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get your ducts cleaned

When winter rolls around, it’s easy to focus all your attention on your heating services. You wouldn’t be wrong to do this. It’s easy to get a one track mind about your home heating services though. We want you to make sure that you zoom out and see the bigger picture. Your home comfort also relies on your indoor air quality. This is why it’s so important to check in on your ducts.

Your ducts are the foundation of any good indoor air quality system. If you haven’t had a professional handle your indoor air quality needs in a while, this is when you should consider air duct cleaning in Loveland, CO. Air duct cleaning is the best way to ensure that you have a flaw-free heating season. Let’s talk about this below…

The Signs You Should Get Your Ducts Cleaned

Here are a few signs that you should get your home’s ducts cleaned.

High Levels of Dust

If you’ve noticed that your home is just full of dust this season, then it probably has a lot to do with your home’s ducts. Every home gets a little dusty. We want you to take note when you feel like you’ve dusted your space every other day for weeks but it still gets dusty almost immediately after you’re done cleaning up. This shouldn’t be something you’re dealing with. If you are, then it’s because your home’s ducts need cleaning.

Mold

You definitely need to have a professional clean your ducts if you’re noticing mold. You get bonus points if you’re noticing mold in places that it’s not even common for it to grow. This would be any place outside of the bathroom.

Your heating system can develop a level of condensation and this can become a problem for your ducts if you let it. This is why you should note your mold problem and let an indoor air quality technician know so they can fix the issue.

Rodents or Insects

It’s never fun to have any type of infestation in your home. If you’ve recently had a critter roaming around or an influx of bugs in your space, then you should have an indoor air quality technician out to your home after you handle it. This is because rodents and insects typically get in through gapping ductwork.

You Just Went Through a Renovation

If you recently renovated your home, then it’s a great idea to check in with your home’s ductwork. Construction is quite a complicated job. If you recently had something remodeled, then it’s likely that dirt and dust built up in your ductwork during the process. We want to help you with these services.

High Energy Costs

One sign that your ductwork is inefficient and increasing your home’s energy cost. High energy bills without a clear issue causing them typically point to a problem with your home’s efficiency. This is where our professionals can step in to serve you. We understand the pitfalls of efficiency and how to fix them.

Contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. “We’re big enough to serve, but small enough to care.”

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Your indoor air quality is one of the most important aspects of your home’s comfort. Summer is right around the corner, but spring hasn’t officially left us. The flowers are still in bloom and the pollen count is still quite high out there. It’s important that you do everything you can to make sure that your home is an oasis away from wheezing and sniffles.

Even outside of the problem of allergies, we’ve had our fair share of forest fires in recent years. This time of year can be hard on your sinus system. Our duct cleaning services in Loveland, CO can make sure things are as easy as possible for you.

What Is Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleaning is a service performed by a professional where we go in and remove all the buildup from your ducts. There might be things like dust, dirt, and other debris hiding in your ducts. Our team members know how to get into your ducts and clear all of this out. We’re professionals so we know how to do this with minimal impact on your home as well.

How Does It Help?

Duct cleanings help you because they allow your systems (both air conditioning and heating) to run without interference.

Your ducts build up with a natural amount of dirt throughout the year. Although this is natural and to be expected, it does wear down your system if you don’t address it promptly. For example, your air conditioner will have to work much harder than it should if there is a large amount of debris in your ducts. Clearing this out will make things much easier for your air conditioner and for you as a result.

Our Other Indoor Air Quality Services

Once you open the door into indoor air quality through duct cleaning, you might be curious about the other measures you can take. We offer a few more systems and services including…

  • Air Filters/ Air Purifiers: Both air filters and air purifiers are a great way to rid your home of microbial dirt and grime. They will both greatly improve the overall quality of your home.
  • Air Duct Sealing: Air duct cleaning might not be the end of the answer for you. If you have gaps in your ducts, then you’re not going to get the right efficiency for your home.
  • Air Duct Testing: Air duct testing helps our experts determine exactly what’s going on in your home so we can tackle it with ease.
  • Humidifiers: Humidifiers can help you feel warmer in winter without the extra effort. Humidity balance is important, and we’re prepared to find you the right unit for your home.
  • Dehumidifiers: A dehumidifier is a great thing to add to your home this summer. A home with an excess amount of humidity makes you feel warmer. Removing the excess can make you feel cooler with ease.
  • UV Germicidal Lights: UV germicidal lights are able to make the bacteria and microbial dirt in your home vanish.

