Homeowner Education

It’s important to understand how your home’s heating and air conditioning system works and how it interacts with the rest of your home. For example, you may have the most efficient furnace ever manufactured installed in your home, but it still won’t help to decrease your energy bills if your duct system is leaking. To learn more about your home’s HVAC system, click on the links below:

Why indoor air quality is important to your health

The air in your home is much more likely to be polluted that the air outdoor. In fact, indoor air pollution has been identified as one of the five more urgent environmental problems in the United States. Some of the culprits are volatile organic compounds, or “VOCS”. Common VOC’s are found in paint, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleansers, disinfectant, even dry cleaning. Eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, and nausea can result from excessive exposure to VOC’s. There are many other health problems that are made only with the bacteria, viruses, pollen, dust and everything else that contributes to the poor air quality in your home. To find out more about indoor air quality problems and the solutions that the Rheem Pro Partner offers, click on the video link.

To understand more about your Indoor Air Quality, please click here to watch a short video.

Why proper humidity is important to your health

The air inside your home is drier than you think. The average North American home can be up to four times below recommended indoor relative humidity levels. In the winter time, the average heated home can have a relative humidity as low as 13%. That is even drier than Death Valley or the Sahara Desert, where the relative humidity at least averages around 23 to 25%. In fact, we all know it’s common for a doctor to mention dry air as one of the causes for nose, throat and skin discomfort. According to medical experts, many viruses thrive in low humidity and can increase the likelihood of getting colds, flu and upper respiratory ailments. But dry air damage doesn’t stop there. When heated air isn’t humidified, it causes walls and ceilings to crack. Wood floors and trim separate. Dry air shrinks the framing around doors and windows, resulting in gaps around doors and windows, making your home less energy efficient.

Properly humidified air can help prevent problems aggravated by dry air.

To understand more about why proper humidity is important, please click here to watch a short video.

Why proper ventilation is important

Over the last few years, we’ve been able to learn more about indoor air pollution and its effects on people through advanced testing techniques. Formaldehyde, radon, household chemicals, odors, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants are present in our homes. These substances have become the focus of studies by builders, Remodelers, heating and ventilating contractors, and even the Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, EPA studies prove that concentrations of toxic pollutants can be up to 10 times greater inside the homes than outside. And some of these pollutants have been know to cause headaches, nausea and aggravate symptoms of asthma and allergies.

One solution to the problem: The EPA, the National Association of Home Builders, many local building codes, and ASHRAE recommend adequate ventilation in homes. That means bringing the outside air in.

To understand more about properly ventilating your home, please click here to watch a short video.

Proper versus improper air flow

A duct system is the network of round or rectangular tubes located within your floors, walls, and ceilings sending air to and from your various rooms. Your duct system is considered to be the lungs of your home, bringing air to and from all rooms in your home. If there is a leak in your duct system, it could cause high utility bills because you’ve lost the hottest air in your house. It could also cause stuffy rooms, a dusty home and other problems.

To learn more about proper air flow, please click here to watch a short video.

To learn more about the causes of improper air flow and how to fix those problems, please click here to watch a short video.

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