Browsing Tag:indoor air quality

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Don’t Forget About Your HVAC System in Your Spring Cleaning Chores

Now that winter is over, it’s the ideal time to give the house a thorough cleaning before hot summer weather settles in. When you’re making a list of chores to tackle, be sure to add the following HVAC spring cleaning tasks to boost the system’s performance and energy efficiency, and preserve your indoor air quality. Clean the Return Air Registers With every HVAC system cycle, airborne dust and debris is drawn to the return registers. As they clog up, vital…

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…

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…