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Improving your Indoor Air Quality, Tip #1

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Improving your Indoor Air Quality, Tip #1
There are a large number of ways to improve your indoor air quality. This week we are focusing on simple, no cost ways to reduce small and large particle indoor pollution, every little bit helps.
Tip #1, Use microfiber towels while cleaning indoors:
• When dusting use microfiber towels and dusters as they attract dust and cause the dust to cling to the fibers
• Clean blinds weekly with microfiber dusters or run a lamb’s wool duster across the blinds.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), people spending a significant about of time indoors. 69% is spent at home and an additional 18% is spent at work or other locations, totaling 87%.
Check in throughout the week for more simple tips, contact us today for whole house indoor air quality solutions. Vaughan Comfort Services. 856-627-0303. VaughanComfort.com

Tips for Allergy Relief: #1: Wear Sunglasses

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It’s that time again, Allergy season. Vaughan HVAC brings you a series of tips to help combat that pesky pollen. Wearing sunglasses outside can reduce the amount of pollen or spores that get into your eyes. Allergy-irritated eyes are also more sensitive to sunlight, so stylish shades may help your eyes feel better, too.

Indoor Air Quality Tip #4: Control the Humidity

Indoor-Air-Quality-Tip_FB4Breathe Easy: Indoor Air Quality Tip #3: Keep a healthy level of humidity. Dust mites and mold love moisture. Keeping humidity around 30%-50% helps keep them and other allergens under control. A dehumidifier (and air conditioner during summer months) helps reduce moisture in indoor air and effectively controls allergens, Lang says. An air conditioner also reduces indoor pollen count — another plus for allergy-sufferers.

Improving Air Quality: Tip #2

The second tip this week regarding Indoor Air Quality involves your household cleaners. Tip #2: Go Fragrance Free Avoid cleaning products with harmful chemicals.Opt for fragrance-free laundry soaps, and air fresheners that actually kill the root of the smell, not just mask it.
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Breathe Easy: Indoor Air Quality Tip #1

 
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Allergy season is upon us. With that in mind, Vaughan HVAC would like to offer a series of Indoor Air Quality Tips.
Tip #1: Bring Nature Inside Many plants are great for filtering toxins out of our home’s air. The ficus, spider plant, and peace lily purify pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and other VOC’s from the air.
A good tip, as long as you are not allergic to the above listed plants!

Employee of the Year 2016: Dave Jennings

Dave Jennings | Service Manager | HVAC Contractors | Vaughan HVAC
The Vaughan HVAC Employee of the Year Award recognizes an employee whose performance has set a new high standard for everyone to strive for.
The 2016 recipient, Dave Jennings, has been a member of the Vaughan HVAC family for 15 years. Dave has shown a strong commitment to excellence through his loyal dedication, outstanding service and inspiration to others.
Dave is insistent that this award was the result of teamwork and has shared this achievement with all the members of his department. Thank you Dave, for your hard work, enthusiasm and wonderful singing voice.

Employee of the Month: September 2016

Dave Jennings | Service Manager | HVAC Contractors | Vaughan HVAC
Congratulations, Dave Jennings (Service Manager) for being named Employee of the Month September 2016.
Dave started as an Oil Delivery driver with Vaughan 15 years ago. Over the years he has transitioned from Oil Driver to Service Technician to Service Manager. Dave’s enthusiasm and exceptional work ethic are highly valued. When presented with this award, Dave credited his team for his success including Stephanie, Patti and all of our Service Technicians. We are proud and privileged to have Dave as a member of the Vaughan HVAC family. Thank you Dave!
 

Should you cover your AC unit for the Winter?

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Every autumn as the leaves drop and the cold temperatures roll in, homeowners start thinking about winterizing their homes and yards. Customers often ask us whether they should add an A/C cover to their outdoor unit during the winter to protect them from the elements. After all, it seems to be a simple DIY air conditioner maintenance step that anyone can tackle. Unfortunately, there’s no perfect answer to this question.
While covering your central air conditioner may keep it looking a little better in the long run, an A/C cover can create a perfect habitat for critters, such as mice. These freeloaders like to use your covered-up air conditioner as luxury living space to get out of the harsh winter conditions, and may make Swiss cheese out of the wiring and other components in the unit. Every spring, we arrive at several service calls for air conditioners not working to find exactly that. This can lead to expensive repairs that might not have happened if the unit was left uncovered.
On the other hand, we also have had to replace the top portion of the air conditioner due to ice and other debris falling on them from the roof, which may have been protected if covered. So what do we recommend? Well when temperatures get low and cause ice and several feet of snow can accumulate, it may be worth considering some sort of shelter.
In my opinion, it’s best to leave the A/C unit uncovered, maybe only covering the top of the unit to keep large debris out. In the spring, our company handles more repairs for units that were covered totally during the winter and caused corrosion due to high moisture level through the winter.
Dave Jennings,
Service Manager
Vaughan HVAC

Don't Forget to Change your Smoke Detector Battery!

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October is fire prevention month. Our Service Manager Dave Jennings offers some personal input on smoke detectors as well as a friendly reminder to change your smoke detector battery.
There are two kinds of smoke detectors:

  • Battery-operated:These inexpensive units can easily be installed anywhere. They require frequent inspection to determine the condition of the battery.
  • AC-powered:Installed by an electrician (or those with a good working knowledge of electricity), these units are much more dependable over the long haul due to their direct-wired power source. But they should have an independent battery backup so that they continue to operate during a blackout or an electrical fire that temporarily interrupts power.

Some newer models have a hush-button feature that silences a nuisance false alarm and desensitizes the unit for a few minutes until the air clears, when it resets itself. Other high-end models have safety lights that come on when the alarm is activated.
All smoke detectors and alarms have a test button that, when pushed, causes the alarm to sound. Also, most detectors have either a blinking or a solid light that glows to let you know that the alarm is getting power.
Once a month, get up on a chair or use a broom handle for extra reach and push the test button. If you don’t hear anything, then your battery is dead. If after changing the battery, the smoke detector is still not working, immediately replace it with a new one.
While battery-operated units have a built-in device that chirps when batteries get low, signaling the need for replacement, common wisdom dictates not waiting until that point. Batteries should be replaced twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
While you’re up checking your battery every month, also brush or vacuum the alarm to keep dirt and dust out of the mechanism. Never use cleaning sprays or solvents that can enter the unit and contaminate sensors.
The button test ensures that the batteries are working. However, it doesn’t tell you whether the detector is operating properly. To find out, put two or three lighted matches together (the wood kitchen type is best) and then blow out the flame, holding the matches so that the smoke wafts up toward the unit.
After a period of ten years, a smoke detector has endured more than 87,000 hours of continuous operation, during which time the internal sensors have probably become contaminated with dust, dirt, and air pollutant residues. If your alarm or detector is more than ten years old, consider replacing it to maintain optimal detection capabilities of deadly smoke in your home.

Employee of the Month | July 2016

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Frank C. | Maintenance Technician
Employee of the Month | July 2016

 
Each month, at our company meeting, we announce the Employee of the Month (for previous month). For July 2016, this honor goes to Frank C., Maintenance Technician. Frank has been with us since 2002 and has always been a dedicated employee. If you’ve had your precision tune-ups done annually, chances are – you’ve had your heater or AC unit properly maintained by Frank. Thank you for your loyal service and congratulations.

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Robert W. Vaughan,
Master HVACR Contractor Lic. # 5842
Thomas J. Weaver,
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