How air duct cleaning can improve your IAQ and help you breathe easier

It can be distressing to learn the air you breathe inside your home may be worse than the air outside. Thankfully, a quality air duct cleaning from King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help improve your IAQ (indoor air quality), making it easier for you to breathe while inside your home.

To schedule your air duct cleaning here in Chicagoland, contact your friends at King.

Here’s why indoor air quality matters

Air duct cleaning can help improve your IAQ, helping those in your home who suffer from allergies.

Air duct cleaning can help improve your IAQ, helping those in your home who suffer from allergies.

Your home’s previous owner may have been lax in duct cleaning

Depending on your home’s previous owner, she or he may not have done a great job of keeping it clean. That means there’s no telling what may be up there that you and your family are breathing in. Duct cleaning allows you to inhale and exhale with ease and confidence that the air isn’t just dust and other contaminants blowing around in an endless, trapped loop.

Pests can leave behind contaminants

If you’ve ever had cockroaches, mice, or other pests in your home, they may have moved through your ducts and left behind a little gift. Droppings and other contaminants can linger long after the pest has gone, leaving you with yet another infestation to deal with—and some nasty, foul-smelling indoor air to breathe in.

Mold and mildew may be lurking in your ducts

Homes that have moisture issues are likely to have mold and mildew issues, as well. Musty smells that seem to have no source could be coming from your vents due to mildew or mold growing inside. These contaminants can do more damage to your healthy than just simply making it hard to breathe, so take care of them as soon as possible.

Your air filters may be clogged

Over time, your HVAC system’s air filters can become clogged with trapped dirt and debris.

Dust, pollen, and the like can blow through your ducts and out your vents into the air you breathe. It’s best to have your filters cleaned at the same time as when you clean your ducts to truly take care of the issue.

Reduce unnecessary spending

If it turns out that it’s your ductwork that’s making it hard for you to breathe, you may visit your doctor or buy medicine to feel better. Your doctor and a prescription may make you feel better, but—in our book—your money is better spent on a final solution rather than temporary relief.

Improve your IAQ by calling King

Do you feel like your breathing is restricted when you’re in your house? Know that the experts of King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing offer professional air duct cleaning. Contact us to learn more about the many benefits of having your ducts professionally cleaned by NATE-certified technicians.

Here’s what it means to be HomeAdvisor screened

King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is a HomeAdvisor Screened & Approved business. But, just what does that mean? In this blog post, we’ll review what HomeAdvisor is, what it means to have their approval, and what that says about King.

What is HomeAdvisor?

HomeAdvisor is a trusted source for reviews, recommendations, and awards for home service companies, ranging from remodelers and upholsterers to plumbers and electricians.

Whether they’re connected to HomeAdvisor through helpful blogs, reviews for local companies, or the (very cool) “True Cost Guide,” homeowners trust this site, and others like it, as part of their decision-making process.

The King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing team accepts the 2017 BBB Torch Award for Ethics.

What does being “screened and approved” say about King?

We’re a licensed business

HomeAdvisor screens all businesses it works with to determine that they have state-level licensing, and that they’re qualified to work in the service areas (in our case: HVAC, plumbing, and other home services) that they claim to work in.

We only hire the best

HomeAdvisor checks the company’s ownership to determine that all the owners / principals are free of any criminal records. They also confirmed that we’re in good standing with the state of Illinois.

We’re a company you can trust

In addition to being a HomeAdvisor Screened & Approved business, King is a HomeAdvisor Top Rated business. This means that we’ve received a top rating of trust from our customers.

We’re an award-winning company

While we’re proud of our great standing with HomeAdvisor, King also has many other awards. We’re the 2017 recipient of the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics. We’ve also won the “Best of Chicago’s Southlands” award seven times, and we’ve matched that total with seven Carrier President’s Awards.

King: Proud to be your heating, cooling, and plumbing company

Despite all these awards, here’s what we’re most proud of: that you, our customers, have consistently given us such great reviews. It means the world to us that you think we’re one of the best HVAC and home services companies here in Chicagoland.

If you need service, turn to the experts at King. Contact us to get started, or give us a call at (708) 687-6898.

What is the furnace coil, and what are things that can go wrong with it?

