Do you HATE dusting? Even people that enjoy cleaning often bemoan the need to constantly dust their house. After dusting, then you have to clean the floors and walls and wherever the dust has spread. The worst part? The dust seems to come back immediately!
If you hate dusting (does anyone like dusting?), it’s time to consider the culprit. While some accumulation of dust is normal, if it feels like you can’t ever get ahead of the grime, your HVAC filter may be to blame. A dirty filter in your air conditioning pushes dust out into your home and is unable to capture contaminants. It can’t pick up new dust because it’s already too choked with old dust. This not only makes your house dusty, but it also decreases air quality. Improve indoor air quality and cut your cleaning time by making sure to change HVAC filters regularly!
When you have clean filters, your HVAC system can actually help you clean. What!? My air conditioning can help me clean? It’s true! An efficient system with a clean filter can help remove particles from the air. Consider running your fan, especially after dusting, to help circulate air and catch large particles. This will help reduce dust and cut down the hours you need to spend time cleaning! Here are some other suggestions to reduce dust:
Keep outdoor areas like patios, driveways, and porches well-swept so you’re not tracking dirt in
Keep mats and rugs at entry points so that you can wipe your shoes at the door
Use a filter with a higher MERV rating to capture finer particles
Use a vacuum with HEPA filtration
Consider reducing the upholstered items in your home (carpets, upholstered couches, drapes, pillows) in favor of hard services like hardwood that are easily cleaned and don’t harbor dust
When coronavirus first hit the United States, many people put their life on hold. We understand why some people took this pause. With the fear of the virus spreading, some people chose to stock up on groceries and stay at home to prevent catching and passing on the virus. Some may have put home repairs or maintenance on hold so that they wouldn’t come into contact with repairmen.
As the months have gone on, we have all had to adapt to our daily lives to get essential tasks while staying safe. If you do need assistance with your heating and cooling systems, electrical, generators, or other home repairs, please know that PECO can safely help you.
How We’re Adapting to COVID-19
We want you to know that we take health – both yours and ours – very seriously! At PECO, we want to ensure that our customers and our service technicians stay healthy. There’s no need to live with hot temperatures because of a broken air conditioner or other home issues. Our team can fix the problem while following stringent health protocols! Remember that high temperatures can be dangerous, particularly for children, seniors, and pets. Keep everyone in your home comfortable and safe with a properly working HVAC system. You can count on PECO service technicians to wear proper PPE while on every service visit. Our regulations include:
Wearing gloves, facial mask, and shoe covers
Sanitizing our hands before we put on gloves and enter a home
Practicing social distancing
If you have any questions about how we’re handling COVID-19, please feel free to call (864) 639-2424. The comfort and safety of our customers comes first!
Having an elderly friend or family member come to live with you can be a blessing. Oftentimes grandparents step in to watch children and help around the house in various ways. You get the benefit of spending more time with your friend or family member, and you don’t have to worry about how they are managing on their own. This can be a rich and rewarding experience for everyone involved.
Of course, you have to move them in first! It’s not as simple as setting up the guest bedroom. You want to make sure that your home is safe and comfortable for your senior relative, and it can be tough to know where to start.
PECO Heating and Cooling is a family-owned and operated business that knows about keeping relatives comfortable! We take it upon ourselves to make sure that your home is ready for an elderly occupant. First, consider your HVAC system. While extremely hot days can be miserable for many, they can be downright dangerous for older folks who can suffer ill effects. It’s important to have a fully operational air conditioning unit for warm summer days. We can inspect your unit, perform any necessary maintenance and repairs, or even install a new unit. You’ll enjoy the refreshing cool air as well!
Other Things To Consider
Just as hot days should be considered, so should cold ones. As we grow older, many people become less and less able to handle cold weather, which can increase joint and bone pain. We can make sure your furnace or heating unit is fully functioning so you’ll be ready for those cold winter nights.
Having a properly working HVAC system is crucial to keeping your home within a range of comfortable temperatures. There are other considerations to think about as well, such as what bathroom will be used or how many stairs need to be navigated. Fortunately, PECO can help with many home repair and maintenance tasks around the house as well, such as fixing drywall and painting.
