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Indoor Air Quality Tips, Tricks, and Stats

Indoor Air Quality Tips Tricks and Stats Alohaac Fort lauderdale Fl

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 us at (954) 880-3050 or visit our website here BESTAIRCONDITIONINGCONTRACTOR.COM

Stay cool out there!


This post was written by pulleye | December 21, 2019


Cooling with Intertherm Air Conditioners

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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.


This post was written by pulleye | November 22, 2019


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

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).


This post was written by pulleye | November 13, 2019


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).


This post was written by pulleye | July 1, 2018


The Fresh-Aire UV Light reduces odors, toxic chemical vapors, germs and mold in your home.

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.

The FRESH-AIRE UV light is installed in the duct-work of your central air system and is designed to help reduce odors, toxic chemical vapors, germs and mold in your home.

Detox the air in your home and protect you and your loved ones from:

How does the UV Light work?

By removing airborne contaminants as the air is circulated by the central HVAC system. Using a proprietary absorption media to capture VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) then reduces the captured constituents through an innovative photo-cytaltic oxidation process (PCO) which breaks them down into elemental carbon dioxide and water vapor.

Toxic airborne compounds are captured in the photo-catalytic carbon matrix

As odors and chemical contaminants circulate through your air handling system, the ultraviolet light unit utilizes a highly absorptive carbon media which captures these contaminants, removing them from the air stream, much like a sponge absorbs water.

The toxic molecules are broken down into simple water vapor and CO2

During the off cycles of the air handler the UV Light self-regenerating photo-catalytic oxidation process breaks down the captured contaminants and frees up the carbon cell to be able to capture additional airborne VOC’s and odors.

UV Light limits the spead of bio-contaminants like mold and viruses

In addition to the units system’s ability to absorb airborne VOCs, the UV light helps to maintain the cleanliness of your central ac system by shining on the duct-work, cooling coils, heat strips and blowers that are prone to biological growth that can contaminate and clog the system.

UV-C Light Kills Germs

For over a century scientists have known that certain frequencies of light have a devastating effect on microbial life. We now know that exposure to ultraviolet light in the range of 254 NM (UV-C band) disrupts the DNA of micro-organisms, thus preventing them from reproducing, thereby effectively killing them.

The Science of Clean Air

Over time mold can build up on cooling coils. this is a health risk that robs the air system of efficiency and requires cleaning with chemicals. The germicidal UV light inside kills mold and keeps the coil and air system interior clean.

Recent studies have shown that the level of invisible airborne organic chemical and odor contaminates in our indoor air is generally two to five times higher then the levels found outdoors. while some of these substances merely smell bad, others can be extremely harmful.

these contaminates, known as Volatile Organic Compounds are carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. The unique technology inside the Fresh-Arie UV helps to eliminate VOCs, making your home a safer and more pleasant place to live.

Common Sources of VOCs Include:

We look forward to discussing your home air quality with you.


This post was written by Luis | June 12, 2018


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