ACI Northwest Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Indoor Air Quality’

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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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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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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Should You Have an Air Purifier Installed This Summer?

Monday, June 13th, 2016

When you think about your indoor air quality, what comes to mind? If you are like most homeowners, your thoughts probably go straight to the temperature of your home. Most people don’t give very much thought to the cleanliness of their air, even though this can have a significant impact on their health.

In fact, health experts say that the indoor air quality of our homes can actually be worse than that of the outdoors—particularly during this time of year. It’s important that you not neglect any aspects of your indoor air quality—you should aim to achieve the right temperature, humidity levels, and indoor air quality.

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Understanding Threats to Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, May 16th, 2016

One of the biggest threats to your home’s indoor air quality is a poorly maintained HVAC system, or damaged ductwork. Investing in routine maintenance—at least once a year—can help fend off these problems. However, it’s important to be aware of where these threats come from and what other dangers exist.

Poor indoor air quality is more than just inconvenient and uncomfortably. It is unhealthy, capable of affecting even the healthiest people in your household. Keep reading to learn more about common sources of indoor air quality problems.

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Keep Healthy this Winter with an Indoor Air Quality Upgrade

Monday, December 21st, 2015

It can be tough to stay healthy in the winter. There are a number of obstacles that can get in the ways of a healthy lifestyle: unhealthy holiday meals, cold weather that makes it tough to get outside and exercise, and group gatherings that make it more likely for illnesses to spread.

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5 Indoor Air Quality Systems and Services to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

Monday, April 13th, 2015

One of the most important things that you can do for your family members is to improve the condition of the air in your home. You run your air conditioning system to keep everyone in the home more comfortable, and you try to change the filter as often to filter out some of the harmful particles that move through the air. But are you really doing all you can to reduce allergens? Take a look at some of the products and services you can bring into your home to make your air a little bit healthier.

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How Does Air Conditioning Affect Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Is your home hot, stuffy, and uncomfortable? Do you have contaminants circulating throughout the air in your home? While many homeowners enjoy cool air flowing throughout their homes, some are unaware that cool air does not alone give them home comfort. Much of the comfort of the home depends on the relative humidity inside the house, as well as the levels of dust, dander, mold spores, pollen, and other contaminants moving around. To stay comfortable during the summer, as well as year-round, consider integrating an indoor air quality device with your existing HVAC system. In today’s post, we’d like to look at the relation between air conditioning and indoor air quality. Call ACI Northwest today for comprehensive air conditioning services in Spokane, WA.

While your air conditioner has an air filter, it is not intended for the purpose of those inside the house. Rather, the air filter is there to protect the equipment from accumulating excessive debris, and only has the side effect of removing some particles from the air that you breathe. Keeping the air filter clean is part of your duties as a homeowner (check it about once a month during the cooling season), but in order to reap the benefits of filtered air throughout the home, you may need something more comprehensive, such as a mechanical air filter, or an electronic air cleaner. Another important aspect is relative humidity. A whole-house humidifier or dehumidifier can give you another way to optimize your home comfort.

Ventilation is incredibly important, but the design of the modern home favors energy efficiency over the circulation of fresh air throughout the home. Homes with central air or a heat pump can often experience stale air that requires ventilation. Although fresh air is critical to your health and comfort, you probably want to avoid letting your conditioned airflow out of the window to keep energy costs low. When professionally installed, an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) gives you excellent ventilation while reducing the energy inefficiency associated with fresh air coming into the home.

Call the air conditioning technicians at ACI Northwest today to learn more about our services.

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Your HVAC System and Ventilation

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The vent system in your home is vital to the operation of your HVAC system. Without successful ventilation, your home won’t have the necessary clean air to keep you and your family healthy. So, what does proper ventilation require and how can you ensure your home has it? Here are some quick tips.

Install the Right Parts from the Start

Proper ventilation should result in even air pressure in your home to avoid problems with gas pilot lights. It should also be as energy efficient as possible and provide clean air through proper filtration and cleaning of the air that comes in. The best way to ensure your home has the ventilation needed to stay comfortable and safe for your entire family is to check the total size of the home and then measure the concentrations of certain pollutants like dander, pollen and smoke. A contractor can provide these services for you.

Energy Loss

Another major ventilation issue to keep in mind is energy loss. Ventilation tends to remove heated or cooled air from your home, forcing your furnace or air conditioner to work harder to replace it. As a result, you pay more for energy and it’s never quite comfortable inside.

To avoid this problem, ask about an energy recovery ventilator. These devices are designed to transfer heat from one environment into another. So, in the winter, heated air inside is kept inside and in the summer, cooled air is kept inside. The result is a much lower energy bill without a disruption to your ventilation sources.

Supplements to Ventilation

Proper ventilation should not only provide fresh air, but it should also ensure your home has clean air. The air outside may be fresher, but it can be filled with pollutants like pollen, dander and smoke. These should be removed before they get inside and into the lungs of your loved ones. To do this, you need a full sized air cleaning system that removes particles from the air down to 0.3 microns.

HEPA filters can do this, as will electronic air cleaners which can ionize and remove smoke and gas particles. Make sure you discuss filtration and cleaning with your HVAC contractor when they visit your home. To learn more ways to improve your home’s ventilation, give ACI Northwest a call!

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