Presents Service Techs Would Love

When you go hunting for holiday presents for your friends and family, who are you typically shopping for? We’re guessing your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, siblings, and close friends, at the least. But what about getting something for the guy who replaced your water heater or for the woman who repaired your furnace? If you’d like to spread a little joy to the people who keep your home comfortable and safe, check out these presents service techs would love. presents-service-techs-would-love-air-treatment-company

Mini Speaker

While your technicians will always be completely focused on your service, sometimes, it’s nice to have some music playing in the background while you work. A mini speaker — wired or Bluetooth — can provide your tech with some nice tunes while they perform your service job.

Winter Work Gloves

When your techs are working outside, the first things that starts getting cold are their hands. A pair of winter work gloves with no-slip grips and touch-screen compatibility can help keep them warm while still allowing them to do their jobs efficiently.

Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Service techs can put in a lot of hours making sure all their customers are taken care of. You can keep them caffeinated (and warm) with the gift of a travel mug. While you can decide what size mug to give them, we’re thinking the bigger, the better — whatever holds the most coffee.

Swiss+Tech Utili-Key 6-in-1 Mini-Tool

While all our techs are equipped with the necessary tools, it never hurts to have extra ones, and this tool definitely comes fully-loaded. It includes a flat screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, mini-screwdriver, straight blade knife, serrated blade knife, and a bottle opener, so your service tech can get plenty of use out of it.

We do our best year-round to give you the best gift we can — excellent service. When it comes to keeping your home comfortable and safe, let the experts at Air Treatment Company help. We offer HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, as well as whole home air purifiers to keep you and your family breathing easily. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.

 

How Your Holiday Decorations Are Affecting Your Heating

It’s the most wonderful time of the year —at least that’s how the song goes. The holiday season is supposed to be a time of merriment and joy, but if you’re putting yourself in danger by how you’re decking the halls, that merriment goes out the window. If you want to keep your home holly and jolly, you should start wondering how your holiday decorations are affecting your heating. holiday-decorations-affecting-heating-air-treatment-company

Cords and Candles

A lot of people use extension cords when decorating their home to help lights and blow-up lawn ornaments reach the outlets. Those extension cords are usually not insulated properly and can become very hot — potentially even frayed — and cause a fire.  Candles — while pretty and sweet-smelling — add more heat to your home than you may think, which can throw your heating system out of whack.

Christmas Trees

When decorating your Christmas tree, check to see what kind of light bulbs you’re using. Older bulbs generate a lot of heat which can make your home feel warm and stuffy. Plus, if a hot bulb touches dry pine needles, it can potentially start a fire. You should only use LED lights when decorating since they use 70% less energy and, therefore, don’t produce as much heat that could interfere with your HVAC system.

 

When it comes to keeping your home comfortable and safe, let the experts at Air Treatment Company help. We offer HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, as well as whole home air purifiers to keep you and your family breathing easily. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.

 

Things Everyone Should Know About Portable Heaters

In an effort to save money on heating their homes, many people have started using portable heaters to provide direct warmth two rooms in their home. Now, while they seem to be energy efficient and economical, you should take precautions before beginning to use one. Here are a few things everyone should know about portable heaters.portable-heater-air-treatment-company

Buy the right size.

Portable heaters are usually designed to warm small areas, not large rooms. However, if you buy one that is too small, it will overwork itself and use even more energy, costing you more money. Before purchasing one, make sure you’re buying the right size for the right room.

Look for every safety feature possible.

Portable heaters aren’t always the safest way to heat your home. Make sure you find one that has tip-over and overheating protection. This way, if it gets knocked over or becomes too hot, it will turn off and eliminate the risk of starting a fire.

Be careful with their placement.

The general rule of thumb is to keep portable heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture, window treatments, and anything else that could catch fire. Most importantly, never put anything on top of the heater, no matter what material it’s made of.

Maintain the heater.

Once in a while, inspect the wire coming from your heater to make sure it’s not frayed or damaged. You should also wipe down the heater every so often to reduce the amount of dust particles that attached to it.

 

When it comes to keeping your home comfortable and safe, let the experts at Air Treatment Company help. We offer HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, as well as whole home air purifiers to keep you and your family breathing easily. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.

 

How to Keep Your Home Cool During Thanksgiving

Have any of your Thanksgiving dinners ended with guests sweating at the table or running outside to cool down and escape from how hot the house is? That could be because you’re letting your home get too warm as the day goes on. In order to keep your home cool during Thanksgiving, follow these tips. keep-your-home-cool-during-thanksgiving-air-treatment-company

Turn Your Thermostat Down

Your oven and stove are going to give off plenty of heat to warm up your home, so you don’t need to have your thermostat set to 75°. Turn it down to 68° or even 65° to help balance out the temperature in your home.

