Comfort Incorporated Blog: Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Why Insulation Matters Year-Round

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

attic-with-cellulose-insulationHave you ever set foot in a historical building or even an older home that hasn’t been updated in quite some time, and noticed that it’s just as cold, or hot, as it is outside? This is because homes weren’t always built with proper insulation. In fact, the use of insulation in homebuilding hasn’t even been around that long, but it certainly makes a difference in your comfort—maybe even more than you realize.

We’re here to tell you how big of an impact your insulation can actually have in providing you comfort, no matter what time of the year it is. If you ever think your home could be more comfortable or your HVAC systems should work more efficiently, please give us a call—our insulation services might be just what you need.

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Could Your HVAC Systems Be Hurting Your Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, March 8th, 2021

vent-low-on-wallIf we were to ask you the relation between your HVAC systems and your home’s indoor air quality, what would you say?

If you’re like many homeowners, you would say that your indoor air quality is determined by the temperature of your home, which of course is controlled by your HVAC systems. This isn’t wrong, but it’s not completely right either. Temperature is only part of good indoor air quality.

Another relation between IAQ and HVAC systems that people make is that their HVAC systems’ air filter protects their indoor air quality. This is also not quite true. It certainly helps with indoor air quality, but this air filter is in place to protect the HVAC systems themselves.

So, what is the real relation between your HVAC systems and your indoor air quality? Read on to find out!

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How Dirty Ducts Can Mess With Your Home Comfort

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

before-and-after-shot-of-duct-cleaningThere are plenty of factors that might mess with your home comfort this season. For example, maybe your kids are enjoying the cooler temperatures and keep running outside and forgetting to close the door. Or maybe there is a battle over the thermostat for the “right” temperature setting. While we can’t help with issues like these, we can offer services that address a different problem that might mess with your home comfort: dirty ductwork.

Your ductwork is responsible for delivering the temperature-controlled air that your HVAC system creates. However, if your ducts are jam-packed with dirt and other debris, it can create problems for your comfort and your indoor air quality. And trust us, we know that trying to get comfortable while having a sneezing fit is impossible. That is why we want you to be aware of the warning signs that your ducts have a dirt problem so you know when to reach out to us for help.

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How to Prioritize the Health of Your Indoor Air

Monday, July 13th, 2020

woman-holding-sign-about-healthy-airA lot of homeowners don’t realize this, but the air inside their homes can be of worse quality than the air outside. At least, this will be the case if you don’t have the right indoor air quality solutions in place. This is particularly true if your home was built in the last few decades. Today’s dwellings are built “tightly,” which allows for high energy efficiency since no conditioned or heated air, depending on the season, can escape.

This is fantastic news for HVAC efficiency, and will help keep your utility bills low, but it’s not such great news if you suffer from allergies or asthma symptoms. Since no air can get out, this also means that contaminants such as pollen, dirt, dust, and pet dander don’t have a way out as well. Even the healthiest individual can be negatively impacted by poor indoor air quality. So, what’s the answer? Read on as we uncover how to prioritize the health of your indoor air.

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How to Have a Healthy Home

Monday, April 20th, 2020

woman-looking-comfortable-in-home-officeThere is a lot of concern around personal and public health right now, understandably. Families are searching for ways to prevent illness in their homes and keep their household safe. In that search, we’ve seen a lot of customers look into indoor air quality products.

The right indoor air quality product can help you fight against the transmission of viruses and illnesses. Not enough is known about the transmission of the current outbreak we’re dealing with, but we can tell you that you will only benefit from looking into how to improve your indoor air quality and take a big step toward a healthier home.

After all, even without a virus in the environment, your indoor air can be worse than that of outdoors. This is true for many homes that don’t have the right indoor air quality products or services in place.

We encourage you to consider the installation of a whole-home air purifier, but did you know you have options on which type?

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Is Professional Duct Cleaning Necessary?

Monday, March 9th, 2020

before-and-after-shot-of-duct-cleaning“Do I really need duct cleaning?”

This is a common question among homeowners, and it makes sense. After all, it takes years for dirt and dust to build up in ductwork, and you may not even notice the decline in your indoor air quality. Perhaps you’ve even accepted that you and your family members suffer from allergies and there’s nothing more you can do about it.

Well, professional duct cleaning service keeps you from breathing in contaminants and paying more than necessary for your HVAC services. Duct cleaning helps you avoid these detriments by improving your indoor air quality (which can actually be worse than that of outdoors without the right air quality systems and services in place). Improved air quality leads to better health, easier breathing, and more comfort.

Having duct cleaning done every few years helps you achieve this, plus presents you with the following benefits.

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The Problem with Low Humidity (and What Can Be Done)

Monday, October 21st, 2019

happy-couple-enjoying-indoorsWhen it comes to indoor air quality, you may think that the measurement for this is how hot or cool it is in your home. Your HVAC systems certainly play an important role in your overall indoor air quality, but they’re certainly not the only component. In fact, your HVAC system can actually contribute to lower indoor air quality just by their nature.

One of the common ways in which our indoor air quality suffers as we get closer to the winter months is with low humidity. The ideal relative humidity level in any home is between 30%-50%. Anything above this range means there’s too much moisture in the air—a common summertime problem—while anything below this range means it’s too dry. And dry air can be as bad in your home as humid air!

Read on to learn more.

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Help Your Home Perform with Spotless Ducts!

Monday, October 7th, 2019

duct-being-cleaned-lots-of-dustPerhaps to you, a duct cleaning service seems unnecessary, or at least really minor when it comes to the performance of your HVAC systems. After all, does it even compare to a malfunctioning air conditioner or heater? Maybe it minor—but neglecting the need for duct cleaning can lead to HVAC performance issues.

It seems like your ventilation system is just a minor part of your overall HVAC system, right? They’re actually very important to your air conditioner and heater, as well as your home comfort and indoor air quality. To keep your HVAC systems working properly and keep your indoor air quality high, consider scheduling professional duct cleaning. Read on to learn the benefits!

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Does a Dirty Air Filter Hurt Your Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, July 1st, 2019

closeup-picture-of-a-dusty-air-filterThe short answer to this is, “Well… it doesn’t help.

A dirty air filter certainly does not help your indoor air quality, but improving your indoor air quality is not its intended purpose either. We touched on this very briefly in our previous blog post, regarding tips on how to boost AC efficiency while preventing repair needs, but your air filter needs to be cleaned every 1-3 months in order to maintain airflow and block debris from reaching the interior components of your air conditioner.

Reach on to learn more about what a dirty air filter does:

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Are Your Air Ducts Doing You Harm?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

inside-an-air-ductThe short answer is, they could be, if they’re too dirty!

Chances are, you don’t actually think about the condition of your home’s ductwork very often. After all, the ductwork in most homes is hidden from sight, traveling through spaces between walls and through the attic. Exposed ducts might look fine in commercial buildings with high ceilings, but that’s not the appearance for a cozy and pleasant home.

Residential air ducts need some consideration though. These ducts can suffer damage that can lead to poor heating and cooling performance that result in high utility bills. But physical damage isn’t the only way they can suffer—or rather, cause you to suffer. Dirty ducts are a problem too.

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