6 Inexpensive Ways to Clean Your Indoor Air

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6 Inexpensive Ways to Clean Your Indoor Air

Sep 21, 2015

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Maintaining healthy indoor air is important for your family’s health. There are many habits and activities that can negatively affect the quality of the air in our home. Improving our indoor air quality (IAQ) is very important and can be accomplished easily with even inexpensive solutions.

Change Air Filters Regularly

Replacing or cleaning your HVAC system’s air filters is an inexpensive and effective way to ensure your system runs smoothly. If you wait too long to take care of your filter, accumulated dust and debris can reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency, as it works harder to force air through a clogged filter. Follow the manufacturer’s or HVAC technician’s recommendations for cleaning or replacement. Most air filters should be replaced every 60 to 90 days during seasons of lighter use, but be sure to change the filter every 30 days during periods of heavy system use. A dirty filter will not be able to remove pollutants from your indoor air, and can actually add to air contamination. This creates problems even for those who do not have respiratory problems.

Use Healthy Cleaning Products

Your furniture, floor and carpet can be a haven for allergens. You can stop many allergens from circulating through your air conditioning system by keeping your home clean. Clean carpets and furniture with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter, which effectively traps and kills many allergens. For dusting, use a damp or microfiber cloth for more effective removal of particles. Also use nontoxic cleaning products as many traditional cleaners release harmful substances into the air. There are even recommendations for homemade cleaning products that get the job done cleanly and safely.

Eliminate Stale Air With a Ventilator

Ventilators help to significantly purify indoor air. These devices work with your HVAC system to flush out stale air and draw in fresh outdoor air. Most Performance ventilators even take advantage of the thermal energy from the outgoing air to precondition the incoming air. As a result, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to cool the incoming air, thereby increasing its efficiency. Ventilators generate savings in the long run by helping your HVAC system to perform more effectively.

Check for Radon

Most homeowners know the importance of having systems that effectively alert when carbon monoxide is present. However, few persons know about Radon, where it comes from, or its effects if present indoors. Radon, like Carbon Monoxide, is a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is also tasteless. It is produced from the decay of uranium in soil and water and is said to be linked to an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. There is greater concern for spaces on lower levels (such as basements). Radon detection kits are available, but if you have reason to be concerned it is generally best to consult an expert.

Beautify and Purify with Plants

Adding plants to your home will not only improve the aesthetics of rooms, but can also help to clean and purify your indoor air. Aloe Vera, for instance, absorbs harmful chemicals found in many standard paints and household cleaners. Spider plants absorb mold, dust, and other allergens while chrysanthemums absorb chemicals found in paint, adhesives, and building materials. There are many beautiful plants that are low-maintenance, and that are also very effective in purifying our indoor air. Another welcoming advantage of using plants as a part of your indoor air-cleaning strategy, is the fact that they are very inexpensive.

Lower Moisture Levels With a Dehumidifier

Excessive moisture can lead to uncomfortable and unhealthy conditions in your home, especially over the course of a long, hot Texas summer. Too much moisture can encourage mold to grow indoors and even in your air ducts. When circulated through your HVAC system, mold can cause a number of health problems and allergic reactions.

High humidity levels also make you feel hotter than you should which will likely lead you to decrease the thermostat’s settings. A whole-home dehumidifier removes humidity from the air so you can reduce reliance on your air conditioner and still enjoy cooler temperatures. Instead of a whole-home dehumidifier, you can also obtain smaller versions if you are concerned about just one room or area.

JD’s A/C can provide you with the systems and solutions you need to effectively manage the quality of indoor air in your home or business. Give us a call today at (903) 759-7483 to learn more about what our IAQ experts can do for you.

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Home Automation Solutions to Keep You Cool

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Home Automation Solutions to Keep You Cool

September 2, 2015
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Today’s homes are smarter than ever, with appliances that can handle the hard work of keeping your home comfortable with minimal interaction from the homeowner. If you are looking for an effortless way to keep your Texas home cool this summer, home automation might be your best option.

Your HVAC System

HVAC systems today can be linked to other automated systems throughout your home. These systems allow you to remotely control and monitor your indoor units with ease.

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat manages indoor temperatures throughout the day for optimum cooling and energy efficiency. You can adjust the settings according to your daily or weekly schedules. Some thermostats are equipped with sensors, and can automatically adjust your home’s temperatures depending on activity level or based on your programming tendencies. Programmable thermostats allow you to program more efficient settings so temperatures are ideal when you are home, for instance, and for energy-saving setting when you are away. Learning to program your thermostat correctly will improve your home comfort without increasing your energy bill.

Sensor-Controlled Blinds

The hot Texas sun can be your worst enemy when it comes to cooling your home. Smart blinds, however, offer an easy automated solution. Forget about having to go from to room adjusting your blinds. Window sensors will determine heat gain and indoor temperatures and adjust the blinds accordingly. This is also a handy tool for giving your home a lived-in appearance when you are out of town. Being able to control the amount of heat entering your home will help to improve the performance of your HVAC system.

Moisture-Sensing Dryers

Your dryer can generate a lot of heat which in turn increases cooling needs. Dryers today are equipped with a moisture sensor to prevent them from running longer than necessary. This not only reduces cooling needs but also reduces your energy consumption in general.

If you are ready to upgrade your home to include automated solutions, such as a new thermostat, contact JD’s A/C at (903) 759-7483. Learn more about how you can take air conditioning to new levels. A little automation can go a long way toward improving home comfort and reducing energy expenses.

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