What Are Air Cleaners?

June 6, 2018

Don’t be surprised when you go to the doctor for some medication for a respiratory or eye infection and come away with orders that include: get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, take all your antibiotics and hire a certified HVAC professional with an air cleaner to remove harmful vapors and debris in your indoor air. Wait. What? What is an air cleaner, and what does it have to do with seeing my St. Louis, MO doctor about chronic respiratory infections? Your Home or Office Could Be Making You Sick Poor indoor air quality often causes frequent sinus infections, allergy symptoms, and red, swollen eyes. Contaminated air is one of the most common sources of frequent colds, headaches, allergy flares and red, puffy eyes. There have been reports of severe lung disease and cancer developing in people who live or work where the air contains high concentrations of chemical particulates, dangerous mold and other If you have never had your home air cleaned, it might be time, especially if you and your family suffer from frequent respiratory problems. Do You Need an Air Cleaner? Industry experts who study indoor air quality recommend residents and business owners proactively control air...

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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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Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned Regularly?

May 1, 2017

Our experienced HVAC technicians can help you determine if it’s time to have your air ducts cleaned. What Air Duct Cleaning Does Air duct cleaning generally involves the use of brushes, vacuums, and cleaning agents to scrub and clean your air ducts. This will remove dust, pollen, and other debris in your home. Air duct cleaning has long been understood to help increase the air quality in your home by removing these pollutants. When You Should Consider Air Duct Cleaning Whatever debris that you find in your home is most likely in your air ducts as well. If you have had roaches, ants or other pests in your home, their carcasses may also in your air ducts. The carcasses and droppings can decompose and cause health problems or clog up your system. Severe rat infestations may call for a complete re-installation of your air duct system. Rats and mice tend to damage air ducts and insulation. You should also consider having a St. Louis HVAC company clean your air ducts if you have pets that shed, someone in your home smokes inside, or if you often use a real wood fireplace. Most importantly, an air duct cleaning is perhaps most...

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Do I Need a Whole House Humidifier in My St. Louis Home?

April 25, 2017

Humidifiers control moisture to increase the indoor air quality of your home. A whole house humidifier can relieve many problems associated with winter weather such as dry and itchy skin. These units add moisture to the air inside your home, and help with sinus problems that are usually aggravated by dry air. In this article, we will discuss the various options available when it comes to choosing a humidifier for your home. If you and your family are facing problems such as sore throats, chapped lips, and seasonal colds and allergies because of dry air, then you should consider installing a humidifier in your home. The central humidifiers, also known as whole house humidifiers hook up directly to your HVAC systems along with the plumbing. Here are some types of central humidifiers available in the market: Steam humidification system: It uses less water compared to other types, and is an eco-friendly system. The unit adds an equal amount of amount of moisture to the air for each gallon of water used. These systems are approved for use in homes that up to 3000 square feet. Fan powered whole house humidifiers: These systems are also approved for use in home up...

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Does Your Home Have the Right Humidity Level?

April 19, 2017

Humidity is one of the top factors that can affect the overall comfort level of a home. Moreover, it can have an impact on the efficiency of the HVAC system. It is therefore important that homeowners maintain the right humidity levels in their home. In this post, our St. Louis HVAC technicians will explain why this is important and how it can be achieved. Why is maintaining ideal humidity levels important? Proper humidity levels are essential for efficient working of your HVAC system. Having the ideal humidity level can ensure that your system functions in the way it is intended to – that is, it cools the air in the summers and heats it in winter. Secondly, managing ideal humidity conditions will ensure that you and your family live in a comfortable environment that is free from impure air. Without correct humidity management, residents can become susceptible to a host of respiratory diseases, allergies, and chemical reactions. Additionally, improper humidity levels can even affect the physical interior and exterior of a home. For example, too much moisture can lead to a damp environment that, over a period of time, can attract termites and other insects and could potentially damage the...

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Tips to Improve Winter Indoor Air Quality – St. Louis Heating

December 17, 2016

Help your family breathe easier this winter season by improving the indoor air quality in your St. Louis home. Modern homes are sealed tighter than ever, and are designed to minimize heat loss and be energy efficient. However, this also traps pollutants within the home and may create a stuffy and dry environment. In this post, our St. Louis HVAC technicians will discuss ways to improve indoor air quality in winter, and help you and your family breathe easier. Tips to improve winter indoor air quality Change your filter regularly: During summer, the indoor air is likely to be cleaner, because the indoor air gets exchanged with fresh outdoor air through open doors and windows. However, in the winter, the indoor air is constantly recycled through the heating system and ductwork. This can cause some pollutants to remain inside the home. One of the simplest ways to traps these pollutants and allergens is through the HVAC filter. This makes it very important to have the filter changed every four to six weeks during the heating season. Control humidity: High humidity levels can cause conditions that promote mold growth. If the humidity levels are too low, it can make you and...

