Indoor Air Quality Tips, Tricks, and Stats

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Most people spend significant time indoors, such as being at work, school, and home. As a result of the amount of time spent indoors, the quality of the air people breathe should be a major concern for everyone. Poor quality of indoor air may significantly reduce the comfort of the home while also adversely affecting the health of those occupying such spaces. Some of the side consequences of poor indoor air quality include eye irritation, heart and respiratory conditions, runny nose, dizziness, and fatigue, among many others. These effects are enhanced for people with respiratory ailments such as asthma. This article highlights ways through which indoor air quality can be improved to avert the impact of poor air indoors. It identifies the types of natural plants suitable for indoor usage, the significance of keeping the furnace blower on and using air filters & dehumidifiers as a strategy to improve the quality of indoor air.

Types of Natural Plants Recommended for Indoor Usage

Numerous natural plants can be used indoors to improve air quality. A study conducted by NASA in 1989 established that specific indoor plants improve the quality of air indoors by absorbing harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene (Steeman, 2019). Thus, a variety of indoor plants could be used as natural air filters. English ivy is one of the appropriate plants that can be used indoors. When planted indoors, English ivy can purify the air as it is good at absorbing mold in the room (Doherty, 2017). This plant can absorb airborne molds. Boston ferns are recommended for indoor use because they purify the air in the home (Doherty, 2017). NASA recommends this plant because it purifies the air by removing compounds such as formaldehyde, plastics, or cigarette smoke from the air. This plant absorbs these compounds through its leaves and converts them into materials it can use. Snake plants are appropriate for indoor use since they filter out nauseating chemicals such as benzene, xylene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and toluene (Geller, 2019). Thus, different plants can improve the conditions of the indoor environment, especially by containing harmful gases.

Importance of Keeping the Furnace Blower On

Furnace blower presents numerous benefits in the room when kept on all the time. For instance, keeping the fan running all the time enhances the circulation of air in the room, whether heated or cooled (Synergy Home, 2019). A running furnace blower continuously sucks the cold air from the lower parts of the room or lower floors in multi-story buildings. It mixes it with warmer air from the upper spaces, combining the two, consequently redistributing a more stable, even temperature all over the room. Different parts of a room experience varying external temperatures in the day, often based on the location of the sun. Areas facing the sun are usually warmer, while the side not reached by the sun’s rays remains cold. This situation causes varying temperatures in the room, but using a furnace blower in such a room brings average temperatures throughout the indoor space.

Air Filters & Dehumidifiers

Air filters and dehumidifiers are essential equipment in improving the indoor environment. Air filters are devices that help get rid of harmful substances such as dust mites, mold, and pollen, among other particulates from rooms. They make indoor areas free from substances that can harm the health of the occupiers (University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, 2019). These devices are helpful for people with asthma or severe allergies because they minimize the symptoms of these conditions. Dehumidifiers are equipment that reduce the adverse effects of moisture in the indoor environment. These devices eliminate the moisture from the air without decreasing the overall temperature in the room (Kolenda Heating & Cooling, 2019). The removal of moisture boosts the health and comfort of all in the room and minimizes damage in the home, including averting cold and rusting of metallic surfaces.

Conclusion

Indoor air quality is essential since the majority of people spend most of their time indoors. As a result, there is a need to improve air quality indoors. Both natural and artificial options can be used to improve indoor air quality. For instance, plants such as English ivy, Boston ferns, and snake plants can eliminate harmful gases and substances such as cigarette smoke, mold, formaldehyde, and plastics. Equipment such as furnace blower can help improve the quality of indoor air by blending the air of different temperatures in a house, keeping it suitable for occupation. Air filters and dehumidifiers are also effective improvers of indoor air quality since the former removes harmful substances such as dust mites, mold, and pollen, while the latter eliminates moisture indoors.

Hopefully you’ve gained some valuable knowledge from this post. If you have any further questions or would like to have one of our seasoned technicians come out and take a look at your unit, please feel free to contact the Aloha Air Conditioning office Toll-Free today at 855-88-ALOHA (25642).

Stay cool out there!



