Why You Need to Change the Filters in Your Home

When it comes to maintaining your home, it can be easy to forget about the filters for your HVAC system. The filters need to be changed every two to three months to avoid common issues with air quality. Here are a few reasons why you need to change the filters in your home. Avoid Expensive Repairs The filters improve the air flow in the building and prevent the HVAC system from working too hard as it operates. By changing the filters, it can prevent excess wear and tear on the appliance, which can allow

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How Does an HVAC System Work?

The term “HVAC” stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. These systems are intricate, and they do a good job of keeping your home comfortable during both the winter and the summer. But do you know how they operate? At Integrity Heating & Cooling, we find the process fascinating and thought you might, too. Here are a few details about your HVAC system and how it functions. The Heating Element The heating part of your HVAC unit is the furnace. Central heating systems feature a burner, flue, blower and heat exchanger. The burner activates when the thermostat

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Stop the Static Shocks in Your Home

You’re probably familiar with the painful jolt of a static electricity shock that can occur when you flip a light switch or kiss a family member. This problem can happen year-round but is especially common during the winter months. Fortunately, at any time of the year, there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of static electricity in your home. Humidify Your Home The more humid the air is, the less likely you are to get a static electricity shock. When the air is moist, electrons don’t stick to you. Once the air dries

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How Do I Check My Home For Air Leaks?

Most homes today suffer from significant air leaks through poor ductwork systems and other vulnerable locations throughout the home. That means you can be paying higher energy bills for no reason and simply wasting energy. Taking the time to find air leaks, fix them and repair ductwork is well worth the investment. Finding and Repairing Air Leaks Some air leaks are easy to find and repair on your own. Start with your doors and windows. You can often feel drafts of air around these frames. Measure gaps and purchase the correct size weather stripping from your

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Winter Air Quality Worries

The air in your home changes with the seasons, and it can be difficult to keep your indoor climate under control. The winter can be especially challenging as several conditions have a negative effect on your interior air. The most common winter air quality concerns are dirty air and dry air. A Cozy Home Can Be a Dusty Home During the winter, most people want their heating systems to perform efficiently. To achieve this, they work diligently to close off their homes, shutting windows, sealing cracks and plugging drafts. Unfortunately, sealing your home from the colder

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What You Should Know About Home Ventilation

No matter the size of your home, proper ventilation is essential if you want your home to maintain its excellent air quality for years to come. Good ventilation means that you’ll breathe in clean and pure air, which should assist in keeping you healthy. Even if you already believe that every room in your home is properly ventilated, there are a couple of rooms that might benefit from some additional circulation. What Does Ventilation Refer To? Ventilation refers to the act of clean air being provided to a room or home while any stale air

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3 Ways to Maximize Your Furnace Efficiency

Your furnace is an essential part of the comfort of your home. While the coziness of your place is important, it comes at a cost. If you improve the efficiency of your furnace, it should reduce your bills and improve its function. There’s no reason to pay more for your heating needs than you must. If your furnace is not working as it once did or it’s not putting out enough heat, these three things can help improve your furnace efficiency. 1. Clean or Change the Air Filters One of the biggest reasons why a

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Benefits of Financing a Heating System

The temperatures are starting to drop outside and some families might have even noticed some snow on the ground already. While children are probably excited to miss some days of schools, adults might be concerned that the dropping temperatures could be too much for their home to handle. With this in mind, many families are looking at installing a new heating system. Unfortunately, for many families, this could be an expensive proposition. Some might be surprised to hear that they can actually finance their heating system. What does it mean to finance a heating system? What are some of the

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The Importance of Duct Sealing

Do you wish your energy bills were lower? Are you experiencing low air flow coming from the vents? Are you concerned about the quality of the indoor air quality in your home? If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these, then we’d suggest sealing your ducts. It’s estimated that more than 90 percent of all homes have some sort of leakage in their ductwork. Depending on the severity of the leakage, you may be paying up to 30 percent more on utilities than you would otherwise. That’s reason enough to realize how important duct sealing is, but there

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Warning Signs You Need Furnace Repair

Furnaces are a necessary item for the cold winters in Charlotte, NC. It’s always unfortunate when something goes wrong with your furnace or heat pump, but knowing that you have a reliable service company on your side makes heating repair much more manageable. Here are some warning signs to look out for if you need furnace repair: Life Expectancy for Furnaces The life expectancy of furnaces averages between 16 and 20 years. As furnaces age, they lose efficiency, and you become aware that the heating bill increases which appears to be unrelated to

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