Are you an optimizer? A maximizer? A person who wants to squeeze every ounce of value out of an investment? This blog is for you! Today we’re talking about how to make the most out of your home’s HVAC system.
These tips and tricks are great for anyone that wants to ensure top performance of their heating and cooling system. The fact is that it’s not always about the HVAC unit you have, but action (…or inaction) you take to interact with it. By understanding more about how your choices impact your home’s heating and cooling performance, you can save energy and money!
Be Aware of Changing Energy Needs
We have all experienced the frustrating feeling of being in a dark room where there’s only one option for lighting: ON, with so much brightness it makes you squint! Sometimes we want that full illumination – like if you’re looking for a missing item. But often in the evening hours, it’s nice to have the option of a dimmer switch, or smaller lamps with a softer glow. And during the daytime, you may only need a bit of light to supplement the sunshine. The moral of the story is that your needs for lighting change throughout the day.
The same is true for your air conditioning and heating. During certain parts of the day, week, and year, your HVAC will use more or less energy. Comfort cooling and heating systems run more frequently and for longer periods in the winter and summer months. Also, your home may need less cooling or heating during the week when the family is out of the home for work or school.
If you’re serious about making the most of your heating and cooling system, you need to install a programmable thermostat. That will allow you to change the temperature setpoint automatically depending on your changing energy needs. To take it a step further, new smart thermostats can allow remote access to your thermostat via your smartphone.
One more tip: don’t forget to set back your thermostat when you are leaving your home for several days at a time.
The very best thing you can do to improve the long-term performance of your heating and cooling system is to ensure you get maintenance every single year. Your HVAC unit is a mechanical device with plenty of moving parts. It needs a professional service annually to ensure top performance and the highest efficiency.
We strongly recommend partnering with a reputable HVAC company with a preventative maintenance program. One of the most valuable benefits of a maintenance program is that the company will track your service schedule for you. Here at Brody Pennell, we also take pictures of your equipment and track performance over time, which can help us provide faster and more accurate service. Plus, our members receive other benefits, like 24/7 emergency service and extended appointment times.
There’s a reason that manufacturers require annual service as a part of warranty agreements. Maintenance helps maintain the performance and reliability of your equipment. It’s that simple!
Investing In Higher-Quality Equipment
When it comes time to replace your equipment, consider investing in the highest quality systems. The best HVAC systems today have new technological advances that make them more efficient, work better, and break down less than the HVAC systems of years ago.
For example, the Carrier Infinity Systems with Greenspeed Intelligence offer performance features unmatched by any other system on the market. When you invest in a premium system, you’ll get enhanced durability, improved serviceability, and outstanding energy efficiency.
Because of the extreme energy efficiency, these high-caliber systems often qualify for discounts and rebates. Plus, financing can ease the burden of a new HVAC purchase. You can get the comfort and efficiency of a new system now, and pay later.
Beyond Tips and Tricks: Call Brody Pennell
Brody Pennell is an award-winning heating and air conditioning company that has served Los Angeles since 1945. We are the longest-standing Carrier dealer in the LA area, so you can trust that we are a reputable company. How can we help you? Contact us today!
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless gas that can kill. It’s something we take very seriously as a provider of repair, service, and installation of heating systems, because furnaces are a source of carbon monoxide gas. Here at Brody Pennell, we see this as a very important health and safety issue. Homeowners should have a full understanding of the dangers of carbon monoxide and know what the warning signs are of CO poisoning. And most important of all, what you can do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your household.
How is Carbon Monoxide Produced?
Carbon monoxide is found in the fumes of any fuel-burning device. The gas is created when there is an incomplete combustion of fossil fuels or hydrocarbons. It’s normal for fuel-burning equipment to produce carbon monoxide; the problem is more in how the CO is dispersed.
Since the gas is poisonous to living beings, it’s important to ensure that systems are in place to remove any carbon monoxide gas to the outside air. Some examples of this include the exhaust pipe on a car, or the chimney on a fireplace. When these exhaust systems become blocked, enclosed, or leak, it becomes a safety risk.
