What Pet Owners Need to Know About Home HVAC

Pets make great companions, and many homeowners enjoy the company of their fuzzy pals. Yet, pet owners have a lot to consider when thinking about home HVAC. A home’s Indoor Air Quality can be directly affected by the addition of one or more four-legged-friends to the home, but can be controlled by keeping these things in mind:

Cleaning the Home:

When it comes to owning pets, the most important thing to remember is to make cleanliness a top priority. Be sure that when you are vacuuming or sweeping your home, that you pay extra close attention to baseboards, corners, and underneath furniture. These areas can trap dirt, dust, pet hair, and possibly the most problematic of all, pet dander.

Dander is troublesome because of its tiny—oftentimes microscopic—size, which can find its way into small spaces that are hard to clean. Dander is the leading cause of pet allergies among people, much more so than pet hair. It’s important to keep on top of accumulating dander, not only for those who suffer from pet allergies, but for the general health of everyone in your household. Even though you may not see the dander, if it exists in excess in your home, it will cause a direct impact on the Indoor Air Quality of your home.

 Cleaning Your Ductwork:

Another thing to keep in mind is the dander that may get trapped in difficult to clean places, such as your home’s ductwork. Since the dander is so small, it, along with other dirt and debris, can get sucked up and trapped within your home’s ductwork. When this happens, your home’s ductwork acts as a collector of pet debris; and when your HVAC system runs, that trapped dirt and debris gets recirculated within the ductwork and ultimately distributed throughout your home.

One of the best things you can do to take care of existing dander within your ductwork is to have your ducts cleaned. This simple process can go a long way in ridding your home of dander buildup, leaving a clean slate for dander prevention in the future. Through duct cleaning, HVAC technicians are able to open up your home’s ductwork and loosen the dirt, debris, and dander that clings to the interior walls of your air ducts. From there, high–powered vacuuming is used to clear out the debris, making your air ducts once again able to distribute clean air throughout your home.

HVAC Maintenance:

Pet owners should also note the importance of regular HVAC maintenance. In general, homeowners should have their home’s HVAC system serviced at least one time per year, but if pets are also living in the home, twice a year is best—typically during Fall and Spring before heavy usage of your HVAC system begins. By performing regular maintenance, a technician can make sure that your HVAC system is running smoothly, and notify you of any potential concerns within your system—preventing long term damage down the road. Homeowners can also help their HVAC systems by changing the air filter regularly. Typically, air filters should be checked monthly and changed whenever they get dirty. Dirt can accumulate quickly in homes with one or more pets, so pet owners should be extra vigilant about changing air filters. This easy action can go very far in keeping the air quality of your home top notch.

If you share your home with pets, be sure to keep these things in mind to maintain excellent air quality throughout your home. If you need duct cleaning or maintenance on your HVAC system, give us a call today! We can help you get your pet-friendly home clean, and dander free, which will greatly improve the Indoor Air Quality within your home.  Call us: 877-411-9888

HVAC 101: The Best HVAC Resources Available Online

As a homeowner, you may feel that there are SO many things you don’t know about the way your house and its pieces operate. One of the most mysterious systems to most people is their heating & cooling system. Below, we’ve broken down the basics by providing you with some of the best, most comprehensive HVAC resources on the web. Check it out:

Thermostat Management 101

Managing Your Thermostat
How do I program my thermostat? What can my thermostat do to save on energy costs or provide better home comfort for my family? These are all valid questions. This infographic explains it well: a majority of your energy bill each month goes to your HVAC system and a 1 degree difference on the thermostat can make a HUGE difference in the energy usage for your home.

This graphic actually provides a LOT of great advice for saving money on your energy bill including the use of LED holiday lights and the purchase of a smart thermostat.

Winterproofing 101

Winterproofing Your Home on a Budget

Thanks to this infographic from The Mint, you can see how much your home and other homes in our area are spending on heating costs and we’ll agree – the energy usage can be astronomical. There are many steps you can take to winterize your home and reduce the expense of energy this year. For example, keep your curtains open on sunny days to disperse natural heat through your home or test for leaks around windows and doors and get your home as airtight as possible.

