Ideal Heating and Air Conditioning https://heatingairomaha.com Mon, 28 Feb 2022 18:18:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.2 https://heatingairomaha.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Ideal Heating and Air Conditioning https://heatingairomaha.com 32 32 Thermostat Settings: On vs. Auto https://heatingairomaha.com/thermostat-settings-on-vs-auto/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 11:54:00 +0000 https://heatingairomaha.com/?p=2525 We all know the difference between the heating and cooling settings on a thermostat.

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We all know the difference between the heating and cooling settings on a thermostat.

But what’s the difference between the On or Auto switch? How does this setting impact the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in your Omaha home?

Switching the setting to On will leave your HVAC fan continuously running, even after your system reaches a targeted temperature. The Auto setting, on the other hand, means the fan will only run while your system is actively heating or cooling the air inside your NE home or business.

Your preferred setting can depend on several factors, from cost savings to improving your indoor air quality (IAQ). Here is some basic information from our team at Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning to get you thinking about a strategy that works best for you and your loved ones.

Why Set My Thermostat to Auto?

The best part of leaving your thermostat to Auto is you never have to think about it again. The fan turns on when the furnace or air conditioner starts running and goes off when your home reaches a set temperature. It’s a simple, no-fuss, energy-efficient approach to your heating and cooling needs.

According to ENERGY STAR®, heating and cooling your home accounts for nearly half of your annual energy bill. Finding ways to reduce these costs can turn into a real money saver.

Why Set My Thermostat to On?

More air circulation means cleaner air. Since the air in your home continually runs through a filter, this setting may be better for family members who suffer from allergies or asthma. You may also want to leave the fan setting to On if you live in an industrial setting or someone smokes in the house.

Leaving the fan setting to On also helps distribute the air more evenly, which helps to eliminate “hot” and “cold” spots in your Omaha home. Another benefit is your fan no longer starts and stops throughout the day, which may help to extend its service life.

Which Thermostat Setting Works Best?

Our team at Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning recommends leaving the thermostat to the Auto fan setting for a few reasons.

While leaving the thermostat to the On setting does a better job of circulating the air, it also means you will need to swap out HVAC filters more often. You not only pay extra on your utility bills to keep your fan running, but you also need to buy filters more frequently. And the difference in air quality is negligible at best for most people.

On those cold winter nights, it might feel like cold air is coming through the vent. It’s not cold air—it’s the temperature set on your thermostat, only it’s not actively being heated. It only seems colder compared to your body temperature.

Auto is the setting most homeowners use, mainly for the reasons stated above. You can always test the difference to see which one you prefer, turning the thermostat setting to On during the day and back to Auto before you go to bed.

Call Your HVAC Experts Today

Learning all the intricacies of your HVAC equipment ensures you get the most value out of your heating and cooling system. Our professionals at Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning stand ready to offer sustainable and practical solutions that will save you money while adding comfort to your Omaha, NE, home. Call 402-932-0649 or request service online to learn more about thermostats and which one is right for your needs.

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The Basics of Winter Indoor Air Quality https://heatingairomaha.com/the-basics-of-winter-indoor-air-quality/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 12:55:00 +0000 https://heatingairomaha.com/?p=2519 In the winter, being snug as a bug in a rug in your home can be cozy, but it can also play havoc with your indoor air quality (IAQ) here in NE, creating some significant health problems. At Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend taking precautions to avoid the common issues associated with winter indoor air quality.

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In the winter, being snug as a bug in a rug in your home can be cozy, but it can also play havoc with your indoor air quality (IAQ) here in NE, creating some significant health problems. At Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend taking precautions to avoid the common issues associated with winter indoor air quality.

Why Does Winter Cause Problems?

During the warmer months, you open your windows and let the fresh air in to your Elkhorn home. During the colder months, you do the opposite, locking everything up tight, caulking and blocking anywhere cold air can seep in. 

While this keeps you toasty, unfortunately it traps your indoor air inside containing all the impurities from your home. With homes being built more and more energy efficient, there are less ways for outdoor air to infiltrate your home and help ventilate it.

What Are Some Common Issues?

All this confined air leads to a host of issues. An early pioneer of indoor air quality, Dr. Marilyn Black found after years of research “poor indoor air quality was directly related to the 500 to 1,000 volatile organic compounds [VOCs] coming from everyday materials, such as paint, floorings, furnishings and printers.” 

