4 Ideas for Better Home Ventilation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, reports that a home’s indoor air could be about five times more polluted than outdoor air. Yet, breathing clean air is crucial to our health and wellness—especially at home, where we spend a great deal of time. To accomplish and sustain good quality indoor air at home, proper ventilation (the constant removing of polluted air and replacing with fresh air) is key.

The causes of indoor air pollution are plentiful: harsh cleaning products or remodeling materials, pet dander, hair and debris, carpeting and adhesives, gases, smoke and other pollutants from cooking indoors, and other common household projects—such as sanding, painting, or staining. In addition, outdoor pollutants can make their way into the home causing buildup of pollutants in your home’s environment. Even outside humidity levels can affect your indoor air, and potentially create bigger problems, such as mold and mildew growth.

Doesn’t Sealing Your Home Help?

A properly sealed and weather stripped home is certainly important to keeping the outside elements out, resulting in better energy efficiency and control over your indoor environment. It doesn’t, however, guarantee you good indoor air quality. Good ventilation is key.

Here are 4 smart and simple ways that you can improve your home’s ventilation:

4 Steps to Improve Home Ventilation

  1. Install a semi-controlled ventilation system. These types of systems include both a return duct and an exhaust fan, which help remove polluted air from the indoors and replace it with fresh air. If you are using one of these systems in your home, it’s important that your ductwork is properly sealed; this will prevent pollutants from entering return ducts and circulated throughout your home. This is especially true in the basement, attic, or rooms where household cleaning products and other harsh chemicals are kept.
  2. Operate both kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans. These fans work by drawing air from a particular location indoors and releasing it to the outdoors. Each time you cook, use the kitchen’s exhaust fan. Use the bathroom exhaust fan each time after you use the shower or bathe, running the fan for about 1 hour. These exhaust fans work hard to remove contaminants within the kitchen and bathrooms that could cause IAQ problems down the road.
  3. Open all windows and/or doors in your home for at least 15 minutes per day. Doing this will help eliminate polluted air from your indoor space and re-introduce fresh air.This is especially true when the air outdoors is cooler and drier than the air indoors. You can also encourage air flow by using a portable or whole house fan to help the process along. In homes with two or more floors, you can get excellent circulation by opening the windows on multiple levels and allow the air to flow from top to bottom.
  4. Be sure to change your HVAC system’s air filter. This often overlooked chore can make a huge difference in the quality of ventilation throughout your home. A dirty filter not only cannot properly filter out airborne contaminants, but it really clogs up the Ventilation system in your home as well. We recommend that you change your air filter as soon as it gets dirty, approximately every 3 months in an average home. Homes with pets should be a bit more vigilant in filter changing, potentially needing a monthly change. The best way to ensure that your air filter is clean is to check monthly and replace as soon as you notice it is dirty.

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Top HVAC Products for Better Indoor Air Quality

The air you breathe inside your home impacts your health and your comfort. You keep a healthy, clean home and change out your air filters but our air inside and out is always being polluted with chemical emissions, allergens, fine particles, bacteria, and more. Everyone is susceptible to becoming sick from airborne toxins but certain people we love – babies, the elderly, those with pre-existing conditions – are especially at-risk.

HVAC system filters do a fine job of filtering out some harmful particles, dust, and allergens but there is much more you can do to protect yourself and your family from breathing unclean air.

In addition to DIY-ing air quality improvements by keeping houseplants, cleaning your home with regularity, and knowing the outdoor air quality in your area, you can employ the following cutting-edge technologies to breathe easy:

The Best Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Products

Air Purifiers
These free-standing or in-system components suck in your interior air, purify and protect from toxins and pollutants, and push clean, healthy air back out into your home.

UV Air Cleaners
Bryant UV air cleaners use UV lamp technology and work within the coil of your system, mercilessly stamping out mold and bacteria before they integrate into the air of your home.

Humidity Control Accessories
The humidity index in your home not only affects your level of comfort but is important to your health and the integrity of the home. Excess humidity OR excess dryness can exacerbate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions, can cause damage to the fixtures of your home, and a humid home can create an ideal environment for mold to grow. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers are essential to whole home comfort and wellness.


Ventilators
If the air outside in your area is clean and safe, a ventilator is a great way to filter that clean air into your home.

Pleated Air Filters
Pleated filters are proven to be better at filtering fine particles than fiberglass alternatives, and are more affordable and appropriate than HEPA filters for your home. Consider a pleated filter to help combat pollutants that try escaping from your ducts.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Part of indoor air quality is indoor air safety. Required in new homes and strongly recommended in older homes, CO detectors will protect you and your family from the silent killer. Carbon monoxide cannot be seen, smelled, or otherwise detected until it is already in your home, poisoning your loved ones.

