Add A Humidifier For Better Air Quality
Controlling the humidity in your home is really what HVAC is about as well as comfort. Every home is different, largely due to geographic location and climate, the build of your home also plays a big part. Here in Lincoln, Nebraska homeowner fight the battle of high humidity in the summers and dry air in the winters. The premise behind air conditioning is not just to lower the air temperature in your home, but to remove humidity. Why? The dryer the air the cooler the air will feel. For this reason an air conditioner system that removes humidity efficiently from your home will provide better comfort than one that doesn’t.
When we turn to heating season and your HVAC system is circulating dry warm air we suggest adding humidity to improve your comfort during those colder months. (more…)
Electrical Issues That Affect Your Heating and Air
Clogged air filters, freezing refrigerant lines, dirty evaporator coils: all are examples of HVAC problems that are easy to spot if you know where
to look. But sometimes an electrical issue inside your furnace or air conditioner can present a problem that is harder to track down. Here is an
overview of four electrical problems that can affect your heating and air conditioning.
- Overloaded Circuit
- Wiring Issues
- Burnt Out Blower Motor
When your furnace or air conditioner trips the breaker, flipping the breaker back to the “on” position isn’t a fix. While this will get your HVAC system working again in the short term, you need to find out what caused the breaker to flip in the first place. This will keep the problem from recurring and ensure that your system isn’t creating a fire hazard in your home. (more…)
4 FAQ About Water Softeners
A water softener’s primary function is to remove minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, from the water supply in your home. These minerals make your water hard, which causes a whole host of problems.
If you would like to know more about this home appliance, here are the answers to four frequently asked questions about water softeners.
- How Do Homeowners Know If They Need a Water Softener?
If your water is hard, here are some signs that you may run across in your home:
- Your water flows slowly from the faucets due to a buildup of mineral deposits in the pipes.
- There is a crusty buildup of limescale on your plumbing fixtures, sinks, and tiles.
- Your tap water has an odd taste.
- Your clothes are hard to clean, and they contain a soapy residue after washing them.
You might also have hard water if most everyone in your household has dry, itchy skin or their hair looks dull. Dry itchy skin can result from bathing in hard water, and dull hair can happen because hard water makes it more difficult to rinse out the shampoo and conditioner. (more…)
Is My Home Setup for a Water Softener?
Are you fed up with hard water in your home? Wondering if you can add a water softener to your home? Bryant can help. Your house may be setup or pre-plumbed for a water softener without your knowledge, making the installation of a water softener easier.
Identifying If Your Home Was Plumbed for a Water Softener
You may find a loop like this in your mechanical or utility room. This loop serves a purpose. This picture happens to be from a home Bryant’s plumbing department installed a new water softener in. That loop of plumbing pipe was a sign that this home was plumbed when it was built for a softener to be installed in the future. (more…)
The Dangers of Improper Roofing Replacement
Recently we received a call to from a customer to fix a dangerous mistake a roofing company had made. As we enter storm season it can be a good reminder for anyone who may need their shingles replaced. Thankfully the customer was not harmed by the roofing company’s oversight, but they were very lucky to say the least.
As you may know gas burning appliances like a water heater and furnace must be vented to the outside of the home. (more…)
About Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems
There are various ways to heat and cool your home. Many have considered geothermal heat pumps due to their many benefits. Although geothermal systems are truly an investment, they are very much a great option to consider if you are looking for durable, effective and an efficient option for your home. If you would like to know more about geothermal heating and cooling systems, just keep reading. (more…)
Do You Need to Replace Your Whole AC System at Once?
With summer approaching, it’s time to take a look at the state of your air conditioning system. Regular maintenance can keep most home air conditioning systems running for a decade or more, however eventually all cooling systems will need to be replaced. Being educated about your air conditioner and it’s state can save you money when that time arrives to decide between repairing the current air conditioner and replacing.
Many homeowners are left wondering what components need or should be replacement at the same time. With many parts working together to cool your home, it may be confusing which part is which and what works with what. This guide will go over each of the critical components in your system and explain why you should (or shouldn’t) replace them. (more…)
Benefits of UV Lights
How high of a priority is staying healthy for you? At this time, probably pretty high. When you are doing everything to stay healthy you may be overlooking a big factor, your home’s air quality. Remember your home’s air cycles through your HVAC system and ductwork throughout the day. Dust, mold and bacteria can accumulate in your HVAC system and easily affect your air quality. That’s where Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) products, specifically UV lights will help greatly. Here some ways UV lights improve your home air quality.
- Eliminate Bacteria & Viruses
- Prevent Mold Growth
- Eliminate Odors
- Improve Efficiency
Safe Service During COVID-19
As you may well know the weather is not going to wait for COVID-19 to pass before changing, nor will a leak in your water heater. That’s why we want you to know that Bryant is here to help when you are in need and we’re taking precautions to keep you safe.
Bryant has made changes to our process to ensure the safety and health of our customers and our employees. Every employee completes a health survey each day to make sure they are not showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19. We are also asking our customer the same survey questions to ensure we are not putting our techs in harms way as well as subsequent customers. We thank you all of our customers for understanding and helping us by taking the time to complete our survey. (more…)
Let’s Test The AC
It’s only March, but we have ourselves an unseasonably warm days ahead. Who would have thought you could be thinking about opening the windows to enjoy the warm fresh air in March?!!
We’re not going to complain. But we will remind you to one thing before you go opening those windows, and that’s test out your air conditioner. Yep, you read it right, we want you to turn on your AC. If our weather gets into the 60s or even 70s as the forecast is predicting you can test out your air conditioning unit. Here are a few things to do when testing your AC.
- Wait for the afternoon or warmer part of the day.
- Make sure the outdoor temps are above 55.
- Turn your thermostat to cool and set point several degrees lower than current indoor temp.
- Let the system run through a cycle and check the air coming out of the registers.
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