In addition, it’s been shown pet dander, cleaning products, environmental tobacco smoke, mold, dust, mildew, personal-care products, asbestos, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and a host of other factors also contribute to your indoor air’s pollution.

As a result of poor indoor air quality, you or someone in your home may experience some of these common symptoms on a regular basis:

• Fatigue

• Flu-like symptoms

• Headaches

• Dizziness

• Itchy eyes, nose, and/or throat

• Worsened asthma, allergies, or chronic illnesses

Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality in the Winter

Just because it’s winter, do not assume you have to suffer through poor indoor air quality. There are things you can do to help improve it. Here are some of our recommendations:

Get your ductwork inspected and cleaned. Having your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system’s air ducts inspected can alert you to leaks, where unconditioned air could be leaking and contributing to your problem. Then having your ducts cleaned will remove any dust-and-debris buildup, preventing it from entering into your airflow.

Have your furnace cleaned and checked. Ensuring your furnace and its filter are clean helps alleviate more dust and debris from making it into your lungs. Your furnace is an integral component in your home’s HVAC system, so having it regularly checked and tuned up keeps things working efficiently for a long time.

Consider installing an air purifier. Your HVAC system’s air filter can only stop so many types and sizes of particles. Many particles are not visible to the human eye yet can still do harm. An air purifier can eradicate them from your home’s airflow.

Check your home’s humidity levels. Optimally your home’s humidity level should remain between 30 to 50 percent all year long. During the colder months, your home’s air becomes drier. Be sure your humidifier is keeping your home humid enough while not over humidifying. Too much moisture, amongst other things, breeds mold and mildew that are both toxic to your body.

Open your windows every day (or at least a few times a week) for short bouts of time. During the winter months, your home’s ventilation does not bring in as much outdoor fresh air as other times of the year. Your home is shut up tight to keep the cold out. An easy measure to take is simply to open your windows daily for a short time, even for a few minutes. This will bring some much-needed fresh air into your home and help diffuse the stuffy air.

Use more natural cleaning and personal-care products. Chemicals from cleaning and personal-care products will linger longer in your home’s winter air without the flow of fresh air. Concentrated like this, they can do real damage over the long term to your body. Look into substituting healthier alternatives.

Decorate with houseplants. Houseplants clean and purify your home’s air. Adding more to your home can only help remedy the toxins and stuffiness present during the colder months.

Clean your home regularly, paying special attention to carpets, floors, and dusty areas. Cleaning your home once a week goes a long way in keeping dirt and dust from entering your home’s airflow. Carpets are particularly bad for harboring unwanteds. Vacuuming regularly, especially with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter vacuum, can dramatically cut down on your air’s pollution.

Contact Us for All Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

Call us at 402-932-0649 or request service online today to discuss how we can help.

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4 Important Heat Pump Maintenance Tips https://heatingairomaha.com/4-important-heat-pump-maintenance-tips/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 13:31:10 +0000 https://heatingairomaha.com/?p=2486 How often do you schedule a maintenance visit for the heat pump in your Omaha home? Taking proper care of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is the best way to ensure it will function efficiently and reach its full service life potential.

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How often do you schedule a maintenance visit for the heat pump in your Omaha home? Taking proper care of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is the best way to ensure it will function efficiently and reach its full service life potential.

Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your heat pump is in top shape with no signs of trouble. After all, nobody wants to experience a system breakdown.

Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning understands how important it is for your heat pump to operate at its greatest capacity. You depend on your system for comfort, and it’s our mission to help you achieve this. So whether you need to keep warm or cool down, we are here to help.

A heat pump offers both the heating and cooling you need for optimal indoor comfort, but keeping up with routine maintenance is critical for it to remain in peak condition. Let us walk you through some basic heat pump maintenance tips to ensure maximum efficiency.  

  1. Change or Clean Your Air Filter
    Like many other types of HVAC systems, heat pumps have an air filter that needs to be replaced every one to three months. Air filters are designed to catch particles so you don’t end up breathing them in.

