5 Tasks That Should Be on Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Now that winter is finally behind us, it’s time to look forward to the spring and all of the wonderful things that come with it. One of those things: spring cleaning! While you might not be completely excited to spend your days giving your home a good cleaning, your home and future self will thank your for it.

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  1. Detector Check – Inspect each smoke and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Replace all of the batteries and test them to make sure they are working properly. If it’s been almost a decade since you’ve installed new detectors, consider now the right time to do so.
  2. Window Watcher – Inspect each window in your home to see if there are any gaps or cracks around the frame. If there are any gaps or drafts present, apply a caulking sealant. For further energy savings, install weatherstripping around the frame of the windows as well.
  3. Dust Removal – Start dusting your home from top to bottom using an electromagnetic duster. After all of the dust has been removed from the surfaces in your home, start vacuuming the floors to remove all of the settled dust and any other dirt and debris. Don’t be afraid to open some windows to allow some fresh air into your home while you clean!
  4. Filter Changes – The air filters within your HVAC system need to be changed regularly. The less expensive filters will need to be changed out every month, while the higher quality ones can go anywhere from 3 to 6 months before needing to be changed. Mark your calendar for an easy way to remember when to change each filter.
  5. Tune Up – Now that your heating system is no longer needed, it’s time to shut that down and start up your cooling system. Before you use your air conditioner for the first time, it’s best to have it serviced to see if it’s working properly.

Your spring cleaning checklist might be a long one, but make sure these 5 tasks are circled, starred, and underlined! When your HVAC system needs a tune up or repair for spring, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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How to Hide Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

Having a home with a forced-air HVAC system means you have one of the best types of cooling systems on the market. While the temperature might feel great on the inside of the house when it’s on, the outside of the house won’t look so great. If you’re sick of staring at your big AC unit while you sit on your patio, here’s a few great ways to hide it.

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Distract the Eyes
Most AC units are going to be located on the side of the house, which can easily be seen if you walk from the front yard to the backyard. For those who have a walkway leading from the front to the back of the property, consider creating a pathway to distract the eyes. Place a small fence on either side of the walkway, use stones to create a walkway path, and add a few small shrubs to keep your focus on the walkway.

Screened In
For those who aren’t willing to go above and beyond to hide their large AC unit, opt to screen it in. There are see-through fences and screens that are stylish and decorative made specifically for blocking off areas of your property. You can choose between a single screen or screens on multiple sides for greater effect. There are even some types of plants that can grow vertically up and down the screens.

Boxed In
Rather than just purchasing a decorative screen, you can also consider boxing in the AC unit. These boxes can be used to cover HVAC units, pool pumps, and anything else you’re looking to hide in your yard. Not only do these boxes do a great job of hiding whatever it is you’re trying to hide, they’re also well-ventilated to allow for the proper airflow.

Having a good quality and well-maintained HVAC system is important, but you don’t have to display it to the world if you don’t want to. When your HVAC system needs service, repair, or replacement, contact the pros at Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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How to Remove Unhealthy Dust From Your Home

Have you noticed lately that your home seems like it’s constantly filled with dust? Rather than sticking to your normal cleaning methods (which don’t seem to be working very well), adopt these dust removal tips.

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Dust & Vacuum
Dusting and vacuuming your home are two chores that everyone needs to complete at least once per week. While these tasks might seem simple enough, a lot of people surprisingly do them incorrectly. Dusting should be done first with an electromagnetic duster. Followed by vacuuming afterward to remove any dust on the floor that was previously scattered into the air from the duster.

Air Duct Cleaning
The ductwork within your home has the important job of channeling the air from your HVAC system to the air vents in each room. The air that travels through the air ducts contain small particles of dust. Over time this dust will build up within the ductwork, which can lower the indoor air quality of your home. The most efficient way to remove this dust is to hire a professional air duct cleaning company.

HVAC Maintenance
Your HVAC system should be serviced at least twice per year, once in the fall and once in the spring. This maintenance will show you if there are any parts that need repair or replacement, the technician can clean it if any dust is present, and a service will lower the risk of having it break down while it’s being used. Contact your local heating and cooling company to schedule a maintenance for you air conditioner this spring.

Having dust in your home is always going to happen, but there are things you can do to keep the levels at a minimum. When your HVAC system needs service, repair, or replacement, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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Ways to Protect Your Pets When It’s Cold

The winter months are a tough time to be a pet owner. Between walking the dog outside and letting the cat out, the cold temperatures can seriously affect your pets. In order to protect your pets from the bitter cold, here’s what you can do.

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No Outside
When the temperatures are nearing the freezing point, no animal should ever be left outside. Avoid tying up your dog on the back porch or letting your cat outside to roam free for a few hours. Even if your pets love the outdoors, wait until the weather warms up to let them get some fresh air. However, by all means, take your pet for a walk each day, just make sure it’s not for too long.

Outside Dangers
Let’s say you take your dog out for its daily walk — sure, no problem. Just be aware that the wind can significantly decrease temperatures past the freezing point. This can harm dogs and cats since they have nothing to protect their bare noses and paws. For smaller dogs or ones without a lot of fur, consider placing them inside of a doggie sweater or jacket. Make sure you also wipe their paws off before they enter the house because road salt can cause harm to their skin.

A Warm, Cozy Home
A lot of homeowners will lower their thermostat when they leave their home for the day. Avoid doing this if you leave your pets home alone. You’ll save money, but you can put your pet’s health at risk. You can lower the thermostat a few degrees thanks to their fur, but anything past that can put your pets’ health at risk.

If you wouldn’t keep yourself or your family in the freezing cold, why would you do the same to your pet? When you need to keep your HVAC system running efficiently to keep your family and pets comfortable, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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How Low Humidity Can Affect Your Health

Humidity levels rise and fall to different levels throughout the year. Throughout the winter and early spring, humidity levels are generally low, especially inside of the house when the heat is turned all the way up. Unfortunately, having low humidity levels within your home can bring about some negative side effects.

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Eyes
Being in an environment with low humidity will not only dry up the tears in your eyes, but also what’s in your reserves. Dry air can actually evaporate the tears that are sitting in your tear ducts. This will lead to dry, itchy, and irritated eyes that can make the simplest act of blinking tough to do.

Skin
When you’re forced to turn the heat up on those cold winter days, the moisture in the air will dry up along with the oils on your skin. This will lead to dry, cracked skin that will leave you with a constant feeling of itchiness. This constant feeling of always being itchy is know as the “winter itch.”

Dehydration
As the air gets drier, it will try pull moisture from the nearest available source. While you might notice your skin and eyes becoming increasingly dry, prolonged exposure can lead to dehydration. Dehydrated skin can become extremely sensitive which can trick you into thinking you’re colder than you really are. Thus causing you raise the heat even higher, leading to a continuation of this vicious cycle.

Living in a home with a low humidity level might prevent mold growth, but it can start to affect your body in a negative way. When your home’s humidity levels are too low, consider having your HVAC system serviced or replaced by the pros at Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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