6 ways you may be neglecting your house

In this economy, you may be tempted to delay or even skip minor home-maintenance repairs, cleaning jobs and inspections in your home. But don’t be penny-wise and dollar-foolish. That $200 or $300 you save today could result in expenditures of $3,000 or even tens of thousands next month or next year if hidden problems in your home go unnoticed and become worse.

Here are the 6 top home maintenance neglects that could leave your pocket feeling a little lighter!

1. Annual HVAC inspection

Cost: $200 to $300, depending on where you live.

How often: At least annually

When: Spring or fall. Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning companies aren’t as busy then, and you won’t be in dire need of heat or air conditioning.

2. Chimney inspection

Cost: $65 for an inspection, $150 for inspection and cleaning, including removal of creosote build up, which may lead to a chimney fire.

How often: Annually.

When: Before your first fire in the winter.

3. Termite inspection

Cost: $75 to $200 for an inspection, $200 to $300 for a termite-protection contract for qualifying homes with no current evidence of termites to cover treatment and repairs for later infestations.

How often: Annually.

4. Power-washing and sealing a wood deck

Cost: $100 to $300 for a 200-square-foot deck, more for a larger deck.

How often: Every one to three years, depending on the amount of traffic, moss and mold.

When: Any time in sunny weather.

5. Dryer-vent cleaning

Cost: $120 to $200.

How often: Annually.

When: A sunny day.

6. Carpet cleaning

Cost: About 50 cents per square foot for hot-water extraction cleaning or $500 for 1,000 square feet of cleaned carpet.

How often: Every year, more often for high-traffic areas and homes with small children, pets or smokers. Manufacturers’ warranties may require cleaning every 18 to 24 months. You can save money by focusing on regular cleanings for high-traffic areas and waiting as long as two years for the entire carpet.

When: Any time.

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today!”

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A Short History of Air Conditioning

We all enjoy the benefits of indoor air-conditioning on hot, humid days. But how did this marvelous invention come about? It’s difficult to imagine a world without air conditioning, yet slightly over 100 years ago we were at the mercy of the weather, both outdoors and inside.

In this video , you can learn about the history of air conditioning, from its fortuitous beginnings as a method of controlling humidity to its modern-day use cooling immense skyscrapers. Discover its unforeseen effects on entertainment and industry, accompanied by historical pictures and sound bites.

Find out how you can benefit from the most modern air conditioning technology by visiting Estes Heating and Air Conditioning. Let our technicians show you just how advanced this system has become!

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Happy Easter From Estes Heating and Air Conditioning!

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Congratulations to Jared Moore, David Mclwaine and Howard Moore On Their TermaCote Installation Certification

Yesterday, Tuesday, April 19, Jared, David and Howard were certified to install ThermaCote . This product is good for both commercial and residential applications. Estes’ applied ThermaCote to the underside of a roof deck with a temperature of 127 F before and after coating we noticed the temperature had decreased to 96 F. Help us spread the word that Estes can now install a THERMAL BARRIER to help reduce the heat load of a structure, (among other benefits).

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Like Our Get Ready For The Summer Blog Topics? Here Are More Great Resources for You to Check Out

Would you like to learn more about the topics covered in our recent blog posts? If you have concerns about indoor air quality or too much humidity or too little inside your home, or for some tips on keeping your A/C running better longer, then you may wish to explore these informative resources.

This Energy Star guide contains information on obtaining the best efficiency from your central home heating and cooling.

This article by the Environmental Protection Agency explains how to improve your indoor air quality for a healthy home.

Over on About.com , read about how to control the levels of moisture within your house.

Tim Jones addresses problems with air filters you may encounter in your pre-season maintenance of your residential A/C unit.

What’s the most important thing regarding home HVAC systems that every homeowner should know? Check out this article at hvac-tips.com to find out.

Estes Mechanical Now Offers Honeywell Building Automation Controls

Estes Mechanical is offering our commercial customers like Papa Johns Atlanta, The Dump Furniture and 12 Stone Church, Honeywell Building Automation Controls . Honeywell can simplify your entire construction process, from system design and installation to commissioning and beyond. Also, Honeywell can help make your building more safe, secure, comfortable and efficient for the lifecycle of your building.

Since 1949  Estes  has installed and serviced systems in thousands of commercial buildings throughout the entire metro Atlanta area. Our commercial services include: new installations – new projects and replacements, emergency service, replacement filter programs and preventive maintenance agreements.

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Indoor Air Pollution

Can the air inside your home make you sick? Indoor air pollution has seen an increase with the advent of newer homes with energy efficient sealing, and it is important to understand how dirt, dust, mold, and bacteria can enter and remain inside a home. And most importantly, how to get them back out again before they cause discomfort and sickness.

In this video about indoor air pollution, you can learn why the quality of air inside your home is at risk and how it affects your family. If you are concerned with the negative impact of indoor air pollution on you and your loved ones, watch this video on causes and effective solutions.

If you have questions on how to improve the air quality in your home or just want to obtain more information regarding indoor air pollution and its preventatives, visit your Atlanta experts at Estes Heating & Air Conditioning by going to our website today.

Been to The Dump Furniture Store in Atlanta? If You Didn’t Know, Estes Mechanical Services Their Store

The Dump Furnitue Store in Atlanta is one of Estes Mechanical service agreement business for our commercial division. Also, when you get the chance “like” the Dump’s Facebook fan page because we do here at Estes!

Since 1949  Estes  has installed and serviced systems in thousands of commercial buildings throughout the entire metro Atlanta area. Our commercial services include: new installations – new projects and replacements, emergency service, replacement filter programs and preventive maintenance agreements.

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Too Humid or Too Dry? 5 Tips for Cutting out the Discomfort

For optimal health, it is important that proper levels of humidity are maintained inside the home. Too little humidity isn’t often a problem in Atlanta in the summertime, but inside our homes an ideal level of humidity can be hard to maintain. Here are a few tips to keep your house healthy.

  1. First off, determine your comfort level. Using a hygrometer to measure the ambient humidity in your home can give you an idea of the existing levels of moisture, and you can determine if you need to raise or lower the humidity accordingly. About a 45% level of humidity in the home is considered comfortable, but can vary by region.
  2. For humidity that’s too high, your house can become uncomfortably clammy and stuffy, and the risk of mold and bacterial growth increases dramatically. Basements and crawlspaces with dirt floors hold high levels of moisture. Covering the floors with thick plastic and sealing joints and cracks with caulk will help keep moisture out.
  3. Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms remove water vapor from these moisture-rich areas. Portable dehumidifiers offer a short-term solution for single rooms.
  4. Air that is too dry due to low humidity causes itchy, dry skin, irritated respiratory systems, increased static electricity, and aggravated wintertime allergies. Mucus membranes are affected, increasing susceptibility to infection. Portable humidifiers release vapor into the air, increasing ambient humidity in single rooms.
  5. Keeping plants within your home can passively adjust your humidity levels. Succulents such as cacti will remove moisture from the air, and larger, leafy plants often add moisture.

When the levels of humidity in your home diverge greatly from your comfort zone, you may wish to consider a more permanent solution. Air conditioner replacement can be necessary in an older home and will improve the level of humidity once installed alongside a humidity regulating solution. At Estes Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help you with either a whole-house dehumidifier or a whole house humidifier, which can be integrated with your residential A/C to regulate the levels of moisture inside your home. Visit our website for more information for a healthy level of humidity in your home.