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Troubleshooting Guide for Air Conditioning

Air conditioners are essential to keeping your home cool and comfortable, especially in the summer. When your AC breaks down, waiting for a professional to come to your home and fix it can take days or weeks, depending on scheduling and availability. Often, simply...

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5 Quick Ideas to Renovate Your Home

5 Quick Ideas to Renovate Your Home

Refresh your space in just an afternoon, or as little as 5 minutes! These quick ideas to renovate your home include decorative vent covers, updated hardware, and more.

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Quick Design Tips for the Nursery

Quick Design Tips for the Nursery

Create a space that you and your child will adore, down to every detail, with these simple, quick
and easy upgrades.

Every nursery needs the basics: a crib, changing table and rocker or glider. Beyond these core
functional items, the room is your canvas to create a beautiful space that reflects your design
style and welcomes your baby home to a peaceful and playful oasis. The beauty is in the
details, so we’ve created quick design tips for the nursery that will create the perfect space for
early bonding and family memories.

 

Replace the vent cover with a decorative one.

We can all agree that standard air vent covers are a real eyesore in a room. Stellar Air
decorative covers are the upgrade you need to transform these unappealing, unattractive
covers into pieces of art. They become an accent piece instead of something you try to avoid
looking at! Why not extend this into the kid’s room?

Nicole from @fancyfixdecor relied on a Stellar Air decorative vent cover to easily and quickly
enhance the interior design of her daughter’s nursery. If there’s one takeaway from her
makeover, it’s that little details can make a big impact!

For an organic and natural look, we recommend the Leaf, Sunburst, and Waves designs. For
the girly girl, the Floral design will be a great addition to her pink-themed room. For the future
builders and architects, we recommend the Cubes and Oriental designs. As your child grows,
they’ll love the easy-to-follow, fun patterns. You also can’t go wrong with the Arabic or 3D
Circular patterns for any baby or kid’s room. Our designs are highly customizable, not only in
size. Both stainable and paintable, any design can become unique to your home.
Functionality is at the top of our priorities, too. Our vent covers offer improved airflow quality, so
you’re not only upgrading the design of your child’s room, but you’re ensuring high air quality.
Our open design allows air to travel directly to the filter for air returns and does not impede
airflow for registers. Dust and debris stay in the filter and do not stick on the vent, keeping the
room dust-free and full of optimized clean air.

They’re also easy to install. Watch Nicole quickly replace her old vent cover with our Leaf
Design cover. As she says, it takes five minutes! Watch Here. While you may need a tool to remove your
current vent cover, ours is a breeze to install and take off when it’s time to change your filter.

 

Add a few accent pillows.

When it comes to furniture in a nursery, simple and reliable is best. When it comes to the
details, there’s an opportunity for a lot of fun. Accent pillows for the glider or crib (for older
babies and toddlers) are great ways to explore a theme in the nursery and add a pop of color or
texture – or both!

For a nature-inspired design, opt for a plant or botanical pattern. For a jungle theme, go with an
ultra-soft animal pillow. The great thing about the details in a room is that you can easily mix
and match for a cohesive or eclectic feel. Consider matching the pillows to the decorative vent
cover or bringing in different design elements in each decorative piece for a unique blend.

 

Play around with wall art.

Similar to furniture, sometimes it’s best to go with neutral walls in the nursery – wallpapers can
be expensive and difficult to remove when desired. Instead, create a wall gallery filled with
family photos, cute animals, intriguing patterns, and more. Creating a gallery is easy and highly
customizable. Just as quickly as you hung a picture, you can take it down and replace it with
another one. You can also find easy-to-remove wall decals for the aesthetic of wallpaper without
the permanence or price tag.

Welcoming a new member of the family is such a special time of life. Embrace your nesting
instincts and create the perfect room for your little one with thoughtful, quick and easy design
elements like Stellar Air decorative vent covers.

Air Filter: Major Consequences of Not Changing It

If you are like most people, you aren’t thinking about your HVAC system until it stops functioning the way it should. Do you know one of the biggest sources of a system complication or failure? A clogged air filter. Read on to learn more about how air filters function in your HVAC system and what can happen when they aren’t changed on a regular schedule.

 

HOW DOES AN AIR FILTER WORK?