Contact For Collins Heating & Air Conditioning for your duct cleaning services. Big enough to serve, small enough to care.

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Wildfires

We’re taking a bit more of a serious approach to today’s topic of discussion. We always love sharing helpful tips and information with our readers, but the current situation with wildfires in our area has added some amount of urgency to this post. With the Pine Gulch fire having just surpassed Hayman fire as the largest in our history—burning over 139,006 acres—and the Lewstone Fire having just been contained, these issues are at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

We want to take this opportunity first and foremost to express our sympathies to those directly affected by these blazes, but we also want to address those homes being more indirectly affected by the flames and heat of the fire. Even for those homes relatively removed from the fires themselves, the issue of indoor air quality in Fort Collins, CO demands more attention than ever. We want to make sure that you’re aware of how you can protect your IAQ this season.

Air Purification Is the Answer

You’ve certainly seen us talk about what a good air purifier can do for your indoor air quality during regular seasons. To protect yourself from the odors and health issues related to smoke and its inhalation, though, you really want to be sure that you are using the right air purifier for your needs. Remember, not every air purifier is going to resolve every issue.

When it comes to smoke, you do want something that can remove particulates from the air. It’s not just an air freshener that you’re after. A good HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter will be able to remove particle concentrations in your home, up to 85% according to the environmental protection agency. Electronic air filters are a great option for removing smoke particles, and you don’t have to replace them the way that you do something like a carbon filter. You do need to scrub them on a regular schedule to keep them clean, though.

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You Want a Whole-House Solution

The unfortunate truth is that this is not the first time we’ve dealt with wildfires and the resulting smoke in our area. It certainly won’t bet the last, either. If you are serious about avoiding the odors, the burning, watery eyes, and the respiratory issues related to smoke and its inhalation in your home, you want a whole-house air purifier. They’re more effective than room units, they’re much more convenient, and they’re going to save you money over time.

However, they must also be professionally installed. When you’re talking about air quality, you’re really talking about your health. Our HVAC professionals can help you to protect your own health and that of your family. We may not be able to do much about the situations leading to these devastating wildfires, but we can and will do everything possible to help protect the comfort and the health of our valued customers. Reach out to discuss your air purifier options.

Schedule IAQ services with Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. Big enough to serve, small enough to care.

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Wave to Better Health

We’ve always been proud to offer quality iWave products for installation in our clients’ homes. Why? because we’ve always known that iWave air purifiers are some of the best in industry. And, with the current pandemic putting homeowners on high alert, we’re excited to share that iWave has proven this fact yet again.

Through testing, the iWave-C proved a formidable foe to SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 disease. Using the iWave-C, and based on viral titrations, it was determined that 84.2% of the virus was inactivated at the 10 minute mark. This number jumped to 92.6% at 15 minutes, and all the way to 99.4% inactivation at 30 minutes!

If you’re interested in protecting your health and your family’s health with a tried and proven system, contact a member of our team today. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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Indoor Air Quality

Homeowners tend to put a lot of emphasis on the temperatures in their homes. When you live in a place like Colorado, you need to make sure that your home is kept cool and comfortable in the summer and warm and cozy in the winter. It’s totally understandable that, given our spectrum of temperature extremes, you’d put a lot of focus on your HVAC systems. However, as a trusted HVAC company in Loveland, we have to remind you to look beyond temperature.

Why? Because temperature is really only a part of the comfort equation. Is it an important part? Yes, of course it is. But so too is your indoor air quality, and that is a component that is too often ignored or simply overlooked by homeowners. That’s a shame, because poor indoor air quality can really lead to problems not just with comfort, but with overall health, as well. Our team can help you improve your indoor air quality.