    Your air filter prevents a significant amount of dust, dirt, pet dander, bacteria, and viruses from circulating in the air throughout your home, ultimately improving your indoor air quality (IAQ). If you don’t replace or wash a reusable filter, you’ll expose yourself to the buildup of debris and contaminants. This can aggravate symptoms of conditions like asthma, allergies, and upper respiratory issues, so if you struggle with any of these, be sure to change your filter regularly.

    How do you rate a filter? Look at the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating. Filters with high MERV ratings are capable of trapping even the smallest of particles—just be sure the filter with the MERV rating you choose is compatible with your heat pump or you may restrict airflow.
  2. Clean Your Heat Pump and Surrounding Area Carefully
    Keep the area where your outdoor unit is located as clear as possible. Mow the surrounding grass and trim any hedges, shrubs, or other plants that are nearby. Ideally, your heat pump should have a clearance of at least a couple of feet on each side for efficient airflow.

    Remove dirt, leaves, branches, and other debris from the top and sides of your system. Otherwise, you risk damage to your heat pump. When the weather is warm, you can carefully wash it with a garden hose on a mild setting.

    During the winter, clear off any buildup of ice and snow. You can safely defrost the ice and snow by first turning off the power of your unit, waiting for it to completely shut off, and then pouring warm water over it. Once it is carefully melted and removed, you can turn the unit back on.
  3. Stay on Top of Problems and Schedule Safety Inspections
    Flush the indoor condensate pan and drain in the spring before using the air conditioning. This is extremely important if the unit is above or in a finished living area, but should really be done by a trained service technician.
    While you can perform some maintenance tasks on your own, there’s no greater peace of mind than knowing a heating and cooling professional has evaluated your heat pump. Be sure to keep up with regular safety and inspection checks so any issues can be discovered early on.
    Having a team of professionals inspect your HVAC system is great, but if an issue is discovered, it’s important to have it addressed soon. Don’t delay important repairs. Take care of minor problems too—otherwise, they may become major and expensive.
  4. Opt for Professional Maintenance Annually
    Doing your part to maintain your heat pump is critical so it can remain in good condition, but you can also leave it to our experts to perform maintenance—big or small, we handle it all. You should be scheduling a professional heat pump maintenance visit at least once a year anyway.

    With professional maintenance, you’ll be able to remain in compliance with your warranty, reduce the risk of a complete system breakdown, and improve the overall efficiency of your system. In fact, you could save up to 30 percent on your energy bill when you perform maintenance services that support ideal system efficiency, according to the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).

What Happens During a Professional Maintenance Visit?

During a routine professional maintenance visit with our professionals, you can expect us to:

  • Inspect your air ducts and seal any air leaks or tears.
  • Evaluate refrigerant levels and address any leaks.
  • Check your thermostat and ensure it is functioning properly.
  • Clean indoor and outdoor components to support smooth operation.
  • Assess all components to be sure there are no current or potential issues that need to be addressed.

When it comes to heat pump maintenance, our professionals are here to help. We want your system to remain in top shape for many years to come, so if you’re ever unsure about how to properly maintain your heat pump on your own or would prefer to leave it to our experts, just give us a call.

We also offer an exceptional maintenance plan to help ensure you never miss a service that will encourage your system to operate as efficiently as possible. Be sure to speak with our experts to learn more and become a member today!

Contact Our Professionals for Heat Pump Maintenance Today

Our Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning professionals have been providing critical maintenance services for homeowners in the Omaha, NE, area for several years. Place your trust in us—we are here to address your heat pump concerns. Call 402-932-0649 or request service online today.

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6 Ways Your Furnace Keeps You Safe https://heatingairomaha.com/6-ways-your-furnace-keeps-you-safe/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 14:02:00 +0000 https://heatingairomaha.com/?p=1238 Your fuel-burning furnace has a number of mechanisms allowing it to run safely and effectively. These features prevent fires and protect your indoor air quality (IAQ). They also work to prevent internal errors from damaging large portions of your furnace.

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Your fuel-burning furnace has a number of mechanisms allowing it to run safely and effectively. These features prevent fires and protect your indoor air quality (IAQ). They also work to prevent internal errors from damaging large portions of your furnace.

