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How to Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

When you took that big step and became home-owners you probably thought a lot about all the decorations you would add to the house to make it feel like home, the bbq's you would host in the backyard, the birthday parties you'd plan, and the memories you'd make in the process. You probably didn't think much about maintenance or your heating and air conditioning unit. However, over time, you've probably realized that they require a lot of attention. Your home's air quality is directly affected by your heating and air conditioning unit. This becomes a problem when mold and bacteria start to form, blow into your home, and get inhaled into your lungs. 

How Can You Improve Air Quality?

First things first, you always want to keep your heating and air condition unit properly cleaned and maintained. This will drastically help keep your air safe. But there are products you can add to ensure your home has the best air quality possible. 

Air Purifiers

When it comes to Indoor air quality improvement, air purifiers are the best product you can buy. If you suffer from allergies or get frequent colds, an air purifier will help you breathe easier and sleep better. High-quality, in home air purification systems, kill up to 99% of germs, pollen, and mold captured. It also fights hard, and effectively, against many common pathogens. Installing an air purifier gives you peace of mind and the freedom to breathe deep, knowing that the air you breath is clean. 

Filters

It's important to use high-quality filters and to change them regularly. These filters will trap dust and allergens before they escape into the air that circulates in your house. Not only do they keep the air your breath fresher and cleaner, but they also help eliminate the "dust smell" in your home. 

UV Lamps

The thought of mold and bacteria growing on your air conditioning and heating unit, becoming airborne, and filling your house is unnerving. And while keeping your unit clean and installing an air purifier will definitely help eliminate that danger, going a step further isn't a bad idea. UV lamps were designed to successfully prevent the growth of mold and bacteria in your home. If there is any mold or bacteria growing on or around your AC coil, the UV lamp will kill it, keeping you safe from any exposure. 

Any and all of these options are effective when it comes to giving you the best air quality possible. So, if you want to breathe deep without worry, please contact us today. We look forward to helping you improve the quality of air in your home.

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The Benefits of Upgrading Your Thermostat

Thermostats used to be ridiculously simple, but not in a good way. While there are some simplistic things that make life easier, outdated thermostats aren't one of them. As thermostats have leaped forward in technology over the past few years, more and more homeowners have started to realize the hassle that comes with their outdated versions, not to mention the added electricity expenses that accompany them. More and more people have been going forward with thermostat replacement and upgrades, even if their older version is still working. 

Why You Should Upgrade Before Your Old Thermostat Breaks

In some circumstances, it's a money-saver to use what you have until you no longer can. Outdated thermostats that aren't equipped with "smart technology" will actually cost you more money over time. While you'll be out the money to initially upgrade and install the new thermostat, you will begin saving money on electricity bills as soon as the new one is installed. On average homeowners who replace their outdated thermostats with upgraded versions save around 20% on their heating and cooling bills. So, over time, it'll actually cost you more to stick with your old version until it no longer works.

It Does the Work for You

Smart technology works for you, saving you money, by allowing you to program different temperatures for different times of the day. Are you going to be away from the house for a long period of time? Perhaps you don't mind the temperature being a bit warmer during those hours. If so, you can program a higher "set temperature" during those hours, and set it to cool down again before you come home. Do you get warmer at night while you're bundled up with covers? It's not uncommon to wake up in the middle of the night and feel suffocated by the heat. However, if you set your old thermostat lower, you might be too cold when you wake up. Again, programming comes to the rescue. Set your desired temperature lower for most of the night, but have it warm the house an hour before you have to wake up and toss the warm covers off. Another great thing about smart thermostats is that many of them will switch between heating and cooling for you, ensuring that on days where the outside temperature is all over the place, your house remains at the perfect, desired temperature. 

Easy Installation

It doesn't take much time or effort for our professionals to install your new thermostat, and once it's done your thermostat will automatically download any updates to the software that's needed over time. This will help keep you up to date with any and all advancements. Carrier Thermostats are compatible with almost any brand of heating or cooling system so everyone can reap the many benefits of the smart thermostat technology. 

We provide three different Carrier thermostats for you to choose from so that you can ensure you're getting exactly what you need for ultimate comfort. So, if you want to start saving on electricity bills and rid your life of the hassle that comes from outdated thermostats, please contact us to learn more about the thermostats we offer or to set up an installation. We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

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Is Your Indoor Air Quality Making You Sick?

