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Having an Air Purifier is more important than ever these days since there are many invisible contaminants existing is everyone’s home. These contaminants can build up over time and create health issues, odors and negatively impact your health. Some of these micro contaminants are bacteria, viruses, VOCs, mold spores and toxins too small to be filtered out by standard air filtration, even HEPA filters.

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Air Purification

Air Knight Air Purification IPG/ PX5 technology is available for residential installation at affordable rates. These devices are easily installed into your existing duct system by an HVAC Specialist. They continually work to reduce and help eliminate airborne and surface contaminants in your home.

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How do you know when it’s time to consider upgrading to a new heating system? Obviously if the unit has died or is not working, but it may be wise to consider replacement well before that happens or before costly repairs add up. Many things can greatly affect the longevity and efficiency of your furnace, heat pump or boiler system over the years such as not changing the air filters often enough or not having regular maintenance to ensure proper operation. Additionally, a poorly operating heating unit can negatively impact the air quality in your home.

Healthy HVAC Add Ons

Consider an HVAC Add On for greatly improved health and comfort benefits. Make sure your home is safe, healthy and comfortable easily and affordably with these whole home HVAC Add on technologies. Air in your home becomes continually contaminated by dirt, germs, debris, odors. Healthy, clean air in your home is healthier and more comfortable for you and is achievable.

Inverter Technology

Inverter HVAC systems offer many benefits to homeowners such as:
Higher Efficiency
Greater Energy Savings
More Uniform temperatures in your home
Quieter operation
This latest HVAC technology has been developing over the past several years and has been utilized in Ductless Mini Split applications. Now offered by many manufacturers for whole home ducted systems as a means to improve performance and efficiency.

Coil Care

Coil care for your HVAC system is very important. A coil is a main component of your HVAC System. There is a condenser coil and an evaporator coil. These coils are an integral part of the heat exchange that happens when cooling your air. These coils contain your refrigerant. Many older systems used Freon (R22) while more recent systems use Puron (R410a).

Attic Ventilation Fans

The benefits of an attic ventilation fan are more cumulative rather than instantaneous. An attic fan operates as an exhaust and will work to push hot air out of the attic through a shuttered or louvered vent. As heat continually rises, the attic fan will help eliminate accumulating heat.
As the heat is evacuated, moisture and odors can also be reduced.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats have entered our world and are designed to work and integrate into our smart homes with smart devices. These thermostats can be controlled locally or remotely with smartphones, computers, smart systems like Google or Alexa. Those that love automation will love these features. Some models also will “learn” your needs and can make adjustments on their own.

Odors and Allergens

Many things cause odors and allergens in your home. We generally differentiate between odors and scents. Both refer to things we “smell”. Odors generally refer to smells which we find objectionable, while scents we find pleasurable. There are organic odors and inorganic odors. Both organic and inorganic odors come from molecules which become airborne and allow us to interact with them.
Allergens we cannot see or smell, but they can cause significant health issues especially if you have allergies.

How HVAC System Manages Airflow

Your HVAC System is a system that manages airflow in your home. To simplify the operation, the system takes in air, warms or cools it and then redistributes it around your home to maintain the desired temperature. Of course, there is much more to it. As the air is brought into the system, it is filtered to remove contaminants and debris.
Residential HVAC systems require unobstructed airflow in order to operate properly.

Ductless, Mini Split AC

Ductless Air Conditioning systems are well worth considering in certain circumstances. Central Air systems operate by sending air through ductwork. The ducts are installed to direct the flow of air through tubes called ducts.

Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality

Believe it or not, house plants can help improve the air quality in your home. Plants have a natural ability to purify our air. Their process of photosynthesis enables them to absorb light, and gasses such as carbon dioxide and use them to fuel their growth. As a bi-product they produce oxygen.

Indoor Air Purification

The Reme-Halo air purification system is a new warrior in the fight against contaminants in your home. This device is a “Whole Home” purification system. It is installed right in your HVAC duct system, and kills bacteria and viruses in the air as well as on surfaces. It also combats allergens, smoke, odors and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in homes and businesses.

