Haha’s Heating and Cooling has recently been awarded the Best HVAC and Furnace Repair Services in Kansas City by Expertise.com. The highly respected Expertise.com hand picks the best in the field by a team that conducts a manual review to verify that each company chosen is the very best. The team grades each business based on the following criteria:
Haha’s is proud to be among those chosen and appreciates the recognition of our work in the Kansas City area.
Did you know that approximately 28% of the population has genes that make them highly susceptible to mold-related health issues? At a time when we are spending 90% of our days in doors, mold growing behind walls, in ventilation, or in dark damp corners of a home can become a very real concern for families.
To keep your family healthy, we wanted to break down what exactly mold is, the damage it can cause to the body, and how to know if you or a family member might be suffering from its effects.
What exactly is mold
Molds are organisms that grow both indoors and outdoors. When they are outdoors, they are an important part of the environment. Indoors, mold can create significant health issues for all that encounter its spores.
Indoors, mold enjoys growing in spaces that are in darkness more than they are in the light, and have lots of humid air or moisture. This often results in mold forming in places such as:
- Around windows
- Near leaky pipes
- In the ceiling above the drywall
- Bathrooms, Basements, and Attics
- Crawl spaces, Heating & Cooling Ducts, and Air Conditioning Units
- Inside walls if there is a lot of moisture or humidity in the house
When mold grows in a home, it releases spores that contain mycotoxins, which trigger a wide range of issues in our bodies when inhaled.
According to experts, as many as 50% of homes experience mold at some point and time. Meanwhile, 93% of chronic sinus infections are because of mold, 21% of asthma cases are due to mold reactions, and 40% of those living in homes with mold can develop asthma.
So how can you know if you have it?
What are the symptoms
Your home might have a mold issue if you experience any of the following:
- Runny nose and congestion
- Frequent headaches
- Lung irritation and trouble breathing
- Unexplainable skin rashes
- Excessive coughing or sneezing
- Brain fog and trouble remembering simple things
- Feeling like you have the flu
- Unexplainable nausea
- Chest pain
- Feeling lethargic and sluggish
Additionally, if you have any of the following conditions, you may be at an increased risk for severe complications and infections due to inhaling the mold spores and how they interact with your body:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
- Compromised immune system
- Cystic fibrosis
For example, if someone in your household has asthma, it can be extremely easy for them to have an asthma attack due to the bodily reaction to the mold, or a weakened immune system’s inability to fight off other allergens.
What to do if you think your home may have mold
If you believe your home may have mold, you will want to reach out to a healthcare provider for an examination and testing, and schedule an appointment for a heating and ventilation cleaning with a provider such as Haha’s heating and cooling. The provider can also check all of the concerned piping that may have leaks, as well as the air conditioning unit and ducts. Since mold can spread to places you can see as well, if there are visible mold deposits, you can open windows and use either a commercial product, or a solution of bleach, soap and water. You can consult a professional on what measurements to use.
Mold is nothing to take chances on. Often starting as a single spot, a mold colony can grow extremely quickly in places both visible and undetectable. That mold can then release harmful spores and spread throughout your home. This is why it is so important to have the inside of your ductwork routinely cleaned, and call professionals to identify potential problem areas if you find yourself with a leak, excess humidity and moisture, or water damage.
At Haha’s Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves on keeping you safe. Give us a call at (816) 456-8535 or visit us at https://hahasheatingandcooling.com/ to make sure your family stays healthy and safe.Read More
Did you know that the air in an office filters through your AC system five to seven times a day? And that number can be even higher in your home! This is why ensuring that your system is giving you the best air quality possible is so important. If your AC system is not thoroughly cleaned out, and your air filters are overdue for a change, your unit can continuously circulate pollen, mold, and germs throughout every room all the time. To keep everyone healthy and avoid turning your HVAC system into a superspreader, it is important to take care of your unit on a regular basis.
