First-Time Homeowner HVAC Q&A

First-Time Homeowner HVAC Q&A
4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

First-Time Homeowner HVAC Q&A

Congratulations on your new home! Buying a new home is so exciting, but often pretty overwhelming. It can be easy to get caught up in the process and forget about certain details. Perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of any new home is the HVAC system. It’s a system which many of us don’t understand and avoid thinking about until it breaks. Get familiar with your HVAC system and how to take care of it by reading this helpful article. After all, your HVAC system is typically one of the biggest investments you have in your home. Treat it as such!

What Can I DIY On My System?

It’s a good rule of thumb to leave most things involving HVAC, plumbing, and electrical to the professionals. However, you definitely can, and should, replace your air filter regularly. While it depends on how many pets and people you have in your home, it’s good practice to replace your filter every 1-3 months. Replace your filter more often if you have pets which shed or a large family, especially if you have allergy sufferers in your household. If you ignore your air filter, it will become clogged with dust, dirt, pet hair, and other contaminants, and you’ll experience reduced airflow, higher energy bills, lower quality air, and more strain on your HVAC system.

Should I Have My System Inspected?

When you move into a new home, it’s always recommended you have your HVAC system inspected and serviced. When you sign up for a maintenance plan with Island Air, we service your system twice a year. These maintenance visits can keep your warranty in effect as well as catch any needed repairs before they become a big problem. Maintenance will also ensure your system runs at maximum efficiency, keeping you comfortable and saving you money on energy bills. You can rest easy knowing your system is in tip-top shape. 

Is My HVAC System Under Warranty?

We mentioned maintenance keeping your warranty in tack, but when you move into a new home with a new HVAC system, you’ll need to make sure the warranty can be transferred. Or, if your home is a new build, you should be able to register your system with the manufacturer. This typically needs to be done within 90 days after closing for the warranty to be viable. If the home was previously owned, the warranty may not be transferable. Speak with the previous homeowners and obtain the necessary paperwork and information to see if the warranty can be transferred. 

How Do I Pick An HVAC Service Provider?

When moving into a new area, it can be hard to decide on a new HVAC contractor. There are often many options, so it’s important to know what to look for. First, ensure your HVAC service provider is both licensed and insured. This is crucial in order to protect both yourself as the homeowner and the HVAC technicians. It’s a good idea to ask your new neighbors if they have a service provider which they have used and like. This can give you some ideas of reputable HVAC technicians in your area. Spend time reading some online reviews and researching the services they offer. With these steps you’ll be able to make the perfect pick! 

Choose Island Air

Go with Island Air for all your HVAC needs in the Gulf Shores, AL area! Give us a call at (251) 943-4709 with any HVAC questions you have. For more information on our services, visit our website at https://callislandair.com/ or email us at islandair@callislandair.com. We are your trusted American Standard Customer Care Dealer serving Baldwin County, AL. 

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Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist
Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Do you run and hide at the mention of the words “spring cleaning?” If you’re like most of us, the answer is yes. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a daunting task, though! By taking on one room at a time, you can ensure every area of your home gets the attention it needs without trying to do it all at once. Follow this room- by-room spring cleaning checklist to help ensure your home is cleaned from top to bottom. 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

☐  The Kitchen

It’s easiest to tackle spring cleaning by breaking your home down into sections. This makes the entire process feel much less overwhelming. For your kitchen, begin by emptying all your drawers, cabinets, and fridge to give them a good cleaning while empty. As you take out all of your food, pay attention to expirations dates and toss out old or unwanted items. Next, give all of your appliances a good scrub. Your oven, stovetop, microwave, and sink could all use a thorough cleaning. To finish things up, wipe down and sanitize your countertops, drawer or cabinet handles, backsplash, sink, and kitchen floor (after sweeping or vacuuming). 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

☐  Living Room

Your living room is a hotspot for dust, dirt, and pollen. With many people coming in and out, it can be tricky to keep this area clean. Begin by dusting everything (and we mean everything). This includes ceiling fans, light fixtures, shelves, blinds, furniture, tabletops, decor, air vents, and more. After you’ve dusted, vacuum your furniture and floors to cut down on any pollen which could have been tracked in on family member’s clothes or shoes. 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

  Bathrooms

By now, you can see the routine. Clear out your bathroom cabinets and drawers to give them a good cleaning and then reorganize. Deep clean your bathroom sinks, toilets, and mirrors. Finish everything off by sweeping and then mopping the floors. As you clean, keep an eye out for any grout lines which may need to be resealed. Lastly, don’t forget to give those bathroom curtains, rugs, and decorative towels a wash; we know it’s been awhile. 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

☐  Bedrooms

Time to put your washer to work! Wash your pillows, comforters or duvets, curtains, sheets, and blankets. While everything is in the wash, flip your mattress if needed. Follow the same dusting routine as you did with your living room, by wiping down decor, baseboards, light switches, lighting fixtures, and more. If your bedrooms are carpeted, consider shampooing them for a much deeper clean than only vacuuming.

