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The Gauge

Better Heating & Air

Volume 3, Issue 1
January, 2016

Truly Breathtaking Isn’t It?
As residents of Northeast Tennessee,
allergens are a familiar occurrence. The variety
of contaminants in our air daily cause many of
us to seek medication to ease the suffering from allergies.
Most Common Air
Through normal occupation in a home, contaminants such as
dander, dust, and a variety of other
Conditioning Problems
chemicals are constantly compiled.
One of the most common problems with the heating
The heating and cooling system in
and cooling system in a home is improper operation.
your home does not go untouched by
However, other common problems can be the result
this issue. A fair comparison lies in
of faulty installation, poor service procedures, and
viewing your HVAC system as the
inadequate maintenance. Below is a list of the four
lungs of your home, constantly takmost common problems with heating and cooling
ing air in and breathing it back out
again. These contam1) Refrigerant Leaks - if your
inants are pulled into
Did You know?
system is low on refrigerant,
the HVAC system
The first home air conditioner
either it was undercharged at
and re-circulated five
installation or it leaks. If it
to seven times per
leaks, simply adding refriger- placed in a home in Minneapday, on average. And over time,
ant is not a solution. A trained olis in 1914. The mansion bethis re-circulation causes a build
technician should fix an leak, longed to Charles Gates, son of -up of contaminants in the duct
test the repair, and then charge the Gilded Age industrialist and work. In a typical six-room
the system with the correct
home, up to 40 pounds of dust alone is created
gambler John Gates.
amount of refrigerant.
annually through everyday living.
In addition the possible health conCourtesy of National Geographic
2) Inadequate Maintenance - if
cerns that could arise from the abundance of
filters and coils become dirty
contaminants in your home, these same contaminants can
the system will not work properly and parts are
cause potential equipment malfunctions. Although filters could
likely to fail prematurely.
be used regularly, the heating and cooling system still gets
3) Electric Control Failure - the compressor and
dirty through normal use. Contaminants in the heating and
fan controls can wear out, especially when the
cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of
system turns on and off frequently. Electrical
your system and according to the U.S.
connections and contacts should be checked
Department of Energy, 25 to 40
during a professional service call.
percent of the energy
used for heating and
4) Drainage Problems - although this only applies
cooling a home is wasted
to the system when it is cooling it is still a probas a result.
lem. When it is humid outside check the con-


densate drain to make sure it is not clogged and
is draining properly.
Some content courtesy of

Content courtesy of the
National Air
Duct Cleaners Association

“We want our clients to know we see them as
our most valuable asset.” - Curtis Sapp, Owner

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