Heat Exhaustion: What is it and how do you prevent it?

By | Air Conditioning, Cooling, Home, HVAC

What is Heat Exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion, according to Mayo Clinic, is a condition caused by elevated body temperature which can lead to heatstroke, a dangerous medical condition that’s difficult to recover from. Heat exhaustion is more common during days when humidity is high. The situation becomes even more dangerous when people exposed to high heat stop drinking water throughout the day. While anyone can get heat exhaustion, those who are most at risk of heat exhaustion, and consequently, heatstroke, are the elderly and young children. Meaning, when your AC is temporarily unavailable on a hot and humid day, you can become heat exhausted! Read on to see Happy Harold’s tips on how to combat and prevent heat exhaustion.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include cold or clammy skin, profuse sweating, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea, and fainting. The CDC recommends seeking medical attention if you are throwing up, if your symptoms worsen, or if they last longer than one hour. Similarly with heatstroke, make sure to keep an eye on your body temperature! Temperatures of 104° F or higher can be extremely dangerous because it can lead to the rapid dehydration of the body’s water and organ failure. Seek medical attention right away if you feel as though you, or someone you know, has heat stroke; it is a serious medical condition and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Here’s How to Prevent it:

When a heat wave hits, the last thing you want is your AC breaking down! After you contact Happy Harold, make sure to stay hydrated and sip (not gulp) plenty of water. The human body uses water to cool down by sweating, and when you stop sweating, you’re more likely to get heat exhaustion. This also means that you should avoid consuming beverages with caffeine, such as tea, coffee, and energy drinks, since these lower the body’s amount of water. Put on loose and breathable clothing, allowing your skin to breathe easier. Lastly, avoid heat exhaustion by applying cool towels to the skin throughout the day. You may even want to take a nice, cool shower or bath! One of the best ways to avoid heat exhaustion is making sure your AC runs smoothly before Rochester’s heat hits.

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Healthy homes cleaned by Harold!

By | Air Ducts Cleaned From High Performance Heating and Air, Home

Why is duct cleaning so important?

Let’s start from the ground up. Did you know that the outside of your shoes carry an average of 421,000 bacteria? And that’s just your shoes. Scrubbing your floors will help, and so will dusting. But have you stopped to think about where the dust might be coming from? It’s your air ducts! 

Think about it…

Your air ducts are what transfer air between each room of your home. It stands to reason that whatever is settled inside the duct will be blown throughout the home. 

Let’s get serious!

With the flu and other infectious diseases going around, and 421,000 on your shoes every day, wouldn’t it be nice to know that the air in your home is as clean as can be?

How can we clean your air? 

It’s easy, and generally takes 1 day to complete. That means we can have you breathing better in 8 to 9 hours. It all starts with a free estimate appointment that takes about 20 minutes so that our technicians can get a grasp on what improvements you’d like to make to your homes air. Take a look below at a break down of how we can help, and all that we do!=

The break down:

  1. Step one is always a face to face estimate. This appointment provides you with an opportunity to tell us what you want and what your budget is. It also gives our technicians the ability to see first hand what they are working with, experience the air for themselves and build an indoor air quality improvement plan that works best for you. This appointment can be as short or as long as you like. We want to be sure that when we leave all of your questions have been answered and you’re satisfied with the plan you and your technician have come up with. 
  2. Step two is the approval. We don’t pressure you to approve your estimate on the spot, but when you’re ready we’re ready! We’ll set you up with a installation day that works best for you! Tomorrow? Next week? Next month? You’ve got it!
  3. Step three: installation day, the best day yet! Expect our technicians to arrive around 9:00 am to begin working on your duct cleaning. Depending on the level of clean you have selected, we’ll move onto cleaning your furnace and AC unit, then top it all off with the installation of your new humidifier or ionizer if you’ve selected these add ons. 

Add Ons:

Ionizer

What is it? Ionizers are highly efficient stand alone air filters. Rather than using a fan to draw in polluted air to a filter, the ionizer uses electricity to do all the hard work. How? By using high voltage to electrically charge air molecules. Want more info? Check it out here

Humidifier

Check out everything Happy Harold has to say about Humidifier therapy here!

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Take a look here for another article about why removing your shoes when you get home is so important. 

Humidify your air!

By | Home, Humidifier, HVAC

Humidifier Therapy

Humidifier therapy adds moisture to the air which prevents dryness that can cause numerous forms of irritation. Such as dry skin, itchy nose, itchy throat and dry lips. Humidifiers can also ease some symptoms caused by the flu or common cold. For all the benefits humidifiers offer us, overuse has its downfalls as well. Its important to know how to use your humidifier correctly, and Happy Harold’s here to help!

