5 Home Improvement Projects For Spring

5 Home Improvement Projects For Spring

Spring is the perfect time of the year to tackle all home improvement projects and tasks that have taken backseats in the previous months. This season signals a fresh approach for you to revitalize your abode for the warmer weather. But what aspect of home improvement should you focus this spring season?

Our team at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating will tell you some… so keep reading.

Repair Your Roof

Small holes or damages on your rooftop should be your concern. These little issues caused by heavy winter can lead to major problems over time. Small holes allow water to enter the attic and walls. To spot them, check your shingles for damage and trace where the water leakages came from. If the repair seems overwhelming, call the experts for professional service.

Check Your Windows and Doors

Your windows and doors are two of the culprits for high energy bills. Cracks and gaps there allow the heated and conditioned air to leak out, making your energy consumption even higher. If window and door replacement seems an impractical option, try sealing the cracks using weather-stripping or caulk.

Update Your Siding

Your home’s siding can get damaged due to heavy winter and strong wind. Replacing a loose piece or warped siding is a simple project that can be done in spring. So if your home has an old siding, consider replacing it with energy-efficient and easy-to-maintain vinyl siding. Not only does it beef up your home’s insulation, but it also patches the gaps and cracks that contribute to energy inefficiency.

Add Insulation

Adding extra layers of insulation in your attic is another spring home improvement project that helps keep your home comfortable and improve your cooling unit’s efficiency. Insulation helps your home get a constant temperature in warmer weather, which is relatively helpful in lowering your energy consumption. Call your local heating and cooling company for professional attic insulation.

Schedule Your A/C Maintenance

If you missed your A/C maintenance last fall season, then today is the best time to do it. Call your local contractor for expert inspection and tune-up of your air conditioner. Issues hiding in your unit will be addressed and fixed right away before they become problematic and costly. Professional maintenance can also help lower your energy bills, improve your unit’s performance, and enhance your system’s lifespan.

Make your home comfortable without paying high energy bills and worrying about your abode’s safety. This spring, be sure to call the most reliable professionals to tackle all the complex home improvement projects you have in mind. Contact our team at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating for any of your heating and cooling repair and service needs.


Allergy and Asthma Statistics

Allergy and Asthma StatisticsDo you have any idea how many people in the United States are sensitive to pollen, dust, dander, and other airborne irritants? Well, let us find out through this post. Take a look at the allergy and asthma statistics from the  American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the American Lung Association, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Statistics for Asthma

Asthma is the medical condition in which your airways are narrowing, swelling, and producing extra mucus. This condition can make your breathing difficult and eventually triggers wheezing, coughing, and breathing shortness. While asthma may seem a minor nuisance for other people, some might find it a major health problem.

Here are the statistics for asthma:

  • In the United States, there are 7.7% of people of different ages have asthma. This data shows that nearly 25 million of the overall population have the illness, and 6.3 million of them are children.
  • Asthma is considered the primary cause of over 14 million absences from school in 2008.
  • Asthma is among the leading chronic illnesses for children in the United States.
  • Asthma ranks third as the cause of hospitalization for children aging 15 years old and below.
  • Over 3,600 people in the United States die each year because of asthma.

Statistics for Allergies

Allergy is a prevalent disease in the United States. It is one of the main factors associated with the persistence of asthma. While there are different causes of allergy, some of its symptoms are potentially life-threatening. If you experience allergy at the moment, do not ignore it. Take a look at these statistics to understand why.

  • Sinusitis, which is the common caused by allergy, is affecting about 11% of people aging 18 years and above in the United States.
  • More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year.
  • Among the leading chronic illnesses in the U.S., allergy is ranked sixth.
  • Respiratory allergies have affected 10% of children under 18 years.
  • Pollen allergy (allergic rhinitis or hay fever) affects nearly 8% of adults in the United States.

What Can You Do?

You are spending almost 90% of your time indoors, and this means you typically breathe in the air that circulates inside your home. Remember, your indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. This makes it essential for you to have a cleaner breathing environment, especially if someone in your family has allergy or asthma.

