When summer arrives, you’re probably going to be spending time and effort making sure that the inside of your home is cool and comfortable. While you’re cranking your air conditioner and enjoying the cool air, though, you should also be aware that there are other factors you should consider. The quality of the air in your home absolutely has an effect on your health and comfort, so it’s in your best interest to make sure it’s as high as possible. Follow the tips below to keep your indoor air quality high this summer.
Most people tend to focus on getting their heating systems in shape before the weather gets too cold. This is certainly an important thing to consider, but it’s not the only thing you need to do as far as preparing for winter goes. Indoor air quality is another important part of your home that you need to preserve during the winter. Poor indoor air quality will not only make you less comfortable, but will affect your health negatively, as well. Have a look below at some of the ways that you can improve your indoor air quality this winter.
Every time you take a breath in your home, you’re inhaling millions of microscopic airborne contaminants. Some of these contaminants include dust, pollen, germs, mold spores, and dander. Normally, these contaminants are widespread enough that your body can easily defend against them. During the winter, though, people tend to seal their homes to make it easier to stay warm. When that happens, it makes it much more likely that you will experience the negative effects of those contaminants. Prolonged exposure to high enough levels of these contaminants can result in allergy attacks, flu, asthma, and a range of other health problems. The best way to handle these issues is to install an air purifier in your home.
As the days start to get colder, you’re going to start relying on your heating system more and more often to keep you comfortable. Along with that added usage will come a number of side effects, some of which are no big deal and some of which can damage your health. Let’s take a look at the problem of low humidity, and why you should install a humidifier this heating season.
You may not think that ducts are all that vital. After all, they’re just empty corridors in your home for air to flow through. They can’t be too important or high maintenance, right? Wrong. Ducts are both vital for the operation of your climate control systems, and require professional services in order to stay in good shape. Let’s take a look at what happens when you neglect your ducts, and the importance of duct repair.
We are in that small seasonal window where you don’t need your air conditioning full-time any more, and haven’t switched to heating yet. It’s a great time of year to perform maintenance on your system, including duct repair in North Potomac. Your ductwork isn’t visible like other parts of your HVAC system, which can make it difficult to decipher the signs of problems with your ducts. As such, the technicians at Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing have put together a list of common signs that indicate it may be time to repair your ductwork.
Signs of Faulty Ductwork
Here are some signs to look for if you think your ductwork may be faulty:
Whistling sounds – are you hearing pronounced whistling noises every time your HVAC system runs? This can be an indication that air is leaking though holes and cracks in your ductwork.
High energy bills – faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of total air loss in your home. When you lose this much air, your system has to compensate for it, and does so by working harder. If your system has to work harder, it will need more energy to do so.
Uneven heating and cooling – are you experiencing numerous hot-and-cold spots in your home? This could be a sign of broken or disconnected ductwork.
Decrease in indoor air quality –with faulty ductwork, not only does air escape from your system, outside air and particles can also get into your system through the holes and cracks. This can compromise your indoor air quality and also increase the amount of humidity in your home.
Duct Testing Helps Pinpoint the Problems
Determining exactly where your ductwork is failing can be challenging, which is why our technicians will conduct duct testing. With duct testing, your ductwork is pressurized, which allows the technician to check for the parts of your ductwork where the air flow is interrupted. Once the problems are assessed, steps can be taken to repair them.
Kill bacteria, mold, and odor in every square foot of you home. Now the same technology used by the US Government, hospitals, cruise ships, and restaurant chains is brought to your home by Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating through Carrier Enterprises. The Air Knight’s Ultra-Violet Light technology works to purify the air in your home, noticeably increasing indoor air quality. This PHI Cell technology provides, “low energy air purification that has been proven to kill mold, odors, bacteria, and 88% of an airborne sneeze at three feet. Also VOCs, viruses and up to 99% of MRSA, H1N1 and the Norwalk Virus, to name a few”.
You probably know that there’s plenty of pollution in the air outside. But did you know that there could very well be even more in the air trapped inside your home? In fact government agencies from around the globe have named indoor air pollution as one of the major health risks we all face today. There are many reasons why your indoor air quality may be compromised, but there is something you can do about it.
If you live in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, investing in one of the many indoor air purification systems that Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating carries is a great way to start improving the quality of the air your family is breathing in every day. You may not have noticed that the quality of your indoor air was poor to begin with, but you’re sure to notice the difference when you have one of these systems in place to improve it.