 

What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality

Now that is a loaded question. There are a ton of different causes of poor indoor air quality, and some of them are actually beneficial in other ways. Take your home’s air seal, for instance. Yes, a very tightly sealed and well-insulated home is great for energy efficiency purposes. However, it also really limits the natural ventilation that older, less efficient homes would have. That means that air can get really stale, really quickly, if you’re not addressing that concern. Other potential issues include:

  • Humidity levels in the house
  • General cleanliness
  • Proximity to major roadways, construction sites, or wooded areas
  • Pets in the house

Now, you obviously cannot be expected to just up and move because the dust and fumes from a nearby freeway are becoming an issue for you. And we certainly wouldn’t suggest giving up a beloved furry friend to combat air quality issues! So what’s the solution?

The Solution Is—Finding the Right Solution!

Much as we would love to tell you otherwise, there is no single solution that is going to fix every indoor air quality problem in every home. Different homes have unique needs, and different homeowners have different concerns and sensitivities. The good news is that there is a solution to your problems out there. You just need to work with professional IAQ technicians like ours to be sure that you’re approaching the issue in the right manner. We install and service:

  • Air filters and air cleaners, to deal with airborne pollutants
  • UV germicidal lights, to deal with biological pollutants
  • Humidifiers and dehumidifiers, to balance humidity levels

We also offer great duct services to ensure that your air ducts are properly sealed and clean within. The last thing that you want is for something as important as your ductwork to be actively contributing to your indoor air quality problems! Whatever your IAQ needs may be, we’re here to make sure they’re met.

Schedule your IAQ services with Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. Big enough to serve, small enough to care.

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 Protecting Indoor Air Quality

Very few homeowners are going to ignore the need for keeping temperatures in their homes at comfortable levels. You aren’t going to overlook the need for an effective heater when it is freezing cold outside, right? Of course not. That need is obvious. Not all needs are quite as obvious, though, even if they are equally important. Take, for instance, the need for great indoor air quality in one’s home. Make IAQ services part of your ongoing HVAC services in Loveland.

The problem with indoor air quality is that there are just so many different ways in which it may suffer. Fortunately for you, the IAQ professionals on our team are here to ensure that, no matter what is wrong with your indoor air quality, you’ll have the right solutions in place. Reach out to us today with any concerns that you have surrounding the quality of the air that you breathe in your home. We’ll outfit your home with the systems and services that it needs.

Humidity Issues

Humidity is a tough nut to crack. Too little humidity in your home is certainly not desirable and can have a number of unpleasant consequences. These can include dry, itchy skin, nosebleeds, increased instances of illness, and more. However, too much humidity is not great, either. If the air in your home is too humid, then you may run into musty odors, issues with warping wooden floorboards, wood rot, and even the promotion of mold growth.

Now, we’re sure that some of you have some amount of experience with portable humidifier and dehumidifier units. However, if you are serious about optimizing humidity in your home, these are not what you should choose! You want whole-house solutions to your humidity problems, and that means that you want a whole-house humidifier and/or dehumidifier installed in your residence. And that means hiring a professional like ours to do the job right.

Airborne Pollutants

Perhaps the most common issue that homeowners encounter with their indoor air quality is that of airborne pollutants. Think about dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, and other debris that can get into the air in your home. Now, think about breathing all of those pollutants into your lungs! But hey, what can you do about it, right? It’s not like you’re going to ditch Fido just because he sheds.

Well, no, we’re certainly not advocating for that—no more than we’d suggest that there’s any way in which to completely eliminate the risk of airborne pollutants making their way into your home. However, you can remove those pollutants from the air that you breathe quite effectively with the right equipment in place. Whole-house air filtration systems, for example, or more advanced air cleaning systems, may be used to clean the air that fills your home.

Biological Pollutants

We know this one sounds scary. And we are not alarmists. However, it has to be said. Biological pollutants in your home pose a health threat. And we can help.

With UV germicidal lights, you can destroy biological pollutants like viruses, mold spores, and bacteria that are putting your health at risk. Call today to learn more.

Schedule your IAQ services with Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. Big enough to serve, small enough to care.

