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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

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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 inversionAn 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.

How Can UV Lights Help Your Home?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

UV stands for ultraviolet, the invisible wavelength of light that gives us a tan or a burn at the beach and makes our white clothes glow in the dark at rock concerts. But UV lights have a much more practical effect than that: helping to keep your home free from germs and illnesses. A UV light installed inside your home can stop germs and bacteria dead in their tracks, and help your family feel happier and healthier in the process. How can UV lights help you home? Read on for the specifics. (more…)

How Does Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Here in Mesa, AZ, temperature control takes top priority in terms of keeping our homes cool. A quality air conditioner can be your best friend when temperatures climb into the triple digits. But that’s not the only factor involved in household comfort: indoor air quality plays a huge part as well. In addition to helping your home feel fresher and less stagnant, indoor air quality can do wonders for helping your air conditioner cope with its workload better: reducing monthly costs as well as lowering the risks of a repair. How exactly does indoor air quality affect your air conditioner? We’ve included a brief breakdown below: (more…)

3 Types of Air Filtration Systems

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Mesa, AZ gets super-hot in the summertime, and most of us rightfully focus on our air conditioners to keep our homes comfortable. But frankly speaking, indoor air quality can be as much of a problem: anything from low humidity to the presence of germs and bacteria can lower the quality of your air and subsequently the quality of your life. You can fight it by installing an air filtration system in your home, which can address specific issues or a variety of them to help make the air fresher and healthier. But which one is right for you? You can answer that question with help from a professional technician, but here are 3 different types of air filtration systems to give you an idea of your options. (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…)

How Do UV Germicidal Lights Benefit My Home?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Indoor air filters and air purifying systems are a great way to keep the dust and dirt of Mesa, AZ out of your home, and improve your indoor air quality. But that isn’t the only way to address the presence of indoor contaminants. A UV lighting system can do wonders in reducing sickness and bacterial infections in your family members, helping the household stay happier and healthier as a result. Here’s a quick breakdown on how UV germicidal lights benefit your home. (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…)

Ductless Systems and Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The spring season is also the peak of allergy season. If there are people in your home with asthma or allergy problems, this period of the year can often be a rough one, with an increase in the cold- and flu-like symptoms associated with allergies and unpleasant asthma attacks.

There are many ways you can help raise indoor air quality in your home to alleviate the hassles of allergy season, as well as allergy and asthma hassles around the year. Johns Refrigeration offers a number ofexcellent solutions for cleaning the indoor air in your home, including UV lights and electronic air cleaners. There is another, more extensive solution you may consider if you are also planning to install a new air conditioning system or new home construction lies in your future: a ductless mini split heat pump.

How does a ductless system help with allergies and air quality?

Most indoor air quality remedies are designed to remove the contaminants that circulate through the air of a home: filters, purifiers, etc. But what if you could remove the location where most of these contaminants gather? That would eliminate the bulk of them. This is what switching from a standard ducted central heating and air conditioning system to a ductless mini split heat pump achieves.

The ductwork of a home is a major spot for pollutants to gather. The airtight seal inside the ducts makes it easy for dust, dirt, pollen, dander, and numerous other allergens to begin to build up. Ducts don’t receive routine cleaning during the week like many other parts of your home, so this level of debris will continue to grow with no escape except into your home’s air.

But ductless mini split heat pumps have no ductwork at all. They instead send conditioned air directly into rooms through wall-mounted air handlers. These air handlers connect to an outside unit, so they are still central systems with much more power than window air conditioners; but their direct cooling and heating power means they can bypass ducts and the contamination that develops inside them. The result is a significant drop in the allergens moving around your home.

Call Johns Refrigeration in Mesa, AZ and throughout the Valley of the Sun to find out more about ductless mini split heat pump installation. We are glad to help you with any other indoor air quality installations that will make your home healthier place.

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.

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