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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.

Should we try what China is doing by fighting pollution?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

It has recently been reported that China has designs for towers that will filter air and water in highly populated and polluted cities. At the base of the towers are greenhouses that could, at least in theory, grow vegetation, including fruits and vegetables, throughout the year. It sounds good in theory, but should we try what China is trying by fighting pollution?

Maybe. Maybe not.

At this point, it’s just theory and a set of drawings. We, including China, don’t know if the tower will be worth the resources spent to create it. Resources that include the environment.

In order to make space for new towns and suburbs, engineers are suggesting that the tops of mountains would need to be sliced off in order to fill the valleys caused by the construction of the immense towers. That in and of itself has environmental implications beyond fighting pollution, including what would happen to the wildlife and ecosystem of these mountainous areas.

But…

China’s air pollution is reportedly so bad that it is often compared to a nuclear winter. Crops are damaged and there is a real threat to their food supply. They, rather than the U.S., might be more likely to build the air and water filter towers.

Should we try what China is trying by fighting pollution?

Let’s look at the viability of creating a monstrous tower. In densely populated cities like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, we would have to destroy private and public land to even have space for this type of tower. That alone would have environmental and political implications.

While there are places in the U.S. with poor air quality, no area comes close to a nuclear winter. So is it worth it – even if we can scrub our air and water clean – to build such a tower?

Maybe. Maybe not.

We’re not a government-controlled nation (like China) that can make blanket decisions for the people. The reality is that between politicians, businesses, and environmentalists, an air and water filtering tower is probably never going to happen.

 

And China hasn’t even built one yet so we don’t have a real case study to review.

Until someone else builds it, we don’t think it’s happening here. No matter how good it sounds in theory.

For more on this topic, please visit New Tool Fighting Pollution and Climate Change.

 

Asthma, Allergies, & Indoor Air Quality

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Allergy and asthma control begins where we spend 90% of our time: at home. Controlling the air quality in your home can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms and decrease the triggers that cause flare-ups.

Allergies don’t only cause sneezing and runny noses; they are also a main trigger for asthma attacks. You could have a chronic problem breathing well (easily, deeply) or coming down with respiratory issues. And it’s possible to develop asthma and allergies as an adult, even if you never had either as a child.

Although everyone is affected by it, people with asthma are more sensitive and experience the effects of poor indoor air quality more quickly and more severely. 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. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that asthma “is the leading chronic illness of children in the United States and the leading cause of school absenteeism due to chronic illness.”

The American Lung Association recommends source control as the first line of defense against indoor air pollution. Increasing the circulation of outdoor air into the home and reducing the humidity as much as possible helps because fresh air can also reduce the levels of indoor air pollutants. By reducing humidity, dust mite and mold growth decreases. Air conditioners help reduce the humidity and also prevent the exposure of outdoor allergens, as long as the units are routinely serviced and running correctly.

Most health risks associated with poor indoor air quality can be minimized with proper system maintenance. A clean and efficient HVAC system is an essential tool to have in your family’s health tool box. John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling is authorized by both SRP and APS for duct testing and repair. We test your duct system to identify areas where the contaminants are getting into your home and will recommend actions you can take to keep your indoor air as safe as possible. We also sell and can install reusable electrostatic air filters, which attract and hold onto airborne particles like a magnet. The particles are only released when the filters are cleaned. This way, those particles stay in the filter instead of making their way into your lungs.

At John’s, we are your indoor comfort specialists and can address any issues with the air inside your home; making it easier to breathe easier.

Indoor Air Quality

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The EPA ranks indoor air pollution the fourth largest environmental threat to our country. And, according to a study by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, indoor air contaminants are responsible for half of all illnesses.

In approximately 500 indoor air quality investigations in the last decade, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that the largest source of indoor air quality problems, at 52%, is inadequate ventilation.

Heating and cooling issues, mold, secondhand smoke, volatile organic compounds (VOCs are often found in paints and common cleansers), viruses, pollen, animal dander, water leaks, and particles from dust mites and cockroaches, can cause indoor air quality problems and trigger health concerns. Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and asthma. It can also cause headaches; eye, nose, throat, and respiratory irritation, coughing, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to odors, muscle pain, and fatigue.

The American Lung Association recommends source control as the first line of defense against indoor air pollution. Appropriate ventilation with clean, fresh air can also reduce levels of indoor air pollutants. Newer, more energy-efficient homes don’t always breathe properly and are sometimes more polluted than older homes, so there are different concerns to consider depending on the age of your home.

A clean HVAC system is crucial to your family’s health and air quality. John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling tests your home and the duct system to identify areas where the contaminants are getting in and will recommend actions you can take to keep the air inside your house as safe as possible.

We can determine how clean or dirty the air inside your home is and offer suggestions on how to improve its quality. We can install an electrostatic air filter, an Advanced Oxidation Air Purifier, or either aHumidification or De-humidification System. You will breathe easier once John’s identifies the air quality problems inside your home and resolves them.

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