Summertime Indoor Air Quality Concerns

June 8, 2020

There are a number of indoor air quality issues that crop up during the summer months. Your home may have higher humidity, more allergens and generally poor air quality. Here are some things you should know about summertime indoor air quality. Impact on Indoor Air Quality Poor indoor air quality can cause allergies to flare up. People experience eye and throat irritation and coughing. People who have asthma or other breathing conditions can end up in a dangerous situation. Particles in the air that cause negative reactions include pet dander, pollen, dust mites, dust and mold spores. TechnoAir is an HVAC company based in Grove City, OH. We help customers with their indoor air quality problems by offering solutions like air purifiers and dehumidifiers. Increased Allergies Many types of plants and flowers bloom in the summer months. Your air conditioning system is likely working hard while it’s hot out. This means it is pulling in a lot of outdoor air with allergens in it. The allergens get blown throughout your home as a result. Pet dander is also a big concern during the summer months. Dogs and cats shed more when it gets warm. They leave dander all over the...

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Things To Know About Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

May 12, 2020

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas produced by burning fossil fuels. This includes natural gas, wood charcoal and gasoline. If it builds up in your home, it can cause serious health issues and even death in high enough concentration. Here’s what you need to know about carbon monoxide. Symptoms Low levels of carbon monoxide in your home can lead to headaches, weakness, nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath. Higher levels can cause confusion, blurred vision and loss of consciousness. As it replaces oxygen in your blood, you can die from breathing too much carbon monoxide. Sources The main sources of carbon monoxide in a home are a gas furnace, water heater, fireplaces, gas appliances and a car idling in the garage. All of these should be well-maintained and properly vented. You should never use a charcoal grill or kerosene heater indoors due to carbon monoxide concerns. Techno Air Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration is located in Grove City, OH. We provide maintenance services for gas furnaces, during which we make sure they are operating safely. Signs of Carbon Monoxide There may be signs that excessive CO is building up in your home. Stale or stuffy air is one...

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Why is my Thermostat in Recovery Mode?

April 15, 2020

Modern thermostats are designed to keep your home at a comfortable temperature while allowing your HVAC system to run in an energy-efficient manner. New programmable thermostats permit you to set temperatures for different parts of the day so that you can wake up or come home to a warm house in the winter while keeping things cool if you’re asleep or away. In the summer, the process can be reversed to keep your home cool at specific times. What Is Recovery Mode? If your schedule has changed temporarily and you need to override the pre-programmed settings of your thermostat, you can increase or decrease the temperature of your home. Most of these adjustments will expire after a few hours so that your home will go back to its normal temperatures even if you forget to set the thermostat back. When your HVAC system isn’t running during these periods of readjustment, your thermostat will be in recovery mode. Recovery mode can ensure that temporary adjustments in temperature don’t go on forever. Benefits of a Modern HVAC System When you’re exploring your options for a new thermostat for your Grove City home, let TechnoAir assist you. We can help you choose a...

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Is it Possible to Combine Heating and Cooling Systems?

March 17, 2020

A complex HVAC system can be difficult to understand. To make things easier for both maintenance and repairs, you may wonder if there is a simpler solution for heating and cooling your home. While there isn’t one simple piece of equipment that does everything you need, there are some systems that come quite close to that goal. To help you simplify your Grove City home’s HVAC system, here are some options for combining your heating and cooling equipment. The Mini-Split Heat Pump The simplest way to heat and cool your home is by using a mini-split heat pump. These units remove the need for a separate blower and for complex ductwork. That’s why they are often called “ductless” systems. A mini-split system installed by TechnoAir Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration consists of only two components: the compressor/condenser, which is mounted on the exterior of your home, and the air handler, which is mounted on a wall inside your home. These two components work together to produce both cool and warm air and then distribute that air around the room in which the air handler is mounted. Mini-split systems are energy-efficient. In addition to simplifying HVAC repair and maintenance, they can save...

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How Long Do HVAC Systems Last?

February 20, 2020

Your HVAC system is a large investment, so you’ll likely want to see it last as long as possible. There isn’t a straightforward answer to how long a system will last as it depends on several factors. In general, though, it can be expected to last 15 to 25 years. Factors Impacting Your HVAC Systems Lifespan The number one thing affecting how long your system will last is regular maintenance. Getting your HVAC system tuned-up annually by a professional technician will ensure that it lasts as long as possible. The quality of the installation work will also affect the lifespan. If the installer didn’t follow proper installation procedures, the HVAC system will have a shorter life. This includes putting in an oversized or undersized system, which leads to much shorter lifespans. Oversizing, for instance, results in frequent on and off cycling that causes part failures. Techno Air Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration of Grove City correctly installs gas furnaces along with other HVAC equipment. Furnaces You can expect your well-maintained gas furnace to last about 20 to 30 years. It’s usually when the heat exchanger cracks that the furnace needs to be replaced. Electric furnaces tend to last longer. Air Conditioners...

