Monthly Archives: April 2020

Tips For Managing Air Quality During COVID-19

 

If you are like most Americans, the COVID-19 pandemic has you concerned about the health of your family, and if you are practicing social distancing, you are probably in your home more than usual. Given that COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, managing the air quality in your home is one way to keep the virus from spreading. Here are some tips for maintaining good air quality in your home.

Change your air filter on your furnace

If its been a while since you’ve changed your air filter, now is a great time to add a new furnace filter to your essential shopping list. To fight airborne pollutants, upgrade to a filter with a MERV rating of at least 13. This will help filter out allergens and some viruses to minimize your risk of exposure.

Vacuum often

Dust and particles that are trapped in carpet fibers can cause respiratory issues and walking on carpets stirs up those irritants. A good vacuum with a hepa filter will help remove the pollutants while minimizing the dust particles that can cause respiratory issues.

Spring Cleaning

With winter build-up, and the fact that we’ve been home bound for an extended period of time, pollutants may be lying in wait throughout your home. A deep cleaning will help remove those particles, and with the right cleaner, disinfect the areas of your home that may have been neglected over the winter.

Open Your Windows

When the weather warms up, there is nothing like opening your windows and letting the fresh spring air refresh your home. Getting good air flow and ventilation exchanges the stale air in your home with fresh air, which can improve air quality.

Air Circulation

Having a functioning HVAC system is a critical piece in the air quality in your home. Your furnace and air conditioner play a vital role in circulating the air in your home, as well as filtering the cold air return. Set your thermostat to circulate the air constantly to keep the air flowing.

Install an Air Filtration System

A clean air filtration system can help to reduce the pollutants, virus and toxic compounds that can lead to respiratory problems.

If you are experiencing any issues with your HVAC system, call Atlas Butler today. Because we help customers with furnace, air conditioning and plumbing issues, we are an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the guidelines outlined by the CDC to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

April 26th, 2020|air quality, HVAC Topics, Improve Your Indoor Air Quality|

Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready For Summer

Before you know it, summer will be here and the temperatures will start to heat up. If there is one thing that is certain in Central Ohio, the summer months will be hot and having a functional air conditioner is very important. We recommend getting your A/C unit checked out before the temperatures rise and make sure that it is ready to go when you flip the switch. Here are a few things we look at when we perform maintenance on an air conditioning unit.

Clean out any debris

Over the course of fall and winter, leaves, twigs and other debris can get trapped in your air conditioner. We remove this debris to avoid any clogs or issues when the A/C unit kicks on.

Inspect the fan blade

The blade is a major component of your air conditioner. The blade turns and acts as a fan and draws the heat out of the refrigerant that is moving through the outdoor coil.  The fan blade inspection ensures that the blade is free of debris, rust, and corrosion that would impact the performance of the blade.

Inspect electrical connections

The electrical connections to your air conditioner are protected by rubber coatings, which over time will wear thin and crumble. We make sure that the electrical connection to your A/C unit is safe and secure.

Check refrigerant levels

Refrigerant is what cools the air as it passes through your A/C unit. We check to make sure you have enough refrigerant, or we replace old equipment that houses the refrigerant.

Inspect the coils

The evaporator coil and condenser coils are also major components of your air conditioner. We inspect them to ensure they are both functional in the role they play to cool the air that flows through the air conditioner.

Inspect motor components

We inspect things like the air compressor, the blower, and the parts that work to cool the air in your home.

Test the thermostat

We inspect the thermostat connection, as well as test that the AC Unit responds to the thermostat.

Evaluate airflow

Airflow is the key to having a working air conditioner. Once we have everything inspected, we’ll turn it on and check that the air is flowing properly.

Change the air filter

Some customers forget to change their filters regularly, so we’ll inspect your filter and change it if needed.

If you haven’t had your air conditioner serviced yet, contact our team and schedule an appointment. We will provide an inspection and maintenance to get your unit up and running for summer. If your air conditioner has a major mechanical issue, our technicians can also work with you to replace your existing air conditioner.

April 21st, 2020|air conditioner maintenance, HVAC Topics|