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Category: Indoor Air Quality pg. 1

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Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Where does dust come from?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

 

Dust: it follows many of us around like the plague, but where does dust come from? It’s made up of a variety of things, such as blowing dirt, bacteria, pollen, pollutants, pet hair, decomposing insects, dryer lint, insulation, and mostly, skin flakes that humans shed.

Contrary to popular belief, the source of most of the dust in our home comes from the great outdoors and not dead skin cells or pets. However, both you and Fido are responsible for some of the blame.

An environmental study conducted by the University of Arizona found that 60% of the dust that gets into our homes enters via airborne particles and tracked in soil. The study also concluded that the lead and arsenic in homes usually comes from soil and outside air. This can then collect on objects in your home, such as furniture and toys. So if you do notice dust gathering in your children’s play area, be sure to clean frequently, as young children often put toys into their mouths.

One of the best ways to improve the quality of air in your home is to remove those contaminants by installing an air filtering or air purification system. If the ductwork in your home uses either a filter or purifier, it’s important to replace and/or clean them on a regular basis so the system can do its job effectively.

At John’s, we have a team of air cleaner specialists that operate in Tempe, AZ and the neighboring East Valley communities. It’s vital to schedule regular maintenance checkups to ensure that your air cleaner doesn’t obstruct the balance of air in your home and reduce the effectiveness of your air conditioning system. There may come a time when your air cleaning system needs to be replaced and our specialists will work with you every step of the way to find a system that works for your home and budget.

How Often Should I Replace my Humidifier Filters?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

 

Low humidity is most common during the winter months and can cause a number of air quality issues in the home. To combat these issues, installing a humidifier can help increase the moisture level and create a more comfortable atmosphere in your home from season to season. To maintain proper moisture levels,it’s important to replace the humidifier filters in a portable system frequently or it can cause a variety of problems, including:

  • Respiratory illnesses and/or sinus infections
  • Chapped and dry skin
  • Excessive dust
  • Static electricity
  • Dry furniture

The overall job of a humidifier is to alleviate these issues, while improving the quality of the air in your home. That’s why a whole home solution is the best choice for homeowners in Arizona. Operating a portable unit is fine, but the lifespan on these systems is often short lived and the hard water in the East Valley is a big factor. With portable units, the humidifier filter needs to be replaced as frequently as once a month. On the other hand, a whole home solution requires filter replacement only once a year.

When installed, a whole home humidifier regulates the amount of moisture in the air that passes through your air conditioning system. Like all systems, a whole home solution requires a level of maintenance and repair, but John’s has the expertise to work with you every step of the way. From installation to service checkups, we are committed to keeping your home as comfortable as possible.

If you notice any changes in the air quality of your home, have problems getting rid of dust, or you are prone to sinus infections, you should consider adding a humidifier as a home improvement and a benefit to you and your family. Contact John’s today to learn more about our whole home solution or to schedule a service visit.

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.

Some New Year’s Resolutions for Your Heating and Air Conditioning System

Monday, December 28th, 2015

As we welcome in 2016, many of us in the Mesa, AZ area are making new year’s resolutions, such as promising to exercise more or indulge in harmful vices less. You would be well served to make a few additional resolutions regarding your heating and air conditioning system. They could serve you quite well in the coming year by improving your system’s overall efficiency and maybe putting a few dollars back in your pocket along the way. (more…)

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…)

Beware of Formicary Corrosion

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Heaters and air conditioning systems have become more effective and efficient as time goes on, which has become a great boon out here in Mesa, AZ. But that often creates new challenges and even new dangers which can cause your system no end of trouble. Among them is the recent rise in formicary corrosion, which strikes at the copper tubing in your heating and air conditioning system, and is responsible for trouble like refrigerant leaks and even the full-bore failure of the tubing. A good technician can correct the problems caused by formicary corrosion and help your indoor air quality to boot. Let’s take a look at how it all works. (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…)

3 Features of Modern Thermostats

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Thermostats are designed to last for a long time, and you may have one in your Mesa, AZ home that’s decades old. Your thermostat doesn’t have to wear out to get a replacement, however. If yours still uses a mercury switch, you should replace it just to get the poisonous material out of your home. Furthermore, technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past few years and new advancements are being made every day. By upgrading your system and replacing your old thermostat with a new one, you can take advantage of these features. Here are 3 of them for you to consider. (more…)

Preventing Illness at Home During Flu Season

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Whole Home Air Purifiers: They Help You Breathe Easier

It’s that time of year. Kids are bringing home nasty germs and inevitably, everyone in the house will take their turn at being sick. Obviously washing your hands and cleaning surfaces with disinfectant will help. But what if you could have a whole home solution? One that worked for you all year around? One that would strip the germs right out of the air so that you don’t have to worry?Well we have the solution for you. Our whole home air purifier. (more…)

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