HVAC Air Filters

The importance of changing your HVAC system’s air filters regularly cannot be over stated. It is a crucial aspect of your HVAC system running at it’s peak efficiency. It is also critical in filtering out potentially dangerous allergens, bacteria, dirt, debris from the air you breathe.

Introducing Champion HVAC Products

Champion Heating and Cooling products are designed, manufactured and assembled in America. The Champion HVAC product line is owned by Johnson Controls (a recognized global Industry leader) ensuring trustworthiness and dependability.

Ominous Dangers of Space Heaters

The dangers of using space heaters should not be underestimated. Using electric space (portable) heaters can be a viable option for heating your home or room in an emergency or short term situation, but there are many dangers to be aware of.

Choosing the Best Air Filter for Your Home

Replacing your air filter is one of the small things you can do that can greatly affect the quality of air inside your home. Since many illnesses are associated with airborne contaminants, indoor air quality is a very important consideration.

HVAC and Your Pets

If you have pets, there are several things you can do to make your home and theirs safer, healthier and more comfortable for all of you.

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Carbon Monoxide Dangers

by | May 7, 2023 | Indoor Air Quality | 0 comments

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, tasteless, potentially toxic gas when found in high levels. Carbon Monoxide is naturally occurring and at low levels do not cause harm. At levels of 35ppm or greater, it becomes toxic. It can develop in homes from

  • Improperly operating HVAC equipment
  • Cooking equipment
  • Car exhaust
  • Any equipment burning fuels.

CO Poisoning from Carbon Monoxide is the most common cause of fatal gas poisoning globally.

Toxicity

Carbon monoxide (CO) is also produced in the human body and at low levels can have physiological benefit. Toxicity occurs when levels reach a toxic level at 35ppm or greater. Hemoglobin in the blood transports oxygenated blood to tissues throughout the body. When there is an excess of CO, it combines with Hemoglobin to produce Carboxyhemoglobin. At 667ppm CO can cause 50% of the Hemoglobin to convert to Carboxyhemoglobin. Carboxyhemoglobin is not oxygenated and so as the blood is transported to the tissues in the body, it is non- oxygenated and the tissues and cells become oxygen deprived. This oxygen deprived state can lead to serious health risks and death.

Carbon Monoxide Sources

As already mentioned, Carbon Monoxide is a naturally occurring element. It is produced at high levels by anything which consumes oxygen. Fire and burning of fuels also produces CO. Therefore, malfunctioning HVAC equipment can be a culprit. Other in home culprits can be water heaters, ovens, gas and kerosene heaters, cigarette smoking, generators and fireplaces. Good ventilation is important to dissipate accumulations of Carbon Monoxide in your home. Your HVAC equipment requires proper air flow in order to operate properly and is very effective at circulating and filtering air. Your equipment requires clear, unencumbered space around it. For inside units there must be at least 24” clearance in front of door access panel and 12” on the sides.  For outside units there should be 36” around the front of the unit, 12” on the sides and 4’ free space above the unit.

Prevention

To keep Carbon Moxide as minimal as possible, make sure there is plenty of ventilation and air flow throughout your home. Keep your all your vents, air returns, filters and equipment clean and clear from debris and blockages. HEPA Air Filter   Make certain that all appliances and equipment are in proper working order. Allow fresh air into the home whenever possible. Change air filters often, at least every three months or every month if you have high traffic or pets. Use high quality HEPA filters or filters with MERV 13 ratings (for residential) are best. For More Information

Testing

The best method for testing would be installation of carbon monoxide detectors. They are relatively inexpensive devices which are readily available and should be placed on each floor of the home. Carbon Monoxide Alarm Air quality test by professional air testing company. Air Doctor Heating and Air can assist you with your HVAC equipment to ensure it is able to operate at it’s fullest and highest efficiency. Licensed and proudly serving Maryland and West Virginia From Mt Airy, MD to Hedgesville, WV and all surrounding areas. Call or text us at 301-799-7200 or Contact Us

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