How Often Should You Change a Mobile Home Furnace Filter?

mobile home furnace filter, furnace filterAll furnaces have a filter. This is true for furnaces in different kinds of residences, including mobile homes. You need to change the filter regularly to facilitate smooth airflow and keep the heat circulating. So, how often should you change a mobile home furnace filter?

How Are Mobile Home Furnace Filters Different?

Like other homes, mobile homes may have an electric or gas furnace. The ductwork in mobile homes, though, is typically narrower. In addition, the furnace filters are also installed at the grill. This differs from conventional furnaces, which have a separate compartment between the ductwork and furnace for storing the filter.

How Often Should You Change the Filter?

Like any other filter, change it out according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Usually, this is every one to three months. You will need to change the filter more frequently if you have pets, or if someone is a smoker. More frequent changing is also necessary if an occupant has allergies. Continue Reading →

The Connection Between Humidity and Allergies

humidity allergiesSpring is the season for sunshine and blooming flowers. Unfortunately, allergies are part of the seasonal package. Do you know how humid your home’s interior is? We ask because a strong correlation exists between humidity and allergies. Reducing humidity can help reduce the sniffles.

How Does Humidity Increase Allergic Reactions?

Moisture in the air acts as a filter that traps dust, pollen, and other allergens. It also creates the breeding ground for mold and even helps dust mites thrive.

While often not as humid as summer, humidity does increase in spring after a dry winter. People also begin to spend more time outside and end up tracking dirt and debris into the home.

What Is the Ideal Humidity Level?

The ideal humidity is 45% moisture level in the air. Aim for a level between 30% and 60%. You do not want to go below 30%; lower is not better. Low humidity causes symptoms such as dry skin, chapped lips, itchy throat, and static electricity. Continue Reading →

Why Is My Second Floor Hotter Than the First Floor?

second floor hotter, second floor temperatureMany homeowners have enquired why their second floor is hotter than the first floor. One reason is that the higher floor has a greater exposure to direct sunlight. However, a faulty HVAC could be another contributing factor. Let’s explore how you can even out the air flow in your home.

1. Check the Air Conditioner

An air conditioner can be faulty in a number of ways. It might simply need a filter change. It could also be too old. Most systems have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years. A near end-of-life AC is just not going to perform at the same output as a newer model.

The AC might also be too small for the home. Maybe the original installer did not perform a load calculation or make a correct calculation.

2. Check the Ducts

Air from the AC naturally has to travel further through the ducts to enter the second-floor rooms. More distance travelled means more chances of the air escaping through gaps and openings. You might need to perform an air quality inspection to determine the conditions of the ducts and ventilation system. A pressure test will detect significant leaks. Continue Reading →

Why Air Balancing Is Important for HVAC Efficiency

HVAC air balancing, air balancing, air balanceMany homeowners are not familiar with HVAC air balancing. This is an HVAC industry term that residents should acquaint themselves with because it impacts home energy efficiency. In this article you’ll earn how HVAC air balancing optimizes energy output.

What Is HVAC Air Balancing?

Essentially, air balancing is the process of evenly distributing air to every room, even rooms not in use. This applies whether running the air conditioner in the summer or the furnace in winter. Air quality systems normally do a good job at this, though certain factors can impede it. These factors include leaks in the ductwork, dirty filters, poor insulation, and improper thermostat settings.

By balancing the air, HVAC systems work at their peak. For homeowners, this translates to cost-saving energy efficiency. Continue Reading →

2019 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

New Year’s resolutions, home resolutionsWhat plans do you have for 2019? If you’re like most people, then you probably have fitness and finance related goals. However, you should also consider New Year’s resolutions for your home. Let’s examine some that will make your living space more inviting.

1. Let Your House Breathe

Many home vents are ill-maintained. In fact, most homeowners don’t maintain them at all. At times, we even find vents sealed with cardboard or shingles. This invites mold growth. We suggest investing in an air quality system for better air flow in every room.

