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Breathe Cleaner at Home in Charlotte and Fort Mill with Phenomenal Aire’s Latest Technology

 

Ever notice how you can breath better when you are on a mountain vacation, or at the ocean, or viewing a gorgeous waterfall?

All of these environments contain highly ionized air. What if you could create that environment at home?

There are several reasons the United States Environmental Protection Agency says indoor air is over twice as polluted as outside air.

Today, homes are built more efficient and constructed tighter.

Plus, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are spending over 90% of our time indoors, making our home air quality a top priority.

Our homes are susceptible to VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), including gases emitted from common household items.

Examples are paints, varnishes, carpet, air-fresheners, cosmetics, cooking products and burning wood.

Bacteria, pathogens, and allergens exist in our homes, as well as mold spores.

Phenomenal Aire uses cold plasma technology to remove these common air pollutants and improve our home air-quality.

R & B Climate Control is here to help answer any questions you may have about indoor air quality products for your home.

How Does Phenomenal Aire Cold-Plasma Generator Work for your Charlotte or Rock Hill Home?

Phenomenal Aire’s patented technology creates a plasma field in your duct work to filter and molecularity change the composition of the bad air-quality particles through its needlepoint bi-polar ionization process.

It is like electrolysis of the air you breathe.

The charged ions pass through the plasma field causing allergens such as dust, pollen, dander and dead mold spores to stick together.

As more of the like particles stick together, they grow in size.

Pollen particles attach to other pollen particles. Dust particles attach to other dust particles.

This is called agglomeration.

As a result, the larger particles are caught by your existing air filter.  Oftentimes, homeowners will see dirt and dust build up on their return air filters quicker than normal.

This is good!  That means the product is doing its job!

Other Benefits For Your Home in Charlotte, NC

Phenomenal Air will increase your existing air-filtration’s performance.

Since the larger particles are much easier to trap on your existing filtration, subsequently, raising the efficiency of your air filter.

If you currently use a MERV-8 FILTER, by complimenting your HVAC system with the cold-plasma device, you will improve your filter efficiency to that of a MERV-13.

The device breaks down odor molecules preventing “dirty sock syndrome,” that mildew smell from moisture, dust, and dirt build up in your HVAC system.

Phenomenal Aire can decrease static-electricity, because the electrons which cause static become bonded to ions, as a result, the larger particles are easier to filter out.

Since we spend so much of our lives in our homes, why wouldn’t you want the best air-quality possible?  Contact us now to learn more.

Phenomenal Aire Versus Other IAQ Solutions in Indian Land, SC

The Ionization module is mounted externally on your duct work.  It can be installed on the supply or return air side.  This provides installation options other products may not.

It requires only a few tools for installation.

Some homeowners have UV lights installed inside the duct work to control mold and mildew.

However, these only work if the bad particles land directly on the cooling coil.

This solution does not filtrate the air and those bulbs are expensive to replace.

Other brands claim to create peroxide ions which kill mold, bacteria and viruses.

However, research indicates this could create even more harmful toxins in our homes.

Phenomenal Aire is one of the only indoor air-quality devices proven NOT to produce ozone emissions.

In July 2020, an independent test conducted by Innovative Bio-analysis concluded Phenomenal Aire’s technology reduces Corona-virus bacteria by over 90%!

Here is the latest testing data from October of 2020.

When your family’s healthy and safety are at stake, Phenomenal Aire is an affordable way to clean the air you breathe.

For more information on how to improve the air quality in your home, please contact us at R & B Climate Control in Fort Mill, SC.

Your Indoor Air-Quality is More Important Than Ever Before in Charlotte

We want our home air quality to be at its cleanest, most optimum level possible.

This is especially true since the onset of the Cornavirus or Covid 19.

Between virtual learning for our kids; remote working; and dining restrictions, we are cooking, living, and spending more hours in our homes than ever before.

Air quality within our home has become a top priority for our well-being and health.

What can you do, as a homeowner in Charlotte about the air quality?

As a homeowner, there are a few things you can do to help improve the air-quality in your home.

When cooking, use the exhaust hood to remove any unwanted aromas and heat. Sometimes odors can linger and be especially noticeable. The exhaust hood should push those smells outside.

Make sure to routinely clean the cover plates on your bathroom exhaust fans. Just use an extension on your vacuum cleaner to reach the plate and remove the accumulated dust.

Check your air filter between regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance visits.

You can verify the location of the filter with your HVAC service technician from R & B Climate Control. During the winter months, if you have a fireplace, dust and ash can result in more necessary filter changes.

