When you think of your A/C unit, you’re really only talking about 50% of what HVAC is really about. Your HVAC unit should be keeping you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter right? WRONG! The system is much more complex than that. Your HVAC system should also rotate and circulate air, along with purifying and keeping air flow clean, maintained and at healthy levels.

So why do we ONLY focus on Heating & Cooling instead of Ventilation & Air Quality…

For families of technicians and people that work within the home services & construction industry, air ventilation and air quality has always been a priority. That’s why when COVID-19 first fizzled on the airways, most HVAC companies invested and implemented whole home purification systems to ensure that the air quality within their quarantined quarters wasn’t compromised and they also advocated for clean air. Mommy Groups from all over the nation were approached by gorilla marketing efforts from LadyPros and other women from these industries advocating for safer homes and spaces by implementing safe solutions like the AccuCleanWhole-home Air CleaneriWave-RAir Scrubbers and REME Halos. The value of fresh air exchange or fresh clean air ventilation means that breathing quality indoor air is critical for good health. Most Americans spend a significant amount of time indoors—either in the home, office or other types of buildings—where gases, chemicals and other pollutants can cause headaches, eye irritation, allergies and fatigue – not to mention viruses and bacterias. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the immediate effects of poor indoor air quality will have health effects show up shortly after a single exposure or repeated exposures to a pollutant. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person’s exposure to the source of the pollution, if it can be identified. Soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants, symptoms of some diseases such as asthma may show up, be aggravated or worsened. Certain immediate effects are similar to those from colds or other viral diseases, so it is often difficult to determine if the symptoms are a result of exposure to indoor air pollution. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to the time and place symptoms occur. If the symptoms fade or go away when a person is away from the area, for example, an effort should be made to identify indoor air sources that may be possible causes. Some effects may be made worse by an inadequate supply of outdoor air coming indoors or from the heating, cooling or humidity conditions prevalent indoors.

What are some Long-Term Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality….
According to the EPA, other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable. While pollutants commonly found in indoor air can cause many harmful effects, there is considerable uncertainty about what concentrations or periods of exposure are necessary to produce specific health problems. People also react very differently to exposure to indoor air pollutants. The likelihood of immediate reactions to indoor air pollutants depends on several factors including age and preexisting medical conditions. In some cases, whether a person reacts to a pollutant depends on individual sensitivity, which varies tremendously from person to person. Some people can become sensitized to biological or chemical pollutants after repeated or high level exposures. So years from now, when you feel like you have sensitive air-pathways, remember that you spent a significant time indoors  under quarantined conditions which may have led to these conditions instead of actual exposure to COVID-19.

So what should be done to ensure your comfort isn’t compromised and you’re safe…
That’s easy – let the experts handle it – give us a call today 208-246-9716

 

 

Sources:
https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/introduction-indoor-air-quality
https://www.electricianoncall.com/post/can-indoor-air-quality-management-cure-or-fight-against-covid-19

https://www.rgf.com/article/hydro-peroxide-for-iaq/
https://www.rgf.com/products/air/reme-halo/
http://www.iwaveair.com/products/iwave-r
http://www.iwaveair.com/#advantage
http://www.iwaveair.com/#how
https://www.rgf.com/air-purification/resources/#REME
https://www.rgf.com/air-purification/resources/#PHI-Photohydroionization

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It’s hot outside and your AC is not blowing cold air like you expect it to.  This may happen for several reasons, but here are some common culprits:

Air Filter Problems

A clogged air filter can also create an opportunity for the flow of air to become slow.  This is because the accumulated debris prevents air from flowing through the filter media as easily as was the case when the filter was still new. Cleaning out or replacing such a dirty filter can cause the AC to blow harder.

The problem could also be due to the use of an incorrect filter for the AC in your home. Air filters have a rating for the amount of air that they can let through every hour. Installing a filter that isn’t rated for your HVAC system can slow down the flow of air around the home.