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When you think about air quality in Colorado, you’re probably thinking about smoke from wildfires and exhaust from cars lowering the quality of our outdoor air. Environmental pollutants are a big issue in our world, but it’s important to pay attention to the air quality inside your home too.

You might think of your home as a safe haven away from this pollution. But your indoor air quality is often worse than the air quality outdoors. Air quality inside homes is so low because homes modern home across the country are tightly sealed and impeccably energy efficient. This is great for your energy bills but bad for your lungs. If you’re wondering what factors cause low indoor air quality, keep reading below, if you’d like Loveland HVAC services you can contact our team.

Factors That Lower Your IAQ

You might be surprised to learn how many things can bring down the quality of your IAQ here in Loveland. When people think of Colorado, they often think of fresh air and mountain ranges. You’re a resident here, however, so you know that our reality isn’t always this idyllic. Additionally, indoor air quality plays by different rules. Indoor air quality is often worse than outdoor air quality because of the following factors:

  • Dirty Ductwork: When was the last time you had your ductwork cleaned? If you’re completely drawing a blank or if you’re realizing that it’s been years then it’s time to pick up the phone. Your ductwork is responsible for circulating all the conditioned air in your home in summer and winter. Your ductwork naturally accumulates dirt, dust, grime, and other debris over time. You need a professional team to deep clean your ductwork. Just dusting at the air registers in your room isn’t enough.
  • Humidity: Excess humidity or a lack of humidity is a real problem in your home. There’s a “sweet spot” of the humidity in your home. It should always hover around 30% to 50%. If it dips below 30% then it’s likely that you’ll feel dried out and cold in winter with a heightened chance of sickness. If it swells above 50% then it’s likely that you’ll feel hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable in summer. Balancing your home’s humidity can help you feel comfortable for a lower cost. If you’d like to get more from your HVAC system, then you can contact our professionals about our humidifier and dehumidifier services.
  • Bacteria, Viruses, and Volatile Organic Compounds, Oh My!: Airborne contaminants in your home can have a wide-ranging effect on your indoor comfort and personal health. If you’re coughing, wheezing, sneezing, or dealing with constant headaches, the real culprit behind your discomfort could be contaminants in your indoor air. We have a wide variety of IAQ systems including air purifiers, air filters, and UV germicidal lights that we can install in your home to alleviate these issues. You can contact our team to learn more. We’ll help you breathe easier.

Contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment for our IAQ services. Big enough to serve, small enough to care.

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Low indoor air quality is a really common indoor air quality factor in poor health and comfort for homeowners across the country. It’s a problem that not a lot of people know they have, and those that do know they have it often aren’t sure how to fix it. If you suspect that your home’s indoor air quality is lower than it should be, but you aren’t sure how to fix it, read on for some tips. You can improve your indoor air quality! You just need a bit of professional help to do it.

Airborne Contaminants

All day, no matter where we go, we breathe in millions of various microscopic particulates. Most of these particles are harmless, but some are not. The issue is worse indoors, because the lack of constant air flow traps contaminants inside for us to breathe over and over again. Some common airborne contaminants include dust, dander, pollen, dirt, mold spores, viruses, and bacteria. Breathing in these kinds of contaminants for a long period of time can cause all kinds of problems, including allergy attacks, asthma attacks, increased flu infection frequency, and the like. If you think this may be why your indoor air quality is lower than it should be, then the best thing you can do is to install an air purifier.

Air purifiers are designed to strain contaminants of various kinds out of your air supply, usually by being installed in your home’s ductwork. Air filters, for example, passively snare particles that come into contact with them using fiber mesh. Ionization purifiers draw contaminants out of the air using ion clouds. You should consult with a technician to find out the best kind of air purifier to meet your home’s needs.

Humidity Issues

Chronic humidity issues are another common cause of low indoor air quality. Air that is too humid will make it very difficult for your body to cool itself, and will promote mold growth in the darker areas of the home. Air that is too dry will weaken your defenses against infection, and will make certain parts of your house more prone to damage by sapping the moisture from them. If you’re worried about the effects of chronically humid or dry air on you and your home, consult with a professional about installing a dehumidifier or humidifier.