Indoor Air Quality 101

Indoor Air Quality and Your Health

Your indoor air quality, also referred to as IAQ, can really impact your health and quality of living. Since lung disease is the 3rd most common cause of death in the United States and asthma and allergies are TOO common, it’s pretty evident just how important clean air can be. We can’t completely control the air quality outside our homes, but we can help to eliminate contaminants inside. This infographic outlines the major factors that affect IAQ and what you can do to combat these issues right away.

HVAC Myths 101

8 HVAC Myths — Busted!

So many beliefs about HVAC are simply untrue. The writers at 2 Wired 2 Tired lay down some serious real talk in their infographic which dispels several HVAC myths. Beneath all of the misconceptions, there are some major takeaways for homeowners: You should definitely rely on a programmable thermostat, you need to change your filter quarterly at minimum, your HVAC system size matters, and shutting your vents isn’t such a great idea after all. So much more can be gleaned from this infographic and from 2 Wired 2 Tired.

Repair & Replacement 101

Your Central Air Unit: Is it Time to Repair or Replace?

It can be difficult to know, when your HVAC system starts to depreciate, whether you should invest in repairing it or go ahead and replace it. A lot of factors affect this decision including the severity of the needed repairs, the age of the system, the cost of the needed repairs, the warranty, the SEER rating, and whether or not your system is sized properly for your home, among other things. This infographic is a great start for this information, and we’re also happy to consult with you on this decision also!

Home Energy Savings 101

Home Energy Savings

No appliance or use of energy in your home requires more energy each month than your HVAC system. We take that very seriously and aim to do everything we can to help you reduce costs. Still, there are many things you, the homeowner, can do to help lower those costs also. This infographic offers ways to conserve in every room of your home.

Duct Cleaning 101

Duct Tales: What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Air Ducts Clean

We agree with Air-tek’s recommendation to having your ducts cleaned quarterly. By involving a professional, you can ensure that your ducts are inspected for debris of all kinds including buildup of pet hair or dust as well as signs of mold or pest infestation. Without this routine inspection, you run the risk of finding the problem WAY too late and having bigger problems to deal with.

Come back and visit our blog frequently for the latest HVAC resources for homeowners like yourself and when you’re ready to schedule an installation, repair, or routine maintenance call, choose Sheldon’s.

Why HVAC Hacks May Cost Your More than You Bargained For

If you’re like many homeowners, you have probably installed a number of things in your own home. From replacing lightbulbs and paint colors to installing new faucet hardware, a new appliance, or – worst yet – twinkling outdoor lights during the holidays, you consider yourself handy with tools and the eventual, begrudging use of the owner’s manual. Still, you probably realize some things are beyond your breadth. Perhaps you’ve unclogged a drain or two, but caved and called a plumber when you failed in your attempts to repair a more complex leak. Maybe you did a little DIY stain on your kitchen cabinets but decided to bring in a contractor for the custom tile. Everyone has their limits.

In this post, we’ve outlined 5 reasons you should NOT DIY the installation or major repair on your heating and cooling system. Just like with any other big facet of home ownership, there are DIY tasks – like changing filters – that you can handle at no cost and there are things you must invest in, that require a pro. HVAC is far more complex than most people know and more importantly, the dangers of performing an HVAC repair or installation wrong are WAY too costly.

5 Reasons to Trust an HVAC Professional Instead of DIY

Here are just 5 reasons why you hire an HVAC professional rather than take on a repair yourself:

The Safety of You and Your Family

HVAC is dangerous. Any technician will tell you that there are risks involved with the work we do and we’re trained on how to prevent and deal with those risks. Your heating and cooling system components include sharp edges, heavy equipment, electric elements, and refrigerant – which is cold enough to burn your skin. If you’re not trained on how to handle this, your safety is in harm’s way. If you are injured, you don’t have the protection of worker’s insurance and the costs will be yours to bear.

Further, a poorly installed system or ill-gotten replacement could cost the safety of your family as well. HVAC systems can cause fires, gas leaks, and a number of other shortages that could implicate your loved ones – a risk nobody should take.

Following the Law ­­

The Environmental Protection Agency, commonly referred to as the EPA, has sanctioned laws on the handling of HVAC related materials including refrigerant or any system which already contains refrigerant – you’re not legally able to, nor is it safe to do so. Failure to comply with regulations that govern refrigerant gas are punishable with fines and more punitive measures. Further, improper use of refrigerant gas can also harm the environment and be unsafe for you and your family.

