Posted by: mteverestair | December 11, 2012

8 Vital Christmas Tree Safety Tips You Might Not Know About!

1115634_grahams_christmas_tree_14What comes to mind when you think about the month of December? Perhaps you’re flooded with images of Santa Claus, presents, and a yard full of snow. One other thing that should come to mind is the iconic Christmas tree that is put up in homes everywhere during the holiday season.

Do the thoughts of houses damaged and destroyed by fires come to mind also when you think of December? It might sound a bit dismal, but perhaps you should be thinking of that as well!

After all, according to the United States Fire Administration, this is the time of the year in which house fires are at their highest. But don’t worry! There are things you can do to help avoid having a house fire this holiday season and throughout the remainder of the winter. Just in time for the holidays, we at Mt. Everest present you our 8 favorite Christmas tree tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season!

Choose LED Lights – When you go out to buy lights for your Christmas tree, choose LED lights. They’re brighter, not very expensive, and will last you a long time compared to the other types of lights. Besides, they’re environmentally friendly, so you’ll be doing the planet a favor!

Read The Labels – Looking for a fake Christmas tree to display in your home? Keep a look out for the label “fire retardant” or “fire resistant.” This doesn’t guarantee that the tree will never catch fire, but it does mean that the tree is more difficult to catch fire and that it should extinguish quickly!

Limit Extension Cords – If you employ a large amount of extension cords, you can make your home hazardous and prone to circuit overloads and power failures. A good rule of thumb to follow is to use no more than 3 standard-sized sets of lights per single extension cord!

Check Your Lights – Before putting your lights on the tree, go through and check each set of lights, both new and old. Make sure to check for the following; loose connections, frayed or bare wires, and broken or cracked sockets. If you encounter any damaged sets, throw them out! It’s better to spend a few more bucks to purchase new lights than to repair a home damaged by fire!

Keep Your Tree Away From Heat – When putting up your Christmas tree, whether real or fake, be sure that you set it up away from sources of heat like fireplaces and radiators. If you have a live tree, remember that heated rooms will dry them out quickly, so be sure to keep the stand filled with water at all times!

Say No to Lit Candles – Lit candles in a tree may look elegant and beautiful, but it is NEVER a good idea to decorate your tree with lit candles! Additionally, keep lit candles a good distance away from your tree. You wouldn’t want your tree to accidentally catch fire!

Turn off Christmas Tree Lights When You’re Gone or Asleep – This is probably the biggest tip we can offer. Every time you leave your home and whenever you go to bed at night, please be sure to turn off your tree’s lights! They may look beautiful in the window at night, but they could easily cause a fire if there’s faulty wiring or a heat source involved.

Pack Your Lights Up Properly – Once the holiday season is over, be sure to take down your Christmas lights carefully and pack them away correctly for next year. By doing so, you will help prevent future problems from cropping up in your lights such as broken bulbs or damaged wiring.

Still not a believer? Then you need to check out this video!

Be sure to stay safe this holiday season with our 8 Christmas tree safety tips! If you need any help with your furnace or any other tips when it comes to keeping your home safe, warm, and efficient, just give us a call at (877) 552-2326 or visit us at www.mteverestair.com! Have a great holiday season and a fantastic 2013!

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Posted by: mteverestair | November 12, 2012

7 Ways to Winterize Your Home Today!

As crazy as it may seem, November is finally here! No doubt you’ve pulled out your sweaters, mittens, and scarves in preparation for the upcoming winter season. But what about your house – is IT prepared for the cold months ahead, too?

If your home is not properly prepared for Old Man Winter, you’ll be a lot less comfortable (and your wallet will be much lighter as well).

But don’t worry! We have 7 ways you can winterize your home, starting today! Check them out below!

Clean Out Those Gutters – One of the best parts of autumn is watching the leaves on the trees turn beautiful shades of gold, orange, and red. But where do they go when they fall? Many may wind up on your lawn or the street, but several will make their way into your gutters. Before the cold weather comes, take the time to remove them and other debris from your gutters by hand and scraper. Once that’s done, give it a good rinse from the hose, and keep your eyes peeled for leaks and misaligned pipes. Additionally, make sure that the downspouts are carrying water AWAY from the foundation. Water should be at least 10 feet away from you home.

