Pioneer Comfort Systems https://pioneercomfortsystems.com Heating - Cooling - Air Quality - Plumbing Thu, 27 Feb 2020 05:35:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://pioneercomfortsystems.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-favicon-pioneer-comfort-systems-270x270-150x150.png Pioneer Comfort Systems https://pioneercomfortsystems.com 32 32 How Often Should I Service My Heating System? https://pioneercomfortsystems.com/blog/how-often-should-i-service-my-heating-system Thu, 19 Dec 2019 21:22:11 +0000 https://pioneercs.wpengine.com/?p=26511 When temperatures start to drop, and you first turn on your heating system, you need reliable performance to keep your home comfortable. Don?t wait until winter temperatures hit until you inspect your furnace or other heating systems. Find out how often you should receive heating maintenance in Shreveport, LA when to call a professional and […]

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When temperatures start to drop, and you first turn on your heating system, you need reliable performance to keep your home comfortable. Don?t wait until winter temperatures hit until you inspect your furnace or other heating systems. Find out how often you should receive heating maintenance in Shreveport, LA when to call a professional and the benefits of choosing a reliable professional.

 

Heating System Components

Your heater is an essential part of your home. Do you know how it works? Understanding the central components of a central heating system helps you to notice warning signs that you may need emergency repair services. Here are the basic parts of most heating systems:

  • Furnace
  • Heat exchanger
  • Blower
  • Thermostat
  • Ductwork
  • Vents
  • Fuel source (natural gas, propane, electricity, wood or other sources)

A furnace is a common heating system in most homes. However, your home may also have a mini-split ductless heating system, electric heating or a fireplace. These alternative heating systems require specialized maintenance, but can still be serviced by a qualified HVAC technician. Ask a local service provider for more information about maintaining your alternative heating system.

When operating efficiently, your heating system is out of sight and out of mind. When you adjust your thermostat, it sends signals to your furnace, which immediately turns on when the temperature in your home is too cool. Warm, filtered air is blown through vents around your home until the temperature reaches the temperature on the thermostat.

 

Signs That Your Heating System Needs Maintenance

Inadequate maintenance can cause your heating system to underperform in a number of ways. Without routine maintenance, you may experience higher utility bills, reduced air quality, reduced temperatures, or an inoperable heating system. Look for these signs before you maintain your heating system or contact a professional for emergency repairs.

  • Increased utility bills: Higher energy costs may be a sign that your furnace is working too hard. A clogged air filter is the most likely culprit, although there could be issues with the furnace or thermostat.
  • Odd sounds: Any unusual sounds could be the result of internal damage, such as loose parts. Don?t let a loose part turn into a major repair project.
  • Constant cycling: Excessive cycling, which is when your furnace turns on and off frequently, could be a sign of a clogged filter, improperly adjusted thermostat or internal issues.
  • Poor air quality: Notice more dust and debris than usual in your home? Poor indoor air quality is a sign that your filter isn?t working properly.

 

Benefits of Routine Maintenance

From a simple replacement filter to a comprehensive furnace tune-up, routine maintenance can dramatically increase your indoor air quality, utility bills and comfort. Some maintenance steps are easy for homeowners to perform, while others require an experienced technician. Keep yourself safe by hiring an HVAC technician for major repairs, but find out how you can benefit from proper, routine furnace maintenance today.

 

DIY Furnace Maintenance

The first thing you can do to maintain your furnace is a simple inspection. This is particularly important if your furnace is in the basement, closet or somewhere where you can?t hear it very well during operation. Be careful not to touch the furnace while it?s on, particularly if you believe there may be an electrical issue. Don?t attempt to open your furnace on your own, but listen to it to see if you can hear any unusual sounds.

Next, replacing your furnace filter is a crucial maintenance step that you can take on your own. Check your owner?s manual to see where your furnace filter is and what size is needed. Remove and inspect your old furnace filter. If it?s damaged or covered with dust, it may be time to replace it.

