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3 Office Indoor Air Quality Tips to Make Your Employees More Productive

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Why employee productivity and your indoor air quality go hand in hand.

It might be hard to believe that indoor air quality and employee performance and productivity have a connection, but studies show that bad air quality can result in poor performance and reduced job satisfaction and productivity. This is often a direct result of pollutants in your office air that can cause your employees to feel ill, fatigued, and run down. But you can battle the bad air and get your staff back to work with these three tips:

Tip #1: Manage the Humidity

The right humidity levels have a huge impact on air quality. Too much humidity and allergens such as mold spores and bacteria can thrive, but too little and the air becomes dry and uncomfortable, with a lot of static electricity and full of allergens such as dust and pollen. A humidifier in the winter and dehumidifier in the summer are easy ways to bring it into balance.

Tip #2: Keep Your Air Filter Clean

Your air filter is the gateway between what’s circulating through your office and what gets into your HVAC system. When the air filter is dirty, not only is the heating and cooling system going to be less effective, but the air in the office spaces isn’t going to be as clean.

Tip #3: Consider an Air Purification System

Where your air filter leaves off, an air purification system picks up. It grabs and traps pollutants, allergens, and contaminants including dust, pollen, dander, chemical cleaners, smoke, and bacteria. Cleaner air helps you and your staff breathe easier, feel better, and be more productive.

You don't have to suffer from bad air while your business suffers from lackluster employee performance. Find out how your company can best improve its indoor air quality with advice from the pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.


Why You Should Add a Maintenance Agreement to Your List of New Year's Resolutions

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, January 11, 2018
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Can maintenance agreements help keep HVAC issues from getting rung in with the new year?

The holidays are over, but it’s not too late to add a good HVAC maintenance agreement to your list of New Year's resolutions. It's more practical than many easily-broken resolutions and easier to stick to than most. And the good news is it can actually save you money. Here's what you need to know:

Why Do You Need Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Your heating and cooling systems keep your house running, year-round, but not if you ignore them and take them for granted. Neglecting maintenance of your HVAC equipment would be like failing to get your car serviced. It can only result in compromised performance, and when this happens, the system won't run at its most efficient. A maintenance agreement can help ensure your system gets tuned up, calibrated, cleaned, and lubricated to keep it running at peak performance.

When to Schedule Maintenance

HVAC maintenance should happen twice a year, in the spring before you start cooling your home during the hot summer months, and in the fall before the cool weather kicks in and your heat gets turned on. These service windows help your system get ready for the seasonal work it does to keep your house comfortable.

What Are the Benefits?

In addition to helping your heat and AC run better, you can save money on repairs. Regular maintenance helps prevent breakdowns by finding small issues before they become big problems. Maintenance tunes up the equipment so it runs smoothly and makes sure the moving parts are not creating friction that can break down the parts prematurely.

When you're ready for the right maintenance agreement to keep your heating and cooling system humming along, talk to the team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.


3 Tips for Keeping Your Employees Cozy at the Office without Breaking the Bank

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, January 04, 2018
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Is it possible to have energy efficient heating and air conditioning for your small business?

Heating and air conditioning can be among the biggest expenses when it comes to your home, but it's also one of the most significant costs for many small businesses. Keeping your employees warm doesn't have to break the bank. Here are three tips for energy efficient heating for your office:

Tip #1: Change the Air Filter

A dirty air filter is one of the worst contributors to poor efficiency when it comes to your HVAC system. Dust and dirt build up on the filter and prevent proper airflow to the heating equipment, causing the system to overwork to do the same job. When this happens, it takes significantly more energy to keep your office warm. Change the air filter, and save money on your energy bills.

Tip #2: Invest in the Right Thermostats

Smart thermostats aren't just for your house; they're a great way to save money and increase comfort at your office as well. They allow you to program your heating and cooling to fit your needs and the desired comfort level for your employees, without using the HVAC system when you don't need it. Smart thermostats also have wifi capabilities that allow you to track energy use and make changes to settings remotely via your phone or computer.

Tip #3: Don’t Forget to Schedule Maintenance

Regular maintenance will help your system run better, be more effective, and run more efficiently. A commercial maintenance agreement can help make sure your system gets serviced twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, to ensure proper function, calibrated components, and prevention of issues or breakdowns.

Saving money is always good for business, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice comfort. For all the info you need to make the heating and air conditioning system at your office energy efficient, contact our team of experts at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning today.


2 Ways to Increase Your Energy Efficiency during Christmas Vacation

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, December 28, 2017

Energy efficiency and the holiday season don’t seem to be a match made in heaven.

Can you increase your energy efficiency during Christmas vacation? When it comes to your heating system, you really can save money. There are two easy ways to do so:

#1: Change Your Air Filter

Your air filter is the first stop for dust, dirt, debris, and other airborne particles before they hit the heating system. The filter stops them before they can make their way into the equipment and damage it. If the filter is dirty or clogged, it’s harder to pull the air through, making your heating system work harder than it needs to. By keeping your air filter clean, you can help make your system work more efficiently, even over Christmas break.

#2: Invest in a Smart Thermostat

Many people travel over the holidays, but that doesn't mean you need to leave your heat working overtime. Program your smart thermostat before you leave town so your heating system can take a break, too.

By programming your thermostat to fit your travel schedule, you can lower the temperature while you're away. This will save energy and money on your heating bill.

Not only that, you can make any adjustments via a Wi-Fi connection remotely from wherever you are. Coming home early? Turn the heat back up before you arrive. Staying longer? Reset the programming to adjust to more days at a lower temperature. Unforeseen weather changes? You can adjust for that too, and you don't even have to be home to do it.

Christmas can cost a bundle, but that doesn't have to apply to your energy bill. For more info on increasing your energy efficiency, contact our team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning.