Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Get Your Home Ready for Cold and Flu Season with These Systems

Monday, November 21st, 2016

When it comes to your family’s health, you do what you can to keep everyone as healthy as possible. From making sure that young kids understand the importance of hand-washing and other sanitary measures to reminding the family to eat their fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water, you work hard to reduce illnesses around the home.

But something that’s more difficult to control is the indoor air quality that sometimes contributes to your family members’ illnesses. Germs and irritants in the air can lead to illness aggravate preexisting conditions. Consider one or more of these systems to help your family stay healthy.

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Let Some Fresh Air In: How to Ventilate without High Bills

Monday, May 9th, 2016

It feels a little stuffy inside, and you’d like to open up a window or let some air through the screen door. The only problem is that you’ve got your heater running. If you open up the window, you’ll let a breeze in. You’ll feel a lot less comfortable, to start with.

But what’s more is that your bills can skyrocket, forcing your heater to work a lot harder to attempt to heat your home. The same is true with an air conditioner in the summer, when opening a window will just cause trouble for your AC system and wear down the parts.

There is a system that will allow you to let some fresh air in, making the indoor air feel a lot less stale without affecting your comfort or raising your bills significantly. Learn more about energy and heat recovery ventilators below.

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Install UV Lights to Prevent Illness

Monday, April 25th, 2016

As the weather changes, it seems like the people in your family always seem to get sick. This is when allergens in the air multiply, and there may also be more germs in the air along with them. If your forced-air heater and air conditioning system has a filter, you have some form of protection from contaminants, but it’s probably not enough.

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3 Reasons to Get a Whole-House Humidifier

Monday, March 7th, 2016

With the mild spring and summer climate, yet cold and dry fall and winter climate that we experience here in Colorado Springs, CO, you may have noticed that your indoor air often gets pretty dry. Having too little moisture in the air throughout your home can actually be a pretty serious problem, not to mention annoying. But why is it a problem, and why should you invest in a whole-house humidifier?

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Let the Fresh Air In with a Heat Recovery Ventilator

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Opening a window to let some fresh air in can make you feel a lot better when the air indoors just feels stuffy and stale. But this is only true when temperatures outside are relatively mild. When temperatures are hot or cold and you just want to run your central AC and heating system, opening a window or a door really isn’t an option you have.

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Resolve to Have Better Indoor Air Quality in the New Year

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Commit to better health and wellness for you and your family members in the new year, and consider putting indoor air quality at the top of your list of priorities. We’ve got a few tips for making improvements to your heating system (and your air conditioner) so that you can stay healthy and comfortable throughout 2016!

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4 Indoor Air Quality Tips for the Heating Season

Monday, November 16th, 2015

In the fall, allergies and asthma can act up just as they do in the spring, since temperatures begin to drop and new particles can move through your heating system and circulate around in the air in your home. Control common indoor air quality issues with a few tips from our experts.

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Keep Allergies Under Control with a Whole-Home Indoor Air Quality System

Monday, July 13th, 2015

It’s tough when you just cannot seem to catch a break from your seasonal allergy symptoms. You may attribute many of your allergy symptoms to outdoor air quality, but would you guess that the air in your home may be just as contaminated, if not more so?

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2 Reasons for Poor Indoor Air Quality (and What to Do about It)

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Do family members in your home have asthma or severe allergies? Do you notice that family members seem to get sick frequently? Are you worried about the quality of the air in your home? It’s time to think about ways that you can improve the quality of the air in your home. Of course, keeping living spaces clean is one place to start, but it’s difficult to keep common contaminants out of the air, no matter how clean the house is. Here are three reasons your indoor air quality may suffer, and what you can do to remedy the situation.

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What Types of Products Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

The job of your home’s HVAC system is to keep your indoor temperature regulated, but the system can do so much more when indoor air quality products are integrated with it. Many HVAC system come with a standard air filter, but this air filter is not designed to help with indoor air quality. As such, if you are looking to improve your home’s indoor air quality, it’s time to schedule an Indoor Air Quality Services appointment with a Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning expert for your Larkspur, CO home.

IAQ Product Choices

Choosing the right indoor air quality products for your home will depend largely on what your needs are. Some households need to focus on removing allergens while others may want to focus on biological contaminants. Knowing what the products are and their capabilities plays a big role in your decision-making, so here is an overview of the types of IAQ products available:

Air Cleaning Products

“Air cleaning” is a general term that applies to both air filters and air purifiers. The main difference between air filters and air purifiers is that the word “filters” refers to mechanical air filters and the word “air purifiers” refers to electronic air cleaners and UV germicidal lighting. Air filters vary in strength and effectiveness, and the way to know how effective a particular air filter will be is by reviewing its MERV number. Air filters capture contaminants in their filter media while electronic air cleaners use ionization to charge particles and then capture the particles electronically. Both air filters and electronic air cleaners can capture allergens, but each can capture only some biological contaminants. This is where UV lighting comes in.

UV germicidal lighting destroys and eradicates biological contaminants by destroying the cell’s DNA; this disables the cells from reproducing. However, UV germicidal lights do not have an effect on non-biological contaminants like dust, so they are often paired with air cleaners or air filtration systems.

Humidifiers

We can have very low humidity in our area, which can lead to both property and health issues. One of the best ways to help balance the low humidity in your home is with the installation of a whole-home humidifier. These devices become part of your home’s HVAC system, so all you have to do is set your humidistat at the percentage you want and the humidifier does the rest.

Ventilation Devices

Maintaining good ventilation and indoor air quality can be a challenge for homeowners, especially during the very cold or very hot weather. But with an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) or heat recovery ventilator (HRV), you can have the benefit of pre-treated, fresh air flowing into your home while also reducing your energy usage.

A trained professional from Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine which products will meet your needs and install them. Call us today and schedule an appointment!

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