If you have an elderly relative coming to live with you, PECO can help! Our experienced team will make sure that your home is safe and comfortable for the whole family.
Do you go to the doctor for a yearly checkup? Our bodies need food and water to keep going, rest to recharge us, and professional assistance for checkups and medical matters. Our AC units are the same way! Of course, HVAC units are not people. You don’t have to leave a dinner plate out for the AC. However, you do have to make sure that it gets the right fuel and checkups so that it keeps running. Otherwise, it can wear out on you, leaving you roasting in the summertime and with a big repair bill.
Have you ever been to the doctor about a medical issue and they say “Why did you wait so long to come to the doctor?”. It’s easy to push off procedures or medical appointments, but unfortunately, it can lead to a small issue getting worse. The same goes for your HVAC system. With regular maintenance, it can run well for years. But if you ignore funny smells, odd noises, and reduced performance, there could be an issue with your system that is only getting worse.
Here’s what you can do to take care of your HVAC unit today:
Clear a two-foot space around all outdoor units
Keep the unit clear of dirt, leaves, falling branches, etc.
Purchase and install a high-efficiency pleated air filter
Carefully look at your HVAC ducts for cracks and holes, which can cause a significant loss in heat/coolingWe recommend having an HVAC professional come out to inspect your unit twice a year to make sure your filters have been changed, clean soot off burners, clean the condenser coil, and check the various components of your system including electrical connections, thermostat, indoor and outdoor coils, condensation drain/pump, and more. This regular service can help keep your AC unit running smoothly and alert you if there are any potential issues. PECO’s Planned Maintenance Agreement guarantees you receive this service twice yearly as well as 10% off all repairs, no after-hours charges, and priority service. Contact us today to discuss your AC unit’s checkup!
PECO Heating and Cooling works hard to provide top-notch service in HVAC, electrical, plumbing, generators, and home repair. We are a family owned business that takes our work seriously; we want to offer our customers helpful, professional, expert maintenance and repairs so that you are comfortable in your home. You can see what our customers think of us in reviews on Google, Facebook, HomeAdvisor, and Angie’s List.
First and foremost, we want to thank our customers for taking the time to share reviews of PECO online. Thank you! Your effort lets future customers the different work we have done and your satisfaction. It also gives our employees a boost. We love seeing our customers appreciate different employees for their hard work! If you have received a service from PECO, please leave a review on your preferred platform.
We Are Dedicated To Our Customers
We are proud to say that our hard work and dedication to customers is shown in our numerous 5 star reviews. We are happy to announce that PECO shows a rating of 4.5 or higher on every reviews website! Simply Google PECO and see:
4.8 rating on Google
5 rating on Facebook
4.5 rating on HomeAdvisor
4.5 rating on Angie’s List
Here are some recent 5 star reviews:
Top notch experience. The install crew was amazing and exceeded our expectations. Max and his crew were a joy to be around, worked hard and kept us informed throughout the process. Highly recommend to anyone considering work on their heating/cooling system! – Brock Bailey
Great response to our issue. Thank you for taking care of us. Jeremy is a great guy!!! Home town type service. We felt more like family than clients. – ccaracc420
Highly recommend Jeremy! He came out and gave us a second opinion after another company said my AC unit needed $1500 in repairs and recommended we purchase a new unit. Turns out the first company had overcharged my unit with way too much freon causing all the problems! Thanks to Jeremy my unit is working perfectly again and saved me $thousands$. We are very grateful! He is so knowledgeable and explained everything while troubleshooting the issue. PECO is lucky to have him! – Amy Tucker.
If you need home maintenance or repairs, call PECO!
Do you find yourself sneezing, coughing, or wheezing during certain times of the year? If so, you could be one of more than 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies can range in symptom severity. Mild symptoms may be a general annoyance, while more severe cases can make you wonder whether you have allergies or an illness.
What Causes Seasonal Allergies?
Seasonal allergies can be triggered by many environmental factors. While seasonal allergies can strike throughout the year, they often affect most people as the weather turns from cool to warm, when plants and trees begin to bloom. During the warmer seasons, different plant species release airborne pollen, which causes an immune response in people with allergies. Histamines and other chemicals get released into the bloodstream, which causes an allergic reaction.
Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
Many pollens can trigger seasonal allergies, but the most common ones include:
Grasses, like Timothy or ryegrass
Seasonal allergies are commonly traced back to these trees and plants because their pollens are particularly irritating. Warm, windy weather is generally the worst for seasonal allergies because pollen counts rise in warm temperatures, and the wind spreads it far and wide. Common symptoms of seasonal allergies include:
Allergic rhinitis: a stuffy or runny nose, nasal irritation
Watery, itchy eyes
Congestion in the ears, throat, and nose
Some types of seasonal allergies can also cause a secondary illness, like:
Asthma or mild breathing problems
Itchy skin, nose, and throat
Seasonal allergies can affect people of every age, but they’re especially important to treat in children because they can cause re-occurring earaches and other infections.
What to do for Seasonal Allergies
Thankfully, there are many things you can do to get some relief from seasonal allergies, including:
Reducing pollen exposure by staying indoors
Avoiding yard work or gardening
Washing your hands and showering after you’ve been outdoors
Using a pollen mask outside
Allergy shots or immunotherapy
Nasal sprays and sinus rinses
Plant supplements, like butterbur and spirulina
HEPA Air Filters and UV Lighting
In addition to these methods, keeping the air in your home clean is one of the best and most essential ways to prevent the symptoms of seasonal allergies. The Mayo Clinic recommends always using your air conditioning and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in your home. HEPA filters are a type of mechanical air filter that works by forcing air through a fine mesh. This traps small particles that can cause allergies and asthma, like pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke. For those with severe allergies, it may also be worthwhile to invest in a whole-house central air purifier.
Installing UV lights throughout the home can also help with seasonal allergies. UV lights eliminate contaminants that can lead to poor air quality, including mold, mildew, fungi, airborne viruses, bacteria, and spores. While UV light doesn’t filter the air, its been shown to play a huge role in secondary allergy prevention, especially when used in combination with HEPA filters.
The best way to prevent seasonal allergy symptoms and stay comfortable year-round is to take a multi-pronged approach. Reducing your exposure outdoors while keeping the air inside your home clean and free of contaminants can greatly reduce your exposure to allergy-causing contaminants. At PECO, we offer several types of HEPA filters, as well as UV lights. Some of our filter options include Lennox 5” HEPA filter, PureAir HEPA filters, and MERV 11, 13, and 16 HEPA filters. Experts are predicting 2020 will be a bad year for allergy sufferers, especially here in the eastern United States. Above-normal rainfall and near-average temperatures are expected to contribute to above-average pollen levels. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, now is the best time to get your home prepared! If you’d like to learn more about installing HEPA filters or UV lighting in your home, give us a call at 864-639-2424.
Whether you’re purchasing a standalone AC unit or a central AC unit, air conditioners are a significant investment – but a worthwhile one! Since AC units can be costly, it’s important to try to extend their life as long as possible. What’s the best way to do that? Simply put, take care of it. Like other types of equipment, air conditioners need care and maintenance. With care, you can expect your unit to last an average of 10-15 years, although some models have been known to make to about 20 with routine maintenance. Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most out of your unit.
Outdoor AC Units
If you have an outdoor AC unit, you should make sure to place it in a cool, shady spot. Being in a cool location (for example, on the shady side of your home) will help the unit work less, which will prolong its lifespan. However, be sure that there isn’t too much grass or debris surrounding it. AC units need ventilation to work properly and keep the air following smoothly. Yard debris can block the vents and make the unit work twice as hard.
If your unit is in a clear spot, you should check the area around it periodically. While it may have been clear when it was first installed, storms, windy days, or seasonal changes can cause debris to collect. If there are any blockages around the vents, turn the power off and clear them away. It’s also an excellent idea to schedule a regular cleaning and maintenance appointment once or twice a year.
Central AC Units
One of the most important things you can do for your central AC unit is to replace the air filters regularly. A dirty air filter will make your AC work harder than it needs to – which leads to higher electricity bills, premature repairs, and a shorter lifespan. Air filters should be checked monthly and replaced every 30 – 60 days.