Smart Thermostats
A smart thermostat can allow you to monitor your IAQ to make adjustments AND will remind you to change your filters. Brilliant!


Bryant Heating & Air Conditioning Systems
We’re not biased. Bryant provides the best products in the business for reducing air quality concerns in the home. Bryant provides all of the above products and also offers heating and cooling systems that suit your budget, fit your home, and exceed your expectations.

Indoor air quality is important for everyone and life-giving for those with respiratory conditions like asthma or who suffer from allergies. Don’t leave the air you breathe up,to fate. Contact Premier Comfort to get a rundown of the latest IAQ products or to invite a technician to check your home’s air quality.

Why the Indoor Air Quality of Your Home Matters

Indoor air quality simply means the quality of your home’s air—and as you may have guessed, the higher the quality of your indoor air, the better. Poor indoor air quality can be caused by a variety of factors. As a homeowner, it’s important to understand what can have both positive and negative effects on your home’s air quality.

As Americans, we tend to spend most of our time indoors, so it’s crucial to pay attention to the quality of the air we are breathing while in these spaces. Since indoor air is, in effect, a closed system, indoor pollutants can accumulate quickly, and quickly cause problems. Read on to find out more.  

Why Indoor Air Quality Matters

 

Why Indoor Air Quality Matters

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Pollen and Mold: What Homeowners Need to Know

Maintaining good indoor air quality, or IAQ, is vital to the health and comfort of you and your family members. Common contaminants like pollen and mold can make your home’s air quality less than ideal, which can cause short and long term health effects if not immediately addressed. Get to know more about pollen and mold, and how you can prevent these airborne pollutants from invading your home.

What You Need to Know About Pollen and Mold

This spring season, arm yourself with all you need to know about pollen and mold. Use the simple guide below to better understand these contaminants:

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4 Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Get an Air Purifier

Do you think that you might need an air purifier? This HVAC device can help you improve your indoor air quality, but not every home needs to invest in an air purifier. Below, is an informative guide that can help you better understand if an air purifier is right for your home comfort needs.

Signs That You Might Need an Air Purifier

If you are experiencing any of the following issues in your home then it may be time to invest in an air purifier:

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If you’re convinced that an air purifier is right for your home, contact us today. We would love to help you find and install the right IAQ products for your home so that you and your family can breathe easier. For more information about indoor air quality, check out our post: Is Your Family at Risk? Learn the Basics About Indoor Air Quality.

Is Your Family at Risk?: Learn the Basics About Indoor Air Quality

Since most of our time is spent inside of buildings, either at work, school or home, the quality of the air we breathe while indoors is pretty essential. This is what is known as “Indoor Air Quality”, and understanding how it can affect your health and that of your loved ones can go far in reducing illness or other concerns due to polluted indoor air. If your home has poor indoor air quality, you may be susceptible to health effects with symptoms that could appear immediately, or long after initial exposure.

Immediate Health Effects of Indoor Air Pollution

Some common immediate health effects that may be caused by indoor air pollution include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, watering or itchy eyes, or a runny nose. Since these symptoms are similar to symptoms of the common cold, it could be difficult to tell whether or not poor indoor air quality is the culprit. If your symptoms improve once you leave your home and return shortly after re-entering your home, you may have an issue with indoor air quality.

Long Term Health Effects of Indoor Air Pollution

On the other hand, you may not see the ill health effects of polluted air until years later, either from a long period of exposure or repeated encounters with the pollutant. Unfortunately, these effects can be much more serious than those similar to a common cold. Long term health effects from poor IAQ can include respiratory problems, cancer, or heart disease. Therefore, it’s advisable to ensure you have good indoor air quality, even if you’re not currently experiencing any noticeable symptoms.

What You Can Do About Indoor Air Pollution

The effects of polluted indoor air can be scary, but you can improve your indoor air quality in several ways. Here’s a few helpful tips:

  • Look for any visible mold or mildew. Do a “sniff test” around your home, particularly in basements, cellars, and other areas where the environment may be moist. If you suspect mold or mildew, take care of it immediately.
  • Get rid of standing water anywhere in your home. Check your home’s humidity levels, and if they are over 50%, you’ll want to get the source of that moisture under control.
  • Test your home for radon. This is a dangerous radioactive gas that many homeowners don’t even realize is a threat, although its presence can cause serious health effects. Outdoor air generally has very low levels of radon, but this substance can build up indoors at unsafe levels.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking is terrible for your health, but it’s also pretty bad for your indoor air quality. Nix the habit and improve the quality of your home’s air as well as your own health.
  • Make sure all fuel burning appliance such as gas stoves or fireplaces are well vented to the outdoors.

