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How to get rid of dust

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Every home carries dust, but how much dust lives in your home depends on a number of factors, such as the climate you live in, if you have pets, smoke cigarettes, or even cook certain types of foods. In addition to being a sight for sore eyes and often a trigger for allergy sufferers, dust can contain toxic chemicals.

Living in Arizona, we're no strangers to dust and it's not just something that affects air quality during monsoon. During winter in the Phoenix metro area, a layer of cooler air becomes trapped by a layer of warmer air just above it, forming what's called an inversion. An inversion traps pollutants from all kinds of sources and this increases the chances of carbon monoxide. That is why it's necessary to take care of the system that circulates the air in your house on a regular basis to prevent these toxins from getting into your home.

Here's our list of effectively and safely:

  • Fit your air conditioning system with high quality filters and change them frequently to make sure they're doing their job. At John's Refrigeration our air cleaner installation experts can work with you to make sure that the air quality in your home is safe. We also take care to ensure the new filter in your home doesn't impede the balance of air pressure in your home or reduce the efficiency of your system.
  • Caulk cracks and crevices to prevent dust from getting into those hard to reach areas.
  • Vacuum frequently, using one with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. If you are prone to allergies or suffer from asthma, you may want to consider investing in a vacuum that has high suction and high dust removal capability. Make sure to clean out and replace the filter regularly.
  • Clean with microfiber cloths; their smaller fibers cling to the dust particles. Avoid synthetic sprayers and wipes, as they only add unwanted chemicals to the air.
  • Mop uncarpeted floors regularly with water and the manufacturer's recommended cleaning products.

If your home has an excessive amount of dust and you're worried about the toxins your family is breathing in, call John's today to schedule a peak performance home evaluation. We will be able to look at not only your air conditioning and heating system, but also the way you live in your home and then offer recommendations to keep the air in your home dust free and clean.

What's That Brown Cloud on the Horizon? How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Living in the desert, Arizona homes can experience higher levels of dust and other contaminants than homes in other climates. As a result, it's important to consider your home's indoor air quality and learn what you can do to ensure a healthy environment for your family.

Those who suffer from allergies can be especially susceptible to issues from poor air quality in the home. Other signs your home may have poor indoor air quality include:

  • Persistent headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Nausea

Many symptoms resulting from issues with indoor air quality appear similar to the flu and often go undiagnosed.

To help improve your indoor air quality, start by contacting John's Refrigeration to learn about our air quality services. There are a number of simple steps to take to help insure healthier indoor air quality:

  • Check the duct system: Air contaminants like dust, pollen, and other environmental toxins can get into your home and circulate through dirty, leaky ducts. Getting ducts cleaned, checked for leaks, and repaired is a valuable first step for protecting the air you breathe.
  • Install an air filter: After checking and sealing the duct system, John's can install our Fresh Air Filter System that will help continue to keep the home ventilated with clean air. Air filters catch pollutants before they enter the indoor air.
  • Beware of carbon monoxide: Carbon Monoxide is an odorless but poisonous gas that can come from your heater, furnace, fireplace, or other gas appliances and tools. Undetected, it can cause a number of health issues and can be fatal. When we conduct a heating repair service, we check for things like cracks in the heater, where carbon monoxide can leak.
  • Add a humidifier: Our dry climate leaves the indoor air lacking moisture, causing skin issues, potential respiratory problems, and increased dust. Adding a humidifier to the system can help alleviate these issues and allow homeowners to manage the humidity levels in the home.

To schedule an inspection to check on the quality of your indoor air, contact John's Refrigeration at (480) 718-1172.

Importance of Clean Air Filters

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

With summer quickly approaching, many of us have already started using our air conditioners. If we haven't yet, we will be soon. Higher temperatures bring higher utility bills. A very easy way to help keep cooling costs down is to regularly replace or clean your a/c unit's air filter.

The importance of clean air filters cannot be overstated. Your house needs to be able to breathe in order for the HVAC unit to work efficiently. If the air filter is clogged with dust and other pollutants from your home's inside air, then your a/c unit is working harder to do its job. Changing your air filter every month is an easy way to keep your unit running the way it's supposed to. Remembering to replace the air filter, though, can sometimes be a challenge. If you change out the filter when your utility bill comes in the mailbox, that's an easy way to remember, and it's more likely to get done.