Benefits to Humidifiers

Humidifiers are natural moisturizing ages that help relieve dryness. You have probably used a portable one while sick to help relieve congestion,  an irritated nose, a dry cough or a dry throat. But did you know that a whole home humidifier can help relieve so much more? Such as irritated vocal cords, dry skin, headaches, cracked/dry lips, and even bloody noses! You may think you’re just prone to these irritates, however it could simply mean your home is dryer than it should be.

Drawbacks

Though additional humidity is beneficial to your home and the air inside, too much of a good thing is never a good thing. High humidity levels can worsen respiratory problems and create an uncomfortable level of dampness in the air. Dust mites, mildew, mold and harmful bacteria all thrive in high levels of humidity. HVAC.com recommends maintaining a humidity level of 35-50% to provide maximum comfort while defending yourself against the growth of unwanted bacteria.

Types of Humidifiers:

Impeller Humidifiers send water through a diffuser, the diffuser breaks down the water into small droplets and sends them into the air. This type is relatively cheap, and costs very little to run.

Central Humidifiers are ones that are hardwired into your homes HVAC and your homes plumbing. This means that instead of only targeting one area, it has you covered all over. Most homeowners find this type both cost effective, and efficient.

Ultrasonic Humidifier produce a cooling mist by ultrasonic vibration. The sound vibrations propel moisture into the air. These humidifiers are so effective that they often over humidify the air resulting in dampness or mold.

Evaporative Humidifiers is the most popular type of humidifier. They use a fan and wick filter to operate. When the fan is activated it blows air towards the wick causing water to evaporate and release a mist into the room.

How can Happy Harold help?

Call us! We’ll send out one of our technicians to come discuss the best options for your home. Our technicians are trained to know the best features of all  forms of humidification and estimate appointments are 100% free, so you have nothing to lose! We’ll send a detailed summary of everything we discussed directly to your email, so when you’re ready to book all you have to do is click a button! Ready to book the day we show up? Our technicians come prepared to book your installation appointment for a date and time that works best for you.

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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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Home Comfort, in Rochester, NY

By | Air Conditioning, Cooling, Furnace, Heating, Home, HVAC, Residential

Ever experience where your spouse is to cold and you’re too hot? Or your spouse is to hot and your freezing. Well, we can make sure your home is as comfortable as possible. The right combination of heating and cooling, will bring you and your family a level of comfort like never before. Especially in Rochester, New York; one of the few cities in the world where you can personally experience all four seasons in one day.

So, save yourself the hassle and call High Performance Heating & Cooling today. (585) 3-HAROLD, or visit www.HappyHaroldHeating.com

And since we are moving into the summer season (Hopefully Rochester ) let me just tell you some information on our cooling service!

We at High Performance are fully certified and highly trained! With our professional installers years of experience installing cooling equipment and receive daily training to stay up to date on the latest. They’ll treat your house and possessions with the utmost respect. Their first priority? Your cooling comfort.

High Performance is recognized for efficiently completing our work without leaving any loopholes behind. Before we even begin working, we’ll give you full estimates with no hidden charges.

So remember Rochester, Temperature not right day or night, call HAROLD! (585) 3-HAROLD.

Winter’s Last Strike!

By | Air Conditioning, Boiler, Furnace, Heating, Home, HVAC

We are sorry it is still winter #Rochester, but we can help. For the most part this was a very easy winter on us upstate New York residents. Unfortunately winter last a little longer here. We promise you that soon we will be talking about air conditioners, but for the moment lets cover heating, hopefully the last time this winter.

Harold and we are at your service for repairs, tune-ups, and installation for furnaces. Even if winter is almost over, why not take advantage our teams quality service right now! Put your furnace worries at rest for next year all together, and be covered now until spring really gets here. In fact, visit www.happyharoldheating.com for today’s coupon with our services. Then give us a call at (585) 3-HAROLD, and well be on our way!

When it comes to Heating, we and Harold cannot be beat! Based on years of experience, we have the most qualified furnace service team out there. Our team fully understands the concepts that make your heating equipment function correctly, so we install and maintain heating equipment of any brand.

Also, don’t forget, at High Performance, we are the boiler experts. Call HAROLD today to find out about all the different options with Boilers. We guarantee we will find you the best possible fit for your needs.

Harold will offer the best service and care for your water boiler that you will ever need. Whether it is boiler installation, boiler repair, boiler maintenance or boiler cleaning; we ensure quality performance in addition to precision and accuracy when working on your Boiler in Rochester, NY. Oh! And by the way we guarantee your boiler repair for a full Year! Call High Performance Heating and Cooling at (585) 3-HAROLD today, and we promise will be talking about sunshine, baseball season, and air conditioners soon #Rochester!

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.
For more information, and our latest discounts visit www.happyharoldheating.com

Heating and Cooling Contractors | Daily Training!