Here are a few things that happen when you do not regularly have your unit cleaned out or replace your filters.
Wear and tear
Over time, dust and grime will collect in the ducts and reduce how well the moving parts in your unit function. This means that they will need to be replaced much faster. The average lifespan of an HVAC unit is 15 to 20 years. Without regular maintenance, and consistent air-filter changes, the life of your unit can be shortened by 5 to 10 years. That means that you could potentially have to begin replacing parts (or the entire system) in as few as 5 years.
Higher utility bills
Filters are not designed to work forever. They eventually fill up with the dust and dirt they have captured, and need to be replaced. In this way, they act very similarly to the dryer filters you use to keep lint and dust out of your air.
When you don’t change your filter, it will begin to fail. When this happens it stops being able to filter the air properly, letting dust and contaminants get into your system, and eventually into the rooms the unit is cooling. That dust also jams the AC’s moving parts, such as the motors and valves. Airflow is restricted which creates a strain on the system. When this happens, your system will start to draw more power since it has to work harder in every way, which can lead to utility increases of 15 percent or more.
Additionally, build ups in your system can cause some rooms to be heated or cooled to your desired temperature while other rooms never get to the temperature set on the thermostat. If your rooms are not being equally heated or cooled, it is usually a good idea to reach out to HVAC specialists like Haha’s Heating and Cooling to examine your system.
Moisture and mold
Let’s start with if you have upgraded your system to catch allergens and spores through HEPA, or high energy particulate air filters. These contain a much finer mesh than other filters, so they can keep tiny particles such as allergens, pollen, dander, and mold spores from being circulated. These filters are categorized by MERV ratings of 1 through 20, with the higher ratings indicating that they are more effective at catching small particles.
It is important to note that while HEPA filters can greatly reduce sickness, allergies, and poor air quality indoors, not every system can accommodate the high efficiency filters (especially the MERV 13 filters that are being recommended due to COVID). It is always a good idea to check with an HVAC specialist to make sure that you will not burn out your unit and to create the best possible plan for protecting your family or those in your building from particles that can cause health problems.
Additionally, if you live somewhere with a lot of humidity, or near a high moisture area, not having effective ventilation can spread mold spores and create stagnant air that allows viruses to thrive.
Coils stop working
Your AC unit has evaporative coils which help to remove heat from the air to keep your home cool. With a clogged air filter, the air will not flow over the coils correctly, which means the evaporator coils will likely stop working and this will eventually lead to a total system failure.
Your HVAC system needs regular maintenance in order to continue running effectively. At Haha’s Heating and Cooling, we specialize in servicing your home air unit so it lasts as long as possible. To schedule an appointment for us to take a look at your unit, give us a call at (816) 456-8535.Read More
Summer is approaching. That means sunshine, warm weather, outdoor gatherings and…high utility bills? Unfortunately there are bill add-ons called summer rates which charge a premium for the electricity you use during the summer months. In fact, according to the EPA, an average household in a 1,057 square foot space can spend $2,000 a year on some of their utilities, while those in an average home with 2,301 square feet of space can pay $4,000 a year. When you combine this with rising temperatures, it can often result in skyrocketing bills for both homeowners and renters.
This summer, we at Haha’s Heating & Cooling wanted to help reduce how much people spend on staying cool, so we’re posting our top tips for reducing your utility bills.
If you are keeping your heat or air on full blast while everyone is at work and school, you are basically donating your hard earned paycheck to the utility company. Considering that your central heat and air unit is one of your largest contributors to your monthly bill, think about when you do and do not need it to be on high. By replacing your current thermostat with a smart thermostat, or programming your thermostat to not work as hard while everyone is away, you are cutting down on a significant expense that you aren’t even seeing the benefit of.
In addition to programming your thermostat to work less while you are away at work, consider scheduling it to go down 4-8 degrees at night when you are least likely to notice a difference, and then turn back up 1-2 hours before you wake up.
