Atlantic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Indoor Air Quality’

Indoor Air Quality Products Make for a Healthier Home

Monday, January 11th, 2016

If you or someone in your family suffers from a condition like asthma, you know how important indoor air quality can be. Winters in Dover, DE lead to dry air – enhancing the chances of an asthma attack – while spring and summer bring high humidity and increased pollen count that can be just as bad. Your home should be a haven from those kinds of irritants, and with the installation of the right indoor air quality products. We’re provided a list of several below that you may want to consider.

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Avoid High Heating Bills This Christmas

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Dover, DE gets its share of snow and ice every Christmas, and with relatives coming over for the holiday season, your heater is apt to see a lot more use than it might otherwise. You never want to deal with faulty heating systems when you’re preparing a Christmas dinner or welcoming friends and family into your home, which is why now is the perfect time to cut down on those high heating bills. The steps you take today could make a big difference tomorrow, and ensure that high bills won’t put a pinch on your holiday cheer. Here’s a few tips on how to avoid high heating bills this Christmas.

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Energy Recovery Ventilators Improve Your Home’s Efficiency

Monday, November 16th, 2015

With winter on the way in Dover, DE, homeowners needs to consider every option in keeping their houses as energy efficient as possible. The better your home can retain its warm air – or cool air in the summertime – the more money you save on monthly energy bills and the less strain you put your heater and air conditioner under. There’s plenty of simple steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency, but one you might not have considered is an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) placed in your attic. We’re provided a quick outline of how it all works.

Ventilation without Loss of Temperature

The central purpose of an energy recovery ventilator is to swap out the stale air in your home with fresh air from outside, without losing the warmth (or coolness) your heater or air conditioner have worked so hard to provide. This is true year ‘round, but bears especial importance in the winter, when we shut out homes up tight to retain the heat. All of that stale air can force your heater to work harder to do its job – lowering humidity to unacceptable levels and forming a breeding ground for germs and bacteria to circulate endlessly. An ERV fixes that by linking two vents – one blowing fresh air in and the other blowing stale air out – to a heat exchanger in your attic. The air doesn’t co-mingle, but the heat exchanger pulls the heat out of the outgoing air and into the ingoing air.

What You Can Expect

As a result of this exchange, your air is refreshed and yet your household temperature remains the same. Even better the load on your heating system is reduced considerably, which means it doesn’t need to run as long to retain the warm temperatures in your home. Your monthly rates go down and your system doesn’t suffer from as much of a risk of a breakdown.

Atlantic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Inc. installs and services energy recovery ventilators.

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3 Upgrades for Your Air Conditioner This Fall

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Fall is officially here and that means your air conditioner will soon be taking a break for a few months while your heater takes over the duties of keeping your warm. That makes it the ideal time to consider changes and upgrades to your system to help it perform more effectively. Here in Dover, DE, there are a number of upgrades for your air conditioner you can consider this fall. They will help your system last longer and perform more efficiently, saving you money on monthly bills in the process. Here are three of them to consider.

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Why Do I Need a UV Air Purifier?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

If your family has recently added a newborn baby, you might have heard about UV air purifiers to elevate the level of cleanliness in your Dover, DE home. The same holds true for family members with asthma or similar lung conditions, or for elderly family members. Like newborns, they may have a decreased immune system, leaving them more vulnerable to colds, viruses and other infections. A UV air purifier makes a stalwart line of defense, and even if your family members are all healthy as horses, the system can be a good investment. How do they work and why would you need one? We’ve provided a quick outline below.

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How Does Relative Humidity Affect Home Comfort?

Monday, August 31st, 2015

We live in Dover, DE, which means we’re no strangers to high humidity in the summer and low humidity in the winter. They can have a huge effect on your indoor air quality, almost as much as your air conditioner or heater. Indeed extreme humidity levels on both ends of the scale can force your HVAC system to work harder than it should, and increase the chances of a breakdown in the future. How does relative humidity affect home comfort? We’ve provided a quick breakdown below.

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3 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Monday, July 13th, 2015

No one likes to breathe dusty dirty air, and high humidity levels can create a gross clammy feeling in your home, as well as making the air feel warmer than it actually is. Dry air can cause your skin to itch and give you a nasty shock with static electricity, while germs and bacteria can spread illness and disease through your home. All of these are issues of indoor air quality, and while homeowners in Dover, DE, often focus on raising or lowering the temperature with their HAVC systems, IAQ can has just as much of an impact on the comfort of your household. The good news is that there are ways to improve your indoor air quality with the help of a professional technician. We’ve listed three of them below. Which one works best for you depends on your specific needs.

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What Is a UV Air Purifier?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

The air filter in your HVAC system probably does a good job of eliminating a large percentage of the most common particles found in homes and businesses. However, it may not be so effective at filtering out a number of the most dangerous pollutants, which are often too small for the common filter. This includes living microorganisms such as mold spores, bacteria, and viruses. A UV air purifier provides additional protection against such biological pollutants in order to prevent illness and ease allergies.

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Problems Caused by Low Indoor Air Quality

Monday, July 14th, 2014

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), low indoor air quality is currently one of the major health threats in the country. Because modern buildings have heavy heat sealing on them to conserve energy, very little fresh air can circulate indoors and clear out the stale air. The air that continues to circulate through a building’s HVAC system begins to collect dust, dirt, pollen, dander, dust mites, and other contaminants that have no way to escape except to return to the air that people inside the building breathe.

Your home can suffer from this problem, but you have options available to increase your indoor air quality. To find out some of the methods that will protect the your family’s health, contact our Dover, DE indoor air quality professionals at Atlantic Refrigeration.

The problems of a reduction in indoor air quality

  • Health issues: This is the primary concern of contamination in a home’s air. The EPA links low indoor air quality to a number of health problems, such as bronchitis and increases in asthma and allergy-related symptoms. Insomnia, skin- and eye-irritation, coughing, wheezing, congestion, lethargy, and headaches are also connected to drops in indoor air quality. People who already suffer from asthma and allergies are particularly susceptible to poor air in a home.
  • HVAC system inefficiency and malfunctions: The dust and dirt that collects inside the ventilation system of a home (the main reservoir of pollution) will create resistance against airflow from the heater and air conditioner. This will lead to an increase in utility bills as the system struggles to reach its expected level of heating or cooling. The contamination in the ductwork can also cause damage to the interior components and clog the air filter, leading to poor performance and unnecessary repairs.
  • Dusty and dirty home: The average amount of dust that a six room house circulates through its HVAC system each year is 40 lbs.! It won’t stay in the ventilation system either: that dust and dirt will settle all over a home, making it difficult to keep furnishings and floors clean. A house that seems to never stay dust-free for long, no matter how often you dust, is warning you that the air quality is poor and something needs to be done.

What you can do to raise your air quality

There are many ways to combat poor indoor air quality, and professionals like those at Atlantic Refrigeration can help you. Air filtration systems and electronic air purifiers can prevent particles from entering the air and the ventilation system. Energy recover ventilators and heat recovery ventilators allow fresh outdoor air into your home without losing energy and jeopardizing comfort. Duct testing and sealing can prevent excess contamination from entering the ductwork and subsequently into your home.

If you want to breather easier call our Dover, DE indoor air quality specialists today and get started with cleaning the air in your home.

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

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