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Category: Indoor Air Quality Service pg. 5

Category: Indoor Air Quality Service pg. 5

Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality Service’ Category

Common Allergy Triggers in Arizona

Friday, February 28th, 2014

If you have a green lawn in Arizona, you have a lawn that was imported from outside our desert environment. Adding plants like this to the desert air has created a variety of allergic reactions, sometimes called Arizona Nose. If you’re feeling pain between your eyes, scratchy throat, runny nose, and congestion, you might be having an allergic reaction to the desert in bloom.

This year, allergies are in high gear early due in part to the warmer winter. Plants are blooming sooner than normal; they think it is springtime already. Our friend’s orange tree is quite confused. There’s fruit ready to be picked and orange blossoms ready to bloom all at the same time. Orange blossoms are a common allergy trigger; they smell delicious, but cause a lot of us to sneeze.

 

Other common allergy triggers in Arizona include:

  • Palo Verde Trees – found near desert washes and other flats; the trunk is grayish green and shiny. Thorns often appear at the base of leaves.
  • Red Fescue and other desert grasses commonly used in pastures and in desert landscape.
  • Date palms are the shorter, stockier palm trees. The male plants produce pollen, which is an allergy trigger.
  • Orange, peach, and other fruit tree blossoms produce pollen, which attracts bees and keeps the desert looking pretty, even if they do make us sneeze.

There are a variety of other triggers. While some of these plants and trees are native to Arizona, there are many that we have brought here, creating a high potential for allergies for many of us. Visit our blog post 5 Natural Remedies to learn ways to treat allergies without taking over the counter medication.

To learn more about the products and services offered by John’s Refrigeration to help with your allergy symptoms, call us today!

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.

What is a Home Air Cleaner?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Clean air in your home not only means having to dust less often, but being able to breathe easier. Indoor air is often dirtier than outside air if your HVAC unit and its ductwork aren’t properly installed and maintained. Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections and asthma. It can also cause headaches, eye, nose, throat, and respiratory irritation, coughing, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to odors, muscle pain, and fatigue.

 

One of the best ways to improve the quality of air in your home is to remove those contaminants with a whole home air cleaner, such as an air filtering or air purification system. John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling offers several solutions to your air quality problems. Our air filters and air purifiers are installed in your home’s ductwork where they can interact with the optimal amount of air.

John’s offers several home air cleaner services like our Filtered Fresh Air System, air filtering, air purification, duct repair and replacement. These types of services are designed to prevent contaminants like dust, pollen, pet dander, and VOC’s from getting into your home and polluting your air.  Just Call John’s. We’ll make you feel comfortable, all the way around.

Symptoms of Asthma and Your HVAC

Monday, February 10th, 2014

If you or a family member has asthma, your heating and air conditioning system can either be contributing to symptoms of asthma or causing asthma attacks by harboring and spreading allergens. Or, if your HVAC system is running efficiently, it could be creating an environment that helps you manage your allergy symptoms and keeps the air inside your home healthier and cleaner. A properly functioning HVAC system can help reduce indoor allergens in part by maintaining a consistent indoor environment free from external, airborne irritants.

Central a/c can help asthmatics breathe, sleep, and live easier, but only if the system is working the way it is supposed to be. In order to maximize the effectiveness of your HVAC unit, it must be maintained properly. 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.

Have the unit serviced annually by a certified HVAC contractor and you will dramatically improve the air quality in your home while also prolonging the life of your heating and air conditioning system by stopping dirt and other small particles from getting to the mechanical components that make up the unit.

 

Since the allergens found in indoor air are mostly tiny irritants such as pollen and bacteria, as well as pet dander, cockroach, and other insect pest particles, they are easily inhaled. It is important that people with asthma maintain a healthy indoor environment in order to reduce exposure to these indoor asthma triggers. Not only can poor indoor air quality make the symptoms of asthma worse for someone who already has it, but it may also play a role in the development of asthma in more susceptible people, like small children.

Keeping the air in your home free of these allergens is an important step towards keeping your family healthy. Call John’s so we can address any symptoms of asthma you may be experiencing, service your HVAC unit, and discuss which filter is best for your system. Because we are your indoor comfort specialists.

How a Maintenance Program is Like Healthcare for Your HVAC

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Did you know the HVAC system helps your home to breathe? It’s true. Your home breathes just like we do; inhaling and exhaling. Sometimes the system is at less than optimal performance, making regular maintenance even more important to schedule, and here’s why:

 

  1. Catches issues before they become big problems. You catch a cold and start resting so it doesn’t get worse. This is the same reason you schedule maintenance for your HVAC unit. Small adjustments can save you time, money, and the discomfort of having a home that isn’t the right temperature for you and your family.
  2. Keeps an optimal level of health. Changing filters, checking smoke detectors and CO monitors, and system checks help keep the HVAC system running efficiently. Our Peak Performance Club Membershipincludes two annual 51-point inspections. The inspection identifies anything that can shorten the life of the system, cause high utility bills, or result in harm to your family.
  3. Saves money. In addition to the system running efficiently, it will save you money over the long run. Our trained technicians can make adjustments to the system before it breaks down, especially during extreme temperatures.

Now is the time of year to schedule maintenance for your HVAC system. Think of it like an annual physical to maintain the comfort of your home. You’ll thank us when the A/C kicks on and cools your home during our desert summers.

Contact John’s Refrigeration to schedule a maintenance appointment today!

Secrets from the Pros: How to Choose the Right Air Filter

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Take a listen to some very insightful information regarding air filters for your residential HVAC equipment. Andrew John is featured in this video teaching a class to some industry partners. Learn how to create a better environment in your home and save money on utility bills. As always, give us a call if you would like to learn more about how we can provide you the best home comfort around.

Benefits of Air Duct Sealing

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Air duct sealing is a great way to keep dust and allergens out of your ducts, which ultimately protects your entire home. The video below features Andrew John of John’s Refrigeration offering expert explanation of the benefits of air duct sealing in comparison to duct cleaning. John’s Refrigeration offers both services and wants to ensure you are informed about why we recommend certain services over others based on the unique circumstances for each home owner.

Happy Customer Interview with John’s Refrigeration

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

We love it when clients share their experience with us. Feedback is essential to ensure that we are offering the highest quality service. In the video below, we hear from a client who was experiencing uneven temperatures throughout her home as well as an overwhelming amount of dust build up. With the updates that John’s Refrigeration made, the home is now even in temperature and the dust build up is practically non-existent! With four cats, the duct work updates and sealing have turned the clients home into a comfortable living environment for everyone.

 

5 Step Home Efficiency Program

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Check out the video below for home efficiency standards defined by John’s Refrigeration, Heating & Cooling. The 5 steps break down to:

1. Size and seal your duct system

2. Fix pressure balance systems

3. Fresh air and purification or filtration

4. Air balancing

5. New HVAC equipment

 

This video offers complete explanation and visuals to guide you through the importance and relevance of each step. Remember to give John’s Refrigeration a call for all your heating and cooling needs!

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.

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