In high traffic areas of your home, keep a room humidifier. Not only does the humidifier help cope with cold or flu symptoms, but it also adds moisture to the air and can  help reduce dust accumulation.

When to call for a professional’s advice?

There are times when you should consider calling a professional to evaluate the air quality in your home. 

If you detect a constant musty smell, it could be a sign of mold or a water issue.

This situation needs to be diagnosed and handled by a professional or you could risk cross contaminating your home, which ultimately could cost you more money.

If someone in the home is experiencing chronic sickness or unexplained symptoms such as dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin; then, you probably should call a heating and air-conditioning professional who can perform an air-quality test in your home.  R & B Climate Control is here to help, contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

An air-quality test considers your home’s ventilation, verifies contaminants are controlled, and confirms temperature and humidity levels are comfortable.

Also, it is wise to have a local HVAC company routinely inspect and complete maintenance on your system at least twice a year.

They are professionals and can detect a problem before it becomes a crisis.

Learn more about  R & B Climate Control’s maintenance program.

What are some long-term options to improve home air-quality in Fort Mill, SC?

One of the most reasonable solutions is an air-cleaning system which works in conjunction with your HVAC system.

A whole-house air filter or purification system can clean the air as it passes through your home’s HVAC equipment.

It removes pollutants from the air throughout your home.

It could be as simple as a filter where the air return enters the furnace, or an electronic system installed in the duct work.

Another option is a whole-house humidifier.

During winter, the dry climate, along with the operation of the heating system can drain the moisture from the air.

With a whole-house humidifier, you have the ability to set the desired humidity level from the thermostat.

Installation and maintenance should be done by a licensed HVAC company.

In 2020, circumstances may have improved outdoor pollution, however, concerns for our home indoor air-quality have increased.

Spending more hours in the home results in more exposure indoor contaminates.

Consider some of these tips to control and improve your homes’ air quality.

How Does a Heat Pump Operate? And Other Common Questions About Your Heating System

Ever wonder how your heat pump system operates? Unless you’re just a naturally curious person, something may be wrong with your HVAC system and it’s got you wondering how it all works. Or maybe you’re a new heat pump owner and you’d like to learn more about your new system. Read below on some basic information about how your heat pump works and other common questions about your heating system.

How Does a Heat Pump Operate?

Heat pumps move air between inside the home and outside the home, but they do not actually generate heat like a furnace does. Instead, they absorb heat energy from the outdoors and transfer it indoors. You can also use a heat pump to cool a building. When it is in cooling mode, it reverses the heat process by absorbing heat from indoors and transferring it outdoors.

A heat pump has a fan and a condenser coil on the outdoor unit and an evaporator coil on the indoor unit. The system is sealed and contains refrigerant. Your outdoor condenser fan pulls the outside air across the coils and the coils act as a condenser when cooling and as an evaporator when in heat mode. The indoor unit does the opposite. The fans blow the indoor air across the coils and the coils act as a condenser when heating and an evaporator when cooling. 

A heat pump transfers heat energy versus producing through the combustion of fossil fuel, they are often more energy efficient and more environmentally friendly than a standard furnace. Contact us at R & B Climate Control, and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Why Does the Air from the Register Seem Cold to the Touch During Heating Mode?

If you feel cold air coming from the register and you’re wondering why, first determine whether your home is at the desired temperature. Heat pumps are different than furnaces, because they don’t generate heat through combustion.  The air that comes out of the registers can be far cooler than the heat a furnace produces. The air from a heat pump is plenty warm to heat your home to its desired temperature (although heat pumps do work best in moderate climates), but it may feel cooler than a furnace.  Your skin temperature is generally around 96 degrees, and often times a heat pump’s discharge air temperature coming from the registers may be below that…..so it feels cool to the touch. 

Why Do I See the Emergency Heat Light on My Thermostat?

If you see the emergency heat light on your thermostat, then your heat pump is unable to heat your home to your desired temperature. If your heat pump is unable to absorb enough heat energy from the outside and heat your home, then the emergency heat will switch on. When this happens, your home is being heated by a secondary source – usually, by electric strip heat – and this can become quite costly. If your emergency heat source is fueled by gas, then you can use it for longer periods of time without the substantial costs you would see with electricity.

As long as the emergency heat light turned on automatically, your heat pump is fine – just unable to keep up with cold temperatures (typically below 30 degrees). This is the reason why heat pumps are great for moderate climates. 

Why Is There Ice on the Outdoor Unit?

