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If you’ve noticed dust, pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold spores and bacteria invading your home, an electronic air cleaner is the perfect solution. Pollution isn’t a curse exclusive to the outdoors. In fact, trapped indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. Even though you may have filters in your furnace and air conditioner, these filters only stop about 15% of harmful airborne particles. We’ll go over the different types of contaminants that can enter your home, how these contaminants affect your health, how electronic air cleaners work to combat these contaminants, types of air cleaners, and other ways you can improve the air quality of you home aside from electronic air cleaners.

Types of Pollutants

Before we look at electronic air cleaners, we’ll go over the different types of pollutants that they fight off. Particulate matter might include dust, smoke, pollen, animal dander, tobaccos, or smoke. Dust mites, mold, bacteria and viruses can also fester in your home. Gaseous pollutants come from combustions processes, and can be caused by cooking stoves, vehicle exhaust and tobacco smoke. Building materials, cleaning products, pesticides, paints, and adhesives may also be the culprit. Sometimes lead in house dust, formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon or cleaner chemicals might be the issue. Pollutants can be introduced to the home via a new mattress, furniture, carper cleaners or paint. You’ll need to watch out for all these pollutants in your home and react if you notice signs of their presence. pollutant

How Contaminants Affect Your Health

According to the EPA, many health issues can arise immediately after being exposed to bad indoor air quality. You may experience irritated eyes/nose/throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. If you have asthma, your symptoms may be aggravated by pollutant exposure. We often recommend humidifiers for those with asthma, but an electronic air cleaner can do the trick as well. Your age and pre-existing medical conditions play a part in how strongly you’ll react to pollutants in the air. You may become sensitized to biological or chemical pollutants due to repeated exposure. Symptoms appear similar to a cold or viral disease, so it may take a while for you to pick up on the fact that your air is the problem. You’ll be able to distinguish the two by checking when and where symptoms occur. If you notice your ailments fading when you’re away from your home for an extended period of time, air quality is most likely the issue. You may experience side effects years after exposure or only notice a health difference after long or repeated periods of exposure.  These effects can include such serious health problems as respiratory disease, heart disease and cancer. Everyone reacts differently, but you should be sure to remedy the problem with an electronic air cleaner if indoor air quality is harming your health.

Types of Air Cleaners

Investing in an air cleaner will increase the efficiency of your comfort system, reduce odors, lower operating costs and destroy harmful airborne contaminants. The two types of air conditioners are (1) arrestors and (2) non-arrestors. Arrestors physically trap pollutants while non-arrestors alter the pollutant characteristics without capturing them.

Mechanical Air Filters (Arrestor)

Otherwise known as media filters, these air cleaner systems utilize a mesh material, such as fiberglass fibers, to trap particles. They remove dust by capturing it in the filter medium, which is the material that makes up the filter elements. The HEPA (high efficiency particle arrestor) is one of the most efficient on the market. It can trap 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns in size. The effectiveness of a mechanical air filter is measured by MERV ratings (minimum efficiency reporting value). If your filter has a lower MERV rating, chances are it will need more maintenance. Many of these filters are also washable.

merv ratings for air cleaner

Electronic Air Cleaner (Arrestor)

Electronic air cleaners aren’t filters, but rather an electric field that ionizes particles that pass through. These ionized particles are then drawn down to two, oppositely-charged collector plates on the cleaner and are caught there. You’ll need to provide an external power source to get these babies running. Electronic air cleaners are often necessary because they can remove contamination that is too small for a mechanical filter to catch. These types of cleaners require maintenance, since the plates accumulate particles. You should wash the air cleaner’s metal cells every 8 days unless you have an electronically-charged media air cleaner. These specialized units last one year, but require no cleaning at all.

electronic air cleaner

Ionic Air Cleaners and Ozone Air Cleaners (Non-Arrestors)

An Ionic air cleaner generates an electrical charge (negative ions) that makes the pollutants in the air become ‘sticky’. The ions attach to airborne molecules, making them negatively charged and attractive to the positively charged particles nearby. They cling to the ceiling and walls in the room, preventing them from drifting around your home. This may cause dirty surfaces in the area surrounding the air purifier. One downside is that they may produce ozone as a byproduct. Ozone air cleaners create a type of oxygen that combines with pollutants and alters their chemical make-up. They’re used primarily for smoke and odor removal. Large amounts of ozone are not healthy for your body. What makes an ionic air cleaner so tempting aside from that is that they are quiet, energy efficient and don’t require replacement filters.

