Making your air cleaner

By | Air Ducts Cleaned From High Performance Heating and Air, air filters, Humidifier, HVAC

The average American spends 87% of their lifetime indoors

Our exposure to indoor air pollutants is rather high, especially now. Harold’s here to give you the 411 on IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) and how you can improve the air you breathe.

Each time your heating or cooling system kicks on it blows tiny particles throughout your home. Your filter will catch what it can, but are you changing it as often as you should? It’s time we focus on the air we breathe.

Check out this article where we discuss how frequently you should change your filter. We also cover the effects a dirty filter can have on your system. We expect filters to clean up bacteria, debris, pet dander, mold, pollen, particulates form fuel burning appliances and more. The bottom line is, we have high expectations for our filters. And although filters are a necessary component in any HVAC system, most of what passes through is just too small for the fibers to catch. We have the 411 on products that will help ease your filters burden. So lets take a look at your filters little helpers below!

Ionizers

These are your filters best friend! Ionizers are small boxes that are installed into your system to clean air as it passes through. These put out different types of molecules that either carry a positive charge or a negative charge. These molecules (ions) break down all the teeny-tiny stuff in your system before it passes through your filter. iWave recently released a pathogen test that showed their system can deactivate 84.2% of the COVID-19 virus in as little as 10 minutes! In as little as 30 minutes the virus was 99.4% inactivate! Take a look at their test results for yourself by clicking here.

UV light

We know you’re thinking, “aren’t those dangerous?”, but let us explain. UV lights are multipurpose lights, sure they can give you an artificial tan, but we want you to think outside the box. Ultraviolet light has been used to clean air since 1945, and have have been used to disinfect water since 1910 (check out more UV light facts here)! UV lights are used to kill bacteria and mold inside your system. These lights are not all inclusive, dirt and dust are not effected by the light. Happy Harold has certified technicians who know the importance of strategic placement of these lights inside your ductwork. Want to learn even more? Check this blog out!

Air Duct Cleaning

Your air ducts are what transfer air between each room of your home. This means that whatever is settled inside the duct will be blown throughout your home. Let us help you breath easier with a duct cleaning. Our skilled technicians typically spend 8-9 hours on each duct cleaning service. Ensuring you receive the deepest clean possible. Duct cleaning will not only improve your indoor air quality but your HVAC system’s efficiency as well. Check this article out for all you need to know about duct cleaning!

Humidification

Humidifiers are natural moisturizing agents that help you relieve dryness. Hvac.com recommends maintaining a humidity level of 35-50% to provide maximum comfort in your home. Do you know what your levels are? Take control of your home, and air with a free estimate appointment today! If you’d like to know more about each type of humidifier, click here!

Plants clean your air too!

Small things make the biggest impact. Studies show that indoor plants help boost your mood, productivity, concentration and creativity. Most importantly plants help clean your indoor air by absorbing toxins, naturally increasing humidity and producing oxygen. And it will help reduce your exposure to poor air quality while decorating! Its a win-win!

Cleaning Products

Many home cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals can linger in the air long after you’ve finished cleaning. It’s best to make the switch to true-green products. True green products aren’t as easy to come by as your may think as some companies hide chemicals behind a green label. Check out these 14 eco friendly cleaning products for your home.

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Brighten Your Summer with UV Light

By | Air Ducts Cleaned From High Performance Heating and Air, air filters, Clean air, Home, HVAC

Ultraviolet Light: Pretty neat, right?

Ultraviolet light: we’ve all heard the term before; passing by the Physics or Biology classroom, in doctor’s offices, and even in tanning salons! But what actually is it, and how does it work? Ultraviolet (UV) light is a wavelength of light created by the sun that is not visible to the human eye. Why, you may ask? Well, all light has different wavelengths, and UV light simply has a shorter wavelength than regular, everyday sunlight. So, our eyes can’t see it. Think of X-rays. When you go to the doctor to get an X-Ray, you can’t see those waves of light pass through your body. You only know they’re present because the doctor told you. It’s a similar concept for ultraviolet light!

