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When yoGeoComfort_FloorMomKidu warm your space from the ground up, you can effectively eliminate hot and cold spots. It’s because you’re warming the objects of the room, not the air. So get rid of clanking radiators and dust being blown around your home.

With radiant floor heating from a GeoComfort geothermal system, you can save up to 70% on your heating and cooling bills and enjoy the most comfortable living environment possible.Get to know GeoTalk to your GeoComfort Geothermal Dealer today for more information, and Live Comfortably.

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The Perfect Party – Made Possible By A Lennox Home Comfort System




Even when the weather heats up, a Lennox® air conditioning system can keep your home perfectly cool, quiet and efficient. And for the perfect party, it takes two. So for a limited time, receive REBATES OF UP TO $1,500* AND LOW MONTHLY PAYMENT FINANCING.   




START WITH UP TO $1,200 IN REBATES.* Save on a complete qualifying Lennox® home comfort system that includes air conditioner or heat pump, gas furnace or air handler and thermostat.




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With the Schedule IQ feature, you only need to program the thermostat once. Whenever  there’s a change in your routine, the iComfort S30 adapts heating and cooling to match. iComfort s30 console


Purchase iHarmony® zoning, a major advance in precision climate control and enjoy savings and custom comfort.



Cleans the air in your home better than any other single system you can buy, doesn’t produce ozone and that means cleaner air in every room.


WANT MORE? GET UP TO AN ADDITIONAL $500 IN TAX CREDITS**  ENERGY STAR products eligible for tax credits are independently certified to save energy, save money and protect the environment.


We have the Lennox® financing solution that’s perfect for you, so there’s no need to put off your comfort. Contact us for details today.


* On a qualifying system purchase. Lennox system rebate offers range from $175–$1,500. Rebate offer is valid June 27, 2016 through August 19, 2016. Some restrictions apply. One offer available per qualifying purchase. Additional add–on rebates for iComfort® S30 Thermostat, iHarmony® Zoning System and PureAir Air Purification system valid with a qualifying system purchase only. See your participating Lennox dealer for complete details.

**Visit www.energystar.gov/taxcredits for minimum requirements.

***Financing available to well qualified buyers on approved credit at an APR of 9.99% for 120 months, with an estimated monthly payment of 1.32% of your purchase amount. You may prepay your account at any time without penalty. Financing is subject to credit requirements and satisfactory completion of finance documents. Any finance terms advertised are estimates only. Normal late charges apply. See your Truth in Lending Disclosures for more information.

****Financing available to well qualified buyers on approved credit at an 0% APR for 60 months, with equal monthly payments. You may prepay your account at any time without penalty. Financing is subject to credit requirements and satisfactory completion of finance documents. Any finance terms advertised are estimates only. Normal late charges apply. See your Truth in Lending Disclosures for more information.


Air Fresheners: How Bad Are They Really?

It is becoming common knowledge that chemical air fresheners are bad for you, from kitchen aerosol sprays to the candles in your bath and the air freshener hanging in your car. Are they worth the risk to cover up the smells that assault you daily, or are you better off tossing them in your ever-foul garbage can?

Unregulated and Untested
A 2007 study of 14 common household air fresheners by the environmental group NRDC uncovered that the majority of air fresheners contain chemicals which can aggravate asthma and affect reproductive development. The study found that 12 of 14 scented sprays, gels, and plug-ins contained phthalates, hormone-disrupting chemicals dangerous to infants and young children. Not a single product listed the chemical, which was even found in products labeled “all natural.” Manufacturers of these products are not required to disclose ingredients on labeling by law, despite health concerns and the fact that products are both inhaled and absorbed through the skin.