Ultra-Violet Air Cleaners (Non-Arrestors)

If you choose to go with an ultra-violet lamp, you’ll have it installed in your heating and cooling system to destroy bacteria, mold, and viruses. Performance is dependent on the speed of the air and light intensity. UV air filters can destroy particles without any filtration. The UV rays incinerate particles as they pass through, making it easier for those with asthma, lung complications and allergies. Since UV air filters don’t use actual filters, you don’t have to worry about dirty filters further contaminating your home. UV air purifiers will need new bulbs at least once every couple of years.ultraviolet cleaners

How to Keep Your Air Clean

There are several ways you can keep your air clean aside from an air cleaner, but we recommend air cleaners when pollutants are negatively affecting your health. Aside from air cleaners, you can maintain the cleanliness of your floors, keep a healthy level of humidity, keep smoke out of your home, test for radon and regulating fragrances.

1. Clean Floors

One thing you can do to fight pollutants is keep your floors fresh by using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, strong suction, and rotating brushes. This will suck up any lead, pollen, pet dander, dust mites and brominated fire-retardant chemicals that may be festering there. Be sure to get the walls, carpet edges and upholstered furniture. And keep in mind that your vacuum filter needs to be cleaned out regularly. Other options for floor cleanliness are mopping with microfiber mops and placing floor mats at your front door to keep dirt from entering your home. You can also ask guests to remove their shoes at the door.microfiber mop

2. Healthy Humidity Level

Since dust mites and mold flourish in humid climates, you should keep your humidity levels between 30% and 50% to snuff them out. Combine a dehumidifier and run your air conditioner in the summer to reduce indoor air pollen. Other tactics for dehumidifying include (1) using an exhaust fan while cooking, (2) fixing leaky plumbing and (3) venting the clothes dryer to the outside.

3. Remove Smoke

Not only does smoking in your home yellow the walls, but it also creates second-hand smoke. This smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals which can increase a child’s risk of ear and respiratory infections, cancer, asthma and infant death.

4. Conduct a Radon Test

Radon is a key contributor to lung cancer (second leading cause in U.S.). Since radon is colorless and odorless, you never know when it has invaded your home. This radioactive gas is formed from the natural decay of uranium found in soil, and it enters your home through cracks in the foundation. There’s also a correlation between granite countertops and increased radon levels. You can check out this guide on purchasing a radon test kit if you suspect radon may be the culprit.

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5. Make Your Home Smell Good

It may surprise you to hear that synthetic fragrances in bleaches/detergent and air fresheners can pollute your home air with chemicals. One plug-in air freshener on the market was found to release 20 volatile organic compounds, seven of which were considered ‘toxic’ or ‘hazardous’ under U.S. federal laws. Companies are able to trick consumers into purchasing these products by simply listing ‘fragrance’ on the label. Many don’t realize that fragrances are made from petroleum products which haven’t been tested for negative effects on human health. To minimize the chemicals being released into your home, you can stick with fragrance-free/naturally-scented products, use mild cleaners, cut out aerosol sprays, open windows to let in fresh air, bring plants into your home and use lemons/baking soda to create a fresh scent.

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If you’re considering an air cleaner for you home, contact us. We would love to answer any questions you may have and get you set up with the system that fits your budget and needs.

The results are in! Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has been voted by the readers of Johnson County Lifestyle Magazine as the BEST service provider in two categories! After a record number of votes Anthony PHC was selected as the BEST Plumbing and BEST Heating & Cooling company in the area!

Additionally, Anthony PHC was voted by the readers of Leawood Lifestyle Magazine as the BEST Heating & Cooling company in the city.

Since 1951, Anthony Plumbing, Heating Cooling is Kansas City’s most trusted plumbing, heating and cooling provider with “The Technicians You Can Trust With Your House Keys!®”.

