How to Keep Your Family Healthy Indoors During the Winter Months

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Two important home improvements you can make this year can keep your family healthy indoors during the cold and dry winter months. Individually, each solves an indoor air quality problem, and together they are a complete solution for your home.

Whole Home Humidifiers

In winter, the air tends to be drier than at other times of the year. In our Rocky Mountain climate that means our already dry air is especially dry. This is hard on skin, eyes, throats and nasal passages and contributes to worsening cold and allergy symptoms.

Unlike portable humidifiers, which don’t offer much control and are limited to a single room, whole home humidifiers add moisture to your entire home by connecting to your heating and cooling system. The humidity level can be monitored and adjusted through your thermostat, allowing an even level of moisture to be released all year long.

The benefits of whole home humidifiers include:

  • Preventing viruses that thrive in low humidity.
  • Reducing the severity and incidences of many common illnesses, such as colds and flu.
  • Protecting your home from the adverse effects of dry air. Furniture, plaster, paint, artwork, electronics and musical instruments all benefit from the right level of humidity.
  • Increasing comfort throughout your home. Adding humidity will actually make your home feel warmer at lower temperatures, so you can save energy costs – as much as 4% for every degree you lower your thermostat setting.

Whole home humidifiers can be installed in new or existing homes, and even homes that have baseboard or radiant floor heating.

Whole Home Air Cleaners

Concerns about the effects of poor indoor-air quality have increased, as more and more of us rely on recycled air in our tightly sealed homes and offices. Quality air purification in the form of whole home air cleaners is an effective and affordable solution. These units can be incorporated into almost any HVAC system.

The benefits of whole home air cleaners include:

  • Drastically reducing allergens, particulates and toxins throughout your entire home. Whole house air purification eliminates allergens, bacteria, dust and smoke up to 100 times more effectively than conventional furnace filters.
  • Removing particles as low as .003 microns – the smallest particles that exist.
  • Eliminating fan noise typically associated with portable units.

Whole home air cleaners require little maintenance and the average filter life is up to 3 to 5 years.

Ask us how a whole home humidifier and air cleaner can improve your health and comfort. Call us today for a free estimate!

How Do Whole Home Air Cleaners Work?

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Our homes are more energy efficient than ever, tightly sealed against the elements so that our heated and cooled air doesn’t escape through cracks and leaks. As a result, paying attention to indoor air quality is more important than ever. Heating and cooling systems typically recirculate air and can inadvertently create a situation where the air inside a home is many times more polluted than the outdoor air. There are ways to prevent this. We find that many of our customers in Colorado and Wyoming benefit greatly from installing electronic air cleaners.

How do Air Cleaners Work?

An electronic air cleaner, when installed by a professional in conjunction with your HVAC system, can help to eliminate over 99% of contaminants.

These are the two types of air cleaners:

Electrostatic precipitators

Particles (dust, allergens and other contaminants) gain an electrical charge as the air is drawn into the unit. The charge is created from ions moving back and forth in the system. The charged particles then accumulate on two flat plates, inside the unit, that have the opposite charge — effectively taking those irritants out of the air you breathe. The plates typically need to be cleaned every one to three months, depending on how quickly the particles accumulate on them.

Ion generators

Rather than charging particles inside the unit, ion generators send ions out to charge the particles in the room. The charged particles then cling to surfaces around the room such as curtains or walls. This takes them out of the circulating air you breathe. The particles are then removed from the room during normal home cleaning.

Benefits of Air Cleaners

Air cleaners are extremely effective

If you or your family suffer from seasonal allergies or other respiratory illnesses, or if you are just concerned about breathing clean air in your home, a whole home electronic air cleaner can give you peace of mind and make you more comfortable. Air cleaners have been shown to be extremely effective at removing particulates, odors and microbials.

An air cleaner will protect your whole house

By working with your HVAC system, whole home air cleaners provide comfort and safety throughout your entire home. Air cleaners go a significant step further than traditional air and furnace filters which only trap medium-to-large particles and have little to no effect on gases, vapors, bacteria and viruses.

