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The Most Common Complaints About Southern California Home Comfort, And Why They’re Bunk

As a trusted provider of quality HVAC products and services in Riverside and other parts of Southern California, Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning has gotten to know just what Southern California homeowners need when it comes to home comfort. We often hear complaints from homeowners who just can’t seem to get comfortable. That’s why we’ve decided to put together a list of common complaints about home comfort in Southern California and explain why these issues don’t have to be concerning to Riverside homeowners.

Most Common Home Comfort Complaints (with Solutions!)

Below are some of the most common complaints about home comfort that we hear from customers and how you can go about fixing these issues.

  1. It’s impossible to control humidity levels in Southern California.

The relative humidity levels in Riverside and the surrounding areas range from 24% to 90% over the course of the year. Sometimes these levels can reach as low as 10% and as high as 100%. With the shift in humidity levels from very dry to very humid over the course of the year, some Southern California homeowners have a hard time adjusting to the varying humidity and controlling humidity levels in their homes.

However, humidity doesn’t have to be a problem. Dehumidifiers and humidifiers help homeowners gain better control over their home comfort levels throughout the year. Though these IAQ upgrades are not necessary for every homeowner, some individuals who are adversely affected by the changes in humidity may benefit from these indoor air quality products.

  1. It costs too much to stay comfortable!

Many homeowners may feel that their energy bills are too high. However, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to stay comfortable in beautiful Southern California. Use the following tips to use your HVAC system for efficiently:

  • Adjust the thermostat when you leave home. There is no need to pay for heating or cooling your home if no one is there to enjoy it.
  • Invest in a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to monitor your energy usage so that you can find ways to improve your habits and save more each month on heating and cooling costs.
  • Consider a more energy-efficient air conditioner or heater. Older HVAC systems tend to be less energy efficient than newer models. If it’s time to replace the old AC or heater, consider purchasing a more energy-efficient model to save more year-round.
  1. My indoor air quality is terrible!

Though you may not realize it, the quality of the air outdoors can impact the air that you breathe inside your home. Due to this, many homeowners in Southern California find that their indoor air quality is less than ideal. In addition to outside influences, other factors such as cleaning products, pet dander, or indoor plants and flowers can impact the air that you and your family breathe on a regular basis.

Monitoring your indoor air quality is an important part of maintaining your family’s health and safety. The good news is that there are simple ways to improve your indoor air quality so that you and your family can breathe easier. Specialized air filters and air purifiers can help catch the contaminants and particles that your standard air filter is not able to filter out. However, due to the specialized nature of these products, you want to consult with an HVAC professional before purchasing IAQ upgrades as they can impact the health and efficiency of your HVAC system.

Get Comfortable in Riverside

If you find yourself struggling to get comfortable in your Riverside home, it may be time to call in the experts! The qualified team at Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning knows just what it takes to keep your Southern California home comfortable year-round. We proudly serve families and individuals in Riverside, Mira Loma, Loma Linda, Eastvale, Corona and the surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for ways to improve your indoor air quality or you just want to get more information on energy-efficient HVAC systems from Carrier, we are ready to help you find the right products to maximize your home comfort. Contact us today.

Sheldon’s Top Resources for Riverside Indoor Air Quality

You work hard to maintain a safe and healthy home, so why compromise that safety and comfort by allowing pollutants and contaminants from outdoors to enter your home and affect your family? Instead, you should aim to monitor and improve your indoor air quality to make sure that you and your family can breathe easy year-round. And we’ve made that easy by providing you with the very best resources from deep in our blog archives.

Top Resources for Riverside Indoor Air Quality

Whether you’re living in Riverside or one of the beautiful nearby cities, you can use the resources below from Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning to keep the air inside your home safe and healthy for every member of your family.

What Pet Owners Need to Know About Home HVAC

Do you have a furry friend at home? Many homeowners may not realize that man’s best friend can have a significant impact on the air that they breathe. There are some special indoor air quality concerns that pet owners should consider in order to ensure that they and their family can breathe easier. This is a must-read if you have a pet and definitely a great article to share with friends and family who have one or more fuzzy friends at home.

Do I Need a HEPA Air Filter in My Home?

You may have heard about high-efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters. Though using these filters are one of the best ways to protect your family from breathing in dust, pollen, pet dander, pollutants, and other particles, HEPA filters are not right for every homeowner. Read this one if you are concerned about indoor air quality or have a family member at home who suffers from asthma, severe allergies, or other respiratory issues.

3 Ways to Reduce Allergies & Improve Home Comfort

If you or someone you know suffers from allergies, then you know that it can be hard to get comfortable at home with allergens and other particles making their way inside the home. This article provides helpful tips for improving your indoor air quality and maximizing home comfort by reducing allergens in the home. Share this with a friend or loved one who suffers from allergies. They’ll thank you later!

How Can I Detect Carbon Monoxide in My Home?

