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Is Your Heater Hurting Home Humidity?

Monday, January 20th, 2020

white-question-mark-in-blue-circleThe ambiguous answer to this is “yes, but also no.”

Bear with us! We get it—many homeowners think that running their forced-air heating system lowers humidity even more, and they may start even using their heaters less because of it. Dry air is absolutely uncomfortable and even unhealthy, but restricting the use of your heater won’t help you feel more comfortable.

Modern home construction has made our residences tightly sealed up against the elements. This impacts many common indoor air quality problems like dust and dirt buildup. But it also means that the air within our homes can become dry and stale. One solution to this problem is the addition of a whole-house humidifier, which we’ll touch on more below!

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Do You Really Need Air Duct Cleaning?

Monday, October 29th, 2018

We often get the question from our clients, “well, do I really need a duct cleaning?” the answer is no. If you’re fine with breathing in contaminants, feeling colder all winter, and paying more than necessary for your HVAC services you can continue along without a duct cleaning. If you’d like to avoid these detriments, an air duct cleaning is a simple way to boost your indoor air quality.

Your indoor air quality directly impacts the quality of your home, your health, and your comfort. It’s always a good idea to have a professional duct cleaning from a member of our conscientious team. If you need a thorough duct cleaning in Florence, OR contact our team. If you’d like to know the various benefits of duct cleaning, keep reading below.

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Why Cold Weather is Hard on Indoor Air Quality

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Happy Latin American family with a dog at home playing in the backyard and looking at the camera smilingDon’t let the cold weather of fall and winter here in Springfield negatively affect your indoor air quality. It’s important to think about your indoor air quality especially during these dry, cold months in Oregon. You may not realize how much these weather conditions exacerbate existing respiratory problems and cold or flu symptoms. There are simple steps you can take to increase your comfort. If you want to improve your indoor air quality this season, you might want to consider a humidifier for your Springfield, OR home. We ensure that all our service technicians are educated and equipped to handle all types of indoor air quality issues.

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Is Duct Cleaning Actually Beneficial?

Monday, May 14th, 2018

inside-air-ductIf you’ve looked around our website at the many residential services we offer our customers, you may have noticed that you can schedule duct cleaning in Eugene, OR, or elsewhere in our service area for your home’s ventilation system. A common reaction people have to seeing this service is to wonder if it’s useful at all.

We understand why homeowners may be skeptical. For one thing, ducts are out of sight—and that often means they’re out of mind. People rarely give much thought to what’s inside their ducts. There are also a number of non-professionals who offer duct cleaning at suspiciously low costs. “Suspiciously” is right: these aren’t real duct cleaning, only a quick vacuum job that doesn’t do much good.

Thorough duct cleaning from professionals using the finest equipment can provide a home with many benefits. Here are some of the ways regular duct cleaning (done every 3 to 5 years) with our pros is beneficial:

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Will Air Filters Create Trouble for My Air Conditioner?

Monday, October 16th, 2017

pleated-air-filterYou may have heard about the problems of low indoor air quality in many homes. These aren’t alarmist warnings: the EPA has determined that poor IAQ in buildings is a significant health hazard across the country. In fact, the air inside a building—and this includes your cozy, happy home—can be as much as three to four times worse than the air outside.

One of the basic solutions to poor IAQ for a home is to remove harmful particles moving through the ventilation system with a set of air filters. It takes special filters dedicated to air quality improvements for this job. But this raises a concern that the filters may end up making the air conditioner’s job harder (and eventually the heater’s job). Is there any truth to this?

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Get a Head Start on Flu Season This Fall with a UV Air Purifier

Monday, September 4th, 2017

UV-air-purifier-lightEven in the last days of summer, it’s hard to get our minds away from the warm weather and think about the cold season that’s soon coming our way. It’s also difficult to think about the flu and other illnesses that start to peak during the winter and which can make life miserable. According to the Center for Disease Control, flu activity starts to pick up in October and builds to a peak in February. (And once that’s over, it’s the start of allergy season, which is a whole other story.)

People often armor themselves against getting sick with flu shots during the fall. This is an effective precaution, but it’s only one step you can take. During this autumn, we recommend you armor up your house against the flu and other microbes (as well as molds and bacteria) by arranging to have a special type of air purifier installed: a UV air purifier.

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Duct Sealing: It’s Not a Job for Duct Tape!

Monday, May 1st, 2017

ducts-in-atticEveryone is getting ready for the coming of summer weather around here, and that means taking care of air conditioning maintenance jobs, both for homes and businesses. Maintaining your air conditioner with the help of our skilled technicians is the best way to ensure an AC that works without fault over the summer and won’t cost more to run than it should.

But there’s more to keeping your AC energy efficient than seeing it’s properly maintained. One of the big “energy thieves” in homes comes from leaks in the ductwork, and it’s something that people often don’t think about. Proper duct sealing from ventilation professionals can stop your HVAC system from losing from 20% to 30% of the air moving through it. Think about what that means: that’s air you pay to cool in the summer (or heat during the winter) that simply goes to waste. With the ducts sealed up, you’ll see significant savings on your monthly energy bills.

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Air Filters vs. Air Cleaners: Which Should You Get?

Monday, January 16th, 2017

There are different ways to remove unwanted particles from circulating around your home, creating discomfort and health troubles. The two broadest categories are mechanical air filters and electronic air cleaners. If you want better air for your household, you might wonder which of the two is the best to have installed.

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Why Indoor Air Quality Is Crucial During the Winter

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Poor indoor air quality in a home can be a problem any time of the year. A fact of modern homes is that they are built to be more airtight than ever before, which makes them easier to efficiently heat and cool. There’s little chance for heat to escape during cold weather or for it slip in during hot weather. But this sealing means less fresh air moving through the rooms, and subsequently a drop in indoor quality.

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You Have Leaky Air Ducts! Here’s How You Can Tell…

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Ventilation ducts with air leaks are a major source of air conditioning and heating inefficiency in homes. In fact, the ductwork can lose up to 30% of the air moving through it due to small gaps and holes. If your ducts are suffering from air leaks, you’ll want to have professionals seal them up and restore the HVAC system to full efficiency. (Yes, you must have professionals handle this job; store-bought duct tape will not take care of it!)

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