UV & HVAC: 

Now that we know what UV light is and where it comes from, we can introduce UV light to HVAC. That’s right, HVAC! We can use it to kill bacteria and mold that spread through your house via your air ducts. By installing UV light in your HVAC system, you can lessen the chances of getting sick. While that may be so, UV light does not affect dust and dirt, meaning you’ll still have to clean your system by booking routine maintenances. The best place to install these lights is near the system’s coils, which is where all the air passes through before it spreads throughout your home. Meaning that by the time the air reaches you, the once-active bacteria and mold won’t be harmful. By combining the power of UV light, regular filter changes, and duct cleanings, those with severe asthma or other lung complications will be at a much lower risk for infection!

Pros & Cons of UV Light:

Today, we use UV light in many different ways. Forensic scientists use black lights to analyze crime scenes, it’s used for photography and fire detectors, as well as in tanning salons and for treating skin conditions. UV light also increases the production of Vitamin D and seratonin. This explains why most people are happier during the summer months. While UV light can prove to be extremely useful, there’s another side to it that we have to keep in mind. Too much exposure can cause serious damage to the eyes and skin, leading to “cataracts, pterygium and pinguecula formation“, as well as sunburn and even some skin cancers. At High Performance Heating and Cooling, we recognize the danger of ultraviolet light. Because of it’s location in your system, nobody in your home would be exposed to it. If there is a threat of exposure, we make sure to cover it!

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Ionizers? Yes Please!

By | Air Conditioning, air filters, Clean air, Home, HVAC, Residential

Breathe Easy with Cleaner Air!

Ever wondered about the quality of the air circulating in your home? If so, it’s time to look into investing in an ionizer! Ionizers, much like filters, help to keep the air you breathe in your home as clean as possible. It’s easy for pathogens, dirt, and dust to slip through your HVAC system’s filter, especially if you haven’t replaced it in awhile. Check out Happy Harold’s facts about ionizers and how they maintain clean air! If you have any further questions, we’re happy to help! Call the number at the end of the post for more information.

Never fear: ionizers are here!

Ionizers are an installable feature for air conditioning systems. They rid the air of contaminants that may have slipped through your system’s filter. It’s argued that one wouldn’t need an ionizer because there’s a filter in the system. But, filters can sometimes pose as a health risk (depending on how often it’s changed). Dirty filters make it easier for particles to enter your ducts, causing you to inhale more dust, pollen, and other allergens. Pathogens and other particles can even slip through a clean filter because of how tiny they are! For this reason, ionizers are especially helpful for people with asthma or lung diseases.

How does it work?

Ionizers emit two different ions: cations (positively charged) and anions (negatively charged). Special technology called needle-point bipolar ionization release equal amounts of charged ions into the air stream. These ions break down pollutants by removing their attached hydrogen atoms. Meanwhile, it’s also combining tinier particles by banding them together. When the particles band together, they become large enough for the filter to catch! As for the former, hydrogen acts as a pathogen’s food source; without it, they’ll die!

Advantages of an iWave:

iWave ionizers are a bit different from other ionizers on the market. iWave ionizers efficiently purify your indoor air without releasing chemicals that deteriorate Earth’s atmosphere. Play your part in slowing down climate change and purchase an iWave today! Many ionizers also need consistent maintenance, but iWave ionizers do not. According to their website, “…most models require no ongoing maintenance and have no replacement parts. On top of all that good news, iWave also offers a three-year limited warranty on all their products.

Now more than ever, we are realizing how important it is to maintain a healthy and clean home. With the help of an ionizer, you can do just that!

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Lets talk about Filters!

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Lets talk about filters!

Furnace and AC filter changes are a chore that is often overlooked, even though a clogged filter is the number one cause of HVAC system failure. Air filters remove bits of pollen, mold, and dust preventing them from circulating around your home. They are also considered your first line of defense against larger objects, like bits of loose insulation, that may cause damage or fire risk to your system.

Effects of a Dirty Filter

Overworked-

The blower fan in your system has to work harder to push air. The harder it works, the more  energy it uses. Thus leading to higher bills and a higher likelihood of it wearing out from strain.

