Air Quality

3 Reasons Quiet Cool is a “MUST HAVE”

Reason #1 AIR CONDITIONING SAVINGS

Monthly Bill:

  • Save up to 50-90% on you monthly AC bill
  • Lowers the core temperature of your home
  • Induces thermal mass cooling
  • Exhausts heat pockets in the attic

HVAC System:

  • Reduces AC run time
  • Extends the systems life
  • Delay in the inevitable replacement or repair

When to run your Quiet Cool for Optimal Savings:

Run the system anytime the outside temperature is cooler than the inside temperature- typically when you get home from work in the evenings or in the early morning. You can run the fan on high for just a few minutes to exhaust the heat from your attic and then shift into the low setting to run throughout the night.

 

Reason #2 COOLING AND COMFORT

A Breeze on a Switch!

  • Instantaneous relief (moving air makes you feel 10°F cooler)
  • Consistent airflow
  • Balances upstairs and downstairs temperatures

When to run your Quiet Cool for Cooling and Comfort:

Run the system in accordance to your personal preference. Everyone is a little different but if you prefer a temperature of around 70°F- you will be able to turn on your fan when the outside temperature hits somewhere in the neighborhood of 80°F (because the air flow will automatically make you feel 10°F cooler).

 

Reason #3 VENTILATION AND INDOOR AIR QUALITY

Long Term Health Benefits:

  • The EPA reports that indoor air quality may be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air quality.
  • The American Medical Association reports that indoor air quality is directly responsible for up to 1/3 of our national health bill
  • Eliminates top causes of indoor air pollution such as VOC gases and toxins from the home by adding “active ventilation”
  • Completes air exchange in 3-4 minutes year round, regardless of outdoor temperature.

Everyday Common Tangible Air Quality Benefits

  • Eliminates dust, allergens, pollens and dander from the air
  • Eliminates kitchen and bathroom odors

When to run your Quiet Cool for Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality:

Run the system anytime the air quality is “good”. Outdoor air quality is easy to monitor in real time reports by visiting www. airnow.gov or by checking the local weather app. As long as the outside air quality is “good” you only need to run the fan for 3-4 minutes for a complete air exchange inside your home. This means you can run it regardless of the outside temperature – it doesn’t matter if its 22°F outside or 122°F because 3-4 minutes is not enough to induce thermal mass exchange . There is no better solution for the IAQ problem than running a complete air exchange with a Quiet Cool. We recommend doing that at least twice per week for a happy and healthy home.

 

Call us today to schedule an appointment for a Quiet Cool Whole House Fan. We serve Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor, Wellington, and the surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment with an expert you can trust. Service delivered with pride! 970-399-9940

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New and Improved Total Care Club Membership

 

ALL OF YOUR HOME SERVICE NEEDS UNDER ONE ROOF!

Over the years, Lion Home Service has added services in an attempt to make our clients’ lives easier. We know that everyone is busy and our goal has always been to offer full home services, so that you only have to make one call to a company you trust.

 

OUR MEMBERSHIP JUST GOT BETTER!

We are now offering Roofing, Gutter, Indoor Air Quality, Safety and Septic annual assessments in addition to all the other assessments we have always offered our membership!

Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Plumbing, Drains, Indoor Air Quality, Safety, Roofing, Gutters, and Septic

Total Care Club Memberships will cover preventative maintenance assessments for Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Plumbing, Drains, Indoor Air Quality, Safety, Roofing, Gutters, and Septic services.

NOW EVEN MORE BENEFITS!

  • Free Estimates – we will gladly assess any repair needs within your plan and provide estimates at no additional charge to you for the duration of your club membership
  • Guaranteed Response Time
  • Priority Scheduling – Whether you’re calling for routine maintenance or emergency service, you will receive the earliest available scheduling.
  • 15% Member Rate Discount– 15% Off of Septic Pumping and ALL Repairs!*
  • Money Saving Coupons – that never expire
  • Maintenance Assessments
  • 24/7 Great Service Discount – emergencies don’t always happen when it’s convenient, rest assured knowing Lion Home Service is there when you need us. If you require emergency service, you will never pay a premium fee after hours.
  • Fast 0% Down, 0% Interest Financing Available

All for the same low cost!

