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.
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.
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!
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.
- Age of System
If your unit is 12 years or older, you may need to consider a replacement. Many older system use Freon refrigerant, which is being phased out and is expensive. These systems are much less efficient as well and often have higher repair costs.
- Frequency of Repairs
If this is your third or more major repair on your unit, it’s time for a full replacement.
- Cost of Repairs
You should consider replacement when the costs for repairs are more the 50% of what it would cost for a new unit. High end, newer units can seem pricey, but are more efficient and save money over time.
- Extent of the Problems
If there are minor problems, such as an electrical problem or clogged drain line, that wouldn’t be something you would need to replace your system over. But if you had problems with the blower motor, compressor, or condenser coils, you would need to consider whether it’s worth it to repair or replace.
- Efficiency of the Unit
If your unit has less than 13 SEER or less than a 10 EER rating, your system is costing you in efficiency each month. Newer units have up to 250 SEER efficiency ratings, reducing monthly costs significantly.
- Size of the Unit
An over-sized unit constant cycling leads to poor humidity control and premature failure. If your system was installed properly and professionally using heat gain calculations, the unit will last longer and run more efficiently.
We are offering a 10 Year Manufacturer Warranty on any new Air Conditioning system! We would be happy to put together a free estimate on new equipment, as well. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today.