Insider tip: If you have pets, you can actually try raking your carpet every year to pull up pet hair that the vacuum can’t get on its own. Rake before you vacuum and you’ll be astonished at the amount of hair you might pull up.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

☐  Indoor Air

All of this cleaning can help your home feel fresh and comfortable to live in. However, installing an air purification system is the only way to ensure airborne contaminants are regularly removed from your home. Without an air purification system, a large amount of allergens could be floating throughout your home this spring. Simply contact Island Air to discuss air purification solutions and find which system best suits the needs of your home and your family. 

Learn More

Give us a call at (251) 943-4709 to ensure your home’s air is clean and healthy to breathe. For more information on our services, visit our website at https://callislandair.com/ or email us at islandair@callislandair.com. We are your trusted American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in South Baldwin County, AL. 

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5 Tips For Achieving Better Indoor Air Quality At Home

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indoor air quality

5 Tips For Achieving Better Indoor Air Quality At Home

Many of us have never thought about the quality of air within our homes. However, it shouldn’t be this way. December through March is cold and flu season and the season when we spend much of our time cozying up indoors. In fact, the EPA estimates that “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations”. Thankfully, there are many steps homeowners can take to improve their home’s indoor air quality, even by 99%! 

1. Keep A Clean Home

The obvious and simple task of maintaining a clean house can make a huge difference in the quality air you breathe. Particles such as dust and pet hair can get trapped in your HVAC system and lessen your home’s IAQ. For this reason, you should regularly dust and vacuum all throughout your home. Be sure to move furniture and decorations to ensure a thorough clean. Wash bedding regularly and wash your drapes or curtains if possible. These are spots which can collect an impressive amount of dust and pet hair over time. 

A quick pet tip! Keep your pet groomed to help cut down on the amount of pet hair in your home. Not only will routine grooming keep your furry friends more comfortable, but your air quality will improve as well.

2. Change Your HVAC Filters

Never skip out on changing your HVAC filters. We recommend making a schedule to get in the habit of regularly replacing these filters. HVAC filters help clean the air, so over time, they can become clogged with dirt, dust, pet hair, and other particles floating through the air. If you fail to routinely replace your filters, your air will not be getting cleaned and your system will be much less efficient. You may experience decreased air flow due to the dirty filters making it difficult for the air to pass through. 

3. Routine System Maintenance

All HVAC systems benefit greatly from having routine preventative maintenance performed. Your system is a serious investment for your home and should be treated as such. Enroll in a scheduled maintenance plan with Island Air to keep your system running at peak efficiency and to give you peace of mind. You can rest easy knowing that you have a plan in place to aid in catching any needed repairs earlier than most. Additionally, our service plans provide great value in customer perks. Having a well-maintained, efficient HVAC system will keep your home comfortable and air clean. 

4. Get An Air Purification System

One of the best ways to improve your air quality is to invest in an air purification system. Our air purifiers connect into your existing HVAC system and remove more contaminants than a standard HVAC filter. Air purifiers such as the REME HALO-LED can reduce 99.9% of airborne viruses, bacteria, mold spores, dust, dander, and pollen throughout your home. Contact Island Air to have the professionals install one of these state-of-the-art systems in your home.

5. Control Humidity Levels

If the humidity levels are too high in your home, there’s a strong possibility that there could be fungal growth inside your house. Fungal growth, especially mold, is dangerous to breathe in and can pose a threat to your family’s health and safety. Dehumidifiers are a great option for cutting down the humidity and keeping fungal growth away. We all know how humid it can get here in Gulf Shores. Stay a step ahead and consider a dehumidifier. 

Contact Us

We hope these tips help in keeping your indoor air quality up to par during this winter season. We are happy to aid in choosing and installing the best air purification system for your home and your family. Give us a call at (251) 943-4709 to breathe easy this winter and all year long.

For more information on our services, visit our website at https://callislandair.com/ or email us at islandair@callislandair.com. We are your trusted American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Baldwin County, AL. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram! indoor air quality indoor air quality indoor air quality indoor air quality indoor air quality 

Air Purification Solutions: Your Guide to Cleaner Indoor Air

Air Purification Solutions
Air Purification Solutions

Air Purification Solutions: Your Guide to Cleaner Indoor Air

As much as we love to spend time outside in our beautiful Gulf Shores community, the fact is we spend most of our time inside our homes. With homes more tightly insulated than ever before, we’re constantly breathing in trapped allergens and other airborne contaminants. So, how do you get rid of them? It’s going to take a little more than changing your air filter. Continue reading to learn more about getting cleaner air inside your home.

Standard Air Filters

Unless you have customized comfort solutions in your home, you probably have a standard 1-inch thick HVAC air filter. While standard air filters do a great job at catching particles that enter into your system, the truth is, they can’t catch everything in your home. Most standard filters only capture particles between 7 and 10 microns in size. Usually, this means particles that the eye can see such as hair, fur, and larger dirt and mold particles. 

Depending on your system, you may be able to upgrade to a HEPA filter so smaller particles, no less than .3 microns in size, will be captured. However, even with the highest quality air filters, not all allergens will be eliminated from your home. 