1 Year and 1 month FREE- Total 13 months $299

2 Years and 1 Year FREE- Total 3 years! $499

3 Years and 2 Years FREE- Total 5 Years! $699 BEST VALUE !!

Heating

  • Check all the burners for proper operation
  • Check thermocouple for proper operation
  • Check the flue pipe
  • Check the inducer and blower motors
  • Check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check the safety switch and controls
  • Check the pilot assembly
  • Check temperature and pressures
  • Check thermostat for proper operation
  • Check drain lines and traps for proper function
  • Testing and labeling of emergency shut-offs
  • Check gas valve
  • Check zone valves
  • Check expansion tank
  • Check aquastat, relay and water regulator
  • Check air flow across indoor coil and blower wheels
  • Check duct work for leaks
  • Start and test operation and cycle of unit
  • Check air flow
  • Check humidifier/dehumidifier

Cooling

  • Check condenser coil
  • Check evaporator coil
  • Check blower motor
  • Check refrigerant charge
  • Check and tighten all electrical connections
  • Check temperature and pressures
  • Check thermostat for proper operation
  • Check and labeling of emergency shut-offs
  • Check controls and safety devices
  • Check capacitors
  • Check condensate drain
  • Check relays and contactors for proper operation
  • Check duct work for leaks
  • Check proper amperage and voltage of A/C system
  • Start and test operation and cycle of unit
  • Check air flow
  • Check humidifier/dehumidifier

Indoor Air Quality

  • Free Annual Radon Test
  • Filter Inspection
  • Duct work inspection – video/pictures
  • Insulation Inspection

Electrical

  • Main Panel Check Up
  • Check all wiring in main panel for proper sizing
  • Check breakers and fuses for proper operation
  • Check outside meter and enclosure
  • Check outside main feeders
  • Check ground fault protection for proper operation
  • Check surge protectors
  • Check attic fans for proper operation
  • Check exhaust fans for proper operation
  • Testing of circuit breakers
  • Check all accessible lights, switches, dimmers, receptacles, ceiling fans
  • Check all main service grounding and tighten as needed
  • Check any outside and inside disconnects

Plumbing & Drain Cleaning

  • Check Water Pressure
  • Field Test Drinking Water
  • Check Washing Machine Hoses
  • Check all faucets for leaks to ensure proper operation
  • Dye test toilets to check for leaks to ensure proper operation
  • Check all drains for proper flow
  • Check garbage disposals for proper operation
  • Check all emergency shutoff valves for proper operation
  • Labels all main shutoffs at locations
  • Check main water meter
  • Check all outside spigots

Safety Inspection

  • 10 -Point Fire Safety check which includes but not limited to:
  • Check Carbon Monoxide alarms
  • Check Smoke Alarms
  • Check main disconnects

ROOFING*

  • 21-Point Roof Inspection
  • Photos taken on inside and outside of the roof with attic assessment

GUTTERS

  • 17- Point Gutter Inspection

SEPTIC*

  • 15-Point Septic Assessment – Includes but not limited to:
    • Check tank liquid levels
    • Tank construction and structural integrity
    • Access point structural integrity
    • Inlet/Outlet Tees and baffles
    • Checking for any cracks/leaks

During the year, your Lion Service Expert will perform a plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning, roofing, gutter, and septic assessments. These assessments allow you to protect your home’s investments by ensuring all systems are running and performing correctly – saving you money on costly repairs!
For more information about starting your Total Care Club Membership, call 970-399-9940

*15% member discount does not apply to new roof installations or new septic installations. 15% off is applied to roofing repairs, septic pumping & repairs, Hvac installations and other inside repair services.

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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality with These Simple Tips

When it comes to protecting your family’s health, we all want to take it seriously. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has news that may surprise you –the air quality in your house can be more contaminated than the air outside, even in big cities where there is more pollution!

Studies show that most Americans spend nearly 90% of their lives indoors. While you’re there, do you want to be breathing in air that’s just as dirty as the air outside? Of course not! It’s your home, it’s your air quality, it’s your lungs.

