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Meet Charles Elliott & Chris Avirett of Elite Comfort

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charles Elliott and Chris Avirett.

Both Charles and Chris graduated from the Lee College A/C and Refrigeration program. Chris worked for several HVAC companies doing both residential and commercial service work for several years, before starting his first HVAC service company. In 2009 Charles came to work for Chris and the two became good friends. Shortly thereafter Chris sold the company and pursued a career with the company he sold to. Read More

What’s That in My Air?

There is more to your indoor air than meets the eye. Even though you probably just did some spring cleaning on your windows, walls and carpets, don’t forget to address one of the most important areas within your home—your air.

Many allergy symptom triggers lurk in your home, but often go unnoticed. Microscopic particles such as dust, smoke, pet dander, lint and pollen can litter your air and cause a flare up of your allergies or asthma. Even though you can’t see these particles, they can take a serious toll on your health.

Smoke, bacteria and dust are usually .3 microns or smaller. At such a small size, these allergens can travel deep into your lungs because they are too small to be filtered by your nose and throat. Since your body cannot naturally filter these allergens from the air you breathe, they can cause problems like frequent headaches, bronchitis, and colds. Take matters into your own hands and be sure these pesky particles are filtered before they ever reach your nose.

How to Test Your Air Quality

While the best air quality tests are performed by professionals, there are some simple, at- home tests you can do to see if your air quality is causing your health symptoms.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a very dangerous, odorless gas that can be fatal when built up and inhaled. The presence of carbon monoxide leads to flu-like symptoms, loss of consciousness and sometimes death. Fortunately, all you need to do to test for carbon monoxide and keep yourself and your family safe is to install carbon monoxide detectors. They will measure the levels in your home and alert you of any issues.

Radon

This contaminant is the second leading cause of lung cancer, so it is important to test for its presence in your home. Radon is a radioactive gas that is naturally found when uranium breaks down in soil. It can seep into your home and silently poison you and your loved ones.

You can buy at-home radon tests at most home improvement stores. They usually use a charcoal reading that is collected from your home over a set period of time. You simply mail your sample to a lab and they provide you with results.

If your results do show a high radon level, don’t pack your bags and plan to sell your home. You can take many simple measures, such as caulking and sealing your foundation, to reduce your radon exposure.

Allergens and Indoor Pollutants

A great way to continuously monitor the levels of pollutants in your home is the Speck. This device measures levels of harmful particles over time, so you can adjust your behavior to improve your air quality. It can detect microscopic particles and alert you about any changes in contaminant concentration. Your local library likely has a free Speck device that you can borrow, or you can purchase one for yourself for less than $200.

If testing and making changes to your air quality doesn’t solve your health symptoms, or if you are experiencing symptoms such as nausea, rash, fever or dizziness, it’s best to contact a professional for help. Professionals can test for a variety of pollutants, including:

• Indoor mold
• Lead-based paint
• Dust particles and other allergens
• Smoke-related air pollution
• Air fresheners, candles, and incense• Household cleaners
• Combustion particles or gases

Get Help

If you need assistance with your home’s air quality, contact a Trane Comfort Specialist at Elite Comfort Home and Commercial Services to help you track down pollutants and find the solution that’s best for you. Improving your air quality may be as easy as choosing a new air filter or using an air purifier.

You can also greatly improve your air quality with a whole-house filtration system like the Trane CleanEffects Air Cleaner. To learn more about professional air testing, or Trane’s comprehensive line of air purifying products, contact Elite Comfort today at 832-304-7957 or click here (https://elitecomfortservices.com/contact/).

Can an HVAC Zoning System Help Your Home?

If you’ve been thinking of installing a zoning heating and cooling system but are left wondering if it would be the right decision for home, your wait is over. We’ve compiled the top three reasons why a zoning system can help you save money and be more comfortable this winter. Read More

How to Keep Your Energy Bill Low This Season

Households all across East Texas are cranking up their thermostats to keep their homes warm this winter. While having a warm and cozy home is a wonderful thing, increased energy costs are not. Fortunately, we’ve compiled the top seven tips on how to keep your home warm and your bill low this winter. Read More

Clogged A/C Drains: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

As many people know, regular A/C maintenance is key to extending the life of your unit. One of the biggest issues that arise within A/C units is clogged drain pipes. This may not sound all that bad; however, it is a disaster in the making.

While your A/C is running, it is pulling humidity from the air. Especially during the summer months, all the extra moisture from the air is being filtered through your air conditioning system. Think of a cold cup of lemonade or soda on a hot summer’s day—it doesn’t take long for the condensation to start forming on the outside of the glass. This is essentially what is going on within your unit. It filters the moisture from the air, leaving you dry and cool, even when it’s 100+ degrees right outside. Read More

How to Prepare Your A/C For a Hurricane

Hurricane season is a stressful time to be a homeowner, as it is your job to protect your home during extreme weather conditions such as torrential rains and high winds. August 17th, 2018 marks one year since the three-week devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and homeowners feel more pressure than ever to ensure their homes are ready for anything mother nature may throw their way.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do before and after a hurricane to care for your air conditioning unit. Especially if you choose not to evacuate, and instead wait out the storm in your home, there are several tips to keep in mind to ensure you and your air conditioner are at minimal risk. We have included some of our simple guidelines—supported by FEMA—to help you know how to prepare your air conditioner for a hurricane. Follow these simple guidelines and so if we are hit by a storm as large as Hurricane Harvey again, you and your things will be protected. Read More

New Year, New Unit? How to Tell If It’s Time to Invest in a New AC Unit

At the start of a new year, it can be helpful to step back and take stock of the state of your home. What needs your attention the most? What can wait until later in the year? Taking a proactive approach to maintenance helps minimize unpleasant surprises while maximizing your comfort and peace of mind. Though it might still be cold outside, now is an excellent time to consider whether your AC unit might require replacement. It’s better to consider your options now than to confront the frustration of your AC failing in the middle of summer. Read More

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