Commercial Air and Heating System Repair by Apex Heating and Air Conditioning

Commercial HVAC Maintenance Contracts save you money and headaches

Having an HVAC system that works well and is efficient is the key to maintaining a great office space. Not only will it keep your employees happy, cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but it will save you money in the long run. We’ve outlined some benefits of starting a maintenance contract with Apex Heating and Air Conditioning. If you have any questions, contact us at (919) 467-8823 or visit our website at http://apexheatingandair.com

A Yearly Preventive Maintenance Contract from Apex Heating and Air will help ensure your system is operating at peak performance, minimize costly emergency repairs, and can extend the life of your equipment. The lifespan of an average unit without maintenance is 10-12 years, but with annual maintenance, can be as much as 15 to 20 years! We have a variety of special offers to get you started. For your first year on a maintenance contract you and your business can receive:

  • $25 off for 1- to 2-unit systems
  • $30 off for 3-unit systems

We schedule two services a year, one in the fall after the summer heat has subsided and another in the spring when it begins to turn warm again. It helps us monitor your system as well as maintain your building’s air quality. Contact us to schedule your free preventive maintenance quote or for additional information!

Proper HVAC equipment maintenance is also essential to ensuring that your office is protected from exposure to issues of poor indoor air quality and to ensure safety and comfort. Though system life is determined by a large number of factors including type of installation, climate, quality of the original system, among many others, don’t throw away thousands of dollars on premature system replacement, when a maintenance contract with Apex Heating and Air can save you the time, money and effort!

Discover issues before they become a problem by calling Apex Heating and Air Conditioning today at (919) 467-8823 to schedule a checkup, or signup for our annual maintenance contract.

Is the Air in Your Home Threatening Your Health?

You may not realize it, but the air inside your home can be dirty and hazardous to your health. In fact, indoor air can be even more polluted than the air outdoors.

In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence indicates the air we breathe in our homes and other buildings can be more polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. In fact, a 2012 study proved that indoor air pollution was linked to 4.3 million deaths globally, compared with only 3.7 million for outdoor air pollution.

Most of us spend approximately 90% of our time indoors. And, those most susceptible to indoor air pollution are those who are home the most: Children, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory or cardiovascular disease. Children breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults do, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies found pollutant levels indoors can be two to five times higher than levels found outdoors and, in some instances, even 100 times higher than outdoors.

Thankfully, indoor air pollution is a risk you can do something about. Apex Heating and Air Conditioning can manage your indoor air quality with a purifier to maintain the health and wellbeing of your family. Keep reading for all the details.

What Indoor Air Pollution Does to Your Body

Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, unfortunately, many years later.

A few of the immediate effects of exposure to air pollutants (or repeated exposures) include: Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. These issues usually last only a short while and are easily treatable. Often, the best treatment is to simply eliminate the source of the pollution if it can be identified. If you suffer from asthma, some indoor pollutants can bring on sudden attacks or make an episode worse than normal.

Some reactions to pollutants are so similar to symptoms experienced with a cold or other viral disease it becomes hard to figure out if the problem is actually the air inside the home. If your symptoms fade or go away when you’re away from your home, do your best to identify indoor air sources that may be possible causes.

Other health effects may show up years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. As you can see, protecting the quality of the air in your home can literally save your life.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.

Indoor air pollution in any home can come from many sources, including combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings like asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.

You’re not helpless when it comes to dirty air, though. Ryan Allen, an environmental health scientist at Simon Fraser University, has shown that using commercially purchased air filters in your home can significantly improve several measures of health, including levels of inflammation and blood vessel function. In one 2011 study, his team found that those using a filter have nearly 30% lower levels of C-reactive protein, which is linked to inflammation, than those who did not.

Apex Heating and Air Conditioning Has the Solution

Home comfort is more than just temperature—it’s also about maintaining good indoor air quality. Carrier’s Infinity™ air purifier is a premier air cleaning and purification solution with patented Captures & Kills™ technology, providing the highest tested germicidal effectiveness with a 99% inactivation rate against selected viruses, bacteria, and fungi. At MERV 15, it achieves the highest air cleaning efficiency of any Carrier model. This replaceable filter can provide several months of filtration.

The filter can both capture and kill airborne viruses, bacteria, mold spores, and allergens by combining superior filtration efficiency MERV 15 with pathogen-killing technology to deliver maximum air purification. It requires no cleaning and maintenance is as simple as a quick replacement of the special media cartridge.

Schedule a quote today to see how Apex Heating and Air Conditioning can improve the quality of the air in your home! Call (919) 467-8823 or use our contact form.

About Apex Heating and Air Conditioning: Founded in 1969, Apex Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. provides complete sales and service of heating and cooling products. As a Factory Authorized Carrier® Dealer, the company is proud to offer top-notch customer service and expertise. Whether you’re in need of routine service for your HVAC system, or you require installation of a new heating or cooling system, the knowledgeable staff will work with you to ensure you’re given the information you need to make the best decision for your family or business.

(Sources: American Lung Association; U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; Environmental Protection Agency; North Carolina Health and Human Services; National Safety Council; Science Daily; Simon Fraser University; and Newsweek.)

Spring Cleaning Your HVAC System

Spring has sprung! There are birds chirping, warm breezes… and pollen in the air! Accompanying the warmer temps and colorful flowers is everyone’s least favorite part of the season — pollen — and with it comes allergies. By taking care of your home’s HVAC system you can ensure that the dreaded pollen stays outside, and you can breathe carefree inside. Plus, it’s always good to inspect your HVAC system at the start of any season. Preventative care now can eliminate more costly repair bills down the road!

Check out these tips for keeping your home pollen-free this season.