The ducts for your central HVAC system push the conditioned air from the heating and cooling units in your home. Dirty air ducts can lessen the efficiency of your unit. Likewise, leaks, gaps, loose seams, or obstructions in the ducts can allow cool air to escape before it reaches the rooms of your home, which can make the unit work harder to cool your home. Ducts should be inspected regularly and should have adequate insulation.The bottom line is, treat your AC unit well and it will provide many years of cool, comfortable air for you. If it’s been a while since your AC unit has had maintenance, schedule a service call with our expert technicians. We can check the health of your unit, replace filters, clean ducts, and more. We also offer a planned maintenance agreement, the easiest way to keep up with your AC maintenance. We’ll come out twice a year and perform a wide range of maintenance and inspections on your system. You’ll also receive a 10% discount on all repairs, no after-hours charges, and priority service! Schedule your appointment today by calling 864-639-2424.
Has your central air conditioning unit started to give you signs that it may be near the end of its days? Maybe you’ve noticed some strange sounds, odd smells, or just an overall lack of cool air. The average lifespan of most HVAC systems is an average of 10 to 14 years. While your HVAC unit may still have some life left, you’ll likely need to purchase a new one at some point in the future.
HVAC units are a big-ticket items with a range of features that can make purchasing one feel daunting. Luckily, we’re always here to help with recommendations and installation. Here are a few things to consider if you’re planning to purchase a new HVAC unit.
The Right Size
Homeowners make one common mistake when it comes to choosing an AC unit: they often get one that’s too large – or small – to cool their home efficiently. It would be great if replacing your HVAC unit was as simple as swapping out the old one for an identical-sized unit, but that’s unfortunately not the case.
The best way to choose a unit that will fit your cooling needs is to have one of our technicians come out and perform a load calculation. This will determine the size of the HVAC unit you’ll need to have optimal cooling for your home. The load calculation also helps us determine the amount and size of air ducts that your existing system has and whether they’re working properly.
Another important factor to consider is choosing a new unit with the highest possible Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This is the measurement of the amount of energy that’s needed to deliver the right amount of cooling. All AC models sold in the U.S. are required to have a SEER of at least 13; a SEER of 14 to 25.5 would be considered a high-efficiency model. Since it gets hot and humid here in the summer and you’ll likely be running your AC a lot, it’s best to choose a unit with the highest SEER you can afford. Keep in mind that all Energy Star-rated units do qualify for a federal income tax credit.
By far the most important and expensive component of a central HVAC unit is the outdoor unit with the compressor. The compressor is the heart of your system that heats or cools your home through compressing the refrigerant gas.
There are three types of compressors: single-stage, two-stage, and variable capacity.
Single-stage compressors only run on a single, high speed. They turn on when the indoor temperature exceeds the temperature setting on your thermostat, then operate at 100% capacity. Once the temperature has dropped down to the desired setting, it will turn off. Since the unit is working on full blast, it can result in higher electricity bills.
Two-stage (also called dual stage) compressors operate at two speeds: high – 2/3 capacity and low – 1/3 capacity. Two-stage compressors will cycle from high to low depending on your cooling needs. Typically, they run on low, which results in more consistent temperatures in the home as well as lower electric bills.
Variable-capacity compressors work differently than either single or two-stage compressors. Variable-capacity can fluctuate from 1/3 capacity to 100% in 250 increments. They modulate during the day, providing a slow, steady stream of conditioned air. Due to the longer run times, variable capacity compressors can dehumidify your home more effectively in the cooling season. Units with this type of compressor are also easier to add zoning to your home, which can effectively increase your energy savings. As you can see, there are quite a few considerations for when you’re shopping for a new AC unit! If you’re planning to buy a new unit soon, turn to your friendly Home Service Heroes at PECO! We’re happy to help you with recommendations, performing load calculations, and installation. Schedule your appointment today by contacting us at 864-639-2424.
If it’s time to replace the cooling system in your home, you may be trying to decide between an air conditioner and a heat pump. While both can provide cooling for your home, they have different benefits, so it’s important to choose a system that fits your needs.
