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Did You Clean THERE? If Not, Your Bills May Be Suffering.

We know that we talk about your energy bills all the time, but it’s only because we know what a vital role your HVAC system, insulation, and maintenance plays in your home’s energy efficiency. Basically, it’s our responsibility to make sure that our customers are completely safeguarded against common energy-sucks.

Lately, we’ve told you how to manage your thermostat efficiency, how to tell if the air in your home is less-than-optimal, and how you might cool your home with no AC at all.

Today, we’re digging into the deepest corners of your house—the corners that you love to ignore but that have a massive impact on how hard you’re making your equipment work during the summer months. Be sure not to miss these unexpected places when you’re doing your deep cleans before summer:

Behind the Refrigerator

Those strange coils between the wall and the back of your refrigerator are a hot spot for dust, dirt, and maybe even rodents. Aside from those threats to your respiratory health (and hygiene!), the United States Department of Energy recommends keeping refrigerator coils clean because not doing so could result in a 30% increase in energy consumption.

Change Air-Conditioning Filters

It seems obvious, but this detail is often overlooked by first-time homeowners and long-time homeowners alike. You’ll feel a change in air quality and help your system run as efficiently as possible. This becomes especially important in the summer months, when you’re constantly tracking outdoor allergens into your home.

Get Rid of Air Leaks

Over time, cracks form in doors and windows, and, over time, those cracks let out the air that your AC is working to cool. In 2012, a study found that a third of the energy you buy probably leaks through these holes and cracks in your house. Identifying these holes is trickier than you’d think, so we advise calling your local experts to conduct a survey of your home for you.

The most important thing you can do is to be sure that you’re being proactive in caring for your home’s energy efficiency. That’s why BNG HVAC offers maintenance plans, so that you worry less and see better results on your monthly energy bill.

Ready to schedule your maintenance checkup? Call us today or go online to schedule an appointment with our incredible technicians!

Signs That Your Home Isn’t as Comfortable as It Should Be

Your home, however big or small, is your palace! It’s the place that you get to call your own—that you get to fill with your favorite, most special belongings and even with your favorite people.

If you experience any of these scenarios in your home, it’s time to take action!

You walk in and are instantly hit with an unpleasant smell.

And, even worse, you don’t know where it’s coming from! Though your air conditioner won’t always work as an immediate air freshener, it should be well-maintained enough to actually pull some of that daily odor out of the stagnant air.

Your shower makes you sneeze.

You’re probably (definitely) not allergic to water! You may have a mold or mildew issue, which can be remedied with the proper ventilation.

Your eyes are constantly itching because of quickly-collecting dust bunnies.

Sure, dust will always come back to those areas that attract it most. But there is such a thing as a dust problem.

You have to wear sweatpants and a jacket to stay warm.

Or, conversely, you have to sweat it out in a tank top! Maybe you prefer to freeze or to sweat? If it’s not personal preference, you shouldn’t have to live with an inaccurate thermostat. Especially since there are thermostats these days that are programmable, wi-fi enabled, and more efficient than ever before.

You can’t find a place to sit.

Okay, maybe this isn’t an air problem. But you really should set aside time to tidy up at least once a week! Studies show that people who make a regular practice of organizing and cleaning house have a stronger peace of mind and have an easier time relaxing.

Does your house pass the test?

While we can’t come in and organize your junk drawer (we all have one!), we can make sure that your home’s air purification, ventilation, heating, and cooling are running like a finely-tuned machine. Keeping your home comfortable is our passion!

Call or go online to schedule your spring maintenance check-up before we’re in the heat of summer!

Filter Through Fall Allergies Indoors

We can’t wait for some relief from the summer heat, but with great seasonal change comes great allergen irritation for many people, some of whom may have never experienced allergy season before. Half of all allergy sufferers in the United States are diagnosed after age 18, and some will be diagnosed after contracting a bad cold or mono. If this is true for someone in your home, you may not know what to do to help relieve their suffering. Avoiding irritants and allergens is the best way to preventing fall allergy symptoms, and it’s easier than you think!

While you can be sure to avoid pets if you are allergic to pet dander, most fall allergy sufferers are allergic to ragweed, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Ragweed is most commonly found in the East and Midwest, but the pollen is so small it can travel thousands of miles in the wind making it a common allergen all over the country. You can’t filter the entire world, especially a world with pollen as pervasive as ragweed, but you can filter the air that comes into your home, which will provide just the relief millions of allergy sufferers need.

Fortunately, you probably don’t have to replace your entire HVAC system to get the relief you deserve. There are smaller fixes that can add up to a comfortable, allergy-free fall.

Your Toolbox

When creating your healthiest home environment, BNG recommends first taking care of all necessary maintenance to your overall HVAC system, since it controls the airflow in and out of your home.

High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters, or HEPA Filters

These bad boys can trap particles as small as 0.3 microns (which is the equivalent of 1/1000 of a millimeter), which means pollen, mold spores, animal dander, and fumes don’t stand a chance.

Dehumidifier

Dust mites, a common year-round indoor allergy trigger, thrive in high-humidity environments, so a nice summer breeze blowing through your living room is like Disney World for these microscopic pests. A dehumidifier is just the thing to ensure your home is ready for a mite-free fall. Make sure to keep your dehumidifier clean, though, because allowing any mold to grow defeats the purpose entirely.

Your existing AC system

Did you know your AC system can act as a great dehumidifier during warmer months? Filters in your AC system are critical for preventing many indoor allergens, and your existing central AC or heating systems can be fitting with electrostatic filters, which trap smaller particles than the average filter, although they don’t work as well as HEPA filters. If you have one family member that particularly suffers from fall allergies, consider separating units for their bedroom or most frequented areas. Since filters work the best within a specific square-foot range, targeting one area with a HEPA filter or dehumidifier will be the best for reducing allergens.

If you’re ready to upgrade your filters and find a little relief this allergy season, give BNG a call. You can also read our post on why we always recommend preventive maintenance for your existing HVAC systems before making any major changes. We have locations in Boonville, Newburgh, Evansville, and Richland.