooling, which means lower energy bills.
Lower humidity inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold, and dust mites, improving your indoor air quality and protecting your home from the rot that mold can cause. Less condensation also protects your windows from rot.
If you think you could benefit from a whole-home dehumidifier, get in touch with us at Air Assurance in the Broken Arrow area.
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 whole-home dehumidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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A high-efficiency air conditioner keeps your home cool while at the same time using less energy and costing you less money. Over time, however, issues can develop that decrease air conditioner efficiency and drive up your cooling costs. Here are a few steps you can take to boost A/C efficiency, reduce energy usage, and trim your monthly bills.
- Have preventive maintenance performed — A preventive maintenance check-up gives your trusted HVAC professional to opportunity to inspect your cooling system from end to end. He will make adjustments and minor repairs that will increase efficiency and performance quality. Maintenance should be done at least once a year, usually in the springtime before cooling season sets in.
- Change air filters — Dirty, clogged air filters can restrict the air flow your cooling system needs to work properly and at its best level of efficiency. Check filter condition at least once a month. Put new, fresh filters in when the old ones get dirty.
- Cut down on heat gain — Heat gain is the accumulation of heat inside your home from external sources. These include sunshine coming through windows, heat from appliances, and heat radiating downward from a hot attic. To avoid sunshine, close drapes and curtains. Avoid running ovens and clothes dryers at the hottest times of day. Make sure your attic is well ventilated and insulated to keep it cool.
- Use a programmable thermostat — Programmable thermostats help you get the best efficiency from your air conditioner. Use pre-programmed set points to control when the air conditioner turns off and on. Program the thermostat to reduce cooling when you’re not at home, such as during the workday, then automatically increase cooling to make your living spaces comfortable when you get back.
- Seal ductwork to stop air leaks — Make sure ductwork connections are fitted tightly together and that they are sealed with mastic or metal tape.
Air Assurance is Tulsa’s leading choice for professional HVAC sales, installation, maintenance, and repair. Contact us today for more information on air conditioner efficiency and how to keep your cooling system working at its best throughout the summer and beyond.
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 air conditioner efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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Great home climate control means more than having a powerful furnace or air conditioner. Other factors influence the “feels like” temperature and the comfort of all residents in the home. Here is more information about those variables and tips for improving your home’s climate.
Humidity has a very direct effect on the “feels like” temperature. In order to understand why the apparent temperature is often different from the actual temperature, it is helpful to understand how humidity affects us.
High humidity makes temperatures feel warmer. This is because perspiration, which cools the body through evaporation, evaporates only slowly when the air is already heavy with moisture. Alternatively, when humidity is low, perspiration evaporates rapidly and you feel cooler.
With this in mind, you will feel more comfortable by reducing home humidity levels in summer. A properly working air conditioner will reduce humidity levels to an extent. However, during the dog days of summer when humidity starts to soar, an air conditioner might not be enough for this purpose. When this happens, consider adding a dehumidifier. Dehumidifying the home can quickly make the “feels like” temperature several degrees cooler.
In winter, the same holds true regarding the warming affect of higher humidity. As humidity levels fall, you will feel chillier. By adding humidity to your home in winter, you will feel warmer and might be able to save a bit on heating costs.
Fans and Drafts
Flowing air is another factor that affects how you feel in your home. When air moves across your skin, it removes heat from your skin’s surface and you feel cooler. The principal is the same as the wind chill factor you’ve heard about on cold and breezy winter days. In summer, you will feel cooler when a fan is running and, in winter, you might feel overly cold in a drafty room. This, paired with your home’s humidity level, has a big influence on the apparent temperature in your home.
For more information about improving the “feels like” temperature in your Broken Arrow area home, please contact us 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 the “feels like” temperature and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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From ragweed to cotton, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma has its share of allergies. When allergy season hits, the itching eyes, stuffy nose, and tickly throat can be almost unbearable. Here are some allergy tips to help you reduce your suffering.
1. Upgrade Your Air Filter
The air filter in your HVAC system traps allergens to keep them from circulating in your home. Filter effectiveness is measured in Minimum Efficiency Recording Value, or MERVs, which range from 1 to 20. If you upgrade your existing filter to a high efficiency one with a MERV rating between 14 and 16, you will have fewer allergens in your home.
2. Remove Debris Around the Outdoor Unit
Plants and other debris around your outdoor unit can impact your indoor allergen levels, because the outdoor unit pulls air through that debris and into your home. Keep the area around your outdoor unit clean and clear.
3. Dust the Registers and Vents
Registers and vents that are dusty blow dust and pollen through your home. Dust these first, then dust the remainder of your home, to remove the dust and other indoor allergens that could be making your allergies worse.
4. Check for Mold
If you have never had your HVAC system checked for mold, schedule an inspection. Mold exasperates allergies and can cause other respiratory concerns. If you do have mold, have it professionally removed to ensure your family can breathe safely.
5. Consider Duct Cleaning
If you are using an efficient filter, have cleaned outside your system and have checked for mold, but you are still struggling with allergies, consider duct cleaning. Removing allergens from the ducts will prevent them from being spread around your home.
One of the best allergy tips, however, is to have your HVAC system professionally inspected and serviced at the start of the allergy season. In Broken Arrow, Air Assurance provides comprehensive HVAC service, including inspections. Contact them today to schedule your HVAC system inspection this allergy season.
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 allergy season tips and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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Spring is a time of new growth and new beginnings, and a time to prepare yourself for the year ahead. When it comes to your home comfort, spring can also be a time to get your house in order – and part of that process should be HVAC spring cleaning. Here are a few tasks you won’t want to neglect when you’re getting ready for the coming year:
- Schedule your annual maintenance. The time is coming when you’ll need to put your heater to rest, and get your air conditioner ready to run at full efficiency. Scheduling spring HVAC maintenance can make sure all your appliances are in working order, and will stay that way.
- Change your furnace air filters. Ideally, you should change your air filters once a month. If you’ve been neglecting that, then make sure to get them done now! You’ll also want to keep an eye on them through the spring, as pollen and other allergens can clog them easily.
- Clean floor registers and return air vents. Your air filter catches a lot of the dust that travels through your home, but it can’t get all of it. Dust, dander, and other debris can gather in registers and vents, so use a vacuum with a hose attachment to clear them up.
- Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. These appliances help keep you and your family safe – and changing the batteries early lets you avoid the beeping “low battery” warning.
- Clean your air conditioner coils. An air conditioner works by taking heat energy out of your indoor air, and releasing it outside. Its job is much more difficult if an insulating film of dust collects on the coils. Check your owner’s manual for instructions on cleaning them.
HVAC spring cleaning can have a big effect on your comfort throughout the spring and summer months. To learn more about taking care of the HVAC system in your Broken Arrow home, contact us today 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 spring cleaning your HVAC system and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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