What is MERV?

November 13, 2017

With winter fast approaching, the days of leaving the windows open to let in the refreshing autumn air are getting fewer and farther between. Soon you’ll not only be closing the windows but turning the furnace on for the first time in months. When your home or business enters this season of being sealed, your indoor air quality is of the highest importance. One of the ways to ensure that the warm air your furnace is blowing out is high in quality is by having air filters with the right MERV, or, Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, rating. What’s the Right MERV Rating for My System? The MERV rating scale was created in 1987 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as a means of determining the size of particles that can pass through a particular filter. With a scale ranging from 1-16 (1 representing the least effective and 16 representing the most effective), an air filter’s effectiveness at keeping contaminants from passing through is measured by this rating. For most homes, a filter with a rating between 7-12 is common. One may be tempted to think the higher the MERV rating the better, but this isn’t always the case. As the rating gets higher, that...

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The Temperatures that Keep You Sleeping Soundly

October 6, 2017

Sleep is an important factor in determining how well your body functions. Throughout the day, and during the night, your body temperature is constantly changing. If you find yourself unable to sleep at night, it could be due to an inadequate temperature setting on your thermostat. Experts agree that the body needs at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. If you’re like most people, you may find it difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep. So, what is the temperature that keeps you sleeping soundly? Although expert opinions differ when it comes to the exact home temperature setting, one fact remains true. Everyone has different body temperatures, that affects their sleep rhythm. A higher or lower room temperature may not yield the same results for different people. With this in mind, it is safe to assume that an indoor air temperature of 68 degrees could be the optimal home temperature for the majority of insomniacs. Ideal Room Temperature for Uninterrupted Sleep A home temperature set too low or too high can interfere with the body’s natural sleep pattern. In order to achieve a good, uninterrupted, night’s sleep, your bedroom needs to be cool. The cooler your bedroom, the more likely...

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Lowering Your Heating Bill in Lexington KY

September 20, 2017

Winter comes, you crank the thermostat up in your home so you’re warm and cozy… until you get your winter energy bill and see how expensive it can be to stay comfortable in your home during the cold season. There are some simple ways to lower your heating bill and increase the money in your pocket this coming season: 1) Change old, worn weather-stripping for new weather stripping. Whether it’s old, has been damaged by children or pets, or is missing in certain areas of your home, it’s important that every door in your home is properly sealed from the outside air. Since up to 30% of your heating bill can come from heating drafty areas, this can save you big money. 2) Use a portable heater or heating blanket to heat the area of your home you are in. If you have a large home, odds are you are paying to heat a lot of space that you are not occupying very often. This will allow you to lower your thermostat and still be comfortable in whatever room you’re in. 3) Make sure warm air is not escaping through places you might not have considered. Insulate your attic access door, for...

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Are AC Tune Ups Worth It?

June 23, 2017

It’s hot. You’re sweating. The sidewalk is sizzling and all you want to is to cool off indoors. You’ve got a summer coming and your AC unit is going to need some attention. It’s working overtime to make sure you come home to a house that’s refreshing rather than a sweat lodge. Because of all the extra work, you might want to think about getting an AC tune up. Your machine needs to be taken care of and here at , there’s no better place to turn to for great air conditioning service. But is that little extra cash worth shelling out for some AC maintenance? There’s a lot of reasons to keep up with your air conditioning maintenance. One of them is to get rid of breakdowns. All AC units have a breaking point but with regular AC maintenance, you can avoid a disaster. Breakdowns can also lead to unsafe home conditions, like gas leaks, and can cost you a whole lot of money in AC repairs. You deserve an air conditioning unit that’s going to last you in the long run and wants to help you achieve that. Keeping up with regular air conditioning maintenance will cut back...

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Are Expensive Filters Worth It?

May 13, 2017

As you’re getting your HVAC system ready to keep your home cool for another summer here in , you want to make sure you’re being as smart and efficient as possible. One of the questions we get a lot at is whether it’s worth the extra money (up to seven times as much) to buy expensive filters for your unit. It’s important to remember that a filter’s main job is keep unwanted items – dust particles, pet hair and the like – from getting into the coil and clogging things up. Filters are made to protect equipment, not people. The makers of expensive, high-end filters claim their products can “capture at least 90% of large airborne particles like dust, pollen and pet dander from the air passing through the filter.” Even if that’s true, that means they’re preventing those foreign objects from passing through the filter; not even the filter manufacturers claim they can improve indoor air quality for people in the house. While there is anecdotal evidence from people who say expensive filters lead to cleaner air, here at we haven’t seen reputable studies to back up the claims that pricy filters make a big difference in indoor air...

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5 Summer Prep Tips for AC

April 14, 2017

It seems like we just got done with spring cleaning, but our scorching summer and fall months are descending upon us! How do you prepare? For most homes and business in , air conditioning uses more electricity than any other use. There are ways to reduce this load before sweltering months kick into full gear. Here are some easy some summer preparation practices to help reduce your usage and electric bills: Should You Close Unused Vents? Experts offer different opinions on the efficiency of closing vents and doors to unused rooms. In quite a few cases, this will decrease your air conditioning unit’s efficiency. Please double-check for any rooms with thermostats in them. You might not want to close them off. You can contact a technician at and they can advise you about closing off any parts of the house for the summer. Keep the Heat Off Your Thermostat Check to see that computers, televisions, lamps and other household devices that generate heat are not too close to your thermostat. If so, this can inadvertently drive up your temperature reading, causing the AC unit to kick off and on repeatedly all day and night to keep the temperature low. This...

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The Facts About Furnace Installation Lexington KY

January 31, 2017

Kentucky is a state that expects snowfall, but like other parts of the country, the first snowfall of the season can be a real challenge. There are several elements which many the first snowfall of the season unique. Before the winter weather is expected, it is wise to prepare the heating system to operate throughout the entire system. If the system needs repairs, they can be completed before the coldest weather hits. If a new unit is required, furnace installation Lexington KY residents can be assured of the quality of the equipment and the services.

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Quick And Efficient Furnace Installation Lexington KY

December 19, 2016

Kentucky winters can be bitterly cold, which makes preparing for them a huge necessity. Just as one would be proactive in gathering a proper winter wardrobe while the weather was still pleasant, getting a home's HVAC ready for the high demand that will be place on it should also be performed before things cool down too much. Quality furnace installation Lexington KY can make sure that indoor spaces stay warm when a brisk chill is in the air outside.

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An Overview Of Furnace Installation Lexington KY

December 6, 2016

Anyone who has lived or visited the Lexington, Kentucky weather knows how changeable it can be. There can be hot weather and cold weather, sometimes in the same month. For homeowners, a survival guide to weird Kentucky weather includes ensuring that the heating and air conditioning systems are operating efficiently. For furnace installation Lexington KY homeowners and business owners should obtain suggestions about the best systems from a qualified technician.

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Understanding Fall Forest Fire Dangers In Kentucky

October 21, 2016

Forest fires can decimate the land and any structures standing upon it. They can also wreak havoc on indoor air qualities for miles around. Understanding fall forest fire dangers in Kentucky is a very important part of keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Following are several things that you can do to effectively mitigate both fire events and the many health risks caused by prolonged exposure to smoke.

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