2. Add Zoning Systems

We recommend zoning systems for multi-story homes or if an occupant has a particular temperature preference. We can install air conditioning and HVAC systems with dampers. This has sensors that regulate temperatures for individual rooms. Zoning systems are more commonplace nowadays with the prevalence of smart thermostat devices. Conveniently adjust settings anywhere in the home with your smartphone. Continue Reading →

Four Fun Fireplace Activities for the Holidays

holiday activities, fireplace funLate fall and early winter are when households make use of the fireplace. Both outdoor firepits and indoor fire stoves make for great gathering spots. Here are some fun fireplace activities to partake in during the Christmas holidays.

1. Game Night

We recommend holiday activities that involve a lot of interaction, such as Pictionary or Cranium. If this is an adult-only event, then adding some red wine to the mix adds to the fun. If this is a family gathering with kids, then serve eggnog and apple cider.

2. Shish Kabob Party

Prepare various ingredients, such as organic meats and vegetables. Cooking shish kabobs is ideal if you have an outdoor firepit and a grill or smoker for preparing the food. Once you prepare everything, set the food next to the firepit and allow guests to create their own kabobs. You can end the night by breaking out the makings for smores and using leftover skewers for roasting marshmallows. Continue Reading →

Four Tips for an Outdoor Thanksgiving

outdoor thanksgivingYour Thanksgiving celebration does not necessarily have to take place in the dining room. Have you considered hosting an outdoor Thanksgiving? This is a nice way of making optimal use of your outdoor living accessories. We’ll show you how to make this event a blast for your guests.

1. Keep the Food Warm

The food can quickly get cold outside. One option is to serve the food indoors and have the guests bring their plates to the patio. Alternatively, you can keep the food inside chafing dishes. This setup is also perfect for a buffet-style meal.

2. Prepare for the Weather

Autumn weather in Mukilteo can be quite chilly, especially once the sun sets. If you have an outdoor fire pit or fireplace, this is the ideal time to put it to use. This creates a lounge-like setting, which really sets the mood for socializing and enjoying a warm meal. We also recommend an awning of some type or patio curtains to shield the guests and food from high winds. Continue Reading →

Considerations for a Generator Pad

generator padDoes your company have plans to add a generator? The considerations go beyond installation. You also have to consider other factors as well, such as airflow, exhaust flow, fuel availability, etc. Before installing a generator, you will need to install a generator pad.

What Is a Generator Pad?

A generator pad is simply a platform that the generator sits on. You can’t simply place a generator on an exterior asphalt surface or an indoor tile floor. The bulky generator requires a pad. The same holds true of backup generators, air and water heating units, and some HVAC systems.

Despite its name, generator pads do not consist of soft or cushioned surfaces. They are made from pre-cast concrete. In some brands, the generator comes with the pad pre-installed. Continue Reading →

Know the Air Conditioning Calculation Load Before AC Installation

air conditioning calculation load, AC calculation load, AC loadWhether you’re a homeowner or a facility manager, you need to know the air conditioning calculation load before an AC or HVAC installation. Of course, the installer will make the calculation, but you should have a baseline understanding of why the load matters.

Air Conditioning Calculation Load Explained

No two homes or facilities are exactly alike. When installing an AC unit or system, you need to factor in building size, insulation, number of windows, and various other considerations. The calculation load helps you determine the best AC unit and the best parameters for your home or facility type.

You can’t simply purchase and install the largest AC system for the maximum cooling effect. This is not how it works. An oversized system can produce higher output than necessary, leading to higher energy costs. Oversized systems may also not properly dehumidify a room and lead to poor indoor air quality.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, an AC unit that’s too small can be just as counterproductive. Smaller AC systems may not adequately cool a large building, especially in the warmer months. An improperly cooled room can affect worker morale. Continue Reading →

How to Reduce HVAC Noise Pollution

HVAC noise pollutionThe commercial HVAC system in your workplace keeps your staff cool in summer and cozy in winter. However, HVAC units also make a lot of unwelcome noise. At times, this can be borderline intolerable for facility members who need to concentrate. We’ll explore some ways to keep HVAC noise pollution to a minimum.

Upgrade the System

Modern air conditioning and furnace systems are quieter and more energy efficient. If your facility still relies on a system from the 1990s, then perhaps you need to upgrade. The humming is especially loud if the unit is too large for the space.

Rearrange the Room

The noise pollution is greatest at the vents and in the ductwork. If possible, position seats, cubicles, and work areas in the away from the vents. In some instances, a technician may be able to reposition the ducts and airways. Continue Reading →