From our team here at Ideal Heating and Air Conditioning, here are six ways your furnace is working to ensure your safety:

1. Air Filters

This component protects your furnace’s internal parts and your indoor air quality. Air filters catch dust and debris, which would otherwise be circulated by your air ducts. Not only does dust make you sneezy, it can actually hurt some of the mechanical parts in your system over time. Remember to change your filter before it gets clogged, or else you’ll end up with a variety of problems due to poor airflow. Check your manufacturer’s recommendations to see how frequently you need to change it, though we typically recommend every month or at least every couple.

2. Thermocouples

These are sensors protecting you from gas leaks. If your pilot light won’t turn on, the valve is leaking gas into your home. Thermocouples use thermal imagery to detect a flame source. When the thermocouple doesn’t sense your pilot light, it will automatically shut down your furnace to prevent the harmful fumes from circulating.

3. Pressure Switches

These switches detect changes in pressure that could indicate an error in your heating system. One such error is called backdrafting. Backdrafting is when exhaust is reintegrated into your furnace instead of exiting through the flue. This can be potentially deadly to breathe and is indicatory of other problems within the system.

4. Rollout Switches

Rollout is when the burner flames become too hot, or too high, leading to fire hazards. This is often a symptom of a cracked heat exchanger. Rollout switches sit near the burners and shut the furnace off if things get too hot. This prevents a fire, as well as carbon monoxide (CO) production due to combustion.

5. Limit Switches

Limit switches “limit” the overall temperature of your furnace to keep it from overheating. Your heating system will a factory-designed switch to meet specifications for your particular make and model. Once the switch detects the temperature to be past a set peak (for example 200 degrees Fahrenheit), it will cut off the power to your system.

6. Flues

Your furnace flue is a pipe sending exhaust out of your home using a blower. Exhaust is deadly to breathe and may contain flammable gas. It’s important to be sure no obstructions exist within or near the pipe. Obstructions to the pipe restrict airflow and can cause backdrafting.

At Ideal Heating and Air Conditioning, promoting home safety in Omaha, NE, is a priority! For more questions about your furnace, or to schedule service, you can reach us today at 402-932-0649.

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What Are Signs I Need a New Furnace? https://heatingairomaha.com/signs-i-need-new-furnace/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 18:23:00 +0000 https://heatingairomaha.com/?p=1931 A furnace is a major investment for any Elkhorn homeowner. Although it’s not something that will need to be done frequently, most people will face the decision of needing to purchase a new heating system sometime during home ownership.

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A furnace is a major investment for any Elkhorn homeowner. Although it’s not something that will need to be done frequently, most people will face the decision of needing to purchase a new heating system sometime during home ownership.

Our team at Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to understand how your furnace works and what signs you can watch for to indicate it’s time for a replacement heating system.

Time Has Passed

Perhaps one of the biggest factors in deciding it’s time to replace your furnace is its age. The average life span of a furnace is 15 to 20 years, but this can vary greatly depending on how well you have maintained your system. However, if your furnace is more than a decade old, it may be time to start planning for a furnace replacement.

Repairs Increase in Number, Cost, and Frequency

Another sign that it may be time to swap out your furnace for a new model is its repair record. As your furnace ages, you’ll find yourself calling in your Nebraska heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals more frequently. In addition, you’ll probably see the costs of service calls start increasing as well.

If your repair costs begin to reach half the cost of a new furnace within a year or so, it may be worth it to invest in a new heating system.

Utility Usage Rises

Keep an eye on your regular utility bills. If the unit cost of energy doesn’t rise but your monthly bills do, that may be another sign it’s time to replace your furnace. Older equipment tends to work less efficiently over time, which means it will require more energy to produce the same amount of heat.

One advantage of switching to a new furnace is that new models are always more energy efficient than older ones. As a result, you’ll automatically start recouping some of your investment in lower monthly utility bills.

For example, Money Magazine cites one possible example. If your annual heating costs are $2,000 and you increase your annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating by 15 percent in a new furnace, you will save $300 each year.

Excessive Humidity, Dust, or Dirt

Although many factors can play a role in indoor air quality, your furnace can definitely make a difference. If routine maintenance like changing your air filters and regular tune-ups do not solve humidity, dust, or other air quality issues, it may be a sign you need to replace your furnace.

Strange Noises or Odors

Be sure to be attentive to the daily behavior of your furnace. Often, buzzing, vibrations, clanking, or other noises may warrant a service call. If your professional technician finds your furnace has excessive wear or structural damage, it’s a wise decision to invest in a new furnace.

