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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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Furnace Maintenance Tips for Winter

A typical residential furnace can last for 10-15 years -- but you must maintain it. Unfortunately, many homeowners wait until their furnace stops working to seek professional help. Many common problems are avoidable, however, if you follow some basic maintenance steps.

Replace the Air Filter

Replacing your furnace's air filter is a quick and easy task that any homeowner can perform. Over time, dirt, dust and debris will build up on the filter, restricting air flow while subsequently forcing your furnace to work harder. Try to get into the habit of changing your furnace's air filter once every 2-3 months to prevent this from happening.

Check the Thermostat

When was the last time that you checked your thermostat? If no one is home during the day, there's no reason your furnace should run during this time. Running a furnace when no one is home consumes power while offering no benefit in return. Program your thermostat to turn on shortly before family members arrive and turn off shortly after they leave.

Clean the Blower

Located next to the filter line in a typical furnace is the blower assembly. The particulate matter that passes through the filter will end up in the blower. If not cleaned, it will then circulate throughout your home, polluting the air. Have your furnace's blower professionally cleaned to promote better air quality inside your home.

Inspect the Fan

A professional HVAC inspection of your furnace should also include a fan inspection. The fan and its components should be inspected to prevent future problems. If there's dust or debris accumulated on the fan, it could restrict its power.

To learn more about our industry-leading furnace maintenance and installation services, contact us today.

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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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Are Pet Odors Making Your Home Less Likely to Sell?

It is a simple fact of real estate, buyers do not want to buy a smelly house. Pet odors are the most common, but homeowners must find and cure-all the bad smells which will cause buyers to hold their nose. Ask your agent. A home must be clean and fresh smelling to sell quickly and for the best price.

If you want to sell your house, it must look better and smell better than the competition. HomeGain, a leading service connecting real estate agents with home buyers and sellers, recommends eliminating pet odors, food smells, and other funk that affects a home's air quality.

Unfortunately, it is not always easy for a seller to identify bad odors. We all a little nose-blind to our own home and living environment. We simply become used to the smells within our own homes and have a hard time identifying unpleasant pet odors or other foul scents.

If you want to sell your home for a good price, pet odors need to be neutralized. If you are unsure, ask your agent for an honest assessment. An experienced agent has no issue with being brutally honest. If your agent then tells you there is a problem, there is a problem.

The experts at Green Leaf A/C and Heating have the solution for pet odors and other funk causing your home not to sell. Air fresheners only mask smells. Our air purifiers, filters, and other devices will actually eliminate pet and other odors. Moreover, our devices create a healthier living space by removing bacteria and other toxins from the air.

If you would like to talk about eliminating pet odors to help sell your home, or need more information, please contact us.

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Couldn't be happier with the Mitsubishi Mr Slim mini-split Eddie and his guys installed. They were very knowledgeable and did a great job. They responded quickly to my calls and emails and did exactly what was promised. Their prices are very fair and I would recommend them to anyone. 10/10! ...
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