Clean indoor air

Blue skies of clean air

Indoor air often contains higher concentrations of hazardous pollutants than outdoor air. In general your home has none of the protections that nature has to clean pollutants out of the air. So other then waiting for late spring and early fall to vent the air in your home, what can you do?

The first thing you need to do is take a look at the sources of pollutants in your home. Some include every day chemicals such as cleaning products and pesticides. However their other sources such as cooking, bathing materials, and any issues associated with heating or air conditioning your home. Continue reading

The Truth about Indoor Air Quality

This winter, many of us will become ill with flu or cold-like symptoms, and though we may blame the season, the source of the problem may actually be the quality of your indoor air. The cold weather forces us to spend much more time indoors than we normally would if the weather were warm, and in doing so, many of us are exposing ourselves to some very contaminated air.

Now is the time to take back your indoor air quality and do something about the contaminants you and your family are breathing in every day. This info-graphic highlights some of the most startling facts about indoor air quality, and will be sure to motivate you and your family to make some changes now!


Via: FH Furr

Let the Fresh Air in this Fall!

Finally, the nights are cooling down enough to allow us to open the windows and with the chill of fall comes fresh air into the home! But, before you know it the temperatures will be too cold to leave the windows open, so before you lock up the windows for the rest of the year, ask yourself, “How is the air quality in my home?” Dirt, dust, dander, and millions of other particles build up in our HVAC duct system all year long, and as long as the debris is stuck in the ducts, it will continue to circulate into the air you and your family breathes!

Dirty Duct Work

Dirty ducts could be the source of continued allergy and respiratory irritations and unexplained illnesses. Luckily, there is something you can do to get this mess out of your ducts, and the results could last up to the three years or more! Continue reading

Avoid Fall Allergies

We are quickly moving to the end of summer, and as we do, people who suffer with allergies are getting ready. Millions of dollars are spent each year to help those who have these respiratory issues but most over look one of the simplest ways to help. Install a powerful filtering system and all the things that float in the air causing your allergy symptoms can be reduced. Don’t be fooled by the $15, 1” filters you find at home centers, but instead choose a media filter. This type of filter is permanently added to the duct work of your system and you only have to change the filter material once or twice a year.

Air Quality Improvement

The difference in air quality that one of these filters can provide is incredible. Dirt, pollen, mold spores, dander and all other solid particles floating in the air can be either reduced or completely removed from the air in your home. The health benefits are considerable and the allergy relief is quite noticeable, simply give your favorite HVAC company a call to find out how you and your family can receive allergy relief this fall.

Get Ready for the Cooling Season

Summer is only weeks away and yet many homeowners have not made any preparations for the upcoming season. Before you know it the heat will have arrived, and you don’t want to be one of those homeowners that are scrambling at the last minute to get the air conditioner serviced or in some cases repaired. Now is the time to make a few adjustments to your HVAC system in order to get ready for the season, and here is a simple checklist you can follow to make sure you have everything in order for summer:

  • Replace the Filter: The air filter for your air conditioner should be replaced regularly throughout the season. Start the season off right and replace this filter now to maintain indoor air quality and provide adequate airflow for the cooling system.
  • Turn Off the Humidifier: The humidifier is designed to add moisture to the air in the home during the winter. The summer air is already humid, so any extra moisture added would be excessive. The air conditioner must remove this moisture from the air in order to achieve home comfort, so the humidifier must be shut down in order to make it easier for the air conditioner to cool the home. Continue reading

Maximize Indoor Air Quality Improvement Products

With the arrival of spring, many homeowners are finding that their allergy symptoms have also made an appearance. Instead of suffering all season long, many of these people are deciding to upgrade their indoor air quality products in hopes that they will be able to remove many of their allergy irritants from the air within the home. High powered air cleaners or MERV 16 air filters are a great asset for any home, but are you getting the most out of your indoor air quality improvement products? If you aren’t running the circulating fan around the clock, then you are missing out on cleaner air and possibly better allergy relief.

