Make Sure May Flowers Don’t Affect the Air Quality of Your Home

Make Sure May Flowers Don’t Affect the Air Quality of Your Home

May flowers are a beautiful sign of spring. However, their pollen and other allergens can wreak havoc on indoor air quality in our homes. Pollen can sneak into our homes every time we open doors or windows, and can even come in on our clothing and shoes.

When that pollen gets trapped in our air ducts, even breathing is difficult for people with allergies, asthma or other breathing problems.

Indoor Air Quality Can Worsen As Outside Temperatures Improve

As anyone who suffers from allergies can attest, warmer springtime weather can make it tough to spend time outside. Unfortunately, those allergy-causing pollen are also in our homes.

If that pollen were just to settle on surfaces inside our homes, it wouldn’t affect us much. Unfortunately, when settled pollen is disturbed again by anything, such as air movement from running our heating or air conditioning units, it becomes active in the air again, making us sneeze and sniffle.

Easy Steps Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

Fortunately, some simple tips will help improve the air quality inside your home:

  • Change your heating and air-conditioning system filters every month.
  • Clean your air ducts and ventilation system regularly.
  • Investigate whether upgrading your air conditioning system or adding an air filtration system might help. Air conditioning and filtration systems have been proven to have benefits for respiratory health.

Don’t Suffer Because of Spring Pollen!

Taking simple actions can help you breathe easier inside your home. Contact us today to learn more about improving the indoor air quality of your home.

How Regular Electrical Checks Will Help Protect Your Home

How Regular Electrical Checks Will Help Protect Your Home

We depend on electricity for just about everything in our daily lives, so keeping tabs on our homes’ electrical systems through regular checks and making improvements, as needed, can help keep us both happy and safe in our homes.

What Should Be Included in Periodic Electrical Home Maintenance?

You can check many of these yourself:

  • Are extension cords and surge protectors being over-utilized?
  • Do light fixtures have the right light bulb wattage?
  • Are wall switches operating correctly?
  • Do carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors function correctly?
  • Is the electrical panel labeled, and is it operating correctly?
  • Are security lighting and other outdoor systems working?

If you identify anything that may need to be updated or improved, contact a professional to help. Trying to tackle electrical system home improvements by yourself can be both difficult and dangerous.

Why Conduct Regular Electrical Home Maintenance and Improvements?

Your home’s electrical system is important both for practical reasons and safety reasons. Here are some risks of not checking and improving your home’s electrical system:

  • Oversize fuses or breakers may be fire hazards
  • Previous contractors or homeowners may have made common errors
  • Wiring components can degrade over time
  • Existing wiring may be outdated
  • Outdated electrical systems may be costing you more money over the long term through the energy bills you pay each month

Make Your Family’s Safety Your Number One Priority

Your family’s safety depends on an electrical system that functions well, so it is important to check it regularly. Find out more about maintaining and improving your home’s electrical system today.

Springtime Air Conditioning Considerations

Springtime Air Conditioning Considerations

As the days get longer and warmer, we will all begin relying on our air conditioners more and more. Here are some tips to keep in mind this spring/summer.

Maintaining Your Air Conditioner’s Condenser (Outdoors)

The condenser is the portion of the AC unit found outside your home. Because it has been exposed to the elements throughout the fall, winter, and spring, it is important to do a few different things:

  • If the condenser is covered, remove and store the cover until the end of the season.
  • If there is any debris on the condenser unit’s coils, remove it. You may wish to spray the coils off with a water hose, or to vacuum up any debris.

Maintaining the Indoor Equipment

After making sure the outside part of your air conditioning unit is clean and free of debris, you’ll want to head inside to check the following:

  • To make sure your air conditioner runs at peak efficiency, replace the filter both at the beginning of the season and then once each month during the summer.
  • Look at the ductwork that supplies air to the rest of your home. Do any seals need to be repaired?
  • Change the battery for your thermostat.

Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance Provides Peace of Mind

A little annual maintenance at the start of the season can go a long way in making sure your heating and air conditioning are working the way they are supposed to work.

To learn more about how to maintain your comfort at home by maintaining your heating and air conditioning units, contact us today.

How Can I Improve My Home’s Water Pressure?

How Can I Improve My Home’s Water Pressure?

If you are planning to make some home improvements this summer or fall, don’t forget about your home’s plumbing systems. Improving water pressure is one of the most common plumbing improvement projects, because many homes, particularly older homes, have water pressure levels that, well, leave something to be desired.

Why Consider Plumbing Home Improvement Projects?

The most important reason to tackle any home improvement project is to improve your home’s “livability” for your family. When water pressure is higher, you will enjoy your morning showers more, and everyday tasks like watering the lawn, using the dishwasher and doing laundry will become more efficient. Beyond that, plumbing projects may help increase the value of your home, and may save you money in the long run.

