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A/C Air Flow Restriction – What is it? Why is the amount of air so slow coming out of my a/c system?

Air Flow Restriction – Loose Insulation inside the air duct system or plenum-causing air flow problems in Cooling or Heating System.

What can cause an air flow restriction in your air-conditioning or heating system? The most common reason is a dirty or clogged air filter. The next most common reason is aging air duct work and or lack of knowledge. For example: air duct dampers are installed in the duct work system and the new home owner or business owner is not aware of them, flexible duct pipe has sagged and now has a kink in the run,  there is another air filter in the system up in the attic (double filtering), the evaporator coil is older and has never been cleaned, etc.

Or it could be a unwanted object restricting the air flow in the duct work system that is causing poor air flow into the home or a particular room. See the attached picture –  this is a good example of an older system that has experienced a problem with the glue that holds the insulation to the side of the sheet metal plenum, when the glue ages it will allow the insulation to come loose and then restrict the air flow.  And ultimately your Cooling/Heating or A/C system works harder to keep you comfortable!

So if you have concerns about the amount of air flow in your home or business, call A.I.R. Plus today for an inspection.

Phone 405-618-2247 or 405-618-2AIR or go to airokc.com to set-up an appointment .

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May God bless you and yours!

It is cold in here! Why? The dog chewed a hole in the heating and cooling duct work!

Hole in the return air plenum/platform.

As you may be able to see from the picture, a dog chewed into the bottom of this return air plenum which is located in the garage. The furnace being located in a garage area is very common, the furnace platform or return air platform/plenum in this case is one piece. So the outdoor air that is in the garage area is being pulled into the heating and cooling system. Then the heating and cooling system must heat or cool the outdoor air, not the conditioned air in the home. And this my friends is not good!

Your heating and cooling system is now responsible for heating and cooling conditioned air that it has conditioned in addition to outdoor air. This system will never keep you comfortable! So, check those HVAC units that are located in the garage. You never know what they have been subjected too in the past few weeks or months and may need to be repaired. Check them especially if you are having system performance problems or concerns.

Pets, bicycles, lawn mowers, cars and really any moving object can penetrate the old sheet rock casings for older systems. And penetrations are bad!

Call A.I.R. Plus if you need help with your system. We would love to help you!

Have a blessed day!  

Natural Gas or Propane Furnace – Safety Check-ups and Performance Inspections!

Natural Gas or Propane Furnace Carbon Monoxide Poison! How dangerous is it? 

Read the following from Oklahoma Natural Gas Co.

About Carbon Monoxide

Natural gas is safe, clean and reliable. When appliances are installed properly and operating efficiently, natural gas burns cleanly, with little residue. However, if your natural gas appliance produces a yellow flame instead of a blue flame, it is not operating efficiently or is not vented properly. Carbon monoxide can be produced under these conditions.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is poisonous. CO is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can make you sick or, under some circumstances, cause death. Carbon monoxide occurs when fuel does not burn completely. To avoid CO hazards, make sure your appliances are properly installed, cleaned, maintained and vented.

The sources of carbon monoxide can include improperly vented cooking and water heating appliances, auto exhaust, blocked chimney flues and malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances.

Indications that carbon monoxide may be present in your home or building include the following:

  • Black soot on or near registers, flues, furnace filters, burners or appliance access openings;
  • Condensation on windows or interior walls (condensation on widows can also be caused by humidifiers or vaporizers);
  • A yellow flame (instead of a blue flame) on appliance burners;
  • Recent death of a pet, unexplained illness or dead or dying houseplants;
  • Absence of draft in your chimney.


Look for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Always be alert to the possibility of exposure to carbon monoxide. Learn to recognize the following symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Initially, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause flu-like symptoms, including headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, fatigue, increased perspiration, nausea, weakness and vomiting.
  • As carbon monoxide levels increase, symptoms may become more severe and include shortness of breath, extreme muscular weakness, intermittent convulsions, mental confusion and unconsciousness.
  • Severe poisoning can cause such symptoms as change in skin color to pink, lips and mucous membranes change in color to cherry red, and heart and lung failure.


What to do if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning: 

  • Immediately leave the building. Call 911 from a neighbor’s phone or call your local fire or police department. Or call Oklahoma Natural Gas at 1-800-458-4251.
  • Do not re-enter the building until it has been determined safe by emergency response personnel.
  • Immediately seek medical assistance for any symptoms, even those you think are minor.


Prevention Tips

  • Make certain your appliances are operating properly, no matter what type of fuel you use.
  • Check and maintain proper ventilation of the flue and chimney.
  • Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor inspect your gas furnace annually.
  • If you see a yellow furnace flame instead of a blue one, it’s a warning sign that your appliance is not operating properly. Call a qualified heating and cooling contractor to inspect your furnace immediately.
  • Clean or replace heating system air filters regularly.
  • Do not block air intake areas near or around appliances.
  • Do not use a natural gas range or space heater to heat your home.
  • Do not start your car, lawn mower, snow blower or any combustion engine in a closed garage.
  • Do not operate your grill inside an enclosed area.


Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors can alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide. If you install a detector, follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding installation.

DO NOT place a detector in any of the following locations:

  • Places where the temperature may drop below 40 degrees F
  • Near paint or paint thinner fumes
  • In the kitchen or within five feet of open flames from appliances
  • Near vents, flues or chimneys

Know the sound your detector makes when it goes off. Be able to tell the difference between your carbon monoxide detector and your smoke detector.

 

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Call (405)618-2AIR (2247) or (405)421-5191 today to schedule a Gas or Propane 26-point  Furnace today. Free Carbon Monoxide test are performed on all inspections.  Or go to http://airokc.com today to schedule an appointment online.

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