Blue-Tube UV is the simple and complete choice in UV light for all residential applications.

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A lot of people ask, “Does the UV light produce smells”. Well the answer is yes, some brands do for a short period of time after being newly installed. However, the brand we offer does not produce any noticeable smell after install.

Fresh-Aire Blue-Tube UV

The Original Low-Voltage UV Light Kit

Blue-Tube UV is the simple and complete choice in UV light for all residential applications. Everything you need is in the tube! Just make the electrical connections and install the UV light where needed.

High and Low Voltage Options

Blue-Tube UV is now you available with a high or low-voltage power supply. Low-Voltage models feature exclusive Extended Range (ER) technology which eliminates low voltage problems associated with variable speed air handlers and fluctuating or over voltage issues.

Features

• Innovative magnetic mounting bracket makes installation safe & easy

• Lifetime extended range power supply mounts inside control panel

• Weather resistant remote mountable UV lamps

• 4 lamp models to choose from

Benefits

• Provides a healthier living environment for your family

• Kills mold, bacteria, and viruses where they lurk

• Reduces system maintenance

• Reduces household odors

Blue-Tube UV should be installed by an HVAC professional.

Mold and other microbes can thrive in the moist interior of the air handler

Moldy cooling coils waste enegy and spread germs through the air system

With a UV light installed cleaned coils stay clean

Why does UV light kill germs?

UV-C light (the frequency used in germicidal UV lights) kills germs by disrupting their DNA which prevents them from reproducing, effectively killing them. In nature this frequency of light is filtered out by the Earth’s atmosphere so microbes have no defense against it.

 1. Is UV light safe for children and pets?

When a UV light system is installed in a central air system the germ killing effect takes place inside the air system and is limited to that area. There is no danger to any living thing in the home except microbes that are carried by the air into the central air system.

 2. Is it OK to look at the UV light?

Never look at the UV light when it is lit. UV-C light can give your eyes painful “sunburn”. Unplug or disconnect the unit to work on it.

 3. Our air system isn’t running so why is the UV light still on?

Mold and other biological contaminants will grow inside the air handler whether or not it’s running. Constant exposure to UV-C light keeps the air system clean.

 4. Can I upgrade my Blue-Tube UV with a different lamp?

Yes! All Blue-Tube and Fresh-Aire UV AHU lamps are interchangeable. When it’s time to replace your UV lamp you have 4 options to select from: 1 Year, 2 Year, 1 Year Odor Control, and 2 Year Odor Control.

 5. My ‘1 Year’ UV light still glows after 2 years –

Do I need to replace it?

Yes, over time the UV effectiveness of the lamps decreases even though the lamp may still be putting out visible light. ‘1 Year’ and ‘2 Year’ lamp designations refer to effective UV output not when the lamp will burn out.

 6. Will a UV light system kill mold in the walls?

No. UV-C germicidal irradiation can only kill microbes on surfaces that the light shines on directly (surface kills) or that pass by in the air stream (airborne kill).

Hopefully you’ve gained some valuable knowledge from this post. If you have any further questions or would like to have one of our seasoned technicians come out and take a look at your unit, please feel free to contact the Aloha Air Conditioning office Toll-Free today at 855-88-ALOHA (25642).



Cooling with Intertherm Air Conditioners

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Intertherm

Split System Air Conditioners have an outdoor section and an indoor section.The outdoor section features the compressor and fan, but it uses the indoor sections (such as a furnace or air handler) to distribute cool air.

Single Package Air Conditioners features all of the components of a split system but in a single outdoors section. Simply put, the blower is housed with the air conditioning components.

The structure of your home is key to selecting the proper air conditioner. For example, split system units are commonly used in the Midwest because most homes feature basements with gas furnaces. Single packaged units are more common in the southeast region where homes may have a crawl space instead of a basement – making the single packaged unit more space efficient.



How to protect your Air Conditioning from Hurricane

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Storms don’t just bring rain and wind. They also cause power outages that can leave you without the comfort of your air conditioning and other home appliances for hours or days. Check out Ready.gov for ways to prepare your entire home for bad weather. Be sure to take special care with your A/C system, so you can stay cool between storms.

