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Homeowner Help: Improving Your Air Quality Post-Renovation

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The winter season is upon us and it’s likely that most renovations or new home construction projects are either finished or nearly completed. However, home construction, whether from minor repairs or big home improvement projects, produce a variety of airborne contaminants that impact your home’s indoor air quality, even after a project is done. Indoor air pollutants like chemicals, construction dust, and other particles can hang out in your home for weeks after a renovation and can cause both short and long term health effects if not addressed properly.

The air inside your home can become stale during colder months from the lack of ventilation and proper air circulation, making it harder to maintain good air quality. As people spend more time indoors, air pollution can build up and cause more harm than good to a person’s health. If you’ve recently had renovations done to your home, keep reading to find out how you can improve your home’s indoor air quality for better health, comfort, and peace of mind this holiday season.

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Construction dust and other airborne particulates leftover from a renovation project drastically increases the air pollution inside a home and can cause a myriad of health related side-effects. Demolition of old drywall, concrete, vinyl flooring, and more, could contain asbestos, one of the leading causes of indoor air pollution in older home renovations. Many people unknowingly release microscopic asbestos fibers into the air during home improvement or maintenance projects and run the risk of inhaling the fibers and developing asbestos-related diseases. To help stop the spread of airborne debris, ensure that the air ducts are cleaned. Your home’s air ducts are an important part of keeping the air flowing throughout your home. So, when construction dust and debris accumulates, it contaminates your whole home. Eliminate the dust and get your ducts cleaned by an indoor air quality technician to help keep your home healthy and hygienic.

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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are another common byproduct post renovation and come from varnishes, paints, and other building products and materials. Both short term and long-term exposure to VOCs can cause health effects ranging from eye, nose, and throat irritation to liver and kidney disease. To reduce indoor air contaminants consider using either a portable air purifier or an air purification system on your HVAC unit to remove common biological pollutants like pet dander and mold, and to combat the harsh odors VOCs produce. Having a home air purifier is a great way to maintain control over your home’s air quality. Plus, there are several options you can choose from, so you can have cleaner, healthier air post-renovation.

Filter Replacement

It is always a good idea to change your air filter regularly. However, you should change it sooner if you’ve had renovations done, otherwise you’ll continue to contaminate your home with airborne particulate matter and construction debris. With our HVAC filter replacement program, we can provide you with new filters delivered to your doorstep every 90 days. With 6 different filter sizes to choose from, you can rest easy knowing that you're keeping your HVAC system efficient and improving your indoor air quality.

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5 Mind-Blowing Hot Water Heater Facts Your Grandma Thinks You Should Know

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Hot Water Heater Facts to Keep You Comfortable All Year Round 

If you are a homeowner, you are more than likely a proud owner of a hot water heater— congratulations! Here are some pretty great facts about hot water heaters that even your grandma thinks you should know! Read on to discover five home water heater facts you need to know! Contact the expert technicians at Bob's Heating for water heater repair or maintenance.

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Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning Named a Nextdoor 2022 Neighborhood Favorite Local Business

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Woodinville, WA — Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning has been named to the winning list of Nextdoor’s 6th annual Neighborhood Favorites, an awards program recognizing local businesses committed to helping their neighborhoods thrive. Winners of the 2022 Neighborhood Favorites were determined based on the number of neighbor recommendations a local business receives on Nextdoor across various categories.

“On Nextdoor, small businesses are a trusted and core member of the community. These local businesses go above and beyond to make their neighborhoods a kind, welcoming place. It is a true honor, and good for business, to be voted a Neighborhood Favorite by your most loyal customers — neighbors.” said Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar.

With more than 55 million business recommendations from neighbors, Nextdoor connects neighbors with each other and everything nearby.

“We’re very honored to have been recommended by so many wonderful neighbors in our local community. Bob’s has been serving homeowners throughout Western Washington since 1957, so we are proud to see our values recognized and appreciated by local community members,” wrote Gabby Roppo, the marketing coordinator at Bob’s Heating.

The complete list of winning businesses in each city is available at nextdoor.com/favorites. Join the neighborhood network by downloading the Nextdoor app or visiting nextdoor.com.

3 Things to Know Before Choosing and Installing a Smart Thermostat

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Who doesn't love home devices that make life comfortable, convenient, and conscientious? Smart thermostats provide all three by maintaining the ideal temperature for your home, offering access from anywhere, and reducing your carbon footprint. As you begin your search for the perfect smart thermostat, it’s important to arm yourself with the right information. There are a few lesser-known things you should keep in mind before upgrading, so read on to learn more.

Choose Your Upgrade Timing Wisely

Everyone loves saving energy, and it makes sense to swap to an energy-saving thermostat sooner rather than later to save the most energy. While it's tempting to make the switch to a more energy-efficient thermostat right before you'll most need it, like in the thick of summer or dead of winter or before you host a family gathering, that's not always the best time. If things go wrong during a DIY installation, you might be stuck without a functioning HVAC system until you can get it fixed. It might be better to wait for milder weather. If you've got any concerns about the installation, consider calling in a professional from Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

Check For Compatibility Before Buying a Smart Thermostat

When shopping for a new thermostat, it's important to check for compatibility with your existing HVAC system. Most smart thermostats require "low voltage" 24-volt HVAC systems, often called "central heat" or "central air." You likely have this type of system if:

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Replacing Air Filters During Summer

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Did you know hot weather plays a big role in how often you need to change your HVAC air filter? During the hot summer months, air conditioners are working overtime to keep us cool. When your home AC system is working harder, the air filter collects dust at a faster rate and thus affects how often it needs to be replaced.  Replacing air filters is important; we’ll help you learn all about air filters in your system and when to replace them!