Overheating or Freezing up

When the air is unable to pass through your system with ease, a number of problems can emerge. The largest problem being over heating, or freezing up. Ultimately you will be paying the same amount for energy usage or using the same amount of oil but there will be no change in your indoor temperature.

Clogged Ducts & Dirty Furniture

When air doesn’t circulate quickly, particulates can settle in your ducts and on surfaces inside your home. Changing your air filter on a routine basis is a lot easier and more affordable than having your ducts cleaned out on a routine basis.

When should you change your air filter?

The frequency in which you should change your air filter depends on the following:

  • What type of filter you’re using
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Number of Pets inside the home
  • Number of people occupying your home
  • Level of air pollution and construction in and around the home

General Guidelines:

  • Vacation homes or single occupant with no pets or allergies- every 6-12 Months
  • Average suburban home without pets- every 90 days
  • Single pet households- every 60 days
  • Multiple pet households, or households with occupants suffering from allergies- every 20-45 days

 

As always, Harold’s Here to help make taking care of your systems a breeze! If you’re unsure about your filter size, or when it was last changed, give us a call! Our detailed customer records keep our office staff in the loop, so answers are always just a phone call away!

 

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Furnace Tune-Up Special – $79 (+tax)

By | air filters, Furnace, Heating, Heating Contractors, Home, HVAC, Residential

Scared to turn on your furnace?

Energy costs from using your heating system are directly impacted by the overall health of your system. Regular maintenance and cleaning is key to extending the life and efficiency of your investment!

Call us today to schedule your furnace tune-up – only for $79 (for a limited time)!

What does a furnace tune-up include? Check out our Furnace Services at:

https://www.highperformanceheating.com/hph/furnace-tuneup.php

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Ductwork Can be Dirtier Than You Think..

By | Air Ducts Cleaned From High Performance Heating and Air, air filters

Your Air Ducts are Probably Dirtier than you can Imagine. Air Ducts collect particles and debris from the air in your home and bring it, ideally, back to your furnace filter be be collected and removed. However, just like you dust your furniture and throw away the junk, it is not all collected by the filter and ends up in your ductwork. That means, that you, as well as everyone else will breathe that nasty junk.Your duct system is the lifeline to the air in your home. Our Experts will access the duct system from the inside, and will make every attempt to remove 100% of all of the junk that is in your ducts, 585-302-5018 Now for your free Duct and Air vent clening estimate! ]]>

This is Harold!

By | Air Conditioning, Air Ducts Cleaned From High Performance Heating and Air, air filters, Boiler, Cooling, Furnace, Heating, Home, Humidifier, HVAC, Hydronics, Residential, Tankless water heater, Water Heater

Who is Happy Harold and what does he have to do with HVAC? Well, imagine a hot summer Saturday. You have just had a terribly long week at work and the air conditioning unit gives out. Your spouse is asleep, and the kids are running around like crazy. You just wanted one day to yourself, to relax and enjoy life. Just shout “HAROLD!”
It could also be a cold winter night, and you’re having a furnace emergency at the worst possible time. Shout “HAROLD.” The Boiler gives out, shout “HAROLD.” You want to understand more and compare different types of water heaters. Shout, or maybe just say nicely, “Harold.” I think you see my point.
The thing is Harold will come to your rescue when you him, and Harold leads the “High Performance Heating & Cooling” Team.
Not only do we offer you the best expertise on boilers for the region, but we help answer any questions you might have regarding HVAC; to help you come up with the best decision regarding what you may need. Just tweet your questions to @HighPerHVAC or call us at (585) 3-HAROLD.


Remember, the next time your furnace needs repaired, your air conditioner needs replacing, or your questions need answering, Call HAROLD, and the High Performance Team will be there to help.
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Call For a Duct Cleaning

By | Air Ducts Cleaned From High Performance Heating and Air, air filters

Happy Harold and The Crew are Ready t o Perform Your Duct Cleaning and Save your Allergies

What do You Do about Your Allergies in The Spring A Season. Call Today for and Advanced duct cleaning and our crew will help you breathe easier.