Split systems—combination HVAC setups that contain both heating (typically a furnace) and cooling (either an air conditioner or heat pump) components—have something unusual not found in ordinary furnaces: a furnace coil. But, just what is a furnace coil, and how do they work? In this article, we’ll explore this little-understood part and explain why it’s a big part of your split system’s performance—and why keeping it clean matters.

First, a quick note: if you need furnace or heating services here in Chicagoland, you’ll want to call the team here at King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. Our techs know their way around all kinds of furnace setups and installs, and we can help address your maintenance, repair, and installation needs. We always recommend having us do a seasonal furnace tune-up in the fall to clean the furnace coil and other parts of your system.

What exactly is the furnace coil?

This type of furnace coil is commonly known as an "A Coil" because of its distinctive shape.

This type of furnace coil is commonly known as an “A Coil” because of its distinctive shape.

Commonly known as “evaporator coils” or “A Coils” due to their distinctive triangular shape, furnace coils play an important role in your split system.

Air conditioners and heat pumps both work by moving heat from one location to another. For both systems in the summer, this means taking heat from inside the house and moving it outside. This is accomplished with refrigerant. As the refrigerant moves through the evaporator coil inside your home, it absorbs heat. That refrigerant then travels outside, where the heat is expelled and the refrigerant is then cooled, starting the cycle over again.

Heat pumps, of course, are able to reverse that operation in the winter, pulling heat energy from outdoor air (it might not seem like it on a cold Chicago night, but there’s some ambient heat energy there!) inside and expelling cold air.

Why is the evaporator coil installed with the furnace?

During the winter, as your furnace uses gas or electricity to generate heat energy, the furnace coil acts as a heat exchanger, absorbing that heat so that the blower can distribute it through your air ducts.

Why is cleaning the coil so important?

Furnace coils are not only typically inside the furnace assembly, but may be in their own casing, as well. Most of the problems associated with dirty coils come from the lack of access homeowners have to clean them.

Dust and dirt

The buildup of dust and dirt can cause problems. Dirty furnace coils are not as good at transferring heat energy, and you’ll start to see your system’s energy-efficiency dip. In severe cases, extremely dirty coils can trap heat inside your furnace, causing the system to overheat and trigging temperature failsafes that shut off the system entirely.

Mold and mildew

When the air conditioner or heat pump is in use during the summer, the cold refrigerant stored in the heat exchanger, reacting with the warm air in your house, can cause the exterior to generate liquid condensate. This can lead to ideal conditions (warmth and water) for mold and mildew to develop. For obvious reasons, you’ll want to deal with this before it negatively impacts your indoor air quality.

Cleaning the furnace coil

As previously mentioned, it’s nearly impossible (and certainly not advisable!) for a homeowner to reach the furnace evaporator coil. The best time to get your coils cleaned is during your seasonal heating tune-up, which we recommend scheduling in the fall before the first truly cold days of winter. The earlier you book your tune-up, typically the easier it will be to schedule you in.

To make sure you stay on top of your furnace maintenance on an annual basis and avoid any problems, we recommend joining our maintenance program. Known as the King Royal Treatment Plan, this program includes regularly scheduled tune-ups and a number of other perks. Probably the best part of this plan is that we call you to schedule the service appointment. Nifty, right?

Why can’t I clean my own coils?

Beyond how difficult they are to access, we don’t recommend diving into your own furnace. You run the risk of voiding your manufacturer’s warranty when you open up your own system, and there’s always a chance that something can go wrong or get broken, making our 24/7 emergency repair a necessity. Worst case scenario, if not done right, you run the risk of harming yourself.

Honestly, take it from us: when you don’t have the right tools or the right training, it’s just not worth the trouble. It doesn’t even guarantee that your furnace will run any better!

Replacing the furnace coil

In the event that your furnace coil has stopped functioning altogether, you’ll need to have it replaced. The part you’ll need is dependent on your system’s manufacturer, the model, the system’s orientation, and more. For instance, Carrier—the brand King installs—has several types of coils, both in cases and out-of-cases. We recommend giving our team a call so that a technician can match you to the right part you need for your specific system.

Call King and get help from expert technicians

Our advice? Let our experts handle your furnace repair and maintenance—including cleaning your condenser coil. Contact King today for 24/7 repair.