Anthony PHC has the largest customer referral network in the Kansas City area. All Anthony PHC technicians are drug tested and background checked, and, holding to a strong heritage of expertise and customer satisfaction, AnthonyPHC technicians participate in weekly classroom and hands-on training.

The Anthony Service Agreement Program (A.S.A.P.), extends the life of customer’s heating, cooling and plumbing system with annual preventative maintenance including semi-annual tune-ups and is widely supported by manufacturers and customers. Anthony PHC provides service seven days a week and is always open to attend to our customer’s needs.

Anthony PHC specializes in plumbing, heating and cooling service, maintenance and installation. Furthermore, Anthony PHC is an industry leader in home automation with its Anthony MyHome line of products.

Owner & Home Comfort Expert, Steve Burbridge proclaims, “We are honored to have been voted as the best plumbing, heating and cooling company in the area as we strive every day to provide solutions for our customers to be safe, healthy, and comfortable with the least amount of energy use. We welcome anyone who is not a current customer to see why we truly are “The Technicians You Can TRUST With Your House Keys!®”.

How to Kill Mold

It’s that time of year again when conditions for mold to grow and fester in your home are at an all-time high. Mold survives on mold spores, a food source, darkness, warmth, oxygen, and moisture (water leaks, humidity). In the right conditions, mold can start growing in 24-48 hours. Since humidity is most prevalent in the spring/summer, right now is the ideal time for mold growth. If it rains for several days in a row or you live in a naturally humid environment, mold may start to grow on the walls and benches without you even noticing. This guide gives a breakdown of mold causes, mold locations, types of mold, and the benefits of UV germicidal lamps–the ultimate mold killer.

Mold Causes

Lack of ventilation may contribute to your home’s humidity, since moisture in your house isn’t evaporating.  If you plan on using a humidifier in your house (possibly to help with asthma), try to keep the humidity below 55% to prevent mold. When high humidity creates puddles of water and damp materials, these surfaces can create mold. Mold might also be caused by leaking pipes, so check behind objects and inside walls to make sure leaky pipes aren’t the culprit. The roof may also be the cause of your mold. Roofs that leak into the attic can go months without detection, so it’s important that you keep an eye out for any signs of water damage on the ceiling.

mold causes

Besides leaks, condensation is also another factor to look out for. Cold surfaces (metal pipes, concrete floors) create condensation in your home, heightening the chance for mold to develop. Wet clothes can cause mold due to the moisture they release, so it might be better for you to hang up clothes to dry outside. If a dryer isn’t vented outside, you also have to deal with the humidity released for your dryer machine. Flooding is a no-brainer. If you experience flooding in your basement, the likelihood of mold developing multiplies. Some types of toxic molds (like Stachybotrys chartarum—see below) require more extreme conditions, like several days of extreme wetness. Floods are normally the #1 cause of these more dangerous molds.

Common Mold Locations

Basements are a breeding ground for mold due to their high amounts of moisture, lack of ventilation, and lower temperature. Plus, water that leaks into your home will most likely make its way to the basement due to gravity. Since many don’t spend too much time in their basements, this mold growth can go unnoticed for a long time. Check your house’s foundation for mold as well. Water can build up in the yard around the base of your house, especially if the ground slopes toward the house. Ditches and drains are a good solution to this problem, or you can just deal with the problem when it happens with mold killer.

Mold Sensitivity

According to the Department of Health, children, those with respiratory conditions, those with sensitivities (allergies/asthma), and those who have severely weakened immune system (HIV, chemotherapy patients, etc.) are the most likely to experience severe reactions from mold.

Types of Mold

Alternaria: This type of mold is typically found outdoors, but it might also pop up in showers or under sinks with leaky pipes. Keep an eye out for this mold in buildings that have suffered water damage or experienced recent flooding. It spreads quickly and can cause asthma attacks and allergic reactions.

Alternaria mold

 

Aspergillus: An indoor mold, this type causes allergic reactions, respiratory infections, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It creates very serious effects, such as the inflammation of lungs.

Aspergillus mold

 

Aureobasidium: This type of mold will most likely show up outdoors. If it is inside, you’ll find this mold on wooden surfaces, wallpaper, and painted surfaces. Damp window frames and caulking may also be a breeding ground for this mold. Look for mold that is pink and black.

