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shivering woman checks the thermostat

During extended bouts of frigid weather, our furnaces run non-stop.  Is this normal?  And if it gets below zero outside, will my furnace be able to maintain a 70 degree temperature inside?  And what can I do to keep my family warm and prevent my pipes from freezing?

The following is information about heating systems and tips to keep you warm as you hunker down in artic weather.

  1. Properly selected and installed furnaces in Kansas City can maintain at least 70 degrees inside even when it is 0 degrees outside; a 70-degree temperature difference.  Most furnaces (whether electric or gas) are oversized, meaning they could maintain an above 70 degree temperature difference.
  2. When the outside temperature is in single digits your heating system will run close to 60 minutes per hour – it will not shut off or shut off for a short time period and then come back on for long cycles.  This is normal, and it is okay.
  3. Even when temperatures plunge below zero outside, the structure of a home has “thermal mass,” which resists temperature change, so in below-zero weather the heating system will often still be able to keep the desired temperature inside.
  4. If desired, a homeowner can “over heat” their home by bumping up the inside temperature before the sub zero cold period and this will help keep a home warm.
  5. A homeowner could use a supplemental electric heater (but not near the main system thermostat) to add additional heat in the colder areas of their home.
  6. It is not recommended to have a fire in the fireplace for supplemental heat. A fireplace will draw a lot of heated air out of the house when it operates. There may be some benefit of radiant heat from the fire if you were near it, but it should only be used as temporary heat if the furnace does not operate.  Fireplace flue dampers should be shut (when not having a fire) as a tremendous amount of cold air will come in thru the fireplace.
  7. It is not recommended that an oven or stove is used for supplemental heat.
  8. People with electric homes will have heat pumps and they will run as normal. The homeowner does not need to switch to emergency heat at the thermostat for the backup heat to come on. Operating the heat pump is more efficient than the electric furnace.
  9. People with heat pumps and a gas furnace for a back up should switch to emergency heat (a better term is auxiliary heat but the thermostat will say emergency heat).  It is cheaper to heat a home with gas than electricity if gas is available. Switching to emergency heat will lock out the heat pump. This would be normal winter operations regardless of how cold it is outside.
  10. People that have water piping in suspect areas – attics, crawl spaces, garages and rim joist areas above basement foundation walls should take precaution to insulate the pipes or put electric heat tape on them. Vanity doors and kitchen sink cabinet doors can be left open to allow room air to circulate near the water piping. Portable electric heaters can be used near areas where water piping has frozen in the past. Faucets can be left on (both hot and cold) with slow drips which will help prevent pipes from freezing. Our Auto Ray infrared garage heaters are an excellent way to keep pipes from freezing anywhere near a garage.

If you have concerns about your furnace, call our expert technicians right away.  We get very busy during extended periods of frigid temperatures, so don’t wait.  Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y 268-4669 (913) or (816) or click here:  https://www.anthonyphc.com/schedule-service/.

 

humidity protects against COVID-19

What can the public do to defend against COVID-19?  One simple answer is to ramp up your home’s humidity.  Increasing humidity can protect against COVID-19 in two ways – by supporting your respiratory tract’s immune response, and by causing airborne coronavirus to become unstable and less infectious quicker.

Increasing Humidity Can Cause Coronavirus to Die Off Quicker

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can float around your home in the air.  It only has a limited amount of time before heat, light and humidity dissolves its “spikes” that it needs to latch onto your cells.  This is called airborne decay.  These viruses, like all viruses, are more subject to this airborne decay when these environmental conditions increase:

  1. UV Light
  2. Temperature
  3. Humidity

Numerous studies have shown that flu viruses, including the coronavirus, thrive in cold dry conditions, which causes them to become more of a problem during the winter cold and flu season.  The estimated airborne decay of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 occurs much more quickly in heat, humidity and UV light.

How Can I Increase the UV Light, Temperature and Relative Humidity in My Home?

It is easy to increase the temperature in your home by raising the set point on your thermostat, but doing so can lower your home’s humidity level quickly, so it is important that you use humidification devices to keep the humidity levels in your home high during the heating season.  Whole-home humidifiers on your HVAC system work the best – make sure they are working effectively by turning them on “winter” mode, and by turning the humidistat up above 40%.  Also make sure you have your whole-home humidifier serviced annually to remove mineral build up.