The most common sources of carbon monoxide include: cars with gasoline or diesel engines, stoves, furnaces that use heating oil, grills, lanterns, furnaces, and any other item that works by burning fuel.
Symptoms of CO Poisoning
Since carbon monoxide has no color or smell, you may not even be aware when the air in your home has high concentrations of the gas. So, it’s critical to be aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning.
The onset of symptoms is usually gradual, and sometimes the individual may not be fully aware that it’s even happening. The most common symptoms include:
- Dizziness, headache, and fatigue
- Nausea, upset stomach, and vomiting
- Loss of alertness or consciousness
As you can see, these symptoms are very similar to other conditions. A person might think they have the flu or a bad migraine. That’s what makes carbon monoxide poisoning so dangerous. Many people who suffer from CO poisoning do so while intoxicated, sleeping, or even just sitting in a chair.
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Home
While CO poisoning may have serious consequences, prevention is actually very easy.
Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector. It is your first – and best – line of defense in detecting high levels of carbon monoxide. According to the EPA, locate your carbon monoxide detector at least 5 feet above the floor and nearby sleeping areas so it can wake you up in the night. Although it might make sense to put it right next to the garage doorway or near your furnace, that may trigger false alarms. Finally, remember that every floor in your home needs at least one carbon monoxide detector.
Here are some other ways to prevent CO poisoning at home:
- Make sure heating appliances, such as stoves and furnaces, are well-vented. This will prevent accumulation of carbon monoxide in the room.
- Schedule heating maintenance annually and make sure the service is done by a qualified HVAC contractor.
- Never burn charcoal indoors or underneath an overhang.
- Do not use a fuel-burning generator indoors, in a garage, or underneath an overhang
- Ensure the doorway to your garage is well-sealed and never run a vehicle with the garage door closed.
- Improve the ventilation of your home by opening screened windows on a nice day or adding a mechanical ventilator to your HVAC system.
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When hiring an HVAC service technician, there are many credentials you should look for to ensure quality work. A contractor that is committed to excellence will employ NATE-certified technicians. So, what is NATE certification anyway?
What is NATE Certification?
The non-profit organization North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is an independent association serving the HVAC industry. NATE is primarily a certifying organization, so their primary purpose is to certify installation and service technicians.
NATE is the only nationally accepted certification program for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. It is endorsed by the entire HVACR industry, the technicians themselves, manufacturers, contractors, and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, ACCA. It is the culmination of years of effort by the ACCA and other industry stakeholders to come up with a single, nationwide certification.
Although NATE is a voluntary certification, tens of thousands of technicians are certified to date, and the number continues to grow. However, not all candidates who attempt the test pass it the first time; in fact, close to 35% of all those who take it fail. This is a strong indication that those who pass are the very best in the trade in terms of skills, experience, and knowledge of heating and cooling installation and service.
What Are The Levels of NATE Certification?
There are many types of certificates awarded by NATE:
- Ready-to-Work Certificate – this is the first step of the certification and is for entry-level technicians just beginning their career in the industry.
- HVAC Support Technician Certificate – once a technician has worked in the field for 6-12 months, they will have gained enough knowledge and experience to earn the HVAC Support Technician certification.
- Specialty Certificates – technicians can earn certificates in specialty topics. These certificates can then be used to qualify for NATE certification or HVAC Efficiency Analyst certification.
- NATE Certification – this is the gold standard of the certifications that NATE offers. Technicians must pass a rigorous series of exams and demonstrate a deep level of knowledge on speciality topics.
- HVAC Efficiency Analyst – this is a senior certification and is intended for the most experienced of technicians. To qualify for this level, a technician must already hold two NATE specialty topic certificates.
Homeowners should ensure professionals they hire have earned NATE certification. Individual certificates are not the same as NATE certification. You can verify a technician’s certifications on NATE’s website.
Earning NATE Certification
Technicians earn NATE certificates by passing several knowledge–based tests. To reach NATE certification, technicians must pass a core exam. The core exam is 50 questions and covers topics like construction safety, HVAC science, tools, and measurement taking. In addition, candidates must take a specialty test with 100 multiple–choice questions focused on one or more of the following specialties:
- Air Conditioning
- Air Distribution
- Air to Air Heat Pump
- Gas Heating (Air)
- Air Conditioning
- Air Distribution
- Commercial Refrigeration
- Heat Pump (Air to Air)
- Gas Heating (Air)
- Hydronics Gas
- Hydronics Oil
- Light Commercial Refrigeration
- Oil Heating (Air)
- Efficiency Analyst
What Does NATE Certified Mean to Homeowners?
Homeowners who hire NATE certified technicians can enjoy greater peace of mind and home comfort. Other benefits to the homeowner include:
- A job done right the first time
- Lower power bills due to proper installation and service
- Fast, reliable and efficient service
- Fewer warranty returns and callbacks
- The HVAC system will run at peak efficiency
- Expert advice from an experienced and knowledgeable technician
NATE certification tests take the form of real working scenarios of HVACR systems, and they positively impact contractors, manufacturers, distributors, trainers, utilities, consumers, and the technicians themselves. An NATE certificate is an impressive addition to a technician’s resume, since up to 90% of homeowners prefer working with certified technicians.
If you want to get the most out of your cooling and heating system, call an NATE certified technician and schedule a maintenance inspection. Brody Pennell proudly employs NATE-certified technicians and supports their continuing education requirements. For HVAC service you can trust, call your friends at Brody Pennell!
While air conditioning systems come in various designs, all of them share similar working components to cool your home while eliminating heat and moisture. Choosing the perfect one for your needs, however, will depend on several factors, including cost, application, and installation.
Choosing Air Conditioning Systems: Know the Types
As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life! You may not be aware there are many kinds of air conditioning systems to choose from. To narrow down your choices, it pays to weigh the features and benefits of different air conditioning systems. Here are your common options:
Central Air Conditioning Systems
A central A/C is the most common type of air conditioner in Los Angeles, so you are probably familiar with what it looks like and how it works. Physically, it’s the largest type of air conditioner.
A central AC consists of a large outdoor unit and a small indoor coil connected to each other by refrigerant tubing. Central air conditioners use the same ductwork and blower fan as your heating system. That can make a central system very effective in cooling your entire home.
The most important part of selecting a central AC system is choosing the correct size. Undersized units won’t provide enough cooling while oversized ones won’t dehumidify well. Both can take a toll on your energy bills.
Decentralized with Ductless Mini-Splits
A ductless mini split is a great choice for a lot of homeowners. If your home does not currently have a forced-air HVAC system installed, ductless can be a perfect solution. Mini-splits are also great for add-ons or hot spots.
Space Cooling with a Window Unit
As the name suggests, this type of unit is installed within a window or through a hole in an exterior wall. It is a unitary system, which means that all the components for air conditioning are within a single compact box. It’s available in various sizes to serve any space, from a single room up to an entire floor.
Window units can be very affordable but there are a few downsides. One is that they are very noisy, so while the temperature feels nice the sound can be very distracting. The other negative is that these units can be quite the eyesore from the outside. For that reason, many Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and local municipalities have rules against these types of units.
Portable Air Conditioners
If you have a small room that needs temporary cooling, you might consider a portable A/C. This is a mobile, self-contained unit placed on the floor that you can easily move from room to room. You can use this as a supplement for your central AC to prevent premature wear and lower energy costs.
But despite the word “portable” in the name, this type of air conditioner has a couple of space requirements. It must connect to an exterior window for warm air to exhaust. And, you need an outlet nearby to plug it in. So, most homeowners with a portable AC keep it in a fairly permanent location. Here, you may be better off installing a single ductless mini-split to take care of the comfort problem.
Turn to Brody Pennell for Flawless Air Conditioning Installation
With over 75 years in the industry, Brody Pennell has what it takes to carry out your air conditioning installation to perfection. We’ll help you find the right A/C for your home so you can keep your comfort at optimum levels. Get in touch with us or call us at (310) 896-4911.
