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What Are the Most Important Rooms to Have an Air Purifier in?

What Are the Most Important Rooms to Have an Air Purifier in?

January 16, 2020

The quality of the air you breathe when you spend time in your home is important. Pollutants, such as particulates or volatile organic compounds, can build up in an indoor space. This problem is especially pronounced during winter months when buildings tend to be sealed from the cold more often. Air purifiers are a great way to remove dangerous particles from the air in any type of situation.

Strategic Placement of Purifiers

The correct placement of an air purifier is important to ensure you have clean air to breathe. You’ll want to put units in the places where you and your family spend the most time. Many people could benefit from having an air purifier in each bedroom to ensure clean air while they’re sleeping. Other important areas for clean air are kitchens and living areas. Smaller houses can be serviced with a single unit, but larger homes need to have multiple purifiers to keep all of the air clean.

Whole-House Air Purifiers

If you have a large home that you want clean air in, a whole-house air purifier could be an efficient solution for you. Bratcher Heating and AC can help you choose the right unit for your East Peoria, IL, space and take care of the installation process.

A whole-house unit employs the existing ductwork system in your home to deliver clean air to each room. They are a great value for larger homes and will minimize the stress associated with having multiple units.

Experienced HVAC Professionals

Bratcher Heating and AC can take the stress out of any type of HVAC job in East Peoria. We offer heating and AC repair, installation, replacement, and maintenance services. Our NATE-certified technicians have the training to help with ductless mini-split systems, indoor air quality solutions, duct cleaning, fireplaces and geothermal systems.

With more than 30 years of experience, we can get each job done competently and professionally. Give Bratcher Heating and AC a call today to learn about our indoor air quality services in East Peoria.

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Home Comfort Resolutions for 2020

Home Comfort Resolutions for 2020

December 9, 2019

When people talk about New Year’s resolutions, they often strive to lose weight, take on a new hobby or save money. One New Year’s resolution that could benefit you and your entire family is striving for optimal in-home comfort. Consider it part of the “save money” category.

Your home’s heating and cooling system are pivotal in creating a comfortable environment. The following are some HVAC-related tasks you should aim to achieve in the coming year that will make your home a picture of comfort.

For assistance or expertise on any of these important jobs, consult with Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. With locations in Peoria, Normal and Champaign, we’re a trusted resource for HVAC services.

Find and Eliminate Air Leaks

Homes both old and new can suffer from drafts. When air leaks form in your home, it allows outside air to invade, making it tougher for your HVAC system to heat or cool the space. A comprehensive, professional air leak inspection can identify leaks both big and small, allowing you to address them and create a better-insulated home that’s more effectively controlled by your HVAC system.

Create an Even Climate Throughout Your House

You’ll find in many homes — perhaps even your own — that some rooms can be extremely hot during the summer months while the rest of the home is cool and comfortable. There are many different factors (i.e. poor insulation, poorly designed ductwork, underpowered HVAC system, etc.) that can lead to an uneven climate in your home.

Through professional air balancing, you’ll be able to identify the problems and find the appropriate fixes.

Strive for Optimal Air Quality

Poor air quality not only can cause odors and excessive dust in your home, but it can also be harmful to your health. With the right HVAC technicians in your corner, you can take a comprehensive approach to create high-quality air in your home. These professionals can test your air and recommend anything from changing your air filter and cleaning your ducts to installing an air purifier or other effective solutions.

We Have HVAC Experts to Help You Achieve Comfort

When it comes to home comfort, Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a trusted name in Central Illinois. We offer heating, cooling, and geothermal services for residential and commercial clients. Connect our team to arrange a service appointment.

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What is Balanced Ventilation?

What is Balanced Ventilation?

September 24, 2019

The Benefits of Balanced Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

The climate control experts at Bratcher Heating and AC know that the comfort of Illinois homes depends on more than temperature. Over time, you’ll find that dust, dander and other irritants can build up in the air of your home. Even more concerning, volatile organic compounds, like those found in cleaning and beauty supplies, can get into your air supply. For complete climate control, you need air quality solutions.

Efficiency Versus Air Quality

When homeowners design a new home, they often want it to be more efficient than older structures. With new building materials and techniques, modern homes are more air-tight than homes built a few decades ago. This allows heating and cooling systems to run more efficiently, lowering costs and the building’s carbon footprint. Unfortunately, this tight construction decreases the exchange of fresh and stale air. Without better ventilation, the air will become unhealthy.