Aureobasidium mold

 

Botrytis: You’ll find this type of mold in rooms with poor ventilation and high humidity, like bathrooms. Side effects are allergic reactions and asthma.

Botrytis mold

 

Chaetomium: Characterized by its musty odor, this mold type festers on drywall, carpets and window frames that have undergone water damage.

Chaetomium mold

 

Cladosporium: Common in homes, this type thrives in warm and cold climates. Check for this type in fabrics and on wood surfaces. You’ll notice respiratory problems galore with this type of mold.

Cladosporium mold

 

Fusarium: This mold can grow at lower temperatures and spreads best in water-damaged carpeting and fabrics. It can cause allergic reactions and respiratory infections. Those with compromised immune systems are especially prone to infection from fusarium exposure.

Fusarium mold

 

Penicillium: This mold attacks materials that have been damaged by water and is characterized by how fast it spreads from room to room in your home. It can cause allergic reactions, chronic sinus infection and inflammation of the lungs. It will typically be blue or green. This mold should be dealt with by mold killer immediately.

Penicillium mold

 

Stachybotrys chartarum: Known by its scarier name ‘black mold’, this type of mold produces toxic compounds called mycotoxins. When exposed to mycotoxins, people experience health issues like breathing problems, chronic sinus infections, asthma attacks, fatigue, and depression. You’ll know you’re dealing with black mold if you notice a musty odor and mold growth in places that are consistently damp, such as air conditioning ducts.

Stachybotrys chartarum mold

 

Trichoderma: Similar to black mold, this mycotoxin-producing mold can cause several health problems. Since many people are allergic to it, you’ll start noticing symptoms right away. This mold is normally found on damp carpet, wallpaper and other wet surfaces.

Trichoderma mold

 

Ulocladium: This type of mold needs a lot of water to grow, so you’ll often find it in homes that have been flooded. It grows on wet walls, and many are allergic to it.

Ulocladium mold

Commonalities

Mold is identified by cottony, velvety, granular, or leathery texture. It comes in many different colors and may look like discoloration or staining on the surface of building materials at first. Musty/earthy odors are common.

Preventing Mold

To ensure you and your loved ones are safe from mold, there are some preventative steps you can take. For one, periodically check your plumbing, roofing, foundation, gutters, attic, crawl spaces, and sump pumps. Dry any wet materials in 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth, and insulate/seal air leaks between the attic and the rest of your home. You can divert water away from your home by cleaning and maintaining gutters, sloping the ground and sidewalks away from the foundation pre-construction, and installing a sump pump (pictured below). You can reduce the level of condensation by installing and using exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, installing vent appliances outside, insulating cold spots, reducing humidifier use, and raising the temperature/increasing air circulation to the colder parts of the home. Keeping your indoor surfaces as dry as possible is also important. Start by keeping the home’s relative humidity between 20-40 percent in the winter and less than 60 percent the rest of the year. Some devices (found at home supply stores) measure the relative humidity of your home. By preventing mold in the first place, you don’t even have to worry about mold killer.

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UV Germicidal Lamp

This mold killer lamp brings sunshine inside, compensating for windowless rooms. The benefits to a UV Germicidal lamp are fewer colds, fresh smelling air and allergy relief! Who can argue with that? They’re easily installed in your heating and cooling system for permanent UV exposure. The bulb kills germs and harmful contaminants, controlling airborne microorganisms in a natural way. You’ll find Germicidal lamps in hospitals, restaurants, nursing homes and child care facilities to kill germs. If you install these lamps in your home, they kill germs that cause viruses, the common cold and influenza. Plus, they take care of mold and mildew so you don’t have to worry about ventilation, humidity and darkness at all! They keep your ductwork clear. As a nice bonus, ultraviolet light keeps the indoor coil of your air conditioner system looking brand new. This translates to better efficiency and lower electric bills. Other benefits include odor reduction, fewer chemical cleanings, and low operating costs.