Carbon monoxide is no joke! Without proper ventilation, this odorless and tasteless gas can build up in your home and put you and your family in serious danger if it starts to build up in large quantities. This very important article is a must-read for all. It breaks down the producers and effects of carbon monoxide as well as provides information on how to detect CO in your home and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Top 4 HVAC New Year’s Resolutions

Your HVAC system has worked hard this year to keep your Riverside home comfortable no matter what the weather. Don’t you think it’s time that you’ve put a little work into being good to your heating and cooling system? With the top 4 HVAC New Year’s resolutions below, you can make sure that your furnace and air conditioner are in peak condition throughout the year for optimal home comfort.

  1. Check your air filter at least once a month.

A clogged or dirty air filter can restrict air flow, which reduces your HVAC efficiency and can also have a significant impact on your indoor air quality. Most standard air filters need to be changed or cleaned once a month. Make a habit of checking your air filter at the same time each month. If the filter is dirty or clogged, then you need to replace or clean it. You may also want to set yourself a reminder, so that you don’t neglect this important monthly task.

  1. Schedule an annual HVAC maintenance visit.

There is more to adequate HVAC maintenance than just changing your air filter each month. Your heating and cooling equipment needs to be cleaned, lubricated, and inspected at least once a year by an experienced Riverside HVAC technician. During your annual maintenance visit, the tech will make sure that your HVAC system is running smoothly and that your equipment has no immediate repair needs. This annual maintenance visit will help you optimize energy efficiency and get the most out of your HVAC equipment.

  1. Seal any leaks in your ductwork.

Leaky air ducts can cause you to lose a significant amount of energy. The start of the new year is the perfect time to inspect your ductwork and search for leaks. Look for tiny leaks, larger holes, damage, and gaps between ductwork. If you find any leaks or gaps, quickly fix them with sealant or tape. This will help you avoid energy loss throughout the year, which can affect your energy bills.

  1. Purchase a more energy-efficient HVAC system.

If you are serious about saving energy this year, you may want to invest in a newer, more energy-efficient HVAC system, especially if your current air conditioner and heater are getting a bit old. Not all HVAC systems are created equal. That’s why it’s important to do your research, and consult with a trusted HVAC company before choosing a new system. An experienced HVAC technician can help you determine the best size and type of equipment to meet your indoor air quality and home comfort needs.

If buying and installing a new HVAC system is on your To-Do list for 2017, the HVAC experts at Sheldon’s are ready to help you find the best new system for your home and budget. Check out our line of quality Carrier heating and cooling systems and products, or give us a call for more information about our energy-efficient HVAC equipment: (877) 411-9888.

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.

Do I Need a HEPA Air Filter in My Home?

Air pollution affects more than just the air you breathe while outdoors. When you enter your home from outside, you can bring with you a variety of contaminants including dust, pollen, and other air pollutants. When these pollutants enter your home, it can impact your indoor air quality, affecting the air that you and your family breathe.

HEPA filters help add an extra layer of protection for you and your family, helping to filter out more of the pollutants in your indoor air. The question is, do you really need a HEPA air filter in your home or is a standard air filter enough to keep your family breathing easy year-round?

What is a HEPA Air Filter?

High-efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters, help filter out harmful pollutants in the air like dust, pollen, and pet dander. In order to be considered a HEPA filter, U.S. government standards require the filter to remove at least 99.7% of particles from the air. HEPA filters are often found in air purifiers and vacuum cleaners and are used to help improve the indoor air quality of homes, hospitals, and commercial buildings.

Benefits of HEPA Air Filters

HEPA filters can provide many benefits to business and homeowners. These filters are specially designed to trap more of the harmful pollutants that enter the home or building, keeping more contaminants from entering the air and impacting indoor air quality. These filters are a great option for those with weakened immune systems who may feel a more significant impact from air pollution, such as small babies and elderly family members. They can also make it easier for those with respiratory conditions or issues breathe easier year-round.

Do You Need a HEPA Air Filter in Your Home?

When it comes to HEPA air filters, the decision depends on your needs and the needs of your family members. For most homeowners, the typical air filter filters out enough contaminants to provide sufficient indoor air quality. However, those who suffer from asthma, severe allergies, or other respiratory issues may benefit from upgrading their indoor air quality products since they often have trouble breathing and can be affected by the slightest number of particles in the air.

If you decide that you want to use a HEPA filter, it is important that you learn more about your options and the capabilities of your current HVAC system. Most standard HVAC systems are not designed to handle HEPA air filters, due to the way that they restrict airflow. Homeowners may want to opt for a standalone air purifier with a HEPA filter or contact their HVAC company to install a whole home system.

If you would like to learn more about HEPA filters and whether or not they may be right for your home environment, contact Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning today. Our HVAC experts would be happy to discuss your home comfort options and suggest the ideal air filters and HVAC upgrades for your home comfort needs.

