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Posts Tagged ‘Humidifiers’

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.

Indoor Air Quality Products Halt Winter Sickness

Monday, December 14th, 2015

With winter weather comes winter colds, and our dry conditions here in Mesa, AZ only make matters worse. When humidity levels drop, our sinuses dry out, leading to increased vulnerability to sickness and germs. This can be compounded by the increased socialization during the holidays—with things like Christmas parties and friends and family coming in from out of town—which can spread colds and flu bugs like a wildfire throughout your household. (more…)

Ways That a Humidifier Can Help You

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Winter is coming to Mesa, AZ, and while our cold weather isn’t nearly as bad as it can be in other parts of the country, it still provides homeowners with some unique challenges. Mainly, dry air, which can be a significant impediment to both health and comfort levels when the winter months arrive. We’re a desert community, which means that our air is dry enough as it is. When the temperature falls, it gets even drier, which compounds existing issues and makes things even tougher for local residents. The solution is awhole-house humidifier, which blows vaporized moisture into your home and elevates the humidity levels to a comfortable point. A trained technician can install one in your house fairly easily and help you in a number of different ways. (more…)

How Do Humidifiers Work?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Mesa, AZ is a desert community, which means our air is very dry as well as being hot. Air conditioners can help address the temperature, but do very little to increase the humidity of the air. In fact, they can often do more harm than good in that department. As they cool the air, moisture condenses and becomes liquid (much like dew that forms in the early mornings). Your air conditioner safely collects the condensate in a pan and removes it from the system, but the effect is to make the dry air even drier. A whole-house humidifier can be the answer, and understanding how these systems work is key to explaining their benefits to you. (more…)

What Are the Advantages of a Humidifier?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

We live in a desert environment here in Mesa, AZ, which means that our summers are as hot as they are dry. The dry air can actually create as many obstacles to your comfort as the heat, and no matter how well your air conditioner does its job, you can find yourself feeling quite uncomfortable without the help of a humidifier. A qualified HVAC technician can install a whole-house humidifier for you, but what are the advantages of a humidifier, specifically? Here’s a quick breakdown. (more…)

Is Dry Air in My Home Really That Much of a Problem?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

A “dry heat” usually has a positive meaning. When the humidity rises along with the temperature, it makes the hot weather feel substantially worse. The extra moisture in the air creates a heat seal around the human body that restricts the body’s ability to release heat from the skin. The trapped heat makes the actual temperature feel hotter and less bearable. But if there is little moisture in the air, heat can escape from the body much faster, and so the heat doesn’t seem as bad. (Although a 110°F summer day in Mesa is still hot, no matter the humidity.)


What’s the best level of humidity in your home?

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

What the Level of Humidity Has to Do with the Health of Your Home

What’s the best level of humidity in your home? Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. When it rains in Gilbert and the air feels “sticky,” you’re feeling high humidity levels. The right level of humidity in your home should be 35-45%. It’s enough to keep you healthy without feeling like the air is too heavy with moisture. While the level will vary depending on the weather, it should remain within a healthy range of 25-55% at all times.

What happens if the level of humidity is too high or too low?

While it doesn’t happen as often in Arizona as it does in other parts of the country, high humidity (more than 55%) causes the growth of dust mites, mold, and mildew, especially near water like in the kitchen and bathroom. Your towels don’t dry when you hang them up after a shower. There may be condensation on windows and the air smells musty when the level of humidity is too high. Many homeowners install a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the air in their homes.

We tend not to have the challenge of high humidity in Arizona

We usually have low humidity (less than 25%) through most of the year in Arizona. The exception being during rainy days or monsoon. The rain water evaporates quickly, leaving the air dry. With low humidity, we’re more prone to getting a cold or sinus infection, have difficulty breathing, experiencing static electricity, a bloody nose, or suffering with dry skin. If you’re using a portable humidifier, also called a vaporizer, you’re probably feeling better than you did without it. You’ve added humidity to reach a healthy level (25-55%).

Protect Your Assets

In addition to keeping you and your family comfortable, protect your assets with a healthy level of humidity in the home. Wood surfaces and flooring, musical instruments, furniture, art, and photographs can all be damaged when humidity is too high or too low.

If your family is suffering from the effects of a low level of humidity in your home, it’s time to consider a whole home humidifier. Just Call John’s at 480-648-2400 to find out how we can help you feel more comfortable in your home.

Why You Should be Concerned About Low Humidity

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

There are lots of places in our country where excessive humidity is a big problem, but where we live, we can have the opposite problem: too little humidity. Humidity in a home needs to be balanced in order to be truly comfortable, and having too little humidity causes a number of problems.

The good news is that you can seamlessly add humidity to your home in Chandler with the installation of a whole-home humidifier. When you install a whole-home humidifier, it becomes a part of your entire HVAC system, so it’s important to hire an expert for installation, repair, maintenance or replacement. The technicians at Johns Refrigeration bring two generations’ worth of whole-home system experience to every job, so if you have concerns about your home’s humidity levels, call us today!