What Can Cause Poor Water Pressure?

You may need to add improving your home’s water pressure to your list of plumbing home improvement projects for any number of reasons. Poor water pressure can be caused by clogged pipes, shut off valves that are not completely open, or it could be the result of the city delivering the water to your home at a lower pressure than you would like.

Know When to Bring in Experts to Help with Plumbing Home Improvements

While you might be tempted to try to diagnose and make your own plumbing home improvements this year, you can save yourself time, potential headaches and can avoid costly repairs for your repairs by contacting the experts at Hammond Services first.

3 Pillars of Total Home Comfort

3 Pillars of Total Home Comfort

For many homeowners, comfort begins and ends with heating and cooling. Comfort is often viewed as having a cool home in the summer, and a warm home in the winter. While heating and cooling is indeed an important part of home comfort, it is far from the be-all and end-all.

Here are Hammond Services’ 3 Pillars of Total Home Comfort:

Pillar #1: Heating and Cooling

When it comes to heating and cooling, your home uses complex mechanical systems and advanced machinery to provide year-round comfort. From air conditioners to furnaces, heat pumps, and packaged units – all of these systems have the capability to adjust the air in your home and leave you with a comfortable indoor environment.

Over time or as a result of issues, your home’s heating and cooling systems may begin to run inefficiently or inconsistently. When this happens, your comfort suffers. A qualified technician from Hammond Services can help you restore and keep your home’s HVAC systems in pristine condition.

As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we are proud to provide our customers with top-quality HVAC systems and parts that are designed to operate efficiently and last for years. With Hammond Services, you’ll not only find exactly what you need to heat and cool your home, but also products that clean your air and regulate indoor humidity. Is the air in your home actually clean and healthy to breathe? With the latest indoor air quality products from Hammond Services, it will be!

You can trust Hammond Services to provide prompt, professional service for installations, repairs, and preventative maintenance. When it comes to home comfort, heating and cooling, indoor air quality, and mechanical services – we can do that!

Pillar #2: Plumbing

Your home’s plumbing is key to maintaining total home comfort. Seemingly small issues like leaky faucets or clogged sinks can quickly drain both your time and money, if left unresolved. Reduced water flow and insufficient hot water are also problems that homeowners commonly face. At Hammond Services, our team of experienced professionals knows how to solve any and every plumbing/piping issue you may have.

In fact, our team has provided expert sewer and water services to the residents of south Atlanta for decades. If your home is experiencing issues with your water or sewer lines, choose Hammond Services to provide comprehensive solutions and restore your comfort.

Pillar #3: Electrical

Total home comfort is dependent on electricity. It’s that simple. Every home needs power to keep the lights on, HVAC systems running, and appliances powered. Hammond Services provides the electrical services you need to maintain your home’s comfort. From faulty outlets to flickering lights, old wiring, or a constantly tripping circuit breaker, Hammond Services can help you resolve any electrical issues and maintain the comfort in your home.

Keep your home safely and sufficiently powered by trusting Hammond Services to meet all of your electrical service needs. Our team is trained and equipped to handle installation projects of every size, rewiring or repairs, and preventative maintenance. Looking to update or maintain your home’s wiring or electrical systems? We can do that!

Contact Hammond Services for Your Home Comfort Needs

Since 1979, Hammond Services has helped residents of the Fayette County area meet their home comfort needs. “Our work is always about people, and leaving them and their home better than we found it,” owner David Hammond claims.

For total home comfort, the choice is clear: a planned maintenance agreement from Hammond Services. Our Home Care Plan supports all 3 pillars of total home comfort through a comprehensive 45+ point whole home checklist and three home visits each year. With Hammond Services, total home comfort is obtainable and affordable.

Why Your Home Needs a Carrier Infinity® or Performance™ Series Air Qurifier

Why Your Home Needs a Carrier Infinity® or Performance™ Series Air Qurifier

An air purifier works to improve indoor air quality by filtering and removing micro particles such as dust, dander, and pollen from the air. Air purifiers draw the interior air through a filter that traps these minute particles and returns higher quality air to the home. Air purifiers are available in stand-alone room models and whole home versions that work with your HVAC system. Each purification system is given a maximum efficiency reporting value (MERV). Look for a system that carries an MERV of 10 or higher to get the most efficient system.

Benefits of Installing a Whole Home Air Purifier

By installing a whole home air purifier in your HVAC system, you reap the benefits of filtered air throughout your entire home. Removing allergens from the air can reduce symptoms in allergy and asthma sufferers leading to fewer doctor visits and improved quality of life. Some air purifiers use an additional electrical charge to kill or inactivate pathogens like bacteria and common household fungi. When the air purifier is part of the HVAC system, it can complete a cycle up to eight times per hour to vastly improve your home’s indoor air quality.