Change in Comfort Level

When you run your furnace, if your home doesn’t feel as comfortable as it has in the past, you may want to explore the causes. Older furnaces that are working inefficiently can cause different rooms in your home to vary greatly in temperature, leading to uncomfortable cold and hot spots. When you upgrade your furnace and its components to newer models, you may be able to boost the comfort level of you and your family.

Physical Appearance

Finally, you can take a quick inventory of your furnace’s physical appearance. If you see signs of rusting, cracks, or other structural weaknesses, it may be a smart idea to evaluate your new furnace options.

Contact Ideal Heating & Air for All Your Furnace Needs

If you’d like a professional assessment of your current operation costs and the typical return on investment (ROI) of a new furnace, give our team at Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning in Elkhorn, NE, a call. Our trained technicians can help you evaluate your system and share information about new models available to help you make an informed decision. Call us at 402-932-0649 or request service online.

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Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality https://heatingairomaha.com/improve-your-homes-indoor-air-quality/ Wed, 20 Oct 2021 20:11:49 +0000 https://heatingairomaha.com/?p=2424 At Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning we specialize in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that add value to your home and enjoyment to your lives. After all, nothing spells happiness like fresh air.

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Stand outdoors on one of those days when the weather feels perfect, take a few deep breaths, and enjoy the fresh air.

Later, take another deep breath—only inside your Nebraska home. How does it compare?

Improving the indoor air quality (IAQ) at your Omaha home or business makes sense on so many levels. Consider your health, your comfort, and your household budget. It’s hard to imagine a more important investment than improving the air you breathe!

At Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning we specialize in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that add value to your home and enjoyment to your lives. After all, nothing spells happiness like fresh air.

How Can You Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consistently ranks indoor air pollution as a growing concern to the public’s health. Fortunately, there are ways to take control of the air you breathe.

A DIY (do it yourself) task you should always remember is to regularly change your furnace air filter. Most manufacturers recommend changing the filter at least every 90 days—more so if you have pets or a smoker in your Omaha home. Filters capture dust, debris, and other particles in the airflow. They play a vital role in cleaning the air and helping your HVAC system operate more efficiently.

There are varying types of air filters available, from inexpensive disposal filters to permanent ones requiring regular washing. Consider using high-particulate efficiency air (HEPA) filters if anyone in your home suffers from asthma or allergies. And it’s always a good idea to check manufacturer guidelines on choosing the best filters for your particular system.

The second DIY task is even easier: open the windows in your Omaha home for a few minutes per day, weather permitting. You will enjoy the gentle breeze while improving your air quality!

Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up

A well-maintained air conditioner (AC) not only cools down your home but also helps reduce extra moisture in the air.

A leaky air conditioning unit, on the other hand, can cause bacteria and mold growth.

If you want to breathe clean indoor air, keep your HVAC system in good working order. Schedule an annual tune-up for your air conditioning unit in the spring, and one for your furnace in the fall. If you use a heat pump, we recommend tune-ups in the spring and fall since it works twice as hard.

Scheduling tune-ups and inspections with Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning helps you get the best performance from your HVAC investment. It also nips leaks in the bud and prevents a minor issue from turning into a costly disaster. And remember, upgrading your residential heating and cooling system adds comfort to your life—and value to your home.

Do I Need an Air Filtration System?

Adding a portable or whole-house air filtration system to your home’s HVAC system can do wonders toward improving your indoor air quality. These systems play many roles—certain models are designed to reduce pollen, pet dander, and other inorganic particles. Other systems—particularly ones that use ultraviolet (UV) lighting—help eliminate bacteria, viruses, and other airborne microorganisms.

If you want to eliminate volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pollen, bacteria, and other airborne pollution floating around your Nebraska home, consider installing an air filtration system. While these systems will not prevent you from getting infected, they can significantly improve your air quality. Talk to one of our professionals at Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning to determine which system best fits your budget and needs.

Maintain Your Air Ducts

Air ducts are like a superhighway delivering fresh air to every room in your home. Industry standards recommend you have your air ducts inspected for cleanliness, cracks, and leaks every two years and you have your ducts cleaned every five to seven years or less. By having your air ducts cleaned regularly, you will help improve the indoor air quality in your home and enhance the efficiency of your HVAC system, which may reduce energy bills.

