Conquering Your Indoor Allergies

Woman Blowing Nose Allergies

Conquering Your Indoor Allergies

April 29, 2017
Woman Blowing Nose Allergies

You’ve been dealing with allergies for a long time, so you know the basic allergy fighting tips already. From HEPA filters to air purifiers, you have an army of solutions for annoying seasonal symptoms. What if your allergies still aren’t under control? You might not realize your Gladewater, Texas, home has allergens hiding in every room, from your shower curtain to your houseplants.

Ditch the Indoor Plants With Soil

You’ve heard that indoor plants help purify your air, which is true. Sometimes, though, those indoor plants live in soil that has mold or mildew growing in it. When your indoor plants bloom, they produce pollen, and though insects are usually how pollen ends up in the air, you might encounter a little bit of it when you go near your plants. Try keeping them on the deck or the terrace. At the very least, remove any plants from your bedroom.

Get Rid of Your Vinyl Shower Curtain

Vinyl curtains can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which exacerbate many people’s allergies. Plus, they get covered in mildew if they’ve lived in your bathroom for too long. Instead, get a fabric shower curtain which you can remove and wash. You get the double whammy of washing it in hot water to remove any allergens and knowing you’re not breathing in VOCs every time you shower.

Consider Your Thermostat

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, dust mites like temperatures between 68 and 77 degrees, as well as very high humidity. We don’t think you should cool your house consistently below 68 degrees during the summer because your energy bills will skyrocket. But consider letting your indoor temperature dip below or go above dust mites’ preferences every so often to help kill them off.

Combine one or all of these with your air purifiers, your HVAC air filters, and your HEPA vacuum. If you want more IAQ HVAC solutions, a JD’S AirNow technician will have the answers you need. Call us today at (903) 759-7483 .

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3 HVAC Innovations to Consider for Your New Home

Woman Adjusting Thermostat

3 HVAC Innovations to Consider for Your New Home

April 25, 2017
Woman Adjusting Thermostat

You’ve finally moved out of your last apartment and own a home in Hallsville, Texas. You now have control over so many more things, from the flooring in your living room to your kitchen cabinets to your HVAC system. Instead of dealing with a building-wide system or annoying window units, you can implement green HVAC technologies in your home.

Dual Fuel Heat Pump

Heat pumps are a fantastic way to heat and cool your home because you only need one efficient system to do both heating and cooling. But heat pumps lose efficiency when the temperature approaches freezing because they depend on the outdoor air to perform their heat exchange processes. A dual fuel heat pump has a gas-powered furnace attached, and a smart thermostat switches between the two whenever it calculates the furnace is the more efficient option.

Recyclable Ducts

Several companies have innovated air ducts made out of recyclable materials, usually fabrics or cardboard. While this sounds inefficient, these air ducts are coated in materials that are fire-retardant and designed to prevent heat loss. Because the technology hasn’t been around, we can’t speak to how long these air ducts last. If you want your home to be really green, they might be worth looking into.

Zoned Heating and Cooling

Control the temperature in the rooms of your home independently of one another with zoned heating and cooling. Instead of paying to heat or cool an entire house when you’re only using part of it, you use a smart thermostat to adjust temperature zones, which usually encompass a room or a piece of a house. It’s is convenience and energy-efficiency wrapped into one.

When you’re ready to start the process with new green HVAC technologies, JD’s AirNow will be with you every step of the way. From small innovations such as UV coil lights to installing whole new HVAC systems, we’ve got the tech you want. Call us at (903) 759-7483 so we can send a technician over and get the discussion rolling.

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