Here are the 5 big benefits of a fall furnace tune-up from King

The idea of not having a working furnace during a cold, dark Chicago winter is ridiculous. Yet, by not scheduling a fall furnace tune-up, many Chicagoans risk exactly that fate. Here’s the facts: your furnace requires a tune-up to keep it running right. By not scheduling one, you’re increasing your risk of a breakdown that will leave you and your family in the cold.

In this blog post, we’re going to run through 5 of the top reasons you should schedule heating maintenance before winter arrives here in Chicago.

Your top-5 reasons to schedule a fall furnace tune-up

A fall furnace tune-up can be the difference between a comfortable and cold home.Here are five main benefits of scheduling a furnace tune-up here in autumn:

1. Reduced risk of an emergency breakdown

Here’s the reality: all mechanical devices undergo wear-and-tear over time—your furnace included. However, you can reduce the attrition rate by scheduling a regular tune-up of the system.

When you schedule a fall furnace tune-up with King, one of our expert techs will verify that your system is ready to go for the winter. We’ll also address potential issues before they turn into big problems for your heating system.

2. Longer furnace lifespan

If you never took your car into a mechanic for an oil change, how long do you think it’d last? Never having your furnace looked at by a professional technician is a similarly bad idea. In fact, regular maintenance can help your furnace last longer and run better as it ages.

This is just one of the ways that a fall furnace tune-up from King can actually save you money in the long-run. The other, of course, is…

3. Lower monthly energy bills

A furnace that is not properly maintained will use more energy than one that is regularly checked and cared for, resulting in higher energy bills. Having a tech from King inspect your system can lead to lower energy bills. Here’s how.

As a furnace fills with dust and parts begin to wear down, it needs more energy to push heating to the living spaces of your home. This is a vicious cycle: as it uses more energy and works harder to heat your home, those parts wear down even faster.

By having a King technician inspect your furnace as part of a fall furnace tune-up, you can rest assured that your heating system is ready for a full winter of energy-efficient operation.

4. Ensure the safety of your household

Your furnace needs to be checked annually to ensure that it can still operate safely. A chief concern: a cracked heat exchanger can result in carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless, and deadly—gas getting into your home’s air. Known as the “Silent Killer,” carbon monoxide is not to be trifled with.

If you suspect that something is wrong with your heat exchanger, call the fire department and then give King a call for 24/7 emergency furnace repair.

5. Peace of mind for you and your family

An emergency furnace breakdown on a cold Chicago night is a stressful event for you and your family. By reducing your risk of a breakdown or safety problems, a fall furnace tune-up can provide you with something you can’t put a price on: peace of mind. It’s one of the reasons we provide this service to south Chicago homeowners and renters.

Trust King with your fall furnace tune-up

We’re a local HVAC business that you can trust. That’s because we’ve been serving south Chicago, Joliet, Oak Forest, and surrounding communities since 1968. For many homeowners here, “King” is the name they trust for their heating, cooling, and plumbing needs.

To learn more about our services or to schedule your tune-up, give King a call at (708) 687-6898 or contact our team online. We look forward to speaking with you!

4 tips for preventing mold in ductwork

Tips to Prevent Mold In DuctworkWith the right conditions, mold can grow in your home’s cooling and heating ductwork. Mold in ductwork is a more common problem than you might think, and it negatively impacts your indoor air quality and can pose a health risk.

Exposure to molds can result in eye irritation, nasal stuffiness, skin irritation, and wheezing. Moreover, people with chronic lung disorders can develop a mold infestation inside the lungs.

Mold infestations are common in regions with humid weather. While you can’t completely get rid of mold, you can take actions to prevent and control mold infestations. Here are four steps that you can take to prevent mold from growing in your home’s ductwork.

1. Keep furniture away from vents

You should make sure that your furniture is not blocking the air flow vent. Any blockage could prevent the air conditioner from properly circulating the air in your home.

Stagnant air, combined with dark light conditions, can bring about condensation. This can encourage mold growth inside the ducts. That’s why you should keep furniture items—from drapes to couches—away from your home’s vents.

2. Keep moisture at bay

High humidity levels also encourage mold growth inside the ducts. To avoid mold infestation, you should consider using a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels inside the house balanced.

Also, you should consider buying a humidifier monitor that can monitor the humidity level inside the house. The humidity level should be kept between 35 – 50 percent. Mold growth will start in the ducts if the humidity level inside the house is more than 70 percent.

