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AccuTemp's Heating and Cooling Tips for HVAC

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When something is out of sight, it's usually out of mind. Unfortunately your ducts fall into that category. Often times, people don't realize they need a duct cleaning until they see dust build up on the outside of their registers. By this point, your duct runs are pretty filthy.

When your ducts are build up with dust, your home is becoming dustier, faster. I don't know anyone who enjoys dusting. When you have your ducts cleaned, you reduce this task. That in itself is a huge win.

Beyond that, on the more health driven side, all that dust cycling in your home is also in your lungs. Imagine all the different types of gunk in there. You may find dust mites, mildew, bacteria, pet dander, chemicals and airborne allergens in there, among plenty of other contaminants.

Contaminants that build up in your duct runs is harmful to everyone, but especially those with respiratory issues or allergies. During cold season, these contaminants can play a huge role in the time it takes you to recover from a cold. It's simple: if your indoor air quality isn't good, how can your body heal quickly while you lay in it, continually breathing it all in?

Hospitals use high quality air filtration systems to ensure the air their patients are breathing in high quality air. This is key in their road to recovery. These system are available for residential homes as well. If you and your family are sick a lot, have asthma or allergies, an air cleaner is definitely something you should look into. Think of it as an investment in your health.

Every 3 to 5 years, you should have your ducts cleaned. How often depends on your home. If you have pets, you'll probably need to go with every 3 years. If your home is new construction, I'd have your ducts cleaned immediately. Contaminants such as drywall dust gets into your duct system and you definitely don't need to be breathing that. After most builds, the company doesn't have a duct cleaning performed.

When shopping for a duct cleaning company, there are few important things for you to know. If they don't have an HVAC license, they legally shouldn't be touching your blower housing. That area must be cleaned in order for the entire duct system to be completely clean. Otherwise you're really only getting about 80% of a duct cleaning. Everything in your blower housing will go right into your ducts once the system cycles.

When you hear a price that sounds too good to be true, it is. They are either not cleaning your duct system completely or they are going to add nickle and dime charges on to the final price. The best route is to go through an HVAC company with flat rate pricing.

Every register needs to be cleaned individually. Duct cleaning machines have high powered suction. The power isn't enough to rid your ducts of everything without going to each register though.

If you are in the Metro Atlanta area (or surrounding cities) give us a call at 770-672-6963 to find out more about our duct cleanings.

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November 10, 2017

By: Summer McAnally

Your perception of cold is based upon the nerves on your skin sending messages to your brain about the temperature of your skin and the rate of change in your skin temperature.

When it comes to extreme cold, those that are healthy, are better off. Their physiological system can help to prevent hypothermia. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that controls the environment inside your body. It tells your nervous system what to do to maintain your core temperature. In a person who has failing health, this system may not work very well.

This isn't to say that one healthy person may feel cooler than another healthy person though. If you're a woman, you will usually feel cooler than a man. Estrogen is a big factor in that.

There have been studies that indicate genetics may play a role here too. If your mom or dad felt had cold fingers and toes, you may experience that as well. I know that's true for my family.

Believe it or not, other people can make you feel cooler. The same way another person can make you yawn, they can make you cold.

The good news is, if you are a cold person, there are ways to keep yourself warmer!

Ladies, the most basic of your options are to add fleece lined leggings to your wardrobe. The ones pictured are from Anthropology. The picture links to their website if you want to check them out.

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Invest in some Under Armour ColdGear! It really helps. These were a savior when I visited Iceland.

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If you have the money to invest in a REALLY great jacket, get the Northface Thermoball. It can defend you against cold weather, wind and a some moisture. It's super lightweight too!

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If your budget is a bit less than Northface, you can depend on Cold Pruf. They offer fantastic base layers at an affordable cost.

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Heat Holders socks are a hit on Amazon! Many reviewers said, "best sock ever." Another reviewer said his feet were roasting in minutes. This would be a great stocking stuffer for those of you who have started your holiday shopping!heatholders

Keeping your extremities warm will help you to feel warmer. Socks, gloves and hats can make a world of difference in your comfort level.

We hope you found these tips useful. If so, feel free to share with your friends. Spread the warmth!

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Did you know that your heating and cooling system makes up for between about 50 and 70 percent of your energy bills? Imagine how much money you could save by making your HVAC system more efficient. The good new is, you can!

Of course there's the obvious steps, maintain your system twice yearly. Just like with oil changes in your car, your system has to be maintained in order to run efficiently and properly. Change your air filter every month. Your system can't function properly if it can't move air past your clogged air filter.