UV Germicidal Lamp

How It Works

UV-C light is a germicidal, which means it deactivates the DNA of bacteria, viruses and pathogens by damaging the nucleic acid of microorganisms. This damage is caused by covalent bonds formed between certain adjacent bases in the DNA. When these bonds form, they prevent the DNA from being unzipped for replication, thereby stopping reproduction. A 15-watt germicidal UVC lamp will cover 100 square feet, so you can use this formula to determine the wattage your room requires. Lamps should be replaced after two years of continuous use, and they should be checked every three months for cleanliness. These lamps can be cleaned with a dry cotton cloth or paper towel—wear rubber gloves and clean with alcohol! They produce just as much heat as fluorescent lamps and pose no safety risks to the people using them in their home when properly installed, making them a great form of mold killer.

uv lamp chart

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If a mold killer UC Germicidal lamp seems like the best option for your needs, contact us so we can hook you up with the most effective mold preventative tool on the market! We’re open 24/7 and our expert technicians can get the job done on your schedule.

 

Avoiding Costly Plumbing Repairs

The hot, humid months in Kansas City are here. Preventative maintenance is key to avoid costly repairs this summer.

  1. Check your Bathrooms – Check the toilet for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the water in the toilet bowl changes colors after 30 minutes, that is a sign that there is an issue with the components in the reservoir.  It is wise to call a licensed plumber to diagnose the problem and repair it correctly.
  2. Test your Sump Pump – Make sure your sump pump is primed and ready to work.  A simple way to check the pump is to pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on and begin removing the water out and turn off automatically when it is complete. If it is discovered that the pump is not working properly, do not hesitate to call a licensed plumber to repair or replace it.
  3. Protect the sewer line from tree roots – Spring showers may bring May flowers, but they also can cause major issues with tree roots blocking the underground sewer lines. Trees sit dormant during the winter months, but when the weather starts to warm up the tree roots begin to reach out in search of water. It is recommended to have the sewer lines serviced and inspected before the weather heats up and the roots grow into the pipes.
  4. Inspect Indoor faucets – A leaky faucet does not only make an annoying drip sound, but it can also lead to higher utility bills. Check for moisture around the outside of the faucet. Since a faucet may have leaks hidden from view, it is wise to check under and around the sink for wet spots or warped cabinetry.
  5. Evaluate Outdoor Hose Faucet – During the winter the outdoor hose faucet is very susceptible to freezing and cracking. Look at the outside of the faucet and down the wall of the home to see if there is evidence of a leak. This can cause damage not only to the outside of the home but if leaking enough; it can also cause damage to the foundation.

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An Anthony PHC plumber will know the exact steps necessary to get your plumbing back on track. Our services include faucet repairs, garbage disposers, instant hot water installation, outdoor hose faucet, plumbing repair, sewer and drain cleaning, sump pumps, tankless water heaters, toilet repairs and installation, water heaters, and water softeners. Contact us today if you need fast service and experienced professionals.

Things you should know when searching AC repair near me

Before we get into air conditioner repair, let’s give a brief history of the air conditioner and some vocabulary that should help you out. What an air conditioner essentially does is use energy to transfer heat from the interior of your home to the relatively warm outside environment. Before air conditioners were even a thing, people cooled their home by saving big blocks of ice. When these cooling machines became popular, they were rated according to their capacity by the equivalent amount of ice melted in a day. This lead to the term ‘ton’, which is still used in air conditioning lingo today. A ton is measured at delivering 12,000 British Thermal Units (BTU) per hour of cooling. Typically, a window air conditioner is less than one ton, and a large home central air conditioner is equal to five tons. Air conditioners are sized to meet a certain ‘load’ on the house and have a certain amount of refrigerant (charge). There’s also a particular amount of airflow that travels across the coils. All of these components work together in a delicate balance to give you a cool, dehumidified home.