Another option is adding UV light.  The best option is to install a UV lamp in your HVAC system.  The circulating air will cause viruses to pass by the UV lamp and become inert before they can enter the air you breathe.  An even better solution is to install an Air Scrubber indoor air quality system.  Air Scrubbers not only kill viruses when they pass by its UV light, but they also eradicate them through the non-toxic hydrogen vapor that it releases into your home’s air and surfaces.

Humidity Helps Your Respiratory System’s Immune Response Work Better

Increasing humidity in your home during the winter months can help your body defend against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19.  The more humidity in your home, the more ability your body has to use its natural mucous defense to eliminate viruses in your respiratory tract.  The human respiratory tract has a natural immune response against airborne viruses and other particulates called the cilia.  These tiny hair-like projections move mucous up your windpipe so you can cough it, and the contaminants it contains, up and out of your lungs.  The dryer the air in your home, the thicker is this mucous, and the less effective it is in extricating viruses out of our lungs.

How Much Humidity is Enough?

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the majority of adverse health effects caused by relative humidity would be minimized by maintaining indoor levels between 40 and 60%. And the more humidity you have in your home, the quicker viruses become unstable and unable to infect you.  However, too much humidity can cause unwelcome effects as well, such as warped wood floors and furniture, and the growth of mold, bacteria and mites.  A humidity level of 50% is generally recommended as the sweet spot to prevent viral growth and keep our respiratory system’s immune response strong, while at the same time protecting your home from damage and protect your body from allergic reactions to increased mold and mites.  The age and type of construction has a bearing on whether your home can handle a 50% humidity level.

humidity health chart

 

How Can I Measure My Home’s Humidity Level?

When your skin, lips and nasal passages start to itch or crack, or you start shocking your family and pets when you touch them, that is a sure sign that your home’s relative humidity is too low.  But how do you know exactly what your home’s humidity level is?

One convenient way to track your home’s humidity is through a thermostat with an integrated humidistat.  Humidistats measure the relative humidity of the air surrounding their sensors.

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Battling Mineral Buildup in Humidifiers

As you battle the dry air in your home, you may also find yourself battling mineral buildup. Humidification usually involves using warm air from a furnace blown through a saturated panel.  When the untreated water from municipal water sources comes into contact with the components of humidifiers (and also water heaters, coffee makers and dishwashers), the minerals that exist in this hard water build up on their surfaces and eventually prohibit them from working or reduce their effectiveness.  That is why yearly maintenance is critical for whole-home humidifiers.  A water softening system in your home will help your humidifier operate all heating season.  Water softening systems also prevent buildup in your home’s plumbing and plumbing fixtures, causing both to last longer and to help prevent clogs.  Your Anthony PHCE technician can provide suggestions based on your home’s current system.

Contact Anthony PHCE for Humidification and Indoor Air Quality Solutions

If you need humidification, indoor air quality or water softening solutions for your home, our expert technicians and plumbers at Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric are here to help.  Contact us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y 268-4669 (913) or (816) or chat with us on our website at www.AnthonyPHCE.com.

 

 

indoor air quality systems help you breathe easyAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the levels of indoor air pollutants may be two to five times, and occasionally 100 times, higher than the levels of pollutants outside. Considering that most Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, this is a major concern.  Considering the increases in wildfires and viral pandemics, indoor air quality is becoming an even greater worry.

Fortunately, homeowners have a great deal of control over the air quality in their homes.  By choosing the right whole-home indoor air quality systems, you can make your home a sanctuary of clean, healthy, odor-free air.

What Type of Whole-Home Indoor Air Quality System is Best?

Depending upon your home, your location and of your family’s individual needs, you may want to consider one, or a combination of, indoor air quality systems.  Whole-home indoor air quality systems trap, kill or eliminate the following types of indoor pollutants:

particulates (dust, cooking, fireplaces, candles, smoking, aerosol sprays)

chemical fumes (lead, pesticides, formaldehyde from furnishings, cleaning products)

biological (viruses, bacteria, mold, insect droppings, animal fur and dander)

allergens and odors (posed by all of the above)

Following are three types of indoor air quality systems and how each of them work to remove these harmful substances from your home.

Ionizers, Ozone Generators and Electrostatic Media

What is the difference between ionizers, ozone generators and polarizers?  All three remove particles from the air by altering oxygen molecules which makes them adhere to particulates.  Each produces some ozone, which is safe in small amounts.

Ionizers

Ionizers work by adding an electron to oxygen molecules creating negative ions.  These negative ions add a charge to particulates in the air, making them sticky and causing them to be attracted back to the ionizer.  Ionizers work best at removing small particles, but sometimes fall short with odors, gases, and larger particles such as pollen or dust.  Ionizers do produce a small amount of ozone, which can irritate the lungs in large quantities.  Negative ions have no smell and no harmful effects.

