Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Indoor Air Quality’

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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Could Professional Duct Cleaning Really Help Your Home?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

duct-cleaning-brushChanging the air filter in your heating and air conditioning systems is not enough to make the air clean. Many homeowners who notice problems with their indoor air quality need separate air filtration and air purification systems to control allergies and asthma. But in some homes, dirty ducts contribute to the problem, and an air filtration system cannot do much to help.

If this is true for your home, professional duct cleaning is the best path to travel. Not sure if it’s worth it? Read on to find out how professional duct cleaning may help you, and call our experts for more information.

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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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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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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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3 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Friday, June 13th, 2014

In Reading, MA, we have it all: dry cold in winter, sticky humidity in summer and allergies from spring to fall. All of these things can be a problem indoors, too. Since 1987, Basnett Plumbing & Heating has been helping customers in the Metro West area achieve the level of indoor air quality they need to be comfortable and healthy. Does your indoor air quality in Reading need improvement? Let us demonstrate 3 ways you can use your cooling system to improve your Reading indoor air quality:

#1: Dehumidifier

It’s no secret that eastern Massachusetts can get very hot and humid in the summer, particularly in July and August. When it gets excessively humid outside, your air conditioner has to work extra hard to keep things cool inside. One way to help both yourself and your air conditioner work better during humid stretches of weather is to install a whole-home dehumidifier.

A whole-home dehumidifier removes excess humidity from the air, helping lift the load from your air conditioner. A whole-home dehumidifier can also help reduce mold growth, the proliferation of dust mites, and increase your indoor comfort level.

#2: Air Filter

Your air conditioning system comes with a built-in air filter, but the job of this filter is to help stop dirt and dust from entering your air conditioning system – not improve the air quality. So, if you suffer from allergies or sensitivities to air pollution, this air filter will not assist you very much. By adding a more efficient air filter to your air conditioner, you will be able to screen out allergens like pollen, pet dander, mold spores and other microbes that can be a problem for the allergy sufferers in your home.

#3: UV Germicidal Lights

Do you have concerns about bacteria and mold coming through your air conditioning system? Then you may want to consider the installation of UV germicidal lights to your air conditioner. UV germicidal lights are installed in your indoor unit, above the coils. The UV light effectively kills 99.9% of all viruses, bacteria and mold, making it a very healthy addition to your air conditioning system.

Breathe Better, Live Healthier

You spend a lot of time in your home, so it makes sense that your indoor air quality should be where you need and want it to be.

Let Basnett Plumbing & Heating help you improve your indoor air quality in Reading with one of our many tried and true techniques – call us for an appointment today!

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Lunenburg HVAC Question: What Does the EPA Do for Indoor Air Quality

Monday, July 30th, 2012

There are a number of agencies in the United States dedicated to protecting the health and wellbeing of citizens. What does that mean for you in Lunenburg? It means many of the rules and regulations related to indoor air quality are directly overseen by the EPA and the US government. For a better idea of how this impacts your currently lifestyle, here’s a quick look at what the EPA does.

Formation

The Environmental Protection Agency was formed in 1970 by Richard Nixon and the US Congress to oversee the regulation and oversight of air, water, land and hazardous waste. In short, the EPA works to keep our environment clean and safe.

The EPA and Homeowners

While much of what the EPA does relates to corporate pollution, regulations for manufacturing and consumer products, and development of safe methods of production for things like oil, food and water, the EPA has a big hand in ensuring your home stays safe.

Specifically, the EPA started and oversees the Energy Star program to help consumers purchase appliances and HVAC systems that use the least possible energy. Additionally, the EPA oversees the measurements and minimum requirements for home insulation and ventilation. This has as direct impact on indoor air quality.

Current EPA regulations are based on the ASHRAE Standards for low rise buildings and has been revised in the last two decades to ensure proper ventilation and insulation to reduce energy waste and maintain clean, fresh air.

The clean air act has a big impact on how homes are ventilated and maintained and the EPA does a lot of public service work to educate the public on ways to stay safe, including a recent campaign to get your home tested for radon – a potentially life threatening gas that can exist in any home, regardless of age.

Getting to Know the EPA

If you have an indoor air quality problem in Lunenburg, one of the best resources on the Internet is the EPA’s indoor air quality website. It contains laws and regulations that impact your home (if you plan on remodeling or adding on to your home) and dozens of resources for testing and understanding the levels of pollutants in your home. For more information about keeping your indoor air clean, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating!

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