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HVAC Spring Cleaning in 3 Easy Steps

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Spring welcomes the birth of new beginnings everywhere. It is the perfect season to turn over a new leaf, so to speak. It also happens to be the best time to tackle HVAC spring cleaning. Get your home prepped and ready for the warm seasons ahead by following these three easy steps!

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Easy Ways to Treat Seasonal Allergies

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After a long, dark winter, many look forward to the warmer weather that spring promises. Unfortunately, the arrival of spring also means the arrival of seasonal allergies. Millions of Americans suffer from allergy symptoms caused by seasonal factors. The most common environmental factors that affect spring allergies include:

  • Dust
  • Tree and grass pollen
  • Mold

If you or a loved one suffer from seasonal allergies, poor indoor air quality can aggravate symptoms. So how can you release the hold seasonal allergies have on your life?

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The Complete Buyer’s Guide to a New Air Conditioner

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Did you regret not indulging in a new air conditioner last summer? With March almost here, you can save 20% on a new air conditioner unit from Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning. Discover how to shop for your new cooling appliance by following along in our Complete Buyer’s Guide to a New Air Conditioner!

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Five Tips for Properly Disposing of an Old Air Filter

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Your home air filter is perhaps one of the most important parts of your HVAC system. So many of the issues that could cause your system to slow down or stop working entirely can be attributed, at least partially, to an old or clogged up air filter, so regularly changing your filter is an important part of home maintenance. However, once you change your air filter, your old furnace air filter may release dirt and debris back into the air in your home, which could lessen your indoor air quality.

This brings up a question that many people want to know the answer to: how should you properly dispose of an old air filter? Air filters have the benefit of being disposable in your regular trash, but what can you do to prevent all of the airborne debris trapped in the filter from escaping again as soon as you move it? Here are a few disposal tips you can follow.

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HVAC Jobs Available – Why You Should Work for Bob’s Heating

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Ever wonder what it’s like to work for one of Washington’s 100 Best Companies AND the only HVAC company to make this year’s winners list? Stop wondering and start applying for available HVAC jobs at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning! We’re hiring qualified applicants that are ready to work hard for a company that cares about their employees in a fun, dedicated, team-oriented work environment. Read on to learn some of the many reasons why you should apply for a job at Bob’s!

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Four Ways to Keep Your Indoor Air Healthy During Wildfire Season

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Wildfires are devastating for the environment in so many ways. In addition to burning natural vegetation, wildfires also release a ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, further exacerbating greenhouse gas issues for our environment. Likewise, they also greatly reduce our air quality, making the simple act of breathing difficult for just about anyone, and particularly unsafe for those who suffer from respiratory issues. What that means is it’s important to take refuge inside, where air quality can be under control. But how can you keep your indoor air quality at a high level when the air quality outside is so poor?

This blog has the answer for you. Check out these four tips for keeping your indoor air quality healthier during wildfire season so that you can breathe easier in your home while the air outside is full harmful impurities.

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Crank Up the Heat this Holiday Season with a Smart Thermostat

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With the unpredictable weather changes that Washington State brings, a home may experience various temperature adjustments throughout this winter season. Here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer the best smart thermostat selections from the most respected brands available on the market today. Remain comfortable in your home. Get in control of the temperature by selecting a thermostat that best suits your needs.

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Bob's Heating & Air Conditioning: Air Conditioners for You

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It is that time of year again. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning’s Pre-Season AC Sale is back! Get an early head start for the warmer climate as all of our Bryant Air Conditioners are now 20% off! The sooner you buy the more you save with the following deals:

  • March is 20% off 
  • April is 15% off 
  • May is 10% off 
  • June is 5% off (until the first day of summer 6/21)

Selecting one of our air conditioners will be an excellent choice as our products are from Bryant, a trusted name brand since 1904 known for remarkable quality, comfort, and value. Explore our five exceptional air conditioners to implement in your home, while saving as much as you can with our current deals.

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Why You Should Choose Central A/C Over Window Units

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As summer progresses and the weather gets hotter, most people will do anything to keep their homes cool. Air conditioners are an essential way to do this. Some people prefer small window A/C units while others like a central air conditioning system. At Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend central A/C units over window systems. In this blog, we will explain why a central A/C unit over a window system is the right choice for you.

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Quick and Simple Furnace Filter Replacement

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Take the guesswork out of changing your furnace filter with tips that make it easy to remember when and how to change it. Furnace replacement filters help keep your furnace running efficiently and your indoor air quality at optimum. Here’s what you need to know

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Water Heater Safety & What You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe

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Water heaters are a major household convenience that many people rely on every single day. Although water heaters remain unseen most of the time, it is important to keep in mind that they need regular maintenance for optimal efficiency and safety reasons. Check out our blog for water heater safety tips that you can use to keep your water heater running smoothly and your family and home safe.

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Choosing Between a Furnace and Heat Pump

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With temperatures dropping, it is that time of the year to turn up the heat in your home. There are many ways to heat a home, but furnaces and heat pumpsare the two main forms of central home heating that are used in many homes today. You may be wondering which system is right for your home and that depends on what you are looking for in a heating system. Read on to learn more about gas furnaces vs. heat pumps and the benefits of each!

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Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions at Bob's Heating

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Life is full of decisions, and with decisions come questions!  With over 60 years of experience answering customer questions, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning knows how to make your shopping experience as smooth as possible.  Read on to get answers to some of our most frequently asked questions by customers.

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Can Your Air Conditioner Handle the Heat?

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Hot weather can be unbearable without a reliable air conditioning system. Before temperatures rise, consider whether or not you can get another season out of your aging HVAC unit.

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Air Conditioning Mistakes That Are Costing You Money

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In the hottest parts of the summer, an inefficient HVAC system can run for much of the day. Older units tend to be less efficient than newer ones, but there are ways you can improve the performance of your air conditioning system.

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