Sometimes frost or ice form on the outdoor unit of your heat pump because the unit’s outdoor condenser coil has become extremely cold from prolonged operation and/or very cold outside temperatures. When the outside temperatures and the refrigerant temperatures become too cold, the unit will be covered in frost or ice. When this happens, the heat pump will reverse into cooling mode (don’t worry your home will be heated by a secondary source) and defrost the outdoor unit.  This will help warm the coil temperature to melt the ice. Once the ice is melted, your heat pump will resume normal operation.

With that being said; if you notice the ice does not melt, it’s wise to contact your local experts at R & B Climate Control to check your system. There may be a problem with the refrigerant level, air flow, temperature sensors, or your indoor or outdoor fan. 

Keep in mind, your heat pump needs regular maintenance. Schedule your regular maintenance now with R & B Climate to ensure that your heat pump is clean and working efficiently. Take care of your HVAC system so it can take care of you.

Questions to Ask Your Contractor Before Replacing Your Heating System?

You’ve decided to replace your heating system, but you’re not sure what type of system you should buy? Should you stick to what you already have, or is there something better? What’s all this about energy efficiency ratings – is it worth the hype? Read below for some questions you should ask your local heating and air contractor before you replace your heating system.

Should I Repair or Replace My Heating System in Fort Mill?

You might think it’s time to replace your unit, but is it? Would it be better to repair at this time and replace down the road? If it’s an older system, the answer will usually be to replace, because repairing a furnace can be expensive and your system is likely not running at its maximum efficiency anyway, which can cost you money in your heating bills. 

What Size and Type Heating System is best for our home?

Often times, your heating system is either too big or too small for your home. You should speak to a certified HVAC contractor to make sure that your new heating system is sized correctly for your home and its heating needs. They will perform a load calculation on your home to ensure you have the correctly sized system.

You’ll also want to discuss the different options of heating systems available to you. Which energy sources are available to you, and which one is most economical in your region? For example, gas furnaces are commonly found in the Charlotte area, but in the Fort Mill and Rock Hill areas electric furnaces or heat pumps may be more economical. There are many options to choose from to heat your home; from high-efficiency gas furnaces, multi-stage heat pumps, to ductless mini-splits. We recommend you speak to a professional about what makes the most sense for your home.  The local experts at R & B Climate Control can help you make the right decision for you and your family. 

What Does the AFUE Rating Mean and Does It Matter?

An AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) is a type of percent rating that indicates how much of the heat goes toward heating your home and how much is wasted. For example, if the rating is 80% then 80% of the energy is in your home, while 20% is wasted. If the rating is 90%, then 90% goes toward heating your home and 10% is wasted. Keep in mind, you pay for 100%. The rating lets you know how efficiently your furnace is operating. 

Why would you consider buying the lower AFUE then? While most people would prefer a higher efficiency heating system, it comes with a price tag. There are also installation issues to consider.  Your local heating and air company, R & B Climate Control can help you determine which is system is best for your home. High-efficiency furnaces may be more expensive, but the fuel savings can outweigh the initial costs of the installation.

What Should the Warranty Cover and Should I Purchase an Extended Warranty?

Not all warranties are alike. There are manufacturer’s warranties and extended warranties. Manufacturer’s warranties do not cover all the same things. Before purchasing your new heating system, speak to your HVAC contractor about what is covered in the manufacturer’s warranty. You may find that you like the price of one system, but the warranty is lacking. Look at the warranty’s coverage as well as the warranty term.

Extended warranties can add additional years to the coverage of the manufacturer’s warranty. Speak to your HVAC contractor about what is covered in the manufacturer’s warranty, and you may want to consider whether you will be prepared to pay out of pocket for those parts if you decline. Extended warranties can also cover the cost of labor, which a manufacturer’s warranty will not. Labor can be expensive when it comes to major repairs.

Keep in mind; warranties may be voided if regular maintenance is not performed on your system.  It is in your best interest to maintain a regular maintenance schedule on your home’s heating and air conditioning system.  R & B Climate Control offers a top-quality maintenance program that will help maintain peak efficiency and increase the longevity of your heating system. (Learn more about the benefits of a maintenance plan with R &B)

What is the Estimated Cost and Are There Any Available Rebates or Tax Credits?

When your HVAC contractor comes to your home to speak with you about a new heating system, they should be able to provide you with a written estimate as well as tell you about available rebates and tax credits. Often, you may receive additional benefits (such as rebates or tax credits) for purchasing a higher efficiency system.  Contact us at R & B Climate Control, and we can answer any questions you may have!