But don’t fret as there are steps that you can take to improve the air quality within your home.

Knowing Your Invisible Enemies

The first step to improving the air quality in your home is to determine what pollutants are causing potential serious damage to your health. The Environmental Protection Agency says these indoor pollutants can be classified into three categories:

  1. Combustion Pollutants: Common combustion pollutants include carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. These colorless and odorless gases originate from burning objects that are incorrectly vented or not vented at all. The type and number of pollutants created depends on the installation, maintenance, and ventilation of the appliance, as well as the type of fuel it utilizes.
  2. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC): These organic chemicals disseminate as gases that came from particular solid or liquid materials which most likely are the household products you often use.
  3. Triggers to Asthma and Other Allergies: You may not know it, but your home may be host to a culture of dust mites on your blankets, pillows, or stuffed toys, mold on shower curtains, and cat or dog hair all over floors or upholstery which can trigger nasty allergy or complications due to asthma.

Limit Your Exposure

Now that you know your invisible enemies, it is time that you drastically cut down your exposure to it.

  • Let fresh air come inside and ventilate your home by opening your windows as often as possible.
  • Change or clean air filters regularly –especially the ones from your air purifier, furnace or heater, vacuum, and air conditioner.
  • Humidity levels are important in controlling the growth of mold and mildew. Set up your home’s humidity level to an ideal 45%. A humidity level below 30% is too dry while over 50% can make your home too moist making it an open breeding ground for molds. You may want to use a humidifier or a room vaporizer to increase the humidity in your home. To decrease it, open your windows, use your fan, dehumidifier, or air conditioner.
  • Go natural with DIY air fresheners and avoid synthetic ones that emit damaging chemicals or hormone disruptors.
  • Use a HEPA air purifier that doesn’t generate ozone and eliminates VOCs from furniture, paint, or cleaning materials.
  • Go green by planting green plants in your home, particularly those from a list supplied by your friends at NASA. These can help lessen VOCs and enhance the air quality of your home.
  • Set a regular grooming schedule for your pets.
  • When painting your home, only use the kind that has low or no VOC and always pick non-toxic adhesive, finishes, and varnishes as much as possible

Be Clean, Be Smart.

To improve the air quality in your home, how you clean and what you use to clean really matters.

Reduce Dust and Pollutants

A high-performance vacuum with powerful suction, HEPA filters, and rotating brushes can be a very good investment as it catches tiny particles that regular vacuums often miss. Do this once a week and make sure to regularly wash or change your vacuum filter. If you don’t have time for regular vacuuming, consider an automatic vacuum that does the job for you.

Use a damp cloth to wipe the tops of window frames, doors, and sills, and wash your curtains often. You may buy a reusable microfiber dust mop to reach nooks and crannies that vacuum could not.

Use quality mattress, pillow, and box spring covers that are dust-mite-proof.

And to prevent against the growth of mold, of which spores can be toxic, use environmentally-friendly materials when cleaning your shower and regrout your tiles if needed.

Stop Using Aerosols

The use of aerosols has long been believed to harm the environment, as well, and it does. Most fragranced products are derived from petroleum products which are non-renewable, polluting resources.

Products such as air freshener, deodorant spray, furniture polish, hair spray and carpet cleaner all contain artificial fragrances that often contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are considered toxic or hazardous. And all the product label has to state is that the product contains “fragrances,” so you’ll never know when there is actually a deadly chemical hidden in there.

Releasing them into the air causes an irreversible negative effect on the environment.

So what can you do? Stop using aerosol products. Opt, again, for homemade products to replace them using all-natural ingredients, or choose fragrance-free products.

Let the Outdoors In

Open a window in your house! Letting in some fresh air will not only combat the potentially deadly pollutants that have been emitted into the air in your home unknowingly, but it can be a natural way to cool your home during warmer months, too.

Depending on where you live (cities and highly populated areas tend to have poorer air quality than the suburbs and open country spaces), the air quality outside may actually be better than that inside your home. The fresh air can help clear out the polluted air that you’re breathing indoors.

