So, here lately and for whatever reason, I have run into an issue that, honestly a lot of us have but are ignorant to. Basically, many of us have something going on but don’t know it. What I am talking about are mice. And not just the cute ones that live in your kids’ rooms and run around in tubes and poop in cedar chips. I am talking about the ones that live in your home against your will. Often they take up residence in your HVAC system.
Now, it has to be understood as a Heating and Air guy (especially in the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas) it is no surprise that homeowners are not fully aware of the things that exist beneath your floors in your crawlspace or above your ceilings in your attics. I mean, why would you be up there? They’re usually super hot, or super cold. They smell bad. They’re itchy and can also be muddy. Gross, right?
Despite our lack of knowledge on the ins and outs of our home’s nether regions, I would challenge you to take a gander in those spaces. One weekend, make up your mind to get dirty under there and look around. You will likely see some insulation hanging down- push it back up. You may see some crinkled up plastic- spread it back out. You may also see some poop. That’s right poop. The poop will be familiar. It will be those little pellets from our aforementioned friends; the mice.
Along with the poop there will be a distinct smell. There may also be bones from trapped dead mice. There will be stained things too. Mice urinate. Their urine produces a pheromone. This pheromone attracts mice friends. Pretty soon you will likely end up with several mice. It doesn’t take a math professor to realize more mice equals more problems.
These mice are little destructive monsters. They eat, poop, pee and live in your attics and crawlspaces. Their damage can range from holes in flexible duct to soiling entire crawl spaces with feces and urine. Repairs from damaged ductwork can cost thousand to replace. Wear-and-tear on your unit will increase (because you’re likely venting your conditioned air into the crawlspace or attics via the holes the mice create) and that smell will be hard to cover up. You also may need to call professional cleaners to come and clean your soiled space. Your unit’s efficiency is worse off too.
The odors produced from mice can be putrid. Often times, as it goes with a lot of smells we become used to it, we become nose blind to the disturbing odors that are present in our homes. The odors are often identified by visitors or that one nephew that doesn’t have a filter. Obviously, the air quality is compromised too. Enough rodent waste could produce a biohazard situation.
The main point here is awareness. Be mindful of your entire home. Also, be proactive. If you have an issue call someone. It is always better stop the damage early. If caught early enough we can do some simple fixes for you. 706-820-6041
Because we can.. and should..
We here at Indoor Air Solutions are cut from a different cloth. Of course, it has to be stated and understood that as a business, we do operate with a genuine consideration for the profit motive, but it is our belief that business, especially those small geographic businesses in an area, they should serve as pillars within their communities. To an extent, they should provide that charitable function within communities. They should fill that void in between true profit driven organizations and the government sector. What I mean is that business should have a place within our communities outside of just seeking to profit off the community members. Our course tries to accomplish something for 2 types of people.
The first group of people are those who have had less than perfect pasts. We understand that life is hard. Sometimes the hand we are dealt and how we play those cards leads us down a road that has been less than exemplary. We want to afford those people some good training.
The second group are those STEM college bound and VTECH kids. Chattanooga and North Georgia have some smart kids floating around. We aim to focus their energy on a specific career and immerse them into the heart and soul of air movement.
If you have not noticed, that is what this course seeks to do. For far too long, blue collar work has been looked down upon. The people that pick up your trash, pave your roads and crawl under your houses have not been as appreciated as those who preform society’s white-collar labor. In previous generations those who performed blue-collar work were held in relatively high esteem. These people served an irreplaceable role within our communities. However now, I feel as though these people are looked upon as replaceable. This is a travesty.
There is and will continue to be a shift, as our economy adapts to change, in how specific parts of our entire labor force garner respect. What I mean is, as one sector is flooded with labor (or employees), a void is created within another. Supply and demand tells us that when supply is high and demand is low, price will of course be low. And vice versa. We can apply these same rules to types of labor and the respect they garner.
One less spoken about appreciation for our type of labor and for those who preform it is the gratification one gets from performing it. We get to do things with our hands. We get to create things. Imagine the gratification you would feel for someone who fixes your AC on a 98-degree day. We get to feel that feeling from our customers.
With this course, we intend to equip our community’s youth with some necessary skills. These skills will be the foundation for future careers. The Heating and Air Industry is close to a 100 Billion dollar a year industry. There is also a high propensity for entrepreneurship within this industry. So, we will be suggesting to these kids that there is a reasonable expectation that, if one applies themselves fully to this industry, they can be successful.
The course starts May 27th at our shop with a start time of 9:00am. All information can be found on our website. If there are any further questions feel free to give us a call. We are looking forward to helping our people. www.indoorairsolutionsGA.com
You all have seen it and some of you have been at its mercy. Its typical Chattanooga Summer weather. Its 95 degrees outside with 165165231 percent humidity, but you’re in your home, nice and comfortable; all is well. Next thing you notice, you’re getting a little warm. A little more time passes by and you’re warmer. You go check the thermostat. It says its 80 in the house but the it is set on 70. It’s about to get real. You feel the vents. They are blowing out room-temp air. This isn’t right. They’re supposed to be blowing COLD! OMG!
You take a look outside and you notice something odd. Your unit outside is a solid sheet of ice. This is the problem, obviously, but how in the heck did this happen? Let me explain..
There are a few causes of this.
Let’s touch on the main 2:
Low refrigerant or Freon: If this is the issue, what is happening is the remaining refrigerant is freezing the what would be condensation water into ice. The continuous freezing will eventually build up potentially turning your evaporator coils into an ice block. This condensation should flow freely out of the drain, but if the coils are too cold the water will turn in ice.
Dirty Coils: If you are that person that does not change their filters or does not preform regular maintenance, chances are you will experience a premature failure of some sort. Often these failures come in the way of frozen coils. If air flow is restricted across the coils because of a build-up of debris, the coil cannot use the air that would otherwise flow across it to keep itself thawed.
If this happens to you do some simple things.
· Turn the system off at the thermostat
· Do not attempt to thaw the system yourself
· Call me! 706-820-6041
Granted there are other reasons a coil may freeze up, these are the main two. To beat the dead horse, this is the biggest appliance in your home. It consumes energy very quickly. Cleaning and maintaining these things will likely prevent these types of failures. For a small amount of money up front, you can save yourself some large amounts of money down the road.