Block Any Leaks – Want to know one of the best ways to winterize your home? By blocking obvious leaks around your home! On a breezy day, walk around inside your home while holding a lit incense stick or candle to the most common drafty areas – recessed lighting, window and door frames, and electrical outlets. Locate any drafts you feel, and buy caulk and door sweeps to help close up the leaks. This will help keep you warmer and save you some money on your electric bill!

Check Your Furnace – If you haven’t turned on your furnace at all this season, do so NOW to make sure that it’s working before the coldest weather descends. You should smell a strong, odd odor for a short time, but if it lasts for a long time, shut it down and call us right away. Remember to get your furnace cleaned and tuned annually and to change out the filters monthly to keep your furnace running smoothly and the air you breathe clean!

Get Some More Pink Stuff – No, we’re not talking about cotton candy! We mean insulation! It may cost a bit, but it is definitely money well-spent! You need a minimum of 12 inches of insulation in your attic, regardless of where you live. Just be sure to avoid using insulation that has “kraft face” finish (that is, paper backing) so you can avoid problems in the future!

Reverse the Fans – A small tip that most people don’t often think of when winterizing the home is reversing your ceiling fans. When you switch the direction the blades spin, the fan will push warm air downward, forcing it to recirculate and keep you nice and toasty! If your blades are turning clockwise, you are set for winter! If not, you should be easily able to switch over the fan blades’ rotation to clockwise.

Get Your Ducts in a Row – If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned for quite a while, it’s a good idea to go ahead and call us in to do so! They should be vacuumed at least once every few years to clean out all the dust, animal dander, and any other molecules that gather in them, which can cause respiratory problems for you and your loved ones.

Check All Alarms – When the clocks fall back or spring forward, it is always a good idea to check your smoke detectors and change the batteries. If your detectors are 10 years or older, go ahead and replace them, and be sure also to check that your fire extinguisher is still where it needs to be and functions. Additionally, if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, invest in at least one!

Are you ready to winterize your home? Need a helping hand before Old Man Winter knocks on your door? Call us today at 1-877-552-2326, and we will help you be ready for the winter season in no time flat! Be sure also to visit us online at www.mteverestair.com to see the services that we provide!

 

Do you think your house is haunted? Have you been noticing different things happening here and there without any reason? Before you try to do some ghost hunting, check out these logical explanations for the “unexplainable!”

My Plants Keep Mysteriously Dying! Do you find that your houseplants tend to die in certain areas of your home, even though you water and care for them as best as you can? It could be the presence of a malevolent spirit, or it could be that your temperature or humidity levels are a bit off, causing your plant to die. Many of our houseplants are native to different environments such as jungles, so if you find that your home is very dry or colder than normal, you might need to simply mist your houseplant more often. Try slightly adjusting humidity and temperature levels and see how your plants react.

I Experience Frequent Unexplained Illnesses – Spooks with bad intentions can be known to cause illness or even death in a haunted home’s living residents. If you find that you keep catching colds or becoming ill for a seemingly unexplained reason, you might want to check your vents first. Dirty ducts and vents trap in allergens, dust mites, and all sorts of gunk that you breathe in and out every day in your home, which is not so great for your body! It’s probably time to pick up the phone and call us to make your ducts sparkling clean!

Why Are All These Pests Here? If you happen to find a very strange surge of pests such as insects or spiders, it might not be a ghost trying to kick you out of your home. Your foundation might have cracks or perhaps your insulation isn’t in the best shape (or maybe you just left out all those pizza boxes from that Halloween party of yours!), which will allow common pests to enter your home uninvited. Talk to us or an exterminator to pinpoint the weak points in your home!

My Dog is Barking Like Crazy for No Reason – Does your normally quiet dog now bark and stare at nothing for no particular reason? He could be warding off an unfriendly spirit from harming you, or he could be barking for several other reasons. Dogs tend to bark if they’re bored, frustrated, or afraid of something. If you’ve narrowed it down to fear, keep in mind that dogs have much more advanced hearing than humans. Maybe he hears something that you don’t normally pay attention to such as a air vent gently flapping a few rooms away from you. When in doubt, consult your vet!