Chemical Cocktails
Exposure to the following chemicals in air fresheners can have a cumulative effect on health:

  • Allergens
    All chemical air fresheners contain irritants to the airways, according to a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
    VOCs are known allergens, and according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can produce eye, nose, and throat irritation, nausea, headaches, damage to liver, kidneys, central nervous system, and more. VOCs also create secondary pollutants (like formaldehyde) when they react with ozone in the air.
  • Formaldehyde
    A known carcinogen, formaldehyde, is found in significant amounts in electric air fresheners. When combined with other household air fresheners and outgassing from common household products, formaldehyde exposure is compounded and can result in eye, nose, or throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, bronchitis, and dizziness.
  • Phthalates
    Hormone-disrupting chemicals found in 12 of 14 studied air fresheners that may pose a particular health risk to babies and young children. Phthalates have been linked to birth defects, reproductive harm, changes in hormone levels, and poor semen quality.
  • 1,4 dichlorobenzene
    Harmful to the lungs and found to result in liver cancer in mice with lifetime exposure.

Better Ways to Freshen Your Home
There are many simple and effective ways to decrease the health risks associated with chemical air fresheners and keep your home smelling fresh as spring. Air freshener alternatives include:

  • Proper ventilation
    Good ventilation systems eliminate the need to mask odors with air fresheners, naturally eliminating unpleasant odors.
  • Opening windows
    To remove rather than mask odors.
  • Baking soda
    Sprinkled on, baking soda absorbs and neutralizes smells.
  • White vinegar
    Very effective for tough odors. Use it in the washing machine and dishwasher, or hide open containers around your home to soak up smells.
  • Spices
    Boiling spices such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger and allspice in a little water on your stovetop can make your home smell mouth-watering.
  • Essential oils
    If ventilating odors is simply not enough, essential oils offer a safe and effective alternative to chemical air fresheners. Make certain you’re purchasing “essential” oils however, not “fragrance” oils, which also pack a chemical punch. Add a few drops to a diffuser, or simply place a few drops on cotton balls and distribute in problem areas (for sensitive surfaces, place cotton balls on saran wrap or wax paper).

Are you taking care of your system so that it can take care of you by supplying your home with clean, fresh air? Stay up to date on routine annual maintenance for the health of your system and your family. Contact Aire Serv® today.


8 Ways To Stay Cool This Memorial Day Weekend

“I’m melting!! Melting!!” Don’t go down like the Wicked Witch of the West. We know you’re smart enough to go for a dip in the pool when the weather is hot, but did you know about these infinitely more interesting, ice-cold ideas?

Keep cool when the mercury is sky high with these frigidly fun ideas…

Buy an ice vest.
Really. It’s a thing. This zip-on vest comes complete with ice panels you store in the freezer and pop in the vest before yard work, sporting events – whatever has your temperature climbing.

Ice yourself down with some tea.
Brew a pot of peppermint tea, then refrigerate it and pour some into a spray bottle. Misting yourself with it will help you keep cool better than water thanks to the menthol in the tea. Then brew some Chrysanthemum tea, a traditional Chinese herbal remedy for lowering the body temperature and treating heat rash, to help you keep cool from the inside out.

Put your kids’ toys on ice.
Literally. Fill a bucket, bowl, or storage container with some water. Toss a few waterproof toys in it and set the kids up for an icy outdoor excavation.

Freeze your sheets – not your underwear.
Keep cool by freezing sheets and pillowcases a few hours before bed. Fold them up and seal them into plastic bags to keep them food-free. Then make your bed right before climbing in. Still hot? Grab a cold pack and place it under your ankles or behind your knees for a little extra relief.

Keep cool with capsaicin.
Spicy food increases blood circulation; making you sweat without raising your body temperature and making you feel cooler as sweat evaporates.

Play cold potato.
Fill water balloons and poke a hole in them with a pin, passing them around until deflated. Really feeling the heat? Store a pile of them in the fridge before playing.

Create your own DIY air conditioning.
Place a bowl of ice water or a couple of frozen bottles of water in front of your floor or desk fan, aim it at yourself, and voila! Instant air conditioning.

Shade yourself with a fan umbrella.
Water protection, shade, and a fan combined in one handy dandy umbrella? Could it be true? Your favorite Sharper Image invention team has brought this dream to fruition. The umbrella’s fan is built in, easy to control, and folds up automatically when you close it. Check it out.