Air cleaners are safe and reliable

Air cleaner technology is safe and effective for everyone and can be especially beneficial for children and seniors.

Air cleaners are easy to install and maintain

Once professionally installed into your existing heating and air conditioning system ducts, the air cleaner requires very little maintenance.

Contact a Rheem Pro Partner today to protect your home’s indoor air quality. We serve all of Colorado and Wyoming.

Is the Indoor Air You Breathe Healthy?

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Your home should be your sanctuary, but did you know that the air inside your home (and other indoor spaces) could be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside? In some cases, it may be much worse.

The Problem:

Chemicals, mold, particulates and poor ventilation compromise indoor air quality.

Many of the items that make their way into your home emit thousands of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particles into the air. Although these compounds can contribute to a number of health problems, they are not generally identified on product labels.  VOCs are used in many household items such as furnishings and building materials, as well as cleaners, laundry products and air fresheners containing synthetic fragrance.

Additionally, dust, dirt and debris containing pollutants and irritants come into your home on people’s shoes. Mold, which is caused by moisture, is another source of VOCs and particulates.   

The Solutions:

  • Use cleaners and laundry products that don’t contain harmful chemicals and synthetic fragrances.  (Fragrance-free products are a great option.)
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays.
  • Keep large doormats at each entry to catch the majority of dust, dirt and pollutants on shoes. Consider making your home a shoe-free zone.
  • Choose a natural alternative to pesticides.  If you must use harsh chemicals, do so sparingly and with great caution.  Always read labels and follow directions carefully.
  • Maintain a healthy humidity level (30%-50%) to keep dust mites, mold and other allergens under control.  Fix leaks and moisture problems to prevent mold growth.
  • Keep indoor plants to clean the air naturally and brighten your space.  Ferns, spider plants and aloe are excellent natural air purifiers.  (If you have kids or pets, choose plants that are safe for them.) Be sure not to overwater your plants; overwatering can result in mold growth.
  • Vacuum, mop and dust often.  HEPA filters in vacuums prevent dust and dirt from blowing back through the exhaust.  Microfiber dusters and mops trap dirt without the use of cleaners or chemicals.
  • Don’t smoke.  Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 harmful chemicals and secondhand smoke poses a serious health risk to children.
  • Open your windows.  Fresh air can prevent the build-up of toxic chemicals.
  • Maintain your HVAC system.  Be sure to replace your furnace filters regularly.
  • Talk to an HVAC expert about a whole home air cleaner and humidification system.  A whole home system is the best solution to getting rid of 99% of indoor contaminants, as well as maintaining that healthy humidity level in your home to alleviate allergy and asthma triggers.

HVAC professionals can help you with your questions regarding the best indoor air quality solutions for your home.  And don’t forget to schedule your regular maintenance appointment.

For more information, contact your Rheem Pro Partner in Colorado or Wyoming today.

Keeping Your Indoor Air Quality in Check With Air Conditioner Repair

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If your indoor air quality is poor, and contaminated with pollutants, some of the people living in your home might suffer the consequences. While poor indoor air quality indoor air may not affect everyone living in the home, anyone with a sensitive respiratory system or other health issues might not breath as well as they could if the indoor air was pollutant-free. The same is true for office buildings and other structures in which a person spends a great deal of time during the day or night.

The bottom line is that poor indoor air quality is not optimal. If you feel that the indoor air you breathe on a regular basis is filled with pollutants, there are Denver HVAC contractors that can help. The problem might require air conditioner repair, or it may be possible to help alleviate the situation using another method.

To improve indoor air quality, try following these steps:

Use an air purifier. An air purifier is designed to remove particles or pollutants from the air and improve your indoor air quality. There are many different air purifier types and models – and they range from relatively inexpensive to expensive. The most effective air purifier for you will depend on the size of your home or building, and the cause of the impure air. Let an ac repair company provide you with more information on the best possible air purifier before you purchase one.