Filters also have an expiration date, typically three months. If you haven?t replaced your filter in this time frame, it?s a good idea to upgrade to a new one in order to save on your utility bill.

Furnace filters have two dimensions printed on the side, so be sure you select a filter with matching dimensions. An improper filter size may not fit or may allow unfiltered air to pass.

Finally, the most important point of DIY maintenance is to not get in over your head. Don?t endanger yourself or your home by trying to save money. Even if you believe you know the maintenance issue, don?t attempt any furnace maintenance until you?ve spoken with a qualified professional. Beyond replacing a filter, listening and performing a visual inspection, it?s best to leave it to the professionals.

 

When to Contact a Professional

If you notice any unusual sounds, damaged ductwork or your furnace isn?t working, it?s time to contact a professional. DIY maintenance work can save you money, but your heating system is a highly complex piece of equipment that uses high-voltage electricity and often propane or natural gas. It?s best to let the professionals handle more complex repair situations.

When you contact a professional, you?ll receive comprehensive diagnostics and repair services. An experienced HVAC technician will test your furnace to be sure it?s working properly. A technician can also see whether you have the right furnace size for your home. Older homes or homes with a new addition may have an undersized heating system. Systems that are too small or too large for your home will work inefficiently, either struggling to reach comfortable temperatures or increasing your utility bills.

Finally, professional technicians can spot signs of wear and tear. As a furnace reaches the end of its life, a technician can help you find the right repair parts or replacement heating systems for your home. You?ll enjoy turn-key servicing of your new heating system, or emergency services to restore your old heating system.

 

Benefits of Choosing Pioneer Comfort Systems

While homes in Shreveport, LA, and the surrounding area have many excellent HVAC technicians to choose from, few can compare with the long-lasting and high-quality heating services of Pioneer Comfort Systems. Our team offers skilled local technicians who understand the unique climate considerations of Shreveport.

When you need emergency services, many companies charge overtime for weekend and after-hours servicing. We run a number of specials to help you save money and don?t add additional fees for after-hours and weekend servicing.

While we?re inspecting your heating system, our versatile team can also check your air conditioning and plumbing for any other maintenance needs. Don?t worry about contacting multiple companies for your home?s HVAC and plumbing repairs, but take advantage of our comprehensive services by dedicated, experienced professionals.

We?re committed to providing affordable solutions. From minor repairs to extensive heating system replacement, we?re confident that we can exceed the minimum building codes and local, state and federal standards for quality repairs and installation of your HVAC system.

 

Schedule Prompt Maintenance Services Today

Whether you need an emergency residential HVAC service in Shreveport, LA, or you would like to learn more about how you can maintain your heating system and start saving money today, contact us at Pioneer Comfort Systems. We pride ourselves in providing quality HVAC services for your residential and commercial needs.

Start saving money today by replacing your air filter, inspecting your furnace and turning to an industry-leading HVAC company. Enjoy a warm, toasty home all winter long with proper maintenance and professional repairs and affordable pricing.

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How Much Does Air Conditioning Replacement / Installation Cost? https://pioneercomfortsystems.com/blog/how-much-does-air-conditioning-replacement-installation-cost Tue, 24 Sep 2019 22:24:24 +0000 https://pioneercs.wpengine.com/?p=26423 The post How Much Does Air Conditioning Replacement / Installation Cost? appeared first on Pioneer Comfort Systems.

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Air Conditioning Installation Cost

At Pioneer Comfort Systems, we?ve been in the HVAC business for over 50 years. Our experts are committed to bringing you affordability and reliability through integrity in our business practices. We believe you should be comfortable at home and at work, which is why we offer the products and services you can count on most. When you are considering whether to have an HVAC system replaced or newly installed, there are some things you should know about air conditioning replacement cost. Check it out!

Determining Factors That Affect Air Conditioning Installation Cost

There are some factors you?ll need to understand about air conditioning replacement and installation so you can see how they affect cost. The following are a few common issues that will play into your final expense.

