McMaster’s Guide to Home Comfort in Southern California

Need some tips for ways to make your Irvine home more comfortable? We’ve got just what you need. Here are our top home comfort articles from our blog archives. They’re packed with some great information about how you can control your home environment for improved comfort year-round.

Irvine Indoor Air Quality

With all of the outdoor pollution we are exposed to each day, it’s important to make sure that we are doing all that we can to keep our indoor air safe to breathe for ourselves and our families. Here are just a few articles that can help homeowners better understand and work to improve IAQ:

  • Did you know that weather can impact the air inside our homes? In How Extreme Weather Can Affect the Air in Your Home, we talk about just that. High temperatures can cause an increase in pollen while prolonged wet environments may also result in mold growth. Use the tips in this article to stay safe in any environment.
  • Most homeowners know that they should regularly change their HVAC filter each month to keep breathing easy. However, not every home owner is on top of this important task. In Changing Your HVAC Filter: Why is it so important? we explain just why you should be. This is a great article to share with someone you know who hasn’t changed their air filter in awhile.
  • How clean is the air inside your home? There is no way to tell for sure without testing your IAQ. In our post, What is Indoor Air Quality Testing? we explain what IAQ is and how it can help you improve the quality of the air that you and your family breathe in on a regular basis. This is a must-read for any homeowner with allergy or asthma sufferers in their family.
  • You may or may not have heard about the power of UV lights and how they can keep your indoor air clean. We’ve written a blog post all about it. UV Lights: How They Can Improve Indoor Air Quality tells you just what you need to know about improving indoor air quality with UV lights.

Controlling Home Comfort in SoCal

There’s more to home comfort than clean air. Temperature and humidity control are also an important part of maintaining a comfortable home environment. Here are some posts with valuable information on how to maintain your home environment:

  • Programmable thermostats have become a popular device for homeowners across the country. But why all the hype? In our post, Programmable Thermostats: Do They Really Benefit Me? we explain how these devices can benefit you from both a home comfort and monthly energy budget perspective. This is a great read for those who have been considering a programmable thermostat.
  • Another type of digital device that is changing the way that homeowners stay comfortable is the smart thermostat. This device offers even more benefits to homeowners who want to stay comfortable while conserving energy. We give you all the details you need to know about these devices from the home comfort experts in Carrier Cor Smart Thermostats. This is a great read for those of you who like to stay connected through the internet of things.
  • Many Irvine homeowners find that as the seasons change, sometimes it is not hot enough for air conditioner or cold enough for heat. This can result in some home comfort challenges that are difficult to tackle. But have no fear! The McMaster team covers this and more in our post, The Goldilocks of HVAC: How to Ensure Just Right Home Comfort When It’s Not Too Hot and Not Too Cold. Use this article for information about how to stay comfortable in those in between moments.
  • Dog may be man’s best friend, but sometimes the furry members of our families can wreak havoc on our indoor air quality. Any Irvine homeowners with pets will want to read 5 HVAC Tips for Homes with Pets in order to get the information they need to keep their homes healthy and comfortable for every member of the family.

Staying Comfortable in Irvine, CA

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5 HVAC Tips for Homes with Pets

Cats and dogs are beloved by many, and numerous people in the United States share their homes with pets. If you live with a furry or feathered friend, there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind to ensure that your home’s HVAC system is running smoothly, and that your home’s air quality is not compromised.

Control Pet Dander

Pet dander is made up of tiny, oftentimes microscopic, flakes of skin and is found on animals with fur or feathers. Most people who suffer with allergies to cats and dogs are not allergic to the pet’s hair, but instead the pet’s dander. Dander is produced by most pets and can seriously affect your home’s air quality. This can occur as the dander accumulates and is distributed throughout your home by way of your HVAC system.

