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August 21, 2015 Newsletter

Dealing with Smoky Air

With fires popping up all around the region, smoke is beginning to affect the quality of air. This can especially be an issue for those with asthma or other lung/heart issues. It’s best to stay up to date with the air quality reports in the area to help avoid problems.

Often, older adults and children are more likely to be affected my poor air quality. Older adults have an increased risk of heart and lung disease while children’s airways are still in development. This means they require more air than adults.

To reduce the negative health effects from smoky air, limit outdoor exposure and have proper medication handy. Those most affected should follow their respiratory management plan set by their health care provider.

When inside, keep the air as clean as possible. Windows and doors should be kept shut when smoke or allergen levels are high. Set the air conditioner on re-circulate to keep outside air out. Diamond Heating and Cooling also recommends and installs two air filtration systems to improve home air quality; the OxyQuantum LED- Unit and the Micro Power Guard Air Cleaner both help improve the air quality by removing airborne particles and allergens.

In addition to filtration systems, staying hydrated and avoiding physical exertion can also help keep asthma symptoms at bay when smoke is in the air. Staying hydrated keeps the airways moist, making it easier to breathe.

With wildfire season in full force, it’s important to say alert and be prepared for air quality warnings.

Fixing Noisy Air Conditioner units

Although air conditioning systems make some noise while running, if the volume increases or frequency, there could be something wrong with the system. With so many different components to the AC unit, there could be a variety of problems causing it to be louder than normal.

Compressor Motor

When the compressor motor starts to develop problems, the motor can start to rattle, causing excess noise. If this is the case, the noise will usually only occur when the system is starting or shutting off.

Fan Motor

Both the inside and outside air conditioning units have fan motors, which may start making noise when they need lubrication. The bearing could also be going bad in the motor.

Fan Cage

If the cage surrounding the fans becomes damaged, the blades may rub against it. This creates excessive noise and can cause issues.

Fan Blades

The air conditioning fan blades can also get bent and damaged from debris. By clearing away bushes and low-hanging branches from the outside AC unit, debris will be kept away from the fan blades.

If the AC unit starts making worrisome sounds, contact Diamond Heating and Cooling a call. They can figure out why it’s being more vocal than usual and fix the problem.

Choosing an HVAC System

When it comes time to replace the HVAC system, choosing a new one can be an overwhelming task. There are different types of systems, a variety of brands, and they all have different price points. Take these steps to choose the right system:

  1. Do some homework

Homeowners should determine their heating and cooling needs before selecting a system. By measuring the space of the home, it will help determine the amount of power required in the system.

  1. Create a budget

Sometimes the HVAC unit can die at the worst possible time financially. So when the budget might be a bit tighter, homeowners should stick to essentials. Extra costs such as a humidification or filtration systems may need to be put aside.

  1. Keep it simple

When looking at systems, remember that bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Too large of a system won’t be efficient and will wear down faster. Also, shoot for quality. It might cost a little more to get the system with a good warranty, but often it will be helpful later on.

  1. Stay local

Staying local when buying an HVAC system is great when it needs serviced or repaired. Local HVAC companies also tend to have better prices.

Need help with purchase and installation of an HVAC system? The technicians at Diamond Heating and Cooling are the experts in the Treasure Valley. They also have financing options from 21 months same as cash to a 60-month finance program with payments as low as $100/month per $5,000 financed.

Leaky AC Units

Air conditioners often have condensation from the dehumidifying process. However, when water begins to pool or increase in frequency or amount, it’s not part of the normal process. Here’s what could be going on:

  • Broken Pump

This is the most common culprit. Homeowners can test this possibility by pouring water in the condenser pan to see if it properly pumps out the excess.

  • Improperly Installed

When not level, air conditioners can leak, causing water to pool.

  • Drain Hole Blocked

Dirt and debris can get into the drain hole and clog it.

  • Outside Temperature is Too Cold

When mornings and nights start to get colder, it can cause water build-up. Usually, this goes away as the temperature goes up.

  • Air Leakage

Seals that are not tight can cause moisture to pool below the unit. Excess air makes its way into the unit, which then condenses.

Routine maintenance and system checks can help alleviate the possibility of most of the above problems. However, sometimes the drain pan in the furnace can get a build-up of water and create a musty smell. To solve this issue, Diamond Heating and Cooling can install a pan treatment. This reduces the build-up in the condensate lines and neutralizes odors. The treatment is just $39 and the service technicians have them on hand.

August Diamond Hugs Program

During the month of August, Diamond Heating and Cooling will be a sponsor of the Shop with a Cop program. Donations from Diamond Heating and Cooling, their staff, business partners and customers will contribute to this special program where local law enforcement takes children shopping for back to school supplies. Contact Diamond Heating and Cooling if you would like to contribute to this worthwhile program to help children develop positive relationships with the police and obtain the necessary items to start school on the right foot.