Ozone Generators

Ozone generators produce ozone, which is made up of three oxygen molecules, which makes it unstable and also sticky.  Ozone is better as removing smaller particulates, gases, and odors from the air.  However, ozone in large amounts can be dangerous.  Ozone generators work best if used in a large area or used only while pets and humans are not home.

Electrostatic Media

Electrostatic media are electronic air filters placed in your furnace in place of regular filters.  These filters use electricity to alter the electrical field of atoms causing them to be polarized and stick to the media as air is pulled through your system.  This offers an effective way to remove a large variety of particulates from the air in your home.

UV Light Technology

UV Light has been proven to kill viruses, mold, and bacteria on contact, which is where other indoor air quality systems fall short.  Viruses, mold, and bacteria are too small to be collected by ionizers or air filtration media.  Although prolonged exposure to UV can be harmful to humans, UV lamps in your AC coil and ductwork eliminate that threat by directing UV light to pathogens as they are drawn through your ventilation system.  But these pathogens must come within a few inches of the UV lamp to be killed.

The Air Scrubber by Aerus® is a special kind of UV lamp that changes water molecules in the air into negatively charged vapor through a process called ActivePure®.  These negatively charged molecules leave the UV lamp and actively enter your home’s air and make contact with the surfaces in your home to kill viruses.

Arrestors

Arrestors are filters placed in your ventilation system which trap particulates and prevent them from being circulated back into your air.  Arrestors range in effectiveness from the standard one inch filter to high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, to thick five inch media filters such as the Anthony Clean Machine.  Filters are made of tightly woven mesh that traps particulates as they pass through.  They are especially good at removing larger contaminants such as dust, pollen, pet dander and dust mites, making them great for people with allergies.

Do You Need a Whole-Home Indoor Air Quality System?

Indoor air can pose health hazards, especially during the closed-window seasons of summer and winter when outdoor air is not allowed to circulate through your home to eliminate the pollutants in your home.  Some individuals resist opening their windows even during pleasant temperature due to the allergens and pollutants in the outdoor air where they live.

Everyone can benefit from indoor air quality systems, and the most effective of these are whole-home systems that are installed in your ductwork and facilitated by the air pushed through your AC and furnace system.  Individuals with the following conditions can benefit most from whole-home systems:

cardio/pulmonary conditions

allergies

sensitivity to chemicals or smells

young age or advanced age

compromised immune systems

If your home has any of the following conditions, you should also consider a whole-home indoor air quality system:

new furnishings or carpeting or remodeling

constant use such as cooking or indoor hobbies involving chemicals

mold or recent flooding

pet odors

location near car exhaust, industrial areas, wildfires

location in climates where windows remain closed most of the year

An unintended result of today’s tighter homes is heightened levels of indoor air pollution. Dangerous particles, as well as chemicals, are being trapped in your home. Illness-causing micro-organism infestation, allergens, and bad odors are all problems which affect the well-being and comfort of everyone in your home.  Call our indoor air quality experts to learn which whole-home indoor air quality solutions are best for you at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y 268-4669 (913) or (816).

A.S.A.P. annual maintenance programBad things come in threes. Have you ever heard that phrase? Can you imagine if this happened to three of your everyday appliances?  What if your hot water heater, air conditioner or furnace stop working right when the weather was terrible?  Not only can it be frustrating, but it could be very costly.

Annual Service Saves Money, Maintains Warranties and Extends the Life of Systems

What if there was a program that would cover the three major home appliances and save you money? Take heart, there is!  At Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric we’ve got you covered. The Anthony Service Agreement Program (A.S.A.P.) provides you the peace of mind knowing that your home’s major systems are tuned-up and maintained annually for optimal performance.

The A.S.A.P. comprehensive maintenance program is an investment in your heating, cooling, and plumbing system. Much like a smoke alarm, it helps prevent major problems by alerting you before costly repairs or safety hazards occur in your home.  Annual maintenance protects manufacturer warranties on your heating and cooling system and water heater.  Being an Anthony A.S.A.P. exclusive member also provides added advantages with front-of-the-line, same-day service, and no overtime charges on emergency repairs.

