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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR AIR CONDITIONER DRAIN LINE IS CLOGGED

Your air conditioner not only removes heat from your home, it removes humidity as well. During the sticky days of summer, it can take a lot of moisture out of your indoor air -- and all that water has to go somewhere. Ideally, it collects in your air handler’s condensate drip pan, where it flows into a drain tube that leads outside your home. But this tube can become clogged over time, and that can lead to water damage. 

 How Do Clogs Form?

The water that collects in your air handler’s condensate pan contains microscopic bacteria and other tiny particles from the air. As it drips through the drain line, the water leaves behind a residue that can build up to form algae, mold and even wet clumps of dust and dirt.

Since the drain line leads to the outdoors, it’s also possible that clogs can form from that end, as well. If the drain line exits in an especially dusty place, it could be clogged with a dirt clod. And if you haven’t used your air conditioner in a while, it’s possible that insects have built a nest in the opening.

How Do I Know if I Have a Clog?

When your drain line clogs up, what happens next depends on your air handler’s features. Many modern air handlers can detect when the drip pan is too full and respond by shutting down. The most sophisticated models can even send a text message or email when this happens. While this is an inconvenience, it’s better than the drip pan overflowing.

If your air handler doesn’t have this feature, you might not notice a problem until you see water dripping through your ceiling or out of your vents. This means that the drip pan has already overflowed, and you should shut down your air conditioner immediately.

How Do I Clear a Drain Line Clog?

Clearing a drain line requires certain equipment, notably a wet/dry shop vac and possibly an air compressor. If your air handler is located in your attic, it will also require working up there, possibly in a tight space. If you you’re unable to do this or lack the equipment, you should leave this job up to an Air Temperature Specialists HVAC technician -- it’s a quick emergency repair. 888-588-1602

Benefits of a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

1. Eliminate Odors 

One of the main reasons for having an exhaust fan is for odor control. If an unpleasant odor occurs in the bathroom, it can easily be drawn out with the help of an exhaust fan.

As a result, the ventilation system will enable you to keep your bathroom well maintained, while offering a clean atmosphere for the next person.

2. Humidity Reduction

Reducing the humidity in a bathroom is vital for its upkeep. Excessive moisture can wreak havoc on bathroom walls by causing paint and wallpaper to peel. In extreme cases, it can even cause doors to warp!

Most importantly, the humidity can cause mold to accumulate. These spores can grow rapidly and can be difficult to get rid of. Therefore, it is crucial to have bathroom exhaust fans to prevent this from happening.

3. Reduce Airborne Contaminants

Bathrooms are typically cleaned with aggressive chemicals, which can cause a variety of health issues when inhaled. This is a major concern especially for small children, the elderly, or those with current lung conditions.

Additionally, if the bathroom is already experiencing a mold problem, the fan will help to remove the buildup of spores in the air. This, in turn, will also help to slow down the mold's growth rate.

4. Help Eliminate Foggy Mirror Syndrome

Bathroom exhaust fans will help control the moisture and remove water vapor on your mirrors and walls.

WHY IS MY SECOND STORY HOTTER THAN THE GROUND FLOOR?

We all know that hot air rises, and that’s a key factor in a common household HVAC problem: a second story that’s hotter than the first floor. But it’s far from the only factor, and a close examination of your home and HVAC system could help you alleviate this costly and uncomfortable summertime problem. 
Let’s take a look at some of the other major factors that can contribute to this issue: 
Factor #1: Your Air Conditioner Replacing your air conditioner is a major expense, but it’s also an inevitability of home ownership. The average lifespan of a central air conditioning unit is 15 to 20 years, and with every year of use, your system loses a little of its efficiency. If your air conditioner is primed for replacement and you’re sweltering in your second story, it could be that your system just can’t keep up with demand anymore. You should have a thorough inspection from a licensed HVAC technician to be sure, though, because there are other potential causes. 
Factor #2: Your Duct work The farther your air conditioner is from your second floor, the more ductwork it has to pass through to get there. And if that network of ducts is full of gaps and leaks, a lot of that cold air can get lost before it reaches your upstairs rooms. 
Factor #3: Your Attic Attic insulation is an important thermal barrier all year long. It keeps hot air in during the winter and out during the summer. But it can degrade over time.  

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Consumer Demand Grows for High-End Air Conditioners

High-end air conditioners are growing in popularity, with a wide variety of features that can meet the needs and desires of most homeowners. When shopping for new cooling systems, more homeowners are turning to high-end models in a market still dominated by basic systems. This is largely due to the technology and convenience these high-end air conditioners offer. 
 
  • Variable capacity air conditioners offer vast efficiency benefits for users. These systems deliver superior comfort in the home, with precision temperature maintenance that spares large temperature swings and frequent system cycling. Better humidity control is another advantage these systems present to the home.
  • Today’s homeowner looks for products to make life easy. With air conditioning systems, they are looking for improved efficiency, indoor air quality, and integration with smart home hubs. High-end air conditioners offer these capacities where basic models lack them.
  • Zone control with high-end air conditioners is popular, allowing homeowners to realize lower energy consumption and utility bills thanks to the customized outputs the systems provide.
  • HVAC systems are now being seen as a vital component of the home, rather than just part of the home’s mechanics. Homeowners recognize the HVAC system’s impact on comfort, convenience, and health, and are willing to invest in higher quality equipment to benefit in these areas. Homeowners turn to high-end air conditioners to improve indoor air quality, controlling dust, bacteria, allergens, and mold.
  • Millennial homeowners have largely affected the move toward high-end air conditioners. Many in this generation are purchasing fixer-upper homes and are upgrading existing systems with newer technology. This group of homeowners values health, energy efficiency, and convenience over saving money on a system purchase, and are focused on environmentally friendly products as well as doing business with manufacturers demonstrating social responsibility.
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