If you have an electrostatic air filter, then you don't need to replace it every month; you just need to clean it. Electrostatic air filters create their own electrostatic charge, attracting more particles than traditional, disposable filters, and they are 10 times more efficient than disposable filters. Electrostatic air filters are permanent, washable, and designed with a heavy duty aluminum frame, with two layers of a special polypropylene weave on the front and back, and they contain a unique poly internal lining.

Since these permanent filters clean the air by using static electricity, airborne particles are attracted and held by the static charge until they are released by washing. In order to clean them, simply flush with water in the opposite direction of the air flow arrows, then rinse the other side, drain the excess water, let air dry, and reinstall.

John's offers a filter service where we bring out a year's worth of filters so you don't have to remember to buy them. We also sell electrostatic air filters and can show you how to install and clean them.

Keeping filters clean extends the life of you're a/c system and helps reduce costs. To find out how John's can help you with your cooling needs, Just Call John's.

Air Filtration for Good Health

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

If you suffer from respiratory problems like asthma and allergies, an air filtration system might be what you need to improve your family's health. Air filtration is often overlooked by many homeowners. But it is a simple solution to many issues found within the home.

A home's HVAC system needs to have unrestricted air flow in order to work properly and efficiently. An air filtration system that is clogged with dust from your home is not filtering out the harmful pollutants found in just about every home. Since your a/c unit needs to breathe well in order to keep you and your family breathing well, it's best to take the simple actions needed to make sure you are comfortable in your home.

Remember to replace your air filter every month. Replacing the air filter allows your HVAC unit to run correctly. Clogged filters can lead to an overworked system that requires replacing sooner than necessary. A new unit can mean an expense that most homeowners simply cannot afford. If you have an electrostatic air filter, clean it once a month to optimize airflow. Electrostatic air filters don't need to be replaced – just cleaned regularly – which saves you money, too.

Additionally, your home might be a great candidate for the installation of a whole-home air filtration system. A whole-home air filtration system cleans the air in your home by removing the particulates that often cause respiratory distress. When the air in your home is cleaner, you can breathe cleaner, healthier air. Some of the particulate matter that can be found in your home includes dust, smoke, pollen, animal dander, tobacco smoke, particles generated from combustion appliances such as ovens, and particles associated with tiny organisms like dust mites and bacteria.

If you would like to have your home checked to see how you can improve the air your family breathes every day, Just Call John's.

What MERV Rating Means for Your Air Filtration

Monday, April 27th, 2015

We are right now in the middle of allergy season, when even people with minor allergies and asthma can start to experience uncomfortable symptoms from the pollutants circulating through the air. At Johns Refrigeration, we take indoor air quality very seriously, and we want you to have the most pleasant conditions in your home as possible. We install a variety of filtration systems that will remove most of the allergens moving through your home's air. (more…)

The Importance of Air Filters (as seen on Sonoran Living Live)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Our owner, Andrew John, was recently featured on the TV show, Sonoran Living Live, where he spoke about the importance of air filters.

Your Home Breathes

Just as we inhale and exhale, so do our homes. There are some filters on the market that prevent the home from breathing efficiently by blocking air flow. Other filters just prevent dust from getting to the coil without filtering the air in your home.

In this segment of Sonoran Living Live, Andrew John talks about the role of the air filter, which is to filter air from the home before it enters the HVAC system.

It's important to have the right size and type of filter. When the filter is clogged, dust and dirt are blown back into your home, causing allergies or asthma. Changing the filter on a regular basis or utilizing a reusable filter like the one Andrew talks about in this segment is one of the best ways to keep the system running efficiently.

Did you know an air filter was originally meant to just keep dust and dirt from the coil of the A/C unit?

When most people think of an air filter, we think it prevents dust from entering the home, and while that's true, it wasn't always the case. The original purpose of the filter was to keep dust and contaminants from getting to the coil of the unit. When the coil of the unit is covered in dirt, the entire unit runs less efficiently. You'll see the result in increased utility bills.

