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Why is it important to regularly change air filters for home?

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

All of the air that flows from your HVAC unit into the living spaces of your home must pass through an air filter before it gets to the air conditioning or heating unit. If the filter is clogged with contaminants, the air will filter through those pollutants as well. Air filters for home don't just help improve the air quality inside your home, however; they also protect your heating and cooling system from being damaged. The Environmental Protection Agency cites changing your home's air filter as the most important maintenance task that you can do to optimize your HVAC system's energy efficiency.

By changing the air filter in your home, you're not just allowing the unit to breathe easier; you are also doing the same for your family.

There are a host of health problems that can occur as a result of airborne contaminants inside your home. Change your air filters on a regular basis to keep your home comfortable and to avoid the many respiratory difficulties, allergies, and illnesses that can occur because of the circulation of bad air in your home.

Most air filters trap contaminants including dust mites, tobacco, bacteria, dust, pet dander, pollen particles, and particles that carry viruses, which can help keep your family healthier, too. The amount of contaminants captured by the air filter increases over time and it will eventually become so dirty that it will restrict airflow. The HVAC system is then forced to work harder to move the amount of air necessary to maintain the desired temperature in your home. The amount of additional energy your unit has to draw under these conditions is significant and often results in higher utility bills.

Buying the correct size filter is also important; you want the air to move through the filter, not around it. Please read our article on what type(s) of filters to use. Change the air filter on a regular basis in order to keep your unit working as efficiently as possible. Air filters should be replaced (or at least checked) every month, especially in the winter and summer when your system is used the most.

In order to get the most efficient use of your system, change your air filters regularly in order to enjoy the coolness of your home when temperatures reach 110°. It's the easiest, yet most important way to keep your HVAC unit running efficiently and keep it running when you need it.

Xeriscaping and Allergies

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Xeriscaping refers to landscaping in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for additional watering. Xeriscaping uses native plants, which often have a low pollen count and will cause less trouble with allergies. So, not only does xeriscaping save water, but it can also reduce the allergens that are around your home, making it easier for you to breathe.

Xerogardening, another form of xeriscaping, involves planting a “low allergy garden” by establishing plants and flowers that are pollinated by insects, rather than those pollinated by the wind. A Xerogarden can also be an effective way of reducing dust in the garden and in your home's landscaping. Both utilize water-wise or drought-resistant plants that are native to the area. You can even design your xeriscape or xerogarden as a lure for local wildlife, including hummingbirds and quail.

Another way to decrease the amount of pollen and other allergens from around your home would be by using ground covers in your landscaping. The ground covers, sometimes gravel, but also low, creeping plants, cover the soil to reduce the amount of dust that's carried by the wind. Dust that ends up in your house, which can make it difficult for you to breathe.

Controlling the air quality in your home can reduce allergy and asthma symptoms and decrease the triggers that cause flare-ups. Air conditioners help reduce the humidity and also prevent outdoor allergens from entering the home, 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 HVAC system maintenance.

At John's, we offer several suggestions for homeowners to improve the quality of air in their homes, including something as simple as replacing inefficient air filters. To find out if your home could benefit from installing an air filtration system to help control allergens in your home, read our blog, Do You Need A Home Air Filtration System?

5 Natural Allergy Remedies

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

If you're sniffling, sneezing, and have a scratchy throat, you know it is allergy season here in Arizona! Pollen levels are high and lots of trees and plants are in full bloom. We know changing air filters regularly and regular maintenance to the HVAC unit are important to keeping your family healthy. What else can we do to treat or avoid allergies?

Here are some natural allergy remedies:

  1. Take a probiotic to keep your digestive and immune systems healthy throughout the year. A healthy immune system helps prevent allergy attacks.
  2. Exercise helps the immune system stay healthy. Being active – walking 30 minutes a day 3-5 times per week – helps your body run efficiently (pun intended).
  3. Making healthy food choices helps your body stay efficient. There are less additives to process so the body can focus on basic functions.
  4. Getting regular sleep helps the body recover and function at its highest level. This allows time for cells to repair, preventing a variety of ailments.
  5. Saline nasal rinses help clear allergens and irritants, which prevent or help lessen the symptoms of allergies.

We hope these tips help you stay healthy through allergy season!

For information about keeping your family comfortable in your home and ways your HVAC unit can help alleviate allergy symptoms, contact the team at John's Refrigeration.

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.

Pollen and your HVAC system

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Many people move to the Phoenix metro area from other parts of the United States thinking their allergy problems will go away. But Arizona's desert dust creeps into every nook and cranny of our homes, though there are many things we can do to prevent this pollution intrusion.

Poor indoor air quality is a major pathway for pollen and many other airborne pollutants. A poorly maintained a/c unit and compromised ducts can be prime real estate for germs. Inefficient filters can be home to many types of bacteria and viruses. Air coming through leaky doors and windows circulates dust, pollen, gasses, and odors through your home. And while some bacteria will cause odors, others won't, so don't count on a tell-tale scent to know if your system is housing mold and other pollutants.

Pollen is by far the most difficult allergen to avoid. All types of plants generally favor warm, sunny days for releasing pollen, and they prefer the kind of dry air typical of Arizona. Although these pollen grains are tiny, compared to other allergenic particles, they are big and heavy. This makes them easier to trap in an efficient filtering system.

Between proper air balancing, duct sealing, and using the correct filter, you can prevent pollen and other allergens from getting in your house, significantly reducing allergies and asthma symptoms.

John's Refrigeration Heating and Cooling offers several solutions to your filtering problems. Our Advanced Oxidation Air Purifierwill reduce 97% of airborne bacterial and 97% of the airborne mold in your home.

Our Electrostatic Air Filtersare more than 84% plus efficient, versus 15% efficiency for the disposable filters commonly used. These reusable filters are also backed by a lifetime warranty.

John's can improve the air quality in your home because we take a holistic, whole house approach and understand how your home, duct system, and A/C system work together.

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