I Hear Really Weird Noises – Are creaking and groaning noises keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep? Do you hear unexplained knocking, rattling, and squealing? You may feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of Poltergeist, but more than likely, it’s just your home making all that racket! Check for any drafts in your windows or doorframes, and call us out to look at your pipes. Sometimes, pipes can be the culprits of all those creepy ghost-like noises that keep you awake at night!

My Lights Go On and Off Without Any Reason – You sit down to enjoy your favorite show during the evening when all of a sudden your lights go off… and come back on again without warning. If you find that you experience this in your home, perhaps Casper or Nosferatu are trying to spook you, but more than likely that your home has some faulty wiring. And remember, if bad storms are passing through the area, then you could experience a whole-house power surge, which could be why your lights are turning on and off by themselves.

My TV Turns Itself Off Without Warning – It’s a spooky experience when you’re home alone doing laundry in the basement and the silence is suddenly broken by your television turning on unexpectedly. A ghost could be gathering energy from the television set to make you aware of its presence, but you more than likely have faulty wiring, a defective switch, or even a loose circuit connection, which is a serious fire hazard. Call us to check it out as soon as possible!

So who you gonna call? Ghostbusters? ‘Fraid not – call us here at Mt. Everest at 1-877-552-2326 or check us out online at www.mteverestair.com! We can help you have a happy Halloween and save you money and any lost sleep you may have!

Posted by: mteverestair | September 13, 2012

5 Signs That You Need to Buy a New Air Conditioner

 

Have you ever heard the age-old adage, “All good things must come to an end” at some point in your life? This applies to pretty much everything, including your air conditioning unit.

While you may stay on top of changing your filters on time (once a month, that is), get your inspection done every year, and do all the required air conditioner maintenance, your air conditioner will one day be on its last leg. When that happens, it will be time to say good-bye to your cool, faithful friend.

But how can you tell that your air conditioner is about to kick the bucket? Here are 5 signs that point to pulling the plug on the old beast pretty soon!

The Unit is Over 10 Years Old – If you’ve been experiencing more and more problems with your air conditioner and it’s over 10 years in age, it may be more beneficial to spring for a new unit. There have been many advances in the last ten years, so the new air conditioning unit you will purchase can be 30-40% more efficient than your current unit! And yes, it will initially cost you more money than a repair, but you will make up for it several times over in energy savings and fewer repairs!

You Hear Odd Noises – Just about any technician will tell you that any air conditioning unit will have its own distinct sounds that you’ll get used to. But if you hear anything new or out-of-place, it might be time to cut ties with your unit. Humming and rushing air aren’t really much of a concern for the most part, but if you hear any knocking, growling, squealing, or rattling, this could mean your a/c unit could be done…. for good.

Your Unit Has Repairs Done… Constantly – Does your air conditioner break down often? Are you tired of repair bill after repair bill? Well, it may mean that it’s time for a new air conditioner! As your unit nears the end of its useable life, its parts will continue to wear out and will require more repairs. If your air conditioner has had a lot of repairs done (and is over 10 years in age), it very well may be time to look into a new air conditioner!

Your Home Has Inconsistent Temperatures – Have you been having several temperature inconsistencies, hot or cold spots in certain rooms, or rooms that are the incorrect temperature completely? Well, it could be a ghost, but WE think that your a/c is on its last legs. If you have rooms in which the vents are releasing too much or too little air or your rooms can’t stay cool or become sticky or humid, you definitely should call us to check it out!

Your Have High Energy Bills – As your air conditioner ages, it will become less and less energy efficient. That’s usually why a spike in energy usage can be seen, which is reflected in your energy bills. Don’t worry – it’s completely normal! Just take it as a sign from your a/c that it’s time to move on and get a new unit.

If you have any questions about your air conditioner or would like an inspection, pick up the phone and call us at Mt. Everest Air at 1-877-552-2326 or check out our website at www.mteverestair.com! We can solve just about any air conditioning problem and get you cool in no time!

Posted by: mteverestair | August 9, 2012

The 11 Tasks You Must Do Before Leaving for Vacation

 

Are you going on vacation soon? If so, congratulations (and take us with you!)! Vacations are fun to embark upon, especially with friends, family, or our loved ones. They give us a time to recharge away from work and other daily commitments that wear on us day in and day out.

