Signature HVAC Blog: Archive for the ‘Export’ Category

What Is an Air Scrubber and Why Do I Need One?

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

air scrubberIndoor air pollution is a serious issue that affects us all, as people spend up to 90% of their time indoors. This matters not only to those who have respiratory problems, but all people, as pollutants can cause serious long-term health issues. The EPA considers indoor air pollution to be one of the top five environmental dangers to personal health, with it being two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

Air scrubbers aim to combat this danger by reducing airborne contaminants. The Air Scrubber Plus® employs germicidal UV light waves to freshen, clean, and purify the air in your home. It creates “enviroscrubbing” oxygen and hydrogen molecules that mimics purifying molecules that exist in nature. ActivePure™ technology can effectively reduce over 90% of the pathogens in your air in just 30 minutes. This technique is so powerful that air scrubbers are employed by NASA astronauts to purify the air to enable plant growth while in space.

If you are interested in installing an Air Scrubber Plus® in your home, Signature HVAC can help! We have extensive experience installing scrubbers in homes throughout Chester County. Contact us online now or call us at 610-738-8310 to get started!

Benefits of Air Scrubbers

Air scrubbers differ from air purifiers in that they do not employ a filter. Purifiers have filters that must be cleaned and changed on a regular basis; Air Scrubber Plus® sends out “scrubber” molecules that clean the air for you, eliminating maintenance altogether. Here are some additional benefits beyond the lower maintenance:

  • Stay healthy: Pathogens, the main cause of illness, are saturated in indoor air. Air scrubbers target these particles to eliminate them and keep you healthier. They also eliminate contaminants that can make it difficult to breathe, especially for those with asthma or other respiratory conditions. Install an Air Scrubber Plus® for easier breathing.
  • Smell fresh: Mold bacteria and spore can actually carry scent that contributes to foul odors in homes. An Air Scrubber Plus® can reduce these particles by up to 99%, leaving your home smelling fresh and clean—no chemical cleaners necessary.
  • Protect your HVAC system: Dust and debris in the air is one of the primary ways to clog an HVAC system. Air filters help, but the Air Scrubber Plus® eliminates an air filter’s role by removing the debris from the air on its own. This helps to preserve the strength of your HVAC system and keep you comfortable while improving your indoor air quality.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions & Services in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Your home in West Chester or Media deserves to be clean and dust-free. And to our team at Signature HVAC, nothing is more important than ensuring you get the best! The best services, the best solutions, the best products—we provide it all.

Want to know what indoor air quality services and solutions benefit you best, or if an Air Scrubber Plus® system is the right pick for you? Contact our team online today to learn more!

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My AC Filter Is Black! What Does This Mean?

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

air conditioning filterSpring is a season for spring cleaning, and that means you may be giving your HVAC system a little TLC. If you pull out the air filter and find that it’s black, you need to do a little digging. Here’s what a black air filter means, and what you can do about it.

Why Air Filters Turn Black

It can be surprising to pull out your air filter, only to find that it’s turned a strange shade of black, but this simply means that the filter has done its job. The filter is designed to trap particles, including dust, allergens, and pet dander, as they travel through your home’s air. As those particles build up, the color of the filter changes. Sometimes this happens more quickly when there is a lot of mold or moisture in the air or if the home has high amounts of allergens and particles in the air. It can also happen if the filter’s been in use for over a month.

What to Do About Black Air Filters

If your air filter is black, then you need to replace it. Once the air filter is full of particles and its color changes, then the HVAC system’s efficiency will be compromised. When the filter is full of gunk, air can’t flow through the system as it should. This makes the system work harder, increases your energy bills, and increases wear and tear on your home’s home comfort systems.

The challenge for homeowners is knowing when to change the filters. The fact is that each home is going to have a different time frame for filter replacement, but a good rule of thumb is to replace the filters every one to three months. If you’re noticing that the filter is black when you do change it, consider pushing up the changing timeline so you start changing it before it turns black. You may also want to consider air duct cleaning to get some of the debris out of your ductwork.

Black Air Filters & Mold

Most of the time black air filters mean you need to replace the filter, and nothing more. That said, if your filters are turning black very quickly, then you may have a mold problem. Mold puts your family’s health and safety at risk, and it needs to be addressed immediately by a qualified HVAC technician. Give the Signature team a call to discuss the likelihood that you have a mold problem right away. We offer a number of air purification and dehumidification services that can help protect your home’s air quality and your family’s safety.

West Chester Indoor Air Quality Solutions

For most homeowners, black air filters aren’t a cause for panic. They simply mean that you need to increase the frequency that you change your air filters, and that the filter is doing its job. If you have questions or concerns about your air filters and your home’s indoor air quality, we’re here to help.

Call Signature at 610-738-8310 today to discuss air filtration and indoor air quality with our experienced and knowledgeable team.

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Is a Geothermal System Worth the Investment?