Are you helping your air conditioner keep cool this summer? Contact Aire Serv® to schedule your professional cleaning service today.


Catch the Culprits: Pet Dander

If you’re allergic to cats or dogs, living in a pet-loving country can be rough. It’s especially tough if you have a pet living at home, spoiling your indoor air quality. By learning more about cat and dog allergies, you can identify exactly what’s making you sneeze and reduce your exposure to pet allergens.

Causes of Pet Allergies

Contrary to popular belief, dog and cat hair isn’t usually what makes you sneeze. Instead, pet dander and saliva are mostly to blame. Dander consists of tiny flakes of skin, which can float on the air and cause allergic reactions in particularly sensitive individuals without even touching the animal.

So why is it that some people can bury their faces in the fur of a fluffy husky while you’re left with itchy, watery eyes just from walking into a room with a cat sleeping in the corner? It comes down to your overactive immune system. Your body mistakes a harmless substance – in this case pet dander – for a dangerous invader. Histamines are released to attack the foreign intruder as if it were a bacteria or virus. Your body’s attempt to flush the dander from your system is what causes your allergies to flair up.

Symptoms of Pet Dander Allergies

Most of the symptoms you experience if you’re allergic to cats and dogs are similar to other nasal allergies. These include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Heightened asthma symptoms

You might also develop a rash where a cat or dog licks or scratches you. More severe allergies may cause hives to develop on your face or chest. Allergy symptoms may show up after just a few minutes of exposure to pet dander or they may take hours to appear, not affecting you until the dog or cat is long gone.

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Pet Dander

Dander is everywhere. Over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants help many allergy sufferers, but prevention is the better option. Follow these tips to reduce your exposure to pet dander:

  • Resist the urge to pet a cat or dog. If you come into physical contact with an animal, wash that part of your skin with soap and water right away.
  • If you’re staying with someone who owns a cat or dog, ask that the animal be kept out of the guestroom for a few weeks leading up to your visit.
  • If you can plan ahead, take your allergy medicines a few hours before coming in contact with a cat or dog. This can greatly curb your allergy symptoms.
  • Since pet dander sticks to clothing, you should launder your clothes after visiting a pet-owning friend’s house, even if the visit only lasts for a few hours.

If you own a cat or dog and can’t bring yourself to find the animal a new home, follow these tips:

  • Restrict the pet to certain areas of the home. Never allow the animal in your bedroom.
  • Clean often. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and an electrostatic duster to remove as much dander as possible.
  • Replace wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood or tile flooring. Replace the upholstered sofa with leather furniture.
  • Invest in a high-efficiency furnace filter to catch pet dander as it circulates through the ductwork.

For more tips to avoid pet dander and improve indoor air quality, please contact Aire Serv® today.


Catch the Culprits: Mold

Mold is an important part of decomposition in the natural world, but you don’t want it inside your home. Mold growth begins when microscopic spores in the air cling to a moist surface and start to grow. You’re most likely to find mold in the shower, drain, basement, cellar, crawlspace, attic and potted plant soil. Learn more about this common indoor allergen and how to keep it at bay.

The Dangers of Black Mold

Formally called Stachybotrys chartarum, black mold is a variety you might come in contact with in your home. Constant moisture is required for black mold to grow.