Are you constantly coughing and sneezing, or suffering from dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat? Do you wake up feeling exhausted? Do you attribute your symptoms to allergies? Did you know all of these signs can indicate poor indoor air quality in your home? You can have a simple diagnostic test of the air quality in your home or workplace, and we can help you choose the right products to install to make your home healthier.

According to William J. Calhoun, MD and professor of medicine at University of Texas, "Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality in almost every case," he states in an article about air quality on Web MD. Even the cleanest home can be full of fumes from gas-fired appliances, allergens from pets, or dust mites, Dr. Calhoun states. It's better to have the air quality checked than suffer the ill effects of polluted indoor air.

The use of an air purifier filter or UV lamp can greatly improve the indoor air quality of your home or workplace, making it a more peaceful and healthy environment for your whole family.

We can install an Air Purifier that will inactivate up to 99% of pathogens captured. Our top of the line Air Purifier is effective against 13 pathogens including influenza, the common cold, measles, and more. It can be retro-fitted into nearly any existing ductwork.

A UV lamp fights hard against mold and bacteria, minimizing the chance of dangerous spores lurking in your home. It operates silently, and our Carrier UV lamps come with a 10 year warranty. It's a simple way to eliminate the chance of bacteria growth on your air conditioning unit.

If you have questions or concerns about the indoor air quality of your home or workplace, please contact us or call us at (512) 636-9636. Green Leaf A/C and Heating can test your air and get you on the right track to a healthy home immediately!

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How a New Thermostat can Save Your Heating Bill This Winter

There is no doubt about it. Fall is over and winter is here. Long gone are the warm days of summer, and you find yourself bundling up to go out in the cold. You shouldn't have to bundle up in your house, however, and one small tool can help you live comfortably all winter long. 

Thermostats are often the most overlooked aspect of our heating systems. When the heat stops working, don't panic! It might not be your furnace, it could easily be your thermostat, a relatively inexpensive and easy fix. 

The thermostat is the 'brains' of your heating and cooling system. Lets say you've had your furnace tuned up, your filters all changed, and you are keeping your home at a reasonable temperature. If your heating bills are still sending you into a state of shock you may want to look at your thermostat. If your thermostat isn't reading properly it can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to.

A thermostat is a thermostat right? Wrong! Thermostats today come with more features than you can possibly imagine. Not only can you program the thermostat to start warming up your home on your way home from work, many new thermostats can be controlled remotely, so if you have a late meeting or other schedule change your thermostat isn't climbing with no one to enjoy the heat. If you are heading home early you can set your thermostat to warm up your home for you. No more sitting in a cold house waiting for the heat to kick in.

If you have kids who want to wear their summer gear indoors all winter, they may try to turn up the heat to keep toasty, without regard to the ever-climbing bill. So-called 'smart' thermostats can prevent this by only letting authorized users control the heat settings. 

If you are ready to explore your options for thermostats and get a new one in your home contact us and we will get you a new thermostat to make the most of your furnace.

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Two Reasons Your Oil Furnace Isn't Supplying Heat

Few things are capable of striking fear into a homeowner quite like a furnace that won’t supply heat. Fortunately, in many cases the problem isn’t as daunting as you might assume. If you would like to improve your furnace troubleshooting skills, read on. This article will discuss two things that may be keeping your oil furnace from providing your home with heat.

Low Oil Level

When troubleshooting a non-functional oil furnace, it is always best to rule out the most basic problems first. Here that involves checking that there is an adequate amount of oil in your fuel tank. The important thing to realize here is that the fuel gauge on the outside of your tank is not always a reliable source of information. Over time, these gauges tend to become stuck, mis-calibrated, or otherwise untrustworthy. Instead, assess your quantity of fuel using the dipstick located along the top of the tank. If necessary, arrange to have more heating oil delivered. 

Clogged Oil Filter 

Even the purest heating oil contains a certain percentage of impurities. Should such impurities be allowed to make their way into the fuel nozzle or the burner assembly, they can cause clogs, burnouts, and other problems. For that reason, all oil furnaces are equipped with a supply-side filter to ensure that the fuel entering the furnace is free of any contaminants. 

As time goes on, the oil filter itself will become excessively clogged with sediment and other contaminants. Eventually this will restrict the flow of fuel, making it harder and harder for your furnace to supply heat to your home. Thus it is important to check the filter on a regular basis and have it replaced if necessary.

If your oil furnace has ceased to operate the way it should, please don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Green Leaf A/C and Heating for a professional consultation.

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