Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Do Your Ducts Need to Be Sealed?

Monday, February 18th, 2019

sealing-ductsMany homeowners that use central air conditioning systems also use forced air heaters like furnaces in order to heat their homes. If you use a heat pump, of course, you’re using that system throughout the entire year. In either case, this also means that you are using your air ducts all year long to ensure that you are able to live in the comfort that you deserve. Here’s a question that you may not have considered yet, though:

What kind of shape are those air ducts in?

If your ductwork is not in great working condition, then you really cannot expect a great overall performance from your home comfort systems. In fact, damaged and leaking ductwork can negatively affect the condition and performance of your forced air heating and air conditioning systems in a number of ways. Don’t believe us? Then read on, and you’ll likely be scheduling any necessary duct sealing in Brevard, NC, as soon as possible.  (more…)

Avoid Dry Air Issues This Winter

Monday, February 4th, 2019

family-with-dogWhen people think in terms of humidity here in North Carolina, too much humidity is likely the first thought that enters their mind. Sure, summer days are notoriously humid in this area, and summer does seem to last for much of the year. That being said, humidity does drop here in the winter season just like it does in most other places. When you add in other factors like the tight seal of your home’s thermal envelope, you can really start to encounter problems.

What kind of problems can dry air really lead to, though? What’s the big deal? Well, we’ll be covering all that in today’s post. Let’s just start by saying that, once you’ve read the following info, it is very likely that you’ll be looking for a new whole-house humidifier in Mills River, NC. If you do decide that the time is right for a whole-house humidifier installation, then you’ll want to schedule that service with a skilled, experienced professional.

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How Humidity Affects Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, May 28th, 2018

hand-setting-thermostatHumidity is often treated as a kind of modifier to whether a warm day is miserable or extra miserable. How many times in your life have you heard some variation of the phrase “at least it’s a dry heat?” Yeah, we hate it too. The subject of humidity is a little more complicated than that, though. Humidity imbalances can actually cause a number of negative effects if they go unchecked. Let’s take a look at what can happen if the humidity levels in your home are allowed to get out of control, and what you can do to keep them balanced. (more…)

How You can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, May 14th, 2018

woman-blowing-noseStaying cool and comfortable is a high priority for most people during the summer, and for good reason. We don’t envy anyone who has to go through summer without a good air conditioning system to rely on. Still, it’s not the only thing that you should be worried about over the next couple of months when it comes to your home’s air.

You should also be taking steps to make sure that your indoor air quality is as high as possible during the summer, as it tends to drop in most homes during the hot season. Have a look at some of the following ways that you can keep your indoor air quality high this season. (more…)

Consider Installing a Dehumidifier This Spring

Monday, April 17th, 2017

water-dropletsWe recently addressed ways to combat allergy season in your home, and one of the recommendations we touched on briefly was to have our professionals install a whole-house dehumidifier. But you don’t need to be concerned only with allergies to want a dehumidifier installed into your HVAC system. We recommend scheduling this service with us before the real summer weather arrives. It’s one of the best ways to stay comfortable, save energy, and protect your home from the dangers of mold. (more…)

Allergy Season Is Here: Protect Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Dandelion-In-FieldThe weather is beginning to warm up here in Western North Carolina, although we can still expect occasional cold spells throughout the rest of March and even into April. But the trend toward hotter temperatures will continue until the peak of summer—and this early stage of warmer weather means it’s also allergy season!

The Causes of Allergy Season

“Allergy season” has no specific set of dates. It can start as early as the end of winter, or it might happen in April. It lasts until around early summer. The increase in allergies is tied to the change in the weather from winter to spring. As the temperatures start to rise, plants begin to pollinate. This pollen is one of the prime sources of allergy attacks. If the spring is especially rainy, it will further add to the allergens in the air because of the rise in mold growth. Mold problems can last through the entire summer and into the fall. Even though the rain can wash away pollen, the pollen count tends to spike right after the rainfall. (more…)

How an Energy Recovery Ventilator Works in Winter

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The air in a home can often become stuffy and filled with numerous airborne contaminants during the winter. The reason for this is that your home is sealed off against the outdoors for most of the season. Doors and windows shut, sealing and weather stripping stopping drafts, closed chimney flue, etc. You don’t want the heat escaping from your house and placing extra pressure on the heating system. But this means there’s no opportunity for contamination from indoor sources, such as cleaning supplies, combustion gases, and building materials, to escape either. Instead they build up.

The professional installation of an energy recovery ventilator is a way to get around this problem. What it does is allow fresh air into your house while recovering the energy used to heat the air so it doesn’t go to waste. (more…)

Keep Away Winter Illnesses with a REME® Generator Advanced Oxidation System Installation

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The winter season can be a joyful time, but it is also a period of the rapid spread of flus and colds. There are many ways to help protect yourself from the germs moving around the air during this season. You may have considered installing a UV air purifier into your HVAC system to improve this situation. This type of air purifiers consist of UV germicidal lights that use ultraviolet radiation rather than ionization to cleanse the air. The lights are installed into the HVAC system near the air conditioner’s evaporator coils to target the air passing through the ventilation system. (more…)

Should I Install a Humidifier for the Winter?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

You’re probably deep into preparing your home for the winter. The cold season is peering right around the corner, after all. But winter prep is about more than dragging decorations down from the attic, laying down weather stripping around doors, caulking windows, and scheduling an inspection and tune-up for your furnace. There are some additions you can make to your HVAC system that will boost your comfort and help cut down into those inflated heating bills of the summer. One that we recommend is the whole-house humidifier. (more…)

How Installing a Humidifier in Fall Helps for the Winter

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Early fall is the time to prepare your home for the upcoming stresses of winter. The first step for winter preparation is to arrange for professional maintenance for your heating system, whether it’s a furnace, boiler, or heat pump. This is the best way to see that your heater operates properly through the season and won’t cost more to run than it should.

But there are some other ways you can improve your HVAC system for winter weather, and one of them is to call professionals to install a whole-house humidifier. (more…)