Finally, with most newer thermostats you can now program them to go down during peak hours. Through these steps you can potentially see a savings of 1% per 8-hour period for each degree you turn your thermostat down according to the U.S. Energy Department. Even better, if you are living somewhere with a moderate spring and fall, consider turning your unit off altogether.
Did you know that your hot water heater is an energy hog? According to energy.gov heating their water accounts for 14-18% of the total utility bill. One way to drastically reduce this cost is to turn your water heater down from its default 140 degrees, to 120 degrees. You will likely not notice a difference when washing clothes, doing dishes, or anything else that requires hot water…unless you are a fan of boiling hot showers.
Heating up the water your washing machine uses accounts for 90% of the energy it takes to operate a washing machine. Using the cold water setting when doing laundry can significantly reduce how much energy it takes to do laundry.
Even when in standby mode, there is a lot of energy being pulled by coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators, televisions, computers, and anything else plugged into electrical outlets. By keeping these unplugged when not in use, or when you go to work, you can make an impact on your bill.
If you have ceiling fans, definitely try to use them as much as possible. Why? Your air conditioning unit uses about 25% of your household’s energy. A ceiling fan may not bring down the temperature of the room, but by circulating air it can make a room feel significantly cooler. A ceiling fan also takes approximately 1/36th the energy that a central heat and air conditioner uses.
If you run appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and dryers late in the evening, or before bed, you can save money by pulling energy at the time it is its cheapest. During high peak times energy providers charge a premium for electricity, but that same energy goes on sale later in the day when there is low usage on the network.Read More
Are you ready to get your shop on? There are plenty of opportunities coming up soon in the Northland and throughout Kansas City for you! Check out this list of upcoming shopping events taking place in the next month:
- Fall Open House at Farm To Home Vintage
Come and celebrate Fall at Farm To Home during their Fall Open House. They’re decking out their place with Fall decor and they’re ready to help decorate your home with vintage finds and home decor! The event takes place on August 28 & 29 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at 1208 N. 7 Highway, Unit G, in Pleasant Hill, MO 64080. Click here for more info!
- Just Between Friends Northland’s All-Season Community Presales!
Just Between Friends Northland will have an all-season community presale at the Parkville Athletic Complex (6014 Missouri 9, Parkville, MO 64152) on Thursday, August 27th from 7:00am-10:00pm. The public will get a chance to shop before they’re open to the public, but you’ve got to have a ticket to get in! Click here for more info!
- Smithville Lake Fest
This event is in place of the normal Octoberfest, in hopes of warmer weather! The three day event will have both food and craft vendors! Plan to join them in the Smithville Main Street District from 5pm on August 28th to 4pm on August 30th. Click here for more info!
- Wild Hearts: Ladies Night Out
The Wild Hearts: Ladies Night Out event will take place on the Liberty Square and is being hosted by Etch.Life, Mama and Me Children’s Boutique, Petals & Potpourri, Anna Marie’s Teas, Freckled Lamb, and Wingz & More. The event will offer exclusive shopping and restaurant dining experiences. Participating stores will be offering deals and menu specials. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 that night. All proceeds go to the Liberty Women’s Clinic! Click here for more info!
- Flea Market Mania
On Saturday, September 5th from 7:00am-2:00pm the Old School will be opening their parking lot for individuals to sell “flea market” items during the city wide garage sales. Check it out at 116 W. 4th Street in Cameron, Missouri 64429. Click here for more info!
- Pop-Up Shops
On Labor Day weekend, Design Coop and OnDelaware are hosting Pop-Up Shops + Sidewalk Sales on 4th and Delaware in the River Market! They will offer extended hours of 9:00am-4:00pm and will feature KC Makers, designers, artists, and locally owned shops and restaurants. Click here for more info!
There are beginning to be more and more opportunities for small gatherings throughout the Northland. Check out these community events coming up in Gladstone, Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Smithville, and Liberty!