Every A.S.A.P. member receives:

  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Same-day emergency service
  • No overtime charges on service fees
  • No overtime charges on repairs
  • Discounted parts and service
  • 2-year parts and labor warranty on all repairs
  • Maintenance reminders and forward scheduling (schedule your tune-ups months in advance)

Heating/Cooling A.S.A.P. members receive:

  • 17-task heating tune-up including accessories
  • 16-task tune up including accessories

Plumbing A.S.A.P. members receive:

  • 10-task water heater tune-up
  • Whole-home plumbing inspection

A.S.A.P. memberships can be customized to your needs and convenience.  Call Anthony PHCE at:
(A-N-T-H-O-N-Y) 268-4669 KS or MO
to become an exclusive A.S.A.P. member.

 

 

hvac zoning system

You have 2 or more thermostats in your car, so why should you be content with only 1 thermostat in your home?  If you want it warmer in some areas of your home and cooler in others, then an HVAC zoning system is for you.  Or if you have rooms that are always too hot or too cold compared to the rest of your home and you want to even out the temperatures, you also can benefit from an HVAC zoning system.

Most homes have areas that suffer because a single thermostat located in one area controls the temperature in all parts of the home. The thermostat only knows the temperature where the thermostat is actually located. You simply cannot achieve whole home comfort with one thermostat, just like you can’t control all your lighting with one light switch.  Our Maestro Zoning system lets you control the temperature in all areas of your home by allowing you to send conditioned air when and where it is needed.  You will feel more air than you have ever felt before out of your system.

How Does an HVAC Zoning System Work?

An HVAC zoning system consists of 2 or more thermostats placed in problem areas in your home, and an electronic monitor which activates dampers in your ductwork to move conditioned air directly to those rooms where a greater supply is needed.  Anthony’s Maestro Zoning system can be installed quickly and easily in your home, to make every room a Goldilocks room, that is “just right” temperature wise.

By giving homeowners more control over how they heat and cool their home, Maestro Zoning enables the creation of comfort zones that are customizable, which keeps all family members happy while saving money on energy bills at the same time, by sending conditioned air only to the zones that need it and only when they need it.

Zoning is a simple, economical way to gain better air flow to problem areas without adding an additional heating and cooling system. Using automatic dampers (which are pneumatically activated so there are no motors that eventually fail) in your vent work, a zoning system allows you to control the temperature independently in separate areas of your home by opening some dampers and closing others.

The brain of the zoning system is an electronic monitor which activates the dampers as ordered by the individual thermostats in the areas served.  It can even be used with wireless thermostats that can be carried from room to room to ensure the desired temperature in that room.  You can also control thermostats with your cell phone.  Click here to view a video on how the zoning damper system works.

Is a Zoning System Right for My Home?

Zoning is all about the comfort of the homeowner, and any home can benefit from zoning if the homeowner wants more control over the temperature in different areas of their home.  Homes with hard to cool or hard to heat areas, or with multiple levels that require more than one thermostat are perfect for zoning. These include homes with:

  • – multiple levels, like two stories or split levels
  • – rooms over the garage or added onto the back
  • – finished areas in the basement or attic
  • – expansive glass areas that let in ambient heat
  • – family members who prefer different temperatures than others
  • – home offices
  • – portions of the home built over a concrete slab floor
  • – wings extending off the main living area in multiple directions
  • – large, open areas such as vaulted ceilings or lofts

Zoning Beats the Heat in Two Story Homes or Bedrooms over the Garage

Since a thermostat only knows the temperature of the area it’s located in, your home can suffer from stark temperature variances in different rooms.  Because thermostats are normally located on a home’s first level, rooms on upper levels can be unbearably hot because of the “stack effect” of warm air rising.  Also, second floor areas have more heat gain because the ceiling is the hot attic. And if you are the unlucky one who’s bedroom is over the garage, you know that no matter how much the AC is cranked in the house your room is always hot in the summer.  Rooms over garages are always cold in the winter, too.

Maestro Zoning is a great option for homes with these configurations.  Rather than install window units in your upstairs bedrooms or keep your lower levels uncomfortably cool in an attempt to accommodate the upper levels, zoning has become a must-have solution for any two-story home.

Zoning Eliminates Arguments Over Temperature

No more arguments over temperature in the house – with Maestro Zoning you have control of the temperature in your room, and your family members have control over theirs.  The dampers in the ductwork are activated by the electronic monitor depending on the set temperature from individual thermostats in the areas served.  These dampers allow cooled air to be sent into warmer rooms while restricting air flow to other rooms.  Since each room, or “zone” has a different thermostat, one person can enjoy a warmer room while another luxuriates in their own much cooler zone.