1. Fire Hazards

air conditioner repair fire hazard

It’s important to consider the consequences of ignoring a necessary air conditioner repair. According to the National Fire Protection Association, air conditioners, fans, and related equipment can be a major cause of fires in homes, resulting in 7,400 home structure fires in 2010 alone. That year, there were 29 civilian deaths and 249 civilian injuries due to air conditioner fires, on top of $207 million in direct property damage. The cause of these fires has to do with mechanical or electrical failures without failure mode specifics. One-third of fire-related incidents began with ignition of wire or cable insulation. The peak month for these accidents is June, July, and August, so early Spring is the best time to invest in air conditioner repair or replacement. The NFPA listed off some ways you can prevent air conditioner accidents, including:

  • Safe Use of Air Conditioning
  • Select and install cooling equipment for safety and effectiveness.
  • Use electric-powered equipment safely, in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Inspect and maintain electric-powered equipment regularly for safety.
  • Make sure your equipment has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.

2. Health Problems

Besides fires, health problems are another issue that factor into air conditioner repair. The Huffington Post did an article on how you can keep your air conditioner from affecting your health by following a few, easy steps. Air conditioning units that are outdated or poorly maintained correlate with poor health conditions and the spread of some diseases.

Air duct cleaning is recommended if you notice a visible mold growth or buildup of dust. Since the indoor section of an air conditioning unit produces condensation during the Summer (the AC is constantly running), this is normally the ideal time for mold to develop. If left dormant over the Winter, the mold can spread to the point where your respiration is affected. You’ll be able to tell it’s gotten to that point if you pick up a dirty sock odor in your home. Blower wheels and motors attract dust as well, so keep an eye out for that.

If you’ve recently renovated your home (especially to remove asbestos or lead-based paint), it’s imperative to follow up on the condition of your air conditioner. Debris can get caught in your ductwork, so perform basic maintenance like changing the filter to ensure airflow is running at maximum capacity. Having a dirty filter invites allergens, pesticides, and outside irritants into your home. A good way to reduce the cost of your AC is to ensure that window units are properly sealed to keep out warm air from outside. It’s imperative to have an HVAC technician perform annual maintenance checks on your air conditioner to ensure your home is safe.

3. Leaky Ducts

air conditioner repair leaky ducts

If you feel your air conditioner isn’t running at 100%, your system might be suffering from duct leakage. In can sap up to 40% of the energy from an air conditioner, costing you a lot of money in cooling. Outside ducts should be well insulated with mastic, sticky stuff that you can paint on the ducts. You may get an extra half ton of air conditioner capacity just buy fixing the leaks.

4. Clean the Coils

These thin pieces of metal can’t be cleaned by direct touch—there’s a spray you can get that cleans them for you though. The coils help create condensation for cooling, so you have to make sure that they don’t get filled with dust.

5. Purchasing a New Unit

If air conditioner repair just hasn’t done the trick and you’re getting a new air conditioner, take into consideration the climate of your home. If you live in a hot, dry climate, it’s a good idea to look at the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) to check how well the system works in your conditions. You may even need a system that can dehumidify. Drier climates need to pay attention to their indoor evaporator coil, since higher airflow is better than lower airflow. For humid areas, higher airflow isn’t always a good thing. Higher airflow means less dehumidification, so your home will stay as sticky as it is outside. However, airflow that gets too low may cause the evaporator coil to freeze, making performance worse and possibly damaging the compressor. It’s recommended that you purchase high efficiency equipment at a SEER 13 level.

6. Increased Efficiency

air conditioner repair cool roofing diagram

You can reduce the pressure on your air conditioner by reducing the internally generated loads that your air conditioner has to deal with. You can help your air conditioning by changing some things about your home as well. For one, you can increase the insulation in your home. Shade the windows. If you’re putting on new roofing, opt for the ‘cool’ roofing that can save half a ton of cooling and energy. Utilize local exhaust fans to remove heat and humidity from kitchens and baths, and buy Energy Star appliances to ensure you’re not wasting energy. Shutting interior doors can cause the central AC systems to go wonky, creating less airflow in the entire house. Keeping doors slightly ajar will help combat this.

7. Ventilation

One of the key roles of an air conditioner is to ventilate your home. Proper ventilation ensures contaminants generated inside the house are knocked out. The ventilation level should be at the point where the air inside the house is exchanged every four hours. Older homes with leakier walls and ducts don’t always require as much ventilation. Since new homes don’t have these leaks, they require mechanical ventilation to get on the same level.

