How AC Is Saving Lives

Air conditioning is arguably one of mankind's greatest inventions​. According to a study published in the Lancet Journal, 9,000 Americans die each year of heat related incidents such as heat stroke and dehydration. Another study posted in the Washington Post found that "The installation of air conditioning in American homes is the reason why the chances of dying on an extremely hot day fell 80 percent over the past half-century". Home AC installation is the enabler of modern American life, and without them we would not be able to function adequately on hot summer days. 

The Design of Your Home

Before the air conditioner was invented, homes were designed to help alleviate the humidity and heat by adding more windows or building higher ceilings. Since the 1960's when air conditioning was first sold in masses, houses were designed not for ventilation but for central cooling systems. More than 85% of American households own an HVAC system.

Things To Consider With Your HVAC System

Heating and cooling equipment is designed to last between 15 to 20 years. If your system is older than 15 years, it is important to have its condition assessed. Replacing HVAC equipment can be a major expense, and modern systems operate much more efficiently than the older units they replace.
Here are a few tips for hiring an HVAC contractor and buying a good system:

  • -One of the first things to take into account before calling a HVAC contractor is to know the model of your current system and its maintenance history. Also make note of any problems you experience in order to help the contractor better understand your HVAC needs.
  • -Visit the potential contractor's website, examine their case studies, read the reviews and ask for customer references.
  • -Call for an in-home evaluation. The contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current system and the problems you experience. A good contractor will give you the best recommendations for your HVAC needs.
  • -Look for an Energy Star qualified system that meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • -Make sure to compare different contractors' proposals including costs, energy efficiency and warranties.
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Humid indoor air can cause damage to your home and furnishings, and promote the growth of mold and dust mites, in addition to making you uncomfortable. A quality dehumidifier is going prevent a number of difficulties you may face as a homeowner. Consulting with the best HVAC repair contractors will help you achieve the most comfortable humidity levels in your home.

Controlling humidity is very important. Relative humidity levels should not exceed 40-50%. Homes with high humidity usually face the following symptoms:

  • -Allergic Reactions
  • -Musty Odors
  • -Mold Growth
  • -Stains on Ceilings and Walls
  • -Condensation on Windows and Mirrors

Some long term effects include:

  • -Damage to Home and Furnishings
  • -Ongoing Allergies
  • -Other Health Problems

If you notice any of the aforementioned conditions, your home's humidity levels may be too high.

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