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How Can We Improve The Air Quality?

How Can We Improve The Air Quality?

Studies show that indoor air pollution, often caused by dust mites and mold, can be up to ten times greater than outdoor pollution. The following tips can help improve the air quality in your home. Keep your thermostat set above sixty-five degrees in the winter If you set it too low, you encourage the growth of mold in moist air. The heat dries out the air and prevents the growth of mold and air pollution. Avoid the outdoors in the morning Not only do many trees discharge their pollen in the air at first light, but most people with allergies experience more itching and sneezing in the morning. Ragweed pollen tends to fly most thickly at midday when it will stick to your clothes and find its way indoors. If there is something you want to do outdoors in the morning, try to do it later in the day. Water indoor plants cautiously Overwatering your indoor plants can contribute to the growth of mold, and any water that leaks on to the floor invites mold growth as well. Place pebbles on top of the dirt to discourage mold spores from getting into and polluting the air. Wash your beddings and shower curtains in hot water This is the best way to kill those bothersome tiny dust mites that love your bed even more than you do. This adds to the air pollution in your bedroom and home. For your shower curtains, wash them in hot water and bleach on a monthly basis or just use cheap shower liners that you can replace every so often. To help stop mold...
Why Is My Furnace So Loud?

Why Is My Furnace So Loud?

There is the normal sound produced by your furnace while in operation. However, this is not as loud and remains constant throughout. When this changes to a loud and unbearable noise, there is something amiss with your furnace.   Some furnace sounds such as whistling are common and a quick problem to fix.  However, loud bang sound on ignition is a cause for alarm. In case you are not sure what to make of the unusual sound, call on an expert for proper diagnosis and repairs.   Unlike other DIY projects, furnace installation and repair should be handled by an expert. This ensures the unit is properly connected for optimum performance and safety.   Type of Furnace Noises and How to Stop Them   Whistling –The Whistling sound is caused as a result of problems in the filter. The filter functions to stop dirt and debris from getting into the furnace. It becomes clogged and forced to suck in air from other openings. This is what causes the whistling noise. To stop these, simply replace your filters with new ones. Rattling and vibrations – This indicate loose parts in the units. Since the unit is made of several components in constant motion, with time the parts become loose. You should insect where the noise is coming from and fix these lose parts to stop the rattling sound.   Scraping noises – This is caused by a loose blower belt or blower bearings. The blower is responsible for forcing warm air from the blower into the ducts of your house. The bearings need lubrication from time to time to prevent...
Is your A/C pushing stinky air?

Is your A/C pushing stinky air?

A foul smell in your home emanating from the AC is unpleasant as it is surprising. The fouls smell can either me musty or rotten egg smell which is unbearable. The musty smell is a result of mould and mildew in your AC unit. Rotten egg smell indicates a dead pest in your system.   Your AC should not be producing any smell. It should be circulating fresh, cool air instead. Sometimes the cause of the foul smell is out of our own doing Fir instance, setting your AC to low constantly inhibit its ability to dehumidify the air. As a result, mould and mildew start to grow. Installing a large AC in a small house also affects its perfomance.   Types of AC Foul Smells and Their Causes. Understanding the root cause of the foul smell from your AC is the key step in finding a lasting solution. As a user, you can only identify the nature of smell but may not be quite sure of the cause. Below are some potential causes of the foul smell from your AC.   Ingrown mould and mildew in the system – Mould and mildew thrive in damp areas. When the AC is not able to properly drain its condensed water from the system. This causes the water to clog the ducts breeding mould. You will begin to notice a musty smell coming from your AC. Dead animals such as rat and mice in the system – If you have a pest problem in your home, it is likely to spread into your AC and ventilation units. Dead pests such as...
Tips for AC Care

Tips for AC Care

Air conditioning makes it possible to regulate the temperatures in our homes or work place for the desired effect. During summer, it becomes extremely hot making it unbearable to sit in closed spaces. At this time, you will probably need a fan to keep yourself cool. If you have air conditioning installed in your home or office, you will be able to enjoy a cool environment even on hot days. Air conditioning work to exchange heat and dehumidify air as it cools. They can be installed at home and in commercial spaces. They help maintain low temperatures and a dry environment needed for rooms with bulk heating electrical appliances. To keep your space cool and dry, installing air conditioning is the first step. But like all other systems, it requires maintenance and care for optimal performance. These are the tips to care for your AC and keep it running efficiently. work on compress Prevent leakage of the refrigerant – AC works on compressor based refrigerants to keep your environment cool and dry. If there is leakage of this refrigerant, the AC will not perform as it should. If you notice leakage of this, seek a professional for repairs. Check your thermostat – The thermostat is the device that has all your AC settings for you to configure accordingly. It can be manual or automated depending on make. If the thermostat is faulty, setting your AC will be a challenge or impossible. You can also choose to replace your manual thermostat with an automated one which does not require your settings. Clean out your filters regularly – Filters facilitate the...

Reducing Allergens in the Home

Allergens can be quite irritating. They settle on an assortment of surfaces in your home and make you and your family uncomfortable. Airborne particles like mold, dust mites and dander make air unhealthy and lead to sneezing, coughing, runny noses, itchy throats, and red eyes. Spring is a lovely season but an allergy season as well so if you’re one of those people with seasonal allergies, you do not have to suffer from a stuffy nose or itchy eyes in your home. HVAC contractor services in Mississauga can significantly reduce allergy symptoms by keeping out and removing common allergens such as pollen and mold. The following tips will keep you breathing easy. Invest in quality filters Air filters are the key line of protection when it comes to indoor air quality. Timeworn air conditioner filters reduce the constructive effects of running your AC to purify the air in your home and reduce humidity. MERVs usually measure filters with their level of particle filtration of twenty rating being the highest so far. Find a filter with a MERV rating of at least eight so that it can trap smaller particles. Cleaning your filters regularly helps inhibit pollen and dust build-up. Inspect your filters every month and replace them once every three months. A dirty furnace filter won’t trap debris and dirt and could ultimately make your system less efficient. Calling a professional to change your filters and perform a complete AC duct cleaning to start the spring season will improve your indoor air quality and extend the life of your HVAC unit as well. Clean your external and internal units...
The Difference Between Commercial & ResidentHVAC Systemsial

The Difference Between Commercial & ResidentHVAC Systemsial

HVAC refers to heating, ventilation and air condition systems. These systems are set up on residential and commercial buildings to regulate the temperatures of these environments. Most residential and commercial buildings install HVAC systems to regulate temperatures especially during summer as it can be unbearably hot and humid. These systems require technical knowledge and skills for proper installation. Depending on the needs, the systems are adapted differently. While the mechanism is the same for both residential and commercial HVAC systems, there are a few distinguishing differences between the two. Size and Complexity – Residential HVAC systems are much smaller and compact unlike the commercial ones. Residential HVAC systems serve single users while the commercial ones serve multiple users. In terms of complexity, residential systems are simple in specs and installation compared to the commercial systems. Commercial systems are built to accommodate multiple users hence not an alternative for residential purposes. Same applies to residential systems. They will not work for commercial uses. In terms of functionality, commercial systems are super powerful compared to residential systems. Their capacity is also not limited unlike their residential counterparts. Installation and location – Residential HVAC systems are installed inside the homes with just the external unit left outside. This is due to their small and compact design which takes up minimal space. Commercial systems are mainly installed on the rooftops of commercial buildings as they take up too much space and produce a lot of notice that would otherwise be a disturbance. Their installation on top of buildings also limits any interference that would offset their performance. In case of repair and maintenance,...
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