Here at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating, we have air cleaners and air purifiers that help eliminate all kinds of airborne contaminants that might trigger allergy and asthma. Browse our products or call us and we will customize a solution for you.


Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants in Your Dallas, TX Home

Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants in Your Dallas, TX HomeWhen we speak about polluted air, the first things to cross your mind are large trucks puffing out grey exhaust and big factories expelling dark, smelly clouds. But, do you know that pollution inside your home is worse than this?

According to EPA, some indoor air contaminants can be 100 times greater compared to outdoor pollutants, making poor indoor air quality as one of the top causes of health-related problems today. So, what is in the air you breathe inside your Dallas, TX home? Here are the most common indoor air pollutants:

Volatile Organic Compounds

VOCs come from paints, glue, cleaning products, hairsprays, home printers, upholstery, fabrics, permanent markers, etc. While reducing the use of these products could help, continuous exposure to chemicals can still affect your health over time. The concentration of these chemicals is often 10 times higher indoors than outdoors.

Mold

Molds are types of fungi that thrive both indoor and outdoor, and some of them are extremely dangerous. Mold can trigger allergies, and some symptoms may include throat and eye irritation, nasal stuffiness, wheezing or coughing, skin irritation, and headache. Severe reactions may lead to breathing problems and fever.

Asbestos

Asbestos is a group of minerals that are found all over the world and was declared by the EPA in 1971 as hazardous air pollutant. Continuous exposure to asbestos can cause lung cancer, asbestosis (an inflammatory lung condition that causes permanent lung damage, shortness of breath, tightness in your chest, and persistent dry cough), and other lung problems.

Carbon Monoxide

CO is an odorless, invisible gas produced by fossil fuels. Continuous exposure to CO gas may cause you to experience headache, tiredness, nausea, dizziness, fast heart rate, and confusion. It even prevents your body from using the right amount of oxygen.

Radon

Like CO, radon is also an odorless gas that could harm your breathing space. Radon is found in low levels, and it is naturally produced when the uranium in the Earth breaks down. Exposure to high radon gas level can increase your chance of having lung cancer.

Need Indoor Air Solutions in Your Dallas, TX Home?

According to EPA, the effects of indoor pollution can be experienced immediately or several years later, and they could have short-term or long-term health effects. Prevent these pollutants from bothering you with high-quality indoor air quality solutions.

Our experts at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating offer complete indoor air solutions to ensure clean and healthy air in your Dallas, TX home. Call us for an appointment!


The 4 Different Types of HVAC Systems

The 4 Different Types of HVAC Systems

When you heard about the HVAC system, maybe the first thing to cross your mind is heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, and it is the equipment used to make homes comfortable. The truth is there are different types of HVAC systems that come in different specs and sizes. Surprised? Then maybe this calls for an HVAC lesson!

Here are the four (4) types of HVAC systems:

Heating and Cooling Split Systems

The most common type of HVAC system is the split system. It is a traditional system, with components that are placed inside and outside the house. It is a system situated in large parts of the house, and each part works hand-in-hand to make sure your home stays comfortable throughout the year. While other homeowners may need to add humidifiers and purifiers, some modern systems already have these features to combat dry and dirty indoor air.

Each system has heating and cooling capabilities that can keep the comfort in both small and large homes. Although this seems like an efficient comfort solution, it is still important to talk to a pro to know what size suits best for your home.

Ductless Systems

Whether you live in a home without ductwork or you simply want to upgrade to a new system that does not require a duct system, then duct-free systems are the best way to go. These units provide a solution for homes where conventional duct systems are not compatible. Ductless units are directly installed into zones of homes that require heating or cooling. Homeowners can have as much as four indoor air handling units for each outdoor unit.

Hybrid Systems

Split hybrid systems are now making a name in the market used by many homeowners. While these systems work like conventional split systems, they stand with a key difference. Hybrid systems give you the option to switch your heat pump to become electrically-powered if you run out of gas, allowing you to save energy and money for using other alternative power sources.

Packaged Systems

Packages systems are ideal for homes with limited space for installation. These units work as good as their standalone counterparts, but the main difference is that all heating and cooling equipment are fused in one system only. Packaged systems contain a compressor, evaporator, and condenser coils, and a combination of heating and cooling equipment.