PROTECTING YOUR AIR CONDITIONER

Below are 5 steps you can take before, during and after a storm to minimize damage to your air conditioner and get it up and running faster when the power comes back on.

  1. Pre-cool your home. If you think your power may go out during a storm, go ahead and cool your home in advance so you can stay comfortable until power is restored. Set your thermostat to a cooler setting than usual, close curtains and blinds and keep doors and window shut to keep the cold air inside.
  2. Turn off electricity to your air conditioner. Electrical surges from lightning strikes during the storm can damage your A/C unit. There’s also a chance that debris could get stuck in your outdoor unit and burn out the motor. Play it safe by shutting off power to your A/C system. We recommend you turn off power from your thermostat and circuit breaker.
  3. Cover your outdoor A/C unit. This step is only really necessary if you’re expecting a hurricane and high winds. After you’ve turned off your air conditioner, cover it with a tarp or plywood to protect it from flying debris. High winds can knock down branches and trees that could damage your unit if they land on it. Be sure to remove the covering as soon as it’s safely possible. Keeping your unit covered too long can trap moisture which leads to mold and mildew.
  4. Secure the unit. If you have an elevated air conditioner on a second story, be sure to secure your outdoor condenser unit with hurricane straps to keep it in place during strong wind gusts. If your area is prone to flooding, you may want to get an HVAC professional to elevate your unit for better protection.
  5. Check for damage before you turn your air back on. This is one of the most important steps. Don’t forget to assess the storm damage before you turn your system back on. Flooding or flying debris could have damaged your unit and turning it on can make the problem worse. Also, storm winds many cause disconnections within your AC unit, which could lead to toxic refrigerant leaks. Do turn your A/C on as soon as it seems safe. This will keep mold and mildew from settling in.

Customers can count on Alohaac Rheem® Air Conditioner Contractor for the right residential Rheem® air conditioning system; at the right price and at the right time. Our reputation and experience give our residential customers confidence and peace of mind. Contact us today for a free quote. We are at your service, just a phone call away.

To learn more about our air conditioning installation services, contact the Aloha Rheem® Air Conditioning Contractor office today at  855-88-ALOHA (25642).



Keep Your HVAC in Good Shape this Summer

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Your air conditioning system will be working overtime in the Florida heatwave this summer – follow Alohaac tips to ensure your heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC) is working at its best:

1. Don’t let your HVAC work more than is necessary. And don’t let your office get too hot before turning it on. It’s key to regulate your temperature so as not to stress your unit. Keep doors and windows closed when your AC is turned on, and keep shades and curtains drawn on very hot days. Avoid having direct sunlight streaming in through doors and windows. As much as possible, don’t operate other heat-generating appliances in the daytime when your AC is going to be working.

2. Replace your air filters on a regular basis. Do this at least once every 3 months. Experts estimate that you can reduce your energy cost by as much as 10% by keeping up on this task. And the cleaner air will benefit your staff’s health as well. Air conditioning energy assessments are often undervalued!

3. Keep your thermostat constant. Changing your thermostat’s setting constantly can result in inefficiency. If you wish you can increase the temperature by a few degrees in the day time while you are away. When in cooling mode, switch on your AC fan to prevent hot or cold pockets from forming. This can also help prevent your condenser from icing up.

4. Keep your outside unit free of dust and dirt. Clear plants and other items from around its perimeter for at least 12-18 inches. Ensure also that indoor vents remain unobstructed to keep air circulation going for industrial air conditioning, this is so important.

5. Schedule regular tune-ups Have a reliable HVAC technician perform maintenance checks on your unit, preferably before the beginning of summer.

Our staff is fully trained in the HVAC techniques required to ensure this process is carried out efficiently. The result is that your air will be fresher, easier to breathe, and less likely to cause allergic reactions.

To learn more about how our Air Duct Cleaning Fort Lauderdale services can benefit your home, contact the Aloha Air Conditioning, Inc. office Toll-Free today at 855-88-ALOHA (25642).