8. Condensers

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Condensers (the things outside of your house) should have about a foot of clearance on all sides. That means no invasive bushes that might interfere with air intake. You should also install condensers or window units on the north or east side of the house to protect it from direct sunlight. Direct sunlight on your condenser has been found to reduce air conditioner efficiency by as much as 10%. If you have to put your condenser on the south or west side, consider getting a screen to shield it from the sun.

9. Timers

Installing a timer is a great way to make sure that you’re not wasting energy cooling an empty home. Central units only require a programmable thermostat to adjust temperatures when you’re gone (ie: warmer when you’re gone and cooler when you’re home). If you have a newer window unit, chances are you already have a built-in timer and adjustable thermostat. If not, you can buy one at a home store for $10-$20. Don’t shut off the system completely unless you’re going on vacation. It takes a lot out of your air compressor to cool your house once you’ve had it off for a while.

10. Filters

air conditioner repair filters

A filter’s job is to load up the particles collected from your home’s air. As it collects more particles, it actually does its job better. However, it also increases the resistance and reduces on airflow once it reaches a certain point. Changing a filter is much cheaper than taking the old one out without replacement and then letting all the particles build up on your evaporator coil (causing it to fail). The lifespan of your filter depends on how dirty your air is and how big the filter is. When a filter becomes too dirty, it even contributes to the pollution. Through us, you can purchase air filters and air cleaners to achieve your home’s air optimal freshness. An air cleaner destroys harmful airborne contaminants, increases the efficiency of your comfort system, reduces odors, and lowers operating costs.

Our air conditioner repair services will ensure you never have to be sweaty or sick in your own home. Our expert technicians go through over 100 hours of training each year to ensure you get the service you deserve. If you’re not satisfied with the results, we’ll do everything in our power to make sure your compensated for any air conditioner repair mistakes. We’re available 24/7, so contact us today for all your air conditioner repair and replacement needs!

Put Your Home on Cruise Control

Control your home from anywhere in the world, right from your smart phone. Use the Anthony MyHome app to program lighting, monitor energy use, and control the climate. Eliminate hidden energy wasters and effectively managing the use of electrical power in areas such as heating and cooling, yard sprinklers, fans, lights and Jacuzzi heaters. Home automation can give your house a “lived-in” appearance by having lights or other appliances turn on while you’re away.

The Anthony MyHome system is designed to fit your lifestyle and allow you to easily control all aspects of your property. Program it to send alerts if you leave the garage door open (and close it), or if the water heater springs a leak while you’re out of town. The digital camera live feed can be accessed from anywhere you have wifi or phone service. With wireless connected outlets and switches, you can manage the use of every electrically powered device in your home.

You can even unlock the front door for the dog-walker when you’re away. Enjoy personalized home automation tailored to your lifestyle. The range of products is modular and can be installed as the need arises. The best part is, this system is surprisingly very affordable.

To Buy or not to Buy a Home Warranty?

Many homes are sold with a home warranty which gives the seller a feeling of protection in case something happens during the first year the buyer owns the home. The theory being the buyer will look to the home warranty company for remedy and not come back on the seller. Of course this is not always true and the buyer may very well come back on the seller.

Buyers feel some degree of protection purchasing a home with a home warranty and they are not directly paying for it so they gladly accept it. They may or may not use it. There are many cases that the home warranty is never used the first year. The sellers have just prepared the home for sale and a home inspection has been performed so items that may have fallen in the “covered items” area of the policy have been addressed prior to closing.home-warranty-anthony-plumbing-heating-cooling

The real dilemma for the buyer is whether to renew the home warranty after the first year. Some will renew even though they can’t find the policy but they like the thought of having “protection.” Many that don’t renew actually used the policy during the first year and they recall the bad taste of that experience.

All home warranties have a “deductible” which is in place to prevent nuisance calls and to keep the warranty as cheap as possible. Typically the deductible which in essence is a service call fee ranges from $80 to $100 depending on the home warranty company.