Concerns in the Long Term

Your HVAC system impacts the air you, your family members, and your guests breathe while inside of your home. Improper installation, repair, or ventilation of your HVAC system can increase the humidity in your home, leading to mold, as well as causing filtration issues which will contaminate the air you breathe. Most especially, when a gas furnace is improperly installed, it can build up and emit carbon monoxide gas into your home, which can poison you or your family members. Carbon monoxide is referred to as the silent killer because symptoms can range from flu-like to fatal.

The Costs You Might Incur

By making major errors when installing or repairing an HVAC system, you can compromise the integrity of the system as well as cause damage to the areas of your home affected by the system components and ducts. You’ll run the risk of major costs of time and money if you have to redo steps in your installation or repair, or if you cause other problems in the process.

The Resale Implications

Your current home may be where you hang your hat for a lifetime – or it might not. The fact is, most people sell 2-3 of the homes they buy in a lifetime. Just in case your life takes a turn and you decide to upgrade your home, your family outgrows it, or you opt to relocate for a job or other circumstance, it’s best to ensure that your home is made resell-ready. By making investments that are smart and responsible – such as keeping your HVAC system updated – you can ensure top dollar resale value and ease of obtaining a buyer. Contrarily, if you have performed a DIY install-gone-bad on your HVAC system, or opted to repair it yourself (and maybe missed a few key steps) you could be selling a lemon. Since nearly all homebuyers obtain a professional inspection before purchase – especially if obtaining a loan, wherein an inspection would be mandated – your DIY project will be found and documented for sure.

When assessing the costs of a new HVAC system install or repairs to your existing heating & cooling system, be wise. The DIY option only looks more affordable.  In the long-run, hiring a professional to install, repair, and routinely maintain your system will keep you safe and save you money. Choose Sheldon’s for all of your system repair, new system purchase and install, or routine maintenance needs.

Product Roundup: Get to Know these 3 Carrier Product Series

Carrier has earned a reputation across the globe for developing innovative and efficient air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration solutions. At Sheldon’s, we want was is best for our customers, and that’s why we are proud to be a Factory Authorized dealer of Carrier home comfort systems and products.

Whether you are moving into a new home or just want to replace your older HVAC unit, Carrier has a variety of options that fit all budgets and home comfort needs. Below, we will explore a few of our favorite Carrier products and discuss how these products can help meet your home comfort needs.

Carrier HVAC Product Guide

Here are just a few of the home comfort options that Carrier provides for Riverside homeowners:

Infinity® Series

The Infinity Series from Carrier features air conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces, and residential ductless systems for homeowners who want the very best in efficiency and innovation. Products in this series were developed for ultimate home comfort and represent some of the quietest and most energy efficient HVAC product models that Carrier provides. In addition, this series also offers homeowners the greatest degree of home comfort and energy management with Infinity Series Controls, which provide remote access features that make maintaining home comfort simple and convenient no matter where you may be.

Performance™ Series

The Performance Series from Carrier features air conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces, and residential ductless systems for homeowners who are serious about home comfort. The indoor air quality products in this series includes air purifiers, germicidal UV lamps, energy recovery ventilators, and heat recovery ventilators as well as steam, fan-powered, and bypass humidifiers. Products in this series are designed to be more budget-conscious than the Infinity series, and they also conveniently fit into smaller installation spaces. The stylish Performance Series thermostats are available in programmable and non-programmable models with screens that are easy to read and interface with.

Comfort™ Series 

The Comfort Series from Carrier features air conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces, oil furnaces, and residential ductless systems for the budget-conscious homeowner. This economical series also offers cabinet air filters and energy recovery ventilators, which provide affordable options for improving indoor air quality. In addition, the Comfort Series thermostats offer flexibility and convenience with a variety of models. Some of these thermostat models provide remote access and programming while others are more simple and non-programmable.

If you have any questions about these or any other Carrier products, feel free to contact us at any time. As a Factory Authorized dealer of Carrier products, we are knowledgeable about these systems and can help you find the right products to fit your home comfort needs.