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How to Make Sure Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are Working

How to Make Sure Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are WorkingThe prevalence of gas heating in Grand Traverse County means reliably working carbon monoxide detectors are a must in our area. Like all electrical devices, these detectors can develop faults and should be tested regularly.

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Benefits of Two-Stage Cooling

Benefits of Two-Stage CoolingWhen you’re selecting a new cooling system for your home, you may run across a system that offers two-stage cooling. This feature is one of the best options for this climate because it will cut your energy bills, increase indoor comfort and last longer.

The difference between a system that has two- or dual-stage cooling lies in its compressor, the part that alters the refrigerant pressure to make cooling possible. Instead of running on one speed only, which is high, the compressor runs at a lower speed when conditions don’t require extreme cooling.

Most of the time, your home needs air that’s a few degrees cooler. By running at a slower speed, the system delivers comfortable air that doesn’t have that cold blast coming from the registers. It will run for a longer period that offers additional benefits like:

  • Better humidity removal. Air conditioning systems condense water vapor from the air that helps you feel cooler and creates a healthier environment for both you and your home. When the equipment runs longer, it has a chance to remove more humidity. Excessive humidity makes you feel warmer and creates an environment where mold grows faster and dust mites proliferate, both of which make allergies and asthma worse.
  • More thorough air distribution. A two-stage cooling system that runs longer will have more time to circulate the air through the ducts more evenly. Rooms that are further from the blower compartment will be cooler.
  • Better air quality. A longer running time ensures that more air goes through the air filter that traps dust, pet dander, pollen, and other offending airborne particles.
  • Increased durability. Two-stage compressors don’t work as hard as single-stage units. The system will have fewer starts and stops that reduces stress on this expensive part. Fewer starts also lower energy consumption.

A two-stage cooling system offers solid benefits for climates where humidity can be as much an issue in the summer as warm temperatures. To learn more, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, providing outstanding HVAC services for homeowners in Grand Traverse County and the surrounding areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about two-stage cooling and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.

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Is Your Thermostat Reading the Right Temperature?

Is Your Thermostat Reading the Right Temperature? | Team Bob'sA malfunctioning thermostat not only decreases your home comfort, it can increase your HVAC system energy consumption and even put damaging wear on the components that eventually causes a breakdown or component failure. If your thermostat temperature reading is off, these tips may help you get it working properly again.

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On or Auto: Which is the Better Thermostat Setting for Your Traverse City Home?

On or Auto: Which is the Better Thermostat Setting for Your Traverse City Home?One advantage of today’s HVAC systems is that they’re mostly “set and forget.” Once you have the right thermostat setting for the season you are in, the system does all the work of turning things on and off as needed.

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Stay Comfortable with a Humidifier in Your Home

Stay Comfortable with a Humidifier in Your HomeWhen temperatures drop during the winter months, many people choose to spend more time indoors. Thanks to modern furnaces and effective insulation, most homes are warm enough to be comfortable regardless of outdoor temperatures. Unfortunately, the equipment that prevents homes from being cold in the wintertime is to blame for drying out the circulating indoor air.

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Consider These Tips to Tackle Hot and Cold Spots in Your Home

Consider These Tips to Tackle Hot and Cold Spots in Your HomeAll those hot and cold spots in your home add up to discomfort, and with a little effort, it’s not hard to identify and correct the problems that cause them. In the best of all worlds, homes would be evenly comfortable, but their design, solar exposure and normal wear often create some challenging conditions.

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Your HVAC System: Repair or Replace?

Your HVAC System: Repair or Replace?Is your HVAC system on the fritz and you’re not sure what to do? The repair or replace dilemma is not a pleasant situation to be in. You may be concerned that if you spend money on a repair, there’s no guarantee the system won’t breakdown again. Put your worries aside for a moment and consider the following factors regarding whether to repair or replace.

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Tricks to Keep Heat Gain in Your Traverse City Home at Bay

Tricks to Keep Heat Gain in Your Traverse City Home at BayThe flow of heat energy into a home is known as heat gain. This occurs when warmer outdoor air infiltrates the home via leaks in walls, doors and ceilings. Heat from the sun’s rays can also radiate in through any glass on the home’s exterior. Learning ways to limit heat gain can boost comfort and reduce your cooling costs.

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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Different Areas of Your Home

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Different Areas of Your HomeTaking steps toward improving indoor air quality (IAQ) could make an immediate difference in the health of your home’s occupants. Since you breathe whatever is in the air repeatedly, taking steps to clean the air of gases and particulates result in short- and long-term benefits.

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Poor Indoor Air Quality and Ductwork Issues: What’s the Connection?

Poor Indoor Air Quality and Ductwork Issues: What's the Connection?Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in your Grand Traverse home can have a negative effect on your comfort and health. Poor IAQ can be traced back to problems with your home’s ductwork. Read on to learn more about some of the common duct issues that affect indoor air quality. 

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