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3 Factors to Consider when your Furnace Bites the Dust

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It's a scenario many homeowners fear. It is deep into fall and the weather has turned colder. You finally decide to flip on the heat to make it through those chilly mornings. Maybe you hear a strange noise, or maybe you just realize 20 minutes later that you are still freezing. Regardless, your furnace isn't working. So, you bundle up in your woolen socks, sweatpants, and jacket and call your Green Leaf Repairman. Many times they are able to fix it, but this time it isn't the case, your furnace is at the end of its lifespan and it's time for a new one.

Furnaces are notoriously one of the most expensive appliances that need to be replaced, which can seem daunting. Also, because not having heat when it is cold outside is not a fun situation to be in, you'll want to choose a new furnace and get it installed as quickly as possible. It's a big decision, but one you need to make in a short amount of time. So, how can you know what kind of furnace is best for you? 

Here are 3 main things to consider when deciding on a furnace to install:

1. Gas, Electric, or Oil? Each has their pros and cons, and will largely depend on what you previously used in your home. In some cases, conversions can be done and change the fuel source, but this may end up costing more. You may want to consider an electric-powered heat pump as this is often the most economical solution in regards to the fuel source of your furnace. 

2. Pricing. Your budget will play into this, but be sure to factor in potential tax credits and future energy savings from energy-efficient furnaces.

3. Size for your home. Like a new pair of shoes, the right fit is important. A furnace that is too small for your home will not heat efficiently, while with one that is too big will leave you overpaying for a larger furnace than you need. 

All of these choices can seem overwhelming. Luckily for you, Green Leaf's technicians here to help. Installing furnaces is what we do, and we will make it as painless and easy as possible. From helping you select the right furnace for your home, to getting a technician there quickly, we will make the experience go as smoothly as it possibly can. We also have a great selection of furnaces to choose from, so getting one that is affordable and works well for your home is not a dream, but a reality. Contact us today for all your furnace repair and installation needs.

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It's That Time of Year for Furnace Maintenance

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Winter is coming and if you have not yet had the serviceman out for furnace maintenance, now is the time to do so. Do not delay. Heating systems have the potential to create carbon monoxide, an odorless gas that can kill. It can create flu-like symptoms. You want to make sure that what you are experiencing in winter is not mistakenly thought to be flu, when it is actually carbon monoxide poisoning. You need to make sure that your system does not have any leaks. 

Not only can the repairman clean, service, and check your equipment for carbon monoxide, but at the same time you might also consider getting a special thermostat installed that will take the temperature of your house down at night or when you are at work. It is cheaper and easier to warm a house than to keep it warm all day for when you return home. A serviceman can also check all the vents to make sure they are clean. You don't want debris from an animal's nest that was created during the spring or summer to be sent out through the vents. Dust and debris is part of why people suffer allergies and respiratory problems.

Be sure to find out the proper size filter for your heater, stock up on filters, and know how to change them. The filter needs to be changed at least once monthly at a minimum. If not, there will not be proper air flow through the unit and this can damage the unit. If you have any concerns about your heater or need it serviced as this winter season begins, contact us now, we can help.

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Save the Environment and Your Health with Indoor Air Quality Improvement

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As a result of recent health and safety research, people are now more aware how important indoor air quality improvement is for their well-being. Advances in technology have brought about several new products which make the air we breathe much safer and healthier. Before modern times, we didn’t even know that air-borne bacteria were a threat to our health. Now, bacteria and viruses are a well-known issue; and it is even standard for places such as hospitals to install air purification systems in their HVAC units to combat these invisible pathogens.

Upgrade Your Air Filter

The most basic way to improve your indoor air quality is to install a better air filtering system. There are two new products that can do this. One is a media filter, and the other is an electrostatic air filter. A media filter is a highly efficient woven fiber filter that is generally between three to five inches thick. It’s meant to replace all of the one-inch filters throughout the home, and is only changed once or twice a year. An electrostatic filter is washable, and uses electric current and static electricity to catch microscopic particles and forms of bacteria as air passes through it.

Replace Your Ductwork

A duct network is highly susceptible to dust accumulation as well as microorganisms, especially the old fiberglass box-type ducts. Whatever particles may have gotten through your old air filters are now clinging to the inside of the duct system. Really, the only way to completely clean it is to replace it altogether. You can even ask your technician to install one of the new eco-friendly ductwork systems. These ducts are even more efficient at trapping the temperature inside them, preventing heat from leaking in or out of them, ultimately saving you money on your utility bill and reducing your carbon footprint.