Depending on the type of air filter you choose, you can protect the coil while also filtering the air in the home. But air filters are just part of the system. The box, as we like to call it – the A/C and heating unit, ductwork, and air filter – work together to make your home efficient and healthy. When one isn't working properly, it overworks the system, making it less efficient.

If you're unsure about which air filter to select, Just Call John's at 480-648-2094.

Air Filters and Your Home

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

John's Refrigeration is changing the way you think about HVAC and your home. The system to heat and cool your home is really not about the unit outside – or as we like to call it, the box. The system includes the ductwork and air filter, which, when not properly sized and sealed, can cause dust, pollen, and other contaminants to enter your home, making the unit less efficient and you less comfortable.

How do air filters work?

The air that flows through your home goes through a filter before it enters the HVAC system, making it important to have the right size and kind of air filter. When the filter is clogged, the air in your home filters through those contaminants as well, blowing the dust and dirt back into your home.

A filter is important, not just to protect you from contaminants in the home, but to also protect your air conditioning and heating unit from damage. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports changing your home's air filter as the most important part of maintaining your home and making the HVAC system efficient.

Sizing Air Filters and Ductwork

Filters that aren't sized properly, including the newest on the market, can actually make your system less efficient by blocking airflow. This causes the entire system to work harder and use more energy. That translates into a higher utility bill for you.

The same holds true when ductwork isn't sized and sealed properly. Your home breathes just like you do. When it's not operating efficiently, it's like it's having an asthma attack; working harder for the same output.

The role of filtration is to protect the coil, not filter air around the house. In some cases, the solution for an asthmatic system is to use a basic (cheap) blue air filter that keeps the airflow at an efficient rate. Other solutions include having the ductwork evaluated to make sure it is sized and sealed properly so that dust and other contaminants are not entering the home.

Our team wants your home to be energy efficient and for you to feel comfortable. If you're concerned about the efficiency of your home or aren't as comfortable as you'd like it to be, Just Call John's.

Improving Indoor Air Quality with a New Unit

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

There comes a time in the life of your HVAC unit that we have to recommend a new one. Don't worry. We won't surprise you. We will do everything we can with your existing unit in terms of maintenance and repair to keep it running efficiently as long as we can. The reality is that it's a machine and machines wear out.

There is a good news. A new unit will improve indoor air quality.

  • New SEER ratings requirements effective January 1, 2015 make units more energy efficient than ever before. In addition to saving you money, the unit will also improve indoor air quality.
  • When you #JustCallJohns, you can expect that we will not only install the actual unit, but will also inspect and repair (if needed) the entire duct system of your home. It is estimated that as much as 20% of the air that moves through the duct system is lost to leaks and improper installation. We want to prevent leaks that cause pollen, dust, and other contaminants to enter your home.
  • Consider adding a humidifier to your air conditioning system to keep your home comfortable and your family healthy. When indoor air is too dry, it causes our mucous membranes to dry out and causes us to be unable to fight bacteria and viruses effectively. Very dry air can also exacerbate allergic reactions and chronic respiratory disorders like asthma.
  • Keeping a home sealed tightly can actually cause more problems than letting in some fresh air. The team at John's Refrigeration will balance the air in your home to include some fresh air. They may also recommend a purification or air filtration system, especially if you're prone to allergies and asthma. These systems will filter and prevent dust, pollen, and various allergens from getting and staying in your home.

A new unit is an investment in the health of you and your family that will not only keep you comfortable, but will improve indoor air quality. Contact us today to learn more.

Reduce Indoor Dust and Five More Ways to Make Your Home Healthier

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

For about half the year, Phoenix, Arizona homes are closed to keep the air conditioning inside and the hot air outside. While this keeps us cool, it can also wreak havoc on allergies and asthma. Dust, pollen, and other contaminants can get into our homes through leaks in the duct system and unsealed doors and windows. Reduce indoor dust and you can reduce the allergies and asthma symptoms associated with unclean indoor air.

The team at John's Refrigeration will come to your home and perform a whole home inspection to see where allergens are getting into your home and offer solutions such as a whole home air purifier, air humidifier, and sizing and sealing of the duct system.

