Should I Use a Ceiling Fan While my AC is On?

Many homeowners (both new and experienced) never stop having questions about how they can better their household necessitates and wants. A common question that many homeowners and commercial business sites tend to ask is about cooling the temperature of their vicinity. Do they really need to use a ceiling fan while their AC is on? This is a subjective question that really does not have a right or wrong answer. If you truly believe that you want to have as much cool air consistently flowing through your home or business, then, by all means, do so. The Team that Specializes in HVAC Integrity Heating & Cooling is a highly reputable HVAC company with locations in Concord, Charlotte, Lake Norman, and Gastonia. This company has 35 years of history working with commercial and residential customers. Since the company has opened its doors, they have always stood by their core values of providing high quality and healthy HVAC services/products to help the local residents live/work in safe environments. As a homeowner/business owner, it is important to ensure that yourself and/or your customers are able to enjoy in a comfortable environment. Making sure that you have the proper and most efficient HVAC products...

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What Is Super Cooling?

You can lower your energy consumption and your air conditioning bill by using a process called supercooling. This involves making changes in energy consumption so that your air conditioner runs at the coldest temperature during non-peak hours to keep the costs low. 4 Steps to Supercooling Your Home North Carolina is one of top 10 electricity-generating states, and three-fifths of this state’s households use electricity for home heating and air conditioning. To reduce costs, you will want to take one or more of these steps to supercool your home: 1. Adjust your thermostat or AC during non-peak and peak hours. Non-peak hours vary depending upon immediate location and time of year but generally begin sometime after 9 p.m. until sometime before 10 a.m. You could, for example, program your thermostat to run at about 73 degrees overnight and maybe set it for 80 degrees or higher during the day. This works best if you also keep the sun out with the shades during the day. 2. Keep your shades closed but windows open. Having the windows open overnight will provide a breeze without the hot sun. However, you will want to keep your shades closed during the day to keep...

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Indoor Air Quality Effects on Health

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality in your home. It has a significant effect on the comfort and health of occupants. It’s crucial to control and understand various pollutants that may cause adverse health effects in your home. Immediate Effects Some health effects manifest soon after you are exposed to a specific pollutant. They include dizziness, fatigue, headaches and eye irritation. Often, such effects last for a short duration. Also, you can quickly treat them by moving away from an identifiable source. If you are exposed to indoor air contaminants, you may experience persistent asthma attacks. Several factors such as age and preexisting health conditions determine the possibility of sudden reactions to air pollutants. Also, your sensitivity affects your response to contaminants. Different people have varying sensitivities. You can get sensitized to chemical or biological contaminants after getting high or frequent exposures. However, some immediate effects resemble critical signs of viral diseases such as colds. It’s tricky to determine if they are due to exposure to air pollutants. Therefore, you need to focus on the location and time in which the symptoms occur. If they dissipate after you move away from a particular area, it’s vital to...

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The Dangers of Not Getting Your AC Fixed

With summertime nearly in full swing, there are probably very few days you haven’t turned on the air conditioner at least once. It keeps that pesky humidity away so everyone in the house is nice and cool. What more can you ask for? A working air conditioner, for one. Everything was going fine until yours just broke out of nowhere. Money might be a little tight right now, so you think you can ignore the issue. You use oscillating fans around the house during the day to keep things cool. It’s not great, but it will do until summer ends, right? Not fixing your air conditioner can actually be dangerous. Here are some reasons to why: Dust, Dirt, and Debris Can Buildup in the Unit A technician is supposed to come by every few months and clean out the exterior and interior components of your air conditioner. They will also change out the filters, which can get clogged with dirt and dust. If your air conditioner is broken, there’s no need to call out a technician, right? As a result, sticks, small rocks, dirt, mud, dust, and other debris build up, becoming much harder to remove. You could have to...

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What does it Mean to be NATE Certified?

At Integrity Heating & Cooling, we are dedicated to offering businesses and homeowners throughout the greater Charlotte area with the best services from qualified and experienced technicians. When hiring our technicians, our goal is to pick true experts who can handle all our clients’ HVAC needs. For this reason, we only hire NATE-certified technicians to offer heating repair, air conditioning services as well as commercial HVAC solutions. But what does it mean for a technician to be NATE-certified? Read on to know more about NATE certification. What is NATE? North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is a large non-profit certification organization in the nation that’s dedicated to air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, and ventilation technicians. Being a non-profit, this organization is owned, operated, developed and supported by the entire HVAC industry. Since its inception in 1997, NATE has provided certified technicians who have proved to be the best in the industry. Some technicians who choose to pursue certification from NATE do so voluntarily, simply because they need to showcase their expertise in the industry. Process for getting NATE- Certification Each time you hire a technician to work on your HVAC unit, you want to be sure that the person has a thorough...