By | Air Conditioning, Boiler, Cooling, Furnace, Heating, Home, HVAC, Hydronics, Tankless water heater, Water Heater

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April 1, 2015

Almost on a constant basis we are seeing the mistakes of heating and cooling contractors, who are installing HVAC systems wrong. Which in turn

causes the home owner to continuously have problems which require repairs. The cost of those repairs can really add up over time. Take for example, this radiant system we encounter was installed completely wrong. To the average heating and cooling contractors, it was installed properly and they would be non the wiser. To us, we could see the mistakes as clear as day, he was having problems with the system not running, all during winter. Now he has to dish out $2,500 to have everything ripped out and installed correctly, by professional highly trained technicians.

heating and cooling contractors installed this radiant system incorrectly.

A Radiant system that was installed improperly.

The trained professionals at High Performance Heating under go rigorous training before they enter the field. After that they receive daily training from the President of High Performance, Matt Nicodemus. Our reviews speak for themselves. We have had numerous clients call us up, telling us how the heating and cooling contractors they previously had at their home either did a total hack job or just completely installed their equipment wrong, so their furnace or boiler would not run properly. Instead of dealing with the head aches that come with having to spend more money to get something repaired that you just paid to have put in. Give High Performance Heating a call 585-426-3004 we install all of your equipment the right way the first time, saving you time and money that can be spent on your family, instead of having to pay another heating and cooling contractor to come and fix the mistakes of the first contractor.

Space Heater Safety | High Performance Heating

By | Heating, Home

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Space heaters are a great alternative source of heat people use in their homes, but is everyone using them in the safest manner? With the bitter cold we have been forced to adapt to this winter, people are really experiencing the inefficiencies of their home. Furnaces might be struggling to handle the stress of maintaining a comfortable temperature. Most people don’t take any safety into consideration when using space heaters. As a company with values spread through their customers and community, we want to provide you with proper knowledge in safety, we provide customers with space heaters when waiting for a new furnace to be installed or to get through a night or weekend to keep the final bill down. As of Friday 2/20/15, almost all of Rochester is sold out of electric space heaters. So our highly trained technicians put together a comprehensive safety guide so you can make sure that you and your family are safe, considering almost all of Rochester is using space heaters.

  • When using a space heater, make sure you remember the 3 foot rule. Do not put anything within 3 feet of your space heater, especially anything that can burn easily (clothes, sofas, beds, papers, curtains or other flammable materials).
  • Remember to turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Do not place space heaters under desks or other enclosed areas.
  • Keep space heaters away from exit ways, walkways and paths of travel.
  • Ensure that your space heater is on a non-flammable, stable, and level surface- located where it will not be knocked over.
  • Never operate a heater you suspect is damaged. Before use, inspect the heater, cord and plug for damage.
  • To prevent electrical shocks and electrocutions, always keep electric space heaters away from water, and NEVER touch an electric heater if you are wet.
  • It is a good idea when buying a space heater to check the box or with a sales person if the heater is safety-certified. A certified heater will have a safety certification mark.
  • Never run the heaters cord under rugs or carpeting, this can damage the cord causing it and near by objects to burn.

Don’t use portable propane space heaters indoors or in any confined space unless they are specifically designed for indoor use. Even then, make sure they are properly vented. Using gasoline or kerosene space heaters indoors is very dangerous, they emit carbon monoxide which is odorless, tasteless and colorless. You won’t know it’s there until it’s to late and by then the damage can already be done. Take a look at our carbon monoxide guide, knowing the warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning could potentially save lives.

If you’re tired of the inefficiencies of your heating equipment, which cause you to use space heaters, give High Performance Heating a call, 585-426-3004. Our Highly trained technicians can evaluate your home and heating equipment to determine the best course of action to get your home heated properly and comfortably.

Don’t Forget to Review Warranties

By | Home

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June 16, 2014

Most new heating and cooling system come with a 10 year warranty. If you recently moved locations, don’t forget to check the warranties of the house’s comfort appliances. The heating and air conditioning systems in your new home should enable you to live up to the level of comfort you expect. If you rely on High Performance Heating, Cooling, and Hydronics for your heating & cooling service or furnace repair, you will have peace of mind knowing your warranties stay on record at all times.

The exact details of your warranty vary from brand to brand. Stay alert to the conditions and stipulations outlined in your comfort system’s record. A common stipulation includes an annual furnace or air conditioning service and cleaning. You won’t want to skip this obligation because you may end up paying expensive repair bills after a breakdown. If you stick to a regular maintenance schedule you may avoid the cost of simple repairs. A check-up also ensures that your system will maintain temperatures without wasting energy.

If you want a heating and cooling system to last as it should, let the experts at High Performance Heating, Cooling, and Hydronics (air conditioning repair Rochester NY) help you get the comfort you want and keep the warranty you deserve.

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