Other ways to make your home healthier include:

  1. Carpets. Dust and other particles can get trapped in the carpets of your home, causing allergic and asthmatic reactions. The best option is to get rid of them and replace with tile or hardwood floors, especially in common areas. If you can't do that, have carpets cleaned on a regular basis; every three to six months is ideal.
  2. Pets. If you have pets, you're inviting allergens into your home. Dander, dirt, and dust can be causing breathing and other health problems. Before you decide Fido and Fifi have to be re-homed, try bathing them regularly and installing an air purifying system in your home that will trap dander and other allergens before they can make you sick.
  3. Shoes. Take your shoes off as soon as you enter your home. Ask guests to do the same. This will reduce indoor dust, bacteria, and environmental allergens that enter the home.
  4. Pests. No one wants to talk about unwanted house pests, but they are a reality, especially here in the desert. Wash your sheets and other bedding frequently and vacuum the bed to reduce the number of dust mites. If you see cockroaches, call an exterminator immediately. Cockroaches carry bacteria and disease and move as fast as three miles an hour, spreading germs throughout your home.
  5. Mold. Check under sinks and around windows for leaks that can eventually grow mold. As soon as you find mold, get rid of it, as it can cause a variety of breathing and other health problems.

If you're worried about indoor dust and other allergens in your home, Just Call John's for an inspection of your HVAC system including the unit and the duct system of the entire home. We'll help you reduce indoor dust and keep you healthy!

Wind and your HVAC System

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Monsoon is not the only time the wind blows here in the Valley of the Sun. Sometimes the wind kicks up and dust devils toss not only dirt and debris, but other pollutants, into the air. Where there are strong winds, there is blowing dust when you live in the desert. The dust creates a thick haze, affecting visibility while driving. Not only do high winds and dust make it difficult to drive, but they also make it difficult to breathe if you have respiratory issues like asthma or allergies.

Here are a few tips to help you get through these windy days and still be comfortable:

  • Since a home's a/c unit filters the outside air, dust storms can strain it, making your system work harder and less efficiently. Learn more about how winds and monsoon affect your home's ability to keep pollutants out of your home by reading “Monsoon”.
  • Because the EPA ranks indoor air pollution as the fourth largest environmental threat to our country, it's imperative to keep the air we breathe while inside our homes as fresh as possible. An efficient HVAC unit can provide that. Read more about how to prevent dirt and dust from invading your home at “Indoor Air Quality.”
  • Pollen is the most difficult allergen to avoid and it's almost impossible to do so when the wind starts blowing. Learn how, with proper air balancing, duct sealing, and using the correct filter, you can prevent pollen and other allergens from getting in your house at “Pollen and your HVAC system.
  • Pollutants increase the chance of upper respiratory infections and cause adults to miss work, children to miss school, and often require multiple visits to doctors' offices and sometimes even the emergency room. “Asthma, Allergies, & Indoor Air Quality” discusses this topic in more detail.
  • Your heating and air conditioning system can either be contributing to asthma symptoms or causing asthma attacks by harboring and spreading pollen and other allergens. “HVAC and Asthma” mentions how a properly functioning HVAC system can help reduce indoor allergens in part by maintaining a consistent indoor environment free from external, airborne irritants.
  • Air filters are vital at keeping pollutants from infiltrating your home. Wind picks up dust and that dust makes it into your home if you have a dirty air filter. Read what else a clean air filter can do for your family's health in our upcoming article, “The Importance of Changing Your Filter Regularly”.
  • Cleaning the air in your home so that your family is able to breathe easier is a priority at John's. We install home air cleaners that will help you breathe easier and we talk about them in “What is a Home Air Cleaner.”
  • Whole-home air filtration systems make the air in your home as clean as possible by removing annoying particulates and allowing you to breathe cleaner, healthier air. Not only will your health improve with this system, but a significant energy savings can also be realized. To answer the question, “Do You Need A Home Air Filtration System?” read our blog.

John's Refrigeration Heating and Cooling takes the way you breathe while inside your home seriously. If spring winds, monsoon, dust, pollen, and other irritating pollutants are interfering with your health, just call John's.

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