Archive for the ‘Air Quality’ Category

Hurricane season may be over, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have some rain and moisture in the air during the winter season! It is important to keep your home dry. Mold spores only grow when there is moisture in the air. Control the moisture levels and you will have control over the mold. It is also important to fix any water damaged areas in your home right away, if you do not fix the water damage problem and only take care of the mold, it is likely that the mold will return. Listed below is what you should know about mold according to the EPA.

  • Mold can effect your health associated with allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
  • There is no way to completely eliminate all traces of mold, only ways to control it, by controlling the moisture level. You can control the moisture level by using a dehumidifier.
  • If there is water damage, fix the source of the water problem.
  • Reduce indoor humidity to 30-60%.
  • Dry and clean off all water damaged objects withing a 48 hour period.
  • Prevent condensation. You can do this by making sure your home is properly insulated.

You can also install into your home a UV Germicidal Lights, to help you breath in the best quality air. So don’t let mold get the best of you! Make sure the air you are breathing in is clean and mold free. Keep the moisture under control to keep that mold out!

Nobody likes the effect that allergens have on you and while we may not be able to stop outside allergens, we can help you to reduce the allergens found in your home by providing you these simple tips.

First, be aware that having a hot and humid house can breed mold and dust mites.  By keeping your temperature at the ideal level of 70 F, with a humidity level of 50% or less, you are helping to decrease the buildup of allergens.  Another great way to combat mold is to use a dehumidifier.  A dehumidifier will significantly reduce the amount of humidity found in a home, lessening the ability for mold to grow.

Cleaning your home isn’t just for when you have guests, but keeping your home on a weekly cleaning routine can drastically reduce allergens too!  By vacuuming (with a HEPA filter), mopping, dusting and washing surfaces in your home, including windows and doors, you can be protecting yourself from having allergens.  It’s also recommended that you change your A/C filters once a month.

Casteel has dehumidifiers and can offer more suggestions for reducing potential allergens in your home.  Go online or call us today for an appointment at (770) 565-5884.  Also visit us on Facebook and Twitter for helpful tips!

Duct Sealing – “air duct testing and repairs to leaky duct work could be the most important energy improvement homeowners can make.” (source: Department of energy)

In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 25-40 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.

How do you know that your home has poorly performing ducts?

  • you have high summer and winter utility bills;
  • you have rooms that are difficult to heat and cool;
  • you have stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable;
  • your ducts are located in an attic, crawlspace, or the garage;
  • you find tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system.

Benefits of Duct Sealing

A duct system that is well-designed and properly sealed can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and safer.

Call today or go online to schedule a free evaluation and quote!

The summer heat is at it’s peak in Georgia, and with the humidity at an astonishing high, it’s important to make sure your HVAC unit is working properly. Humidity and heat can affect the efficiency of your air conditioner, so now is a perfect time to take advantage of our coupon and schedule a summer efficiency tune up!

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All of the following tests and  inspections are performed during your tune up:

  • Test Thermostat Operation / Calibration
  • Inspect Blower Belts (If Necessary)
  • Lubricate Blower Motor (If Necessary)
  • Lubricate Blower Wheel (If Necessary)
  • Visual Inspection of Indoor Coil
  • Check Temperature Differential
  • Inspect Electrical Disconnect Wires
  • Inspect Electrical Component Wires
  • Test Line / Load Voltage
  • Test Refrigerant Charge
  • Inspect Ourdoor Coils & Wash w/ Water (If Necessary)
  • Inspect Condenser Fan Motor
  • Inspect Condenser Bearings
  • Check Suction PSIG
  • Check Discharge PSIG
  • Check Superheat or Sub Cool
  • Check Amps on Outdoor Motor
  • Check Outdoor Entering Air
  • Check Outdoor Leaving Air
  • Check Indoor Entering Air Delta T
  • Check Indoor Leaving Air Delta T
  • Inspect Condensate Pump and Drains
  • Inspect Transformer
  • Includes Standard 1″ F

Feel free to give us a call at 770.565.5884, contact us online, or talk to us on our Facebook or Twitter pages if you have any question about the efficiency tune up!

Odors increase with temperature, and with the temperature in Georgia rising, you may start noticing some unpleasant smells around your home. It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does happen, it’s something that you can’t ignore. Follow these steps if you notice unpleasant odors in your home:

  1. Look for the source of the smell. The cause may be a dead animal or a mess that was left uncleaned. In this type of situation, if you get rid of the source, the smell should also quickly disparate.
  2. Check your air filter. If your filter is dirty, it may be the cause of the odor. Replace your filter, or wash it if it is reusable.
  3. Check the condensation drain line and rain pan for stagnant water and mold. If the pan or drain line needs to be cleaned, you can do so with bleach and hot water. Remember to make sure that they are fully dry before putting them back in place.
  4. If none of the steps above remove the odor, consider having your entire unit cleaned. There may be an issue in a spot that you cannot access.

Remember that your unit should be inspected by a professional on a yearly basis. If you have any questions, please contact us or reach out to us on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

The summer months are fast approaching and the temperature is heating up. If you live in the state of Georgia, then you are already familiar with humidity! Sometimes an air conditioner is not enough to get rid of that heavy, sticky, hot feeling in your home. Dehumidifiers are perfect for the summer heat! Experts have identified the ideal level of relative humidity in a home should be between 30% to 60%.