At Premier Comfort, we offer a variety of services to our residential clients, including indoor air quality services. Give us a call today if you’re concerned about the IAQ in your home: 303-916-6773

HVAC System Features That Are Essential to Efficiency

Homeowners will hear a lot about HVAC efficiency when dealing with the repair, maintenance, tune-ups, purchase, installation, and replacement of heating and air conditioning systems; but when it comes down to it, what truly constitutes efficiency, and what features are key to an HVAC system’s performance and efficiency? Today we will be looking deeper into HVAC system efficiency, and explaining all of the modern features that work towards higher energy, heating, and cooling efficiency.

HVAC Ductwork Efficiency

Many homeowners do not realize how much the ductwork of your HVAC system plays a role in both high efficiency and a lacking of efficiency. While many of the modern, technical advances in heating and cooling systems that have led to higher efficiency are in-fat housed within the mechanics of the unit itself, many homeowners forget that the most common place in a home or business where energy efficiency and heating and cooling efficiency is lost is within the ductwork.

Think about it – the treated air (warmed or cooled) makes a journey from the central unit to the various rooms and zones in a home. While it is inevitable that the air will lose a few degrees in either direction during this journey, some less insulated ductwork systems or incorrectly sized ducts can a detrimental amount of heated or cooled air, leading to a drastic reduction in efficiency.

Return-Air Efficiency

Another HVAC system feature that many forget about or never even consider when it comes to efficiency is the Return Air feature. A home is more or less hermetically sealed (airtight) space, this means that if you pump air into the space, there must be an equal amount of air leaving that same space, in order to keep the air pressure even and the HVAC system running efficiently. If more air is being pumped into the space than is leaving, you run the risk of breaking seals around ducts, windows, doors and even in the HVAC system itself. Conversely, if more air is leaving into the return-air than is being pumped into the space you will get a slight suctioning effect that drops HVAC efficiency and can be hard on system components.

As you can see, these two components of heating and air conditioning systems may often be forgotten or taken for granted, but they play a strong and integral part in assuring that ALL of your systems components work together in a cohesive strategy for maximum comfort and maximum efficiency.

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Carbon Monoxide Leaks in the Workplace: Are You Prepared?

In your business do you rely on a gas- or oil-burning furnace or boiler to provide you with heat during the winter? If you run a restaurant do you use a gas stove?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to either question you need to know all the facts about carbon monoxide leaks.

Causes of Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced as a byproduct of fossil fuel combustion. In certain circumstances machines that burn gas or oil may develop leaks that prevent carbon monoxide from being safely diverted, and if poorly ventilated, adjacent indoor spaces become flooded with this gas the consequences could be fatal.

When carbon monoxide leaks from HVAC equipment, the heat exchanger is most frequently the source of the problem. Tiny cracks or fissures can develop that are difficult to spot without a close inspection.

The Health Risks of Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Fortunately carbon monoxide detectors can protect you from danger in most instances (if you burn gas or oil in your place or business they are a must). But low-level leaks that go undetected can cause a host of health troubles, including headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, wooziness, mental confusion and even a loss of consciousness, if building occupants are confined to small spaces with non-existent ventilation.

Such symptoms could affect customers as well as employees, and needless to say even a small carbon monoxide leak could damage your reputation in the community.

Responding to Carbon Monoxide Alerts

Carbon monoxide detectors are standard equipment in business settings with gas- or oil-fired HVAC systems. When a detector goes off it means gas is present in more than trace amounts, and everyone should vacate the premises immediately.

As you depart the building, you should try to open as many doors and windows as you can on the way out. Ideally you would have time to cut the power to your HVAC equipment—and anything else that burns gas or oil—before leaving. But if you’re feeling ill you should just get out as quickly as possible and summon an HVAC service technician to handle that task.

You should contact your HVAC contractor following a carbon monoxide leak in any case, unless the source is of the problem is a different appliance that requires a special type of service.

Carbon Monoxide Leak Prevention

Carbon monoxide detectors should be checked and tested every few months to make sure they’re still in good working order, and professional cleaning services should be hired to clean and clear chimneys and fireplaces on a yearly basis if you rely on them to assist you with ventilation.

Most importantly, furnaces, boilers, stoves and other appliances that burn fossil fuels should be cleaned and inspected annually, and a careful search for micro-damage that can eventually lead to a carbon monoxide leak should be a priority.

Premier Comfort Heating and Air technicians are trained to sniff out and repair potential carbon monoxide management problems before they blossom into anything significant, so if you contract us to perform maintenance on your HVAC equipment you can rest easy knowing we’ll protect you from this risk.

Denver Area Residents Rely on Premier Comfort Heating and Air

Carbon monoxide leaks and other types of mechanical breakdown are almost always preventable—and at Premier Comfort Heating and Air we’re experts at preventing them.

In Denver and surrounding areas Premier Comfort Heating and Air has gained a reputation for efficiency, reliability and professionalism. We invite you to call us to schedule a maintenance visit for your business’s HVAC system today.

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