Regardless of the type of mold you find growing in your home, you should treat it the same with regard to the potential health risks it can cause. Keep in mind – mold doesn’t present health problems for everyone. People with allergies, asthma, lung disease or immune system suppression are most likely to see negative health effects after exposure to mold. From least to most serious, symptoms of mold exposure may include:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Eye irritation
  • Wheezing
  • Skin irritation
  • Asthma symptoms in people with asthma
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fungal infection in the lungs

How to Keep Mold at Bay

Mold may start to grow after a catastrophic event such as a flood or burst pipes causes water damage, but even high humidity, condensation and small plumbing leaks may allow mold spores to take hold. Keep mold at bay with these tips:

  • Fix plumbing leaks: If the kitchen or bathroom sink develops a leak, fix it as soon as possible. Also be aware that leaks can develop in hard-to-reach places behind the wall.
  • Remove standing water: This is most needed in the bathroom where hot showers and poor air circulation can allow water to stand indefinitely in some places. To prevent this, use moisture-fighting strategies like wiping down the shower with a squeegee, running the bathroom exhaust fan to improve circulation and cleaning up any damp areas within 48 hours of their appearance.
  • Manage indoor humidity: In the winter, mold is less of a problem because the air is naturally drier. However, the air becomes much more humid in the summer, so keep an eye on indoor humidity levels. Use a thermostat-like device called a hygrometer to measure the humidity in your home. Strive to keep it between 30 and 50 percent with the help of a whole-house dehumidifier.
  • Maintain your Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) system: Regular heating and cooling inspections can ensure that mold doesn’t grow in your HVAC system. This way, you avoid mold spores circulating around your home through the ductwork.
  • Vent appliances outside: The dryer vent should expel moist, hot air from the dryer to the exterior. If this appliance is improperly vented into the attic or another interior space, the excess moisture could lead to damaging mold growth.
  • Keep your gutters in good condition: Rainwater on the roof should drain away from your home. This can’t happen if the gutters and downspouts are clogged. If water runs down the side of your house, it could seep into the basement and cause hidden mold growth behind the walls.
  • Don’t overwater houseplants: They’re beautiful and can even help clean indoor air, but if you overwater your houseplants, mold may start to grow in the soil. If your preferred plant variety thrives with especially moist soil, keep mold growth at bay by adding a few drops of Taheebo tea to the water you give your plants.

For more tips to reduce mold growth in your home and improve indoor air quality, please contact Aire Serv® today.


Catch the Culprits: Allergens

Every year, the arrival of allergy season leaves 17.6 million Americans sniffling, sneezing and drying their watery eyes. If you’re among these allergy sufferers, you know how miserable the symptoms can be. But did you know many culprits lurk inside your home, waiting to trigger your allergies regardless of the season? Learn more about allergy symptoms, indoor allergens and how to reduce them.

Common Indoor Allergy Symptoms

As someone with allergies, it’s easy to blame the allergens themselves for your symptoms. However, as you’ve probably noticed, some people remain unaffected when exposed to allergens that cause your worst symptoms.

That’s because your immune system is actually to blame. It senses a harmless substance touching your skin or entering your body and – due to genetics, the amount of exposure to the allergen and possibly other factors – your immune system launches a misguided attack against the foreign object. This attack is what causes your allergy symptoms, which may include:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Rash or itchy skin
  • Asthma attack
  • In severe cases, anaphylaxis (high degree of facial and throat swelling, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, confusion and dizziness)

Common Indoor Allergens

All sorts of allergens out there can cause susceptible people to suffer from an allergic reaction. From food to latex to bee stings, allergens span a variety of categories.

Much to an allergy sufferer’s dismay, many culprits exist and thrive right inside your home. Since you probably spend 90 percent or more of your time indoors, the allergens found here can be a serious threat to your health. Here are some of the most common indoor allergens that make people sneeze and sniffle:

  • Dust: This mixture of dead skin cells, insect body parts, pollen and mold spores has a ubiquitous presence within your home.
  • Dust mites: These minuscule, spider-like creatures live in upholstered furniture, bedding, mattresses and carpet. Their feces are actually what cause allergic reactions in many people.
  • Cockroaches: Associated with unkempt environments, cockroaches thrive best when food crumbs linger on the counters and floors. When they die, their bodies crumble and mix with the dust in your home.
  • Pet dander: Contrary to popular belief, it’s your dog or cat’s dander (tiny flecks of skin) that makes you sneeze, not their fur.
  • Mold: Microscopic spores exist in the air everywhere you go. They only become a problem when they cling to damp surfaces and start to grow. Mold is most often found in showers, sink drains, basements, cellars, crawlspaces, attics and potted plant soil.
  • Pollen: Yes, pollen is generated outside, but it clings to your clothing, hair and shoes, catching an easy ride into your home. When you leave the windows open, more pollen is carried in on the breeze.

