How Humidity is Hurting Your Floors

The dog days of summer are filled with heat and humidity like no other. While you might notice the humidity affecting your comfort levels, have you paid attention to how it’s affecting your home? Having too high of a humidity level in your home spells bad news for your hardwood flooring.

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What Humidity Does to Flooring

When humidity levels rise above 50 percent for far too long, moisture will begin to build up on top of and underneath the flooring. This moisture can lead to warping, cupping, and mold growth. As these effects worsen over time, sanding and refinishing won’t be an option. Unfortunately, replacement of your flooring will be necessary.

Controlling Your Home’s Humidity

Even though the humidity outside might feel like someone is smothering you with a wet blanket, that doesn’t mean it should exist inside of your home. To prevent the inside of your home from reaching high levels of humidity, make sure your cooling system is properly working and is at a respectable temperature (78 degrees and lower). Filtered, cool air can help lower humidity levels, as can a dehumidifier if the moisture levels are too much to handle.

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Not only will humidity affect your flooring, but so will the sun’s heat and harmful rays. Intense sunlight can lead to discolored flooring, making it look older than it really is. So when you get your humidity problems under control, it’s important to also control the amount of sunlight entering the rooms. Avoid discoloration of your floors by constantly moving around furniture and area rugs, or invest in a new set of curtains or blinds.

Living in a home with high humidity not only feels terrible, but it can also cause irreversible damage to your flooring. To prevent your flooring from becoming ruined, make sure your cooling system is serviced and properly working. To learn more about HVAC service and repair, contact Airtech of Stamford at (203) 323-3959.

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Should I Change My Air Filters More Often During Summer?

How often do you change the air filters in your HVAC system? Actually, don’t answer that — because chances are it’s not as often as it should be. With summer here and the AC cranking all hours of the day and night, should you change your air filters more often? The answer is yes.

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What Do Air Filters Do?

Air filters are important pieces of the HVAC system and are designed to remove dust, allergens, and other particles from the air within your home. By removing these particles from the air, not only will your home’s air quality increase but so will the efficiency of your HVAC system. Regular maintenance includes switching out old, dirty filters with new ones — but how often?

Overuse of Air Filters

The average air filter should be changed out for a new one either every other month or once per month, depending on your home. The more you run your HVAC system and the more people and pets there are, the more frequently you should change the air filters. Failure to change your filters at least once every other month will result in clogged filters that will inhibit airflow.

Summertime Habits

If you change your filters every other month, consider changing them once per month during the summertime. There are a lot of summertime habits and factors that can shorten the lifespan of your air filters, causing you to change them out more frequently.

  • Increased foot traffic due to house guests, parties, pets, etc.
  • Failure to take off shoes after being outside; tracking dirt, pollen, allergens, and other debris
  • Running the HVAC system nonstop due to high outdoor temperature and humidity levels
  • High levels of pollen and outdoor allergens
  • Lack of dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning due to being home less (vacation)

Different times of the year require different maintenance for your HVAC system, so it’s important to know the difference. When your cooling system needs service or repair, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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Why is My Central Air Not Working?

The temperatures are beginning to soar and the humidity level is rising — time to adjust the thermostat. But what happens if you set the thermostat and nothing happens… Oh no! When you come to the crossroads of a hot summer’s day and a broken central air system, here’s what you should do:

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  1. Check the Electrical Panel – Before you start panicking, head to the electrical panel to check if any of the circuit breakers were tripped or if any fuses were blown. Simply reset the breaker or replace the fuse. However, if this dedicated circuit keeps tripping, you might need to have your electrical system inspected.
  2. Flip the Switch – Double check to make sure the power switch on the unit is flipped to the on position. There’s also a 240-volt disconnect on the compressor, so take a look and see if this is turned on as well.
  3. Thermostat Check – Turn off the power to your cooling system and then remove the front cover of the thermostat. Pull the body of the thermostat straight out to reveal the batteries. Replace these batteries, followed by reinstalling the rest of the thermostat. Turn the power on, wait five minutes, and give it another go!
  4. Quality Capacitor – The compressor’s capacitor helps start both the condenser and the fan. If this piece is broken or malfunctioning, the central air won’t run at all. If it’s not working, have this piece replaced.
  5. Failure to Maintain – Are you having your central air system serviced annually? If you’ve been avoiding annual services and are failing to provide it with any routine maintenance, multiple parts can become worn out and broken. Contact your local HVAC technician to service your central air system and make all of the appropriate repairs.