3 Ways to Reduce Allergies and Improve Home Comfort

If you suffer from allergies, then you know how hard it can be to get comfortable even in your own home. Though you may not be able get rid of your allergies completely, there are ways that you can make improvements to your home to reduce allergy triggers and make your home more comfortable.

How to Improve Home Comfort

If you or a family member have allergies and find it hard to get comfortable, here are just a few ways that you can reduce allergy symptoms in your house and improve home comfort levels:

  1. Keep your home clean with natural cleaning products.

One of the best ways that you can reduce allergy symptoms is to keep your home clean. No matter how much you try to avoid it, dust and dirt find their way into your home one way or another. By cleaning your home regularly, you can prevent these allergens from building up in your house and affecting the air you breathe.

When it is possible, try to use natural cleaning products when dusting, mopping, and cleaning up around the house. Many standard cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can circulate in your home air and affect your ability to breathe easy. To avoid introducing new contaminants into your home, try to avoid using chemical cleaners.

  1. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.

Part of keeping your home clean and allergen free is making sure that your carpet, drapes, and furniture are free of dust and dirt. Vacuuming regularly helps keep your home and your air much cleaner by preventing the build-up of allergens like dirt, pollen, dust, and pet dander. However, the most effective vacuum cleaners are those that use powerful filters to trap these particles rather than releasing them back into the air.

Those who suffer from allergies should use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. A high-efficiency particulate air filter, or HEPA filter, helps trap 99.97% of particles that pass through the air. Vacuums with these filters trap more dirt and dust that a standard vacuum cleaner to help make sure that this material does not end up back in your home.

  1. Purchase an air purifier.

For many homeowners, a standard air filter is enough to provide sufficient indoor air quality. However, those with asthma, severe allergies, and other respiratory issues may find it difficult to breathe and maintain comfort with just a standard air filtration system as even the smallest amount of pollutants may cause symptoms to flare up.

An air purifier provides an added layer of protection from air pollution. Whether you use a standalone air purifier or an air purification system in conjunction with your HVAC system, these devices use strong filters to filter out a majority of the dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, and other indoor air pollutants that affect your breathing. Using one of these devices can help significantly reduce the build-up of allergens in your home, helping you breathe easier.

At Sheldon’s Services, we know how important it is to create a comfortable home environment. If you or someone in your family suffers from asthma or severe allergies, contact us today to learn more about our selection of indoor air quality products.

Detecting the Invisible: Finding Carbon Monoxide Buildups in a Home

Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless – and potentially lethal. Proper ventilation in homes and businesses usually keeps levels well below the point where it can cause harm. However, when ventilation is not set up properly, is blocked off, or carbon monoxide is produced in large quantities, people can be in danger.

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide can affect anyone when it reaches dangerous levels, but infants, the elderly, people with chronic heart disease or anemia, and people with breathing problems are especially vulnerable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room each year for carbon monoxide poisoning; 4,000 are hospitalized and 400 die.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning begin with headaches, dizziness, nausea, chest pains, and confusion. Continued exposure to high levels of the gas can lead to a loss of consciousness and eventual death.

Producers of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is produced by many household items and various equipment used in many industries. Any time fuel is burned, carbon monoxide is produced. This means stoves, cars, furnaces, water heaters, lanterns, grills, etc. all produce the gas.

Harmless levels of carbon monoxide are present in all homes and nearly everywhere else. It is only when carbon monoxide is allowed to build up in an area that it poses a danger to humans.

Detecting Carbon Monoxide and Preventing Poisoning

Installing a carbon monoxide detector is the best way to detect potential buildups of the gas in a home and prevent poisoning. These detectors should be place near all bedrooms and be maintained regularly to ensure correct functioning. Not all carbon monoxide detectors are equally effective; research detectors online before choosing which to buy.

Having detectors is only part of a system that needs to be in place to prevent carbon monoxide buildups that can lead to poisoning in homes.

Other Prevention Methods

  • Never start a fire in a fireplace without first opening the flue and inspecting the chimney for buildups.
  • Have chimneys cleaned regularly to prevent blockages, which can prevent ventilation of carbon monoxide.
  • Never start a car in a closed garage. Car exhaust contains high levels of carbon monoxide, which can build up quickly in an enclosed space.
  • When using a wood-burning stove, ensure the doors close fully and it vents correctly so the gas does not escape into the house.
  • Always use appropriate fuel in kerosene heaters.
  • Inspect all gas appliances in the home regularly and have them serviced by professionals.
  • Heating systems, especially furnaces, need to be inspected yearly by an expert for any damage or other problems.
  • Never operate gasoline-powered machines indoors.
  • Never bring a grill indoors and start it.
  • If you have a gas refrigerator and smell an odor coming from it, contact a technician immediately; this may be a sign of a carbon monoxide leak.
  • Do not use a gas range or oven for heating.

Carbon monoxide typically does not pose a threat because detectors, ventilation, and simple safety measures usually are enough to prevent incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you need to make sure that you are protected, call us for more information about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.