Indoor Air Quality: Improve the Air in Your Home

Indoor Air Quality in your home is vital to your respiratory health, especially if you have asthma or allergies. Did you know that 87% of Americans are not aware that the air in their home is more polluted than the air outside? Are you one of them?

Indoor air pollution is one of the five most urgent environmental problems in the U.S. according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Fortunately, there are steps you can take to clean up your indoor air quality, especially if you're in or around a busy community like the Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti area. Consider the following:

  • Install a humidifier and track and control the humidity in your home with a hygrometer
  • Keep your house clean and dust often
  • Try to limit the amount of biological allergens that enter your home (pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold, etc.)
  • Increase ventilation - most homes have numerous exhaust fans such as in the bathroom and kitchen… use them!
  • Improve air filtration – change the air filters in your ducts and make sure appliances like your washer and dryer are properly ventilated outside

Does your home tend to stay stuffy? If so, you might want to consider adding a whole-house ventilation system apart from your existing forced-air heating and cooling system to improve the overall indoor air quality. Most standard forced air systems work by sucking air in from a register or vent, and forcing it out through another. Unfortunately, most of these systems do not include a ventilation system that pulls in FRESH air from outside.

Improving filtration will also help to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Electrostatic and extended-surface air filters can be installed to work with your forced air heating and cooling systems. With these filters in place, you’ll be sure to capture the maximum amount of airborne allergens and bacteria and greatly improve the indoor air quality of your home.

Humidifiers and Indoor Air Quality

Another component that can easily be added to your existing heating and cooling system that will help improve the air quality in your home is a humidifier. The fact is that people need a certain level of humidity to stay comfortable. In the colder months, the level of humidity drops significantly and can dry out your skin and mucous membranes and also make the air feel cooler than it actually is. Humidifiers can be installed as a small portable unit or can be connected to your furnace and ductwork for whole-house humidity control. Installing a humidifier will raise the humidity in your home and help keep you, your family, and guests more comfortable.

If you’re ready to improve the health of everyone in your home, call Climate-Tech Heating and Cooling and have us assess your indoor air quality. Also, if you’re building a new home in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Superior Township, Saline, Milan, Canton, Westland, Belleville or any Michigan (MI) community in between, we can install an indoor air quality system and you can save big! Since the job is a little easier on us, we'll make the price a little easier on you. Contact us today!

Repairing Your Boiler

A boiler is an appliance used to heat water for some common heating systems (hydronic heating systems). These systems use the hot water from the boiler to spread the heat throughout the home by piping it into different rooms and dispersing the heat through various types of radiators. Once the radiator is heated with the hot water, the water is returned to the boiler to be reheated and then the circulation can continue. Though most modern homes do not have a boiler, most people with a boiler can use the same unit for years provided it is repaired when needed and maintained properly.

Boiler Fuel Options

Boilers can be fueled with natural gas and propane, or they can burn oil (oil-fired) though oil-burning boilers require extra maintenance, particularly with the blower and oil filter.

Boiler Issues: Common Symptoms of a Problem
If you see any of the following symptoms with your home's boiler, call Climate-Tech Heating and Cooling. We can diagnose the boiler problem and repair it before it gets worse.

  • Boiler pressure relief valve is spurting water
  • Abnormally high pressure reading on the boiler's pressure gauge (above 20 psi)
  • The boiler's expansion tank is hot to the touch from the bottom to the top
  • Water leaking around the boiler
  • Not all radiators are heating
  • Noisy pipes

Catching problems early can keep the cost of repairing your boiler down and can sometimes mean the problem can be repaired instead of needing a new boiler replacement. If you’re in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Superior Township, Saline, Milan, Canton, Westland, Belleville or any Michigan (MI) community in between and have a boiler issue, call us today.

New Water Heater Replacement & Repair

When your water heater stops heating your water, it can put you in a tough spot. Just think of all the things you use hot water for: washing dishes and clothes, bathing, and more. Without a properly functioning water heater, these activities quickly become chores.

If your water heater stops working, call Climate-Tech first! Our technicians can service any make and model of water heater and can perform water heater repairs when possible or offer a quality and affordable water heater replacement. We've serviced our neighbors in Belleville, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and the surrounding Michigan communities and look forward to showing you the Climate-Tech difference. Contact us today!

The All-Important Water Heater

A water heater can account for up to 25% of the total energy an average home consumes. To be sure that you're not wasting money with an inefficient water heater, it’s important to educate yourself on the different water heater systems that are available and what environments they work best in.

Storage Water Heater

The most common water heater in the U.S. is the Storage Water Heater. These water heaters store water in an insulated tank, typically from 20 to 80 gallons (or more), and transfer heat from a burner to heat the water. During this heating process, heat can be lost through the flue and through the walls of the storage tank. This means that energy is consumed even when no hot water is being used. Since there are so many homes that have been built with these water heaters, we want to remind you that many of these old systems can be repaired, saving you up to half of the cost of a water heater replacement.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater (Demand Water Heater) heats water as it’s called for rather than storing heated water in a tank. The water is heated by a gas burner or electric elements only when hot water is called for. While hot water will typically never run out, your flow rate (gallons per minute) can be limited. Because this system will not lose heat like a storage water heater system using a tank, energy consumption can be reduced by up to 15%.

Indirect Water Heater

If your home’s heating system uses a boiler, you may want to consider an Indirect Water Heater. These systems use your boiler as the heat source by circulating water from the boiler through a heat exchanger in a “well” or insulated water heater tank. More information on boilers can be found here.

An Indirect Water Heater is a great option because it eliminates excessive energy losses through the flue (in a gas-fired storage water heater system) without the added hassles and costs of a Demand (Tankless) Water Heater.

Climate-Tech has a solution for your water heater problem. Whether you need a replacement, a repair, or you’re not sure, call Climate-Tech and rest assured your issue will be solved quickly and affordably. If you’re in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Superior Township, Saline, Milan, Canton, Westland, Belleville or any Michigan (MI) community in between, make Climate-Tech your first call! We know that every home is different and treat every job as a custom job. In heating and cooling, one size doesn't fit all.