Call our Maestro Zoning Experts for a Free Estimate

Call our Maestro Zoning experts today for a free estimate, and we will come to your house and explore the many options available to customize a zoning system to meet your needs. Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO or click here to submit your information and we will contact you at a time that is convenient for you.

how to kill viruses in my home

The Air Scrubber by Aerus® utilizes state-of-the-art technology developed by NASA to create a safe environment for the astronauts in the international space station.  This proprietary technology is called ActivePure®, and is the only air cleaning technology awarded the prestigious Certified Space Technology seal of approval by the Space Foundation which was created in cooperation with NASA.

ActivePure®  utilizes a proprietary photocatalyst system which creates powerful oxidizing molecules which are safe to humans and pets but which kill viruses and bacteria in the air and on surfaces.  Water and oxygen particles enter the ActivePure® honeycomb matrix.  While inside, the molecules are transformed into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) vapor which permeates all exposed areas of your home.  These molecules destroy viruses, bacteria, fungi and mold not only in the air but on surfaces such as counter tops, light switches, cell phones, toys and door knobs, preventing cross contamination.

Air Scrubber by Aerus® ActivePure® Technology Benefits

The Air Scrubber by Aerus® utilizes 3 different technologies: ActivePure® to kill viruses, plus ionization to prevent dust, and ozone (optional) to eliminate odors.

ActivePure® virus killing technology has the following benefits:

Ionized negative ions have the following benefits:

  • Purify air, remove VOCs, and significantly reduce dust particles and odor causing bacteria without using ozone.
  • Protect against allergy and asthma triggering contaminants and respiratory issues which may lead to health problems.
  • Improved productivity from healthier, cleaner air and surfaces.
  • Reduced dust collection on surfaces so you don’t have to dust as often.

Ozone (optional) has the following benefits:

  • Eliminates even the toughest odors from your home, including pet and cooking odors.

 

active pure photocatalyst system

How is Air Scrubber by Aerus® different from Ionizers, UV Lamps and Ozone Machines?

There are many indoor air quality options on the market, but none work like Air Scrubber by Aerus®, nor kill viruses as well as Air Scrubber by Aerus®:

Are You Ready to Reduce the Flu Viruses, Bacteria and Allergens in Your Home?

Contact us today at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO to learn your options for installing the Air Scrubber by Aerus® in your home.  Or fill out the form below and we will contact you soon.



 

 

 

winter power outage blogThe high winds, heavy snow and ice accumulation of winter storms can create widespread electricity outages that last for days.  To make matters worse, leaving your home to obtain supplies or find temporary shelter can be dangerous if the roads are also compromised by inclement weather.  You can’t prevent power outages, but you can prepare for them.  And if you don’t prepare in time, there are still things you can do to add warmth to your home during a power outage.

Prep Your Home Before the Winter Storm Season

The best way to handle power outages is to prepare for them well ahead of time.  If you wait until a storm is in the forecast to prepare, you may find needed items out of stock, time too limited to complete needed tasks, or technicians and plumbers all booked up.

When electricity goes out in the winter, so does your main heat source, whether that is a furnace, boiler or electric heat.  Even gas furnaces cannot run without electricity.  To prepare, research alternative heat sources that don’t need electricity.

Install an Infrared Garage Heater

Natural gas infrared heaters like our Auto-Ray Infrared Garage Heater provide excellent sources of heat with absolutely no electricity.   Infrared garage heaters keep your garage warm all winter long for pennies a day.  Your heated garage will also provide warmth to the adjacent rooms in your home, and will also help keep the exposed pipes in your garage from freezing.  Infrared garage heaters create a great warm zone in your home during winter electrical outages.

Have Your Water Heater Checked

Did you know your tank water heater can be an alternative heat source?  Most tank type water heaters do not use electricity.  Even if it needs electricity to ignite the gas and heat the water, the heated water left in your tank after the power has gone out can be used to fill a bathtub, which can raise the temperature in your bathroom enough to bring you some comfort.  Get your water heater tuned up by our expert plumbers to ensure it is working reliably, and while they are in your home, ask them what type of ignition system it uses.

Insulate Your Plumbing

The heat in your home is the only thing keeping your pipes from freezing during the coldest weather, and once a frozen pipe thaws it can burst and flood your home.  Have our expert plumbers perform a plumbing safety inspection, and ask them which of your pipes would be most vulnerable if you lost heat during a power outage.  Some pipes can be insulated to help prevent freezing and bursting.

Consider Generators

If you don’t have a generator, consider your options.  A portable generator can run selected appliances like your furnace and a few small electronics long enough to get you through a day of no electricity.  Some generators turn on automatically during a power outage and provide your home with uninterrupted electricity.