How to Reduce Allergies

To keep your indoor environment cleaner and reduce your allergy symptoms, follow these tips:

  • Replace wall-to-wall carpeting with wood or tile flooring.
  • Sweep, mop, vacuum and dust often.
  • Encase mattresses and pillows with plastic hypoallergenic covers and wash bedding in hot water once a week.
  • Keep food in sealed containers and refrain from keeping uneaten pet food out too long.
  • Bathe your pet often and don’t allow him into the bedroom.
  • Run an air purifier when you sleep.
  • Take off your shoes at the door.
  • Change your clothes when you get home and shower before bed.
  • Run the kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans when you cook, clean and shower.
  • Clean your shower with bleach every few weeks.

For more tips to reduce allergens in your home and improve indoor air quality, please contact Aire Serv® today.


Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Carbon monoxide (CO) is odorless and colorless and is the leading cause of poisoning deaths in the North America. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 20,000 individuals go to the emergency room for CO poisoning and over 400 lives are claimed each year. Are you protecting the inhabitants of your home or business from its dangerous effects?

Hiding in Plain Sight

CO commonly occurs from the result of the combustion of various fuels such as coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Fireplaces and furnaces, grills and ranges, cars and power equipment – anything that burns fuel can create CO. In areas with poor ventilation, its buildup could be deadly.

The Sickening Symptoms

Infants, the elderly, those affected by lung or heart disease and individuals with anemia are particularly at risk of CO poisoning. Sleeping individuals can die before they recognize CO’s symptoms, which include…

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Unconsciousness

How Can You Prevent Exposure in Your Home or Business?

Install carbon monoxide detectors.

Simple and inexpensive, CO detectors offer essential protection against poisoning. Properly install a CO detector by each separate sleeping area, away from furniture and drapes and in an accessible area on the ceiling or walls. Check the function of detectors weekly, marking your calendar to replace batteries twice per year.

Schedule a professional furnace safety check each winter.

Schedule an annual professional service for other combustion appliances as well. Professional inspections and maintenance can identify dangerous CO sources before they effect the health and safety of occupants, including:

  • Cracked heat exchangers that could leak deadly fumes.
  • Bent/blocked pipes.
  • Filter, fan, and venting issues.
  • Pilot light issues.
  • Defective or poorly installed appliances.
  • And more…

Invest in safe appliances.

Such as equipment carrying the seal of a national testing agency: Underwriters’ Laboratories.

Ensure gas appliances are properly installed and vented.

If you smell gas, vacate and call for service immediately. Never patch with tape, gum, or other materials that can result in CO buildup in the room.

Keep your chimney clean.

Dirty, blocked chimneys can cause CO buildup. Have your chimney professionally checked/cleaned annually.

Never use a gas stove as a heater.

CO could exhaust into your home. Keep the door closed tightly whenever a gas stove is in operation. Likewise, never burn charcoal or use portable gas stoves indoors.

Never leave vehicles running in an attached garage.

CO fumes can build up and seep into the building even if the garage door is open.

Properly place generators.

Generators should NEVER be operated in your home, basement, screened porch, garage, or less than 20 feet from any window, door, or vent. Generators are designed for outdoor operation only.

Concerned about CO in your home or business? The caring professionals at Aire Serv® can help you address air quality issues. Contact us to schedule your annual professional furnace maintenance today.

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What Kind of Heating System Is Best for Your Home?

As with choosing any appliance, there is no cut-and-dry answer. Various factors will indicate what type of system is best for your home.

as-heatingsystem-infographic-home-rev2_fotor_0Factor 1: Climate

The single biggest determining factor in the heat pump versus furnace debate, is the climate in which you live.

