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5 Common Warning Signs of Poor Air Quality Indoors

With extreme summer temperatures rising above 104 degrees, it’s nice to know you can take shelter inside your home.

However, it’s important your AC unit is ready for summer if you want to avoid poor air quality inside your home. How do your spot poor air quality?

Read on to learn about the sign of poor air quality.

1. Excess Humidity

With the summer season upon us, humidity tends to increase in the air. However, when you’re inside your house, you want the air to remain cool and crisp.

Even if humidity is 100 percent outdoors, you should expect the air inside to remain between 30 and 50 percent. If the humidity is lower than this, then your eyes will get dry, or you will show signs of upper respiratory infections. However, if your house is too humid, organisms will begin to grow.

If you notice the humidity inside your home is higher than normal, it’s a sign you have poor air quality indoors.

2. Unpleasant Odors

The last things you want to smell inside your home are unpleasant odors. Poor air quality means there’s an issue with the airflow. Your A/C unit is letting the air linger longer than it should, which can result in strange smells.

Also, as mentioned before, if your house has high humidity levels, it can lead to mildew, especially in the summer. Mildew is an unpleasant smell that no one wants lingering around their home.

3. Mold and Mildew

Growth of mold and mildew is the number one sign you have poor air circulation in your home. Humidity and lack of circulation will result in the growth of mold and mildew inside your home.

You can spot mold because it leaves traces of green or black spots on surfaces, such as walls, sink, tubs, and other high moisture areas. Sometimes mold-growth is not apparent as it hides behind your walls.

If you can’t visibly see mold, sometimes you will be able to smell it. Mold and mildew have a strong, musty smell.

4. Inconsistent Temperature

During hot summer days, you want your entire house to remain cool and crisp. If you notice some rooms are colder than others, it’s a sign you have a poor airflow distribution.

When you have inconsistent airflow throughout your home, it’s a sign your HVAC system can’t maintain the right temperature throughout the entire home. Sometimes the issue is quite simple to fix, but you should call an HVAC expert to take a look.

5. Allergies and Other Health Issues

If you suffer from allergies and they have gotten worse out of nowhere, you should take a look at the airflow inside your home.

When the airflow inside your home doesn’t circulate as it should, dust, pollen, and debris will collect inside your home. The excess debris will cause your allergies.

Signs Your House Has Poor Air Quality

Now that you know about these poor air quality issues, it’s time you address them. If you notice bad odors, excess humidity, inconsistent temperatures, and your allergies getting worse, it’s time you call an expert.

Above and Beyond Heating & Cooling provides residential & commercial HVAC services in OKC, Edmond, and the surrounding areas.

Need help with your HVAC system? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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5 Air Conditioning Tips to Get Ready for the Summer

When the heat of the summer rolls in, the pressure is on for your HVAC system to work properly and efficiently. Now is the time for your air conditioning unit to do its magic and keep you and your home cool during the hottest months of the year. 

Without care and maintenance, however, your HVAC system can't work to its full potential. You need to keep up with the best air conditioning tips to ensure your system is in the best shape possible to cool your entire home during the summer.

Continue reading below for our list of the best tips to get your air conditioner ready for summer!

1. Provide Shade for Your System

You should provide shade for your outside unit. Placing your unit under shade will surround it with cool air. The shade makes it easier for your HVAC system to run and cool the air inside the home. 

When the unit is located in direct sunlight, it'll have to work much harder to cool itself down and your entire house, which could cost you down the road. If your unit isn't currently under the shade, don't worry about having to relocate it. You can install a canopy over it or something similar.

2. Check the Condenser for Blocks

It's not uncommon for outdoor units to come into contact with outdoor debris such as leaves, twigs, dirt, and more. If your unit isn't cleaned out on a regular basis, then this type of debris can build up inside of it creating blocks within the condenser. 

Clear the condenser of any blocks and ensure that it's in a place where it can receive air effortlessly and do its job well. 

3. Weatherize Your Home

If your home isn't properly weatherized, then cool air can exit through windows, doors, attics, and other areas. Take the time to weatherize your house thoroughly. Provide insulation around ducts and apply caulking to weather stripping with leaks.

Seal up any air leaks that your home might have to stop the air from exiting. If these leaks aren't taken care of, your air conditioning will have to work harder to keep the house cool.

4. Invest in a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats are beneficial in several ways. They come in handy when you leave your house but forget to change the settings on your air conditioning. You can access the thermostat via your smartphone and change the temperature. 

They also come in handy for regulating heating and cooling while you're away. 

5. Schedule Regular Tune-Ups

Your HVAC unit is an essential part of your home. It deserves the proper type of care to keep it running smoothly for years to come. Scheduling regular tune-ups is a necessity for your air conditioning. 

Having a professional service come out and complete a quick fine-tuning of the system might be all it needs to perform at its best abilities during the hottest months of the year.

Follow These Air Conditioning Tips This Summer!

These air conditioning tips are the best route to take to keep your HVAC system up and running. Follow these tips along with other routine air conditioning maintenance such as changing the filter to ensure you have no worries about staying cool this summer.

Click here today to contact us and schedule your routine HVAC check!


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Above and Beyond Heating & Cooling COVID-19 Prevention

As our company responds to COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees and customers remains our top priority. The work we do is critical, especially while you and your families spend more time indoors. During this time at Above and Beyond Heating & Cooling, our focus is on these things: 

  • The health and safety of our customers and employees
  • Implementing strategies to keep our company running as smooth as possible and protect our staff as much as possible
  • Continue to provide excellent customer service for our customers
  • Keeping our customer’s Air Conditioning & Heating systems  running
  • Providing solutions to COVID-19 for our customers

We have also taken precautions to ensure that we do not put your family or ours at risk during this time. To minimize everyone’s risk, we have implemented the following procedures.

  • For your health and safety, technicians have been advised to not shake hands.
  • Our technicians will wear gloves as much as possible and may need to clean or sanitize surfaces they touch during their visit. Technicians will also wear shoe covers as much as possible inside your home.
  • If you or someone in your household is showing signs of illness, including fever or flu-like symptoms, we ask that you reschedule any upcoming technician visits to your home.
  • All employees who can work remotely, are working remotely.
  • Increased Office Cleaning & Disinfecting for those essential personnel that must be in the office/warehouse

During this time there are no interruptions in our services. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the office.