Install Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Smoke Detectors

Heating your home in winter is a potentially dangerous proposition, even without a power outage.  Your home should have carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors on every level and preferably in every bedroom.  There are several good options available, and some even connect to the internet via your WiFi connection and can warn you through an app on your phone if danger is present, which is nice if you keep your phone by your bed.

It is especially important to have CO and smoke detectors in place if you are utilizing alternative heat sources during a power outage.  Combustible heat sources produce CO, which has no smell, and can cause drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.  Even your gas furnace may produce CO, which is why it is important to get a furnace safety check every year.

Stock up on Fuel

Fill up on fuel for your generator if you have one.  Keep your cars full of fuel too – they can be temporary warming stations while running – outside of the garage of course.  And if you are lucky enough to have a wood stove, get your log supply stocked up.

Stock up on Water

Power outages can rob your home of not only warmth, but of water.  Electricity is needed to run water pumps, so homes on well water can lose their water when they lose their electricity.  Even homes on municipal water aren’t safe if a power outage disables the water plant pumps; you will have only a small amount of pressure left in your pipes until you lose your water completely.  Keep a stock of drinking water on hand just in case the worst happens, and use water from your tap sparingly.

Purchase Battery Back Ups for your Devices

You can purchase battery back ups that will recharge your phones if you find yourself away from electricity sources.  Buy these for your cell phones at least, and consider purchasing them for your computers as well.  It is important to have a charged phone during weather emergencies, so keep these devices charged and ready to use.

Act Quickly Once You Lose Power

Once the power has gone out, you won’t have long before your home becomes uncomfortably cold, and possibly dangerous to children, the sick and pets.  Take these steps to make sure your family stays safe.

Consider Leaving Your Home

If your family and pets are “portable,” your best course of action might be to move them to a hotel for the night.  Hotels usually have back up generators in case they lose power, but it is always good to ask to make sure.  Be careful making this decision however, as the same conditions that cause winter power outages can cause dangerous driving conditions.

If you find it unwise to leave home, remember that you can always use your vehicles as temporary warming stations if taken outside of the garage first.  To remove your car from your garage after your power goes out you will have to open the garage door manually, which may not be possible until you first disconnect the mechanical door opener from the garage door.

Safely Add Heat to the House

Turn up your infrared garage heater if you have one.  Fifty degrees is a good temperature for normal use, but they can be turned up much higher, which will not only get your garage toasty but will help heat your adjacent rooms.

If you have a wood stove, fire it up and keep it burning.  If you have a limited amount of wood, burn at regular intervals, letting it get quite cold between burns.  Think twice before using your wood burning or gas fireplace; unless it has a fan to circulate heat, you may lose more heat up the chimney than you generate by burning wood or gas.  Never use your fireplace without opening the flue first, and only use your fireplace or wood stove if it, and your chimney, have been inspected recently and are in safe working condition.

Use the sun for heat. If it’s a sunny day, open the blinds on the windows on the sunny side of the house. Place dark blankets on the floor, furniture or bed in direct sun to soak up the sun’s heat. As soon as the sun goes down re-insulate the windows the best you can.

Run a bathtub of hot water; it will add heat to the rooms around the bathroom.  You could take a hot shower to warm up, too.  Standard tank type water heaters do not use electricity so you can take advantage of always having hot water.

Insulate Your Home and Yourselves

Eliminate heat loss to your home by closing curtains and blocking drafts.  Only open your doors if it is absolutely necessary.  Move to the warmest room of the house and camp out there.  This might be the basement during the winter, due the insulating power of the earth.  Bring your warmest blankets and coats with you.

Eliminate heat loss to your body by putting on layers including long underwear, warm socks and a hat.  Consider using chemical hand and foot warmers, but never directly on skin.  Even self-heating pain relief pads can work in a pinch, but they get very hot and can burn the skin as well.

Staying hydrated can help you stay warm so make sure you drink enough.  Do not drink alcohol as it will lower your body temperature.  Your body requires more food to stay warm in the cold so make sure you eat enough, too.

Use Water Wisely

It is best to conserve water for drinking in case the power outage stops water pumps from getting water to your home.  But if the temperature outside is well below freezing, do turn on your faucets and let a pencil sized stream of water run to prevent your pipes from freezing.  As far as flushing your toilets, use the yellow-mellow, brown-down rule.