Make sure the air inside of your home or building is not too dry. Maintaining a certain level of humidity inside of your home or building can help improve indoor air quality. it may be possible to regulate the humidity level with your HVAC system. Denver HVAC contractors can provide you with guidance on how to add or eliminate humidity from indoor air.

Always change air filters on a regular basis. Excessively dirty air filters do not have the capacity to catch particles that fly through your indoor air. An air filter is supposed to filter air that travels through your HVAC system. But an air filter can only be effective when it’s clean or new.

Seal air ducts during construction. If your home or office is in the midst of a remodeling project, make sure to close your HVAC system’s air vents. When the vents are left open during construction, the dust and debris that fly through the air can be sucked into your HVAC system and circulated throughout the building – polluting the indoor air quality each time the system kicks on.

Indoor air quality is important and a top concern of homeowners as well as people that spend a great deal of time inside of an enclosed building every day for work. Poor indoor air quality can lead to respiratory issues and possibly other health problems. Denver HVAC contractors are highly experienced at evaluating indoor air quality, and can determine if you need ac repair or if your indoor air quality can be improved using another method. Call Rheem Pro Partner today to schedule an appointment for an evaluation of the quality of your indoor air.

New Technology Improves the Air Quality in Your Home

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Honeywell’s Ultraviolet Air Purifier with AirBRIGHT Odor AbsorptionIt’s that time of year when stagnant air permeates indoor environments and pollutants are more prevalent. Today’s better designed and built homes can trap unwanted particles like mold spores, odors and organic compounds where they are circulating by your heating system. As a result, the EPA estimates that the air you breathe in your homes can be up to three times more polluted than outdoor air.  It is time to pay attention to your air quality.

Honeywell’s Ultraviolet Air Purifier with AirBRIGHT Odor Absorption uses ultraviolet light to help clear the air. The system eliminates up to 99 percent of mold spores on you heating and air conditioning unit, helping to maintain system efficiency and airflow. AirBRIGHT uses ultraviolet rays and carbon cells to capture odor-causing airborne particles and transform them into harmless water vapor. Because the UV light cleans and regenerates the cells, the AirBRIGHT system is virtually maintenance free.

The Honeywell product is highly recommended for homes and families that have odors caused by pet, cooking and other sources, are concerned about maintaining energy efficiency, or have homes that has windows and doors that stay closed for extended periods.

Contact your Rheem Pro Partner contractor for more information.

Changing an Air Filter: Some Basic Tips About Yours

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changing an air filterWhen it comes to proper HVAC maintenance, changing an air filter is one of the most important things you can do to lengthen system life. This simple routine will not only boost your system’s efficiency but it will also help you save money on utility bills. There are several essential steps to follow when changing the AC filter. read more →

How Your Whole-House Humidifier Fights Flu in Your Denver Home

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whole-house humidifierCold temperatures can make the transmission of the flu virus more likely in homes without a whole-house humidifier. Investigations performed by virologists show that dry conditions with cold air pull moisture out of flu droplets which are released by coughing and sneezing. Additionally, the body’s immune system isn’t as active during the winter. This, combined with the lingering virus, makes it more likely that you’ll catch the flu, especially if you live in a place like Denver. read more →

Put CO Detectors on Your Fall Maintenance Checklist to Ensure Your Home’s Protected

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In the colder months, it’s no doubt you and your family will be spending more time inside. Windows will be shut and secured, and doors will remain closed between uses. For these reasons, fall is a great time to check CO detectors throughout the home to make sure they’re operating properly to protect your family.co detector read more →

Seal Home Air Leaks as Summer Wanes and Fall Takes Hold

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seal home air leaks, Denver, ColoradoThe cooler autumn season is a great time to check and seal any possible air leaks in your home that contribute to increased cooling and heating costs. read more →

Attic Ventilation Makes for a Healthy Home Any Time of Year

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attic ventilation for a healthy home, Colorado and WyomingBelieve it or not, adequate attic ventilation can make a serious impact on home comfort. There are several aspects to consider when it comes to understanding how ventilation in the upper story of your home matters throughout the year. read more →