3 Advantages of Changing Your Air Filter

June 10, 2019

Changing your AC filter is a key step in maintaining a healthy, energy-efficient air conditioner. As air filters become dirty, your air conditioner must work harder to force air through the system. This impacts everything from your AC’s efficiency to the cost of your energy bills. Not to mention, a dirty air filter may lead to mechanical problems that can be costly to fix. Take a look at our top three benefits of changing your air filter: 1. Fewer Breakdowns and Costly Repairs As air filters reach the end of their natural lifespan, they can begin to deteriorate and release fibers and debris back into your air conditioner. As this debris builds up in the machinery, it reduces the unit’s performance and can even lead to mechanical failures. Regularly changing your air filter is a simple and affordable way to avoid costly fixes in the future. 2. Purer Indoor Air Quality As the air filter catches dust and debris from the air, it reduces the amount that you and your family would otherwise breathe in daily. All that debris eventually takes a toll on the air filter as it becomes clogged to the point where it can’t clean the air...

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How to Maintain Superior Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

May 22, 2019

Creating and maintaining great indoor air quality does not require spending a small fortune. Much of it happens by making small changes throughout your home and choosing the right products to use on a daily basis. Below are a few ideas to get you started. Monitor the Additives to Your Air It seems that all types of cleaners and household products emit some sort of scent that could begin to bring down the quality of your indoor air. Additionally, smoking indoors and not having things like a gas furnace properly vented can add to a buildup of odors and pollutants in the air you breathe. To combat these issues, you can purchase and use as many products as you can that are free of scents and odors. You should also operate vent fans when in the bathroom or cooking in the kitchen. Keep the Home Well-Ventilated and Balanced in Humidity As air-tight as most new homes are, it’s essential to have a way to properly ventilate your living space. Open windows on nice days that are low in pollen. Use ceiling fans to help keep good airflow throughout the home. You can also add a dehumidifier system when the air...

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Reasons Why Your AC Won’t Turn Off

April 17, 2019

Ideally, your air conditioner will only run when there is a need to reduce the air temperature and moisture content in a given space. However, there are times where it may continue to operate even when a room is already cool and dry. What are some steps to take when your air conditioning unit won’t turn off? Check for Excess Dirt or Debris When the air condenser coil is dirty or clogged, it can be forced to work harder to keep the room at your preferred temperature. Therefore, it may not be able to shut itself off for tangible periods of time or at all. At in Burbank, we can perform air conditioner maintenance such as cleaning or replacing a dirty or worn-out coil. We can also install or replace a unit that’s old or inefficient. Check the Temperature Setting The air conditioner will not stop running until it has cooled the air to your preferred temperature. If that setting is too low, then the air conditioner may not be able to stop running in order to keep the room at your target temperature. It’s worth noting that your unit may have to work harder on especially hot and humid...

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4 Impressive Benefits of Air Filtration

March 16, 2019

Maintaining the comfort of your home doesn’t just mean keeping the temperature at the right level. Anyone who enters or lives in your home, including your pets, can be affected by issues with indoor air quality. In fact, the EPA contends that indoor air is two to three times more polluted than outdoor air. So, if you have yet to explore your options with indoor air improvements, here are four impressive benefits of air filtration to consider. 1. Healthier and Cleaner Air An air filtration system can result in healthier and cleaner indoor environments for homeowners in Burbank, Thousand Oaks, and Beverly Hills. Air cleaners and purifiers with germicidal capabilities, in particular, can remove many of the pathogens that contribute to the common cold, certain forms of the flu, and various respiratory ailments. 2. Better Seasonal Allergy Control If you or someone in your household is affected by seasonal allergies, you may not be any better indoors than you are outdoors if you’re not breathing properly filtered air. An air cleaner or purifier can minimize or eliminate many common allergens or allergy triggers. 3. Fewer Lingering Odors From strong cooking odors to pet smells and anything that can fall in...

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How to Keep the Air Clean in Your Home

March 6, 2019

Indoor air pollution can be caused by a number of factors, including the presence of animals or old carpeting. Old ductwork or improperly maintained HVAC equipment could also play a role in creating indoor air pollution. Let’s take a look at how you can minimize or eliminate a potential danger to your health. Get an Indoor Air Quality Assessment To determine what may be causing issues with your home’s air quality, it can be a good idea to have an indoor air quality assessment performed. The professionals from in Burbank can determine what types of particles are in the air and why they are there. Afterward, they can make recommendations as to how to get rid of the pollutants. This could be done by installing a humidifier or dehumidifier. We can also repair any HVAC components that could be creating conditions ripe for mold or other types of mildew to form and thrive. Take Steps to Minimize Pet Hair and Dander Pet hair and dander can easily make their way to multiple rooms in a home. Therefore, it is a good idea to regularly brush your animals to keep shedding to a minimum. It is also a good idea to...

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Is a Humidifier Necessary During the Winter?

