Mold & Mildew Solutions for Your HVAC System

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Did you know that mold and mildew can grow in your HVAC system, as well as in your kitchen, bathroom, and other parts of your house? It’s true! When this happens, these mold and mildew spores travel throughout your home every time you run your HVAC system.

At Service First Pros, we want you to be able to understand and spot this problem before it becomes a major issue and affects the health and well being of your entire family. Here’s what you need to know. If you suspect a mold or mildew problem in your HVAC system, call us ASAP to mitigate it fast.

How Do Mold and Mildew Get There?

Mold and mildew get into your HVAC system when it sucks in air from outside your home. These spores can exist naturally outside your home. Most of the time, they don’t last long once they are in your house. However, certain conditions can help them grow.

Moisture is necessary for mold and mildew growth. This can also come in with the outside air or it can get be present in your HVAC system if something isn’t working.

Mold and mildew also need nourishment to grow. When your system sucks in debris from outside, this can feed that growth if it gets stuck in your system.

Signs of Mold & Mildew in Your HVAC System

There are a few ways to tell if there is mold and mildew in your HVAC system. Look for:

  • Musty or mildewy smells, especially when the system is running or you stand next to your vents.
  • Visible mold around your intake vents or your air ducts.
  • Leaks or puddles in, around, or coming from your HVAC system.
  • Coughing, sneezing, congestion, or increased allergies at home.

The Dangers of Mold & Mildew

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Having mold and mildew isn’t just unpleasant! They can cause major issues for you and your family. If someone is allergic to the mold or mildew, their allergies may get worse and worse at home. Breathing in spores can also trigger asthma attacks or difficulty breathing in people with lung issues.

Other signs that your health is being affected by mold or mildew include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Headaches
  • Frequent bronchitis or pneumonia

If you are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to get your home checked for mold or mildew ASAP!

Mold & Mildew Solutions for You!

At Service First Pros, there are a few things we can do to help eliminate mold and mildew in your home. We offer:

  • Air duct cleaning. We’ll remove dust, debris, and dirt from your air ducts, as well as any visible traces of mold or mildew. We’ll make sure your ducts are not a hospitable environment where mold and mildew can grow.
  • Upgraded furnace filters. These can trap mold and mildew spores before they get spread around your house via your HVAC system.
  • HVAC maintenance. We’ll make sure that your system isn’t leaking or otherwise creating a place where mold and mildew can thrive.

Give us a call today and let us know that you’re struggling with mold or mildew growth in your HVAC system. We’ll get an expert to your house ASAP to track down the cause of these problems and implement a solution that will keep you and your family healthy at home. Contact us by phone, or make your appointment now for any HVAC services in Auburn and Northern Georgia!

Should I Fix My Furnace or Get a New One?

The decision as to whether a particular furnace should be repaired or replaced can be influenced by many factors. At Service First Pros, we know that this is not a one-size-fits-all problem.

Our professionals would be happy to look at any furnace whenever you need us to. Then we can talk you through your options and help you decide which of our furnace services, furnace replacement or furnace repair, would be best for your home and your family.

Call for Furnace Repair First

If your furnace isn’t working, it’s a good idea to call for furnace repair first. Our technicians will always let you know if we think that you might be better off replacing your furnace instead. We’ll let you know exactly what is going on with your furnace, how much it would cost to fix it, and what your other options might be.

We can talk you through the pros and cons of furnace repair vs. furnace replacement, too. This gives you all the information you need to make an informed choice about how to proceed with your home heating.

Situations Where You Should Consider Furnace Replacement

There are a few common situations where we often end up performing a furnace replacement. If one or more of these describe your situation, we can help you out.

