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Mold Remediation | Indoor Air Quality Kennett Square, PAThe majority of modern humans spend an inordinate amount of time indoors, making indoor air quality of the highest importance. Live organisms typically take the form of Mold & Bacteria. As such, we should all be concerned with what is in the air we are breathing. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to adverse reactions to pollutants in the air. Contact with these substances can cause sore eyes, burning in the nose/throat and headaches, as well as more severe effects such as respiratory illness, heart disease, cancer or other long term conditions.

How Did I Get Mold In My Home?


Molds are part of the natural environment and can begin reproducing quite easily. All it takes is for some spores to land on a wet surface and it will begin replicating. Mold can enter through many different passages such as your doorways, vents, windows and central air systems. Mold can even be tracked in from outside when it attaches itself to clothing, bags, or even pets. The mold tends to grow and thrive in places with an abundance of moisture such as leaky roofs and windows, or where there may have been some flooding.

How Serious Of A Problem Is The Mold Potentially?


Some mold is totally harmless – like *cosmetic* black mold or Ophistomoid fungi. These harmless black molds are often found on framing lumber and sometimes plywood. However, Stachybotrys Atra is a toxic mold and notorious mycotoxin producer. Some symptoms of exposure to toxic black mold include dermatitis, sinusitis, conjunctivitis. Aggravation of asthma and there has been evidence linking it with pulmonary hemosiderosis which causes bleeding in the lungs of infants less than 6 months old. This mold tends to grow on soaked wood, wall panels, cotton, cardboard and stacks of newspapers. Aspergillus is another mold that is very harmful, known to cause disease in humans and animals. Aspergillus is commonly found in house dust or areas of water damage / extreme dampness. Whether you have mold that is relatively harmless or a serious health concern, it all does one thing which is lead to more mold breeding so your situation can always get worse. It’s best to handle any signs of mold as soon as you uncover them.

What To Do When Mold Is Uncovered


The key to mold control is having control over moisture and humidity levels within your home. There’s no practical way to eliminate all mold spores, so the way to control it is to control moisture. Upon finding a mold issue, you must immediately eliminate the source of moisture. If there’s a leak or flooding, the first step is to resolve those issues. Next, reduce indoor humidity so that it rests at a level between 30-60%. Ways you can reduce the humidity are venting bathrooms, using air conditioning systems / de-humidifiers, and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.

Hiring A PRO to Assess Your Mold Issue


You can hire a professional if you’re concerned about properly taking care of the mold. Besides properly identifying the type of mold and extent of infestation, a PRO can offer you installations of air-purifiers, dehumidifiers and more. If you are having a mold issue and seek assistance – contact RDHVAC now!

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Spring has been a mixed bag to say this least so far in Pennsylvania. With snow, ice, rain, and sun all coming at us in March, it’s tough to know exactly how to prepare for the months ahead. Luckily, we’ve got the expertise to help with all of your home’s most vital systems. From heater repairs to keep you comfortable until the weather really warms up, to end-of-season maintenance to ensure your equipment will be ready to go next fall, to air conditioning services to get things ready for the hotter months ahead, our services are efficient and affordable, so your home will be ready for mother nature’s changing moods.

Heating System Repair Service

Don’t put off heater repair services until next year. Not only will you likely need your heater at least a few more times this year, but putting off current repair needs could lead to larger, more expensive problems down the road. Making sure your home’s systems are in order at the end of the season makes sure you won’t be hit with a surprise repair needs when you need your heat the most.

Electric Heater Repair

Electric heaters come with their own set of maintenance needs. Make sure your HVAC service provider is familiar with electric heaters and capable of making the necessary checks and repairs to keep your system running smoothly.

Gas Heater Repairs

Gas heaters are some of the most popular options for home heating in Pennsylvania. Clean, efficient, and relatively inexpensive, they provide homes with reliable, low-cost heating on demand. Since they’re s good at what they do, gas heaters tend to get a lot of use, and with extended use comes maintenance needs, just like with any other machine. RD HVAC techs are some of Pennsylvania’s most trusted experts on gas heater repair. Our years of expertise helps us to diagnose and fix issues quickly, so you can get back to having a fully-functioning unit in no time.

End of Season Heater Maintenance

This is a frequently overlooked task for many homeowners, but it’s one that should be performed every year. Before shutting off your heat for the final time until next fall, you should have a trained and licensed HVAC expert inspect your equipment and ensure everything is ready for the long months of dormancy ahead. This will put you in the best position next fall to switch the system back on and get top notch results. These checks can also identify potential long-term issues and give you the chance to tackle them early.

Cooling System Check-ups

It’s easy to forget with this blustery weather that warmer days are just around the corner. Don’t wait until that first burning afternoon to learn that your AC is on the fritz. Start-of-season inspections can identify any routine maintenance that needs to be done, find warning signs of larger problems before they become a catastrophe., and can tighten things up to ensure the most efficient use of your home’s energy when the AC seasons fully kicks in.

Call our representatives today and schedule a convenient service call to get your home’s heating and cooling systems looked at, and learn why R&D Heating, Cooling, and Electric has earned its reputation as one of the most trusted HVAC companies in the region.

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Coming home to a cold house on a chilly Pennsylvania day can be a stressful and aggravating experience. While many tasks involving HVAC equipment should be handled by licensed professionals, there are a few easy troubleshooting methods that could save you some time and frustration.

If your heater isn’t turning on

Make sure Your Thermostat is set to Heat

Yes, it sounds obvious, but if you’re not looking for the small stuff like this, it can be easy to overlook. It’s easy enough for someone to accidentally set the thermostat to the wrong setting without noticing.

Check Your Filters

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Dirty and clogged filters can sneak up on you, especially if you haven’t been paying attention to regular furnace maintenance. Dirty filters not only cost you money in the form of lost efficiency, they can also lead newer equipment to shutting down altogether. If you can find your filter, pull it out and replace it if it’s clogged with debris. The new component will not only get your system running again, but will improve its efficiency and help remove irritants from the air.

Make Sure You’ve Got Power

Check your thermostat to make sure it’s on. If it isn’t you may need to replace its batteries or trip the breaker to get the unit up and running again. Similarly, check your circuit breaker to make sure your heating equipment is getting electricity. Even gas systems still often need a power supply for their sensors and fans.

One last place to check for power is the furnace switch – this is a separate switch located on or near the furnace that controls power to the equipment. Make sure this has not been switched to off.

Anything beyond these basic troubleshooting steps may require some more in-depth knowledge of your home’s gas systems and your furnace’s particular configuration. If you’re comfortable working with this kind of equipment, you can find how to light your pilot light (For older furnaces) or find model-specific troubleshooting guides in your furnace’s owner’s manual. Always remember, working with this equipment can be dangerous, and HVAC technicians go through extensive training to be able to work on and repair these essential home systems.

Call A Professional

If you’ve gone through the troubleshooting methods outlined here and your home’s heating system still won’t turn on, call the experts at R&D Heating, Cooling, and Electric today. Our trained professionals will be able to diagnose and repair your furnace quickly and at a fair price. We provide emergency services as well as easy, affordable financing options so you won’t be left in the cold.