Air filters are generally made of spun fiberglass or pleated paper and surrounded by a cardboard frame. They are inserted into a specific place in the HVAC systems and act as a barrier to prevent contaminants and other particles from circulating in the air, or from reaching sensitive parts of the system. Some of the common things that filters block are dust, pollen, lint, mold, hair, animal fur, bacteria, and more.

 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD FILTERS BE CHANGED?

Depending on the type of air filter you are using, you will need to follow different schedules to ensure that the filter is always functioning for optimal performance. Most manufacturers recommend that basic filters are changed every 30 to 60 days, but there are other circumstances that could affect that schedule.

  • A filter in a regular home with no pets should be changed every 90 days
  • If your home has a single pet, the filter should be changed every 60 days
  • For multiple pets, or if anyone in your home suffers from allergies, you’ll want to change the filter anywhere between 20 to 45 days
  • People in single-occupant homes with no pets, or those who own vacation homes that don’t get much use, can usually wait for 6 to 12 months before changing their filter

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T CHANGE YOUR AIR FILTER? 

When air filters are not consistently changed, they get clogged by the buildup of particles and contaminants that stick to the filter.  While the filter is designed to accommodate these minuscule items, the buildup creates an almost impenetrable barrier so that the air cannot completely flow through, which can ultimately cause multiple problems for the entire HVAC system.

 

 Higher Energy Bills

When the filter becomes clogged, air cannot easily flow through the system. This causes the whole system to have to work harder to distribute heat or air where it is needed, which increases your utility bills since the air is running for longer.

 

Poor Temperature Regulation 

Since clogged air filters make the system strain to create airflow, warm or cool air cannot adequately go where it is needed. This means that some rooms could be too cold during the winter or too hot in the summer.

 

Health Concerns 

If the air filter is clogged and cannot trap contaminants as it did before, those things can end up back in the air that everyone in your home is breathing. Immediate issues could include headaches, itchy eyes or throat, and dizziness. If the air filters are not changed and the issues continue, the long-term effects could be respiratory diseases, heart disease, or cancer.

 

Furnace Failures

As the system is working harder to get around clogged air filters, it can cause the entire system to overwork and eventually break. If this happens, you’ll need to replace the entire system, which can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $12,000. Air filters usually cost less than $40, so they are easy to replace frequently compared to replacing the entire system.

 

Clamped-Up Coils 

Evaporative coils, which help remove heat from the air to keep your home cool, can freeze up if they are overworked. With a clogged air filter, the air won’t flow over the coils correctly, which makes them stop working and leads to total system failure. Again, the price to fix this issue is greater than simply purchasing a new air filter every few months. Protect your HVAC system and your wallet by replacing the air filters on a regular schedule.

 

WHAT TO DO

If you haven’t changed the air filters in your home lately, your next step should be to figure out which filters you need and replace them as soon as possible. If you find that the old filters look like nothing, not even air, could ever pass through them, it’s time to contact an HVAC professional. They can visit your house to inspect the system and resolve any issues caused by the clogged filters, thus preventing further problems in the future.

No matter what you need in regards to your HVAC system, HVAC.com can connect you with top-rated professionals in your area that can address any problem. Find helpful information and resources on our site, then let us help you get in touch with the HVAC specialist that you need.

Article Provided By: HVAC.com

If you would like to discuss Stellar Air Decorative Vent and Grille Covers or want to have a custom-designed Grille or Ventilator cover made for your home or office, please do not hesitate to call us at 842-795-6680 or you can email us at info@stellarairdecorativeventcovers.com.

How Does an HVAC System Work?

WHAT IS HVAC?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, air conditioning system. It provides thermal comfort and improvement in air quality. This system is one of the most important parts of a building, it includes the exchange of air to the outside and supplies the circulation within the building. Supply ventilation systems allow for better control of the air that enters the house. It removes pollen, dust and dehumidifies to provide humidity control.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUPPLY VENTS AND AIR RETURNS?

Supply vents blow air outwards into a room. They are usually smaller and have slats behind the vent covers. Air returns suck the air out of the room into your ducts, and back into the furnace. 

WHERE DOES MY HVAC SYSTEM FILTER THE AIR?

If your furnace is in the basement, more than likely this is where you will find the removable air filter that keeps your air clean. If you don’t have a basement, then most likely your furnace is in the attic. It would be very inconvenient to go to switch the filter in the attic, that’s why these homes will filter the air in the air returns located on the walls and ceilings. This makes the filters easier to access and replace!

 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I REPLACE MY AIR FILTER?

