Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Signs It’s Time for a Duct Test

Monday, February 11th, 2019

duct-sealingIf you have a central AC, a furnace, or a traditional heat pump, then you know that your HVAC system relies on ducts. In fact, for these systems, the ductwork does half of the work. The ducts are a series of passages that must be kept at a certain tightness in order to efficiently transfer air from the HVAC unit and into the rooms of the home.

What many homeowners don’t realize is that the ductwork is prone to falling into disrepair. This can lead to leaks, which might end up losing you nearly 30% of your energy. The best way to find out if you have a leak is by having the ducts tested by an expert, which is a service you can schedule if you notice any of these signs:

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Here’s What a Whole-House Humidifier Will Do For You

Monday, January 28th, 2019

relaxed-womanWe know what high humidity feels like in summer. It makes your skin feel warm and moist. You can get out of a cold shower, dry yourself off, and immediately feel like you’re sweating still.

On the other end of the humidity scale, you have excessively dry air. The effects of dry air are a bit understated, though, in comparison to high humidity. In this post, we’ll go over why installing a device to raise your humidity is a great idea for raising comfort and protecting your health. If you think a humidifier is for you, a qualified indoor air quality expert in Plano, TX can assess your air’s quality and make a recommendation.

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Hot and Cold Spots: What Are They?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

zone-controlHot spots and cold spots are some of the most annoying problems to plague an air conditioner. They’re nothing so drastic as to require emergency air conditioning repair in Plano, TX, but they’re far from acceptable.

They’re most commonly noticed during the hotter seasons. Homeowners blast their air conditioners and feel substantially more comfortable in the home, but then they discover that one room is still warm—almost stubbornly so.

If this sounds like something you’ve encountered, keep reading. We’ll go into more depth about how these spots form and what you can do about it.

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How Does a Humidifier Help Your Home?

Monday, December 18th, 2017

whole-house-humidifierWinter means cooler temperatures, which also means dry air, and if you’ve ever felt the wind blow outside your home on a dry, blustery day, you can attest to what that dry air can do. During the colder months, we rightfully focus on our heating system and ensuring that the temperature in our homes is kept comfortable. But that’s not the only factor that goes into keeping our homes comfortable, and if you feel the sting of dry air this winter, it pays to look into a whole-house humidifier to treat it.

You’re likely accustomed to the concept of humidifiers already. Small units can be used to help treat people with respiratory illnesses, or to keep indoor plants healthy. A whole-house model simply applies the concept to the entire home: blowing moisture into the air from your furnace and raising the relative humidity levels in the process. How does that benefit your home? Read on for the answers.

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What Are the Benefits of Humidifiers?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

We’re used to high humidity levels during our long summers in Sherman, TX, which means that few of us stop to consider what might happen if the weather every gets too dry. But it does get dry in the winter, in ways we don’t often expect. As the temperature falls, the gaseous moisture in the air solidifies into droplets, which are removed from the atmosphere.

And it’s never colder than it is during the winter. Dry air can be a scourge on your home if you’re not careful. But the good news is that you can correct the problem with a little help from your local HVAC service technician. Whole-house humidifiers are inexpensive and can be installed quickly in your HVAC system.

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Get a Zone Control System Today!

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Fall in Garland, TX makes a great time to examine your HVAC system and determine if it needs any upgrades. This isn’t the same as replacing the system: it means adding components that will help it perform more effectively or some similar feature. Among the most popular are zone control systems, which increase the precision and versatility of your heater and air conditioner alike. Here’s a look at how it all works.

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Dry Air Can Adversely Affect Your Heater

Monday, October 17th, 2016

When winter temperatures come to Plano, TX, we quite rightly look for a reliable heating system to combat it. Heaters are absolutely essential in our neck of the woods to staying comfortable in the winter, and you should do everything you can as a homeowner to ensure that your system works the way it should. But temperature is not the only factor in determining winter comfort levels. Dry air can adversely affect your heater as well. Luckily, a whole-house humidifier provides the perfect answer. Here’s a few details on what exactly we mean. 

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