Summertime brings longer hours of daylight, more sunshine….and higher electric bills. Air conditioning keeps homes cool and comfortable but uses a significant amount of a home’s total energy consumption. Utility bills can add up! And if all your neighbors are running their AC at the same time, it can lead to rolling blackouts. That’s why we recommend every homeowner in Los Angeles makes a plan for how to save energy throughout the hottest months. With an energy savings plan, you can use your home’s appliances and systems efficiently while achieving energy savings during the summer’s warmest days.
Energy-Saving Tip #1 – Manage the Heat from Your Windows
Your windows are a huge source of added heat inside your home. And once your house is hot, your air conditioner has to use energy to cool it back down. So, be mindful of your window usage. Closing blinds, shades and drapes in rooms when they are receiving direct sunlight will help reduce heat transfer. This simple step can ensure rooms remain cool; plus, your A/C won’t need to work so hard.
Energy-Saving Tip #2 – Go With the (Air) Flow
Open all your interior doors so that cooler air freely flows throughout the house. Use ceiling fans so you can comfortably raise the temperature on your A/C’s thermostat by several degrees. Check your HVAC filters each month and replace them as often as needed, or at least every 3 months.
Energy-Saving Tip #3 – Seal It Up
Check the house for air leaks. Your cool air may escape through fireplaces, holes in foundation walls and attics, and around doors and windows. Close fireplace dampers, caulk around windows and places where there are air leaks in attics and foundation walls, and install or replace weather stripping around doors. Inject foam insulation into walls without insulation and add R-30 rated insulation to your attic. Make your home as snug and air tight as you can. And don’t forget to have your ductwork checked for tightness during a routing AC maintenance visit. You don’t want that cold air from your air conditioner leaking into your attic!
Energy-Saving Tip #4 – Limit Extra Heat
Run heat producing appliances during the coolest parts of the day. Cook more on an outdoor grill or in your microwave, as it uses half the energy your stove or range does. Place your refrigerator’s temperature setting between 30°F and 42°F. If it has a power saving switch, use it. If your dishwasher has an economy setting, wash on that setting. Only run full loads.
Energy-Saving Tip #5 – Run a High-Performing Air Conditioner
In the summer months, your air conditioner uses an enormous amount of energy. Do everything you can to ensure your AC is running at peak energy efficiency. Schedule HVAC maintenance in the spring, or sign up for a maintenance agreement so you never forget. When your air conditioner starts to hit double-digits in age, replace it with an energy-efficient system like the Carrier Greenspeed Intelligence system. Not only will you get outstanding energy efficiency, but these systems typically qualify for cash-saving special rebates.
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Air conditioning is one of the modern-day inventions that everyone in Los Angeles is grateful for. The A/C is convenient and keeps your home at comfortable temperatures all summer long. But most homes in Southern California are equipped with ceiling fans as well. Which begs the question: if you start to feel uncomfortably warm in your home, should you turn on the fan or lower the AC?
Use Air Conditioning for Convenience
Using your air conditioner is certainly the convenient choice. It’s already built into your home and has refrigeration technology to keep you cool. Just set the thermostat to your desired temperature, and your AC does the rest. The air conditioning system will turn on and off to maintain the indoor temperature.
If you spring for a smart thermostat, you can set your HVAC system on a programmed schedule. Some models even allow you to change the setpoint from your smartphone or smart speaker.
So, using the air conditioner is definitely the most convenient option if you are feeling warm. Unfortunately, this method uses the most energy.
Use Ceiling Fans for Lower Energy Bills
Ceiling fans use significantly less energy than an air conditioner. Research from the State of California Air Resources Board concluded that you can reduce your HVAC energy usage about 5% per degree Fahrenheit by using the ceiling fan instead of the AC.
Similar studies have indicated that you can raise the temperature setpoint on the thermostat by up to 4 degrees, and if you turn on the ceiling fan in the room you won’t feel any difference.
Using a ceiling fan is a choice that you have to make. Just like a light bulb or water faucet, you need to turn it on and off. It’s important to remember that room fans work by creating a wind chill effect. In other words, a ceiling fan running in a room with no one in it is just a waste of energy (you could say the same about air conditioners too, which is why we love ductless). So when you use ceiling fans instead of air conditioning to keep cool, you must make it a habit to turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room.