Guided Winery/Wine Cave Tours and Candlelight Tastings
at Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery
Enjoy a tour of the property and the winery! Learn about Fence Stile’s wines and grape varieties, the winery’s history, Brix (testing the sugar level of grapes), vineyard management, and terroir of the estate. Finish with a candlelit tasting in the CELLAR57 club room and the wine caves. Tour limited to 10 people. Click here for more information.
E-Town Hose Down
at Excelsior Springs Community Center
On Friday, August 7th at Noon, join Excelsior Springs Parks and Recreation as they celebrate the last day of National Parks and Rec Month with an E-Town Hose Down! The Excelsior Springs Fire Department will be hosting down kids on a hot summer day for free! Bring your swimsuits and a towel! The Community Center will provide a free treat to the kids after! Click here for more information.
Midwest Lemonade Days
at Hy-Vee (7117 N Prospect Ave, Gladstone)
Join in on the fun of Midwest Lemonade Days and help fund pediatric cancer research! Help make a difference one “cup” of lemonade at a time! Or round up at the register August 3rd-9th to help fund pediatric cancer research. Click here for more information.
Melt Box Ice Cream Truck
at Meadowbrook North Community Garden
Melt Box Ice Cream is an ice cream food truck offering bold ice cream flavors partnered with unique toppings and presentation to the Kansas City metro and surrounding areas. Click here for more information.
Polite Kids 101: The art of the handshake, manners, and more
at Kearney Firehouse Community Center
Have you ever wondered how to teach your kids to be respectful and kind in a fun way? Or wished they had better table manners? It’s the art of the handshake, the proper way to set the table, being respectful and more. Topics include: kindness, respect and honor; communication manners like body language, tone of voice and interrupting others ‘politely’; introducing yourself; how to set a basic table settings and a more formal one, too; table manners before, during and after the meal; being a guest in someone’s home and birthday party manners; wedding and funeral etiquette. Click here for more information.
Butterfly & Bubble Release Event
at Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch
The Fun Farm will have a Painted Butterfly & Monarch Butterfly Release event that will take place Saturday, August 29, 2020. This family friendly event includes releasing hundreds of colorful fluttering butterflies, jumbo bubbles, music, and all day Fun Farm field activities. Enjoy over 300 acres of farm filled fun! Click here for more information.
Paranormal Investigation at Belvoir Winery
At Belvoir Winery and Inn
Have you ever investigated at one of the most haunted locations in the Midwest! Now’s your chance! You can investigate the famous Belvoir Winery in Liberty, Missouri on August 8th starting at 8:00pm. Click here for more information.
Popcorn in the Park – Frozen II
at Stocksdale Park, 901 S La Frenz Rd, Liberty, MO
Bring your family and friends, along with your blankets and lawn chairs, and head out to Stocksdale Park to enjoy a FREE movie on the big screen, under the stars. The movie will begin at dusk (around 8-8:30 p.m.) Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own snacks, drinks, lawn chairs and blankets. Please remember, alcohol is not allowed in Liberty’s parks. Click here for more information.
Smithville Lake Fest
at Smithville Main Street District, 101. N. Bridge St, Smithville
Octoberfest is moving to August and will be called Lake Fest. We hope for warmer weather, more food and craft vendors and the support from the community! Also a 3 day event, so plan to come out on Sunday and show support. We hope to continue to grow this event, but we cannot do it without the help from the wonderful community! Click here for more information.
Floater Fest at Smithville Lake
at Little Platte Park, Smithville Lake
Remember TAH’s 2018 Floater Fest? It’s back but now moved to the lake! TAH CrossFit has teamed up with Northland Outdoor Adventures to bring you a fun short floater competition outside with kayaking and paddle boarding.This will be a COED PARTNER event! Click here for more information.
Upcoming Northland Kansas City Summer Camps
We know this year has brought a lot of challenges when it comes to activities and getting together for events. Despite the restrictions, there are still some great camps coming up in the Northland of Kansas City that you can still participate in!