  • Size of the Building ? Air conditioning systems come in various sizes, and the size you need will depend on the size of the building. System sizes are measured in tons, though it?s not a ton you?re thinking of. A ton measures how well an air conditioner cools a building. If you?re having a system installed in your home, the tonnage would be smaller, making the size of the system smaller and a lesser expense. If you are trying to cool a bigger commercial building, the tonnage and cost would be higher.
  • Project Complications ? If your HVAC installer runs into any complications, you may end up with a higher cost. Some complications include difficulty accessing the attic, small crawl spaces that are impossible to fit into and blown-in insulation getting in the way. Each of these scenarios could require more time and more services to get it right. Older homes often pose difficulties as well, but with the right professionals on the job, it can get done right the first time without too many additional costs.
  • Type of Unit Chosen ? Pioneer Comfort Systems installs American Standard systems, which are broken down into a Silver Series, Gold Series and Platinum Series. The series you choose will affect air conditioning installation cost. Each series comes with different benefits, though all are solid choices that are efficient and affordable for your specific circumstances. Customers save an average of 38-60% when they upgrade to American Standard.
  • Ductwork ? If your ductwork does not need to be replaced, the air conditioning replacement is generally cheaper than it would with new ductwork. Don?t shy away from having your ductwork replaced just to save a few dollars if it needs to be replaced. You don?t want to end up with an ineffective new system.

What Cost You Can Expect

When it comes to what you can expect to pay, it?s best to speak with one of our professionals who can give you an actual estimate. The cost of an air conditioner can vary, taking into consideration the determining factors mentioned previously. Installation costs can also be different based on the circumstances, type of air conditioner, size of the house, and other different factors. One of our professionals can help you understand what that cost would require.

When you have a larger building requiring a bigger system, need new ductwork included in the replacement and choose a pricier brand, you could expect to pay a little more than a regular sized house or building. A good air conditioning system will last 15-20 years, and with the energy efficiency of today. Working with an honest and fair company like Pioneer Comfort Systems will make any installation affordable.

Contact Us Today

To learn more about air conditioning replacement cost, contact Pioneer Comfort Systems today at 318-795-8000. We look forward to helping you make your home or office affordably more comfortable.

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How to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality https://pioneercomfortsystems.com/article/how-to-improve-your-homes-indoor-air-quality Thu, 20 Dec 2018 20:25:55 +0000 https://pioneercs.wpengine.com/?p=25979 According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside homes is often more polluted than the air outside. Contaminants like dirt, dust, pet dander, pollen, and volatile organic compounds can accumulate. They often lead to eye irritation, sore throats, dizziness, fatigue, rashes, headaches, and other health problems. You can improve your Bossier City, Louisiana, home’s […]

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside homes is often more polluted than the air outside. Contaminants like dirt, dust, pet dander, pollen, and volatile organic compounds can accumulate. They often lead to eye irritation, sore throats, dizziness, fatigue, rashes, headaches, and other health problems. You can improve your Bossier City, Louisiana, home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) by taking steps such as using ventilation, adding a UV air purifier, installing a conventional air purifier, and maintaining your HVAC system.

Using Ventilation

Newer homes usually have plenty of insulation to make them more efficient. However, contaminants can easily accumulate inside over time. Opening doors and windows when the weather is pleasant and having exhaust fans installed in your bathrooms and bedrooms can keep your indoor air quality high.

To avoid wasting energy, you can also use an energy recovery ventilator (ERV). It works like a heat pump to transfer heat toward incoming fresh air in winter and cool it in summer. You can also get rid of bad smells or volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals include benzene, acetone, formaldehyde, and toluene. They’re in many air fresheners and cleaning products, and your HVAC system’s air filter can’t remove them. Ventilation can help you avoid health problems like headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and sore throats.

Adding a UV Air Purifier

UV air purifiers use ultraviolet light to damage the DNA of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and dust mites. They use UVC light which is usually blocked by the atmosphere. It has a shorter wavelength than the UVA or UVB light that causes sunburn, and it can keep many small organisms from reproducing. That way, you can prevent biological growth that could harm your home’s indoor air quality and damage your HVAC system, your ductwork, and the rest of your home.