Combining Ceiling Fans and AC to Keep Cool and Comfortable
If comfort is your priority, you’ll benefit most from using a combination of the ceiling fan and your air conditioner.
We already know that ceiling fans can reduce the need for air conditioning – but it likely will not eliminate it. During the hot summer season, a ceiling fan alone may not keep the indoors as comfortable as you might like. Using a ceiling fan together with high efficiency air conditioning is your best bet.
Ceiling fans offer personal comfort; family members in the living room can have the ceiling fan off, while those sleeping in the bedroom can turn the fans on. This way, no one has to snuggle under a blanket in the middle of summer.
Try increasing your thermostat setting by 2 degrees and using ceiling fans when you begin to feel warm. We bet that you will be pleasantly surprised by how comfortable you feel – and delighted by the energy savings on your next utility bill.
Need More Cooling Help? Brody Pennell is Here For You.
If your air conditioner and fan is not keeping up with your cooling needs, there may be a bigger problem. An air conditioner that isn’t providing enough cooling is a very common AC repair. Our knowledgeable techs can find the problem and solve it, fast! Call us at (310) 896-4911.
Keeping your home clean and sanitized is important to promote a healthy environment. Especially right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles residents are more vigilant than ever. Wiping down surfaces with a disinfectant has become second nature. But what about the enormous part of your home that’s invisible: the molecules that make up the air you breathe? Recent research shows that relative humidity plays an important part in a healthy home- and you may find the results surprising.
Indoor Humidity: Where Does It Come From?
Air is made up of a lot of different gases, like nitrogen and oxygen. But there is also water vapor in the atmosphere. You might recall from science class that water can exist in a solid, liquid, or gas state. Most of the humidity in a home starts out as liquid H2O, which then evaporates. So indoor humidity comes from a lot of places:
- Boiling water on the stove
- Steamy showers or baths
- Drying clothes on a rack
- Sweat from indoor workouts
- Dishwashers running with scalding water or on the drying cycle
- Coffee pots, tea kettles, and the steam generated from hot beverages
- Blow-drying wet hair
- Steaming clothes to get out wrinkles
You can probably think of many other places where water might evaporate into the surrounding air. But here is the important thing to know: you don’t want too much or too little water vapor in your air.
What’s the Ideal Indoor Humidity for an LA Home?
Here in Los Angeles, we are lucky not to have to deal with high humidity too often. You are probably aware of the consequences for having too much moisture in a home. The primary concern for excessive humidity is the growth of mold. For many years, we have known that keeping indoor humidity below 60% can hinder the growth of mildew.
But research has shown that there is a downside to not having enough water vapor. In a recent study, hospitals with humidity levels under 40% relative humidity (RH) saw a much higher transmission of infectious disease molecules like the flu virus. The numbers increase the lower the humidity gets. Since low humidity levels facilitate the spread of infection, it’s critical that humidity levels don’t get too low.
Therefore, the ideal indoor relative humidity is anywhere between 45-55% RH. Since humidity levels are relative to the temperature, it’s best to target a range rather than a specific percentage.
Tools for Humidity Control
If you don’t already have a sensor to determine the amount of humidity in your home, that’s an excellent start. Many thermostats come equipped with a humidity sensor. If you have a smart thermostat, you may be able to track humidity over time with a connected app.
If you find that your home doesn’t have enough humidity to maintain healthy humidity levels, don’t worry. There are plenty of solutions for dry air in your LA house. We recommend installing a whole-home humidifier that will add moisture to your air automatically when it gets to be too dry.
Stay Healthy with Humidity Control
As research from industry experts shows, humidity levels are crucial to a healthy indoor environment. Contact Brody Pennell to assist with any home humidity and moisture problems you are experiencing. With decades of experience in the Los Angeles area, we can address your concerns quickly and with old-school customer service. Call us at (310) 896-4911.
3 Easy Ways You Can Help Los Angeles get through the Coronavirus Pandemic
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed right now, you’re not alone. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone in Los Angeles.