MCC’s College for Kids
3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO
From their website, MCC’s College for Kids offers enrichment opportunities for kids and teens ages 5-16 in a fun and safe environment where they enjoy educational and hands-on learning activities. The classes are designed to engage your youth in new experiences, develop new interests, teach meaningful skills and excite students about learning. College for kids is available on all Metropolitan Community College Campuses. Click here to find out more!
Sylvan Learning of Kansas City, North – Camps
8409 N Main St, Kansas City, MO
According to their website, Sylvan is the place to stop summer learning loss! Programming includes reading, writing, math, study skills, ACT/SAT prep, and homework support. We employ certified educators and conduct instruction (typically) in a 3 to 1 learning environment. We guarantee results for our core programming and our ACT/SAT courses. We offer FREE ACT practice exams throughout the year, and overall instruction is designed to increase student abilities and improve confidence. We use a token system to encourage hard work, raise confidence, and increase attendance. Click here to find out more!
Oakhill Day School Summer Camp
7019 North Cherry St, Gladstone, MO
From their website, Oakhill Day School offers care for students grades Toddler (2 years old) through 8th Grade. Currently, registration is only open to Oakhill families. Participation will involve social interaction with others as well as physical activities. Click here to find out more!
Kansas City Ballet School – Camps
500 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO
According to their website, Kansas City Ballet School is now offering virtual classes for all ages. Under the direction of School Director Grace Holmes, the School offers a complete, professional curriculum for students. Kansas City Ballet School provides an encouraging environment where all ages are invited to find and refine their artistry. Click here to find out more!
Coterie Theatre – Camps
2450 Grand Blvd, Suite 144, Kansas City, MO
On their website they ask citizens to join in the fun of The Coterie Theatre School’s summer drama classes! Both virtual and in-person classes at four Kansas City metro locations are available. The Summer Drama Classes and Performance Camp will be a mix of live, interactive online classes, as well as in-person classes (whenever possible). Click here to find out more!
We hope you have a fun and very safe Summer! Right now we are offering Summer Tune Ups to air conditioning systems for only $75! Call 816-456-8535 and tell us you saw this ad on our blog to get quickly scheduled today!Read More
The best time for you to schedule your Summer Air Conditioning Tune Up is in the Spring because that’s just before HVAC specialists have their busiest season. By preparing ahead, you can also get some great deals, including our offer for a complete tune up appointment for only $75. Here are five signs that you should watch for when it comes to the unit in your home.
- High Energy Bill
Most homes have a normal pattern of usage over time that can be estimated from month to month by your energy bill. If you have noticed a significant change in numbers, you should schedule an AC tune up, to be sure everything is working right.
- Something Doesn’t Sound Right
If you turn your unit on and hear a noise that doesn’t sound right, you’re going to want to schedule a time for us to come out and do a check. If there is a part that is loose or malfunctioning, you’ll want to identify it right away so there aren’t larger problems in the future.
- Too Much Humidity
Another issue that you might notice that would prompt you to want your system checked would be the amount of humidity or lack thereof in your home. Your HVAC system should balance the air quality in your home. If there’s a problem, we have humidifiers and dehumidifiers that will help.
- Something Doesn’t Smell Right
If something doesn’t smell right when you turn your system on, turn it off and call a HVAC technician right away. If there’s a burning smell, that could mean that you have an electrical problem and there would be a risk of possible fire. If there’s a musty smell, that probably means there is some kind of a mold or mildew growth from humidity in your unit.
- Poor Air Ventilation
If you notice that part of your home isn’t receiving air flow or there’s an imbalance in temperatures from room to room, you should schedule an appointment. Our technicians will be able to identify where your problem is coming and help you to fix the problem.
These are just some of the reasons why you should schedule an appointment. Having a regular check up each Spring and Fall will assure you that your system is running at its best for the comfort and efficiency that you and your family deserve. Give us a call today at 816-456-8535.Read More