Can a Dehumidifier Help With Allergies and Asthma Symptoms?

The air can be very humid in certain parts of Charlotte, North Carolina. When there is too little or too much moisture in the air, it can negatively impact the health of people with asthma and allergies. Humidity is a known asthma trigger. The situation is complicated because different humidity levels can trigger other people in unique ways. It’s impossible to control outdoor humidity and even harder to predict it. However, you can use a dehumidifier to improve your home’s indoor air quality. This could relieve people with asthma by removing excess moisture, minimizing mold

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8 Reasons to Seal Your Air Ducts

The air ducts running throughout your house play a critical role in your quality of life. They ensure conditioned air produced by your heating and cooling system gets circulated in all the rooms in your home. Additionally, ducts ensure the air circulating in your building is free of any debris. However, if your air ducts develop holes or cracks, they can’t do the job perfectly. Cracks in your ducts allow contaminants such as mold, mildew, or pollen to mix with your conditioned air. Leaks can go unnoticed in air ducts that are hidden behind walls and other areas that are

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Why Can’t You Get Your Heat Pump to Turn On?

In places like Charlotte, where the winter weather is usually mild, a heat pump is typically the most practical and effective option for heating and cooling your home. Since heat pumps are used throughout the entire year, they should undergo preventative maintenance every spring and fall. Without professional care, heat pumps can break down more frequently and experience various issues that limit their effectiveness. There are also a few different problems that can prevent the heat pump from starting, and here is a quick overview of what can cause this to happen and how to overcome it.

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Some Good Reasons to Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up This Fall

With summer now in the rearview mirror, it’s a perfect time to begin preparing for the upcoming winter. Although Charlotte, NC winters aren’t as extreme as the weather in other parts of the country, it’s still important to make sure your furnace can keep you comfortable on the coldest days. Rather than waiting until the first cold day to turn your furnace on and see if it works properly, the pros at Integrity Heating & Cooling recommend scheduling a furnace tune-up this fall while the weather is still mild. Read below to learn some benefits of scheduling a tune-up to take care of

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Understanding the Important Differences Between R22 and R401a Refrigerant

Most air conditioners are rated to last between 15 and 20 years. If you don’t use it heavily and you’ve been keeping it well-maintained, you may have an air conditioner in your Charlotte, North Carolina home that’s nearly two decades old. Despite being inefficient and regardless of the fact that they diminish indoor air quality, some old air conditioners continue turning on and functioning well beyond the ends of their expected lifespans. Although replacing these units might seem expensive, continuing to use them can prove infinitely more so. This is especially true if your old air conditioner is still running

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Can You Safely Pressure Wash Your Air Conditioner?

Keeping your outdoor AC condenser unit clean in the Greater Charlotte area is an important part of air conditioner maintenance. If the sides of the unit become clogged with debris or the condenser coil or fins are dirty, it can negatively impact the unit’s energy efficiency and performance. It may also cause the condenser to freeze up in which case you’ll have no air conditioning at all until the system is fully thawed. At Integrity Heating & Cooling, we often have clients asking us whether it is safe to pressure wash their AC condenser, and the answer to this is a resounding no

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What to Do When Your AC Freezes Up

While many people find it odd that an AC unit can freeze up in the middle of a hot summer, this problem is actually fairly common. There are several reasons why your AC may freeze, and you need to know what to do in case that happens. A few tips on what to do may save you money by avoiding an AC repair. How to Know If Your AC Is Frozen One of the most common signs that you have a frozen AC is visible ice on the outside of the AC compressor.

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How Long Should I Expect My HVAC System to Last?

Your HVAC system is a considerable investment for your home that often goes unnoticed while it’s working well. However, when it fails, everyone in your home is uncomfortable and knows that it needs quick attention. Discover how long your system should last, what you can do that affects its life, and how to know when it’s time for a replacement. The Quick Answer If you had to put an expected service life on your entire HVAC system, it would likely be between 15 and 20 years. However, your entire system does not wear the same, and

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7 Steps to Follow When Cleaning Your Window AC Unit

A window air conditioner is the simplest form of AC that you’ll find on the market today. These units are a lifesaver for people who live in homes without good airflow from their central HVAC systems or high-rise buildings. You can also use window air conditioners to keep your house comfortable if you need extra cooled air. However, like any other home appliance, window AC units need cleaning. They accumulate debris and dust with time, which impairs their capacity to absorb heat, reducing their cooling capacity and efficiency. Experts recommend thoroughly cleaning your window ACs at

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Are Window A/C Units Cheaper Than HVAC Systems?

If your Charlotte or Lake Norman home doesn’t currently have a fixed cooling system, you may be tempted to buy a low-cost window air conditioner from a nearby home and hardware store. Although these units are relatively inexpensive upfront, they generally aren’t good long-term cooling solutions. Moreover, window air conditioners have a number of major drawbacks that must be considered before installing them. Read on to find out why window A/C units are rarely cheaper than HVAC systems in the long run. Upfront Costs vs. Long-Term Spending One of the most common complaints about window

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