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Energy Efficiency: Ceiling Fans and Your Home

Without a doubt, a ceiling fan is one of the most effective ways to increase your comfort during the summer. They let you decrease the indoor temperature, which cuts your electric bill, without experiencing uncomfortable heat inside. While they help you save your energy dollars, you might be able to increase your savings even more by looking at the efficiency and effectiveness of the fans themselves. Make it Simple Although it’s a voluntary program for manufacturers of equipment and devices…

Why You Should Use an Air Humidifier in the Summer

If you’re like many other San Diego homeowners, you probably use an air humidifier in the wintertime when a combination of low outdoor humidity and running the furnace makes your indoor air uncomfortably dry. You may not know that using a humidifier can also help combat dry air in the summer too, when your air conditioner is operating all the time. How Low Humidity Occurs During Cooling Season Your heat pump or air conditioner cools down your interior spaces by…

Washable Air Filters FAQs

Some homeowners find the idea of washable air filters appealing. For one thing, they free you from the cycle of buying, changing and discarding air filters. Not only do you save money, but those disposable air filters you didn’t buy don’t end up in the landfill. Washable filters — also known as electrostatic or permanent filters — cost more, but can also pay for themselves over time and bear looking into. How a Washable Air Filter Does Its Job Disposable…

Using Your Bathroom Exhaust Fans

Bathroom exhaust fans provide a valuable role in keeping your home’s air healthy and temperatures comfortable. Bathrooms in the typical home have the highest humidity and chemical levels, with the least amount of fresh air ventilation. Some bathrooms have operable windows, but they’re seldom large enough to move the same amount of air out of the room, and it’s so easy to forget to open them. Pulling out bad air from bathrooms removes: Excess humidity that contributes to mold, bacterial…

How to Check the Status of Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports 10,000 people become ill each year and 1,500 die because of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Fortunately, you can avoid it by installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home and checking their status to ensure they’re in good working order. Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that’s produced by common gas or oil appliances such as a furnace, water heater, and oven. The trace amounts…

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…

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…

Think Indoor Air Isn’t as Polluted as Outdoor Air? Think Again

Given the amount of vehicle traffic that contributes to bad air quality in San Diego, it’s easy to assume that indoor air pollution is minor compared to what’s outside. But in reality, the air you breathe indoors may be among the most toxic you encounter, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A recent nationwide study found that while 91 percent of survey respondents believe high air quality is essential for good health, 76 percent used products in their homes that degrade indoor…