You can have a professional like Pioneer Comfort Systems attach a coil sterilization light to the inside of your HVAC system’s air handler, or you can have an air sterilization light installed in your ductwork. Both types of UV air purifiers can prevent illnesses and help you save energy. You should change the UV light about once per year to keep it working well.

Installing a Conventional Air Purifier

Traditional air purifiers or air cleaners use air filters similar to the ones in HVAC systems to catch pollutants. The filters can trap the small particles and microorganisms that standard HVAC filters miss, and they can make people with asthma or allergies more comfortable. They can also reduce dust, help your HVAC system save energy, and prevent inconvenient, costly breakdowns.

You can choose a small, inexpensive portable unit that can work on one or two rooms at once, or you can have a whole-home air purifier installed inline with your HVAC system. To keep your air purifier working well, change the air filter once per month, along with your HVAC system’s filter.

Maintaining Your HVAC System

To catch problems before they become severe, have your heater and air conditioner inspected by an expert HVAC technician in fall and spring. You should also check your air registers and your ductwork for dirt or dust and have them cleaned if needed. Just remove one of your air registers and place a damp washcloth or paper towel on the side of the duct. If you can easily attract dirt or dust, you should have your ductwork cleaned by a professional.

Make sure that carpeting and furniture aren’t blocking your air registers, and keep shrubs and other vegetation away from your outdoor unit. If you see grass clippings, leaves, or other debris on the top, rinse it off with a garden hose. You can also protect your outdoor unit by adding an awning. It will also conserve energy by providing shade in summer.

Pioneer Comfort Systems has more than 55 years of heating, cooling, plumbing, and indoor air quality experience. We can help you keep yourself and your family comfortable, and we get the job done right the first time. We’re aware of manufacturers’ recommendations as well as state, local, and federal building codes. For excellent, friendly service, call us anytime at 318-795-8000.

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3 Ways to Conserve Water https://pioneercomfortsystems.com/blog/3-ways-to-conserve-water Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:24:26 +0000 https://pioneercs.wpengine.com/?p=25981 The post 3 Ways to Conserve Water appeared first on Pioneer Comfort Systems.

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Saving water can lower your utility bills, help the environment by preserving natural resources, and extend your septic system’s life or avoid an increase in your sewer rates. Using less hot water will help you save energy as well. To conserve water in your Shreveport, Louisiana, home, you should upgrade your appliances, add efficient fixtures, and look for leaks.

Upgrading Your Appliances

Washing your dishes by hand takes more time and water than using a dishwasher. If you don’t have a dishwasher, you can save money and increase the value of your home by having one installed. Replacing an older water heater can help you save as well. A tankless water heater only works while your hot water is on. It doesn’t waste energy storing hot water or keeping it warm, and it uses less space than conventional water heaters.

Adding Efficient Fixtures

Add faucet aerators to the sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms to make your water pressure seem higher. That way, you can save water when you wash your hands, brush your teeth, and take care of other routine tasks. You should also replace your shower heads with low-flow models.

Looking for Leaks

Learn how to read your home’s water meter so that you can find and repair any water leaks quickly. Look for leaky faucets, dripping pipes under sinks, running toilets, or broken water heaters. Excess moisture could cause bad smells or stains on your ceilings, walls, or floors from biological growth. If you can’t find the source of your leak, contact a professional like Pioneer Comfort Systems for a quick, professional repair. Even a problem that seems minor can cause severe damage without proper maintenance. Pioneer Comfort Systems has over 55 years of heating, air conditioning, and plumbing experience. We can help you keep your home in excellent condition and conserve water. For outstanding, friendly service, call us anytime at 318-795-8000. We care for our customers, and we always get the job done right the first time. Image provided by Shutterstock