In warm weather, a heat pump and an AC unit work essentially the same; they both cool indoor air. During the winter when you need to heat your home, an AC unit can’t help; this is why homes with AC typically also have a furnace or electric heat. A heat pump can provide heat as well as cooling. Here’s a deeper look at the advantages and limitations of each type of unit.
Types of Heat Pumps and AC systems.
Heat pumps are devices that transfer the heat inside a home and the air outside. In warmer climates, heat pumps extract the heat from indoor air and transfer it outside; during cold temperatures, it reverses the process.
There are two main types of heat pumps: air sourced and geothermal. An air-source heat pump uses heat from the outside air, while geothermal ones extract the heat from the ground. There are two different designs for heat pumps/AC systems as well: split type and packaged units.
A split type heat pump has a separate indoor and outdoor unit.
Packaged heat pumps contain all the system’s components housed in a single unit. Heat pumps can be connected to an air handler with heat strips or a gas or propane furnace (known as a dual fuel system) that supplements heating during extremely cold temperatures. Heat strips are only utilized during the defrost cycle of the heat pump or when temperatures hit below 30 degrees when the heat pump has difficulty extracting heat from the air.
A mini-split system can be cooling only or heat pump… The indoor unit is mounted on the wall or as an air handler connected to a small duct system.
A window unit can be either cooling only or a heat pump and combines all components into a single box-like unit that can be fit onto a window. These are typically best for a single room.
Portable air conditioning units are similar to window units, but they can be moved easily throughout the home. Most are cooling only.
Heat Pumps Benefits
Generally more cost-effective and energy-efficient than other types of heating
Safer than gas furnaces and relatively environmentally friendly
Provides both cooling and heating, which eliminates the need for separate systems
Reliable with a long lifespan averaging 10 – 15 years
Purchasing an energy-efficient model may qualify for tax rebates
Requires less maintenance than traditional heating and cooling systems like stoves or fireplaces.
The cost of a heat pump with installation can vary greatly, as it’s dependent on factors like unit type, size, energy efficiency ratings, installation location, and the amount of ductwork needed. Averagely, it can cost anywhere from $4,100 to up to $20,000 for geothermal unit installation.
Like heat pumps, air conditioners transfer heat from indoors to the outside, but they’re only able to provide cooling. Air conditioners consist of both outdoor and indoor units. The outdoor unit consists of a condenser, compressor, and fan. This connects to an indoor unit with a blower and evaporator coil. Air conditioners are connected to either an air handler with heat strips or a gas or propane furnace. Refrigerant circulates through the condenser and evaporator, which allows the air conditioner to absorb heat from the indoor air. The cold air that results from this process is then pumped through the ducts using the fan.
Air Conditioner Benefits
Offers an optimal indoor climate even during the hottest temperatures
Can encourage better sleep due to steady, comfortable room temperatures
Can help improve air quality by reducing allergens and pollutants
Can reduce dehydration
Long lifespan averaging 10 – 15 years
Like heat pumps, air conditioner costs can vary significantly depending on the type, energy efficiency rating, installation location, and unit size. The unit itself can be anywhere from $150 to $10,000. Another factor that can affect the installation costs is the amount of ductwork needed to set up the system. While purchasing a more energy-efficient model can be more expensive initially, it can save you money on energy costs over time.Since both air conditioners and heat pumps last for over a decade, it’s important to consider which system is best for your cooling needs. If you’re unsure which system to choose, we’re always happy to offer recommendations and find the best solution for your needs. We also provide complete installation, repairs, and maintenance for your HVAC systems. Give us a call today at 864-639-2424 to learn more or schedule an appointment.
Clean water has become scarce and expensive throughout the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, approximately one trillion gallons of water is wasted yearly from household leaks. To put this number into perspective, this is the approximate amount of water used by more than eleven million homes annually!