At Hammond Services, we recommend that homeowners seeking to improve their home’s air quality consider the Carrier Infinity® and Performance® series air purifiers.

Carrier Infinity® Series Air Purifiers

  • Removes 13 common pathogens from the air including measles, influenza, and streptococcus.
  • Uses a long-life MERV 15 filter.
  • Uses Carrier’s patented Captures and Kills™ technology to attack 99 percent of germs, pollen, and mold captured by the filter.
  • Will capture 95 percent of particles from .30 to 1.0 microns in size.
  • Filters are easy to replace.
  • The system comes with a 10-year limited parts warranty.

Carrier Performance™ Series Air Purifiers

  • A whole home system that works with your HVAC system.
  • Effective against three common household pathogens including human influenza strains, the common cold virus, and streptococcus aureus.
  • Includes a long-life, easy to replace MERV 13 filter that can be placed in nearly any HVAC system.
  • Captures up to 75 percent of particles .30 to 1.0 microns in size and uses Carrier’s Captures and Kills™ technology to destroy up to 96 percent of pathogens.

Are you ready to breathe easier in your home? Contact Hammond Services to schedule an in-home installation estimate today.

Do Water Heaters Need to Be Cleaned Regularly?

Do Water Heaters Need to Be Cleaned Regularly?

If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t give a lot of thought to your home’s water heater. As long as it provides you with hot water for your morning shower and to do dishes at night, you’re happy. However, like most all mechanical systems, water heaters require periodic maintenance to keep them running smoothly and to extend their life as long as possible.

What to do to maintain your water tank

The biggest threat to the well being of your water heater is mineral deposits from the water that collect at the base of the tank. Over time, these minerals and sediment can corrode the base of the tank, eventually leading to a leak (and a messy situation.) To avoid this from happening, HVAC professionals, like those at Hammond Services in Georgia, recommend cleaning and flushing your tank at least once a year. Many homeowners include this as part of their annual spring-cleaning routine.

Flushing and cleaning your water tank is something that Hammond Services can handle for you and help you avoid a full-blown emergency situation.

How it works

To flush and clean the tank, the first thing we’ll do is turn off both the gas supply to the tank and the cold water supply. Our qualified technician will wait about 20 to 30 minutes for the tank to cool down, and then attach a hose to the drain at the bottom of the tank and run it to the exterior of your home or to a wash sink. The next step is to open the drain valve and empty the tank, making sure that all of the water has exited the tank. We’ll mix two gallons of water with a commercial water tank cleaner, and add this mixture in with a funnel once the water line has been disconnected from the top of the tank. We’ll follow this by adding another two-three gallons of water on top of the mixture.

From there we’ll turn the gas back on and re-light your pilot light. The cleaning mixture will take some time to cure, likely around two hours or so. Our technician will then reattach the water line, turn off the gas burner, and let it cool then open the drain. It’s always a good idea to open the cold water valve and let the water flow through the tank for 15-20 minutes. Before we leave, we’ll close the drain, remove the hose, and allow your tank to refill.

By regularly cleaning and flushing your water heater, Hammond Services can help you increase its lifespan and protect your home from a costly breakdown. Learn more about how we can help protect your home’s plumbing systems, contact Hammond Services today!

3 Commonly Overlooked Ways to Improve Your Home’s Electrical System

3 Commonly Overlooked Ways to Improve Your Home’s Electrical System

Improving your home’s electrical system can help you save money on electricity, protect sensitive electronics, prevent fires, and much more. It’s a good investment for almost any homeowner to make. Unfortunately, many homeowners focus on big picture ideas and forget some of the simpler concepts that offer big benefits to homeowners for a little additional effort.

1) Upgrade to 200 Amps

If you live in an older home or one that hasn’t had its electrical system updated in the past two or three decades, your home may be a 60-amp home. When these homes were built, 60 amps was adequate. Today, it’s not nearly enough to power all the things the average families run on a daily basis.

Things like home computers, much less multiple home computers, LCD televisions, and central air conditioning weren’t even on the radar at the time. Today, these things are the norm in most households. This means we require more power today than in years gone by.

2) Upgrade Your Panel

It is important to make sure your panel is up to the challenge your family throws its way each and every day. This is also one electrical upgrade that most states require a qualified electrician perform.

This is where energy comes into your home from your electricity provider. Mistakes here can place the safety of your family and your home at risk.

Why is it necessary to replace your panel? Outdated panels can cause a wide range of problems from melting electrical wires, failing to trip, constantly tripping, blown fuses, flickering lights, electrical shocks, and fire.