Keep Your Cookery Covered

You can physically see the heat coming from the pots and pans cooking on your stove, so keep them covered to contain that heat and prevent it from spreading to the rest of your home. Bonus — food cooks faster when it’s covered.

Turn on Your Exhaust Fan

The fan above your stove is there for a reason, so do yourself a favor and use it. That fan will not only help get rid of the heat in your kitchen, but it will also rid your home of any funky smells that come off the food you’re cooking.

Use Your Ceiling Fans

True, fans don’t necessarily cool air, but they help circulate it, creating a cooler feel. Turn on ceiling fans in the rooms your guests are spending time in.

Open Your Windows

If all else fails, crack open a few windows around your home to let fresh air flow in and give your guests some relief from the kitchen.

 

If you’re in need of a little more help to keep your home cool during Thanksgiving, give the experts at Air Treatment Company a call. We offer HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, so you’re perfectly comfortable year-round. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.

 

Things to Never Have Near Your Thermostat

Isn’t it frustrating when you’re freezing in your home, but your heat doesn’t kick on? It’s almost as bad as when your heat does turn on, but you’re sitting there sweating because it’s already warm. Before you go thinking something is wrong with your heating system itself, you should take a look at where you placed your thermostat because, yes, there are things to never have near your thermostat. near-your-themostat-air-treatment-company

Windows and Doors

If you place your thermostat near a window or door, it’s going to sense the cool air coming in from outside your home and kick on when it may not be necessary.

Air Vents

You’re not the only one who feels the warm air coming from your air vents. Your thermostat will too if that’s what it’s placed near, and it won’t be able to read the temperature of the room the right way because it will feel warm being so close to the vent. That can leave you freezing if it doesn’t kick on.

Electronics

Electronics that may end up near your thermostat, such as your TV or video game consoles, give off heat that could throw your thermostat out of whack. Try to leave some distance between any electronics and your thermostat.

Space Heaters

First off, space heaters are not the safest way to heat your home, so please take extra caution if you decide to use them. Secondly, don’t put them near your thermostat because, with the amount of heat they can give off, your thermostat won’t be able to generate an accurate temperature reading, leaving you, quite literally, in the cold.

 

When it comes to keeping your home comfortable and safe, let the experts at Air Treatment Company help. We offer HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, so you’re perfectly comfortable year-round. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.

 

Where to Insulate Your Home

We’re guessing that when you hear the word insulation, you think of travel mugs that keep your coffee hot and lunch boxes that keep the kids’ snacks cold. But when’s the last time you thought about the insulation in your home? With winter fast approaching, you’ll want to make sure you stay as warm and comfortable as possible, so here’s where to insulate your home. insulate-your-home-air-treatment-company

The Attic

A lot of heat can escape through your attic if it’s not insulated. Beyond that, a lot of cold, outside air can enter your home, completely canceling out the heat your HVAC system is pumping through the house. Even if your attic is already insulated, you may benefit from adding more insulation.

The Air Ducts

Most homeowners don’t think about insulating their air ducts, but doing so can help prevent heat and energy from being wasted when it goes through unconditioned space.

The Cathedral Ceilings

By having the proper insulation in your cathedral ceilings, you can keep the temperatures near your ceiling closer to the room’s general temperature and achieve more even heating throughout your home. You just have to make sure that there is enough space between the roof and the ceiling to allow proper ventilation.

The Floors Above the Garage

Your garage tends to be one of the coldest “rooms” in your house, so insulating the floors above it can prevent all that cold air from seeping into those rooms. Plus, it’s extra protection in case any car exhaust seeps through the ceiling.

When it comes to keeping your home warm and comfortable, trust the experts at Air Treatment Company help. We offer HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, as well as whole home air purifiers to keep you and your family breathing easily. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.

 

Heating Your Home with Clean Air in Mind

There are fewer things cozier than gathering around the fireplace with some blankets and hot cocoa. If you’re looking to roast chestnuts on an open fire and warm yourself up, we’d hope you’d like to avoid breathing in any carcinogens from the flames. That being the case, you should be heating your home with clear air in mind. heating-your-home-with-clean-air-air-treatment-company

Have Your Chimney Cleaned

You’ve seen the movie scene in which an avalanche of soot falls down the chimney and into a person’s home. As funny as that may seem on film, all that soot can fill your home with dangerous carcinogens and fumes, making the air you breathe harmful to your family. Have your chimney cleaned before lighting your fireplace.

Use the Right Logs

Make sure the wood you’re planning to burn is stored in a dry area so mold doesn’t grow on it. If you’re buying the wood, make sure it is EPA-approved and wax-free, as the wax can emit harmful contaminants into the air.

