Hometown Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

The Difference Between an Air Filter and Air Filtration System

Monday, August 15th, 2022
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Given their names, it’s likely that many people believe that an air filter is the same thing as an air filtration system, but this isn’t the case. An air filtration system is comprehensive, and includes air filters.

Most of the time, when you hear the term air filter in a discussion about HVAC systems, what you’re hearing about is the air filter that comes standard with your heating and/or cooling systems. This air filter is not designed to protect your indoor air quality, but rather it is in place to protect the interior components of the HVAC system itself from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and damage its sensitive components.

An air filtration system is a whole-home indoor air quality product that makes your air healthier and cleaner to breathe. Read on to learn more!

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Try These Methods to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality 

Monday, July 4th, 2022
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Most homeowners in our area don’t realize that their indoor air quality can actually be worse than the quality of the air outside. At least, this is the case without the right indoor air quality products and services in place. You see, modern homes are built very “tightly,” disallowing any air to escape in or out through drafty windows and doors. This is great news for your HVAC efficiency, but not so awesome for air quality.

The problem is, if contaminants, allergens, or even excess humidity make their way in through an open door or even though your ductwork, it all gets trapped in your living space, with no way out. But there are indoor air quality solutions that can resolve this! Read on to learn about a few of them.

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Signs Your Household Health Could Be Suffering

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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Spring has been progressing right along, and if you’re like a good number of people throughout Concord and the surrounding area, that means allergy season is progressing right along too! This might mean you’re outdoors sneezing, or trying to relieve your scratchy eyes, or wondering if that dry and itchy throat is anything more than allergies.

Fortunately, you can look forward to getting home, swinging open the front door, and finding relief. But what if your indoor space doesn’t bring that relief?

Homeowners often don’t realize this, but their indoor air quality could actually be in worse shape than the quality of that outside. And for this problem, you may need to have a whole-home air purifier professionally installed. Read on to learn more!

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It’s Time to Breathe Easier At Home… Here’s How!

Monday, April 11th, 2022
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The last couple of years have left many homeowners increasingly aware of their health, particularly when spending time indoors. The truth is too, long before that time indoor air quality actually suffered in many homes–in fact the indoor air quality of a home can be worse than the air quality outdoors, without the right products and services in place.

One of these products is an air purifier. Depending on the type of air purifier, this system can help eliminate particular contaminants from the air, to help ensure that your household stays as healthy as possible. Read on to learn more about the different types of air purifiers we install and service!

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Have You Gotten a Whole-House Air Purifier Installed Yet?

Monday, September 13th, 2021
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When it comes to having a home comfort system installed in your home, naturally your budget is likely the first thing you think about. Not every homeowner is going to prioritize a whole-home indoor air quality product.

But if you have the option to, you really could benefit from such an installation! Especially in the case of air purifiers.

Sure, portable air purifiers can help a bit, but they are not a comprehensive solution to the problem of contaminants in the air throughout your entire home. A portable system is good for a room or too, and even then some air purifiers really only help with nothing more than dust and pet hair. Whole-home air purification is the way to go if you also want to tackle other common allergens, and even viruses. Read on to learn more!

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Is an Air Purifier Enough for My Home’s Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, June 7th, 2021
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People who are new to the field of indoor air quality may feel a bit bewildered about getting started with improving the IAQ of their home. We understand—this can be a complicated subject, and there are numerous residential air purifiers, cleaners, and filters available. Where do you start?

The best place is to start with experts! We have a team of NATE- and EPA-certified technicians on staff who can help you figure out the best approach to cleaning your air. Often, an air purifier in Lafayette, CA is a part of the solution to a home’s IAQ problems. But is it the only installation your house will need? Let’s look into that question more.

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What Type of Air Purifier Is Best for Your Home?

Monday, March 15th, 2021
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You’ve probably heard a lot about air purifiers in this past year. With the Coronavirus, it’s become a bit of a buzzword. Air purifiers are highly effective at eliminating viruses, and while none can completely eliminate the risk of virus transmission, there have been laboratory tests done showing that some air purifiers, such as UV air purifiers, can significantly reduce the risk of COVID transmission.

And air purifiers are not just to protect against virus transmission. They also reduce allergens, which is great news for anyone in your household who suffers from allergies or asthma.

There are a variety of factors that can impact your indoor air quality, and there are also a variety of air purification options to help resolve IAQ problems. Which one is best? Well, there are a lot to sift through! There are different types of air purifiers out there, like the UV air purifier we mentioned above, or electronic and ionic air purifiers. Which is best for your home? Read on for help determining this!

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Would You Like a Healthier Home?

Monday, February 15th, 2021
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If there’s anything that the experience our country has had with COVID-19 has taught us, it’s the importance of keeping a healthy home. While there are no products on the market that can 100% guarantee to reduce the risk of this kind of virus transmission (and we urge you to follow guidelines set forth by the CDC), there are certainly steps you can take to improve the overall health of your indoor environment.

One way to achieve a healthier home is with the installation of whole-home indoor air quality systems, and other indoor air quality solutions. Even pre-pandemic, Americans spent about 70% of their time inside their homes—don’t you want to make sure that the air you and your family are breathing is as healthy as possible? You can! With a whole-house air purifier, which is just one of the many types of IAQ products we install and service.

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Is Your Home’s Air Healthy Enough?

Monday, December 21st, 2020

With cases rising and many counties in our state going back into lockdown, we probably don’t need to tell you that COVID-19 has brought its share of health concerns to the forefront of homeowners’ minds.

We cannot guarantee that any indoor air quality products will completely prevent the transmission of COVID germs, and encourage you to follow guidelines set forth by the CDC to make your home as healthy an environment as possible.

In addition, it is a good idea to look for ways to improve your indoor air quality overall. This will help boost your family’s immunity, and make you more comfortable spending time at home. After all, even pre-pandemic, most Americans spent 70% of their time in their homes. Surely, that number is higher now. If you’re one of those individuals who’s at home a lot more now, what can you do to make your living space healthier? Read on as we uncover at least one method.

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Stuffy Home? How Cleaner Ducts Will Help

Monday, October 12th, 2020
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One of the most common complaints homeowners make about their indoor air quality is a stuffy or muggy feeling–particularly when temperatures have been as warm as they’ve been lately.

Now, there are a lot of factors that contribute to this. First off, it may simply be an extraordinarily humid day. Relative humidity levels above 50% are considered to be beyond comfortable. A whole-house dehumidifier is one home comfort system that will help with this issue.

Another thing that happens with that humidity though, is that it creates a cool, damp environment inside your ductwork. This leads to the growth of mildew, not to mention the accumulation of dust and other debris as it moves through the ventilation system and gets stuck inside. As you can imagine, over the years this will lead to quite a nasty situation inside your ducts. And this is where professional duct cleaning comes in!

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