And if it tends to heat up quickly in your home, instead of turning on the air conditioning immediately when it warms up outside, try opening the windows for a natural breeze to flow throughout your home to cool it off. You’ll save tons of energy this way and it’s really an effective cooling technique (assuming you get a good air flow). Check out the Quiet Cool Whole House Fans for AC alternatives to cooling and fresh air options

Decorate With Plants

Just as plants outside filter the air we breathe, indoor plants can help improve the air quality within your home, as well.

Decorate using strategically placed air-filtering house plants throughout your home. They have capabilities of filtering out any pollutants that may be in the air in your home and return to you clean, breathable air.

House plants are also said to have an effect on mood and the general feeling of overall well-being. The bottom line: plants are good for you and good for the environment on all levels, so adding them to your home will only help improve your life and the air that you breathe!

TEST FOR RADON

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The EPA says that radon moves up from the ground into homes through cracks and holes in the foundation. It is estimated that one in fifteen homes in the U.S. have elevated radon levels.

The health risks from living with radon stem from breathing radioactive particles that become trapped in the lungs and can result in tissue damage, which can lead to lung cancer over a lifetime. However, not everyone exposed to higher levels of radon will develop lung cancer.

The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend indoor air quality testing for radon in all homes below the third floor

The EPA recommends taking a test as the first step. If you find that your radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or greater on a regular basis then fixing your home would be the next step by adding a Radon mitigation system.

There are many proven methods to reduce the radon level in your home, and the primary way is by using a vent pipe system and fan. The cost will depend on your home, but for most, it can be fixed for about the cost of a simple home repair. Lowering radon levels requires technical knowledge and skills, and it is best to work with a contractor who has been trained to fix radon problems. Let us know if Radon has been a problem in your home.

RELY ON TRUSTED PROFESSIONALS

Finally, For your home to be a safe haven for your family and to ensure their health, you must improve the air quality inside it! Hopefully these tips will put you on the track to a greener, healthier home , if you need help, Lion Home Service can take care of all your indoor air quality. We service all of Northern Colorado in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Boulder, Windsor and surrounding areas. Call us today! 970-399-9940 .

 

 

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Indoor Air Quality Means More Now Than Ever

With the current state of affairs in the world, we tend to think of our homes as a safe haven away from the big bad coronavirus lurking just outside the door. While this may be true to an extent, the quality of the air inside your home matters now more than ever. We are only seeing the beginning effects of what has been labeled a pandemic in the US.

In record numbers, sporting events and gatherings are being canceled, hand washing has become a hot button issue, and the threat of Covid -19 is looming large over all of us in Fort Collins. Even though we have not had a large number of cases locally, state and local officials are working to contain any exposure there may be.

Employers are having their employees work from home; Fort Collins area schools are preparing for the worst; and we can look forward to a world without professional sports this year. It is looking like this is no joke and we all need to take it seriously.

This disruption does mean a big change in all of our lives over the next few months. Really, who knows how long we are going to be under the threat of this virus. This means you are probably going to be spending much more time at home, so wouldn’t you like to be sure of your indoor air quality?

At Lion Home Service, we are just as concerned about the possibility of this virus spreading as you are, and we do not want any of our employees or clients to become sick. While minimizing indoor pollutants is important at any time, it brings the concern of the air inside your home into much more focus.

Your home should be an oasis from the outside world, a safe haven where you can breathe easy and not have to worry about inhaling contaminants.

The Air In Your Home May Be Dirtier Than You Think

Indoor air pollution can contribute to respiratory illness and other short- or long- term health effects, but with a few simple maintenance items your indoor air quality can be improved. Of course, there are a few sources of indoor air pollution that are not going to be as easy to eradicate.

Depending on how old your home may be, there are a wide variety of building materials that produce harmful substances. These can range from formaldehyde to asbestos, and when these are present, it is crucial to develop a plan of action to deal with these pollutants as they are very difficult to mitigate.

As far as day-to-day pollutants, a properly functioning HVAC system will minimize the presence of indoor air pollutants and keep your family safe. At Lion Home Service we have some of the best service service experts in the industry, the local experts in ensuring that you have a safe heating and cooling system in your home.