January 16, 2019

When the temperatures start to drop in winter, so does the humidity level. This is a natural phenomenon that occurs because cold air has a hard time holding on to moisture. Here in Southern California where the air is fairly dry, whole-house humidifiers might be helpful. There are certain situations that call for these devices or at least call for taking alternative measures to combat dry air. The Issues of Dry Air Low humidity can cause your skin to dry out. In addition to itchiness and sensitivity, dryness can lead to increased potential for nosebleeds, coughing, and sneezing. People with allergies are more susceptible to problems because allergens more readily travel through dry air. Furthermore, wood furniture and paint can tend to dry out and even crack when the humidity levels decrease. What You Can Do One option is to install a whole-house humidifier. A representative from in Burbank, CA, is available to discuss options. There are many different sizes, capabilities, and prices to consider. These whole-house units typically inject water vapor into the existing ductwork of a forced-air system. If you’d like something a little less involved, you can get a small, portable humidifier to use in certain rooms...

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How to Maintain Great Indoor Air Quality During the Winter Months

January 6, 2019

When the weather cools down, people start closing their windows and turning up the heat. Not only do we start to get less fresh air in the winter, but the air that we breathe inside our homes can also be compromised. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to maintain your air quality. Why Does Indoor Air Quality Get Affected in the Winter? In addition to the lack of circulation that often happens in the winter because everything is closed up tightly, the cool winter air can hold more allergens. Cold temperatures make it harder for the air to retain moisture, and dryer air does a better job of allowing particulates to flow through the area. These allergens, like dust and danger, can affect anyone, especially those with respiratory problems. Possible Solutions To prevent any problems from occurring, you can first keep your home as clean as possible. Regular vacuuming and dusting can remove a lot of things you don’t want floating around. You can also control any sources of poor air; replacing old appliances and using natural ingredients rather than toxic chemicals for cleaning are both good ideas. A larger-scale approach might be called for if you’re concerned...

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The Importance of Air Purification

September 30, 2018

There are many California residents who keep a watchful eye on the quality of the air outside their homes – but what about the air quality on the inside? Indoor air quality is something that many people overlook, but having poor air quality inside your home can be, in some cases, very dangerous for anyone living there. Here are some of the things you need to know about the quality of air in your home and the importance of keeping that indoor air clean and breathable. The Air in a Newly Built Home is More Likely to Contain Contaminants It might sound counterintuitive at first, but in actuality, the newer your home is, the more tightly it’s sealed against the elements. This is great for keeping out wind and rain and may also be helpful in conserving energy in general, but that tight seal works both ways – anything harmful that’s airborne inside your home also isn’t getting out. That means things like dust, pollen, smoke, mold spores, pet dander, viruses, and bacteria are all circulating inside your home. Breathing Contaminated Indoor Air is Very Dangerous According to the American Lung Association, the pollutants typically found in poor quality indoor...

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How Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality

September 18, 2018

Candles help create a romantic ambiance in a home. They add to the warmth of a home and help create a spa-like retreat. However, new research suggests that burning candles can generate indoor pollution in your home. Most candles on the market are made from paraffin, which is derived from petroleum. When burned, these candles release carcinogens into the air. Some of these toxins are the same ones that are produced when diesel fuel is burned. A study, conducted by scientists at the South Carolina State University, found that exposure to certain types of candles can be hazardous to human health. For the study, vegetable and paraffin-based candles were allowed to burn for six hours. The researchers then collected and tested substances released into the air. They discovered that the candles caused poor indoor air quality. Benzene, acrolein, and toluene were released into the air by the candles. All of these substances are toxic chemicals. Effects of Candle Pollution Candle pollution can be a real problem for people with respiratory problems, such as asthma and obstructive pulmonary disorders — especially if the candle is lit in an unventilated space. Besides pollution, candles cause other problems in a home. Candle soot...

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What Causes Indoor Air Quality Problems?

August 5, 2018

Problems with indoor air quality occurs when air pollutants contaminate indoor air. Unlike popular belief, indoor air pollution is more hazardous than outdoor air pollution. Air pollutants may cause health repercussions both short-term and long-term ranging from nausea and vomiting to serious respiratory diseases. Indoor air pollution sources surround us in our everyday activities. Here are some of these causes: Volatile Organic Compounds(VOC’s) Certain solids and liquids produce toxic gases. VOC’s are found in common household products such as paint, cleaning products, varnishes, building materials, glue, adhesive and some office equipment. Volatile organic compounds cause short-term effects such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is an odorless colorless gas produced by burning fossil fuels. It is emitted from defective furnaces, cigarettes, and automobiles. It is a toxic gas that causes unconsciousness, nausea and when too much even death. A carbon monoxide detector is needed to detect dangerous levels. Asbestos It’s one of the main causes of indoor air quality problems. It is found in materials used in automobiles and home construction. Asbestos is also found in paints, coatings, ceiling building materials and floor tiles. The risk of finding asbestos in a newer home is less than that...

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