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October Newsletter 2021

Five Sustainable Home

HVAC Solutions

As a homeowner, you’re likely familiar with a number of “green” or sustainable habits. Whether you recycle, consciously conserve water, or use reusable bags at the grocery store, these routines can not only help the environment, but they can benefit your wallet as well. However, you may be missing one of the biggest opportunities to save energy in your home by not having an efficient HVAC system.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Association, heating and cooling make up half of the total energy used by the American household. By choosing a high-efficiency heating or cooling system, you can save on your monthly energy bills, especially during peak heating and cooling seasons. You can also take a number of smaller, more routine actions to keep your home properly insulated and running efficiently.

Perform Routine Maintenance

One of the best ways to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently is have Blair Heating & Air perform regular maintenance on your system. A well-tuned system should be checked at least once a year, typically before the start of your heating or cooling season. These visits will allow us to make small repairs to keep your system running smoothly. If your heating or cooling system is more than eight years old, we may recommend you replace rather than repair, and upgrade to a more efficient HVAC system that can save you significant money and energy over time.

Move Away from R-22

As of 2020, the United States is no longer producing or importing R-22, a refrigerant commonly known as Freon. R-22 has been known to have negative environmental impacts and is harmful to the ozone. Call us to discuss switching to chlorine-free and ozone-friendly R-410A refrigerant to help save the environment and meet important California Clean Energy Mandates.

Inspect & Maintain Your Insulation and Ductwork

Your home’s insulation and ductwork may be out of sight, but they shouldn’t be out of mind. According to the Insulation Institute, 90% of homes are under-insulated, which can create hot and cold spots in your home causing your heating or cooling system to over-work. The amount of insulation you'll need depends on your climate, type of HVAC system, and the part of the house you plan to insulate; visit the Department of Energy’s website to learn how much insulation is recommended for your home. Your ductwork can also sustain leaks or blockages, causing fluctuating temperatures throughout your home. We can inspect your ductwork, clean out any blockages and make repairs where air is seeping in and out. These small changes can make a big impact on your family’s home comfort.

Add on a Smart Thermostat

With all the perks and conveniences of smart thermostats, it's no surprise that homeowners are increasingly integrating them into their homes. By 2024, most homes are predicted to have a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat, like the iComfort® smart thermostats from Lennox, works with your HVAC system and your other smart home hubs, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit, to learn your routines and preferences, keeping your home perfectly comfortable at any time of day.

Consider Other Home Factors

Don’t forget to look at the exterior of your home for opportunities to save energy. Adding landscaping, like shady trees and greenery, can offer valuable shade to your home to help lower the indoor temperatures in the summertime. You should also evaluate your home’s windows. You can also add new window coverings, like blackout curtains or panel covers, to add more shade to your home.

As you evaluate these sustainable solutions for your home, don’t hesitate to call Blair Heating & Air for help making your home more energy efficient.

Common Air Quality Issues

Dust and pet dander are top causes of sniffling, sneezing and poor indoor air quality. But you may be surprised to discover other factors that could be affecting your home’s air—and your health.

Allergens

Dust buildup can make breathing miserable for anyone who spends much time inside their home. Pet dander, pollen, mold spores and chemicals can also play dirty by causing sneezing, coughing and even more severe allergy problems.

Bacteria, Mold, and Germs

Germs are a class of contaminants that includes bacteria, molds, mildew, viruses and other microorganisms. Some germs can trigger allergic reactions, while others can lead to illnesses. Mold and mildew can also stain walls, give rooms a musty odor and even cause structural damage to your home.

Household Chemicals

New carpets may feel good under your feet, but they can give off chemical vapors that contaminate your home’s air. The same goes for upholstered furniture, paints and solvents, and everyday cleaning supplies. If you have an attached garage, car fumes can find their way into your home’s air.

Home Odors

A healthy house should smell like one. That means no lingering cooking fumes caused by poor ventilation or musty smells from mold or mildew buildup.

Stale Air

The tight construction of today’s homes is great for saving energy, but can also have the unwanted side effect of sealing in stale air. Opening a window can do the trick, but just isn’t practical during the hotter and colder months of the year. Plus, an open window invites pollen and other allergens inside.

All these sources of poor air quality can be resolved with a home purification or filtration system from Blair Heating & Air. Contact us today at 760-537-1120 to discuss details and schedule your appointment.