The most important step in reducing pet dander in the home is prevention. Regular grooming of your pets is essential to their health and well-being, but it can also make a huge difference in the amount of dander they produce. Clean, well hydrated and moisturized skin will create less dander. Bathe your cat or dog regularly using a gentle, moisturizing soap (as recommended by your veterinarian) and brush your pet’s fur regularly. Adding these simple steps to your pet care routine can go a long way in preventing dander.

Change Your Filter

It’s good practice to change your HVAC system’s air filter regularly to ensure better air quality within your home. If you share your space with pets, change it twice as often as recommended.

Upgrade Your Filter

Even better than simply changing your air filter more frequently is to invest in your home’s air quality by upgrading to a HEPA filter. The benefits of switching to a HEPA filter are numerous. HEPA filters are made of densely packed layers of fibers which can capture ultrafine dust and dirt particles. This type of filter is ranked very high for its effectiveness and can remove approximately 99% of particles from your home’s air.

Clean Your Ducts

Having your home’s ducts cleaned can go a long way in dealing with pet dander. Dander, along with other dirt particles, can get trapped within your ductwork, which is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Since your home’s air passes through this ductwork, the trapped dirt, bacteria and mold will get discharged throughout your home each time your HVAC system is turned on. Having your ducts cleaned can eliminate this recirculating dirt and dander.

Seal Your Ducts

If your air ducts have cracks or leaks, this will allow pet dander an easy entryway inside the ductwork, which can majorly affect the quality of the air that passes through your home. After you have your ductwork cleaned, consider also having the ducts sealed to prevent further dirt from accumulating in your home’s ductwork.

We at McMaster can help with all of your indoor air quality needs. Check out our offered services, and give us a call today to learn more on how we can help improve your home’s air quality!

The Goldilocks of HVAC: How to Ensure Just-Right Home Comfort When It’s Not too Hot & Not too Cold

Though you may have had your AC on at full blast over the summer, temperatures in Irvine and other parts of Southern California tend to be more moderate in the fall. When the weather outside is not too hot and not too cold, it can sometimes be difficult to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Like Goldilocks, you are left trying out different things until you find the comfortable home environment that’s just right for you.

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Indoor Climate Control for Moderate Weather

Typically, homeowners will use their HVAC system to help create a more comfortable home environment. But it can be difficult to find just the right indoor climate when the weather outside is not too hot or too cold. Use these tips to help you find a home comfort level that’s just right for you:

Use a programmable thermostat to make sure the temperature is just right.

One of the best ways to make sure that your home climate is just right is by using a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust temperature settings on a schedule to ensure that you are saving energy while you’re away, and your home is the perfect temperature when you return. Smart thermostats get to know your temperature preferences and also allow you to adjust other environmental elements like humidity levels. This can help ensure that you are conserving energy while also keeping your home comfortable year-round.

Keep air circulating throughout the room by turning on your ceiling fans.

Though fans cannot take the place of your HVAC system as they don’t actually cool the air down, they can help with air circulation. Adequate air circulation helps regulate temperature, control moisture levels in your home, and reduce the level of allergens that accumulate in your home and have the potential to impact your family’s health. The better the air circulation is in your home, the easier it is to get comfortable. If you decide to turn off your air conditioner and open your windows to let fresh air in, use the fan to help circulate this cooler air around your home.

Use curtains, drapes, and blinds to help control the heat levels entering your home.

One affordable and effective way to help make the temperature inside your home more moderate is by using blinds, shades, curtains, drapes, and other window dressings to help control the amount of heat and light that enters your home. On sunny days, you can close the blinds or shades to keep some of the heat out, helping you to maintain a more moderate indoor temperature. When the weather is slightly cooler, you might open the curtains to let more sunlight in.

Make sure your home is well-insulated.

Insulation also helps you maintain a comfortable home climate. Poor insulation can lead to air loss, which wastes energy and increases electricity costs. Proper insulation can help keep the warm or cool air in your home from escaping through cracks and leaks, which offers you a more moderate and consistent home temperature that is not too hot and not too cold.

Are you having a hard time getting comfortable? There may be a problem with your HVAC unit. Call us today for an inspection or tune-up.