A U.S. or Canada climate zone map (for heating – not plants!) may help point you in the right direction. In general, areas with harsh winters fare better with a furnace, whereas areas with more moderate climates (temperatures that rarely dip below freezing, such as the south) fare better with heat pumps. Unsure about the best option for your climate? Consult your area Aire Serv® expert.

Factor 2: Efficiency

Regardless of climate, energy efficiency should be at the top of your want-list when selecting a heating system. Once you’ve determined the type of system you want, compare efficiency ratings and cost carefully. Heating accounts for up to 45 percent of utility bills, so it may not take as long as you think to earn back those investment dollars in monthly energy savings when you choose a more efficient model. Aiming for a highly efficient system – one with AFUE ratings of 90 to 98.5 – is recommended.

Factor 3: Fuel Availability

The price of fuels available in your area may influence your heating system choice. Oil, gas, propane and electricity are all viable options, however availability can vary by local, and price is far from static, each effected by and season, demand, and availability.

Factor 4: Home Age & Structure

Your existing distribution system – radiator pipes, or ductwork, for example – can greatly affect your options for replacement. Changing the type of system you have can result in added cost and labor (not to mention carpentry issues). In some cases the payoff may be worth it, in others it may not. Geothermal can be especially tricky, even with existing ductwork, as extensive ground space may be necessary depending on soil type.

Factor 5: Price

You may love to have a zoned, geothermal system, or a boiler over a furnace, but financially those options may not be in the cards. Luckily there are an array of budget-friendly home heating options, and your friendly Aire Serv professional can help you make the best choice to fit your home and family’s needs.

Tired of staring at that giant metal thingamajig in confusion? Aire Serv can help identify even the strangest system – and your best options for system replacement. Contact us today.


Emergency HVAC Services

Weather extremes can be tough on your system, and you, so when your heating and cooling equipment breaks down, you need help fast! If your system is suffering, know that Aire Serv® is here for you, with:

  • Availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Prompt, live customer service.
  • Up-front explanations and pricing, so you can decide which solution is best for you.
  • Never an overtime charge on nights, weekends or holidays
  • Guaranteed repairs, performed properly the first time.
  • Licensed, professional, trustworthy technicians you can count on.
  • Residential and commercial emergency services for all makes and models of air conditioning, furnace, and HVAC equipment.

Want to avoid HVAC emergencies? Consider these common causes:

Improper Preventive Maintenance

Improper preventive maintenance is the number one reason for emergency calls. Consult your system’s owner manual regarding necessary preventive maintenance, including regularly changing filters and scheduling an annual professional maintenance visit for tasks such as professionally cleaning and attending to system components, verifying fluid levels, and more that are essential to the efficiency, reliability, and safety of your HVAC system or furnace.

Inexperienced Service

Professional repair is essential to the safety and reliability of heating and cooling equipment. Opt for expert service to prevent the need for inconvenient, costly and possibly dangerous emergency repair needs caused by inexperienced technicians.

A System in Need of Replacement

Aging heating and cooling systems are far more prone to leave you high and dry than newer, more reliable, and more efficient models. If you are paying for repeated repairs and emergency service calls, consider the 50 percent rule: When the cost of repairs approaches 50 percent of the value of your system, you’re typically better off financially in the long run upgrading your system. At Aire Serv, our professionals can help you determine whether this option is right for you, providing you information on:

  • The Realistic life-expectancy and reliability of your current system.
  • Energy cost savings vs. the cost of a new unit.
  • Available tax incentives and system rebates.
  • The benefits of a warranty.
  • Green benefits, such as upgrading to more environmentally friendly R-410A and avoiding costs associated with replacing phased-out R-22 refrigerant in your existing system.
  • Comfort and air quality.
  • The convenience of avoiding unexpected breakdown hassles.

Need help now? Don’t wait. Contact Aire Serv. Our professional technicians have what it takes to get your heating and cooling equipment back up and running fast.