3) Adding New Outlets

It seems so simple and yet is commonly overlooked. In fact, think about all the places you wish you had an outlet and consider this the perfect time to add them. Most people have wished to have outlets at the heights of their desks or entertainment centers. Few homeowners actually add them, though.

Another place to consider adding outlets, especially in homes with open floor plans where everything isn’t located near a wall, is in the floors of the home. This means lamps, and desks can be placed in locations that are more convenient without crisscrossing the floor with extension cords that present tripping hazards.

These small changes may not seem like big deals, but the fact that they are so often overlooked and add so many benefits makes them just that. Reach out to us to learn how we can help you improve the convenience and capacity of your home’s electrical system.

Don’t Let April Showers Increase the Moisture Level in Your Home. Find Out How!

Don’t Let April Showers Increase the Moisture Level in Your Home. Find Out How!

Unfortunately, when moisture levels are high outside because of heavy amounts of precipitation, it reflects on the inside of your home. Excess moisture in your home’s air can leave your home feeling muggy and warm. Not to mention, the moist air has the potential to wreak havoc on you and your family’s health.

Dangers of Moisture

Moisture in your home can lead to a great deal of health concerns, especially respiratory problems. You and your family may suffer from breathing difficulty, wheezing and inflamed sinuses as well as nasal congestion or a runny nose. Studies indicate there may be a link between developing asthma or worsening of asthma symptoms as a result of moisture. Respiratory infections and bronchitis appear to be more prevalent in homes with excessive moisture.

Just being damp isn’t the only reason for the health concerns of a moist house. The wetness is a breeding ground for mold. Although most people won’t get sick, it becomes a danger for those who have mold allergies or who are immune compromised. Plus, it’s unsightly and difficult to get rid of once it begins forming.

Besides mold, dampness also breeds bacteria. Bacteria are responsible for a variety of different infections. Infections can be quite serious in anyone, but, in particular, in young children, those with asthma or other similar conditions, and in the elderly.

Pests are more common in homes with moisture. Dust mites like high humidity as well. That’s why it’s best to keep your home below a 50-percent humidity level. Dust mites and pests both trigger allergens, especially in asthmatics.

What Can Help

In order to maintain a low moisture level, you must have some type of dehumidification implemented. Most portable dehumidifiers just aren’t enough to really keep the humidity levels in your home at bay. Heating and cooling units have the capability to dehumidify your home. A heat pump is an excellent option to do just that. Having a cost-efficient and energy-saving heat pump installed allows your home to stay comfortable all year round. It has the potential to heat and cool your home evenly, and it even has a feature to reduce the moisture in your home.

Contact Hammond Services today for more information about how a heat pump can dehumidify your home, or to schedule an installation.

How Important Is Proper Home Plumbing Maintenance?

How Important Is Proper Home Plumbing Maintenance?

Water is a mighty force of nature. The Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon out of rock over the course of the last five million years, while a tsunami can destroy a city in a matter of moments. When applied to your home, clean flowing water is an important source of life, but it must be kept in its place. Regular home plumbing maintenance can prevent water damage and save you thousands in repair costs.

Common (and Preventable) Causes of Water Damage

Traveler’s Insurance investigated its homeowners’ claims and once they excluded natural disasters, found that water damage accounted for 28 percent of its property claims compared to just 3 percent for fires. Some of the most common causes were leaky washing machine hoses, faulty plumbing, and clogged drain lines on air conditioning units. Water can leak from cracked hoses or behind appliances without the telltale dripping sounds of a leaky faucet. Often a water leak can go undetected for a long period of time causing significant structural damage to your home in the process.

Preventative Plumbing Maintenance Prevents Water Damage

The best way to prevent water damage is to be proactive rather than reactive. A planned maintenance agreement (PMA) with a trusted mechanical company can provide peace of mind. With a PMA, you get a set number of visits each year in which a professional technician comes to your home and proactively searches for common sources of trouble. He or she can easily spot a ready-to-rupture washing machine hose, check for leaks behind the dishwasher, test your sump pump, and clear HVAC drains. Additionally, a PMA often offers priority and emergency service at a discount.

Hammond Services: Your Trusted Partner in Home Plumbing Maintenance

At Hammond Services, we understand that your home represents a significant financial investment for you and your family. We are ready with emergency services should the need arise but are also your partners in active home plumbing maintenance. Our Home Care Plan includes three scheduled visits a year. One of our professionals will check 45+ potential problem areas in your home and recommend any necessary repairs or replacement parts for your plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. Our Home Care Plan customers receive priority customer service, a 15 percent discount on repairs, and a lifetime parts and labor warranty on our services.

To discuss our Home Care Plan further, contact us today.