What Might Be Lurking in Your HVAC System?

January 26, 2018

If you have allergies, bacteria and allergens that are trapped in your system could be one of the causes. When people think of pollution, they typically think about the air quality outside. However, the air quality inside your home typically contains far more toxins than you come into contact with outside. If you haven’t had the air quality of your home checked recently, you might be doing your family a disservice. Often, toxins get trapped into your HVAC system and can wreak havoc on your health – and if you have allergies, it can be causing you a whole lot of unnecessary discomfort. The best way to rid your home of toxins is by having a professional St. Louis HVAC company clean your ductwork and your furnace to make sure that you aren’t unknowingly recirculating toxic air around your home. There are all sorts of viruses, bacteria, and toxins that can get trapped in your system. The most common ones to look for, however, are the ones that can hurt your health the most. Everyday Products The things that you use in your home may contain toxins that you don’t even know about. Everyday cleaners, air fresheners, and detergents can...

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The Importance of Having the Air Quality of Your HVAC System Checked

December 22, 2017

Now is the time to make sure your family isn’t breathing in allergens or other harmful toxins. During the winter months, it is important to have the indoor air quality of your home evaluated. There are many harmful pollutants that cannot be seen but could be making you and your family sick. Others have the potential to be life-threatening. Therefore, it is important to have your home’s air quality checked by having your HVAC system and ductwork inspected. If you or your family members are prone to allergies or asthma, this is even more important. If you have symptoms such as headaches or ongoing sinus issues, these may be signs that these harmful things are lurking in your home. The indoor air quality of your home has a lot to do with your overall health. Some allergens may only be annoying, but others can lead to serious, long-term health issues. Although there are a wide variety of toxins that you can be exposed to through your HVAC system, the most common include: Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is a an odorless and colorless gas that is deadly in high concentrations. When fuel doesn’t burn completely this gas is created and it...

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Poor Indoor Air Quality in Health Clubs Can Turn Away Clients

October 13, 2017

While having good gym equipment is important, so is having good indoor air quality. Most of us have experienced walking into a swanky looking gym and being turned off by the nasty air. No one would ever like to go to a gym that smells bad. The problem of poor indoor air quality in a gym can be addressed with proper air conditioning and ventilation. In this post, St. Louis HVAC technicians will talk about how you can maintain good air quality in your gym and attract new customers and retain old ones. Poor Air Quality Can Affect Health of Clients People visit a gym to improve or maintain their health through regular exercise. While having good gym equipment is important, so is good indoor air quality. If your gym’s ventilation system has not been properly designed or is not functioning properly, it can make the environment hot and humid. This happens because the system does not remove enough moisture from the air. Here is what can happen if you fail to correct the ventilation problem in your gym: Hot and humid air will become breeding ground for growth of mold and mildew Humid air can create musty smells HVAC...

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St. Louis Maintenance for your Furnace: Are Your Filters Dirty?

December 19, 2016

Scott-Lee Heating Company offers Precision Maintenance Agreements for customers who want to keep their systems running at peak performance. Winter is at its peak now, and most of us are paying more attention to our heating systems than we have done in many months. With the weather continuing to grow colder, the last thing we want is a heating system that does not work as efficiently as it should. Among the many things that you should be monitoring closely is your furnace filter. Have you checked to see how is it doing? If you haven’t, you may want to check it now. Our St. Louis HVAC technicians come across too many dirty furnace filters, and the homeowners are always left wondering what has caused their filters to become so dirty. There are various reasons why this could happen: Furnace Fan is Set to “On” If your furnace filter is dirty, take a look at your thermostat and check the fan setting. It should be set to “auto”, however, if it is set to “on” the furnace fan should will run constantly, and expose the filter to contaminants throughout the day. This means, the furnace filter will get much dirtier than...

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How HVAC System Maintenance and Humidity Affects Indoor Air Quality

August 24, 2015

Poor indoor air quality can have an adverse affect on the health, comfort, and efficiency of the employees in a St. Louis home or place of work. High humidity and poor maintenance of HVAC systems are the biggest culprits when it comes to poor indoor air quality. Due to the various ill effects of humidity and poor indoor air quality, more and more employees, employers and facility owners are becoming concerned. How Humidity Affects Air Quality In humid conditions the viruses and bacteria that causes the respiratory infections can rapidly multiply and spread. High Humid conditions can increase the levels of noxious chemicals in the air; including formaldehyde (emissions from indoor building materials) and ozone (emission from copiers) Molds and other pathogens thrive in high humid conditions. How Humidity Affects the Work Environment Poor air quality can often be attributed to humid conditions and can affect the employees of an organization with a wide range of illnesses and symptoms. Humidity can also have adverse effects on a building and its contents. Cold climate, electrical appliances that generate heat, or poor design, installation and maintenance of air conditioning systems give rise to low humidity conditions. Listed below are a few of...

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4 Types of Filtration and Cleaning Systems for Your St. Louis Home

August 7, 2015

Taking the steps to improve on indoor air quality will go a long way towards protecting the health of your family. Indoor air quality is a hot topic in the HVAC industry right now. As homeowners scrambled over the last couple of years to air tighten their homes to save energy, they often created breeding grounds for all types of irritants. Fortunately, the industry has recognized this, and is now constantly working on ways to improve the quality of air in the home. Poor indoor air quality can cause a host of problems, as the same polluted air is continually being circulated throughout your house. Not only can it irritate the lungs, and become dangerous for people with respiratory ailments like asthma, but it can cause mold and fungus growth. There are dozens of particles floating unseen in the air around you, but the most common irritants include: Dust Pollen Pet dander Dust mites Cigarette smoke Mold spores In order to help eliminate these from your St. Louis home’s breathing air, you now have a number of options to choose from. HVAC Filters Any forced air HVAC system relies on filters to remove large particles from the air. This was...

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How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home

June 3, 2014

There has been growing concerns over indoor air quality in the last few years. The concern is for the indoor air quality in our homes and offices. As energy concerns have pushed homeowners to make their houses air tight, they have created an indoor environment perfectly suited for contaminants and known allergens to grow and thrive. Qualified HVAC technicians offer some much needed advice on ways you can cut down on the pollutants that are floating around inside your own home. Clean and Dust Free Keeping your home clean and dust free is one of the easiest ways to help cut down on respiratory irritants in the air. When your vents blow air into the room, the air will be disturbed and any build up of dust will be added to the circulating air. The particles next pass through your duct work and those dust particles and any contaminants they contain are now part of the indoor air you breath. You should always try and clean with the blower fan off and make vacuuming the last step of the process. Use vacuum filter bags that are designed for allergen reduction and do not forget to use it on upholstery and window dressings. Cleaning regularly will help cut down...

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