Typically air filters for HVAC systems should be changed at least twice a year. A good trick to keep on track is to replace the filters when you switch your clocks for daylight savings time. Change the clocks, change the filters. That way you never forget! 

If your home is more prone to dust, or pollutants, than you may want to change it more than twice a year. 

THE OVERALL VENTILATION PROCESS 

Thermostat

The most important part of a HVAC system is the thermostat. The thermostat triggers the entire system to start cooling or heating.  It is normally centrally located in your home and programmed based on your preferences. 

Furnace &  Heat Exchanger

The furnace heats the air that moves through the system with natural gas. Within the furnace is a heat exchanger, which is responsible for heating up the air to the right temperature. You’ll typically find the furnace in the attic, basement, or a specially designed closet space.

 

Air Conditioner

The air conditioner cools the air and is found outside of the building. It uses electricity and coolant liquid to reduce the temperature of the air, while sending hot air outside and cold air inside.

 

Ducts

Ducts are a very important part of the HVAC system! They help move air efficiently throughout the home. It is a channel of connected tubes that are built behind the walls. Ducts are responsible for delivering and balancing the air flow through the rooms of your house. Ducts connect to the air vents that you see on your floors, walls and ceilings.

 

Air Vents

Vents are the final part of this system. There are two types of vents – supply vents and air returns:

Supply vents, supply air to the room.

Air returns remove the air from the room and suck it back into the system to be recycled and reconditioned by the furnace.

Article Provided By: Aria Vent

If you would like to discuss Stellar Air Decorative Vent and Grille Covers or want to have a custom-designed Grille or Ventilator cover made for your home or office, please do not hesitate to call us at 842-795-6680 or you can email us at info@stellarairdecorativeventcovers.com.

Troubleshooting Guide for Air Conditioning

Air conditioners are essential to keeping your home cool and comfortable, especially in the summer. When your AC breaks down, waiting for a professional to come to your home and fix it can take days or weeks, depending on scheduling and availability. Often, simply popping open a window or running a fan isn’t enough on a particularly hot summer day. The good news is that there a surprising number of instances in which you can diagnose and repair a broken AC on your own. This article reviews troubleshooting tips and highlights a few common issues and solutions so you can get your AC back up and running.

 

TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS

  • Make sure the thermostat is set properly. Sometimes fixing your air conditioner is as simple as learning to set the thermostat properly. If set incorrectly, your air conditioner may not work the way you want it to. You might have your thermostat set to heat instead of air conditioning. If this happens, you’ll likely have hot air coming out of your air conditioning vents. It’s easy to forget to make the switch when the seasons change. Double-check this before you assume that your AC unit is broken.
  • Change the thermostat batteries. Have you checked the batteries in your thermostat lately? If you haven’t changed the batteries in a long time, you might be dealing with a dead battery. Without functioning batteries, the thermostat cannot communicate with the air conditioning unit.
  • Replace the air filter. If the filter gets too dirty, the air cannot flow properly. As a result, your air conditioner won’t work as well or maybe at all. Modern air conditioners in particular are extremely sensitive to dirty air filters. If you can’t remember the last time you changed the filters, it’s time to change them.
  • Check your circuit breaker. The next thing you can try troubleshooting is checking your circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker connected to the air conditioner has been tripped, you’ll need to reset it.
  • Check the air vents. Make sure that all of your air ducts and vents are clear. If they get clogged by dust or dirt, the air can’t flow properly; simply cleaning your air vents could be the answer to your problems. There may also be issues within the air ducts that you can’t see. Things like mold or vermin infestation can prevent your AC from working properly.

 

WHEN TO CONTACT AN HVAC PROFESSIONAL

While there are plenty of things you can do on your own troubleshooting and combatting common problems with your air conditioner, there are several instances where you need to contact a professional.

  • Strange Noises Coming From Your AC: Is your air conditioner making loud banging, clanging, or other unfamiliar noises? If these sounds are coming from your air conditioner or vents, you likely have a serious problem. This is not something you can fix on your own, but an HVAC professional will understand the issue and find a solution.
  • Issues with the Outdoor Unit: If your outdoor air conditioner unit is the problem, you should not try to fix this yourself. While changing your air filters and replacing batteries are perfectly fine for you to do on your own, fixing more complicated issues may void your warranty. For true maintenance issues, it’s best to contact a professional.
  • Improperly Installed AC: If you’ve noticed that your air conditioner was not installed properly, you should call a professional to reinstall or fix it.