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Getting Your House Ready for the Holidays https://pioneercomfortsystems.com/blog/getting-your-house-ready-for-the-holidays Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:13:57 +0000 https://pioneercs.wpengine.com/?p=25967 Preparing your home for the holidays involves more than merely planning menus, tidying up and setting out seasonal decorations. By taking care of certain household maintenance tasks before the festivities begin, you can help ensure a more comfortable, relaxed and trouble-free seasonal celebration with family and friends. Fall can be the perfect time to tackle […]

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Preparing your home for the holidays involves more than merely planning menus, tidying up and setting out seasonal decorations. By taking care of certain household maintenance tasks before the festivities begin, you can help ensure a more comfortable, relaxed and trouble-free seasonal celebration with family and friends. Fall can be the perfect time to tackle these tasks for another reason: Approaching year’s end with critical home systems in top shape lets you put major maintenance tasks behind you so you can start the new year fresh and worry-free.

Stay on Top of HVAC Maintenance

Replacing your HVAC filter before the holidays will help improve your home’s indoor air quality before your loved ones gather to enjoy this special time of year. Vacuuming the dust from vents and registers will also clear the air while helping your system work more efficiently. Fall is also the right time of year to schedule your pre-winter tune-up and stay up-to-date on the professional HVAC maintenance your system needs for trouble-free operation throughout the colder months. You’ll improve your home’s comfort so family and friends can better enjoy the holidays while prepping your system to conserve energy and start saving you money on utilities right away.

Schedule a Plumbing System Inspection

Another key home maintenance task that’s ideal to tackle this time of year is a plumbing check. Instead of waiting for problems to arise ? or worsen ? scheduling a thorough inspection of your home’s drains, garbage disposal, faucets, toilets, and water heater can help prevent clogs from developing or minor leaks from worsening into costly emergencies. Catching these issues early may just help you avoid preventable damage to your home ? not exactly a specter you’d like to be forced to deal with during the holidays.

Some signs of developing problems:

  • Slow-running drains
  • Dripping faucets
  • Running toilets
  • Wet drain pipes
  • Decreasing water pressure

To help get your Shreveport, LA house ready for the holidays, call Pioneer Comfort Systems at (318) 795-8000. You can trust our experts to provide all the plumbing and HVAC maintenance services you need.

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4 Tips to Keep Your AC Working Efficiently https://pioneercomfortsystems.com/article/4-tips-to-keep-your-ac-working-efficiently Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:52:22 +0000 https://pioneercs.wpengine.com/?p=2705 Here in Shreveport, Louisiana, the hot, humid weather makes air conditioning a necessity even in fall. Fortunately, you can save money, lower your utility bills, and prevent expensive, inconvenient breakdowns easily. Keep your AC working efficiently by using ceiling fans, adding zoning, installing a programmable thermostat, and getting regular maintenance. Use Ceiling Fans Ceiling fans […]

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Here in Shreveport, Louisiana, the hot, humid weather makes air conditioning a necessity even in fall. Fortunately, you can save money, lower your utility bills, and prevent expensive, inconvenient breakdowns easily. Keep your AC working efficiently by using ceiling fans, adding zoning, installing a programmable thermostat, and getting regular maintenance.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can create a cooling breeze. That way, you can use your HVAC system less while staying comfortable. Ceiling fans come in many different styles, colors, and sizes. Many have lights attached, and they can increase the value of your home. If you use them regularly, they’ll eventually pay for themselves through energy savings. This helps your system’s air filter catch more pollutants.

Most ceiling fans turn counterclockwise in summer. After the weather gets cooler, you can switch them to a clockwise direction to pull the cool air from the floor to the ceiling. This will make you and your family feel warmer by forcing heated air to circulate without creating a breeze.

Add Zoning

An HVAC system with zoning has a different thermostat for each zone or area, and you can control the temperatures of the different zones separately. In many zoning systems, dampers in your ductwork direct conditioned air where it’s needed. Other zoned systems are ductless, and they have more than one indoor air handler. Instead of using a central air handler with ductwork, they’re connected directly to the outdoor unit with conduits for refrigerant.

