ACI Northwest Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

This Wildfire Season, Protect Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, August 19th, 2019

hazy-smoke-behind-mountainsDid you know that your indoor air quality can be worse than the quality of the air outdoors? This is true any time of the year if your home isn’t equipped with the right indoor air quality products and services. But it’s even more pertinent this time of the year–wildfire season!

Even if you’re not right near the fire, smoke, and ash alone can post serious risks to the safety and health of your family—particularly if anyone in your household is already susceptible to allergy and asthma symptoms. It’s vital that you pay attention to any evacuation warnings that are in place, regardless of your health status, for safety reasons, and know the dangers of being exposed to the particles in the air such as ash. This can include burning eyes, a runny nose, and respiratory distress such as bronchitis. Fine particles can even aggravate individuals with chronic heart or lung disease.

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Solve the Dry Air Problem in Your Home for Good!

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Image of young woman relaxing and using digital tabletLiving in Idaho, we’re pretty familiar with the experience of dry air during the winter. This lack of moisture can cause a variety of problems such as dry, itchy skin and static electricity. But what’s even more frustrating than dealing with dry air outside is contending with it inside your home.

This is where Coeur d’Alene, ID humidifier services come in. There is no bad time to have a humidifier installed, therefore there’s no time like the present to give us a call! But of course, we don’t expect you to rush out and buy a whole-house humidifier or any home comfort device without knowing the benefits of doing so. Keep reading to learn more about humidity and the problems that too little of it cause.

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Combat Dry Air and Illness This Winter

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Sick woman blowing her noseWhen the coldest of winter temperatures hit, it makes sense that you are most concerned with how warm it is in your home. A lack of sufficient heat can be not only uncomfortable, but hazardous to your family’s health. A perfectly functioning furnace or boiler is only half the equation, though, when it comes to home comfort during the winter.

Dry air can be equally damaging and uncomfortable during the colder months, and most heating systems—at least, those that are forced air systems—only exacerbate this issue. A Coeur d’Alene, ID humidifier installation may be an excellent choice for you and your home, eliminating the problem of dry air before it even has a chance to affect your living space. Now is as great a time as any to have one put in.

But you may be wondering, “Do I really need one?”

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Heed These Signs That Your Ductwork Is in Trouble

Monday, April 17th, 2017

ductwork-trouble-signsFew homeowners realize just how important their Liberty Lake, ID indoor air quality is to their overall home comfort. Sure, the temperature of your home has a lot to do with your comfort, but what about contaminants and allergens that may be present in the air, making you and your family sick?

Even fewer homeowners realize how much their ductwork impacts the quality of their indoor air. Breached air ducts can allow dust, dirt, debris, and allergens that would normally be filtered out into their living space. Not to mention, damaged ductwork also causes higher energy bills since your conditioned air will escape through the leaks into unoccupied spaces such as your attic or crawlspace.

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Should You Invest In an Electronic Air Cleaner?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Were you aware that the condition of your indoor air can actually be worse than that of the outdoors? You might believe that the air filter that came standard with your HVAC system resolves this issue, but that’s unfortunately not the case. That air filter is actually designed to protect the interior components of your HVAC unit and does little to protect the indoor air quality of your home.

This air filter should be changed every three months, at least, to continue to protect the integrity of your HVAC system. Additionally, while it doesn’t help your indoor air quality much, it can make it worse if it gets clogged up. But if you are looking for truly clean air, then you would do well to consider an electronic air cleaner.

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This Winter, Protect Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

There are a number of sources that poor indoor air quality can originate from. For instance, pollen, pet dander and other allergens can make their way into your home from the outdoors, simply due to an open door or even a clogged HVAC air filter.

Your indoor air quality can also be negatively impacted by the cleaning products that you use, as well as seemingly harmless odors from cooking and baking, something that has been done in excess in recent weeks. Given that it’s winter, you can probably add in the use of your fireplace as well as the use of scented candles as adversaries to your indoor air quality.

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How Can UV Lights Improve Your Health?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

When it comes to your health, you may think about how outdoor air impacts your body. Smog, cigarette smoke, pollen, and dust are all threats to your health. But do you ever think about your indoor air? Maybe you believe that your air filter is fully effective at eliminating all contaminants from your air.

While a high-efficient air filter, when changed or cleaned as often as needed, will be effective at removing some pollutants from your home, there are others that a standard filter simply cannot combat. We’re talking about mold, mildew, and spores.

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The Dangers of High Humidity

Monday, October 17th, 2016

When you think of humidity, you probably think about how much hotter it makes you feel during the summer. The excess moisture that high humidity levels bring is not just a once-a-year problem though—fall and winter can present some extreme humidity levels as well. This is particularly true when we have rainy weeks like the one we just experienced.

Air conditioning systems help remove some moisture from the air through condensing excess moisture along the indoor coil. However, not only are AC systems very limited on how much dehumidifying they can do, that doesn’t help at all when temperatures are as low as they are currently and you wouldn’t even think of using your cooling system.

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How Does Professional Duct Sealing Work?

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

One of the main problems that homeowners contend with in regards to their ductwork is the risk of air loss. In fact, 30% of an HVAC system’s air loss can come from breached air ducts. The best way to combat this and reduce costly air loss is with professional duct sealing. This may seem to you like something the average homeowner can accomplish with some simple duct tape. However, duct tape is not appropriately named and will not get the job done. Professional duct sealing involves a lot more than you may realize. We’ve summarized below.

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How Do UV Germicidal Lights Work?

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Are you concerned about the amount of biological contaminants present in your indoor air? If so, the best way to fight them off is with ultraviolet (UV) lighting. Referred to as either UV air purifiers or UV germicidal lights, UV lights act as air purifiers, and eliminate harmful particles such as mold, mildew, and other microorganisms from your HVAC system.

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