Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Dealing with Air Quality Troubles in Spring

Monday, April 24th, 2017

dandelion-in-field-allergiesSpring is the season when indoor air quality often becomes a major issue for homes. This is “allergy season,” a time when increasing warmth causes plant blooms to raise the pollen count. Mold is also common during the season, and mold spores are a major source of asthma and allergy attacks.

You don’t have to simply accept allergy problems, or even rely only on medicine to deal with it. We all know how awful allergy medicines can make you feel! You can make your home healthier for everyone during the spring thanks to professional assistance. What kind? Well, we have some excellent suggestions for indoor air quality installations in Apex, NC and the surrounding areas that can make spring much more sniffle-free. Speak to one of our team members today to learn more.

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Air Quality Myth: The Furnace/AC Filter Isn’t for Cleaning Your Air!

Monday, January 16th, 2017

We put a lot of focus on reminding our customers about regularly changing their HVAC system’s air filter. This filter is usually located at the point where the return air duct connects to the HVAC system cabinet near the blower. When the blower runs in connection with either the furnace or the AC (or heat pump if you use one), the filter stops contaminants that come in through the return air vents along with the air. This protects that interior of HVAC system and helps it obtain a long service life.

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Do I Really Need Duct Sealing?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

There are a number of household services that we provide that may sound, well, obscure to some people. Possibly not that important. The type of thing that a homeowner hears about and immediately says, “Wait, do I really need that?”

One of these services is duct sealing. Do you really need it? Let’s take a look.

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The Power of UV Germicidal Lights in the Winter

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The flu virus can be a problem throughout the year in North America, but it is most common during the fall and winter. In other words, right now! This is the time when people take precautions with flu-shots and other medical methods to defend against getting sick. But there are ways that you can help make your home a healthier place—healthier for anything except the flu virus, that is!

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Do I Really Need a Whole-House Humidifier?

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Something we like to emphasize about home comfort is that it depends on more than just the temperature inside the house. The quality of the household air is important as well, and a huge part of that is maintaining a balanced humidity level. This means relative humidity between 30% and 50%. Outside of that range is either too dry or too humid, and both will cause problems during the year.

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How UV Germicidal Lights Can Help Your Air Conditioner

Monday, May 30th, 2016

There are many types of air filters and air purifiers that can improve air quality in a home. When a household is dealing with issues because of bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and other microbes, one of the best solutions is to use UV germicidal lights (a.k.a. UV air purifiers). The ultraviolet radiation from these lights is harmless to people and pets in a house, but it disrupts the cellular functions of harmful microorganisms, either killing them or rendering them inert. And the lights do this without placing any chemicals into the air or restricting airflow.

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Why the Air in Your Home Is Dry—And What to Do About It

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Last year, before winter arrived, we wrote a blog post about why you should consider installing a whole-house humidifier in time for winter. In this post, we want to address a connected issue, which is answering the questing, “Why is my house too dry?” There are a number of reasons for a home suffering from low humidity that will make it necessary to have a whole-house humidifier integrated into the HVAC system. Below are the most common causes of a winter-time decline in humidity levels.

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Winter Can Be a Bad Time for Indoor Air Quality: Here’s What You Can Do

Monday, January 11th, 2016

If you asked someone what’s the worst time of the year for indoor air quality, you’ll probably receive one of two answers:

  • “Spring”
  • “I don’t know”

Spring is definitely a time when allergies and asthma symptoms start to act up because the pollen count goes up. However, the second answer is actually on to something, since spring doesn’t have an exclusive claim on bad air quality. Winter poses serious problems, mostly because houses have to be closed off to the outdoor cold, and this allows all the pollutants inside to start to build up. The U.S. EPA has identified poor winter air quality as a source of a host of unpleasant problems, including pneumonia and an increased risk of heart disease.

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Another Way to Help Your Heater Keep You Warm: Duct Sealing

Monday, December 7th, 2015

It’s already December, and the official start of winter is only a few weeks away. We hope that you’ve already taken steps to see that your home is properly winterized, and that you’ve also scheduled professional maintenance for your heating system. (This is especially important, since it will help prevent surprise heater breakdowns during the coldest days of the year.)

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Why Consider Whole-House Humidifier Installation before Winter Arrives

Monday, September 28th, 2015

We are starting to move toward the time of the year when air conditioners turn off and heaters turn on. The transition period of the fall is when you should schedule work that will help prepare your home for the shift in seasons. (It’s also not a bad time to have a new air conditioning system put in.) One addition that you should consider for your home’s HVAC system that will aid you during the winter is a whole-house humidifier. You can contact us to arrange for this installation service.

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