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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.

Upgrade Your Heating System

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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

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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.

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.

Ominous Dangers of Space Heaters

by | Jan 28, 2019 | Indoor Air Quality | 17 comments

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. Yet there are many dangers to be aware of. Space Heaters cause an overwhelming number of house fires (over 25,000 residential fires per year) so great care must be taken when operating them.


The electric space heater must be specified they can be used indoors. They must be UL (underwriter’s laboratory) labeled and auto shut off if tipped over. Newer models carry these features. Important features to consider are:

  • UL Tested and Labeled
  • Auto Switch Off if tipped
  • Proper size for the room you intend to heat, check the manufacturer’s specs.
  • An overheat sensor which shuts off if the unit becomes too hot.
  • Variable settings to allow for minimal setting for desired level of heat

Some safety tips:

  • Only plug electric space heaters into wall outlets, never into an extension cord.
  • Place the heater on the level floor at least 3’ away from any carpets, furniture, curtains, fabric.
  • Do not leave on when unattended.
  • Make certain your smoke and fire detection equipment is operation, has batteries.
  • Oil filled units do not have an exposed element which can ignite airborne debris and can be safer to use.
  • Make sure the unit remains clean and free of debris and dirt, replace unit as needed.

Be safe and avoid Space Heater dangers. Electric space heaters can be costly to operate and pose a real fire and safety threat. Please exercise all caution when using this type of heating option. We at Air Doctor Heating and Air are here to help you heat your home safely.


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