By knowing the different types of HVAC systems, you know exactly what to say to your technician when problems arise. Our experts at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating can educate you more of your current system and provide professional services deserved by your unit. Talk to us to know how.


HVAC Demand Increasing Across the U.S.

HVAC Demand Increasing Across the U.S.According to a recent study released by The Fredonia Group, the demand for HVAC equipment across the United States this year will increase to 6.8% with sales amount of $20.4 billion. This record shows nearly twofold of the heating and cooling demand rate on 2009 to 2014 period. This study presents the data of demand from 2004, 2009, and 2014, as well as forecasts the data on 2019 and 2024 by equipment, fuel type and market, with considerations to different factors that come into play.

Demand for High Efficient HVAC System

The study reports that a huge part of the development is viewed to be the gain in building construction expenditures, particularly in repair and improvement. Also, the rising demand for high-efficiency HVAC systems and other comfort equipment with cutting-edge functionalities is observed to rule the market.

Demand for HVAC Shipment

The report also stated that this 2019, HVAC equipment shipments will also grow to 6% with the amount of $16.5 billion. Importing of HVAC equipment affects the growing share of demands for all comfort products, going beyond 25% of the entire share.

Industry Regulations Have Effects to HVAC Demands

Regulations will constantly drive demands in replacement. Besides that, regulations with regards to refrigerant usage and efficiency will continually have a positive impact on HVAC demands. The phase-out of R-22 by 2020, for instance, will encourage most HVAC owners in residential and commercial establishments to replace their old units with modern systems. Upgrading the existing units to use alternative refrigerants will become expensive as stocks deplete, stated by the report.

What HVAC Equipment Will Become More In Demand This Year?

According to the report of The Fredonia Group, furnaces and heat pumps will become more in demand this 2019. Air conditioners, on the other hand, will still hold 44% of the total HVAC sale this year. With rising sales of heat pumps, demands will be supported in the non-residential market, where efficient units are highly considered (now that more high-value geothermal units are installed).

Meanwhile, the rise of furnaces will continue in the residential market due to low upfront cost. The report also added that the non-residential market would continually comprise a large part of the total HVAC demand. This is because larger heating and cooling systems are used in buildings and establishments and their costs are higher than the equipment used in residential spaces.

Stay tuned for more industry news! Besides providing high-quality HVAC services, our team at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating also gives information and updates about the latest trends in the industry. Call us to know more!


How Long Will My Heating System Last?

How Long Will My Heating System Last?

If you currently use an out-dated heating system in your Dallas, TX home, maybe you would ask “how long will it last?” While answering this question can be difficult due to a lot of factors at play, our team Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating provide you with helpful information you might consider along the way.

What is the Average Lifespan of My Heating System?

A brand new and energy-efficient heating system that receives proper maintenance can last up to 15 years. If your existing unit is about to reach the end of its lifespan, you can be certain that replacement will be needed eventually. Also, for those who have new units but did not sign up for regular maintenance, expect to experience frequent, costly repairs or replacement any time soon.

What Can I Do to Ensure Longer Life for My Heating System?

Like what we have said, you need to make sure your unit receives regular and proper maintenance from professionals. We recommend this to be done before the cold season arrives as part of your preparation for the deep freeze. Through it, if there are any minor repairs, your technicians can ensure they get the job done earlier, so you can concentrate on keeping your home warm for the rest of the cold months.

Apart from getting professional services, you can also do some DIY tasks at home to prolong your unit’s lifespan and keep it running at peak performance. The simple jobs like regularly replacing your dirty filter and clearing out debris and dirt on your outside unit can do wonders in extending its life.

So before the height of the winter comes (when your unit battles against extreme cold), make sure you get everything ready. Otherwise, you end up suffering from a chilly temperature because your unit fails to do its job.

How to Know If I Need a New Heating System?

At some point, your heating system may run faulty and need repair. This is normal! But if the repair becomes more frequent and costs you a lot, replace it. Other factors to consider when replacing a unit is its age, sudden increase in utility bills, inefficiency, strange noises, excessive dust and humidity, and to name a few. Call your HVAC contractor to help you with the replacement matters.