Reme-Halo LED™ In-Duct Air Purifier

The HALO-LED™ Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifier does not use a filter to catch particles in the air passing through your system. Instead, this system is capable of purifying every cubic inch of air that your central air conditioning system reaches using ion generation in LED technology. air purification solutions

As air passes through the HALO-LED™, it’s ionized to release low-level hydrogen peroxide. This causes airborne particles to stick together, making it easier for your filter to catch them while also actively eliminating pollutants from the air in your home. The HALO-LED™ kills pollutants faster than any other air purification system, providing quick relief especially for those who suffer from allergies or respiratory issues.  air purification solutions

iWave Air Purifier

The iWave Air Purifier is installed in your comfort system to treat the air in your home safely without creating any harmful byproducts. When air passes over the iWave, bi-polar ionization removes molecules necessary for harmful pathogens, allergens, viruses, and bacteria to live. The ions will also attach to airborne particles, increasing their size so they’re easier to catch by the filter. This air purifier is low-maintenance and doesn’t require any bulbs to be changed. If you’re looking for a natural way to produce a healthy environment throughout your home, the iWave is a great choice. air purification solutions

Air Scrubber by Aerus

The Air Scrubber by Aerus uses ActivePure technology to create an advanced oxidation process that continuously purifies the air in your home and even attacks contaminants on surfaces, and eliminates up to 99.9% of odors, smoke, and harmful microbial pollutants. air purification solutions

Contact Us

With so many air purification options available, it can be challenging to choose the perfect one for your Baldwin County home. That is why our team is here to answer any of your questions and help you decide what would be best for your specific situation. 

If you need help managing your indoor air quality, contact us! We have friendly customer service representatives who stand ready to take care of all your heating, cooling, and clean air needs.

Feel free to call us at (251) 943-4709, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

5 Tips for Pet Owners to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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5 Tips for Pet Owners to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Chances are, you love your pets, but you probably don’t love the pet hair, dander, and odors they leave behind in your home. With our comfort systems already working over time to keep our homes cool in hot, humid Baldwin County summers, the last thing you need is for it to work even harder to keep the air in your home clean. If your pet’s shedding is taking a toll on your home’s indoor air quality, or even your health, there are a few tasks you can incorporate into your daily, weekly, or monthly routine to improve indoor air quality. 

1. Regularly Change or Clean Your Air Filters

You have probably heard how beneficial it is to change the air filter in your home’s HVAC system often, but with pets, it is even more important. Most households are safe changing air filters every one to three months, depending on the system and filter. If you have pets, you should probably change your filter each month like clockwork, since pet hair and dander can circulate through your home and your HVAC system. pet owners indoor air quality

Depending on your system, you could also try upgrading to a thicker, more durable air filter that doesn’t need to be changed as often, or one that can be cleaned instead of changed. To find the perfect fit for your HVAC system and your family’s needs, call Island Air: (251) 943-4709

2. Vacuum Throughout The Week

A key step in preventing pet hair and dander from circulating through your home is to catch it before it reaches the HVAC system. We recommend vacuuming weekly for homes with one pet or a couple times a week if you have more than one pet. Even if your pet doesn’t visibly shed, their dander can still circulate throughout your home, hindering air quality. Be sure to get in the nooks and crannies where pet hair gathers and can’t be easily caught by your air purifier or filter. pet owners indoor air quality

3. Bathe & Brush Your Pet

Caring for your pet’s hygiene can also help prevent excessive shedding and reduce the amount of bacteria and allergens circulating throughout your home. The best way to keep your pet clean and prevent your HVAC system from circulating any unwanted airborne contaminants is to brush your pet daily and bathe your pet every few weeks. When you brush your pet, be sure to do it outside so you are not releasing additional allergens into your home. If taking your pet to the groomer is easier for you, that’s also a great option! pet owners indoor air quality

4. Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Over time, dust and dander that’s entered your system past the filter can settle in your air ducts. This can create a breeding ground for bacteria causing allergic reactions and odors. For this reason, it’s important to have your air ducts cleaned every 3-4 years. If you’re unsure whether you need a duct cleaning, a professional technician from Island Air will happily come out and inspect your ductwork for you!

5. Invest In An Air Purification System

If you’ve taken all of the steps above and still feel the need for better protection against harmful airborne contaminants in your home, investing in an air purification system is a great option. Island Air has multiple air quality solutions to eliminate up to 99.9% of dust, dirt, mold, allergens, and bacteria from your home’s air. Between our Reme HALO, i-Wave, and Aerus Air Scrubber, you’re sure to find a solution that fits the needs of your home, family, and budget. 

Contact Us

If you need help managing your pet’s impact on your indoor air quality, contact us! Our highly trained technicians can help you keep your air clean and healthy for the safety of your family.

We’re an American Standard Customer Care Dealer serving Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Loxley, and other surrounding coastal communities in Alabama. If you have questions, feel free to call us at (251) 943-4709, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram! pet owners indoor air quality