Four Fall Maintenance Tips

Regular HVAC maintenance in the fall is crucial to ensure your system is running well. To get the most from your heating and cooling system, remember to perform these tasks. It's also recommended to have an HVAC professional clean and service your system(s) twice annually.

1. Keep the Vents Clean

Dust and debris can build up in your HVAC unit during the summer. When fall comes around, it's important to check all your HVAC vents for any dust or debris. This type of HVAC maintenance is important since even 1/100th of an inch of dust buildup on your coil and blower motor can equal up to 10 percent loss of efficiency!

2. Check Your Thermostat

Testing your thermostat is another good way to ensure that your HVAC is not being overworked. If your thermostat responds properly and displays an accurate temperature reading, then it is functioning properly. If you have a programmable thermostat, during fall maintenance is a good time to review the setting you have programmed to be sure they are appropriate for the change in weather.

3. Prevent any Clogging or Buildup in the Condensate

Drain Line - A clog in the condensate drain line can be particularly bad for your heating and cooling system. If you know how to access your condensate drain line, you can pour a solution of bleach and water through the line to help prevent clogs from forming. However, if you are concerned that you may already have a block in the condensate drain line, contact us to schedule service appointment.

4. Schedule Maintenance

As helpful as routine HVAC maintenance can be, an HVAC professional will conduct a thorough inspection of your HVAC system and address any issues. Regular professional HVAC maintenance may extend the life of your unit and may keep your energy costs low.

Things to do in the Valley

  • Join a star-gazing party in Joshua Tree National Park
  • Enjoy a movie at Smith's Ranch Drive-In in 29 Palms
  • Visit Slab City/Salvation Mountain made famous in the movie Into the Wild
  • Grab a date shake at Shields Date Garden in Indio
  • Ride a horse at Smoke Tree Stables
  • Adventure off-roading with Red Jeep Tours.
  • Take a pottery class at Silica Studios
  • Take a flight in a vintage airplane at the PS Air Museum
  • Visit incredible animals a plants at the Living Desert.

Event Spotlight

Halloween Music Spooktacular

Sponsored by the City of Rancho Mirage

October 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Rancho Mirage Community Park

71560 San Jacinto Drive Rancho Mirage

Join the Coachella Valley Symphony for a FREE Concert on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. for an invigorating 70 minutes of movie music and classical favorites including: Ghostbusters, Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars – Throne Room, Bach – Toccata and Fugue in d minor, Phantom of the Opera, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and Symphony Fantastic – March to the Scaffold. Seating is limited so arrive early.

Monthly Recipe Recommendation

Tomato Caesar Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 Anchovy fillets
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. finely grated Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1½ lb. mixed tomatoes, sliced, quartered, or halved
  • ½ cup basil leaves

Directions

  • Purée anchovies, garlic, oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise, mustard, and 2 Tbsp. Parmesan in a blender until smooth. Season dressing with salt and pepper. (Or, finely chop anchovies and garlic and whisk together dressing in a medium bowl.)
  • Arrange tomatoes on a large plate; drizzle dressing over. Top with basil and shaved Parmesan; season generously with pepper.

Monthly Business Recommendation

Bar Cecil

When the going gets tough, the tough get an upgrade. A century ago, the world emerged from a world war and a devastating pandemic, responding with an era of delirious prosperity and frivolity. Well now, the Roaring 20’s are back, and they are located firmly at Bar Cecil. The central philosophy of this throwback gin joint is simple: yes, and plenty of it. Yes to life, yes to laughs, and yes to libations paired with sinfully scrumptious foodstuffs. It’s the cat’s pajamas!
[ 1555 S Palm Canyon Drive ]

Best Hikes in the Valley

Bump and Grind Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Palm Desert that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May.

Araby Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until April. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Museum Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Palm Springs that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Murray Canyon Trail to Seven Falls is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from October until March. Horses are also able to use this trail.

We're Hiring!!!

Blair Heating & Air is a great place to work, and we’re hiring! Blair Heating & Air is currently looking for Installers and CSR's. If you’re a highly motivated, quality conscious HVAC Installer or love to work with customers over the phone (or know of someone who does), we want to hear from you. We’re proud to offer above-average wages, as well as excellent perks and benefits:

  • 401K Retirement Program
  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • On-The-Job Training

Interested? E-mail your resume to info@blairheatingandair.com or give us a call at 760-537-1120 for more information.

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