With zoning, you can avoid heating or cooling unoccupied rooms. People can choose the temperatures they prefer for their bedrooms without impacting the comfort of those in other areas. You can also increase the indoor air quality in your home by keeping most pollutants from traveling between zones.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

You can set a programmable or smart thermostat to turn down your air conditioner while you’re asleep or at work and then return to a more comfortable setting before you wake up or come home. You’ll conserve energy without sacrificing your comfort or having to remember to change your system’s settings manually.

Many programmable thermostats can control several zones, and you can select different settings for each area and for weekdays, weekends, and vacations. Some models can also connect to humidity monitors, motion sensors, and other devices to learn your routines and temperature preferences over time, so you won’t have to spend time programming them. You can also make last-minute changes, get convenient maintenance reminders through your computer or phone, and set a password to keep guests and kids from altering your home’s temperature without permission.

Get Regular Maintenance

Without regular maintenance, problems like refrigerant leaks, dirty ductwork, or a malfunctioning thermostat will decrease your air conditioner’s efficiency and comfort. You should have your HVAC system checked by an expert like the ones at Pioneer Comfort Systems at least once per year. That way, you can catch any issues and get them repaired before they become severe enough to waste energy or impact other parts of your air conditioner.

You should change your air conditioning system’s air filter once per month to keep your indoor air quality high. A dirty filter will reduce your airflow, force your HVAC system to work harder, and spread pollutants like pollen around your home instead of catching them. Also, keep vegetation and debris like leaves or grass clippings away from your outdoor unit and move carpets and furniture away from your vents.

Pioneer Comfort Systems has more than 55 years of heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality, and plumbing experience. We’re a family business, and we have technicians available for emergency service. We can work on a variety of HVAC systems to keep you and your family comfortable and save energy. Call us at 318-795-8000 for quality service from our honest, dedicated professionals.

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Your Water Heater: Preventing Rust and Leaks https://pioneercomfortsystems.com/blog/your-water-heater-preventing-rust-and-leaks Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:57:20 +0000 https://pioneercs.wpengine.com/?p=2707 A problem with the water heater in your Bossier City, Louisiana, home can cause difficulties with your water temperature, bad smells, damage, and a number of other issues. You can prevent rust and leaks in your water heater by draining your tank, maintaining it regularly, and paying attention to strange noises or smells. Drain Your […]

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A problem with the water heater in your Bossier City, Louisiana, home can cause difficulties with your water temperature, bad smells, damage, and a number of other issues. You can prevent rust and leaks in your water heater by draining your tank, maintaining it regularly, and paying attention to strange noises or smells.

Drain Your Water Heater’s Tank

You should empty your water heater’s tank at least once per year to keep minerals like calcium and magnesium from accumulating. Over time, these minerals can sink to the bottom of your tank, causing corrosion and reducing its capacity. You could start running out of hot water before everyone can finish showering, or rust could turn your hot water red or brown. Fortunately, you can flush your water heater by turning it off and letting it cool down, and then attach a garden hose to the valve at the tank’s base and drain the water and sediment.

Maintain It Regularly

You should have your water heater checked by a professional like the ones at Pioneer Comfort Systems once per year. That way, you can catch problems like a faulty temperature and pressure or T&P relief valve, or a loose seal on a pipe, before they cause expensive water damage. An expert can also replace your water heater’s anode rod when needed. This aluminum rod attracts rust and keeps it from harming the rest of your unit.

Pay Attention to Strange Noises or Smells

Popping, knocking, or banging noises could be from minerals hitting the walls of your water heater’s tank. A malfunctioning temperature and pressure relief valve might hiss or whistle. Minerals in the water could make it smell like rotten eggs.

Pioneer Comfort Systems has more than 55 years of plumbing, indoor air quality, heating, and air conditioning experience. We can help you with maintaining, repairing, and installing your water heater. Call us anytime at 318-795-8000 for outstanding service from our skilled, friendly professionals.

