HVAC Information & Tips

Facts About Indoor Air Quality

Does anyone in your home suffer from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory ailments?
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has estimated that 11% of the U.S. population, or 22 million Americans, suffer from allergies or asthma caused primarily by the reaction to biological contaminants, such as mold spores, pollen, and dust mites.

The EPA has found that in a typical day spent at home, people are likely to breathe in about two to five times more chemicals than they would if they had spent the day outside. For some people, this may mean headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath. For others, particularly seniors and small children, the effects can be devastating and long-lasting.

Are there any pets or smokers in your household?
Pollutants like pet dander and tobacco fumes can cause poor indoor air quality, which in turn may cause dizziness and headaches, plus aggravate allergies and asthma.
Do you feel better when you are away from home?
Unfortunately, the place where you feel most safe and secure - home sweet home - is the place that can be most harmful to your health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside your home or office may be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. 

If you're wondering whether you need to clear the air in your home or office, contact us to help you to select the correct air purification product that will work the best for you and your budget.
How much do you really know about house dust?
This ever-changing and seemingly ever-present substance has been a concern of housekeepers and allergy patients alike. It is the result of the natural decomposition of things we have in our homes, plus we have dust that infiltrates from the outside through cracks in doors and windows. Wherever it comes from, it causes a lot of symptoms for the allergic person.
What is your house dust made of?
The composition varies from house to house, but in general, you might find textile fibers, decomposing insect parts, pet dander, human and animal hair, food leftovers, pollen grains, mold spores, bacteria, skin flakes, insulation, sand, and the most likely offender, the dust mite and its fecal material.
What increases the amount of dust in a house?
• Carpets
• Draperies
• Ruffled Items
• Knickknacks
• Books
• Magazines
• Pets
• Upholstery Pillows
• Fireplaces 
What contributes to the amount of dust in a house?
• Infrequent Cleanings
• High Traffic Levels
• House Location
• Type of Yard
• Condition of Central Air System
• Ductwork Leaks
• Vacuum Cleaners Without a High-Efficiency Filtering Device
How can I reduce my heating and cooling costs?
1. Be sure to clean or replace your air filters are per the manufacturers recommendations. 

2. To reduce heat gain, pull drapes or shades over sun-facing windows. 

3. Stir up breezes using a whole-house fan or ceiling fans; or circulate air using the "Fan Only" setting on your central system. 

4. When possible, minimize mid-day activities that add humidity to the air, such as washing and drying clothes, showering, and cooking. When doing these activities use ventilating fans.

Tips for Common Service Issues

Water leaking on the floor or from the ceiling

Check for:
A clogged drain line

Clean out drain line and remember to clean drain line out once a month.

The air-conditioner doesn't get cold enough

Check for:
A dirty condenser coil. Insulation that has fallen off the feed line.

Clean debris from the condenser unit. Secure the insulation firmly to the line. Replace any worn-out insulation.

My unit constantly cycles on and off

Check for:
A dirty or clogged air filter. Turn the power off and check for debris clogging the evaporator coil or blocking the fan.

Clean the evaporator coil. Change the air filter and remember to change the filter once a month.

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