While it is impossible to prevent all forms of indoor air pollution, a properly functioning HVAC system can ensure that the air circulating in your home is as clean as possible.

Carbon Monoxide

A product of combustion, carbon monoxide is a harmful gas that is very difficult to detect and could result in serious health problems. Carbon monoxide can be present in a poorly functioning heater or heater components. Thankfully many homes are now equipped with carbon monoxide detectors and modern furnaces include safeguards to prevent carbon monoxide issues.

Duct Work

Duct work stretches throughout much of your home and sends cooled or heated air to the far reaches of your living space. Over time, these ducts become a resting place for bacteria, dust, and sometimes mold. While changing your filter will help, the majority of contaminants that find their way into your ducts enter through your vents and can be difficult to remove.

Filters

Your HVAC filter is the first line of defense for your indoor air quality. While filters may vary in terms of quality, the principle is the same — to catch particles from the air and prevent them from circulating in your home. A good filter can block particles all the way down to bacteria, but keep in mind that filtering out tiny particles like that would mean an air-tight system and your HVAC is not completely airtight so filter effectiveness is subjective.

Through furnace maintenance, duct cleaning, and filter service, Lion Home Services specializes in creating an environment so that you can feel safe inside of your home. This is all the more critical when we are faced with a potentially terrible situation due to the coronavirus.

If you need to schedule routine maintenance, a filter change, or duct cleaning, please contact us today and we will do our part to make you more comfortable in your home. We hope you stay safe during this period and please use our 24-hour call center if you need any assistance with your HVAC system.

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5 Reasons To Use A Humidifier During Flu Season

Flu season is a dreaded time of year, especially if you’re a parent of young children. Not only can the flu be miserable to suffer through, but it can also be quite dangerous to your health. There are a variety of ways in which you can combat the flu. A humidifier is a trusty piece of equipment that will prove to be very helpful.

At Lion Home Service in Fort Collins, CO, we can help you determine if a whole-house humidifier might be right for you. In some cases, a portable, misting humidifier will suffice. Regardless of which type is used, a humidifier can help you survive flu season for a number of reasons.

1. Prevents Spreading the Flu Virus

Medical professionals have determined that the flu virus spreads quicker and more effectively in dry climates. During the winter months, your home will be dryer than normal because it is closed off from the outside and warmed by a furnace. A humidifier can boost the humidity in your home in order to thwart the virus.

2. Offers Relief for a Sore Throat

The flu can cause a sore throat, and dry conditions will only make it worse. A humidifier can create a climate that provides hydration for your throat and nasal passages, spelling relief for that soreness.

3. Helps You Get Restful Sleep

The flu can cause enough pain and discomfort to keep you up all night. With the relief that comes from a humidifier, you will likely be able to achieve a more restful sleep, which will prove effective in helping you recover from the flu.

4. Breath Easier

When you’re suffering from the flu, mucus and congestion can make it tough to breathe. The moisture from your humidifier can break up phlegm and make respiration much easier.

5. Create a More Comfortable Environment

Dry air can cause a number of problems that will only compound your suffering. These might include dry, flaky skin, nose bleeds, sore throats, itchy eyes and more. A humidifier is one solution to help address all of these problems at once.

Rely on Trained Professionals

Lion Home Service covers all your HVAC needs, including installations, repairs, and maintenance of heating and cooling equipment. We also work with water heaters, electrical systems, roofing, septic cleaning and more. Our company is available for customers in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont and Windsor. Call us today.

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Reducing Radon in a Home

Radon is a naturally occurring substance in many areas. It can be harmful if present in high concentrations, but many people in the United States don’t have anything to worry about as long as they become aware of the presence of radon. Industry advancements have allowed us to easily lower the concentrations in homes to a safe level.

What Exactly Is Radon?

Radon is a chemical element that’s naturally found as a gas. It can be released from the ground, and it’s odorless and without color. It’s relatively dense, so it has a tendency to accumulate in low areas of buildings. In residential homes, this means that some basements and crawl spaces may have high concentrations of radon.

