Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

The Stronger Air Filter May Not Be the Best Air Filter

Monday, July 16th, 2018

pleated-air-filterAir quality in homes is a growing concern today. Government studies have found that the air inside buildings, including residential ones, can be three to four times worse than the air outside. This goes against what most people think of when they think of “air pollution.” The reason for this spike in indoor air pollutants is that homes aren’t designed today for sufficient circulation of outdoor air. This helps to keep homes energy efficient (less heat gain in hot weather, less heat loss in cold weather), but it ends up trapping numerous pollutants generated indoors from household products, paint, varnish, cleaning supplies, and plain o’ dust and lint.

What can you do about this air quality trouble in your house? Air filters are a great start. And why not go out and get the strongest air filters to do the best job?

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Beat the Summer Humidity With Our Help!

Monday, June 18th, 2018

flushed-man-hot-in-front-of-fanThe summers in New York can be notoriously humid, turning what would normally be pleasantly warm weather into something much more unpleasant. It’s not that the high moisture levels is making that day any hotter. What’s actually happening is the moisture in the air is making it harder for your body to release heat—and when there’s more heat trapped in your body, the temperature will feel around 10°F hotter than it is!

There’s not much you can do about humidity when you’re outside, but with our help you can significantly improve humid conditions inside your home. You’ll enjoy better comfort and energy savings, and you’ll even help protect furnishings and keep out unhealthy molds.

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An Energy Recovery Ventilator for Summer Weather

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

sun-and-snowflake-badgeIt’s not quite full spring weather yet here in Staten Island, but it’s definitely the time to start preparing for it. One of the essential steps is to schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system or heat pump so that it’s ready to go when the first heat hits.

But you can also take this time to help improve ventilation for the summer. It’s an unfortunate fact of modern living that houses are so well sealed against the outdoor weather to help them stay energy efficient that they don’t allow for proper fresh air circulation. But if you open up the windows in your house during the summer, what happens? Yes, heat comes in along with the fresh air, and that’s uncomfortable. You can blast the AC to try to overcome the heat, but then your electric bills start to rise.

There is a solution to this problem you can have installed in your ventilation system before summer heat arrives: the energy recovery ventilator (ERV).

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How We Can Improve Your Winter Indoor Air Quality

Monday, November 6th, 2017

woman-with-allergiesWinter brings with it more comfort challenges in a home than just ensuring everybody stays warm when the temperatures outside dive. Indoor air quality can become a serious issue because a home is frequently sealed off against the outdoor air to prevent heat from escaping. A sealed-up house will begin to develop stale, dry, and contaminant-filled air.

There are ways to boost indoor air quality during the winter that don’t require you to throw open the doors and windows and allow the outside chill to gust through the rooms while it’s freshening the air. Below are a few of the indoor air quality solutions we can offer you for a more comfortable, healthier winter.

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How High and Low Humidity Can Be Problems for Your Household

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

man-with-man“It’s not so much the heat, it’s the humidity.” Everybody has heard a version of this saying before. People know that when humidity is high, a hot day feels worse. But why does it feel worse? And is an extremely dry day much better? Is there an ideal between too humid and too dry? And what can you do to achieve that ideal in your house?

Okay, that’s already a lot of questions to ask, and we’d better get to the answers before even more questions pile up. (And if you still have further questions, contact our experts. We’re here to see that you have the best possible help for your air conditioning in Staten Island, NY during the summer.)

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Indoor Air Quality Help for Allergy Season

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

dandelion-in-fieldSpring always brings with it good news: warmer weather! It might come a bit later in spring than earlier, but it gets here no matter what.

But the warmer weather often brings with it bad news: allergy season! After a rainy stretch of weather here in New York, when the weather starts to heat up it means plant blooms—and a subsequent spike in the pollen levels. There’s also a rise in the growth of mold and mildew, which further creates allergy problems.

Now that allergy season is starting, you and other people in your household may be dealing with some unpleasant times because of airborne allergens. Sure, you can take medicine, but we have recommendations for how you can improve your home’s indoor air quality with the help of IAQ professionals. We offer excellent indoor air quality services in Staten Island, NY.

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Indoor Air Quality Can Be a Serious Problem in Winter

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Question: Where is the air quality worse, outside a home or inside?

You’ll probably answer “outside,” since this is place people associate with pollution. But according to studies, the air quality inside a home (as well as other buildings) can be 3 to 4 times worse than the air outside! Why is this? It’s because a home has numerous sources of pollutants inside it. Just a short list: gas-using appliances, cosmetics, personal care products, hobby products, cleaning supplies, air fresheners, paint, varnish, and pressed wood products. Without any easy way for these contaminants to exit a home, they’ll soon start to build up.

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Fresh Air and Energy Saving This Winter with an Energy Recovery Ventilator

Monday, November 21st, 2016

There’s a dilemma that homes face when it comes to receiving fresh air while staying warm during the winter. Modern homes are built to trap heat indoors and make them easier to keep comfortable. If cold drafts are getting into a home, it will be much harder to keep warm and the heater will have to run almost constantly.

But this heavy insulation on the house also means there’s little chance to vent out the stale, often contaminant-filled air and replace it with fresh air.

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