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How Do Professional Ultra Violet Lights Make Indoor Air Quality Better?

Germs and bacteria lurk in every home. These hidden attackers spread to every room when the HVAC system is switched on. The combination of these organisms with dust and other particulates in the air compromises the quality of indoor air. Poor indoor air quality can lead to serious health issues in your home. For instance, you may start to notice allergy attacks among the members of your household. Fortunately, you can combat the microorganisms that contribute to the deterioration of indoor air quality using ultraviolet (UV) lights. Have your indoor air quality inspected by an HVAC professional every few years. The air duct cleaner or HVAC technician will recommend the installation of UV light to clean and protect your indoor environment and allow you and your family to breathe easy at home. How UV Lights Work Microorganisms such as mold, bacteria, and viruses don’t stand a chance against the power of UV lights. The UV lights release a short wavelength light that annihilates these microorganisms and renders them powerless. UV lights are very effective against microorganisms in the indoor environment but they work within a specified range. They zap organic growths such as mold and bacteria but they don’t have...

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When is it Time to Replace Your AC Unit?

In the Charlotte area, we know at Integrity Heating and Cooling that summers can be steaming hot — and even the spring weather can be warm enough to need air conditioning. It’s important to be familiar with the signs of your AC unit aging or failing so that you can replace the system before you’re faced with an overheated home in the middle of the summer. Here are some indicators that display when it’s time to consider AC unit replacement: Your AC Unit is a Decade Old — or Older If the air conditioner is a decade old, it may need more frequent repairs and more care overall. When an air conditioner is properly cared for, it can last around 15 years. However, if your decade-old AC unit needs a major repair it often makes more financial sense to replace it instead. Our team at Integrity Heating & Cooling is made up of home comfort specialists who can advise you if you’re dealing with an old AC unit like this. Your AC Unit Isn’t Energy Efficient If your AC unit is not energy efficient, your monthly energy bills can be pretty high. Over time this can cost more than a...

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6 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Access to fresh, clean air in our indoor environments is just as important to our health and wellness as proper nutrition and clean water. Unfortunately, too many homes are rife with indoor pollutants that range from dust mites to off-gassed chemical vapors. All of which can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms and frustrate even the healthiest of people. The following are a few ways to help get rid of these air toxins and improve your indoor air quality: Invest in HEPA filters HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air filters are best equipped to catch those tiny particulates that degrade indoor environments. Use HEPA filters on your vacuum cleaners and HVAC equipment where applicable. Regularly replace filters A good rule of thumb is to replace the filters on your air conditioning and heating equipment once every month during heavy use and once every three months otherwise. Nix the scented air fresheners and similar products While they may make surroundings smell momentarily fresh, these products frequently emit toxic chemicals that are hazardous to our health. Add some plants to your home Indoor houseplants like Peace lily and English ivy are great home additions as they both look great and help absorb certain toxic agents...

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How Can an Energy Efficient AC System Save Money?

Energy bills are the downside to any heating air conditioning system. If your units are not energy efficient, you are most likely to end up with hefty energy bills at the end of the month. So how do energy efficient units help save money? High-Quality Service, Low Energy Consumption With an energy efficient unit, you get the same quality of service at low energy consumption. Therefore, running an energy efficient system leads to lower energy costs with better service. Even if the energy savings may seem low at the end of the month, over time the accumulated energy savings add up to a substantial amount, especially if you are a heavy user. Waste Less The energy efficient units do not waste energy like the conventional ones. For example, a light bulb is meant to light up the house. However, a conventional filament bulb loses more energy in the form of heat when lighting up the house. On the other hand, the LED bulbs do not heat up and waste less energy in the process. The same case applies to HVAC systems. Old systems lose lots of heat in the processes of heating the home. The cost of lost energy ends...

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The Benefits of Furnace Maintenance

The need for warm homes and offices cannot be underestimated — especially during the cold season. However, do not wait until your furnace breaks down for you to have it checked. Regular furnace maintenance has several benefits as explained below. Lower your energy bills During a furnace inspection, the technician lubricates the moving parts, measures the air flow and adjusts the blower components, among other things. This increases the efficiency of your furnace. An efficient blower does not waste energy in trying to reach your desired temperature. This helps save on energy bills. Lower incidences of emergency breakdown When a technician inspects your furnace, he detects small problems that might eventually lead to expensive furnace repairs. These problems are corrected in time to keep the furnace running at peak performance. This way, you escape unexpected breakdowns especially during the night or when you need it the most. You are not worried that your furnace would break down during winter. Extended equipment longevity Dust, corrosion, deterioration from wear and tear from misaligned moving parts, blockage, and a short circuit are some issues that decrease the equipment capabilities and might cause your system to break down. During the inspection, these areas are corrected. Therefore, your...

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