Leaks are a problem for several reasons. Not only do they cause waste and drive up the cost of your water bill, but water damage can be expensive to repair. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak as much as 250 gallons of water in a single day. The average cost of drying out your property – with no further damage or restoration needed – averages around $2,700 nationally. If you need to repair drywall or carpeting, this can cost up to $7,500. Not to mention, leaks can also cause fires if they come in contact with electrical outlets, encourage the growth of mold and mildew, and can cause wood or other organic materials to rot.
Given this, it’s recommended that every home have a reliable system to detect leaks as soon as they happen. Traditionally, leak detection relied on an alarm system. Leak detectors would be placed in areas of the home that were most likely to experience leaks, like underneath sinks or behind toilets. The problem with this system is that a leak can occur anywhere in the plumbing system, not just where the water sensor was placed.
Today, the best way to catch leaks is by using a smart leak detector. These smart devices monitor the flow of water in the home, catching leaks as they start. Here are a few of our favorite smart water devices we’ve installed:
When you flush a toilet or run the dishwasher, the pressure in your plumbing changes. The Phyn Plus monitors your plumbing system for microscopic water pressure changes 240 times a second to create individual profiles of your water fixtures and a baseline of your overall usage. This allows it to learn when you’re using a faucet or watering the lawn versus when there’s a leak. Once the Phyn learns your personal plumbing profile, it will enable an auto-shutoff feature that allows you to turn your water off directly from your phone. In addition, it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.
The Phyn gives you insights about your water usage, allowing you to spot trends about how much water you’re using. On average, most people can save approximately 10% on their water bills using this system. It also comes with a “Plumbing Check” diagnostic feature, which looks for tiny leaks within your plumbing system when you’re not likely to be using water. The Phyn will alert you to any type of leak – from pinhole leaks behind walls to frozen pipes in your attic. As a bonus, some insurance companies offer policy discounts for having the Phyn in your home.
The Moen Flo works similarly to the Phyn Plus. The Flo is installed in-line on your main water supply line, which allows it to monitor all the water going into your home. The Smart Water Shutoff uses three sensors and a series of algorithms to actively monitor water flow, pressure, and temperature. The MicroLeak™ feature runs daily proactive tests to identify and notify you of any leaks in your plumbing system. The Flo can detect leaks as small as a drop per minute, which might be unnoticeable until you discover mold growth or water damage.
Your smartphone acts as your interface, allowing you to get alerts, remotely shut off your water, view water consumption, or contact your plumber directly for repairs. If you don’t have your phone with you, the Flo will automatically shut off the main water line. The Flo conveniently integrates with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT, and comes with a 1-year limited warranty covering manufacturer’s defects. Moen also offers an optional subscription call FloProtect, which provides an insurance deductible guarantee. If the Flo device fails to protect the home from catastrophic water damage, FloProtect will reimburse up to $2,500 of the insurance deductible.
StreamLabs Smart Home Water Monitor
StreamLabs Smart Home Water Monitor uses ultrasonic technology for 24/7 real-time leak monitoring. The device doesn’t require pipe cutting or tools – it conveniently zip ties directly to the pipe on your main water line, automatically detecting the size and type of your pipe. StreamLabs works by sending soundwaves directly into your water line, then recording the time delay to measure the water flow. It monitors everything from usage to leaky pipes, appliance failure, freezing conditions, and running toilets. StreamLabs also includes an “away” setting for when you’re not at home. This is useful for vacations or weekends away, as it will monitor and notify you if there is any water flow for longer than 15 seconds.
StreamLabs allows you to monitor your system from your smartphone and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Nest. Unlike the Flo or Phyn, you can’t turn your water off remotely, however, you’ll have access to live and historical water usage stats, a leak alert history, freeze alerts, and comparative usage chart. The app also remembers your settings, so you can use it even if WiFi isn’t available. StreamLabs comes with a 2-year full product warranty and 3 months free of StreamPlus, a subscription that gives you access to a range of additional features, including the ability to monitor and control more than two locations and an extended 5-year warranty.
Smart water leak detectors are an easy and affordable way to protect your home from water damage and expensive repairs. They’re also a great way to be more eco-friendly and reduce your water bills! At PECO, we regularly install these devices and can help you select the best one for your needs. Give us a call at 864-639-2424 or schedule your appointment online.