Next, make sure your home is completely sealed. This includes all doors, windows, your roof and anywhere else outside air may be able to enter your home. In some cases you'll need to add weather stripping, in other cases you'll need to apply expanding foam or caulk. Whatever the case may be, just make sure to seal it all. This is a huge step in the right direction on saving yourself money on your energy bills.

Last but not least, make sure your home is properly insulated. Of course it probably isn't feasible to rip out your drywall and replace the insulation in your walls but there are some areas you can tackle. First, your attic. You can absolutely add more insulation there, unless you have a finished attic. You can use anywhere from R-38 to R-49. The colder your attic gets, the closer to R-49 you should add.

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Next, your basement or crawl space. If you have a basement, you'll probably find that there's insulation on the ceiling. You may have insulation on the walls as well. Here, you should use anywhere between R-4 to R-19. If you have a crawl space, you should use between R-11 and R-25.

By completing the above steps, you're essentially making your home air tight and draping blankets on it. Those things combined can make up for a great savings on your energy bills. Pair that with a new, high efficient system and your operating costs will be so low that the new car you want won't be out of reach.

If you'd like to find out the recommended R value for your specific zip code, you can do so by visiting: www.eren.doe.gov.

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If you're in Atlanta, you probably weren't sure if it was going to be a sweaty Halloween or a freezing Halloween. It wasn't until about October 16th that any of us really knew. Then the sudden winter began. Now we've got to get creative to stay warm this year. Here's a list of our 10 favorite cold weather costumes.

  1. Lumberjack -
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We love this one. You probably already have the things you need to make this happen in your home. Best of all, it's warm and comfortable.

  1. Beanie Babies -
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If you grew up in the 90's, you know all about the Beanie Babies craze. Now you can be one and it won't take much effort! All you need is a onesie and some construction paper. This one is probably the most comfortable things you could possibly wear anywhere....ever. Seize the opportunity.

3. Willy Wonka -

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This one is just lovely. You get to be covered pretty much head to toe and who doesn't love Willy Wonka?! You could run around handing out Willy Wonka bars all night.

4. The Incredibles

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Here's another one that can cover the entire family from head to toe! How cute are they!?!?

5. Mario Kart 

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This is such a fantastic group costume idea that'll keep everyone warm. Imagine all the fun games you could end up playing all over your city in these costumes. Someone should definitely film it all. It's sure to be a YouTube worthy night.

6. Old Lady

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Let's face it, usually old ladies dress all nice and cozy. So why not be an old lady for Halloween? You get bonus points if you're a baby. You'll be learning how to walk in that PVC walker (and probably not reading this because you can't even walk).

7. White Walker

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Alright, this one will take quite a bit more work but it's warm. If you're a Game of Thrones fan this could be really fun for you. Jon Snow would be another incredibly warm character to dress up as.

8. The Addams Family -

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This family probably stayed pretty comfortable on Halloween. You can be as warm as you wish with each character. It's also a great group costume if you have the people.

9. The Grinch

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Who could possibly be warmer than the Grinch? You could even rock an all green onesie. In any case, you're sure to be a hit at any party.

10. Eskimo

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Eskimo's are the masters of staying warm in the cold. You can rock all your natural colors with fur from head to toe. Hopefully you aren't going anywhere super crowded though, you could end up quite warm.

We hope you enjoyed our warm Halloween costume ideas. Always remember to wear something reflective and turn on your flashlight when you're in dark areas. Safety first, Happy Halloween!

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October 26, 2017

By: Summer McAnally

You may or may not love your heat pump for various reasons. In either case, we are happy to announce, there are many advantages to having a heat pump.

Your heat pump can save you money on your utility bills. In comparison with a traditional furnace, a heat pump typically costs less to run. Since a heat pump is pretty much just shifting ambient temperatures around, there are limits. If emergency heat has to run a lot due to an extremely cold winter, you may experience higher utility bills.

Heat pumps aren’t so intense. When a furnace kicks on, you’ll be fully aware of it. The temperature raises pretty quickly. When a heat pump kicks on it’s a bit more mild and distributes the heat through your home more evenly.

Heat pumps are better dehumidifiers, naturally. They usually include a larger, flat coil which creates a larger space for the air to dehumidify.

Heat pumps are safer than gas furnaces. While electricity is still involved when heating your home with a heat pump, you aren’t dealing with any gas components. Heat pumps don’t require combustible material.

You still need maintenance twice per year. Just because your heat pump handles both the heating and the cooling doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be inspected in both the heating season and the cooling season. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You should indeed have your heat pump serviced two times per year.

Your system could live for 14 years! Of course there are factors that go into this. If you have your system maintained twice per year and change your filters monthly, you’re way more likely to see your system live a long life.

Whether you love your heat pump or hate it, know that they are incredibly efficient systems with few disadvantages.

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