You won’t know if radon is present in your house unless you have it inspected. During the home buying and selling process, inspections usually include radon testing. For those people who have been in their homes for decades, it might be a good idea to have a test conducted. Lion Home Service is available to assist anyone in the Fort Collins region with this test. We can see what your levels are, let you know what your options may be, and follow up if necessary.

How Can You Get Rid of Radon?

The primary way to reduce radon concentrations is to improve ventilation. The primary way in which Lion Home Service assists our customers in Fort Collins is through a vent pipe system. This system pulls radon from beneath the house and sends it outside with the help of a fan. This method is also called soil suction and sub-slab depressurization. The pipe is typically put in the corner of the lowest area of a house. This type of mitigation has been proven to lower radon levels to an acceptable rating.

At Lion Home Service, we want our customers to be safe, healthy, and comfortable. We’re here to help with anything related to heating, cooling, radon mitigation, and electrical systems. Give us a call today if you have any questions or want to set up an appointment.

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Benefits of Air Filter Subscriptions

It may be hard to believe, but the air filter for your HVAC system is its most important part. The filter traps the airborne particulates that could harm your air handler if they collected inside it. Having a subscription with Lion Home Service in northern Colorado makes it easy to remember to change the filter. Even better, you’ll always have the correct filter for your system.

Convenience

Home deliveries of just about everything that you use on a routine basis are a major convenience, especially for filters. Big box stores, home improvement centers, and grocery stores do stock some filters, but if they don’t have the type and size you need, then you’ll have to go somewhere else.

Indoor Air Quality

New filters are also a reminder to check and change the old filter, a household chore that’s easy to forget but so important for indoor air quality. A dirty filter distributes lots of airborne particulates that contain typical allergens, like pollen, mold spores, dust and dust mite waste, pet dander, and hair. If anyone in your family suffers from allergies, then a filter delivery subscription will help to ensure that your filter will be changed on a regular basis, which enhances everyone’s ability to breathe naturally.

Besides improving your indoor air quality, clean filters prevent a buildup of dust and debris inside the ductwork. Excessive debris in the ductwork can slow down the air flowing through them and drive up your energy bills.

Precision

When you sign up for a subscription for air filters, you’ll benefit from the expertise of the professionals. They will advise you on the best types of filters to use for kinds of dust and particulates common in the northern Colorado environment. They’ll also verify the best kind of filter the HVAC manufacturer recommends, and you’ll always have the right size.

Besides the considerable convenience an air filter subscription with Lion Home Service in Fort Collins, CO, gives you, your home’s HVAC system will run more efficiently and deliver cleaner air. You’ll also have more time to spend on activities your family enjoys. Call us today to see for yourself.

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What is Radon?

Every winter, radon hits the headlines to raise awareness about this potentially dangerous gas. As a homeowner, you should be aware that there’s an increased risk of radon exposure in the winter. Moreover, levels continue to rise across the country every year. That’s why it’s more important than ever to get your home tested for radon.

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Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas. It naturally occurs in very small amounts. However, higher radon levels have been linked to lung cancer. Radon is the heaviest known gas, nine times denser than air. It can penetrate through common building materials like paper, plastic, insulation, gypsum board, paint, wood, and mortar.

Radon Facts

This gas is the United States’ second leading cause of lung cancer. Smoking increases this risk. Also, Children are more sensitive to harm from exposure, possibly because their cells divide quickly as they grow. This creates more opportunities for radon to trigger cancer. Radon naturally occurs in the ground and may seep into the home at any time. A house that’s tightly sealed against cold weather makes it difficult for radon to flow back out. Your furnace may actually contribute to the problem. It recirculates the same air throughout the house, potentially keeping radon inside.

Radon in the Home

Does your home have unsafe levels of this radioactive gas? You won’t know without having your house’s air tested. The gas is not detectable by human senses, and health problems can take years to appear. What if you do have radon in the home? Although this gas can’t be completely eliminated, there are steps to take that dramatically reduce its levels.

Test Your Radon Today

Lion Home Service is a cut above the rest. We are one of the industry’s leaders in HVAC and proudly serve the Fort Collins, Colorado area. Our service experts undergo extensive training to maintain our company’s high standards. Contact us today! We also offer furnace installation, maintenance, and repair services.