Unfortunately, if you fail to take care of certain tasks before you leave to enjoy your vacation, you could come back feeling more stressed and strapped for cash then ever before!

We at Mt. Everest Air humbly offer 11 essential tasks that you really should do before you leave for vacation. Be sure to check them out or even print it out to use as a handy checklist so that you know what you still need to accomplish before leaving!

Your To-Do List from Mt. Everest Air

*Hold The Mail – Before you leave, be sure to tell your local post office to temporarily stop your mail so that it won’t pile up in your mailbox, exposed to all sorts of weather and prime pickings for thieves of all kinds. You can always ask a close friend or relative to pick up your mail for you until you return.

*Pay Your Bills – Trust us on this one – you’ll be glad you get your outstanding bills off your back ASAP. You’ll feel more at ease on your vacation, and you won’t come home to late fees (or worse, your power being shut off!).

*Inspect Your Fridge – Look over the contents in your fridge and get rid of any perishables that will spoil or expire while you’re gone. After that, be sure to turn the fridge’s temperature up a few degrees so that you can save a little more on your energy bill!

*Water Your Plants – Don’t leave your friends thirsty! Be sure to give your plants plenty of water before you go.

*Turn Off the Water – Unless someone is house-sitting for you, there’s no need for your water to be on while you’re away. Besides, shutting off your water will help ensure that you won’t come home to any unexpected water damage, or worse, a flood.

*Turn Off Your Water Heater – And turn it off at the breaker. Don’t worry – the unit will still continue to heat up the water while you’re gone, and it won’t take long at all for the water to reach its normal temperatures when you return! It will help you save money and energy.

*Turn That A/C Up! – No one’s going to be home to enjoy the air conditioning when you’re on vacation, so turn it up! It’ll help you save money on your energy bills and will assist in taking out any extra moisture in the air so mold can’t grow while you’re out.

*Check Your Washer and Dryer – Usually, people like to do a load of laundry before packing up to go. Sometimes, though, it’s easy to forget a load, especially if you’ve done several in one sitting. Be sure that you haven’t left any wet clothing in your washer or dryer before you go!

*Unplug the Electronics and Small Appliances – Not only will you be saving more money by unplugging your electronics and small appliances, but you will also avoid any potential damage that could occur if a power surge happens when you’re out!

*Put Your Lights on a Timer – Before you leave, be sure to put only a few lights on a timer to switch on and off at various times while leaving the rest off. This will help steer any possible intruders away from your temporarily uninhabited home.

*Break Out the Baking Soda – Nobody likes coming home to a smelly house. Sprinkle just a little bit of baking soda in your sink drains and your toilets so that your home won’t reek of the stench of stagnant water!

For further tips or any other heating and cooling concerns you may have, be sure to call us right away at Mt. Everest Air at (877) 552-2326! Be sure to protect your home, your family, and yourself, and have a fun and safe vacation!

Posted by: mteverestair | July 5, 2012

Don’t Be a Fool! Stay Cool in the Hot Weather This Summer!

 

Don't Be a Fool! Stay Cool in the Hot Weather This Summer!Summer is in full swing now, and the metro St. Louis area has seen some sweltering, record-breaking heat last week. According to many meteorologists, the heat doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon, so it’s definitely time to switch on those air conditioners and stay out of the heat!

If you have an air conditioned home or workplace, count your blessings! Staying cool shouldn’t be too hard to do, but there are a few extra things you can do to stay even cooler (and maybe save some extra dough)!

*Use ceiling and pedestal fans! They will help circulate the air and cause a cooling effect. In fact, the temperature can feel up to a full 8 degrees cooler when fans are used!

*Be sure that all gaps around your doors and windows are sealed so that hot air cannot enter your home.

*If you’re not watching t.v. or using the computer, turn them off! They are heat-generating appliances!

*Avoid using the oven as much as you can. Prepare foods that require the least amount of cooking possible, and use your microwave whenever you can.

*Keep your curtains and shade drawn to block heat.

*Close off the rooms you don’t use very often.

*If you have pets, be sure they have plenty of water and keep them out of the heat as much as you can!

*Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.

Some of us, however, can’t avoid working outside. If you’re forced to work outside in the hot weather, keep in mind the following tips:

*Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. The lighter the color, the better. Avoid black clothing whenever you can.

