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How to Keep Your Indoor Air Quality High This Summer

Monday, April 24th, 2017

air-filterWhen summer hits, the number one concern for homeowners is usually staying cool. Having a good air conditioning system to rely on is certainly important, but you also need to be careful to maintain your home’s indoor air quality. Low indoor air quality can both lower your comfort levels, and affect your health in a variety of negative ways. There are a number of ways to address these problems, depending on your individual situation.

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Types of Air Purifiers That Can Help You

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Indoor air quality is always a concern for homes across the country. Though many people don’t realize it, poor indoor air quality can actually cause quite a few issues for both health and comfort. Microscopic airborne contaminants are one of the biggest causes of poor indoor air quality. Dust, pollen, dander, germs, and mold spores can provoke allergies, cause illnesses like the flu, and generally make your life miserable. The best way to handle these issues is to install an air purifier in your home

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Winter Air Quality Tips

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Indoor air quality is a very important part of keeping yourself healthy and comfortable. Yet, it is often ignored by homeowners. This is especially problematic in winter, when indoor air quality tends to drop due to a lack of fresh air flowing into the home. Humidity imbalances also contribute to poor indoor air quality. If you want to be as comfortable as possible this winter, you need to take steps to improve your air quality. Let’s go over a couple of tips to do just that.

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Why Installing a Humidifier is a Good Idea This Winter

Monday, November 21st, 2016

It may not feel like it quite yet, but we’re getting pretty close to winter now. Keeping your home warm will soon be a priority, but it shouldn’t be the only comfort factor that you focus on. Indoor air quality is also quite important, if you want to stay healthy and comfortable this winter. Part of that means maintaining the proper humidity levels in your home. Let’s take a look at why installing a humidifier is a good idea this winter.

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Why an Air Purifier is a Good Idea

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Do you know what’s in the air you’re breathing right now? Aside from the obvious (oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, et al.) you are probably also inhaling millions of microscopic airborne contaminants. Some of the contaminants commonly found in homes include dust, pollen, dander, germs, and mold spores. Long term exposure to these contaminants, especially in large amounts, can cause all sorts of problems. Read on to find out how to combat these contaminants with an air purifier.

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3 Air Purifiers That Can Help You This Winter

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Winter is the time of year when illnesses tend to spike. There are many reasons for this, two of which are the prevalence of airborne contaminants and the elimination of air flow in most homes. People tend to shut their windows and doors to keep heat inside during the winter. Unfortunately, this also traps a lot of airborne contaminants, like germs and dust, inside the home. Breathing in those contaminants for months makes it far more likely for you to experience negative health effects. If you want to improve your health this winter, consider installing an indoor air purifier. Let’s take a look at some indoor air purifier types below.

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Get Your Ducts Sealed for Winter

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Most everyone recognizes the need to get their home heating system checked before the daily use of winter. While your heating system may be ready for winter, though, your ducts may not be. Air ducts are the lungs of your home, and they need to be kept in good condition just as much as your heating system itself. Read on to find out more about duct sealing, and why you should schedule it at least once a year.

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Install a Humidifier Before Winter

Monday, November 9th, 2015

We’re finally starting to get some cold weather, and along with that cold weather comes a few new hazards. First, the air is going to start to get pretty dry. Second, we’re going to start moving into flu season. Both of these are going to have a substantial impact on your health, if you don’t take steps to stop them. One of those steps is to install a humidifier. Let’s take a look at why a humidifier is necessary, and how it can help keep you comfortable and healthy.

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Reasons to Install a Humidifier

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Dry heat can be a lot more comfortable than humid heat, but that doesn’t mean that humidity isn’t a problem in arid climates – it is. It’s just a different problem in that we sometimes don’t have enough humidity. While it seems that humidity is a problem mostly when it’s excessive, the truth is that too little humidity can cause some serious problems as well.

A great way to help balance your indoor air in arid climates like ours is to add a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system. A whole-home humidifier integrates with your current HVAC system, so it’s important to hire an expert for installation. The indoor air quality specialists can help you with all of your IAQ needs, so call us today and schedule an appointment.

Why Install a Humidifier?

According to the EPA, comfortable humidity percentages range from 30%-60%; a humidity level lower than 30% creates a very dry environment. Problems that can develop from too little humidity are:

  • Dry eyes, nose and throat
  • Excessively dry skin
  • Drying of mucous membranes
  • Problems with health, including being more prone to sickness
  • Increased agitation for those with chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma
  • Drying of wood, including flooring, furniture and molding
  • Splitting and splintering of wood and wood products

Lastly, dry conditions allow biological contaminants like viruses and bacteria to thrive, which can put your health at more risk.

Increase Your Comfort and Your Energy Efficiency

Humidity holds heat; this is important because when your home is heating or cooling without enough moisture, the air won’t feel like the temperature you’ve set on the thermostat. Why not? Because the air won’t hold the heat due to the lack of humidity. As such, you may wind up pushing your thermostat even higher during winter and lower during the summer, using extra energy while you do so. When your humidity is balanced, you can actually save energy because the air will feel more comfortable.

Think your home in Pasadena can benefit from a whole-home humidifier? Then call us today!

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Signs that You Need a Humidifier

Friday, July 18th, 2014

During the summer months, it’s not uncommon to hear someone complain about high humidity. When the air is saturated with moisture, it may feel as though you’re walking through a cloud or a swamp. However, extremely low humidity is not much better. But because your home is likely built for efficiency rather than ventilation, you may find that you’re unable to control the humidity levels in your home. While high humidity can lead to excessive condensation buildup in the home and an increase in biological contaminants, low humidity can lead to a lack of warmth in the home as well as health issues.

But, how do you know if you’d truly benefit from a professionally installed whole house humidifier? It can be difficult to tell, though your best option is to call on a professional indoor air quality specialist to make an assessment. Ideally, your humidity level should be about 60% during the summer and between 25% and 40% during the winter, though this can be hard to test without a hygrometer. There are some signs to look out for if you suspect that your humidity is too low.

For example, if you find that your skin and hair are excessively dry when indoors, then your humidity level may be to blame. Dry skin, sore throats and nosebleeds are common during the winter months, when humidity levels drop below what they should be. If you have a furnace or heat pump that heats your indoor air directly, then these conditions can be further exacerbated. Moreover, a lack of moisture in the air makes that air difficult to keep warm.

A whole house humidifier has various benefits. Not only will it keep your humidity optimized throughout the dry season, but it will also ensure that your heating is energy efficient. While portable units have their place, they simply cannot compete with the effectiveness of whole house models. If you’re curious about humidifiers in Corona, CA, but unsure about whether they would work in your home, pick up and phone and give Total Comfort, Inc. a call today. We can give you all the information and professional advice that you need.

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