Is your indoor air quality helping or hurting your health?

August has been an unusually hot month in the Pacific Northwest and air quality advisories for smoke and smog have been issued regularly. This type of air is harmful to breathe and over time, it could damage the lungs. But did you know that the air inside your home could be just as bad or worse than the outside air? When pollen, smoke, and other allergens are at a high in the air, you can still work to improve air quality inside. Here are some helpful tips on how to make sure your indoor air is helping your health, not hurting it.

Tip #1: Keep your system maintained.
Your HVAC system will accumulate dust and debris over time, simply by being used on a regular basis. This can definitely affect the air that is circulated throughout your home or office space. It can also impact how efficient your system is working. You should have regular professional maintenance checks done on your system. Autumn is coming soon and it’s a great time to get this done.

Tip #2: Clean and replace filters on a regular basis.
Your filters are exactly that – a filter! They filter out debris, dust, and other harmful pollutants and allergens that try to make their way into the air you breathe. Regular cleaning and/or changing the filters means you’ll notice a big difference in the air quality, especially if you live with chronic allergies or asthma.

Tip #3: Install an indoor air purifier and clean your ductwork.
If you want clean air, air purification systems and clean ductwork will help immensely.  Duct sealing with Aeroseal is one highly effective way to reduce the flow of toxins into the air you’re breathing. In addition to this, installing a quality air purifier will help improve air quality inside, too. We carry a variety of air purification systems including:

Infinity® Air Purifier: This is a top-of-the-line system that will clean the air in your entire home. It features the Capture and Kills ™ technology which catches up to 99% of airborne germs, mold, bacteria, and airborne viruses using an electrical charge to kill them. This system can kill 13 common pathogens that are known to cause sickness including the common cold, strep, and the flu.

Reflective Electro Magnetic Energy (REME) uses a state of the art electro-magentic energy cell that creates Ionized-Hydro-Peroxides™, a friendly oxidizer plasma made from oxygen and humidity. The product works 24/7, even if the fan blower is off.

If your indoor air quality is poor and you’re looking to learn more about how to improve it, we can provide you the information you need to get a new HVAC system or a new purification system in place. Our team of experienced professionals will help you find something that not only fits your home, but your budget, as well!

Tips to beat the heat

The United States National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning this week because temperatures are going to soar into the 100s! Some news stations are reporting that temperatures could reach 106 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday, and some apps are showing that it might even get hotter than that. On hot days like this, it’s very important to take care of yourself and stay cool. If you don’t, it could be very hazardous to your health. Here are some tips to beat the heat and stay cool this week and for the rest of the summer.

Tip #1: Make sure your air conditioning is serviced and in good working order.
When hot weather hits, you need your air conditioning to be reliable. When you go to turn it on, imagine how frustrated you’ll be if it doesn’t work properly! Avoid system breakdowns by keeping your air conditioning system serviced. Annual tune-ups will help make sure that all of the inside components are working well. In addition, we’ll change the filters and make sure to point out any problem spots that could end up causing an issue later in the season. We’ll offer solutions and get things ready to go so you can stay cool.

Tip #2: Keep your windows opened in the morning.
When the mornings are cool, open the windows and doors to allow for the cool breeze to permeate. As long as the weather is cool, keep the windows open. When things start to heat up, close everything up and keep the shades closed for the rest of the day. This will help keep things cool and comfortable for the rest of the day.

Tip #3: Don’t forget to drink water.
Hot days require lots of cold water! Staying hydrated is important because it allows your body the ability to cool itself and your organs will be working as they should. Even if you drink plenty of water every day, when the temperatures hit the 100s, drink even more water. Your body will be working harder to keep you cool, so replenish regularly.

Tip #4: Don’t forget your pets.
Your pets can have a hard time in the heat. Be sure that they are taken care of by keeping them out of the heat. Leave them plenty of cool water throughout the day and provide them a cool place to rest. A bed in front of the air conditioner is a nice place for your dog or cat to rest during the day!

Extreme temperatures can cause dangerous heat-related illnesses, so make sure you do what you can to stay cool.Start by contacting us today to get your air conditioning servicing appointment scheduled. This will allow you to avoid any breakdowns for the remainder of the summer, when the heat is intense! If you don’t have a reliable cooling system in place, now is the time to get something installed! Contact us today on what cooling systems could work for your budget and your home and we’ll help get you an appointment scheduled that is convenient for you!  In the meantime, stay cool!