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Hard vs. Soft Water & How To Solve Either https://pioneercomfortsystems.com/blog/hard-vs-soft-water Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:29:14 +0000 https://pioneercs.wpengine.com/?p=2686 Hard water is a common problem among homeowners in Shreveport, Louisiana, but you may not recognize the signs that you have this issue at your home. Soft water can also cause issues. Here’s how to determine whether you have hard water or soft water and what to do about either condition. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY! […]

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Hard water is a common problem among homeowners in Shreveport, Louisiana, but you may not recognize the signs that you have this issue at your home. Soft water can also cause issues. Here’s how to determine whether you have hard water or soft water and what to do about either condition.

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Hard Water Signs

Determining whether water is hard, soft, or somewhere in between is done by measuring the number of grams of calcium that are present in each gallon. Hard water will have a rating of 7 GPG (grams per gallon), while water with a rating of 3.5 GPG or less is considered soft. If your water is hard, you could notice that clothing washed in your washing machine looks dingy or that dishes cleaned in the dishwasher have spots.

Since hard water contains more calcium, magnesium, and other minerals, it can also leave deposits behind in bathtubs, showers, water heaters, and washing machines, resulting in the need to replace these units more frequently. Deposits can also be left behind in pipes, increasing the risk of clogged drains and plumbing damage. It’s difficult to get soap to lather properly when the water you’re using is hard.

Soft Water Signs

When your water is too soft, it doesn’t contain enough calcium. Rather, it contains sodium ions that make it difficult to use for cleaning and food preparation. Additionally, soft water can cause issues for people on low-sodium diets who drink it. You may notice that using soap produces a lot of lather since soft water doesn’t inhibit the functionality of cleansers.

Problems and Solutions

Since both hard and soft water can cause issues, it’s important to look into stabilizing the level of your water. You can use a water softener to reduce the problems associated with hard water. It’s not quite as simple to harden soft water, but a reverse osmosis system can remove some of the extra sodium.

At Pioneer Comfort Systems, we offer a variety of solutions designed to improve your plumbing and water condition, so contact us at 318-795-8000.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool https://pioneercomfortsystems.com/article/6-ways-to-keep-your-home-cool Tue, 28 Aug 2018 17:12:16 +0000 https://pioneercs.wpengine.com/?p=2650 Louisiana can get unbearably hot during the summer months. Feels-like temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees, so having an air conditioner becomes crucial not only for comfort but also for survival. The downside is that running the air conditioner almost continuously can really add up financially. Fortunately, Shreveport, Louisiana, residents can take simple steps such […]

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Louisiana can get unbearably hot during the summer months. Feels-like temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees, so having an air conditioner becomes crucial not only for comfort but also for survival. The downside is that running the air conditioner almost continuously can really add up financially. Fortunately, Shreveport, Louisiana, residents can take simple steps such as using ceiling fans and closing blinds to save energy and stay cool without overusing the air conditioner.

Run the Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans come in handy even when using the air conditioner. Running a ceiling fan allows you to raise your thermostat settings a few degrees without sacrificing personal comfort. Ceiling fans should be set to run in a counterclockwise direction to create a wind chill effect. The wind chill effect doesn’t reduce the room’s actual temperature, but it makes your skin feel several degrees cooler.

Be sure to turn off the ceiling fan when you leave a room since the wind chill effect is only beneficial if you’re in the room to feel it. Running the fan nonstop will only contribute to your electricity bill.

Seal Every Crack

You can more easily notice cracks and leaks around doors and windows during the winter, but it’s just as important to identify and seal them in the summer. Warm air can seep into these cracks on hot summer days, heating up your home and making your air conditioner work overtime. Start with a simple visual inspection of your home for obvious areas where old caulking or weather-stripping has cracked or chipped away. If you notice daylight creeping under doors, you’ll probably need to replace the weather-stripping to keep out the heat.

If necessary, call an HVAC service professional from Pioneer Comfort Systems to help you identify leaks. Our expert technicians can perform a more thorough inspection to fix problem areas such as leaky ductwork.