3. Keep HVAC ducts clean to prevent mold in ductwork

Regular cleaning of the HVAC ducts will prevent mold growth. Not cleaning the ducts regularly could result in mold buildup, or the buildup of other materials that negatively impact your home’s indoor air quality.

Call King for our ductwork cleaning service. You should have your ducts cleaned by a professional technician, as cleaning the ducts to remove and prevent mold growth requires great expertise and skill.

Also, be sure to ask King about our selection of air purification systems.

4. Have King install the right HVAC system for y our home

Keep in mind that large-sized HVAC units tend to create more moisture. More moisture means increased risk of a mold infestation. That’s why it’s recommended to use a proper size unit to avoid the chances of a mold infestation. King offers free in-home estimates on new air conditioners and furnaces so that our professional technicians can match you to the right system for your space and comfort needs.

Prevent mold in ductwork by calling King!

Contact King to get in contact with professional air conditioning and heating technicians.

Air duct cleaning from King can really improve your home’s air quality

Your need regular air duct cleaning from a professional company. King Heating and Cooling is your source for superior air duct services, including a full-service cleaning that removes all dust and grime. In this post, we’ll review why air duct cleaning is so important.

Thought about your home’s air ducts lately?

Air Duct Cleaning

Chances are that your air ducts don’t look this bad—yet. It’s still a good idea to get them cleaned.

When your air conditioner needs service, you’ll know it because you’re no longer getting cooling comfort during the summer. When your furnace goes out, you’ll be aware of it because your house will start to get chilly in the winter months, especially here in Chicago. When your air ducts need service, however, how do you know?

Your home’s air ducts are likely out-of-sight, out-of-mind. After all, in most homes, they’re hidden behind walls, above ceilings, and in attics. Yet, just as you regularly vacuum and clean the areas of your home that you live in, you should also have your air ducts cleaned. Think about the dust, dirt, and pet hair that accumulates around your living spaces every month. Now, add outdoor pollutants and—potentially—mold to that list, and you can imagine what your home’s air ducts look like after a while.

Why should I schedule air duct cleaning?

Do you know exactly what’s in your home’s air? That’s kind of a trick question: how could you? Most airborne materials and contaminants are invisible to the naked eye. From bacteria to dust, it’s hard to know what you’re breathing in—without an air quality test from the professionals at King, that is.

Not only could a buildup of materials and contaminants impact your home’s air, but it could have a range of other effects, including:

  • Lowered energy efficiency: As dust and other materials begin to build up in air ducts, they restrict the otherwise unimpeded movement of cooled and heated air from one space to another in your home, resulting in lowered energy efficiency. Don’t spend more on your energy bills than you have to. Instead, schedule an air duct cleaning with King Heating and Cooling.
  • Less musty odors: Has your home been smelling musty or stale, no matter how often you open the windows to pull in fresh air? If so, the problem might be hidden away in your air ducts. Professional air duct cleaning can help identify the source of odors and deal with them, leading to fresh-smelling air, all day long. That’s something you can breathe in deep.
  • Reduced allergens: Yes, among everything else that could be hiding in your home’s air ducts are allergens, from pet dander to various types of pollen. Without cleaning and treatment, your spring is going to feature a lot of sneezing and watery eyes in your home—which should be your one place of refuge from allergy problems.

What else can I do to improve indoor air quality?

Air Duct Cleaning and Filters

In addition to air duct cleaning, filters can be a great way to clean your home’s air.

Air duct cleaning is a great first step, but if you really want to get serious about great indoor air quality, King offers several solutions for clearing the air. First, there’s a wide range of filters that you can use, from ones that need to regularly replaced to some that can be washed and reused, over and over again. When filters aren’t enough, we also install various air purification systems that clean and purify the air entering your home through a variety of methods. If you’re highly sensitive to allergens or want to prevent things like bacteria or viruses from living in your home’s air, an air purifier might be a perfect match for your home.

Why should I choose King for this service?

King is a trusted heating and cooling company that serves Chicago’s South Side communities. We’re HVAC experts, and that doesn’t just mean the air conditioning unit and the furnace. We know our way around the entire system, including the air ducts, and our technicians are experienced at proper air duct cleaning. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all the work we do, and you can expect our team to be honest and be able to share with you information about what your ducts look like.

To schedule your air duct cleaning this fall, give King a call at (708) 687-6898. We look forward to working with you and making your home’s air more breathable.