Our crew does a complete and though cleaning when it comes to your ductwork. We protect your house and your property as well as help you breathe easier. Our Hepa filtration system will reduce dust, pollen, mold, and spores while helping you and your family enjoy the pleasure of having less cold and/or flu like symptoms. Imagine if your basement floor was never cleaned, or if your bookshelf was not dusted in years, This is Why you need happy harold and the crew to perform an advanced duct cleaning in your home.

The debris that is inside your ductwork, and we have seen everything from toys and clothes, to dead rodents and bugs, will cause breathing and other respeeritory problems that will be there forever unless you treat them. Our advanced duct cleaning will access the inside of your duct work and, using a high powered suction and an advanced air knife to slice that debris out and your ducts will be clean and efficient, increasing the air quality in your home.

With a quality duct cleaning, you can ward off the attacks of air borne allergens in Your Home. To go a step further, we can add air better air filtration, as well special lighting that will destroy these allergens on contact, providing you great air quality. Call Today 585-302-5018

 

Celebrate Memorial Day With Aprilaire Media Filters

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Celebrate Memorial Day With Aprilaire Media Filters

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The air you breath inside your home plays a vital factor in your overall health and well being. You wouldn’t sacrifice your health by not following your doctors instructions. The same can be said for the air in your home, where you spend the majority of your time. When you sacrifice the quality of the air filters you use, it drastically impacts your air quality, spreading allergens, microbes, air born viruses, and in return, affects your health. This Memorial day, when your celebrating and remembering our fallen hero’s, remember what they had to go through, mentally and physically. The chemicals, ash and soot they had to encounter and breath into their bodies. Fast forward to present time, houses now are becoming more and more sealed tight, trapping those pollutants in your home and circulating them throughout your house. If the majority of your time is spent in your home, wouldn’t you rather breath clean air instead of air polluted with viruses and allergens. Those brave soldiers didn’t have a choice in what they were breathing into their bodies, but you do.

Here at High Performance Heating, we treat our clients like they are family. We don’t want our family breathing in polluted air because they weren’t informed and bought discount Walmart air filters that wouldn’t trap clumps of dust. Which is why we are an authorized Aprilaire Dealer, offering high quality media filters that trap up to 98-99.6% of pollutants in your home. Thing’s like virus’s, allergens and pet dander, which even if you don’t have any pets can be transferred from people who do, don’t stand a chance. Aprilaire media filters are designed almost like a screen door if you will. Millions upon millions of screens on top of each other, making it nearly impossible for anything to pass through, even microscopic virus’s and mites. Every air filter you buy at Walmart or Lowe’s, are thin and if you hold them up to the light, you can see right through them, try that with a Aprilaire and you won’t be able to see through it. The featured picture for this article even shows you what happens when you hold a basic filter up to the light, your able to see the trees through the filter. If you were to take the basic air filters apart the tissue they use would barley cover a table, if you were to take apart each layer or screen if you will, of an Aprilaire media filter it would be enough to cover the whole floor of our shop (which isn’t small).

We understand that not everyone can invest tons of money, but instead of spending money on temporary entertainment, invest your money in something that will last long term and increase your overall health. Regular air filters practically need to be changed once a month because of how thin and easily they fill up with dirt and pollutants. Aprilaire media filters only need to be chanced once a year and will trap more pollutants than any other filter ever will. There are also other ways to prevent mold and bacteria from growing inside of your heating and cooling equipment, UV lights are a great way to prevent mold from growing inside of your HVAC unit. Preventing mold from forming inside your home is critical to maintaining your health. When our highly trained HVAC technicians recommend products to Rochester home owners, we take all aspects of your home into consideration and never try to push products that you don’t need. But our HVAC technicians almost always recommend Aprilaire media filters and UV lights to help you combat illnesses and maintain a healthy home.

Give us a call today 585-426-3004, we’ll send a highly trained HVAC technician right over to asses and determine the best course of action for your home. Breathing easy and staying healthy has never been easier. This Memorial day celebrate with clean air and remember our fallen hero’s and the ones that were able to make it back home to their loved ones.

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