Give Us a Call

Call us before, during or after a power outage for help.  There are always ways we can help you, and we want to help if we can.  You can reach us by calling A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO, or by clicking here to schedule service

 

 

 

hvac zoning for hot and cold roomsMaestro HVAC Zoning Solves Your Home’s Hot Zones and Cold Zones

You have 2 or more thermostats in your car, so why should you be content with only 1 thermostat in your home?  If you want it warmer in some areas of your home and cooler in others, then an HVAC zoning system is for you.  Or if you have rooms that are always too hot or too cold compared to the rest of your home and you want to even out the temperatures, you also can benefit from an HVAC zoning system.

Most homes have areas that suffer because a single thermostat located in one area controls the temperature in all parts of the home. The thermostat only knows the temperature where the thermostat is actually located. You simply cannot achieve whole home comfort with one thermostat, just like you can’t control all your lighting with one light switch.  Our Maestro Zoning system lets you control the temperature in all areas of your home by allowing you to send conditioned air when and where it is needed.  You will feel more air than you have ever felt before out of your system.

Maestro Zoning Allows You to Control Which Rooms Get Cooled and Heated Air

An HVAC zoning system consists of 2 or more thermostats placed in problem areas in your home, and an electronic monitor which activates dampers in your ductwork to move conditioned air directly to those rooms where a greater supply is needed.  Anthony’s Maestro Zoning system can be installed quickly and easily in your home, to make every room a Goldilocks room, that is “just right” temperature wise.

By giving homeowners more control over how they heat and cool their home, Maestro Zoning enables the creation of comfort zones that are customizable, which keeps all family members happy while saving money on energy bills at the same time, by sending conditioned air only to the zones that need it and only when they need it.

How Zoning Works

Zoning is a simple, economical way to gain better air flow to problem areas without adding an additional heating and cooling system. Using automatic dampers (which are pneumatically activated so there are no motors that eventually fail) in your vent work, a zoning system allows you to control the temperature independently in separate areas of your home by opening some dampers and closing others.

The brain of the zoning system is an electronic monitor which activates the dampers as ordered by the individual thermostats in the areas served.  It can even be used with wireless thermostats that can be carried from room to room to ensure the desired temperature in that room.  You can also control thermostats with your cell phone.  Click here to view a video on how the zoning damper system works.

Maestro Zoning is Right for Any House

Zoning is all about the comfort of the homeowner, and any home can benefit from zoning if the homeowner wants more control over the temperature in different areas of their home.  Homes with hard to cool or hard to heat areas, or with multiple levels that require more than one thermostat are perfect for zoning. These include homes with:

  • multiple levels, like two stories or split levels
  • rooms over the garage or added onto the back
  • finished areas in the basement or attic
  • expansive glass areas that let in ambient heat
  • family members who prefer different temperatures than others
  • home offices
  • portions of the home built over a concrete slab floor
  • wings extending off the main living area in multiple directions
  • large, open areas such as vaulted ceilings or lofts

Zoning Beats the Heat in Two Story Homes or Bedrooms over the Garage

Since a thermostat only knows the temperature of the area it’s located in, your home can suffer from stark temperature variances in different rooms.  Because thermostats are normally located on a home’s first level, rooms on upper levels can be unbearably hot because of the “stack effect” of warm air rising.  Also, second floor areas have more heat gain because the ceiling is the hot attic. And if you are the unlucky one who’s bedroom is over the garage, you know that no matter how much the AC is cranked in the house your room is always hot in the summer.  Rooms over garages are always cold in the winter, too.

Maestro Zoning is a great option for homes with these configurations.  Rather than install window units in your upstairs bedrooms or keep your lower levels uncomfortably cool in an attempt to accommodate the upper levels, zoning has become a must-have solution for any two-story home.

Zoning Eliminates Arguments Over Temperature

No more arguments over temperature in the house – with Maestro Zoning you have control of the temperature in your room, and your family members have control over theirs.  The dampers in the ductwork are activated by the electronic monitor depending on the set temperature from individual thermostats in the areas served.  These dampers allow cooled air to be sent into warmer rooms while restricting air flow to other rooms.  Since each room, or “zone” has a different thermostat, one person can enjoy a warmer room while another luxuriates in their own much cooler zone.

Call our Maestro Zoning Experts for a Free Estimate

Call our Maestro Zoning experts today for a free estimate, and we will come to your house and explore the many options available to customize a zoning system to meet your needs. Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO or click here to submit your information and we will contact you at a time that is convenient for you.

frozen AC coilWhen your central AC blows hot air, it often means you have a frozen coil.  Frozen may sound like a good problem for an AC to have, but your system cannot cool your home if the coil is iced over.

