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3 Ways to Say Goodbye to Airborne Pollutants This Summer

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Improving your indoor air quality can be as easy as 1-2-3.

Summer is the height of allergy season, and with it comes compromised indoor air quality. What can you do when you’re still sneezing after you get inside? Take a look at three ways to say goodbye to those pesky airborne pollutants this summer:

#1: Don’t Neglect Your Air Filter

Your air filter is the doorway to your air conditioning system. What goes in can also come out if your filter is dirty. Changing the air filter is the easiest way to help keep your indoor air clean. The filter traps pollutants, including allergens, and prevents them from getting pulled into your HVAC. Not only does this help protect the cooling system from those pollutants, but it also keeps those pollutants from recirculating throughout your home.

#2: Invest in Air Filtration

A good air filtration system will trap up to 98% of airborne pollutants and keep them from blowing around in your house and irritating your sinuses, eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Some of the things that could be floating around your home without you even knowing include mold, bacteria, pet dander, pollen, smoke, and household chemicals. Getting rid of these with a filtration system can help you breathe easier and feel better.

#3: Humidity Control

Air that is very humid is going to hold onto pollution more readily than air that is less humid. A dehumidifier in the summer can keep your indoor relative humidity in check and help reduce the pollutant levels.

No one wants to breathe polluted air, especially in your own home. To say goodbye to airborne pollutants and improve your indoor air quality, reach out to the pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning today.


Why Your Maintenance Plan Should Act Like Clockwork

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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Can maintenance agreements keep you on schedule without you lifting a finger?

Have you given any serious consideration to maintenance agreements for your heating and cooling system? If not, you should. There are so many benefits to regular HVAC maintenance, and the right plan should act like clockwork. Let’s take a look.

Why Regular Maintenance Matters

Your heating and cooling system needs TLC just like any other mechanical system. With moving parts and electrical components, making sure everything is clean and tuned up will help make sure your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Regular service, twice a year - in the spring before cooling season and in the fall before you turn the heat on for the winter - will keep your HVAC running smoothly, cut down on between-service repairs, and increase your energy efficiency.

Schedules and Your Maintenance Agreement

One of the benefits of having a maintenance agreement in place is that it helps keep you scheduled without you having to do anything. When it’s time to take care of household projects, it can be easy to put it off if it requires you to add one more thing to your busy schedule. When you have a maintenance agreement, your HVAC company will contact you when it’s time for seasonal service to get you on the schedule. You don’t have to remember to contact them or to put it on your to-do list.

When things run like clockwork, everything is easier. That includes ensuring regular HVAC service, which will keep your unit running like clockwork as well. To get a maintenance agreement in place to keep your home comfortable and make your life easier, contact our friendly team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.


3 Ways to Protect Your AC from Summer Storms

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, July 05, 2018
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Your heating and air conditioning system could be in the line of fire this summer.

When you’re thinking about your heating and air conditioning system this summer, you’re probably not thinking about how to protect it from a storm. Summer storms can cause damage to your house, your landscaping, and yes, even your AC. Here are three ways you can protect it:

1. Your AC and Wind Damage

Some of the most common damages to outdoor air conditioning equipment occur as a result of high winds. Summer storms can whip up hurricane-strength winds that can actually move your AC unit! This causes damage not only to the unit but potentially to your house as well. Making sure the unit is properly secured and anchored to a concrete pad will help prevent movement and damage from wind.

2. Lightning Damage in the Summer

Southern states are no strangers to lightning during summer storms, and your air conditioning unit could be at risk. Lightning is a real threat to your unit should it hit on or near the equipment. It can damage the external and internal components as well as expose it to a power surge. Installing a surge protector can help avoid electrical damage to your unit and reduce the risk of fire.

3. Damage from Trees and Other Debris

When summer storms are on the horizon, your AC unit could be in the line of fire. The wind and rain can cause loose landscaping and other debris to become airborne and hit your air conditioner, causing damage. Keep shrubs and trees near your AC unit trimmed back and reduce the number of loose branches and debris nearby.

You can't prevent summer storms, but you can help prevent damage to your AC unit. For more information on protecting your heating and air conditioning system, or for quick service if your AC gets hit by a summer storm, contact our expert team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.


2 Hot Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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You can increase energy efficiency and stay cool this summer at the same time.

Want to increase your energy efficiency? Of course you do! Want to stay cool this summer? Yes, that's a given. But can you do both at the same time? You bet! Take a look at two hot tips you can use to make it happen:

Hot Tip #1: Reduce the Humidity in Your House

Humidity is a real bugger, but when you live in the south, you learn to live with it. However, you certainly don't have to live with it in your home. When the humidity levels are too high, your house will not only feel warmer, but your air conditioner will have to work harder to cool it down to a comfortable level. This compromises the comfort level for you and your family, and it's also going to increase your energy bills. A dehumidifier is a simple way to bring the relative humidity level down while bringing the cool factor and the energy efficiency up.

Hot Tip #2: Get Smart with Temperature Control

If you don't have a smart thermostat yet, this summer is the time to get one. There are so many benefits that go beyond just more effective temperature control. First of all, they offer a huge range of programming options so you can set the temperature in your home to fit your lifestyle and your schedule. This helps you keep your home as cool as you want it when you're there without using extra energy to keep it cool when you're not. Second, a smart thermostat allows you to track your energy use and adjust it accordingly, so you have more control over how much you spend on a monthly basis to cool your home.

Everyone wants to save money, but no one wants to sacrifice a comfortable home to do so. Talk to our pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning today to find out more about how you can stay cool this summer without giving up on energy efficiency.