Only Burn Approved Wood

It may be tempting to burn old photographs, broken phones, or other trash, but avoid doing that. All those items, among other materials, emit particles into the air that can harm you and the environment.

Keep Your HVAC System Clean

Make sure your air filters are changed each month so they are able to properly catch harmful particles in the air, and keep your vent open to allow for good air circulation.

When it comes to heating your home with clean air in mind, let the experts at Air Treatment Company help. We offer HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, as well as whole home air purifiers to keep you and your family breathing easily. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.

 

How Your Home’s Temperature is Affecting Your Night’s Sleep

Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night, unable to get comfortable to sleep? That might be because your room is not the optimal temperature for a good night’s sleep. If your home’s temperature is affecting your night’s sleep, there are a few things you can do to get back into the snooze groove. temperature-is-affecting-your-nights-sleep-air-treatment-company

How Your Home’s Temperature is Affecting Your Night’s Sleep

The Temperature

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the best temperature for sleeping is 65 degrees. While this may seem frigidly cold to some people, it actually coincides with your body’s natural temperature dips during your sleep cycle.

How to Control the Temperature

  • Utilize a fan. While a fan won’t actually cool the air itself, the wind-chill effect makes it feel cooler, allowing you to turn your thermostat down.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Your thermostat will automatically change the temperature depending on the time periods you program.

The Humidity Levels

No one likes waking up sweating in the middle of the night because your room is too humid. Too high of humidity levels can make you feel a lot warmer and allow dust mites and mold to grow in your room. To avoid this, you should keep your humidity level between 30% and 50%.

How to Control the Humidity

  • Install a whole house humidifier. This will keep the humidity in your entire home at a comfortable level.
  • Seal your air ducts. This ensures they won’t pull stale or unconditioned air from your attic or crawlspace.

 

When it comes to keeping your home comfortable, let the experts at Air Treatment Company help. We offer HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, as well as whole home humidifiers to keep your home’s temperature perfect for a good night’s sleep. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.

 

Things to Never Do to Your Radiator on Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, so you know what that means — your home is going to be covered in decorations. From spider webs draped down the stairwell to ghosts and bats hanging from the ceiling, we’re sure you went all out to be the scariest house on the block. But do you know what’s really scary — when people involve their home heating systems in their decorating and holiday fun. Since we’d like you to avoid any danger, here are a few things you should never do to your radiator on Halloween. never-do-to-your-radiator-on-halloween-air-treatment-company

Things to Never Do to Your Radiator on Halloween

Put Decorations on It

Think about it — most Halloween decorations are made of plastic and/or paper. If you end up putting any decorations on your radiator, they could easily melt onto the unit if they’re plastic or the heat could light the paper items on fire. Plus, small decorations could fall into the radiator itself and get stuck, causing internal problems with the system.

Use It As a Table

We’ve seen people try to balance a board or other flat surface on their radiators in order to use them as a table, and that is a big no-no. Like the decorations, the surface you put on top of the radiator could melt or become too hot to touch. Beyond that, all it takes is someone bumping into the “tabletop” for it to go tumbling down, potentially spilling food or drinks onto, or even into, your radiator. That will leave you with a big mess and a damaged system.

For more advice on how to keep your home safe this Halloween, contact the expert at Air Treatment Company. We’ve been serving the Vienna, VA area for years and have the skills needed to keep your home comfortable all year round. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.

Things You Should Never Do While Cleaning Your Furnace

We tell you all the time that it’s very important to keep the air filters in your furnace clean, but it’s just as important to keep your furnace itself clean. If you’re going to attempt to clean your unit yourself, you have to be careful — there are things you should never do while cleaning your furnace.

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Forget Safety Gear

You’re going to be working with a system that involves fire and gas, so you should always wear gloves and safety goggles when cleaning your furnace. Since there may be soot in your heat exchanger, you should also consider wearing a mask over your mouth and nose for extra protection.

Leave the Gas/Electric On.

You should always turn off your furnace’s power supply before cleaning it. This helps avoid any dangerous power mishaps or injury. If you’re not sure how to turn off your furnace, call your trusted HVAC technician for help.

Leave Flammable Products Nearby

This should actually be the case all the time. If you leave flammable materials, such as cleaning products or oily rags, near your furnace, you’re risking a fire. When you’re cleaning your unit, that risk increases, so make sure to remove any flammable materials from the area around your unit.

Use the Wrong Products

There are certain products that are specifically designed to be used to clean parts of your furnace, so those are the products you should be using. Other products could react poorly with your system and damage it.

When it comes to your furnace, a clean unit is an efficient unit. The professionals at Air Treatment Company offer maintenance plans to help ensure that your heating or cooling system is running well year round. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.