Call Your Indoor Air Quality Experts Today!

Turn to your indoor air quality experts at Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning to help make your Omaha, NE, home healthier and more comfortable. Call 402-932-0649 or request service online today to schedule an appointment—nothing beats a breath of fresh air!

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Is HVAC Preventative Maintenance Worth It? https://heatingairomaha.com/hvac-preventative-maintenance/ Sun, 12 Sep 2021 23:18:59 +0000 https://heatingairomaha.com/?p=2379 At Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning, we know what an investment your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is in your home. That’s why time and time again we recommend regular preventative maintenance on all your HVAC units. You need to invest in your investment.

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At Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning, we know what an investment your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is in your home. That’s why time and time again we recommend regular preventative maintenance on all your HVAC units. You need to invest in your investment.

We have had some of our Elkhorn area customers ask us if it’s really worth it. Does preventative maintenance pay off or is it a scam?

Our response is always the same—yes, it is definitely worth it. And, no, it is not a scam. In fact, the majority of heating and cooling service calls are a direct result of a lack of proper maintenance.

Maintenance Benefits for You

You can experience many benefits as a direct result of preventative maintenance. When you regularly maintain your system, you will:

•   Save energy and money. When your heating and cooling system is regularly cleaned and checked, it will operate at its peak performance and most energy efficient. This saves you energy, producing lower energy bills, thereby saving you money as well.

•   Prevent unnecessary repairs. Since your system is checked on a regular basis, any wear and tear on parts is noted by our professionals and addressed. This reduces the middle-of-the-night breakdowns and accompanying costly repairs. Also, when your system is cleaned regularly, your system runs smoother, avoiding extra stress on your system’s components.

•   Improve your indoor air quality. Scheduling regular cleanings cuts down on the dirt-and-debris buildup in your system. This means less of this finds its way into your Nebraska home’s airflow and into your lungs. Additionally, changing your filter every few months allows it to do its job and stop any dust and particles from proceeding to the general airflow, giving you high indoor air quality. And, according to ENERGY STAR®, airflow problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 15 percent.

•   Extend your system’s life span. Ensuring your heating and cooling system is clean and checked allows your system to operate as the manufacturer intended. With few problems and repairs, your system’s life span can increase, once again saving you money from purchasing a new one.

•   Keep your manufacturer’s and installation company’s warranties valid. Many companies stipulate your warranty is null and void without regular professional maintenance. You may need to provide your maintenance receipts as proof in the case of a warranty claim.

•   Save time. When you participate with one of our preventative maintenance service plans, you save yourself time. Our professionals contact you to schedule your appointments and then take care of the maintenance for you. This saves you time in your day on both counts.

Call Us for Your HVAC Maintenance

Maintaining your heating and cooling system with knowledgeable and experienced professionals like ours at Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning here in Elkhorn, NE, only reaps benefits for you. Protect your HVAC investment for the long haul. Give us a call at 402-932-0649 or request service online to discuss how we can help you.

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Why Is My AC Blowing Hot Air? https://heatingairomaha.com/why-is-my-ac-blowing-hot-air/ Tue, 17 Aug 2021 15:47:41 +0000 https://heatingairomaha.com/?p=2346 Our Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning professionals want to help you diagnose AC problems quickly and then get them fixed, so you can cool down your family and your home.

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It’s a really hot day of summer in Omaha when the floor fans and the open windows just don’t cut it anymore. You head over to your thermostat and select “air conditioner” and wait for that refreshing icy air to start blowing out of your vents. When you check a few minutes later, you feel only hot air. Why?

Many reasons can cause an air conditioner to malfunction, resulting in warm or hot air blowing through your vents. Our Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning professionals want to help you diagnose those problems quickly and then get them fixed, so you can cool down your family and your home.

Start at the Thermostat

The thermostat controls when your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system turns on and off, depending on what temperatures you have designated. When your air conditioning system blows hot air, start by checking your thermostat. 

Be sure it’s set correctly and not set to heat. You need to set your thermostat to cool, being sure you’re not only setting the fan function. If you are sure you have it set correctly, there may be an issue with how your thermostat is sending messages to your HVAC system or some other problem. Call us to come out and fix the issue for you.