While many essential workers continue to serve on the front lines, many LA residents are sheltering in place and have spent weeks at home. And just maybe, you’re starting to go a little stir crazy. Channel that cabin fever into a force for good with one of these three volunteer opportunities.
It’s true – you can do even more than washing your hands and keeping your distance between others. With less people out and about, there is a greater need for those looking to donate their time. Of course, keep in mind your own personal health considerations before choosing to participate in one of these opportunities!
1) Give Blood
It makes sense that even regular donors have put a temporary pause on giving blood, given that donating requires close contact between people. But unfortunately, that makes our community’s need for blood even greater.
Blood and platelet donations are urgently needed to support patients in Los Angeles hospitals and critical care facilities. Healthy donors can make an appointment with the American Red Cross at any number of Los Angeles locations. There is also extra need for patients who have fully recovered from COVID-19 to donate.
There are several donation safety protocols in place on top of normal healthcare facility procedures. Some of these safeguards include conducting donor mini-physicals to ensure donors are healthy, following social distancing practices between donor beds, and enhanced disinfecting of equipment.
2) Supporting Food Banks
With thousands of LA residents being out of work, our local food pantries are bare with long lines of people in need. Low-income citizens need our help now more than ever to put food on the table.
Pop-up drive-thru food pantries have made it simple for in-need families to get the supplies they need safely. Unfortunately (and logically) volunteer activity has declined, making it difficult to serve the community efficiently.
Volunteers are needed to staff food banks and pantries all across the Southern California area. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is providing regular updates to the public and has safeguards in place to protect volunteers and staff.
3) Californians for All
On Tuesday April 21st, California Governor Gavin Newsom called for an “army of volunteers” in order to beat the coronavirus pandemic. The Californians for All initiative connects residents with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.
One of the best things about the program is that there are remote opportunities available. That means that you can donate your time right from your home, without needing to visit any location in-person.
After you sign up on the website, you can choose the issues most important to you. Then, the platform will offer up opportunities that match your interests.
Californians for All is a great program for all Los Angeles residents, even if you have never volunteered for any organization before. The idea is to make a perfect match between volunteers and organizations that need help.
Brody Pennell is Here to Serve Los Angeles During Coronavirus Pandemic
We know that this is a trying time – and particularly hard as you stay at home for a majority of your time. Brody Pennell continues to serve the Los Angeles community with essential HVAC services. We are taking multiple safety precautions to ensure the safety of both homeowners and our team members as we continue to provide necessary services. If we can help make your home more comfortable during this time, call us at (310) 896-4911.
Everyone wants a good deal on big purchases. Replacing your air conditioning and heating system is a major home improvement expense. HVAC rebates can provide some relief to homeowners looking to invest in a new heating and cooling system. We’ve compiled the top HVAC promotions for how Los Angeles homeowners can save cash this year.
How HVAC Rebates Work
Rebates are essentially a discount on your purchase. But instead of receiving your discount at the time of purchase, you receive your discount after the purchase. As the homeowner, you are responsible for claiming the rebates (don’t worry, Brody Pennell can help with this step).
Then, you’ll send your receipt, along with any other required information, to the group that is running the HVAC rebate special. When the organization has verified your system meets the criteria for the rebate, you will receive a check for the qualifying amount.
Top HVAC Rebates for LA Homeowners
This month, Brody Pennell is helping you save. We’re sharing a variety of promotions that are currently available for Los Angeles homeowners who purchase a new heating and cooling system:
The most lucrative HVAC rebate is Carrier Cool Cash. This promotion is available through June 30, 2020 and applies to eligible Carrier systems. When you purchase a qualifying Carrier system, you can get up to $1,650 in rebates. Carrier has a simple online form that can be used to submit your rebate request, making it extra easy to get cash back.
Another set of rebates to look out for is from your utility company. Utility companies provide rebates on more efficient HVAC systems because that would result in less demand on the grid. Los Angeles homeowners can go to the website for their electricity provider and see what rebates are available. Right now, LA homeowners can get up to $1,100 in rebates from local utilities. There are rebates available for replacing older HVAC units that have low efficiency levels. Plus, there are rebates for purchasing high-efficiency HVAC models.