– Use the correct air filter. Typical air conditioner filters are designed to keep debris and large dirt particles out of the equipment and are not meant to keep plant spores out of your lungs. A high-energy particulate air filter (HEPA filter) will remove allergens from your home. For maximum effectiveness, change your filter every other month. Switch it out more often if you are located in an area with high pollen counts.

– Contact Us to Install a Whole-house UV Air Purification System. If anyone in your family suffers from severe allergies or has breathing issues, we offer a solution that can dramatically improve your indoor air quality. Our licensed installers can add a whole-house UV Air Purification System to your existing system to help eliminate harmful contaminants and improve the air in your home. Contact us today for complete details.

– Make sure your ducts are cleaned out. Pollen, dust, and debris can accumulate in your ventilation, cooling, and heating ducts over time. As air flows around your home, these contaminants also circulate. To keep your home pollen free and improve the air quality, make sure you have your air ducts cleaned out regularly.

– Check that your ductwork is properly sealed. If there are holes in your duct system, allergens and dust can easily invade the air in your home. Thoroughly sealing your ducts will prevent pollen from infiltrating your home’s ventilation system. Plus, build-up in your ducts can add up to 30% to your cooling bill.

– Consider a whole house humidifier. Humidifiers are designed to improve air quality in your home and can help minimize the effects of air particles, such as pollen, that get inside. These particles often need dry conditions to thrive and moisture in the air helps to eliminate them.

– Signup for our Annual Maintenance Contract. Did you know that having a professional service your unit 2 times a year can DOUBLE THE LIFE of your heating and air system? That’s a huge savings on your original investment, and can help minimize major service calls or break downs. Contact us today for complete details.

Clean ducts and air filters allow your HVAC system to run efficiently, decreasing energy costs and preventing your unit from failing prematurely. To avoid low air quality and extra costs this season, be sure to proactively contact your HVAC technician to pollen-proof your home. Remember – just because you can’t see airborne materials, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Contact us today for more information or an on-site consultation.

Benefit from Improved Indoor Air Quality in your Apex Home or Office

Did you know that indoor air quality is often just as bad as what is outside? Pet dander, dust mites, and cleaning chemicals all contribute to poor air quality in your home. Tightly sealed homes can lead to a buildup of toxic substances in your home. These substances cause frequent colds or breathing problems such as allergies. Let Apex Heating and Air Conditioning in Apex manage your indoor air quality with purifiers and other systems to maintain the health and wellbeing of your family.

Helping you get better air quality

You have a number of solutions that help you maintain the indoor air quality in your home throughout the year. Get professional installation of these items to ensure that they work at optimal performance. Ask us about:

  • Air purification services to target the pollutants in your home.
  • Air filtration services to add a layer of protection in your ducts and maintain high air quality between services.
  • Humidity control with a whole house humidifier to maintain the optimal humidity during the dryer months, and a whole house dehumidifier to remove the humidity in the air when the weather is wetter.
  • Comfort Controls, such as an electronic thermostat or indoor air quality thermostats, to maintain the right temperature for optimal humidity and comfort any time of the day.

Solutions for better breathability in the Morrisville and Holly Springs areas

Contact Apex Heating and Air Conditioning at 919-467-8823 / 919-367-0102 in Apex, Holly Springs and Morrisville for installation of humidifiers and dehumidifiers. For more than 48 years, our HVAC company has been providing optimal solutions to local homes and businesses for better breathability. Trust us to keep your family healthy throughout the year.

How SAFE is your Indoor Air Quality?

boy_piggybankDid you know that indoor air is commonly two to five times more contaminated than outdoor air, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? Homeowners and builders are continually making smart energy efficiency improvements that “tighten” their home’s building envelope and decrease air leaks (air “infiltration”).

Steps for cleaner air and ample ventilation in your home

1. Prevent Mold and Moisture

Mold can trigger allergic reactions, aggravate asthma symptoms, and even sometimes produce toxins. Regardless of whether someone is allergic to mold, it can irritate the eyes, nose, skin, throat and lungs.

Moisture is the most important factor promoting mold growth – wet surfaces can start growing mold in a mere 24 to 48 hours. Look for mold around leaky plumbing fixtures, your foundation, and windows. Also beware of leaks from the roof, humidifiers, and sprinkler systems.

To address mold growth, stop the source of moisture from entering your home, clean up the mold if possible and replace items that can’t be adequately cleaned, such as carpeting, furniture, and ceiling tiles. For severe water damage and mold growth, consult an expert.

2. Install a Whole House-Ventilation System

Air is like bread—it shouldn’t be stale. Good thing our innovative ventilators are designed to remove stale air from your home, while keeping valuable energy from escaping.

Not only do all of our ventilators work quietly and efficiently to bring fresh air into your home all year long, they pre-condition the incoming air to better match the inside air temperature. Knowing the product that’s right for you is as easy as knowing your address. WE CAN HELP.

For instance, our energy recovery ventilators are made for climates with warm, humid summers. They’ll bring fresh air into your home and remove humidity before it enters your ducts to keep you comfortable and your cooling system from having to work harder.

3. Use Low-Emission Products

Many of the products and goods that we use in our homes release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), some of which are known or suspected carcinogens. To reduce your exposure to formaldehyde and other VOCs, be aware of the products you bring into your home.

Unwrap and allow new furniture and carpeting to air out in a garage for a few days before bringing it inside your home. Use solid wood products and furniture when possible to avoid formaldehyde in particleboard and plywood, or ensure that pressed wood products are sealed on each side.

Use no- or low-VOC finishes and adhesives, and boost ventilation during painting projects. Potentially hazardous products typically have warning labels stating to use them in a well-ventilated area. When possible, find safer alternatives or use products outdoors, and allow your projects to dry before bringing them indoors.

Make YOUR air quality the best YOU can!