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Your House is a system, Much like your car is a system, made with many parts
"tires, engine, transmission, windshield, heating, air conditioning, shocks, spark
plugs, wires, etc..."
When one part is not working right, you and your car feels
deferent... A little vibration, noise, comfort and bad gas millage, a low or flat tire
your the car does not run right.

Your home is the same way, when you change one thing within the
home/building or parts are not installed correctly (
windows, door, insulation,
siding, additions, fans, heating equipment etc.
) it can react in a positive or
negative ways... Your comfort levels, moisture control, pressure within building, air
flow distribution, heating and cooling system etc.
                            Ice Damming

                                      Problem: Warm air inside your home leaks into the attic and heats the underside of the roof, causing snow and ice to melt and refreeze as it
                                      runs off your roof. This forms icicles and ice dams that eventually force the water to back up under the shingles and sometimes into the ceiling
                                      or wall inside your home. In addition to roof and water damage, ice dams can cause structural decay and mold and mildew to form in attics
                                      and on walls.

                                      Solution: Air sealing can help stop drafts, improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home, and reduce your utility bills. Some leaks are
easy to find and fix – around windows and doors. But holes hidden in attics, basements, and crawl spaces are usually bigger problems. American Temperature
Control can examine your entire home for air leaks, properly seal ducts and holes, and make sure your combustion appliances are venting properly.
                            Mold, mildew, and musty areas

                                       Problem: A water leak or high humidity can lead to mold, mildew, or musty odors. Water can seep into your house from the outside through a
                                       leak in your roof, foundation, or small gaps around windows or doors. High indoor humidity caused by normal activities of everyday living such
                                       as showering, cooking, and drying clothes, can also be a source. Depending on the severity, conditions can lead to rot, structural damage,
                                       premature paint failure, and a variety of health problems.

Solution: Where the problem occurs can lead to what is causing the problem. If the problem is localized (a spot on the ceiling, wall or corner) it is possibly caused by a
water leak. If the problem is in a large area like a whole wall, room or basement then it might be caused by high humidity. American Temperature Control can find the
source of your mold and mildew problems immediately. We can help stop water leaks to minimize potential mold growth, ensure rooms and appliances are vented
properly to maintain humidity levels, clean ducts and drip pans,  American Temperature Control can also check your heating and cooling system to make sure it is
sized and operating properly. If your system is too big or the airflow incorrect, your air conditioner will not remove humidity like it should.
                            Window Condensation

                                      Problem: Inefficient windows (e.g., single pane with aluminum frames) or high moisture with inadequate ventilation can result in condensation,
                                      frost, or pools of water on windows and sills. Moisture in the air condenses when it touches a cold surface. Continued excess moisture can
                                      lead to mold, mildew, and deterioration of your windows and sills.

                                      Solution: It is difficult to completely eliminate moisture on existing windows, but American Temperature Control can help by reducing humidity
                                      and ensuring proper airflow and venting. Replacing old windows with windows that exceed ENERGY STAR specifications can help eliminate most
condensation problems, as well as make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.
                            Leaky Ductwork

                                      Problem: Ductwork leakage is one of the biggest energy wasters. In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to
                                      distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, about 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is
                                      lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter
                                      how the thermostat is set.

                                      Solution: A duct system that is well-designed and properly sealed can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and safer.
                                      American Temperature Control can help you achieve this by ensuring your ductwork is properly sealed, insulated, and sized and your home’s
                                      heating and cooling systems work as efficiently as possible an air flow is optimized. American Temperature Control will also insulate
                                      ductwork in attics and crawl spaces to provide maximum comfort.
                                         Drafty Rooms

                                        Problem: Cold air leaking into your house around windows, doors, electrical outlets, light fixtures, and gaps in corners, can cause rooms to
                                        feel drafty and uncomfortable. As cold air is coming in through leaks, warm air is escaping. The biggest air leaks are often found in the attic, and
                                        recessed lights are a common cause. If you add up all the hidden air leaks in your home, they can equal the size of an open window or even an
                                        open  door!

Solution: Air sealing can help stop drafts, improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home, and reduce your utility bills. Some leaks are easy to find and fix –
around windows and doors. But holes hidden in attics, basements, and crawl spaces are usually bigger problems. American Temperature Control can examine your
entire home for air leaks, properly seal ducts and holes, and make sure your combustion appliances are venting properly.
                             Dust and Pollutants

                                        Problem: Air can carry dust, dirt, and other pollutants as it travels through your home. Without good ventilation, they can become
                                        trapped  indoors and create health problems for everyone in your family – including asthma, allergies, and cold symptoms.

                                        Solution: As with everything American Temperature Control does in your home, we strive to maintain and improve indoor air  We  
                                        make sure your combustion equipment is working and venting safely. Sealing air leaks and ducts keeps pollution from entering your
                                        home and lowers dust levels. Proper insulation and heating and cooling choices help prevent a variety of air quality issues. Your home
comfort and energy advisor can recommend additional energy saving ventilation equipment and devices to further clean your air and
offer an even higher level of protection.
                           High Energy bills

                                     Problem: One reason for high energy bills is an increase in the price of foreign oil. However, it is common to trace high
                                     energy bills to inefficient windows, heating and cooling equipment, ductwork, and insulation or a failure of one of these
                                     components to perform as intended.

                                     Solution: American Temperature Control can give you a complete home energy make over designed to increase
the                                         energy efficiency of your home and lower your utility bills by at least 25% — guaranteed. Your home will be analyzed
                                     using state-of-the-art tools, including a blower door and infrared camera. We conduct a comprehensive home comfort
and energy audit to identify sources of excessive energy usage including air leaks in the attic, ceiling, exterior walls, windows, and doors;
missing
or insufficient insulation; leaking ductwork; and more. Once the energy audit is complete, we provide a customized solution to ensure maximum
energy savings. Common solutions include air sealing, duct sealing, weather-stripping, insulation, replacement windows, and furnace or air
conditioner replacement.
                             Poor and Missing Insulation

                                        Problem: Insulation slows the movement of heat so it keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. When correctly installed,
                                        insulation can deliver comfort and lower energy bills during the hottest and coldest times of the year. Most homes, however, have insufficient or
                                       missing insulation.

                                        Solution: American Temperature Control will properly install insulation in walls, floors, and attics to give you more even temperatures
                                        throughout the house and a quieter, more comfortable living environment. Insulation works best when air is not moving through or around it. So it
is very important to seal air leaks before installing insulation to ensure that you get the best performance from the insulation. To get the biggest savings, the easiest
place to add insulation is usually in the attic.
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