Around the Clock Circulation

Air cleaners and filters that use the furnace’s circulation fan to clean the air can be helped along when you run the furnace fan around the clock. The only way that these filters can clean the air is when this circulating fan is running because they do not have a fan of their own. Normally the fan will shut down in between cycles, but if you go to the thermostat and turn the fan to the “on” position, it will run in between cycles as well. This will maximize that amount of air that comes in contact with the filter and therefore lead to cleaner, fresher air in the home.

 

Decrease the Dust in Your Home

Polishing and dusting the home is no ones favorite task, but it has to be done if we want our homes to be clean and healthy. Unless you can afford to have a maid service clean the home, the typical homeowner is forced to undertake this tedious chore at least every one to two weeks, and depending on the size of your home it could take hours. How would you like to reduce the number of times you have to dust per month? Well, it is possible, and the solution will not only decrease the amount of dust in your home but it will also give you cleaner, healthier air to breathe.

Circulating Air for Cleaning

A whole house air cleaner can truly improve the air in your home and decrease the amount of dust on the surfaces as well. However, the way you use your air cleaner does matter! The air cleaner can only clean the air that circulates through the ducts. If the circulating fan is not on, the cleaner cannot clean the air. So, you have two choices. You can either run the fan around the clock or only run the fan when you are using heating or cooling. Continue reading

Duct Cleaners Cutting Corners

What is a duct cleaning? Many people may think that they know the easy answer to this question, but do you really know what a duct cleaning looks like or what it should consist of? There are far too many companies out there that are giving consumers the wrong impression of this service, and as a result, many homeowners are starting to think that a duct cleaning just isn’t worth their time or their hard earned money. However, if you knew what this service was supposed to look like, you would see the value in it.

Lacking the Tools and the Know How!

Many illegitimate duct cleaning companies don’t have the necessary tools or skill to clean the duct work properly. They may look the part but in the end they leave you with dirty ducts and a much lighter wallet. They trick their way into your home by offering attractively low pricing. They hook up a collection device to the ducts and basically spend the next couple hours up selling you on additional services. Continue reading

Keep the Air Moving

A lack of air circulating within the home may be the source of your air quality and comfort problems. Newer homes were especially built to be more air tight than those built many years ago, and this air tight design could be the reason why your air quality is suffering. By improving the circulation in your home you improve the air quality and comfort. That’s a big statement but true. All you need to do is continue to circulate the air, and make sure all supply air vents and return registers are clear of obstructions.

Get Obstructions Out of the Way!

Many of us have tables or draperies or other common house hold items in front of our registers. This of course impedes the furnaces ability to circulate the air properly. Many people also completely close registers or cover them over with additional filtering devices both of which slow down air flow. Let your system run in the way it was designed by removing those obstacles and see the benefits of constant air movement. The air is cleaner, and the furnace distributes temperature and humidity more evenly. As a result you improve the comfort level in your home along with the cleanliness of the air you and your family breathe.

Changing Your Filter and Identifying Problems

Many people have questions about changing their furnace’s filter, and when searching for an answer you will find a lot of mixed information out there. There are no clean cut answers that can be applied to every home and everyone must assess their own situation in order to determine what is best for their heating and cooling systems.  You will hear many people give the blanket answer, “Change your filter every 30 days,” but filter manufacturers have no way of knowing where your unit is installed, the age of the furnace or the condition of your duct work.  Therefore, we recommend following these simple steps in order to determine what is best for your particular situation:

  • Check the filter at least every 30 days even if your filter manufacturer states your filter can be last longer.  Depending on the state of the air quality in your home you may not be able to get much more than 30 days of safe use per filter. Keeping a dirty filter in the system can cause air flow and air quality problems that can have serious consequences for the condition of your furnace. If the filter can last longer and it is still clean at 30 days, you can keep it in, but don’t forget to keep checking it every 30 days! Continue reading