Combine Rebates to Cash in on Savings
Did you know that you can combine rebates? You can take advantage of both the Cool Cash program as well as the utility rebates for up to $2,750 in cash back. That can make your new air conditioner much more affordable.
Financing for HVAC Systems
Even with the help of incentives like rebates, you may not be able to come up with the money to purchase a new HVAC outright. So, we offer HVAC financing to help you buy a new unit while these discounts are in effect. This way, you’ll have a more manageable monthly payment rather than trying to come up with the full amount at once.
Free MERV 13 Filter
Because of the unprecedented public health crisis that is COVID-19, we are taking this offer one step further. For any new system purchase until June 30, 2020, we are offering a free MERV 13 Media Air Cleaner. Filters are the first line of defense in capturing contaminants in your home’s air, so a high-quality filter is essential to a clean home.
Contact Us Today to Learn More About Your New HVAC System Options
Call Brody Pennell today at (310) 896-4911 for a no-obligation consultation on a new HVAC system for your home. We are only one of two contractors in all of North American to be honored with Carrier’s President Award. Translation? We are among the nation’s most elite HVAC dealers for customer service, loyalty, business efficiency, and continued education. We’d love the opportunity to work with you! Call us at (310) 896-4911.
Feeling like an electricity generator? We’ve all been there. It seems like everything you touch results in a ZAP! Even the gentle touch of a loved one can cause that quick, sharp shock. Static electricity is a symptom of a bigger problem: the air in your house is just too dry.
Static electricity is frustrating, sure. But dry air isn’t just an annoyance.
The Problem with Dry Air
The air in your home has two main properties: temperature and humidity. Ideally, the humidity level in your house should be around 45%.
Most of us are familiar with the problems caused by too much moisture. Besides the dampness, you’d feel, too much humidity can be breeding grounds for bacteria and mold.
We don’t often hear about the problems caused by air that is too dry. Dry air causes noticeable changes, like static electricity. You might also notice that your skin gets crackly or scaly, or your lips stay dry and chapped.
But there’s also the changes internal functions to be aware of, like mucous membranes (yes, we’re talking the stuff inside your nose). When mucus is too dry, it loses its natural barrier against inflation of the respiratory tract. As a result, you can be more prone to sickness.
How do I know if the air in my house is too dry?
There are a variety of ways to monitor the moisture level of the air inside your home to ensure it is not too dry. Any of the following methods would work:
1 – Sensing – If your home is at the right humidity level, you won’t have any of the problems associated with dry air. For example, no one in your home will suffer from extra-dry skin, chapped lips, or bloody noses. Also, you won’t be subjected to static electricity at every doorknob.
2 – Changes in your Home – Dry air will pull moisture from your house’s structure and furnishings. So, warped and creaky wood is an indicator of air that’s too dry. You can also check for chipped and flaking paint.
3 – Monitoring – Many thermostats these days come with a humidity sensor built-in. This way, you can know for sure the moisture content of the air in your house. But if your thermostat doesn’t have this feature, not to worry. You can purchase temperature and humidity monitors very inexpensively.
What solutions are there for dry air?
Although there are many short-term solutions for dry air, we encourage you to consider a permanent solution for your house. Installing a humidifier alongside the rest of your HVAC equipment will ensure that your humidity levels never drop below the acceptable range. This way, you can avoid the inconvenience of air with low humidity levels.
And yes – there are many cheap space humidifiers available. The problem with these local humidifiers is that you have to remember to turn them on, power them off, and then to add water. And, a small humidifier will only help the air nearby – not all of the air inside your house.
A whole-home humidifier is installed with your heating and cooling equipment. This way, all of the air in your home will get treated. And best of all, you’ll never have to worry about turning it on or off, or remembering to refill any water reservoirs. A whole-home humidifier is connected to your water line.
In short, a whole-home humidifier can help preserve comfort and healthier air in every space.
Dry Air Solutions from Brody Pennell
Don’t let dry air make you uncomfortable or susceptible to illness. Take control with a whole-home humidifier and enjoy the air all year long. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation on adding a humidifier to your HVAC system.