If you want to know when is the right time to replace your heating system, call us at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating. Our experts can come to your place and inspect your unit to find out whether replacement is necessary or not. Contact us to get started!


Types of Space Heaters You Can Use This Winter

Types of Space Heaters You Can Use This Winter

Space heaters are essential equipment to help us get through the cold days. It may sound dandy and smart, but what makes a specific space heater better than another? Well, it ideally depends on your heating demands and personal living space.

If you need a space heater for your home, our team at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating can help. Here are the types of space heaters we recommend:

Fuel-Burning Space Heater

A fuel-burning space heater is designed for large homes. Homeowners don’t need to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning since the heater uses fuel.  This type of space heater is equipped with flues that serve as a way for the harmful gasses to escape.

Radiative Space Heater

A radiative space heater is among the most popular and widely used options for both indoor and outdoor heating. This heater can function even in open areas and non-insulated homes. It is also small and portable, so you can bring it from one place to another without a hassle.

Filler Space Heater

This heater is proven effective in small spaces and in non-insulated areas. It includes a filler (commonly oil) element heated with electricity and produces the heat once the filler is heated up. The only problem with this heater is that it cannot provide immediate comfort since it takes much time to heat the oil.

Convective Space Heater

Using a fan to disperse the heat, this heater is known effective for insulted homes. This one offers a constant heat even after you turned it off. But of course, this will depend on the insulation type of your home. Like a filler space heater, this heater also takes time to drive up the ambient temperature inside your home.

Steam Heater

This type of heater is powered by steam. The steaming cycle takes place with the help of a boiler positioned at the bottom of your house. As your boiler heats up the water and sends it to your pipes, the steam heats up the pipes, allowing the heat to transfer to the air.

Electric Space Heater

This heater uses an element that runs through pipes. The electric current is being run through the element to provide heat. Then the current transforms into heat and spreads the heat through a radiator to offer your space warm air.

Whatever your comfort demands and home space, there is always a space heater available for you. If you need a more in-depth explanation about the types of space heaters or you need assistance on finding the right device for your home, we can help. Just call our experts here at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating.

 


How to Redesign Your HVAC System?

How to Redesign Your HVAC System?

Many homeowners in Dallas, TX are not aware that their heating and cooling systems are no longer suited to their homes, particularly if they have undergone home remodeling or space expansion. Things can become a bit trickier since many of them do not understand how their HVAC systems work. So if you change the way your home looks, do not forget to include your HVAC system in the plan as well.

Here are seven HVAC tips to consider when redesigning your HVAC system at home:

  1. Place the mechanical room (heating system room) on the side of the house where your garage is situated. The room on your garage has the longest heat run that is why it is best to put your heating system close to it.
  2. Place your sump pump underneath a low-traffic location. Our experts recommend placing it under your electrical panel or your stairs.
  3. Consider the size of your home and the size of the system. If you have a second floor measuring more than 3,000 square feet, you might need to install a new heating and cooling system to properly heat or cool the entire space.
  4. Be sure to have proper sizing and direction of your ductwork. The bulkhead should measure 40 feet wide if you have a home under 1,800 square feet. But for bigger homes, it should be 48 to 56 feet wide.
  5. Place your mechanical room close to your outdoor side yard. Longer heating system and water tank venting like the ones placed in the middle of your home can become inconvenient to all occupants. If you consider removing and replacing it, be sure to upgrade to new equipment and place them close to your outdoor side yard.
  6. Be sure to have a proper sizing and direction of the mechanical wall. The mechanical wall on your main floor should be in opposite direction of your floor joists (the minimum measurement is 2×6).
  7. Take note that opening your web joists may increase the cost of installation. Opening them does not mean you can fit your main duct line inside the joists. It will only cost higher since you need to close their sides when the return air starts to run.

If you are not sure about how your HVAC system works and you need assistance in redesigning it, contact us at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating. We can help you make necessary adjustments and proper placement of your heating and cooling system. Set your appointment with us today!