Balanced Ventilation

A balanced ventilation system is one where the amount of fresh air entering the home is equal to the amount of stale air leaving the home. This means that the house maintains constant air pressure, which can enable climate systems to run normally. You have the benefits of efficient climate control matched with improved air quality. In most designs, fresh air vents into the living and sleeping areas of the home. Stale air is pushed out through the less-occupied areas.

Modern Ventilation Technology

One issue with any ventilation system is that it can decrease the home’s heating and cooling efficiency. The home’s heating system has already expended energy heating up the stale air that is leaving the house. This wastes your energy dollars. However, modern heat recovery ventilators can capture and transfer that heat to the fresh air entering the home. Energy recovery ventilators can do a similar task with the humidity of the air. You can have the energy efficiency you want with the ventilation you need.

At Bratcher Heating and AC, we can handle all of your heating, air conditioning, geothermal and indoor air quality needs. Our highly trained technicians can make certain that your Illinois home is comfortable in every season. Contact Bratcher Heating and AC today for a free consultation. We have offices in East Peoria, Normal and Champaign.

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Static Driving You Crazy? Here’s How To Control It

Static Driving You Crazy? Here’s How To Control It

May 2, 2019

Is your home plagued by static electricity problems in the winter? Clingy clothes, flyaway hair, and painful shocks are enough to drive anyone crazy. Instead of letting static rule your home this year, learn how you can take control of static electricity.

Understand the Problem

You may have noticed that your static problem is a lot worse in the winter than it is in the summer. There’s a good reason for that. Humidity is high in the summer because warm air holds onto moisture. Cold air doesn’t have that ability, so the air becomes quite dry.

In humid air, electrons move easily through the environment. However, in dry air, they’re more likely to cling to your skin, your clothing and your hair. Those charged electrons are the source of your static electricity troubles.

Find the Solution

Since dry air is the problem behind a buildup of static electricity, your best solution is to add moisture to the air. A humidifier is a device that’s designed just for that purpose.

You can improve the air quality in one room with a portable humidifier. However, if you want to raise the humidity level throughout your Peoria or Bloomington home, your best bet is to install a whole-house humidifier that can help you maintain an optimal 50-percent relative humidity level in all of your rooms.

As an added bonus, a humidifier can help resolve some of your other winter woes as well. You may notice that your hands aren’t as dry, your skin isn’t as irritated, and your throat doesn’t feel as scratchy.

Hire an Expert

Installing a whole-house humidifier is a job for the pros. An experienced air-quality company can help you select the right unit for the size of your home and ensure that it’s properly installed and set up for your needs.

At Bratcher Heating and A/C, we know what it takes to improve the humidity level in your living space in Illinois. We’re also experts in heating, cooling, duct cleaning, and geothermal systems. To learn more, call us today. We can answer all your inquiries and put your job on the schedule.

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Reducing Exposure to Home Air Pollution

Reducing Exposure to Home Air Pollution

April 20, 2019

Pollutants in the air in our homes is a serious problem that affects most Americans. We spend most of our time in our homes, and indoor air often has concentration levels of pollutants that are at least several times higher than what is found outdoors. In order to combat this health risk, there are a number of strategies that residents can employ.

Curb Dust in Your Home

Dust is more than just a nuisance; it’s a leading cause of indoor air pollution because it traps pollutants and emits them over time. At Bratcher Heating and A/C in Peoria, IL, we recommend dusting on a daily basis using a microfiber or damp cloth. Follow up dusting by vacuuming the carpets. Sweep hardwood floors often. Change your AC and furnace filters every three months or more frequently as needed. No matter how hard you work to combat dust, it will accumulate in your air ducts over time, and so our team recommends periodic duct cleaning.

Ensure Fresh Air

Our company cannot emphasize enough how important fresh air is to reducing pollution levels. Open a window and let the fresh air in! But also, be mindful of just how well sealed the modern home is. During the heart of summer and winter, it is very easy for pollutants to rise to high levels. Schedule a time for your home ventilation system to be inspected.

Limit Pollutants and Contaminants

Dust is a fact of life. But residents often introduce pollutants unnecessarily or do not respond proactively to issues such as excess moisture and pests. Avoid chemical cleaners and artificial deodorization. Deal with unpleasant scents at the underlying issue, and for pleasant scents, gravitate toward natural ones. If you opt for houseplants, be sure not to over water them, as this can cause mold spores.

Breathe Easier

The team at Bratcher Heating and A/C wants your entire family to breathe easier. In addition to indoor air quality services, we offer a broad range of services related to cooling and heating, including fireplaces. Call us today to learn more about what we do and how we can help.

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