Lack of Air Circulation

Air conditioners need plenty of air circulation to operate correctly. Start by checking your air filter and being sure it’s clean. Clean air filters can not only improve your air conditioner’s performance but can help save significant amounts of energy.

Then, head on outside and be sure your unit is not buried under leaves, grass, weeds or other yard debris. If there are things blocking the outside unit, take the time to clear them away. Once that’s taken care of, check the inside unit for any blockages or clogs that may be restricting airflow there.

Too Much Ice

Sometimes restricted airflow and dirty condenser coils can cause a buildup of ice on the outside portion of your air conditioning system. If too much ice builds up, it can cause your air conditioner to malfunction and blow only hot air. 

If a great deal of ice exists, you may need to turn off your entire system and allow it to defrost. Once the ice melts, clean the condenser coils, and turn your system back on to see if it functions properly. If it doesn’t, call one of our professionals to help.

Low Refrigerant Levels

Your air conditioner needs a certain level of refrigerant at a particular pressure to operate efficiently. If you have a refrigerant leak or you notice your refrigerant levels are low, you’ll need to call a professional to come in and replenish the refrigerant. 

This is a toxic, regulated chemical, so it’s important to rely on our experts to assist with this problem. Refrigerant leaks are damaging to the environment, so be sure to get that repaired as soon as possible.

Mechanical Problems

An air conditioner has many complex parts, and if any of them malfunction, it can cause your unit to blow hot air. If you cannot resolve your air conditioning problem with simple fixes, it may be time to call an HVAC professional to inspect your air conditioning system. 

One of our trained technicians can check the condition of your blower, condenser, and evaporator as well as be sure your electrical connections are secure and working correctly. You’ll have the added benefit of having a professional give your air conditioning system a complete cleaning and tune-up, which should help you minimize repair bills over the long term.

Call Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning Today

When you can’t figure out why your air conditioner is blowing hot air, contact our trained professionals at Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning in Omaha, NE, for help. Call 402-932-0649 or request service online today.

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How Can You Manage Your Home’s Humidity? https://heatingairomaha.com/how-can-you-manage-your-homes-humidity/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:53:20 +0000 https://heatingairomaha.com/?p=2317 At Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning, we always strive to find ways to improve your comfort and energy savings. We believe you should control your comfort, and it starts with your indoor air quality (IAQ) and relative indoor humidity.

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Indoor humidity is a drag. It makes relaxing extremely difficult—after all, you are sweating inside your home! It can affect your health, triggering asthma attacks and flaring allergies. It tends to put everyone in a sluggish mood—even the goldfish. Let’s zap that excess moisture right out of the room, and look at ways to manage your Nebraska home’s relative indoor humidity.

At Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning, we always strive to find ways to improve your comfort and energy savings. We believe you should control your comfort, and it starts with your indoor air quality (IAQ) and relative indoor humidity.

How to Manage Your Home’s Humidity

First of all let us answer the main question: what humidity level do I want in my Elkhorn home?

The answer is going to be different for every person! It’s like the temperature—some like it hot and others like it cold. Typically, you want your humidity between 30 and 50 percent for ideal comfort levels.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reducing indoor humidity levels to below 60 percent helps control the growth of mold and reduces potential heath problems associated with mold exposures such as allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory issues. A relatively inexpensive instrument called a hygrometer can measure the indoor relative humidity at your home or business.

Dehumidification

Your air conditioner (AC) removes humidity from the air, but this is not always sufficient to maintain ideal humidity levels in the home. The best recommendation for managing the excessive humidity levels in your home is to install a whole-house dehumidifier. This device works with your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment to remove moisture from the air before it circulates through your Elkhorn home.

A dehumidifier helps to keep your home comfortable all summer long. It operates similarly to your AC unit in that moisture is collected by a refrigeration coil within the device. This excessive moisture is then drained and the conditioned air is distributed throughout the home.

Signs that you have too much humidity at home:

  • Moist or sticky air
  • Damp or musty smell
  • Condensation on your windows
  • Wet walls
  • Bacterial growth (in either the home, attic, or crawlspace)

Too much humidity in the air can cause:

  • Poor indoor air quality that could lead to illness
  • Mold, mildew, and bacteria growth
  • Worse or more frequent symptoms for asthma or allergy sufferers
  • Damage to your home from extensive exposure to moisture

Humidification 

There are a few different options for whole-house humidifier systems, but they all essentially add moisture to the air in your central heating system to increase humidity levels to the desired range.

