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Address Your Comfort and Health with These Lennox IAQ Products

May 10th, 2021
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While there may be an end in sight, there is no denying that homeowners today are living in a unique and unprecedented time. COVID-19 has opened up questions for many consumers—do you have the right products at home to keep you not only comfortable but also healthy and safe? Are you doing everything in your power to protect your family?

Lennox understands these questions! As an essential business, Lennox felt and fulfilled a responsibility to help homeowners feel confident in their home products with the addition of important indoor air quality systems such as the PureAir S and the Healthy Climate PureAir Purification system.

Homeowners often don’t realize that their indoor air quality products, or lack thereof, have a huge impact on their health. We’ll talk more about the above-mentioned products here, and provide some tips to take care of your air, and therefore your family’s health.

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Why Do AC Air Filters Need to be Regularly Changed?

April 26th, 2021
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You may have heard an HVAC technician tell you at some point that your air conditioner’s air filter needs to be changed. Have you wondered why? Maybe you assumed that a dirty air filter is an issue because it doesn’t protect your indoor air quality when it’s too clogged up. This isn’t quite right, though.

It’s true, when this air filter gets clogged up, it won’t be able to draw in particles from the air. However, that’s not even the purpose of this particular air filter. No, this air filter is in place to protect the interior components of the HVAC system itself. While it doesn’t hurt your indoor air quality, it’s actually in place to protect the integrity of the air conditioner.

So what happens when you don’t change your air filter regularly (every 1-3 months)? The following:

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The Power of Professional Drain Cleaning

April 12th, 2021
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Imagine this scenario: you come home after a long day of work. You start chopping vegetables and cooking your dinner. You go to dump the cooking byproducts down the drain and… your kitchen sink is backed up.

So, you reach for that bottle of store-bought liquid drain cleaner you keep under the sink, clear the clog, and call it a night. But what if we told you this is exactly what you shouldn’t do? Chemical drain cleaners of this nature are not the answer—in fact, they can actually do more harm than good. Read on as we uncover the problems with store-bought drain cleaners and the power of professional drain cleaning.

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How to Prevent Plumbing Damage

March 29th, 2021
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There are a number of problems that can befall a plumbing system over the course of a year. Fortunately, we don’t live in an area that suffers from frozen and burst pipes too often, but that doesn’t mean we don’t experience our fair share of leaks, clogs, and the like.

We’re always here when you need plumbing help, but we would like to help you prevent plumbing issues, too. The good news is, there are some pretty easy ways to do this. Some preventive steps include investing in plumbing maintenance, which we’ll expand on below. Other steps don’t require any money at all—just doing your due diligence.

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Signs Your Home is Struggling With Hard Water

March 15th, 2021
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Have you heard the term hard water before? Perhaps you have, but aren’t quite sure what it is or why it matters. First off, it’s not something that’s harmful to you or your family. It is, however, harmful to your plumbing and to your overall quality of life.

Hard water is water that has a high level of minerals in it, which builds up and causes a number of potential problems that we’re about to get into. The minerals that cause this problem are calcium and magnesium, and sometimes iron.

So how do you know if your home is battling with this problem? Read on to find out!

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“Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?”

March 1st, 2021
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With cooler temperatures lingering a bit longer this year, the last thing you need in your home is a malfunctioning furnace. So if yours is all of the sudden blowing out cold air, this is of course a big problem.

There are a number of reasons that this might be happening. We’ll dive into that below, so keep reading! But please do not try to diagnose or fix your furnace yourself. You could wind up with more problems rather than less and a pretty big headache. Instead, call our professionals if you suspect any of the following issues, or if nothing you do will resolve the cold air coming out of your room vents.

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Signs That Your Tank Water Heater Needs Repair

February 15th, 2021
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It doesn’t matter what season it is or what the temperature is outside—there is one heating system in your home that you will always need to work flawlessly. The water heater! We can see how this system would be easy to take for granted. It’s easy to just rely on the fact that we’ll always have hot water coming from the taps whenever we need it in our homes.

But when you think about the amount of strain that your water heater undergoes—after all it works 365 days a year—you can probably understand that you can’t expect the system to work 100% free from problems forever. There will come a point that you might need to have your water heater professionally repaired. It helps to know what the warning signs are so you know when to give our team a call! Read on to learn what they are.

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What’s Going On When a Heat Pump Won’t Heat

February 1st, 2021
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Temperatures may not get as chilly here as they do in the Midwest or Northeast, but if the last couple of weeks have been any indication, it does get cold. This means that furnaces and heat pump systems have been turning on for the first time in months recently. If you have a heat pump in your home, then it gets a lot of use… but you most recently used it in cooling mode, right? All it takes to switch it to heating mode is a quick adjustment on your thermostat.

But what if you adjust your thermostat to get heat from your heat pump, and nothing happens? Perhaps you’re still getting cooled air from the vents, or maybe the air feels like it is still room temperature. This is a clear indication that something is wrong. The problem might be something simple, or it could be more complex. Read on as we uncover what could be going on when your heat pump won’t heat.

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“Is My HVAC Air Filter Protecting My Indoor Air Quality?”

January 18th, 2021
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The short answer to this is, “No.”

It’s not that the standard HVAC air filter hurts your indoor air quality. In fact, it does help a little. However, it’s not doing much to protect your indoor air quality, because that is not its purpose.

The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is actually in place to protect the system itself. It’s placed on the intake side, where your HVAC system draws in air. This prevents the system from sucking in dirt, dust, and other debris that can build up on its components and do the system harm. While it’s a very important component, it won’t do a whole lot to protect or help your indoor air quality in a significant way.

What will, then? A whole-house air purification system.

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“What Happened to My Water Pressure?”

January 4th, 2021
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Let’s say you’ve hopped in the shower on a cold winter morning only to realize that even though it’s warm, the water coming out of the showerhead doesn’t seem to be coming out at the same force that it used to. It could just be the showerhead, right? Limescale can certainly clog things up. That may be the case, but what if your faucets aren’t that powerful either? Well, then it appears you have a drop in water pressure.

If you ever have any questions about your plumbing system or why your water pressure dropped, you can always call us. In fact, you should call us in case you can’t find out what the issue is on your own. This isn’t a problem you want to ignore since it could mean you had a pipe rupture or a major blockage somewhere in your plumbing system. Read on to learn about some steps to take if you find yourself in this predicament.

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