Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

The Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality (and What You Can Do)

Monday, June 19th, 2017

woman-blowing-noseWe often hear about allergens in the outside air and how some days may be more problematic than others for those with allergies, asthma, and other conditions. However, conditions with the indoor air can be even worse. Part of this is because indoor air quality is not seasonal. Contaminants can stay trapped in your air and continuously circulate. They can even affect those without preexisting conditions, making your family members sick.

The effects of poor indoor air quality can be quite troublesome, but there may be something you can do. Talk to a local HVAC technician about getting a system that helps to filter or purify your air effectively. We’ll tell you more about this in the guide below.

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4 Air Quality Tips for Inside the Home

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

couple-on-sofaThere’s no place like home. It’s where you feel most comfortable, especially if you’ve got an air conditioning and heating system to get you through the toughest outdoor temperatures. Unfortunately, heating, AC, and a soft pillow are not the only factors you need when it comes to comfort.

Poor indoor air quality is common among households all across the country. Often, the air quality inside of a home is worse than the air quality outside of your house, even if you have an air filter you regularly change. But you can start to improve your indoor air quality by following some of our expert tips.

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Taking Control of Spring Allergies and Indoor Air Quality

Monday, March 13th, 2017

virus-bacteria-cells-illnessSpring allergies are on the way, if they haven’t hit you already. At this time of year, you might try to spend as much time indoors as possible, in order to avoid any potential allergens. But as it turns out, your indoor air quality may do a lot to worsen your symptoms.

When you shut the doors and close the windows tightly, running your heating and AC equipment, particulate in the air simply gets a chance to recirculate, aggravating your preexisting symptoms. Take control of indoor allergies by dealing with the problem where you can. Follow these steps to improve your indoor air quality and help lessen the severity of your seasonal coughing and sneezing.

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Finally—Get Your Indoor Air Quality Under Control

Monday, February 13th, 2017

sneeze-indoor-air-qualitySeasonal allergies are a bother. It may seem like every time you step outdoors, you start sneezing and coughing, and it can be tough to get under control. But what’s even worse is when these allergies follow you indoors.

Poor indoor air quality is a major problem across the US, especially in climates where extreme temperatures force us to close up the house and blast the heating system (or AC in the summer). That keeps your heating and AC units running efficiently, but it also means that any contaminants floating around in the air in your home have a chance to recirculate.

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3 Surprising Things that Lower Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, November 14th, 2016

When you have someone in the family with allergies or asthma, you’ll do whatever you can to make sure they are healthy. But that’s not always easy when contaminants in the air are causing the trouble. It’s certainly difficult to control indoor air pollutants. But you might be surprised to learn that correcting these common issues can help.

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Cold and Flu Viruses Are No Match for a UV Air Purifier

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Cold and flu season is here, and that means you start to do everything you can to keep your family healthy. From stocking up on medicine to insisting that everyone gets plenty of vitamin C, you’re doing everything you can, but it won’t stop the germs from spreading around.

In your own home, however, there may be something you can do. Adding a UV air purifier to your HVAC (heating and air conditioning) system can do a lot for your home and family for years to come.

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Your Home’s Air Filter: Does It Really Help with Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, October 31st, 2016

A furnace uses a blower fan to suck in air from around your home and then move this air past a heat exchanger before it enters your home. As it sucks in air, the blower fan could also bring in large particles that would damage the furnace. That’s why you have an air filter.

You probably know that there is an air filter in the furnace that you are supposed to change every month or so. And we hope you do—neglecting to change the filter can cause clogs that restrict airflow, overworking your furnace, reducing efficiency, and eventually leading to repair issues.

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Can a Dehumidifier Help Your Air Conditioning System?

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Some amount of water vapor in the air is necessary for your comfort. Air that is too dry makes your lips feel chapped and dries out your skin. But air that is too humid can also cause some problems. High levels of humidity…

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Upgrading Your Air Filter for Springtime

Monday, April 25th, 2016

One of the most important things you can do for your air conditioner is to change the air filter every month (or, at the most, every three months). However, in the springtime, that typical air filter that comes with most air conditioners and heaters might not be enough. Your allergies are worst around this time, and the standard air filter wasn’t necessarily designed for allergy relief, but to protect the AC and heating systems from incoming debris.

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The Importance of Air Filter Replacement

Monday, April 11th, 2016

One of the things we stress to homeowners time and time again is how important it is to change the air filter in the heating and air conditioning system about once a month. Now that it’s springtime, there are lots of allergens in the air, and it’s more important than ever if you’re concerned about your health. And while this is certainly good motivation to change your filter, it is by no means the only reason to complete this important monthly task.

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