Close the Blinds

Shade provides a much-needed respite from the sun’s rays, so take advantage of your home’s blinds and curtains during the day. Energy-efficient window treatments are best, especially if you’ve invested in highly reflective blinds. If you prefer curtains, opt for blackout curtains that are specifically designed to block out the light.

Once the sun sets or moves to the opposite side of your house, feel free to open the window treatments and enjoy the view.

Adjust the Thermostat

Every degree matters when it comes to saving energy. Simply turning up the thermostat a few degrees can make a noticeable difference on your next energy bill. If you’re trying to save energy and can’t remember to adjust the thermostat every day, consider investing in a smart thermostat. Many smart thermostats are designed to learn your heating and cooling behaviors and respond accordingly so that they can run the system more efficiently while you’re at work and have the house cool by the time you come home.

Switch to LED Lighting

Not only are LED lights a more energy-efficient lighting choice than conventional bulbs, they also burn cooler. Keeping the blinds and curtains closed during the day often means you use more lights than you normally would, but you don’t want to add to the heat with incandescent bulbs. With LEDs, you use less energy and can save money on long-term bulb replacement costs, making this choice a win-win decision.

Maintain Your Air Conditioner

None of these energy-saving tips matter if your air conditioner is not operating properly. Keeping your air conditioner properly maintained with an annual service agreement is the most important step you can take as a homeowner. Proper air conditioning repair and maintenance will lower your monthly utility bills, provides you with a cooler home and more breathable air, and results in fewer air conditioning repairs in the long run.

To maximize these advantages, ask about the Pioneer Comfort Systems Energy Control Agreement, a preventive maintenance program designed to give you the maximum return on your HVAC system investment.

Keeping your home cool in the Shreveport heat may seem like a challenge, but it’s easy when you know which steps to take. Call Pioneer Comfort Systems at 318-795-8000 to schedule an air conditioning repair or maintenance service visit to ensure you stay cool and comfortable all summer long.

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2 Ways Ventilation Can Reduce Allergens https://pioneercomfortsystems.com/blog/2-ways-ventilation-can-reduce-allergens Tue, 21 Aug 2018 16:59:43 +0000 https://pioneercs.wpengine.com/?p=2644 Shreveport, Louisiana, has a heavy pollen season that leaves many residents with allergy symptoms, especially irritating for people with sensitive sinuses, lungs or asthma. Your ventilation system is an important defense against allergens and can help keep your home as comfortable as possible, whether you’re allergic to pollen, pet dander, or dust. Here are two […]

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Shreveport, Louisiana, has a heavy pollen season that leaves many residents with allergy symptoms, especially irritating for people with sensitive sinuses, lungs or asthma. Your ventilation system is an important defense against allergens and can help keep your home as comfortable as possible, whether you’re allergic to pollen, pet dander, or dust. Here are two ways that ventilating properly can help reduce allergens in your home.

Reduce VOCs

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are one of the greatest causes of allergy symptoms in the home. VOCs are introduced into the environment through the use of substances that contain them, including paint, scented candles, and many household cleaners. VOC levels can be reduced by keeping these items stored outside of the home in well-sealed containers and using natural cleaning products. What do you do when they’ve already been introduced? Ventilation is excellent at removing these items from your home and replacing them with clean, fresh air without VOC contamination. Run ventilation in your home after using a substance that contains VOCs.

Keep Air Fresh

Ventilation works by removing dirty air from your home, allowing your HVAC system to replace it with clean, fresh air that’s been conditioned, filtered and had most contaminants and allergens removed. Through regular cycling, you can keep the air inside your home from becoming loaded with allergens like pet dander, dust, and pollen, which can trigger a variety of symptoms. No matter how hard we clean, chances are some of these allergens will be inside our home, and ventilation is one of the best ways to get it out of the air and away from your loved ones. Plus, fresh air will keep your home from feeling stagnant or muggy, which is common during the summer months.

The ventilation experts at Pioneer Comfort Systems can help you choose a system that works best for you and your family to improve your indoor air quality. Give us a call at 318-795-8000 today to set up an appointment.

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