*Apply sunscreen that’s at least SPF 15 to all exposed portions of your body when you’re outside.

*If you can help it, limit any outdoor activity during the hottest hours, which is anytime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

*If possible, avoid strenuous work or exercise outside.

*Take advantage of shade whenever you can and take frequent breaks.

*Remember to drink plenty of water.

*If you feel fatigued, dizzy, lightheaded, queasy, or too hot, seek immediate medical attention as you could be experiencing a heat stroke.

Remember, try to stay indoors as much as possible, especially in an air-conditioned place. If your home doesn’t have any air conditioning, don’t worry – go to a shopping mall or a public library during the hottest parts of the day to keep cool. Even a few hours in air conditioning will help you stay cooler when you have to go back into the heat.

When temperatures are in the high 90’s and above, sitting in front of an electric fan is NOT enough, and taking cold showers can only help for so long. Don’t be ashamed to seek a cooling center if you have no air conditioning. Visit a relative whose house is air-conditioned. Check with your local health department or click here to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.

And finally, NEVER leave anyone – children, the elderly, pets, and everyone in between – in a closed, parked vehicle, even for just a few minutes. Heat builds up very quickly and becomes intolerable in a very short amount of time, causing illness, heat stroke, and even death.

Need your air conditioner checked out? Don’t have an air conditioner but would like to have one installed? Then give us at a call at 1-877-552-2326 or check out our website at www.mteverestair.com, and we can come out as quickly as we can to assist you! Let us help keep you cool this summer!

It pays to think about conserving energy in our home – literally. After all, summer is the time to spend your money on vacations with your family and pool parties with your friends, not on wasted energy!

Usually, the first thing people tend to blame when it comes to wasted energy is the air conditioning. So then the temperature gets turned higher and higher, making your house a simmering sauna in the summertime.

Luckily, there are many ways that you can save energy this summer without saying, “Adios!” to your air conditioning. Check out our ten essential tips here!

1. Weather-strip Your Doors – Are you trying to cool down your whole neighborhood? No? Then keep YOUR air-conditioning inside YOUR house! Check your home to make sure all of the doors have the proper seals they need to keep your home running efficiently. This is a cheap and effective way to save energy!

2. Grill On! – Don’t heat your home with appliances. Grilling out is the BEST option, since all the heat stays outside. If it’s raining, try to avoid using the oven by cooking with the stove top or microwave. And instead of using the dishwasher, try to let your dishes air-dry!

3. Air-Dry Your Beach Towels – It’s definitely that time of the year in which sand, sun, and surf reign supreme. However, using your beach towel for a quick dry-off doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s dirty. Try to break the automatic habit of throwing the towel in the laundry, and try hanging it up outside! Let the sun use its energy to foot the bill!

4. Schedule an Air-Conditioner Maintenance Check With Us! – The best way to save energy is to make sure your cooling system is working properly. It never hurts to double check; repairing a small refrigerant leak isn’t costly! Most importantly, a check-up can save you money on your utility bills!

5. Don’t Let Your Computer Sleep! – “Sleep” does not equal “off.” Most people don’t realize that energy is still being burned when the computer is on “sleep” or “hibernate” mode. Over half of the energy used by computers is when the owner thinks it is turned off. So go ahead – give your computer a PROPER rest. Hit that power button!

6. Plant Trees – Go green! Planting trees is not only good for the environment, but also great for saving energy. A line of trees can block the sun from hitting your house, which will make it easier to keep your house cool. It’s also a great place to hang a summer hammock, too!

7. Check Your Water Heater – Water heating can account for 14-25% of energy consumed by your home. Most water heaters are set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but the average home only needs it to be set at 120 degrees to function properly.  Call us today to schedule an appointment to check your settings to save you money and energy!

8. Raise Your Thermostat – When you are gone to work, shopping, or on vacation, be sure to raise your thermostat! Raising the temperature will save you energy, and, of course, money. Even if you are not willing to raise it a lot, just a degree or two will lead to a noticeable savings.

9. Try Cold Water Washes –Did you know that washing every load on the hot/warm cycle for a year is equivalent to burning about 182 gallons of gas in a car? Give your water heater a break and try to wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible.

