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Don’t Let Poor Indoor Air Quality Spook You
Thursday, October 17, 2019
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Poor indoor air quality got you spooked? Follow these tips to have your energy services back in shape quickly.

You count on your energy services to keep the temperatures comfortable indoors, but you probably seldom even think about the quality of the inside air. According to the EPA, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is typically 2-5 times worse than the air we breathe outdoors. Don’t let those statistics spook you. Here’s what you need to know.

Causes of Poor IAQ

Chemical products used in manufacturing many common home items - from TVs and electronics to paneling and mattresses – affect the air quality. Home cleaning products also contain chemicals. Pet dander, dust mites, pollen, mold, and secondary smoke all exist in the environment around us. Combined, they contribute to compromised air quality.

Effects of Poor IAQ

Poor IAQ can result in a wide variety of health issues. Some occur immediately, but others may not show up for months or even years. People with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma or allergies, are particularly susceptible. Symptoms may increase or worsen depending on the airborne pollutants in your home.

Common reactions to poor IAQ are dry, scratchy throats, coughing and sneezing, red or watery eyes, congestion, and headaches. Some people also report dizziness, sleeplessness, rashes, and mental fatigue. Different people react in different ways.

Solutions to Poor IAQ

Fortunately, there are many ways to monitor and improve the air quality of your home or office.

  • Open the windows. Allow some fresh air in from the outdoors. Good ventilation = improved air quality.
  • Purchase an air quality monitor. These devices track and monitor air quality over time.
  • Get an air purifier. This is one of the easiest ways to assure cleaner air to breathe.

Indoor air quality doesn’t have to be frightening. At G+S, we can help you monitor your home and provide solutions for your air quality needs. Call us today for an energy services audit at (704) 933-2256.

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Cobwebs on Your Air Filter: When It’s Time to Replace It
Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Changing the air filter is one of the easiest ways to keep your heating and air conditioning services operating efficiently. But how often do you need to change it?

Nearly every homeowner knows that changing the air filter is one of the easiest ways to keep your heating and air conditioning system running at its best. But knowing exactly when to change it is a trickier question. Most experts agree that the answer depends on a variety of factors.

How Many People?

The number of people, their ages, and their particular health concerns make a big difference. Very young and older people are more susceptible to poor air quality. People with health concerns such as asthma require cleaner air to feel comfortable.

How Many Pets?

Pets definitely affect the frequency for changing an air filter. Shedding, dander, and dust increase in homes with even one pet.

Construction, Farm, Road Dust?

If the outside air around the house contains dust from farming or nearby construction and roads, it will affect the indoor air quality as well.

Type of Air Filter

Less expensive fiberglass filters require replacing more often. If you find they get dirty quickly, try using a higher quality pleated filter instead.

Check your air filter often. Especially if conditions in your home change. If you notice dust and debris on the filter, it’s time for a new one. Regular maintenance of the air filter will keep your energy bills lower and your family more comfortable during all the seasons of the year. It is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to keep your HVAC system functioning at its best.

For answers to all your heating and air conditioning questions, contact the friendly service representatives at G+S Heating Air Energy Services at (704) 933-2256 today.

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Checklist Before Your Fall Maintenance Visit
Thursday, September 26, 2019
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Is scheduling a fall maintenance visit on your to-do list? As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, it is time to prepare your home for winter. Scheduling a maintenance checkup in the fall will ensure your HVAC system is ready for the transition from air conditioning to heat.

Before the service technician arrives, here is a checklist of things you can do to make the maintenance visit more thorough and streamlined:

  • Change the filters in the units. The beginning of each season is a good rule of thumb. Create a reminder to check the filters monthly. Periodic cleaning will extend the life of the filter. If you have pets or open your windows frequently, you may have to change them more often.
  • Clear the area around the outdoor components of the HVAC system so the technician has easy access.
  • Make a note of any problems you notice. Does the unit make a funny noise? Do you see any leaks or hear any drips? Is there visible dust or dirt? Do you see rust?
  • Invest in a good cover for your air conditioning unit. Heavy winter snow and ice can cause damage and rust. A properly fitted cover will keep the unit clean, safe, and prevent critters from making it their home during winter months.

The heating and air conditioning system is the heart of your home. It works day and night to keep your family safe and comfortable. Regular maintenance and professional service is the best way to prevent small problems from becoming major repairs. Get in touch with our team at G+S Energy today to discuss maintenance agreements that will keep your HVAC in tip-top shape.

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4 Ways to Reduce Home Allergens and Improve Indoor Air Quality
Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Poor indoor air quality is a major cause of summer allergy symptoms. The commercial services pros at G+S Energy have four tips to keep your family and employees healthy and feeling well this summer:

1. Replace Dirty Air Filters

Without a doubt, the number one way to keep indoor air fresh is to replace dirty air filters frequently. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and keep to a strict timetable so that the filter provides the optimum amount of protection against dust, dander, and other allergens in the air. You might also consider upgrading the filter to one that performs better.

2. Be Sure to Have the Right Amount of Humidity

Humidity in the air is a tricky thing. Too much, and the dampness can cause mold and mildew. If the air is too dry, it can really trigger those uncomfortable allergy symptoms. Use humidifiers and dehumidifiers to keep the moisture in the air at the most comfortable level – usually around 40%.

3. Clean Ducts and Vents

The air in your office passes through a series of ducts and vents as it moves around. If those ducts and vents contain with allergens, debris, and dust, all of that will pass into the air. Have your HVAC service provider thoroughly clean the ducts and vents at least once a year.

4. Schedule a Service Call

Your HVAC service technician has the training and experience to inspect the ventilation system, the heating and cooling, and the ducts and vents for any type of obstruction or problem that causes the system to operate poorly.

Contact the commercial services team at G+S Energy today to keep your HVAC system operating at its best all year round.

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