Professional Heating & Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

How to Tell It’s Time for Duct Sealing

Monday, January 7th, 2019

duct-sealingIn the world of HVAC, air is money. You might as well imagine that every time your heater or air conditioner comes on, your dollar bills and quarters are shooting through the air ducts.

And if you keep on imagining that, add in the idea that your ducts could have holes and leaks in it. Your money would go flying out of those holes!

The reality isn’t so different. It’s estimated that up to 30% of your air can be lost through the presence of leaks and disconnects in your ductwork. That’s nearly one-third of your entire heating bill!

The ducts are out of place and hard to see, so we understand that you won’t be able to see the ducts. Instead, we’ll give you some signs to look out for when determining if you need duct sealing.

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Dehumidifiers Benefit Air Conditioners and Your Home in General

Monday, August 7th, 2017

happy-family-dehumidifierHigh humidity levels are as much or a problem during our Louisiana summers as high temperatures. Muggy air can feel like a wall when you step out of your home, and cause a lot of problems if it takes place inside your home. A good air conditioner can address high humidity levels, but only crudely at best, and in the process can take on a lot more stress and strain than it should. Whole-house dehumidifiers, which area specifically build to handle muggy air, are usually a much better option than simply leaning on your AC.

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UV Air Purifiers Stop Germs and Mold

Monday, May 29th, 2017

UV-air-purifierLiving in Louisiana means dealing with high humidity as well as high temperatures, and that can lead to all kinds of unwelcome additions to you home. Germs, viruses, mold spores and bacteria seem to be everywhere during the humid summer months, and it can be a chore keeping them from gaining a foothold. Luckily, there’s an excellent means to keep those biological contaminants at bay: UV air purifiers to stop germs and mold.

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3 Ways to Control Spring Allergies

Monday, May 1st, 2017

sick-woman-blowing-noseSpring has arrived, and with it means blooming flowers, high humidity and lots of pollen in the air. Spring allergies can be terrible for a household with sensitive family members, and to some extent, you can’t avoid them. But a centralized heating and air conditioning system can prove exceedingly adept at controlling spring allergies, thanks to timely upgrades and additions performed by a rained technician. Depending upon your needs, they may be just the thing to stop your spring allergy problem cold.

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Signs of a Breach in Your Ducts

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Air-DuctsMost homes in the area use centralized heating and air conditioning systems: generating warm or cool air in a single spot and then distributing it through your home using a system of ducts. The ducts themselves thus become an important part of your HVAC system, and when they run into trouble, they need to be treated with the same seriousness that any other issue is. Duct breaches and leaks rank among the most common problems with duct systems. The good news is that a qualified HVAC repair technician can usually correct the problem, provided you can spot the signs and give them a call.

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Control Humidity Levels in Your Home

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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Humidity levels can be just as trying as high temperatures in Louisiana, and while most local homes are focused on temperature control during our steamy summer months, muggy weather can be just as devastating as hot weather. People tend to lean on their air conditioners to take care of the problem, and while that works – crudely – it also adds a great deal of strain to your system. A better solution is the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier to control humidity levels. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it all works.

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Signs of a Duct Breach or Leak

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Most folks in the Walker, LA area rely on a system of ducts to move conditioned air (whether hot or cold) from their HVAC system into the rest of their home. It’s a safe and effective way to make sure your household is comfortable, and with the ducts themselves usually hidden behind walls on in spaces like the attic, damage to them is relatively uncommon. Sometimes leaks do spring up, however, and worn bolts or damage from other sources could open up a breach in your duct systems. This is a significant problem since it leeches your system of efficiency: raising your monthly bills and adding strain to other components in your system that can increase the likelihood of a breakdown. But how do you spot a breach if it’s hidden in an out-of-the-way location? Here’s a brief list of symptoms for you to look for.

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Install UV Germicidal Lights and Cut Down in Winter Colds

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Wintertime in Covington, LA is much warmer than it is elsewhere in the country, but that doesn’t mean we don’t experience our share of winter colds and illnesses. Rainfall drops slightly in the winter months, but we still get our share of wet days, which makes an ideal breeding ground for germs and bacteria. If you want to keep your family safe and healthy this holiday season, you should consider the implementation of additional safeguards in your home”: specifically a set of UV germicidal lights in your HVAC system. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference they make.

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How do UV Germicidal Lights Work?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Summers in Hammond, LA are full of high humidity, bacteria growth and the slow spread of germs and illnesses everywhere you turn. It can be tough keeping them at bay in your home, even with a quality air filter in your HVAC system. If you want to treat germs and bacteria in your home, consider the installation of a UV germicidal lights. How do UV germicidal lights work? Here’s a quick primer.

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The Benefits of a Dehumidifier

Monday, July 4th, 2016

If you live in Walker, LA, you don’t have to be told how much of a problem high humidity levels and be in the summertime. The moist air can feel like a wall, and if you can’t address the condition appropriately, then your home is apt to be adversely affected in a number of ways. High humidity prevents sweat from evaporating off of your body, making it feel hotter than it is and forcing your air conditioner to work harder than it should. 

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