The Most Important Areas of Your Home to Ventilate

Lingering odors, stuffy rooms, germs and moisture problems — a lack of daily air exchange has very unpleasant side effects for your comfort and health. In fact, most homes harbor at least one serious indoor air quality (IAQ) issue, according to the EPA. With a little effort and the right ventilation strategy, you can bring a breath of fresh air to your home in the rooms that need it most. Breath of Fresh Air You may fiddle with the thermostat…

Considering Improving Your Home’s IAQ With UV Lights? Here’s What You Need to Know

While your air filter cleans the air inside your house, UV lights actually sterilize it. Factors that degrade indoor air quality include inorganic particulates like dust or lint fibers that you can actually see floating around and settling on surfaces inside the house. A quality air filter, ideally changed every month, helps keep these particulates to a minimum. However, what about the stuff you can‘t see? Living microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, and mold spores are invisible to the naked…

Bathroom Ventilation Guidelines

A standard feature of modern residential bathrooms is a ventilation fan, usually operated by a control switch or button next to the light switch or button. Some basic guidelines should be followed with bathroom ventilation, to make sure it accomplishes the essential task of removing moist, smelly, contaminated air from the bathroom without causing other problems. Bathroom Ventilation Guidelines Bathroom exhaust fans should route the moist, contaminated air outside the house, away from any intake pipe that will suck it…

Does Your Air Filter Require Changing More Frequently During Summer?

As a responsible homeowner, you try to keep up with basic HVAC maintenance, and that means checking your HVAC filter on a regular basis, and changing it when it looks clogged or dirty. However, for folks living in areas with defined season changes (which includes Southern California), the frequency of air filter changes will depend on the seasons and what sort of system you operate. If your home uses a furnace for heating and an A/C for cooling, the air…

Get Relief With These Helpful Allergy Season Tips

Spring typically means allergy season for many parts of the country, but in the San Diego area, allergies can hit you all year long. Warmer temperatures throughout the year give mold a chance to thrive, while windy conditions blow pollen from grass and trees around the region. If allergens have you sniffling, taking steps to improve the indoor air quality in your home can be a big help. Use the following allergy tips to breathe easier in your San Diego home. Look…

Helpful Ways to Control Pollutants in Your Home

You know the value of air sealing your home, but energy efficiency has a down side: the better you are at keeping air and energy indoors, the better you are at keeping air pollution indoors, too. Your air is polluted every day by a number of sources, from cleaning products to cooking fumes, and from shed skin cells to emissions from your HVAC system. Thankfully, there are ways you can control pollutants so that you can breathe easy. Keep your…

Keep Air Fresh with a Heat Recovery Ventilator

Fresh indoor air is vital for maintaining a healthful and comfortable home. Yet, the vast majority of homes in southern California have poor indoor air quality (IAQ). A major factor affecting IAQ is a lack of daily whole-home ventilation. Without daily air exchange, indoor air becomes stale and stagnant. If you are concerned about the quality of the air inside your San Diego area home, keep reading to learn how a heat recovery ventilator can help. Heat Recovery Ventilator A…

Stay Comfortable with a Humidifier this Season

Until recently, inefficient heating and structural gaps caused most homes to be uncomfortably cold during the winter. Today, modern furnaces provide reliably steady warmth. However, air being circulated is stripped of moisture before it leaves the heating ducts. Humidifiers release moisture into the air, making it healthier and more comfortable. Small humidifiers are inexpensive and have the advantage of being easily moved from room to room. However, a humidifier can only treat a small area of your home at a…

How Do UV Lights Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

UV (ultraviolet) lights have been used for decades to disinfect food, water, and air in food-processing plants, hospitals, water treatment facilities, schools, commercial buildings, and more. UV technology is also available for residential purposes to enhance indoor air quality in homes. Read on to learn how UV lights can help you breathe easier and healthier in your San Diego area home. How UV Lights Improve Indoor Air Quality UV light systems emit low levels of ultraviolet radiation to kill or control…

How to Start Improving Indoor Air Quality in Every Room

Considering the fact that the average American spends around 90 percent of each day indoors, it’s important to think about the quality of your indoor air. Polluted air can cause allergic reactions, respiratory ailments and discomfort in the form of headaches, congestion or nausea. Common sources of indoor air pollution include pet dander, mold, volatile organic compounds, mold and dust mites. Improving indoor air quality in every room in your home is easier than you think. Following is a guide to get you started. Bedrooms Pets. Avoid sleeping…