A properly designed and installed humidification system can make a significant difference in a home, but only if designed and installed properly. A poorly installed system can cause a world of headaches for the unsuspecting homeowner. Improper humidification and design can lead to mold or bacterial growth throughout the home or attic. Equipment failure due to poor installation can lead to leaks and damage ceilings, wall, insulation, framing, or even roofing.

Signs that you do not have enough humidity at home:

  • Asthma and allergy symptoms worsen
  • Dry skin and chapped lips
  • Wooden floors or furniture which dries out and cracks
  • Your home never feels as warm as the thermostat indicates

A lack of humidity can cause:

  • Sickness to spread more easily
  • Home damage from dry/cracked wood
  • Increase in utility bills

Fix Your Ducts!

Before considering a whole-house system to add or remove humidity from your home, first ensure your home and ductwork is properly sealed and insulated. No system can keep a home comfortable if these things are not up to standard. Schedule an appointment with Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning to have one of our professionals inspect and seal your ductwork so we can determine the next step to maintaining ideal humidity levels in your home.

Call Your Air Quality Experts Today!

In both humidification and dehumidification, there are a wide range of products and price points to consider. At Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning, our professionals will walk you through the selection and design process. We take into account the many variables involved in creating the perfect system so you are comfortable through all of the seasons in your Elkhorn, NE, home. Call 402-932-0649 or request service online today to learn more about tackling humidity.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Making Noise? https://heatingairomaha.com/why-is-my-air-conditioner-making-noise/ Wed, 23 Jun 2021 20:00:05 +0000 https://heatingairomaha.com/?p=2311 It’s normal for your air conditioner to create some noise when running—that simply means it’s working. Although older units are typically louder than newer ones, all air conditioning noises are not the same.

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It’s normal for your air conditioner to create some noise when running—that simply means it’s working. Although older units are typically louder than newer ones, all air conditioning noises are not the same.

Despite your air conditioner’s age, any sound coming from the unit can still be bothersome. If your air conditioner is producing an unusual sound, that could mean trouble. So instead of risking injury to you or your system by poking around the unit yourself, play it safe and call a professional to come inspect it for you.

To avoid any of these potential issues, we at Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning recommend getting a maintenance inspection at least once a year to determine the health of your air conditioner, regardless its age or noise level. According to ENERGY STAR®, “proper maintenance by a qualified professional technician is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent future problems.”  

Air Conditioner Common Noises

We have heard our fair share of unusual hums, buzzes, and clatter coming from air conditioners throughout the years, so below is a list of the most common noises we have found and the problems they can indicate.

Rattling

A distinct rattle could be the cause of a loose bolt, screw, fastener, or another small part that fell into the vents. It could also be your compressor or an issue more serious than a loose part. If you suspect any of these, you need one of our skilled technicians to look into the problem further.

Grinding

A grinding or noticeable rubbing or scraping sound most likely means there is a problem with one of the fan motors. It’s also possible the noise can be originating from a worn bearing or a loose or damaged belt. This is sometimes more commonly associated with older air conditioning systems. 

Popping

A popping noise might be coming from your air ducts when your air conditioner turns off and on. This usually indicates a problem with your ductwork and not necessarily a problem with your central air. Even though these potential problems can be easily confused, ductwork still ages the same as any other heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and requires routine maintenance to be sure it’s functioning efficiently and effectively in your home.

Hissing

If you hear a hissing, it’s likely this type of noise is generating from within your ductwork, so let one of our knowledgeable technicians take a closer look. We can pinpoint the source and tell you if there is a bigger issue involved, such as a refrigerant leak, where a more detailed repair would be necessary.

Your air conditioner is a complex piece of machinery with many moving parts and, like a car, it requires regular maintenance by experienced professionals like ours at Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning to diagnose and treat any potential problems. Don’t ignore the signs if you suspect there could be an issue with your air conditioner. Give your unit the proper attention it needs to operate in prime condition for years to come.

We Want to Help

Trust your ears and judgment. If your air conditioner is making an unusual or harsh noise and you live here in the Omaha, NE, area, call us at 402-932-0649 or schedule your service online today.

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