Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Can a Heater Hurt Your Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, March 18th, 2019

technician-working-on-heaterWith some cold temperatures ahead before the official start of spring brings warmer weather, we’re still using our home heating systems on a pretty regular basis. Some homeowners try to use theirs less and less this time of the year, even if they’re cold, because they think it hurts their indoor air quality.

There’s a misconception that heaters hurt indoor air quality by drying out the air. Dry air is certainly bothersome, but please don’t stop using your heater! Instead, look into the right indoor air quality systems in Tacoma, WA. (more…)

Do You Need a Whole-Home Humidifier?

Monday, February 25th, 2019

humidifier-on-floor-of-homeWe know what you might be thinking—“A humidifier? In Tacoma? But it rains here all the time!” This is true—for the majority of the year Tacoma residents can experience a bit too much moisture. However, as spring begins, the air dries out to the point that you could very well find yourself experiencing the effects of dry air. This is particularly true indoors—where the air quality is even worse than that of outdoors, thanks to the tight, energy-efficient construction of homes today.

If you’ve never considered this indoor air quality installation, now is a great time, while humidity levels are fairly balanced. Why do we recommend a whole-home humidifier instead of a portable system? Well, simply put, a portable system cannot truly tackle the problem of dry air. At best, it’s great for a child’s bedroom to alleviate cold or allergy symptoms they may be experiencing. (more…)

How Healthy Is the Air You Breathe?

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Portrait of a pretty relaxed middle aged woman with laptop on couch , looking awayMaybe you already know that you should replace the filter in your air conditioner every 1–3 months during periods of use. What you probably don’t know, however, is that this small maintenance task doesn’t do anything for your indoor air quality.

That’s right, your HVAC system air filter is there to protect the system itself from being pummeled by dust and other debris. When that air filter gets too clogged, it can block airflow and make your air conditioner work much harder (inefficiently so) to do its job. This is why we recommend changing it—or cleaning it, if you have a permanent filter—every 1–3 months. (more…)

Could Your Home Benefit from UV Germicidal Lights?

Monday, July 17th, 2017

home-benefit-uv-lightsTemperatures may be on the cooler side throughout the majority of the year in our parts, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our share of sweltering days during the summer. But we have to do more than simply address the heat. While your air conditioner can effectively keep your home and its occupants cool, they can’t deal with the germs, bacteria, and allergens that can infiltrate your living space during the summer months.

This is a problem for just about any home, but is particularly concerning for homes with vulnerable family members, such as infants, the elderly, or anyone suffering from conditions such as asthma or severe allergies. It’s important to realize too, that even the healthiest family members in your living space can suffer when exposed to these germs and contaminants, and the air filter within your HVAC system is not enough to combat them.

Fortunately, we do offer indoor air quality products in Tacoma, WA that can help. We’re going to cover one of these products here. (more…)

The Best Way to Fight Off Allergy Symptoms

Monday, May 8th, 2017

fight-off-allergy-symptomsSpring is here! Warmer weather means more time outdoors enjoying activities, but if you’re an allergy sufferer, it also means searching for ways to find relief from symptoms, both outside and inside.

The air quality in our area may not be as poor as it is in other parts of the country, where people suffer from the effects of smog and other types of air pollution. But still, this is the season for dust, dirt, pollen, and other debris. Plus, according to WebMD, the quality of your indoor air can actually be worse than that of the outdoors. With the right Tacoma, WA indoor air quality system, however, as well as taking some precautionary steps, you can combat this. We’ve shared these steps below. (more…)

Your Heater and Your Home’s Humidity: What You Should Know!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

heat-and-humidityJust a couple short weeks ago, the National Weather Service declared this winter as one of the coldest in 32 years for our area. Of course, if you’ve lived in the Seattle area for even just a few years, you probably don’t need to be told that it’s been pretty darn cold! And more cold weather is on its way—are you prepared?

Hopefully, you are well equipped with a fully functioning and well-maintained heating system that’s gotten you through the season so far. But what is your heater doing for your Seattle, WA indoor air quality? (more…)

Should You Have an Energy Recovery Ventilator Installed?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Do you want to be comfortable in your own home? Of course you do, and you deserve to be! With that in mind, there are many different factors that can influence how well you’re able to achieve this comfort. Today’s modern homes are constructed in such a way that your HVAC systems can work as efficiently as possible.

However, this doesn’t necessarily allow for proper ventilation, which has become a big concern for many homeowners throughout the country. Fortunately, there is one system that can resolve this: the energy recovery ventilator (ERV). (more…)

Protect Your Health with This Important Indoor Air Quality Product

Monday, November 7th, 2016

There are a number of things that can influence comfort inside your home. It’s possible, though, to get so caught up with your HVAC system that you overlook an important factor to comfort: the quality of the air in your home. Poor indoor air quality can negatively affect not only your comfort, but your health as well. If you want to prevent such issues within your living space, you need the right type of indoor air quality system in place.

One of the best ways to protect your health and the health of your family is with a UV air purifier, also referred to as UV germicidal lights. These differ from your standard air filter or even an electronic air cleaner. They don’t remove dust and dirt from the air in your home. Rather, they destroy the biological pollutants within your home that put your health at risk. (more…)

Why You Can’t Go Without an Electronic Air Cleaner

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Living comfortably is something that every homeowner strives for. And decent indoor air quality is about so much more than just reaching the ideal temperature. Of course, most people do think first of their HVAC systems when considering their comfort, however there are other factors to consider when it comes to air quality.

Sure, you have an air filter in your HVAC system. But did you know this is just intended to protect the inside components of your HVAC system, not your indoor air? For that job, you need a quality indoor air quality product, such as the electronic air cleaner. (more…)

Energy Recovery Ventilator: Your Solution to Humidity Control

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Excess indoor moisture is not a huge problem for most Olympia residents. While we are certainly in a rainy state, humidity levels generally stay under 50%, which is the maximum humidity level for comfort. However, this time of year we do certainly experience our share of high humidity. Those days make your home feel uncomfortable, and can also make your air conditioner work harder to cool down your home, meaning that it’s not working as efficiently as it should. (more…)