It is important to know that AC technicians cannot fix your frozen coil problem until the coil thaws.  So if your AC is not producing cold air, take these steps before you call your technician:

 

1.  Check your filter

A dirty filter could be the only issue preventing your AC from cooling your air, and that is an easy fix. Turn off your furnace fan by turning your system to OFF on your thermostat.  Locate your return vent, unscrew the cover (if any), and pull out your filter. If it’s dirty, simply replace it. Write down the size indicated on the edge of the filter, and purchase a new one at a home improvement store.  With your system still OFF, pull out the dirty filter, paying attention to which way the air flow arrow points on the edge of the filter, and put the new filter in facing the same direction.

2. Thaw out your AC

If your filter is not dirty, try thawing out your AC coil.  First, switch your thermostat to OFF and your fan to ON. This will start defrosting your coil, which is located inside the air handling unit next to your furnace.  Call an expert technician from a reputable heating and cooling company and set up an appointment to have them come look at your AC unit after the coil thaws.  Give your unit a few hours to fully defrost, and head to a movie theater or restaurant to stay cool.

To see if your coil is thawed, locate your air handler and the frozen coil.  Check the condensate pan underneath the coil to make sure it is draining properly, and not leaking and causing damage to your floor.

3. Turn your AC back on

After a few hours, check your coil.  It should be dry and free of frost or ice.  Switch your thermostat back to “cool” to turn your AC back on. If the air comes out cooler than room temperature, you have fixed your AC problem!  If not, it is now ready for your technician to make any necessary repairs.  Even if your AC is working again, it is good to have your technician inspect the system, as a frozen coil usually a sign that something is wrong.

Don’t be stuck with a non-functioning AC system on a hot day when the demand for technicians is high, and the wait for service is long.  Get your checked annually, before trouble starts. Call Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO, (913-268-4669), or click here to schedule a service call.

How to Decide – Which Air Conditioner to Buy?

Do you intend to replace or install a central air conditioner? What are your air conditioner considerations? Choosing an air conditioner involves a lot, that is, from price to setup, noise level to efficiency. What will guide you to choose the best air conditioner for your home? The following ten questions from Anthonys Heating and Cooling will provide you essential clues.

1. How much do you want to spend?

Window air conditioners are the cheapest room air conditioners. The standard price for a window air conditioner with basic features such as an adjustable thermostat, multiple fan speeds, a timer, and manual or electronic controls ranges from $200 to $450. Price increases with additional features such as air purifiers, onboard heating modes, remote controls, and energy-saving functions.

Through the wall AC Unit types are more expensive compared to window air conditioners; they range from $350 to $700. You need to purchase a wall sleeve for their installation.
Standard portable air conditioners can cost you from $350 to $720, depending on the features. They are often used in manufacturing facilities, to cool computer rooms and large office spaces.

Ductless mini splits are the most expensive air conditioners. Their prices range from $900 to $2500. On top of that, you need to set some amount of money for professional installers or AC replacement experts.

PTAC air conditioners are mostly used in the hospitality industry and the best option for cooling and heating single rooms.

From above you can choose which one will serve your Kansas City AC Installation needs.

2. Does your residence or office have air conditioner restrictions?

Some homeowners associations, apartment complexes, and office buildings have rules against installing windows or through-wall air conditioners for aesthetic and safety reasons. Also, due to extensive installation, a ductless mini-split air conditioner may not be an option. In these situations, AC Installation with portable units are the best alternatives.

3. What is your physical air conditioners space?

Portable air conditioners need sufficient space for their effectiveness. Both window air conditioners and through-wall air conditioners don’t need any floor space, because they either sit inside a wall or window. Mini-split systems due to their wall-mountable blower units and a large part of the AC situated outside, they take some amount of space.

If you live in a small room, opt for the window or through-wall Kansas City AC Installation. For common spaces, a ductless mini-split system will work better while portable ones will work for large areas.

4. What type of windows do you have?

If you want portable AC, you must know they are set up to vent hot air through siding windows or double-hung windows. However, if windows are not available, some modes are adjusted to vent air through a wall hole or drop ceilings. Standard portable air conditioner installation kits cannot fit crack windows, but you can make your own customized casement window kit through Plexiglas.

On the other side, if you want to install window air conditioners, you should know they are designed for vertical sash windows only. If you have slide windows, you can install specially designed windows even though they expensive.

Mini-split conditioners and through-wall air conditioners do not need a window for installation.

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