As with air purifiers, there are a variety of different kinds of both humidifiers and dehumidifiers. Most humidifiers operate by either vaporizing water and blowing it through the ducts, or by spraying a fine mist. Dehumidifiers, by contrast, use desiccants or refrigerant to siphon excess moisture out of the air. Also like air purifiers, you should consult with a professional technician in person to determine which system would be best for you. If you’re looking for the best Loveland HVAC services, we can help you out.

Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning provides comprehensive indoor air quality services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians. We’ll make sure that your indoor air quality is restored to the level it should be.

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My Home Too Dry

Running an air conditioner removes moisture from the air in your home. That is just a byproduct of the cooling process. It’s not enough to dehumidify air with high humidity levels, but it does have some dehumidifying effect. Contrary to popular belief, running your heater does not really dry out your air the way that your AC does. However, keep in mind that you are starting out with much drier air in the winter than you are in the summer.

As you seal up your home to keep heat in, and recirculate air throughout your home over and over, low humidity and indoor air quality can become serious problems. While there are portable humidifiers that you may use to inject some humidity into the air in your home, they are not ideal for whole-house humidification. A whole-house humidifier in Loveland, CO, is just what you’re looking for. So ask yourself this—is the air in your home sufficiently humidified?

Why Is Low Humidity Such a Problem?
Low humidity may not sound like as serious a problem as, say, sweltering temperatures permeating throughout your home. In truth, however, it can cause a whole lot of problems. These problems can negatively affect your comfort, your health, and even the overall condition of your home. Is it starting to sound like a problem yet?

Okay, How About Some Examples?
Sure! There are plenty to choose from, and none of them are good. Very dry air can …

Dry out your mucous membranes, causing them to tear. That allows viruses and bacteria direct access to your bloodstream, a major contributor to increased cases of illness in the winter season.
Dry out wooden floorboards, fixtures, and furniture throughout your home. That can lead to splitting, damaging your property and putting you at risk of impalement via splinter! (Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but nobody likes splinters.)
Cause paint to chip and wallpaper to crack.
Dry out your skin, leading to persistent itching and even cracks.
Increase instances of static shocks. These are only mildly painful, but very annoying, and potentially damaging to sensitive electronics in your home.
Why Can’t I Just Use a Cheap Portable Unit?
We understand you want to save a few bucks, but you’re only hurting yourself in the long run if you try to get by with portable humidifier units. Why? Because portable humidifiers are …

Inconvenient. You have to keep filling them with water, and you either need multiple units in different areas of the house, or you’re going to be moving them all over. With a whole-house humidifier, you have a centralized system with a designated water line that does its job without much input on your end.
Inefficient. Yes, they may be cheaper to purchase and they don’t require professional installation, but portable humidifiers are also not very efficient. It’s amazing how much power these little things can suck up if you have them running regularly!
Ineffective. Sure, you can put one in each room, but portable units don’t have the same reach as whole-house humidifiers. Plus, they are not as well-controlled in terms of humidity output. With a good whole-house system and an accurate humidistat, you don’t have to worry about over-saturating the air.
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Take Advantage

If you have visited this blog before, then chances are you’ve seen us talk about the importance of indoor air quality in relation to comfort and overall health. Heating and cooling your home successfully is essential, but doing so should not overshadow the need for maintaining high indoor air quality in your home. One product that can help you to do so is the TrueEASE™ Evaporative Humidifier from Honeywell.

Why Choose the TrueEASE™ Evaporative Humidifier?

Honeywell needs no introduction to homeowners interested in the best products on the market. Their great — and well-earned — reputation aside, there are a lot of reasons to choose the TrueEASE™ Evaporative Humidifier for humidifying your home.

  • Automatic monitoring of home dryness ensures that the system runs only when needed, saving water and preventing oversaturation.
  • Sufficient humidification means lower heating bills.
  • Versatile design makes the TrueEASE™ Evaporative Humidifier appropriate for installation in any home.
  • Enjoy a five-year warranty and professional installation.
  • Easy access to pads allows for simple maintenance on your part.

Schedule your IAQ services in Fort Collins, CO with Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. Big enough to serve, small enough to care.

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