Article Provided By: HVAC.com

If you would like to discuss Stellar Air Decorative Vent and Grille Covers or want to have a custom-designed Grille or Ventilator cover made for your home or office, please do not hesitate to call us at 842-795-6680 or you can email us at info@stellarairdecorativeventcovers.com.

Actually, Closing Air Vents Does Not Save You Money

Just like turning a light off in an unused room, closing an air vent is one of the ways many people try to save money and energy. It just seems like common sense. After all, why should an empty room be air conditioned?

Well, the truth is, that empty room needs to get air flow because closing the vents is doing more harm than good. Keep reading to see how we break down this common misconception and share why letting your air vent flow freely is better for your home.

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Your air vents don’t talk to your HVAC system. No matter how you adjust the cover to increase or decrease the air flow into a room, you’re getting the same amount of air and the same amount of pressure. When your air vents are closed, that air is still pushing to get through and into that room, but it doesn’t have anywhere to go, so instead it builds up pressure and is pushed elsewhere.

Depending on the blower system you use, you’ll either end up with a higher electricity bill or a high-dollar repair bill:

Permanent split capacity (PSC) blowers can’t overcome extra pressure from closed vents. It will keep spinning and trying to work, but as more pressure builds, less air flow is circulated through your home. Low airflow means your air conditioner’s evaporator coil is going to get too cold and it may even freeze over. If this happens too much, you risk your outdoor unit’s compressor giving up completely… and having to buy a new one to replace it.

Electronically commutated motor (ESC) blowers, however, adjust speed based on different conditions. So unlike the PSC, it can overcome extra pressure from closed vents. While you have a lower risk of damaging your compressor and evaporator coils, your ESC is going to work harder to adjust the pressure –– meaning it’s going to ramp up on energy to get its job done. Keep in mind that leaky air ducts are quite common in homes. As pressure increases, air will push through the leaks, meaning less air is working harder to go where it doesn’t belong.

Both systems run the added risk of increasing condensation, which in turn, increases the likeliness of mold and mildew building up in your ducts. No matter your blower system, closing your air vents causes problems that hurt your wallet more than help your home.

So what should you do instead?

Rather than trying to redirect air, one solution is to program your thermostat to turn on during certain times of day. Rather than running constantly and running up bills, you’ll use your AC system more efficiently and keep your airflow going safely.

Balance is key for lower energy bills, a healthier HVAC system and more efficient airflow. Closing vents contributes to many issues with your HVAC system –– but vents themselves can also be an issue with your airflow. Older vents are dusty, ugly, and may not be tested to ensure maximum airflow. If your vents aren’t allowing all of the air to get through, even if they’re open, you’re likely to run into similar issues as keeping them closed.

Make a simple switch by using Stellar Air’s vent covers that are lab-tested for maximum airflow and handcrafted here in the USA. Our grilles and ventilator covers are quality tested to improve your airflow and look stylish in your space. We measure velocity and flow to ensure air from your ducts is evenly distributed through the vents no matter the intricacies of our patterned designs. All of our covers offer a higher, and better, FPM than traditional options. Made with quality natural wood that’s resistant to mold and mildew, Stellar vent covers are functional and beautiful. Visit our collection pages to grab the product details and data on each of covers.

Black Friday Sale!

Make your home — or someone else’s — stand out this holiday season!

For Black Friday, Stellar Air is offering TWO free ventilator covers (any size or design) with the purchase of a decorative grille cover! That’s over $75 in savings!

To redeem this offer, add your desired grille cover and your two ventilator covers to your cart and use the promo code BLACKFRIDAY18 to receive your discount!

Happy shopping!

Introducing the New Gemstone Style

Introducing our new design “Gemstone”. As the name describes it, this beautiful design shows the different shapes that a precious stone can have. Utilizing different shapes, symmetrically laid out all together, they become a group of jewels. How to start a new design? It comes from inspiration! Everything around us has patterns, shapes, colors, and textures. We start by taking a picture of something that catches our eye. We upload it into our design program to create curved drawings. We manually add more designs to fill in the shape and give it form. Then we create a 3D rendering to see how it will appear once it is manufactured; and we are ready to make one. The design can take you in different directions once you start to play with it… From one idea, a few more are born! Explore, get inspired, and create!

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