Not only does a dehumidifier help keep you comfortable in your home, but excessive humidity can also create an excellent breeding ground for mold and mildew – invaders that can be unhealthy and destructive to a home, its occupants and its furnishings. Just another reason to fight the humidity!

Just so you understand how a dehumidifier works, let’s break it down into four simple components Fan Compressor, Reheater, Compressor cooling coils and Reservoir. These parts work together to collect the surrounding air, then, the coils use condensation to extract the moisture from the air. The dehumidifier reheats the air and exhausts it back into the room. Simple enough, right?

It’s only May, so you still have time to invest in a dehumidifier before it’s too late and your hair frizzes out of control! If you have any questions or comments let us know in the comment box or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

At Casteel Heating and Cooling we are all about going green and helping the environment! Clean air and energy efficient products are important to us. That is why we offer Energy Star products! If you’re like us, then you want your home to to achieve a high level of energy-efficiency. In order to achieve an Energy Star efficient home standard you must improve the following:

There are also four steps you should take when building a new home to ensure your home will meet the Energy Star guidelines. These steps are recommended by ENERGY STAR.

Step One: Find a Builder Who Partners with Energy Star
This way you know the builder is meeting the requirements of Energy Star guidelines.

Step Two: Builder Works with the Rater to Select Appropriate Energy–Efficient Home Features
This builder will help you choose the best combination of energy-efficient features so you know that when you are constructing your home you are meeting the Energy Star requirements.

Step Three: Verifying Performance
Make sure your contractor is testing the products as they are installing them. This will ensure that everything is working properly and efficiently.

Step Four: Energy Star Label
After completion, make sure you receive an Energy Star label. It will be placed on the circit box breaker of the home. This will provide you with documentation stating that your home is in fact Energy Star qualified.

If you are a homeowner who wants to go green consider following these guidelines. Remember, the less energy we use in our home, the less air pollution we generate. So go green and help save the environment!

Winter is here and that means cold and flu season! Keeping your air at home clean will help you breath easier! There are some simple steps, recommended by health.com, you can take around the house to help keep your air clean.

Ditch the Logs
Avoid wood-burning fire places. Yes, we know, nothing sets the mood like a fire, but they produce particles that can get into your lungs and make it harder to breath. Any type of smoke inhalant is not good for you, period.

Take those Cigarettes Outside
You do not need to be inhaling cigarette smoke or letting others in you home do the same. Once again, smoke inhalation is not good!

Keep those Dust Mites Out
Changing your sheets at least once a week and using bed-bug proof pillow cases will help eliminate dust mites that burrow in your mattress and sheets. Dust mites can trigger asthma attacks and allergies.

Filter Your Air
An air filter can reduce the amount of air particles that get into your lungs drastically. Also, remember to change your air filter often so it is working as efficiently as possible.

Ventilation System
A good ventilation system in your bathrooms and bedrooms can help reduce mold and mildew buildup. Also, since dust mites like humidity, try keeping your humidity levels low with a dehumidifier.

Check Your Stove
Make sure you have a good ventilation system on your stove. Even a gas stove can be a problem for people with lung issues. Make sure you have your gas stove checked so that the minimum amount of gas is escaping.

Take these simple steps to help improve the quality of air you are breathing in everyday, especially if you have issues with your lungs. Let the new year bring in a healthier and cleaner home!

Rain, rain, go away, we don’t want any mold today! Between the moisture from the summers warm, humid air and all the rain we get it is important to keep your home dry. Mold spores only grow when there is moisture in the air. Control the moisture levels and you will have control over the mold. It is also important to fix any water damaged areas in your home right away, if you do not fix the water damage problem and only take care of the mold, it is likely that the mold will return. Listed below is what you should know about mold according to the EPA.

  • Mold can effect your health associated with allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
  • There is no way to completely eliminate all traces of mold, only ways to control it, by controlling the moisture level. You can control the moisture level by using a dehumidifier.
  • If there is water damage, fix the source of the water problem.
  • Reduce indoor humidity to 30-60%.
  • Dry and clean off all water damaged objects withing a 48 hour period.
  • Prevent condensation. You can do this by making sure your home is properly insulated.
  • You can also install into your home a UV Germicidal Lights, to help you breath in the best quality air. So don’t let mold get the best of you! Make sure the air you are breathing in is clean and mold free. Keep the moisture under control to keep that mold out!

    If you live in a moderate climate, heat pumps are a great energy efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. Heat pumps use electricity to move the heat from a cool space into a warm one. This process keeps the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. The most common heat pump is an air-source heat pump. This heat pump moves heat, rather than generating heat which can provide up to four times the amount of energy they consume.

    According to the U.S Department of Energy a heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating by as much as 30%-40%. These savings can significantly lower your utility bills. Another great aspect of a heat pump is that it also acts a dehumidifier and works better than most standard central air conditioners. You can add on advanced air filtration to your heat pump system. This removes more dust, pollen and other irritants from your conditioned air allowing you to breath easy. Also, the fans in the heat pump adjust quietly, allowing you maximum comfort in your home.

    If you are considering a heat pump as an energy efficient alternative first consider the climate you live in. If temperatures drop too low, your heat pump will have a difficult time keeping the temperature in your home up. Otherwise, we highly recommend this energy efficient alternative for your home.