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

geothermal servicesWhen you’re looking for the best comfort solutions for your West Chester home, you want a system that is strong, efficient, and reliable. And if you’ve spoken to an HVAC professional, you’ve probably been told that a geothermal heat pump system is just the thing you’re looking for. But just as often as not, suggestions can come off as just a sales pitch, so it can be hard to tell when you’re really getting the right answer. Want to know the truth about geothermal systems? If so, Signature HVAC can let you in on it.

Our geothermal services include:

Is a Geothermal System Worth The Investment?

Like any system, there are geothermal energy pros and cons. The hardest thing to accept about a geothermal heat pump system is that the average cost of initial installation is higher, and a good bit so, than a traditional central system or even an air source heat pump. It’s this upfront cost that steers many buyers away. But if you want the truth, the investment is actually well worth it. In fact, the initial investment isn’t even as bad as you might expect! How so? Well, let’s get a bit more in depth about…

Why Geothermal Heat Pumps Are Worth It

Essentially it’s all in the perks and benefits. It is, in fact, about what is unique to a geothermal system that makes it worth it.

  • Geothermal heat pumps are the most efficient. A high-efficiency furnace or central system achieves around 90-98% efficiency on fuel or energy consumption. That’s pretty good, for sure. But geothermal? 300% or more efficiency! How does that work, you might wonder? Well, the number cited represents the amount of thermal energy being generated per use of unit of fuel, which in the case of a geothermal heat pump, means that they are generating more than they are using, whereas a furnace, even of the highest caliber, doesn’t quite use the fuel source to 100%.
  • A geothermal heat pump saves on heating and cooling costs. Your average home equipped with a geothermal heat pump will save around 10-15% per month on heating and cooling costs, and in many cases that percentage is much higher. That means over time your geothermal system begins to pay for itself!
  • Federal tax credits cushion your investment. That big number can seem daunting, but actually installing geothermal systems is supported by federal credit, earning you up to 30% back on your purchase. With this in mind, a geothermal system is actually pretty close in cost to any other system, and when you factor in how much you save a month, means you’re going to be gaining within a short sum of years.

In the end, a geothermal system is exactly what we mentioned before—an investment. It just so happens that it is an exceptionally good one! If you plan on living in your home for five, 10, or more years, we say a geothermal system will absolutely in no way disappoint!

Geothermal Heat Pump Installation & Service in West Chester, PA

Think a geothermal system might be your perfect pick for a brand new installation? If so, we’re more than happy to help you get the best! Our geothermal service specialists have the tools and knowledge to guarantee an ideal product to suit your needs.

Contact us online today to learn more!

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7 Furnace Noises You Should Never Ignore

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

furnace-repair-technicianAside from a very low-key hum, your furnace remains fairly quiet for the most part. So when a strange noise pops up, you know that something must be wrong. But how big of a deal are furnace noises? Do they warrant a repair call or even an emergency furnace repair? Find out answers to this and more by way of the team at Signature HVAC!

Looking for furnace repair that never lets you down? You can reach us any time online, or give us a call!

7 Noises That Indicate Furnace Problems

No unusual furnace noise is ever really a good thing, and in fact, nearly any sound is, in fact, a very good reason to call in for repair. But of all of the sounds you can encounter, these seven are the biggest and baddest:

  • Squealing. Irregular squeals are very often components that should be routinely lubricated that haven’t been maintained recently enough. This can be a big problem because many of them are prone to incurring damage without lubrication, leading to some pretty big furnace damage.
  • Screeches. Nine times out of ten this is going to be a worn out or cracked belt in your furnace. Of all of the sound on this list, screeches are both the most annoying and the least threatening. But once that belt breaks, you won’t be getting any heat until it’s replaced.
  • Bangs. Banging means loose or broken parts. This might be the biggest threat on the list, as that loose part can literally bang around and break other components, leading to massive repair costs if not a complete replacement.
  • Persistent rattling. A failing furnace blower motor is the most likely cause here. This is your best warning sign before the assembly goes out entirely, which can lead to cold nights in the near future.
  • Fluttering. Fluttering isn’t exactly the perfect descriptive here, but it’s kind of a hard sound to replicate in type. Thwap? Whap? In any case, this is often debris caught in your fan. Try sticking a bit of cardboard into a fan and you’ll get the idea. (Don’t actually do that. Just envision it.)
  • Long-lasting clicks. Does your furnace perform a rapid series of tinking clicks when it cuts on and off? If so, that’s normal. But it’s not normal for that sound to last longer than a minute. And if it does, you probably have an electrical issue on your hands.
  • A notable boom. Any boom is notable, and if you’ve been around a really old gas furnace system, you’ve probably heard this once or twice. But what that sound is is often a delay in ignition for gas furnaces, which can actually be kind of (very) dangerous. Call in for repair!

Essentially any furnace noise at all usually means a problem of some sort, and almost all of them mean serious business. If you hear a worrisome sound, go ahead and give our team a call for professional furnace repair!

Furnace Repair Services in Media & West Chester

When your furnace is acting up, you can always count on the experts at Signature HVAC to have you covered!

Contact our team to learn more about furnace sounds, or to set a date for your furnace repair in the West Chester area! From installation to replacement, we have all your furnace needs covered.

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