One of the worst feelings to experience is having your central air system not working on an unusually hot summer’s day. When your central air system needs to be serviced or repaired, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your AC

There’s more to an air conditioner than just turning it on when it gets too hot. Not many people know how to use an air conditioner efficiently, which ends up costing you more with each energy bill and eventual repair bills down the road. In order to prevent paying more to run your air conditioner, avoid making these common AC mistakes.

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  1. Not Changing Air Filters – Air filters should be changed roughly once per month (or less frequently if they are of a higher quality). Air filters remove dust from the air and allow you to breathe clean air. Failing to change these filters will result in poor air quality and a system that has to work harder, adding wear and tear to the unit.
  2. Holding Onto Your Old Thermostat – Using an out of date thermostat can hurt your wallet and your comfort level. Old thermostats can inaccurately read temperature levels, causing the system to turn on and off when it doesn’t need to be. Refusing to upgrade to a programmable thermostat will also prevent you from setting different temperatures throughout the day.
  3. Setting the Temperature Too Low – There’s no reason to set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower. By setting the temperature between 73 and 78 degrees, you’ll not only remain comfortable but you’ll also save a nice chunk on your energy bill at the end of the month.
  4. Blocking of the Vents – There are many air ducts in homes that are located on floors and the lower portions of the wall. Make sure all air vents remain unobstructed and aren’t ever covered or blocked by furniture. This will limit air circulation and cause your home to be warmer than it should be.
  5. Skipping Out on Annual Service – Your cooling system should be serviced each and every year — usually in the spring before it’s used for the very first time. An annual inspection can identify any repairs that need to be made to make sure it doesn’t break down (which commonly happen during heat waves). If you haven’t had yours serviced this year, you better run over to the phone — now!

Knowing all of the most common AC mistakes can help you prevent making any of them, which will help keep your home comfortable and money in your wallet. When you need HVAC maintenance or repair, 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 Slash Your AC Bills This Summer

In the beginning of summer, energy bills weren’t so bad since the AC wasn’t always needed. Unfortunately, the last few weeks have been pretty brutal and your cooling costs have basically doubled in your attempt to beat the heat, right? In order to slash your AC bills without suffering in the heat, make sure you:

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Update Your Old Thermostat

First and foremost, an old thermostat can inaccurately read the temperature of the room. This can cause your cooling system to run for longer than it has to. The location of your old thermostat can also hurt you if it’s too close to a sun-facing window, a large piece of technology, or an appliance. All of these can emit a large amount of heat that can trigger the cooling system to turn on.

Seal Your Windows

Windows can oftentimes become drafty if they’re not completely sealed off. For windows with window air conditioning units, make sure they are properly installed and sealed within the frame. Once the weather begins to drop, take this unit out immediately. For all other windows, consider adding weather stripping to each frame. Not only will this keep the heat out during the summer, but it will prevent the heat from escaping during the winter.

Service Your Unit

As a homeowner, you should be maintaining your cooling system throughout the spring and summer months. Typical maintenance includes replacing filters on a monthly basis, cleaning the unit itself when dust and debris accumulate, and having it serviced at least once per year. For those who haven’t serviced their system this past spring or those who are having trouble with theirs, contact your local HVAC company for a routine service.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your comfort by sitting in the heat in order to save a few bucks. When you’re sick of paying sky high energy bills, contact Airtech of Stamford for a solution! To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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