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Why Should I Hire a Professional HVAC Company?

January 12, 2020

If you are in need of heating or cooling services, it is generally in your best interest to hire a contractor associated with a professional HVAC company. This is because a professional technician will typically have the credentials and the years of experience needed to do a good job in a timely manner. HVAC Professionals Are Usually Licensed and Insured The technicians who work at Techno Air in Grove City are all NATE certified. This means that they understand how to install, maintain or repair almost all makes and models of heating and cooling components. When a company carries liability or other forms of insurance, it means that you don’t have to pay for any damage a worker causes to your home. It may also mean that you aren’t responsible in the event that a worker is injured on your property while a project is ongoing. Professionals Are More Likely to Guarantee Their Work Reputable professionals want their customers to feel good about the work that they have done. Therefore, they tend to offer a warranty or similar type of guarantee as part of a service contract. The guarantee generally states that whoever repairs or installs a heating or cooling...

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What Thermostat Temperature is Best for the Winter?

December 19, 2019

The winter can be a fun season for those who love snow and the coming holidays. However, there can be drawbacks to the cold weather. To make sure your home’s interior remains comfortable, keeping the temperature at the right level is important. Defining the “right level” can be challenging, though. Is There a Right Temperature? Studies show that the suggested temperature for a house is around 68 degrees. It would be hard to argue that 68 is a bad choice. The interior is neither too hot nor too cold, although some people may choose to go higher or lower. Generally, temperatures in the 60s seem fine. As long as the furnace works as it should, maintaining a preferred temperature won’t be problematic. TechnoAir has assisted Grove City residents for 21 years and counting. If you want support with requests for repairs and maintenance, our company can send out technicians to your residence. Working With the Thermostat If you set your thermostat to, say, 65 degrees, you may be fine with that particular level. However, it wouldn’t hurt to see if other temperatures are just as comfortable. Lowing the temperature down one or two degrees might not deliver much of a...

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Why Is My Heating System’s Filter Black?

November 15, 2019

Don’t think of unfortunate surprises as being all that bad. If you check your heating system’s filter and notice that it is black instead of gray, you can feel some relief that you discovered a potential problem now as opposed to later. Depending on how serious the cause of the black filter, you may need to call in a maintenance pro. Why is the filter black? There can be several reasons. Carbon Monoxide Exposure Without a doubt, the presence of carbon monoxide in the home is cause for alarm. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas and can cause adverse health reactions. The source of the CM might be a leak in the furnace’s lines, or it could come from somewhere else. Since CM has no odor, you won’t even know its there. Invest in a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t have one. Soot Travels in the Air Does your home have a fireplace? If so, then soot could travel from the fireplace to the inside of the furnace. A problem may emerge when the fireplace has troubles with its vents. Amazingly, a raging fireplace isn’t necessary for this issue to emerge. Even burning candles can cause significant soot buildup...

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Preparing Your Home for Heating Season

October 22, 2019

The colder temperatures of fall and winter will wreak havoc on your finances if your home suffers from drafts, poor insulation, and an inefficient heating unit. Before those temperatures hit, you may want to consider a few projects around the home. Some you can do yourself while others may be best left to the professionals. Sealing Gaps and Cracks Cracks and gaps can be found around your windows and doors, in your attic, and around pipes that lead outside. Furnaces can develop gaps, too, usually in the insulation or around the sheet metal joints. The windows and doors should be addressed first. From the outside, you can apply caulking or spray foam to the windows and doors, or you can use foam tape from the inside. On the cost-effective side, you could lay down a door draft stopper and seal the windows with bubble wrap. For more far-reaching solutions, you can install energy-efficient double-pane windows and thermal-insulated curtains. Adding and Upgrading Insulation Insulation is essential for keeping warm air from escaping through the attic and cold air from entering through the basement or crawl space. Chances are your home already has insulation, but an inspection may point out deficient areas....

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The Best Way to Cool Older Homes

September 18, 2019

For a home without a central duct and air conditioning system, keeping cool in the summer can seem like a challenge. Luckily, there are a variety of other ways you can keep temperatures inside low as it starts to get hot outside. 1. Add Insulation to Your Home Many older homes without central air conditioning systems were built with a large amount of insulation. If your home isn’t well-insulated, large amounts of warm air can be entering through the walls and roof. The attic is the most important part of a home to keep well-insulated. This can help you control the temperature inside your home in both the summer and winter. 2. Install a Mini-Split System Ductless mini-split air conditioners don’t need a central ducting system to work. Rather, they are wall-mounted units that can keep certain zones of your home cool. They are highly energy-efficient and allow you to cool various rooms to different temperatures. Since they are small and are mounted high on the wall, they don’t take up a lot of space in a building. 3. Have an In-Window Air Conditioner In-window air conditioners are less energy-efficient than central units, but they are a great solution for...

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