Consider Ultraviolet Devices

Hospitals have used UV-C Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation for decades. Now, a form of this technology is cost-efficient enough for residential use. So what is it? Basically, UV-C is a spectrum of light that kills microorganisms. In the HVAC industry, a technician installs one or several bulbs emitting ultraviolet light on the inside of the air handling unit to prevent the growth and spread of harmful viruses and bacteria. There is even a model that goes inside the ductwork to constantly purify and sanitize the air.

If you or anyone in your home suffer from allergies, stuffy nose, or asthma, these could be symptoms of poor indoor air quality in the home. Green Leaf A/C and Heating serves clients’ HVAC and indoor air quality improvement needs in the Austin, TX area. For more information about getting better indoor air quality in your home, please contact them.

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Three Ways an Inefficient AC Unit Might be Costing Too Much Money

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If your power bill was higher than you wanted last summer, your residential air conditioning unit might not be performing as well as it could be. Sometimes there are easy fixes that can get your AC unit working more efficiently. Here are three ways your AC unit might be wasting you money and how to fix the problem.

1. Forgetting to Adjust the Thermostat

If your home heats up during the day and cools down at night, your air conditioning unit should correspond to these temperature changes. If you forget to turn down your AC when you go to bed or crank this up too high when you get home from work to compensate, you’ll see this on your electric bill. If you can invest in a programmable thermostat, this can do most of the work for you by keeping your home cool when you need it and turning itself off when you don’t.

2. Blocked Vents and Filters

Culprits that can make your AC unit work overtime are blocked air filters and venting system throughout your home. If you can take the time to replace filters when suggested, this will keep airflow steady. Vacuuming around vent entryways can clear pet hair and other blockages. If you need advice on filter replacements or a more extensive vent cleaning, bring in an AC repair specialist to help get you back on track.

3. Delaying Yearly Service

If your AC unit has been around for a few years, a great way to increase its efficiency is with ongoing regular maintenance. If you wait for an emergency or a heat wave, this could cost you more since others will most likely have issues as well. Try to bring in an air conditioning specialist once a year to keep your AC unit in good working condition.

Many times appliances in the home are expected to function well on their own for years on end. When it comes to your AC unit, a few proactive steps can keep this working more efficiently and can save your money. If you have concerns about your power bill or your AC unit’s overall functionality, contact us to help pinpoint and fix any AC issues you might be having.

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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With These 5 Tips

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We often think of air pollution as something that only occurs outside. If you're like many people, you haven't given much thought to the air quality inside your home. However, indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Follow these tips for indoor air quality improvement in your home. 

Clean or Replace Air Filters Regularly

The air filter keeps the air cleaner, and keeps debris and dust out of the air ducts. Dirt and debris build up in the filters over time. Clean or change the filters every month that your HVAC system is in use.

Keep Your Floors Clean

Vacuum your floors at least once a week. Choose a vacuum cleaner that has strong suction, rotating brushes, and a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which captures allergens like dust mites or pet dander.

Mop your floors to pick up dust left behind by vacuuming. Select a reusable microfiber dust mop, which picks up more dirt and dust than a traditional mop.

Place a doormat at every entrance to your home. Consider asking visitors to remove their shoes when they enter, to minimize dirt and dust tracked in from outside.

Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Many air fresheners, laundry products, or household cleaners contain synthetic fragrances, which emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Such chemicals are rarely listed on the product label. Minimize the use of harsh cleaning products. Make your own cleaners, or purchase cleaning products without artificial fragrances.

Avoid Smoking Indoors

The smoke from cigarettes contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Exposure to secondhand smoke causes a number of health problems. Ask smokers in your household to smoke outdoors.

Adjust the Humidity

Mold and dust mites flourish in high humidity. Have your HVAC system checked to ensure that it's dehumidifying properly. Consider upgrading to a separate, whole-home dehumidifier.

For more information, or to schedule service, please contact us.

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Customer Reviews & Comments

Average rating for Green Leaf A/C and Heating is 4.99 stars of 5 stars - based on 92 reviews

Eddie and his crew were great. Replaced old ac/plenum/ducts and blew new installation in attic. He even managed to get me a unit with a rebate $$$$. My wife and I are very pleased with the results. Thanks Eddie!

Martin M - Round Rock, TX 78681