Common HVAC Emergencies in Dallas, TX Homes This Fall

Common HVAC Emergencies in Dallas, TX Homes This Fall

It is easy to tell that something is wrong with your unit if your Dallas, TX home is not comfortable anymore and your energy bill increases for no reason. While some issues in your unit seem obvious, others might just surprise you, especially at times when you need comfort the most.

This fall season, our experts at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating will share you of the most common HVAC emergencies you need to know.

  • Refrigerant Leaks

A refrigerant leak is a problem we do not want to experience in the middle of freezing nights. When it happens, your heating unit might not work properly and cannot give you the right amount of warm inside your home. Too much refrigerant can even cause failure to your compressor. Be sure to call your local technician to address your refrigerant problems this season.

  • Corroded Terminals and Wirings

You might have corroded terminals and wires if your HVAC system is short cycling or turning on and off by itself. Call your local technician to check your unit and replace the corroded parts before they cause more issues on other nearby components.

  • Exploded Fuse

The fuse in your evaporator coil is responsible for protecting your motor from overheating. It might blow up if your unit has loose wires. This can pose a great harm in your unit and might be a cause of other unexpected costly problems. Be sure to make a service call when this happens.

  • Dirty HVAC Parts

Your unit’s components can get dirty over time and when it happens, you should clean these parts to allow smooth operation in your heating and cooling system. Dirt might build up and might cause your unit to work harder, allowing it to consume more energy and increasing your energy bill every month. Avoid this issue this fall by contacting your local HVAC contractor to perform complete HVAC maintenance and cleaning.

  • Loud, Strange Noises

Are you hearing strange and loud noises in your unit? The presence of squealing, banging, rasping or grinding sound means something is wrong. It might send a message to you that your bearing and belt are wearing out or your burner is dirty. Immediately set an appointment with your local technician to address the problem.

If your HVAC system is suspected of serious problems this fall season, do not hesitate to contact your local heating and cooling contractor. Our team at Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating are always ready to help you with your HVAC issues and get your unit prepared for the cold months. Call us today!


5 Benefits of Installing an HVAC Package Unit in Your Dallas, TX Home

5 Benefits of Installing an HVAC Package Unit in Your Dallas, TX Home

Many homeowners in Dallas, TX want to enjoy high-quality comfort and great savings as their HVAC system operates from season to season. But since their older units cannot cope with these demands and purchasing a new system seems an expensive move, they tend to suffer from costly comfort and get startled when high energy bill arrives.

Don’t you know that you can save more cash by installing an HVAC package unit for your house? Here are the benefits of installing one for your Dallas, TX home:

  1. Lower Your Energy Bills

As an all-in-one solution, HVAC package units are more efficient compared to multi-unit systems. Most of these units contain SEER, HSPF, and AFUE rating, which prove that you can save money by lowering your energy consumption as you use them.

  1. Ideal for Homes with Limited Space

If you live in a crowded space and only allow a limited square footage for a new system installation, an HVAC package unit can save you. You can place the unit in your basement or on the roof if there is no space available outdoors.

  1. Easy Installation

Easy installation is guaranteed with an HVAC package unit! Since it comes in a single unit, your installer can spend a little time installing it unlike the multi-unit HVAC systems that have special installation requirement. Plus, the fee is much cheaper!

  1. Easy Maintenance

Because the components of the HVAC package unit are located in a single and easy-to-reach location, your technician will find it easy to check, test and maintain them. No interior and exterior units need to be checked back and forth and no need for crawling into close quarters to make a repair. Your technician can make easy and fast diagnosis so you can use the unit as soon as possible.

  1. Dependable and Versatile

Among the biggest benefits you can get with an HVAC package unit is that it comes with different options that are all available in a single system. Like the traditional stand-alone counterparts, HVAC package units can also provide the same level of heating or cooling comfort, but at a more affordable cost.

High-Quality HVAC Package Units for Your Dallas, TX Home

HVAC package units are the best option you can have mainly if space and efficiency are concerned. Kirk Air Conditioning & Heating is here to offer you HVAC package units that are streamlined for your home regardless of your comfort requirement. We have Packaged Air Conditioning systems, Packaged Gas Furnaces and Air Conditioners, and Packaged Heat Pumps that carry SEER, HSPF, and AFUE rating. Contact us to know more!