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Is Your HVAC System Pest Proof?

September 2, 2016

Pests can be a big problem for both businesses and homeowners. By choosing to ignore the pests, you invite bigger problems. Proper pest control can protect most parts of your home or building from pests; however, one part that is often overlooked is the heating and air conditioning system. According to St. Louis HVAC experts, pest proofing the HVAC components is important for keeping pests out of your home, protecting occupants from health hazards, and  preventing damage to expensive equipment. Damage Caused by Pests Pests can enter an HVAC system in several ways – in the space between HVAC components and in an area where pests are common. If pests manage to enter your heating system or its components, a variety of problems can occur. Pests can cause damage to HVAC components which they use to move through a house or where they are nesting. This can result in expensive repairs or even system replacement. Pests can also cause damage to the home itself. Indoor Air Quality Pest infestation in an HVAC system can cause numerous air quality problems. Dead rodents, droppings, and other debris left behind in the HVAC system or ductwork can cause a foul smell inside your home. If you use pesticides to treat the pest problem, harmful chemicals in...

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Solution to Humidity in Your Home: Energy Recovery Ventilators

August 31, 2016

An energy recovery ventilator can increase the comfort level of your home and improve air quality. As the temperatures in St. Louis continue to rise, even into September, so does the humidity. That can affect the inside of your home as well. This may be the perfect time to talk with your trusted HVAC company about installing a ERV, Energy Recovery Ventilator, system with your existing heating and cooling units. How an ERV Works As our homes are increasingly becoming tighter due to an effort to make our homes more energy efficient, new problems start to arise. Indoor air quality can be compromised as the same stale air is constantly being recycled through the house. Higher humidity levels may become an issue as you have basically created an airtight environment with levels that fluctuate drastically and far from the 40% ideal range. Adding an ERV, or energy recovery ventilation, system to your homes HVAC system can take care of both of these issues. They are able to exchange the stale air with fresh, conditioning it first to match the indoor temperature of the house. In the summer the system is pre-cooling and dehumidify outside air as it is being brought...

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St. Louis HVAC – Is There a Mold Problem in Your Facility?

December 31, 2015

The HVAC system in commercial buildings provide a suitable environment for mold growth. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in a commercial building is more susceptible to mold growth than other equipment. Maintenance and engineering managers can play a major role in preventing mold growth in a commercial building. The Key Problem Areas Molds need water, food, air, and the right temperature to grow. Unfortunately, commercial HVAC systems provide a suitable environment for mold growth. For example, the indoor environment usually provides a variety of food sources, such as cardboard, wooden structures, building furnishings, papers, and fabrics. One way to discourage mold growth is by reducing moisture in the indoor environment. Some managers prefer using chemicals, sprays, and fungicides for mold control. Using fungicides helps to kill mold but does not provide a permanent solution to the problem. Molds residing in the HVAC system may still survive. In most cases, eliminating molds from the HVAC system requires implementing a pre-emptive plan. Maintenance managers need to develop a detailed mold prevention plan and seek professional help when required. Lack of Guidelines There is a lack of standard guidelines on how to prevent or control mold growth in commercial facilities. Most states,...

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How an Air Conditioning System Improves Indoor Air Quality

March 26, 2015

The role of an air conditioning system is not limited to circulating cool air inside a house. The latest air conditioning systems, particularly high-efficiency systems, also help control the indoor air quality in a house. Indoor air quality combines clean air with temperature, odor, and humidity control. Indoor air quality is significant to the well-being, health, and finances of a homeowner. The following suggestions will help you to maintain fresh, clean, and healthy indoor air inside your home. Replace Air Filters Every Three Months Filters prevent pollen, dust, spores, and other pollutants from entering the house. Replacing the filter is necessary since dirty filters reduce airflow, which affects the efficiency of the system and increases the operating expenses of the system. Dirty filters may also result in overheating of the system along with other issues that can permanently damage the system. Verify the recommendation of the original equipment manufacturer for proper scheduling. Install a System with a High SEER Rating To ensure good air quality inside the house, a longer air circulation period is required to allow air to continuously flow through the filter. High efficiency systems use low power at extended periods of time. They also ensure continuous air flow inside the house while enhancing both...

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