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Why Can’t I Breathe in My House?

It’s 2 am, and you haven’t fallen asleep yet. Your nose is running, and the back of your throat tickles persistently. You just can’t seem to get a good, deep breath. Is it the heat? Did the exhaust fan in the kitchen not know what to do with all the smoke from your earlier failed dinner experiment? Whatever it is, it's causing you and your body unnecessary stress—but it doesn't...

Why Does Indoor Air Quality Get Worse at Night?

Poor air quality is directly correlated to a number of serious heart and lung health concerns – and recent evidence suggests that indoor air can be even more polluted than the air on a bustling city street corner pre-emission regulations. Various pollutants such as car exhaust, tobacco smoke, and the combustion sources (oil, gas, etc.) required to run various household appliances like your oven all individually contribute to a very...

How Do I Perform a DIY Air Quality Test?

If you’ve ever watched a good old-fashioned Whodunnit, you know the culprit is almost always the last person the audience expects. The butler. The good-natured neighbor. The mailman. Well, think of your indoor air quality as the suspicious butler of the “why can’t I breathe” home improvement whodunnit. Indoor air quality should always be on the usual suspect list, and fortunately, there are several investigatory tools at your fingertips you...

What Size Furnace Do I Need (in North Carolina)?

All good things must come to an end… And that includes furnace efficiency. If you’re reading this, you’ve likely already come to terms with needing a new furnace. But just in case you’re still in a little bit of denial, here are some telltale signs that your furnace is on the way out: Everyone in your house is wrapped in various blankets despite the high thermostat setting Your heating bill...

Indoor Air Quality in Schools: Teachers’ Checklist

There are many factors that go into creating a healthy learning environment in our Raleigh schools. One of the most important is invisible to the eye, yet it can cause chronic ailments, poor focus, and even missed school days. The culprit is indoor air quality, also known as IAQ. It’s a real concern for everyone, but especially children. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is more polluted...

What Is the Significance of Being NATE-Certified?

At Air Experts, we’re proud to have 100% NATE-certified technicians on our staff providing superior service across the triangle. You’ve likely heard other HVAC companies touting that their technicians are “NATE-certified” as well. But what does that actually mean? A need for reliable HVAC professionals HVAC systems are complex, expensive pieces of machinery with a multitude of intricate moving parts. Many homeowners are experts in their own professions, but few...

Removing Humidity with a Heat Pump

Heat pumps are a great option to both heat and cool your home, saving you money on energy costs. They work especially well in areas with mild winters like the triangle. Heat pumps function differently than furnaces or air conditioners, so understanding how this could impact your comfort and indoor air quality is key to making a good decision. At Air Experts, we get a lot of questions from homeowners...

How Do I Know If My Pilot Light Is Out?

We received this question recently from a Chapel Hill resident: Dear Air Experts, The other night, I was about to go to bed when I realized it was getting chilly in my house. That’s when I noticed how quiet it was… my furnace wasn’t running! I checked the thermostat and saw that it was on and set to 71 – but the temperature was reading 67. Of course, it was...

What Is a Plenum?

If you’ve ever had work done on your furnace or air conditioner, you may have heard your contractor mention a problem with or relating to something called a “plenum.” No, it’s not a made-up word created to upcharge you! The plenums in residential HVAC systems serve very important functions. Read on to learn more about this vital component of your home’s heating and cooling. What is a plenum box? In...

Should I Buy My HVAC System from a Big Box Store?

Big box stores can be great one-stop shopping. You can get a gallon of milk, a stand mixer, and a dozen pairs of socks in one trip — what's not to like? As these stores add more and more products, and you check more and more items off your to-do list in a single trip, you might wonder if you can handle your HVAC needs here too. Should you add...

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