10. Turn Out the Lights – Take advantage of daylight; after all, it’s FREE! Do you really need the lights on to wash dishes or watch TV during the day? Think about what you’re doing and be aware if the lights need to be turned on or off. Also, teach your kids energy-saving habits such as turning off the lights when you leave a room.

The next time you cook, leave a room, or go to work, try to keep these tips in mind. It is easy to save energy in your everyday life without sacrificing your air conditioner, once you are aware of how to do it.

If you have more questions or would like to schedule a service appointment with us, pick up the phone and call us at Mt. Everest Air at 1-877-552-2326 or check out our website at www.mteverestair.com! With our help and these tips, you will become an energy-saving superstar (and your wallet will appreciate it, too)!

Posted by: mteverestair | May 10, 2012

Hey, Now, Sunshine! Prepare Your Home For the Summer Heat!

 

Can you believe that it’s May already?

All across the nation, schools, colleges, and universities are getting ready to let school out for the summer, which means that the typical summertime fun can finally commence! Families will soon be barbecuing together, going to the community pools, watching baseball games, and enjoying all that the season has to offer.

But just like the necessity of preparing and packing your things before a fun road trip, you must be sure that you take care of a few things first before you can have fun in the summer heat (and not pay heaping hot prices for keeping oh, so cool in the summer). That’s right – you need to prepare your home for summer!

In fact, spring is the best time to double-check that your home is prepped and ready to go before the cruel temperatures and sweltering heat make their awaited return to the Metro East St. Louis region. Check out the following tips to help you make sure that your home is ready to go for the summer!

Close Your Curtains and Blinds – This isn’t to say that you can’t ever see the light of day during the summertime. By simply keeping your curtains and blinds drawn during the heat of day on really hot days, you will be saving yourself a lot of dough. This is especially crucial for rooms that face west.

Change Your Ceiling Fan To Counter-Clockwise – When you change the direction your ceiling fan’s blades rotate, you will help create a breeze in your home, which will help take out some of the warm air. Most models of fans have a switch above the light fixture to change the blades’ direction. Remember – run the blades counter-clockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter.

Check the Insulation Around Your Doors and Windows – Be sure to replace your insulation each summer before the extreme temperatures cause the hot air from outside to sneak into your home! If you’ve weatherized your doors and windows this past winter, then you’re good to go already!

Inspect Your Dryer Vents – You know that fuzzy lint that comes out of your dryer vent? Yep, you need to make sure that your vents aren’t clogged with that because clogged dryer vents can cause warm air to blow back into the room in which your dryer is located, which eventually raises the temperature throughout the house. It’s also a fire hazard, so please get your dryer vents inspected!

Consider Installing an Attic Fan – The attic can be unbearably warm, especially during the hottest parts of the summer. Install a vent or a fan to help pull the hot air off of your ceiling and provide you with some relief when you need to be in the attic.

Switch Your Regular Light Bulbs for Compact Fluorescent (CFL) Bulbs – CFL bulbs give off less heat than ordinary incandescent light bulbs, which will help with the temperature inside your home!

Replace Your Filters! – You should replace your air conditioning filters every 90 days. Why? Because blocked air filters can really hinder your system’s efficiency! You want more cool air to be blown through your registers, right? Then be sure to replace those filters!

Run Your Exhaust Fan During Showers – If you’re one who likes to take long hot showers, you really should be running your bathroom’s exhaust fan during your shower. The fan will replace the warm, moist air with cool, dry air. After all, you don’t want any of that steaminess following you around the home after your shower, do you?

Bake In The Morning – Ovens give off a lot of heat, especially in the dead heat of summer. If you love to bake, why not consider baking your food in the morning when the temperatures outside are usually low? You can always reheat your food in the evening by using a microwave, which gives off little heat compared to an oven.

If you would like an inspection or have any other questions concerning prepping your home for summer or any other heating and cooling issues, be sure to pick up the phone and call us right away here at Mt. Everest Air! Our number is 1-877-552-2326, and our website is www.mteverestair.com. Check us out today!

Posted by: mteverestair | April 13, 2012

Breathe More Easily – Get Those Air Ducts Spring Cleaned!

Can you believe it? It’s now officially spring! Take a moment to soak that notion in. We are all excited to finally open our windows and doors and let the fresh air in, and kick those winter blues out.

