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FAQ on Air Conditioning

What is Your IAQ (Indoor Air Quality)?
With a few smart choices, you can stay comfortable and save money.

Do you or any of your family members suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory ailments?

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has estimated that 11 percent of the U.S. population, or 22 million Americans, suffer from allergies or asthma caused primarily by reaction to biological contaminants, such as mold spores, pollen and dust mites.

The EPA has found that in a typical day spent at home, people are likely to breathe in about two to five times more chemicals than they would if they had spent the day outside. For some people, this may mean headaches, dizziness and shortness of breath. For others, particular seniors and small children, the effects can be devastating and long lasting.

Are there any pets or smokers in your household?

Pollutants like pet dander and tobacco fumes can cause poor indoor air quality, which in turn may cause dizziness and headaches, plus aggravate allergies and asthma.

Do you feel better when you are away from home?

Unfortunately, the place where you feel most safe and secure - home sweet home - is the place that can be most harmful to your health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside your home or office may be up to five times more polluted than the air outside.

If you're wondering whether you need to clear the air in your home or office, contact us to help you to select the correct air purification product that will work the best for you and your budget.


What You Should Know About House Dust

This ever-changing and seemingly ever-present substance has been a concern of housekeepers and allergy patients alike. It is the result of the natural decomposition of the things we have in our homes plus we have dust that infiltrates from the outside through cracks in doors and windows. Wherever it comes from, it causes a lot of symptoms for the allergic person.

What is in house dust?

The composition varies from house to house, but in general, you might find textile fibers, decomposing insect parts, pet dander, human and animal hair, food leftovers, pollen grains, mold spores, bacteria, skin flakes, insulation, sand, and the most likely offender, the dust mite and its fecal material.

What increases the amount of dust in a house?

Carpets, draperies, ruffled items, knickknacks, books, magazines, pets, upholstered furniture, animals and pillows, and fireplaces are some of the things that increase dust levels. Infrequent cleaning or cleaning with a vacuum cleaner without a high efficiency filtering device, high traffic levels, location of the house, type of yard, and condition of the central air system can all contribute to the amount of dust in your home For example, if you are in a new neighborhood where there is a lot of construction and the yards are not sodden with grass, you will have more dust in your home. Leaks in the duct work can cause dust and insulation from the attic to be drawn into the living space.


How can I reduce my heating and cooling costs?

First, be sure to clean or replace your air filters are per the manufacturers recommendations.

To reduce heat gain, pull drapes or shades over sun-facing windows.

Stir up breezes using a whole-house fan or ceiling fans; or circulate air using the "Fan Only" setting on your central system.

When possible, minimize mid-day activities that add humidity to the air, such as washing and drying clothes, showering, and cooking. When doing these activities use ventilating fans.


Common Service Issues

Water leaks on floor or from ceiling.
Check for:
  • Clogged drain line
  • Remedy:
  • Clean out drain line, remember to clean drain line out once a month.
  • The unit constantly cycles on and off.
    Check for:
  • Turn power off, and then check for debris clogging the evaporator coil or blocking the fan.
  • Dirty/clogged air filter.
  • Remedy:
  • Clean the evaporator coil.
  • Change air filter, remember to change filter once a month.
  • The air-conditioner doesn't get cold enough.
    Check for:
  • Dirty condenser coil.
  • Insulation that has fallen off the feed line.
  • Remedy:
  • Clean debris from the condenser unit.
  • Secure the insulation firmly to line.
  • Replace any worn out insulation.