Make sure that you bought the correct type of filter for your AC by checking the user manual that came with the air conditioning unit in your home. Replace that filter with an appropriate one so that the airflow challenge is fixed.

Blower Malfunctions

The blower of the air conditioning system is responsible for forcing air to flow throughout the ductwork in your home. Any defect in the blower will result in a weakened flow of air to the different sections of your home. The blower may have been clogged by dirt to the extent that the blades cannot move freely. A thorough cleaning can fix this problem and get the blower working again.

However, you may need to have the blower motor replaced in case the motor has aged and can no longer work. This replacement project should be done by a HVAC repair technician since the process is too complicated for a layperson to perform.

A Frozen Evaporator Coil

The air conditioning system supplies cool air by passing the warm air from your home over the evaporator coil in the outdoor unit of that AC. Anything which affects this cooling process can cause a weak airflow. For example, a refrigerant leak can cause ice to form on the evaporator coil. Consequently, it will be harder for air to flow over that evaporator coil. You will then notice that the flow of air from the vents is weak.

Similarly, dirt can also accumulate on the evaporator coil and restrict the flow of air over that coil. This problem will keep worsening until the evaporator coil fails completely due to the accumulation of heat around it. Start by turning the AC unit off in order to allow the ice on the evaporator coil to melt. Next, use a soft-bristled brush to clean off any dirt which may be on the evaporator coil. Turn the unit back on and observe whether the airflow improves. Give us a call if the problem persists.

As you can see, some of the reasons for poor airflow can be fixed by a homeowner while others require expert help.

If you have questions or concerns about the performance of your air conditioner, give us a call today!

Why is my AC not blowing cold air?

It’s hot outside and your AC is not blowing cold air like you expect it to.  This may happen for several reasons, but here are some common culprits: Air Filter Problems A clogged air filter can also create an opportunity for the flow of air […]

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Your HVAC system is an essential part of creating the comfort you want in your home. Regardless of the temperature or weather conditions in the Treasure Valley, you don’t want to take your home’s heating and cooling system for granted. If you’renot getting the comfort and operating efficiency you deserve from your HVAC system, we have some solutions for you.  Let’s explore some HVAC system add-ons that can help you reduce your utility bills, ease allergies, control home temperatures, and more.

 

Wi-Fi Thermostat

Homes everywhere are still equipped with old fashioned thermostats that you have to turn on and off manually.  For the last several years, Wi-Fi thermostats like Ecobee or the Google Nest are making it much more convenient to turn on the AC.  After we install for you, download the app, then enjoy the ease of operating your AC from the comfort of your Lazy Boy chair in the living room.   Heck, as long as you have connectivity, you can change the temperature of your home from anywhere in the world!  This is a state-of-the-art AC enhancement.

Air Purification as an AC Enhancement

Everyone wants to breathe in nice clean air in their home.  The filter you change out every couple of months is keeping the big particles of air from entering the mechanical part of your HVAC system.  But it’s not going to be able to get rid of tiny single-cell viruses, multi-cell bacteria, mold, and spores that develop in many homes all around town.  Getting an air purification device is the AC enhancement that addresses this.  There are different technologies to choose from, but once you narrow it down to the one you want, we know you will be breathing much cleaner air in your home every day.  We love the Air Scrubber Plus and the American Standard AccuClean Air Filtration System.

Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air to help you feel more comfortable during humid summer days. Excess moisture in the air creates favorable conditions for biological growth to form. When the air is persistently damp, your home can develop unpleasant musty odors. If you’ve struggled to keep your home from feeling too humid, a dehumidifier can help.

If you’d like to have a conversation with us about any of these items for your AC system, click on the Book Now button at the top of the page to set up an appointment at your convenience.  We love these enhancements and use them in our own homes.

Great Air Conditioning Enhancements

Your HVAC system is an essential part of creating the comfort you want in your home. Regardless of the temperature or weather conditions in the Treasure Valley, you don’t want to take your home’s heating and cooling system for granted. If you’renot getting the comfort and […]

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