Unfortunately, with all the growing trees and flowers, we now have to contend with the yearly allergy attacks, too. Your indoor air quality will probably suffer, and as such, your allergies will make you suffer, too.

That’s right – it’s time for you to get your air ducts cleaned!

Not convinced you need to clean your air ducts? Think you can just deal with dirty ducts? Check out the top five reasons you should get your air ducts cleaned:

Save Your Money! – Okay, we know what you must be thinking – “How on Earth am I saving money by spending it by getting my ducts cleaned?” Well, according the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, removing as little as .4 inches of dust from your cooling system coils will MINIMIZE your energy consumption up to – get this – 21%. That’s right – just by removing even a little bit of dirt, you can save a decent amount of money in the long run on your energy bills! Isn’t that reason enough to get your ducts cleaned?

Alleviate Your Allergies – If you’re like many people around the St. Louis area, you or your family members probably suffer from some sort of allergies. Getting your air ducts cleaned could help alleviate the symptoms of allergies that you or your family members experience and can lessen the quality of allergens that are in your home.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality – This is kind of a no-brainer, but it should still be noted for the record. Dust isn’t the only thing residing in your dirty ducts. Your ducts are also full of allergens like pollen and pet dander and also toxins such as mold, mildew, and potentially even rodent droppings. If you don’t frequently your air ducts, these very particles could start infiltrating your home and your lungs, which could trigger severe respiratory issues and other problems. Certainly, you wouldn’t want to be breathing all of that junk and toxins in, right?

Extend Your HVAC System’s Life – Everyone wants to save money. You know what the best way to save money is? Why, extending your HVAC system’s lifespan, of course! A great way to extend your HVAC’s life is giving it proper maintenance and routine check-ups frequently. Replacement parts for the system can be quite pricey and total replacements can cost thousands of dollars.

Make Your House Smell Better – Did you know that dirty ducts can result in dirty-smelling houses? Well, they can! The dust, mold, toxins, and bacteria that linger in your ducts can cause your home to start smelling musty. And this is a smell that no candle or spray could ever eradicate. Luckily, cleaning your air ducts can pretty much help with this issue!

Are you ready to get your air ducts clean? To schedule a professional cleaning with us, visit us at www.mteverestair.com and find the number for the area nearest you or simply call us at 1-877-552-2326. We’re ready to help you 24/7!

It’s finally March, and the sweet season of spring is now coming upon us at a frighteningly quick pace. Soon enough, residents all over the Metro East area will be shutting their heaters down, opening their windows, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Before we can enjoy all the wonderful weather that spring brings, though, it would be wise to take some time to do some preventative HVAC maintenance so you won’t be cursing your equipment come summertime!

Did you know that the average lifespan of a properly maintained HVAC system is roughly 18 years? That’s nearly two decades! But to get those long years out of your heating and cooling system, you need to take good care of it!

But guess what? Not only does proper preventative maintenance lead to a longer lifespan for your system, but you’ll also effectively cut the cost of your energy bills since it will be running more efficiently, AND it will break down a lot less! So now you have no reason to NOT run some simple preventative maintenance on your system.

When you have maintenance done on your HVAC system, a technician will first check your condenser coils to make sure they are free of dirt, dust, and other debris. If the condenser is clogged, you may find that it will lose its heat-pulling efficiency, which makes for a higher energy bill for you! This is why it’s vital to clean both inside AND outside of the coil!

Next, they will check for dirty filters and change them if needed. This will help to ensure that the airflow is at its maximum efficiency. This will also prevent any allergens or dirt from building up and causing any harm to you or to your home.

Finally, all pressures as well as the refrigerant level will be checked. If your system has any leaks, then they will need to be fixed. Keep in mind that even a small refrigerant loss can lead to a significant efficiency decrease for your HVAC system!

Preventative maintenance will more than pay for itself in the long run thanks to your HVAC system’s heightened efficiency. It doesn’t pay to skip preventative maintenance when the price could be a broken HVAC system!

If you are interested in having preventative maintenance done on your HVAC system, call us today to set up an appointment! Our number is 1-877-552-2326. And remember, we deliver comfort not just in winter, but in the spring, summer, and fall, too!

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