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Category: Indoor Air Quality Service pg. 1

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Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality Service’ 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.

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…)

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…)

Importance of Clean Air Filters

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

With summer quickly approaching, many of us have already started using our air conditioners. If we haven’t yet, we will be soon. Higher temperatures bring higher utility bills. A very easy way to help keep cooling costs down is to regularly replace or clean your a/c unit’s air filter.

The importance of clean air filters cannot be overstated. Your house needs to be able to breathe in order for the HVAC unit to work efficiently. If the air filter is clogged with dust and other pollutants from your home’s inside air, then your a/c unit is working harder to do its job. Changing your air filter every month is an easy way to keep your unit running the way it’s supposed to. Remembering to replace the air filter, though, can sometimes be a challenge. If you change out the filter when your utility bill comes in the mailbox, that’s an easy way to remember, and it’s more likely to get done.

If you have an electrostatic air filter, then you don’t need to replace it every month; you just need to clean it. Electrostatic air filters create their own electrostatic charge, attracting more particles than traditional, disposable filters, and they are 10 times more efficient than disposable filters. Electrostatic air filters are permanent, washable, and designed with a heavy duty aluminum frame, with two layers of a special polypropylene weave on the front and back, and they contain a unique poly internal lining.

Since these permanent filters clean the air by using static electricity, airborne particles are attracted and held by the static charge until they are released by washing. In order to clean them, simply flush with water in the opposite direction of the air flow arrows, then rinse the other side, drain the excess water, let air dry, and reinstall.

John’s offers a filter service where we bring out a year’s worth of filters so you don’t have to remember to buy them. We also sell electrostatic air filters and can show you how to install and clean them.

Keeping filters clean extends the life of you’re a/c system and helps reduce costs. To find out how John’s can help you with your cooling needs, Just Call John’s.

5 Tips to Keep Cooling Costs Down

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

With summer on the way and temperatures already starting to rise, we are all looking for ways to keep our cooling costs as low as possible. It’s a fact of life living in the desert: having an efficiently running a/c unit is a necessity.

 

The US Department of Energy cites that heating and air conditioning your home accounts for almost 50% of the energy use in a typical US home, making it the largest energy expense for most homeowners. In fact, it costs US homeowners $11 billion every year just to run their air conditioners.

Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to reduce high energy bills. Here are 5 tips to keep cooling costs down:

  1. Replace your old, inefficient HVAC unit. John’s offers no- to low-interest financing on new a/c units.
  2. Regularly clean or replace your air filters (ideally, once a month) to improve the efficiency and life of your unit. John’s offers a filter service where we bring out a year’s worth of filters so you don’t have to remember to buy them.
  3. Air conditioners make us feel cooler by reducing the amount of moisture in the air. Living in the Arizona desert, though, means we often need to add humidity. John’s can help you determine the right amount so you feel comfortable in your home.
  4. Simply running fans in the rooms where people gather is an inexpensive way to keep cooling costs low. Ceiling fans should be turning in a counterclockwise rotation during the summer. And fans don’t work on empty rooms, so turn fans off (just as you should be doing with lights) when a room is unoccupied.
  5. Shading your home from the brutal sun’s rays is very important to keeping your house cooler. Plant trees on the east, south, and west sides of your house, if possible. Replacing bug screens with shade screens on all your windows help a lot, too.

John’s has NATE–certified technicians that offer you solutions to the many problems homeowners face when dealing with cooling your home. Just Call John’s to find out how we can help you.

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…)

Air Filtration for Good Health

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

If you suffer from respiratory problems like asthma and allergies, an air filtration system might be what you need to improve your family’s health. Air filtration is often overlooked by many homeowners. But it is a simple solution to many issues found within the home.

A home’s HVAC system needs to have unrestricted air flow in order to work properly and efficiently. An air filtration system that is clogged with dust from your home is not filtering out the harmful pollutants found in just about every home. Since your a/c unit needs to breathe well in order to keep you and your family breathing well, it’s best to take the simple actions needed to make sure you are comfortable in your home.

Remember to replace your air filter every month. Replacing the air filter allows your HVAC unit to run correctly. Clogged filters can lead to an overworked system that requires replacing sooner than necessary. A new unit can mean an expense that most homeowners simply cannot afford. If you have an electrostatic air filter, clean it once a month to optimize airflow. Electrostatic air filters don’t need to be replaced – just cleaned regularly – which saves you money, too.

Additionally, your home might be a great candidate for the installation of a whole-home air filtration system. A whole-home air filtration system cleans the air in your home by removing the particulates that often cause respiratory distress. When the air in your home is cleaner, you can breathe cleaner, healthier air. Some of the particulate matter that can be found in your home includes dust, smoke, pollen, animal dander, tobacco smoke, particles generated from combustion appliances such as ovens, and particles associated with tiny organisms like dust mites and bacteria.

If you would like to have your home checked to see how you can improve the air your family breathes every day, Just Call John’s.

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