  • Your furnace is old. Most furnaces last between 15 and 30 years, depending on the make and model, as well as on how you use it. If yours is older than its projected lifespan, it may not last much longer even if you do repair it this time.
  • Your furnace emits carbon monoxide. This gas is dangerous and deadly. If your furnace is emitting it, you need to replace it now. No repair will make you as safe as replacement will.
  • Your heating bills keep going up. As your furnace gets older, it will use more energy no matter how well it is running. Lower these costs by replacing the furnace.
  • The cost of furnace repair is more than half the cost of furnace replacement. This is a good rule of thumb when deciding how to invest in your furnace.
  • You have to get your furnace repaired regularly. Frequent repairs can indicate that your furnace isn’t worth keeping up anymore. Eventually, you will need to repair it and you may not want to invest more in it before you do.
  • You are cold at home even when your furnace is working well. Your furnace may not be powerful enough to heat your home or you may simply need a new one to stay warm efficiently and effectively.

If you decide on furnace replacement rather than furnace repair, we can help you choose a great new furnace for your home. We’ll match you with a furnace that suits your needs, then order it and install it according to manufacturer specifications. Before long, you’ll have a great new furnace and you’ll be warm, too!

Maintain Your A/C Early to Avoid the Inevitable Wait in the Spring!

Most people don’t think about the state of their air conditioner until the first heat wave comes through in the spring. That’s when we get so many calls about air conditioner maintenance that we can’t keep up with them. Customers end up waiting several days or even weeks to get their A/C tune-up in because all of our technicians are already so busy.

Don’t wait until it’s 80 degrees outside to get your A/C maintenance scheduled. Did you know that we can do it for you right now so you won’t have to suffer through several hot days before we can get to you later? Now is the perfect time to ask yourself, “Is my air conditioning ready for summer?”

It’s also the perfect time to call us for service. If your air conditioner is outside in the sun or inside in a warm, tight space, it’s a lot easier on our technicians to get the work done now, rather than waiting until the summer sun will bake them.

At Service First Pros, we can do even better than just doing an air conditioning check-up. Our Triple Play offer brings out technicians to examine and perform maintenance on your heating, cooling, and plumbing all at the same time. We’ll look at all three systems to make sure they’re working well. If we find anything that needs air conditioning repair, we’ll get that done for you before summer begins to make its presence known!

We’ll get your A/C running great before summer hits. When your neighbors are waiting for their A/C company to show up, you’ll already be cool inside, thanks to Service First Pros. If you haven’t called us before, call us now to find out why your neighbors always recommend our technicians.

Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Home Heating Unit

It’s getting chilly outside! Are you and your family ready for winter? You’ll want to get your home all prepared so you can rest assured that everything will work again for you next spring.

One of the most important things to consider when winter is coming is your heating system. Is your furnace ready for winter? Is it in good shape and prepared to run well for you all winter long?

If you’re not sure, it’s always a good idea to get it looked at. There are a few other things to take into consideration, too. If these things are true of your furnace or heating system, then it may be time to get a new heating unit.

Your Furnace is Old

If your furnace is over 15 years old, you may want to consider replacing it. Some of them will run for years beyond that, but many will start having problems or working less efficiently at about the 15-year mark. If you want to make sure that your old furnace won’t have trouble heating your home this winter, the best thing you can do is replace it.

You Spend a Lot Keeping It Running

If you have to spend a lot of money every year just to keep your furnace going, then it might be time to consider a new one. Sure, a furnace is a significant investment, but over time you may find that you actually spend more on repairs than you would on a brand new unit. Besides, you often can’t use your furnace while you’re waiting for it to be repaired, so you end up uncomfortable, too.

Your Home Isn’t Warm

If you run your furnace all the time but your house is still colder than you would like it to be, then it might be time to think about a new furnace. When heating units get old, they often stop working as well. It may be the case that your furnace simply cannot heat your home the way it used it. When this happens, you can do all of the work possible on it but the best option is still getting a new one.

Your Heating Bill is Going Up

Are you paying more in heating costs than you used to? Chances are, your furnace isn’t working as efficiently as it used to. There are a few things we can check to make sure it is running as efficiently as possible, but it will just lose efficiency as it gets older. This means that you may pay more and more for heating until you replace it.

If it’s time for a new heater or you’d like us to evaluate yours and let you know what we think, call Service First Pros today. We’ll send out an expert HVAC technician to examine your heater and give you an honest opinion. And if it’s time to replace it, we’ll help you choose the right one, then install it to your satisfaction.

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