Language in home warranty policies states that they will do whatever they can to keep the old appliance working. In regards to air conditioning systems and heating systems, this is seldom in the homeowner’s best interest. If the air conditioning system uses ozone depleting Freon (which is being phased out) and the system is an energy hog, it would not be in the best interest of the homeowner for the home warranty technicians to keep it going. “Keeping it going” is less expense for the home warranty company but a much higher expense for the homeowner. In essence the homeowner is paying for a higher efficiency system (thru higher utility bills) they just aren’t getting the benefits of having one.

The service companies that work for home warranty companies have been known to install used parts with the thinking since the homeowner is not directly paying for it (except the deductible fee every time the technician shows up) who cares? There is no in-person quality check after they perform the service. These service companies typically service all kinds of appliances as well as heating and cooling systems and it is a challenge to be proficient in all areas. They may not be available when you need them but homeowners will wait because they have that false sense of protection – the Home Warranty!

carbon-menoxide-detector-anthony-plumbing-heating-cooling-714x1024Carbon Monoxide Kills More Than 400 Americans a year.

It’s odorless, colorless, and dangerously lethal. Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the silent killer because it’s so difficult to detect. More than 400 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. Even though it’s extremely dangerous, there are still several ways you can safeguard your home and protect your family from an accidental poisoning. Anthony PHC will measure the CO level in your home during your heating tune-up.

  • Make sure you have a working CO detector on every floor of your home.
  • Test your CO alarms once a month.
  • Make sure you know what sound your CO alarm makes when it’s set off.
  • If your CO alarms do sound, make sure everyone gets outside where they can get fresh air.
  • Never start your car to warm it up inside of a closed space like a garage. Always move your car outside first. (Anthony’s Auto-Ray Garage Heater prevents cold cars)
  • During and after a big snowstorm, make sure the outside vents from your dryer, furnace, and stove are clear of obstruction.
  • Open your damper in your fireplace for proper ventilation before lighting a fire.
  • Gas and charcoal grills can produce CO, so only use them outside.

 

Fix the Hot Spots In Your home

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You don’t have to live with uncomfortable rooms in your home. Heat rises, so rooms on second or third floors are often too warm. Rooms with vaulted ceilings have a difficult time retaining heat at floor level, while rooms that receive long hours of sunlight are difficult to cool down. Regardless of why a room is uncomfortable, there’s one surefire way to even out your home’s temperature: the Maestro Zoning System.

Just like we have many light switches to operate our lighting, the Maestro Zoning System uses more than one thermostat. The thermostats constantly read the temperature of their specific zone, and then send air to the desired area according to the thermostat’s settings. You don’t have to cool the entire first floor before the upstairs gets comfortable.

“We had a big problem with keeping our upstairs cool because our air conditioner is too small”, said Amy Shideler. “After the zoning was added, we noticed a big difference, and it cools down much quicker. It’s nice not to have to go downstairs and manually mess with the dampers.”

Maestro Zoning saves you money by sending air to rooms only when it’s necessary. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, system zoning can save homeowners up to 30 percent on a typical heating and cooling bill.

9 years in a Row!

We are proud to have such a strong team at Anthony PHC!

It’s been a busy 9 years, but we are so excited to have been successfully serving our communities for this long. We work tirelessly to make sure you and your family have everything you need to live comfortably. From Air conditioning repair, to heating installation and even drain cleaning, we do it all for you and we’re proud to say we’re doing it right. But let’s be honest here although all our technicians are NATE certified, and dog friendly, we wouldn’t be anywhere if it weren’t for our loyal customers. So, Thank YOU for calling us day or night, thank YOU for trusting us with your house keys, and thank YOU for making us the best air conditioning repair in Kansas City, the best plumbing in Kansas City and the best heating repair in Overland Park. We look forward to ringing in many more years as your trusted plumbers and handy mans. You are the best customers we could have ever asked for, and the reason we love what we do. We are so grateful to you for choosing us. We are excited to bring you the latest products and technology for an impeccable experience that will leave your home running smoothly. We rely on our customer satisfaction to keep us in business, so give us some feedback on how we’re doing. Let us know if we could improve something, or if you had an amazing experience, tell your friends! We’d love nothing more than to help them out like we’ve done for you. Besides, I’m sure their pup would like our dog treats too.

Again, Thank you all for an amazing 9 years thus far, and here’s to another 9!

Because we’re not happy unless you are.