Dehumidifier Recalls: Keep Your Family Safe From Fire

Among other benefits, using a dehumidifier can control humidity in your home, drastically reducing allergens and improving overall air quality. However, the use of this appliance does come with its fair share of risks. Recently, millions of dehumidifiers were recalled after numerous incidents of overheating and fire were reported and unfortunately, it’s not the first time a recall like this has been made. So far, about $4.8 million in property damage has been reported. These dehumidifiers were sold under brand names such as GE, Frigidaire and Kenmore at major stores in the US and Canada from 2003 to 2013.

If you currently have a dehumidifier in your home, enter your unit’s brand name, model and serial number (found on your dehumidifier’s nameplate) into the tool found here to see if it has been recalled. If it has, stop using it immediately and unplug it. You may be eligible for a replacement or a partial refund by contacting GD Midea.

If you’re in the market for a new dehumidifier, conducting research before you buy will ensure the safety of not only your property and possessions, but your family as well.

If you have any questions about this recall, replacement options or dehumidifiers in general, feel free to contact us!

HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklist

 

It’s officially spring which means it’s time for some deep cleaning around the house. Along with the floors, windows and the general dust and grime that come with the winter months, now is a great time to give your home heating and cooling some attention.

Why should you start your spring cleaning with your HVAC equipment?

Having clean HVAC equipment improves the overall air quality in your home and can help to reduce springtime allergy symptoms, keeping you and your family healthier. It can also help your equipment run smoothly all season long, allowing you to avoid costly repairs and keeping your family cool during the warm months.

HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklist

Inspect Ductwork

Ductwork circulates air through your home all day long and can collect a buildup of dust and debris over time. Especially after the winter months, examine your ductwork, clean what you can and decide if you need to consult a specialist. You can opt for a professional cleaning to start the season off fresh and may even want to consider Aeroseal, a duct sealing process that can increase indoor air quality and save you money on energy bills.

Change Filters

Examine filters to see if they need to be replaced. HVAC filters should be changed regularly to keep your equipment running correctly and to maintain your indoor air quality.

Clean Register Grills

Use a vacuum hose or a wet rag to clean registers, removing dirt and debris that has accumulated over the winter months.

Clean Around Your Units

Now is a great time to clean up around your HVAC equipment, especially if it’s outdoors. The space around your furnace and AC units should be well maintained and free of dust, furniture and clutter inside, and bushes, debris, leaves and tree branches outside.

Test the AC

You don’t want to get to the hottest day of the year only to find out that your AC isn’t working. If you haven’t used your unit yet this season, turn it on to make sure it’s working properly. If you notice anything such as improper cooling, strange noises or a funny smell, call your local HVAC experts immediately.

Set Your Programmable Thermostat

If you have a programmable thermostat, revisit the current settings to see if they still apply and adjust as necessary. At this point, you may want to turn it to the “cool” setting. Think about your spring and summer schedule and program the thermostat accordingly. An optimal temperature for “home” times in the warmer months is 78 degrees.  When you aren’t home, set the thermostat to rise to the highest temperature as comfortably possible for maximum efficiency and cost savings.

Dust Ceiling Fans

Especially if you haven’t used your ceiling fans all winter, dust them off thoroughly before turning them on so they don’t spread dust and other allergens all over your home.

Schedule Maintenance

There’s only so much you can do on your own before consulting a professional. Call your local HVAC company to schedule your regular maintenance appointment. During this appointment, your equipment will be inspected to ensure safety and cleaned so that it can run efficiently.

Follow this checklist and your HVAC equipment should be ready for the warm months ahead. Be sure to call Crown Group Ohio with any questions or concerns!