Effects of Low Humidity

Low humidity effects both people and your home in the following ways:

  • Dries out wood – most homes have a considerable amount of wood, from flooring to ceilings to furniture. When wood doesn’t have enough moisture it dries out, which leads to shrinking and eventually splintering. The end result can be irreversible damage.
  • Dries paint and wallpaper – paint can peel and bubble without enough moisture and wall paper can become unglued and start to tear.
  • Dries mucous membranes – too little humidity in your home can dry out your mucous membranes, which can lead to dry eyes, nose bleeds and dry skin.
  • Temperature discomfort – humidity holds heat, so if there is too little in your home, your air conditioning won’t feel as comfortable. As a result, you may set your thermostat lower than it has to be because even though the air is cool, it may not feel that way.

The EPA estimates that indoor humidity levels should range between 30%-60% at all times. When the level in your home sinks below 30%, you may see the above-listed problems ensue. A whole-home humidifier eliminates these problems by integrating directly into your existing HVAC system and supplying your home with the needed moisture to make it comfortable year-round.

If you are interested to see what a humidifier can do your for Chandler home, call the indoor air quality professionals at Johns Refrigeration today and schedule an appointment.

Consider a Humidifier to Help with Allergies

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

How Can Humidifiers Help Your Allergies?

Do you suffer from allergies living in Arizona? You’re not alone. The heat and lack of humidity causes dry sinuses and skin, pressure, pain, and bloody noses. Humidifiers can help and here’s how:

What’s humidity?

It’s the amount of moisture in the air. When it rains and the air feels “sticky” or heavy, you’re feeling humidity and it’s needed to keep sinuses moist and functioning in a healthy way. When the air is too dry, you’re more susceptible to getting sick, having bloody noses, and feeling sinus pressure. Using a humidifier, even just one used at night, can help you feel relief from these symptoms.

Types of Humidifiers:

  • Steam vaporizers like the ones you may use when you or your children are sick boil the water into a cold or warm vapor. Vaporizers keep sinuses moist throughout the night to prevent bloody noses and coughing.
  • Impellar humidifiers rotate disks, flinging water into a cool fog.
  • Ultrasonic humidifiers use frequency vibration to create droplets of cool water.
  • Wick systems use a fabric wick to draw water from the reservoir while a fan blows the vapor into the air. These self-regulate depending on the amount of humidity in the air.
  • Whole Home Humidifiers are built into a home’s HVAC unit, keeping humidity at equal levels throughout the home at all times of the day and throughout the year.

In addition to humidifiers, we recommend the following to decrease allergens found in your home:

  • Pollen can aggravate allergies. If you spend a lot of time outside, we recommend taking your clothes off right when you enter the home, rather than tracking pollen, dust, and other contaminants through the house.
  • Take off your shoes at the door. Leaving shoes at the door when you enter means less allergens are brought from the outside and spread throughout your home.
  • Less carpet, more wood and tile flooring. While you might like the soft, warm carpet under your feet, it’s one of the worst things to have in your home, especially if you have allergies or asthma, because it holds dirt, dust, pet dander, and other allergens.

Just Call John’s at 480-718-1172 to learn how we can help you decrease allergens and increase humidity in your home with humidifiers.

What are the benefits of whole home humidifiers?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

We have quite a few customers from cooler parts of the nation who look at us funny when we suggest they have whole home humidifiers installed. They wonder why we would want to add humidity to their home; after all, they moved here for the dry, almost-perfect heat. We don’t disagree that the weather in the Gilbert area is close to perfect, but it’s too dry, especially for those of us who may have allergies and asthma.

If you’ve lived where it’s cold in the winter, you know how bad indoor air quality can get. The same is true here in the summer. Our homes are sealed to prevent heat, dust, pollen, and contaminants from coming in, but the air itself is stagnant. Poor indoor air quality can cause breathing problems if not regulated properly. One of the best solutions is to install a whole home humidifier, which will keep humidity levels at a comfortable level.

Benefits of Whole Home Humidifiers

Just as portable humidifiers add moisture to the air, that’s how whole home humidifiers work. The moisture makes harsh, dry summer air easier to breathe and…

  • Creates an environment where viruses are less likely to thrive (Moisture scares them away. They love the dry heat.)
  • Decreases static electricity
  • Prevents dry hair and itchy skin
  • Less likely to suffer dry mucous membranes, which make you more susceptible to colds and respiratory illnesses
  • Less damage to wood floors and furniture
  • Increased energy efficiency

With a regulated level of moisture, it means you don’t need to set your thermostat higher or lower for the same level of comfort. We estimate this can save you as much as 5% on electric bills, while also creating a healthy, comfortable environment for you and your family.

Just Call John’s to learn more about whole home humidifiers!

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