It’s that time of the year when you have to brace yourself for runny noses, constant sneezing, and annoying itch attacks every time you step outdoors. Fall season means our body’s worst nightmares are making a return visit. Check out the most common air pollutants in the fall below. Although the great outdoors is no longer so great for our fellow allergy-sufferers anymore, you can still find relief at home by following the tips outlined by some of Scottsdale’s best HVAC repair specialists.
Though invisible to the naked eye, air pollution is known to have plenty of adverse effects on our health without us noticing. The average homeowner doesn’t usually consider air quality until it’s too late, and the damage has been done thanks to it not being a well-known or easily spotted issue. While we offer residential air quality testing throughout Scottsdale, AZ, we think it’s important to take care of air pollution constantly rather than only when given poor test results. Today, we’re going to highlight some of the main ways that you can figure out if your home has poor indoor air quality, what causes this poor air quality, and what you can do to stop it dead in its tracks. Mold, Mildew, & Bacterial Growth If you’ve been noticing an extensively more considerable amount of mold and mildew starting to form throughout your home’s most vulnerable areas like kitchens and bathrooms, your air quality is most likely to blame. Keeping air circulating in these areas can help reduce the impact of the harmful bacterial culprits in your air clinging to surfaces and growing. Still, the long term solution is investing in an air purification system.
As people around the globe continue to cope with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and more news continues to develop, the team of indoor air quality experts at AAA Cooling Specialists would like to communicate with you regarding this important issue. The health and safety of our customers and employees is our greatest concern and top priority. That’s why we’re taking action, implementing a list of procedures based on information and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It might be hard to believe, but a new decade is about to begin, and if you’re like most of your neighbors here in the Scottsdale area, you’re contemplating what changes you can make to better your life as the calendar gets ready to turn. Might we suggest adding “Regular Heating and Cooling Maintenance” to your list of New Year’s Resolutions? No, that doesn’t sound like the most exciting goal to set. But when you take a look at all the benefits we’ve listed in this post, you’ll understand why it’s so worthwhile. And with our experienced team at AAA Cooling Specialists here to help, keeping this resolution will be a lot easier than saving money or losing weight! Efficiency A heater or air conditioner that is working too hard is bound to underperform and eventually break down. Regular maintenance ensures that every component of the system is clean and working properly, producing the proper airflow and temperatures, and not wasting any energy in the process. Longevity Most heaters and air conditioners last between 10 and 15 years. When you invest in a new heating and cooling system, you expect it to do its job for years and years to...View Article
The Health Benefits of Good Air Conditioning Air conditioning does much more than cool us down. It provides us with air that’s clean. It’s also the No. 1 defense against heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses. If you have pets, children or seniors in the home, they depend on it even more than most others. Without air conditioning, illness would spread much faster and pose a much greater risk to the household. In our Arizona desert climate, we have unique climate-control needs. That’s why our air conditioning systems should be maintained by expert-level service providers, such as , to ensure they work well year-round. Your Air Conditioning Keeps Your Home and Valuables Safe Not only is air conditioning great for those with allergies and breathing issues, but it’s also great for our homes. In a desert climate, it’s essential to maintaining our properties. Without air conditioning, we’d become overheated and our appliances and electronics would falter. Floors and even roofs are affected by a lack of proper temperature control and ventilation. Some things you can do to protect your air conditioner include keeping it out of direct sunlight and having routine maintenance and tune-ups performed by . Since we depend on...View Article
Static electricity builds up in your home over time. Movement from each room contributes to the accumulation, and the air quality in your home will decline over time. However, there are ways you can control the static electricity in your home. These tips from the crew at AAA Cooling Specialist of Scottsdale can help you find a solution. Improving Indoor Air Quality The first step toward reducing static electricity is understanding the humidity in your home. When you have dry air in your house, you’ll increase your chances of a shock. Humidity can actually improve the air quality in your home, so you’ll want to find a way to take care of this issue. There are products you can buy to increase humidity. A humidifier can reduce static electricity in your home in a significant way. Take the time to contact professionals when you decide to purchase this investment. The Winter Season and Static Electricity During the winter season, dry air can increase static electricity in your home. In Scottsdale, AZ, and its surrounding area, this is a common problem. The weather promotes electric charges on surfaces. During these months, you should use a humidifier to reduce the static electricity...View Article
By avoiding exposure to indoor air pollutants, you can reduce health risks. Of particular concern are the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are part of life inside our homes and businesses. Here is some basic information about these contaminants and what you can do about them. What Are VOCs? These gases come from products made from hydrocarbons. The number of products that contain VOCs is nearly endless. You’ll find them in cleaning supplies, makeup, perfumes, air fresheners, anything with artificial perfumes, vehicle exhaust, yard and pool chemicals, dry cleaning, and home remodeling products. Products that contain VOCs tend to off-gas more when the weather is warmer, which is what makes them such a concern in Scottsdale where the weather is warm practically all year long. The odds of VOCs affecting you is higher with prolonged exposure. They’ve been known to cause nervous system problems, along with milder reactions like respiratory irritations, headaches, or the flu. Avoiding Exposure Avoidance is the best way to minimize your exposure to indoor air pollutants. To some extent, avoidance is possible. Look for labels on plastics, paints, finishes, flooring and wood products for your home that indicate they’re low in VOCs. Using Mechanical Means Fortunately,...View Article
The quality of the air inside your home is influenced by the level of ventilation. Proper ventilation also reduces the risk of mildew or mold that can grow due to too much moisture in the air. If you want to learn how to improve your home’s ventilation, there are a few important tips to follow. Install Additional Vents on the Roof The attic can become hot and humid during the summer season. This can cause the HVAC system to work harder than necessary to operate. If you want to have more control over the climate in the building, install additional vents on the roof at the eaves and the ridge of the roof with the help of a professional. All of the screens and vents need to be painted to protect the materials and prevent them from deteriorating when exposed to the elements in each season. Add Vents on the Foundation The foundation is a common area that can lack proper ventilation, which can lead to a moist area that rots the crawlspace. Professionals can add extra vents to prevent the space from becoming damp. The vents can be maintained similarly to how you maintain any vents on the roof....View Article
Saving money on your monthly energy bill sounds great, but lowering costs can be tricky. There’s a common idea out there that you should close the vents in your unused rooms. Unfortunately, that isn’t always sound advice. The Thought Process It seems like closing vents would direct all the hot or cold air into the rooms that you actually use. While this is true, there are a lot of side effects that can negatively affect the performance and life span of your heater or air conditioner. What Really Happens Closing vents create a situation in which excess air needs a place to go. Since it can’t go into a room when the vent is closed, it can actually cause air leaks in your system as it pushes its way toward other places. When those air leaks occur, your whole unit needs to work harder to make the same impact. At the same time, blocked vents can alter the pressure in those closed-off rooms. In the winter, that pressure differential can end up drawing in cold air from around your windows and doors. How You Can Save Money on Your Energy Bill Rather than closing vents in certain rooms, there are...View Article
Many people rely on small humidifiers to keep them comfortable through the cold, dry months of winter – but you may be surprised to learn that there are also whole house humidifiers. These permanent installations can be added to your home’s existing HVAC system, giving you the benefits of the small, transportable humidifier you’re familiar with without the hassle of needing to be moved from room to room, cleaned and refilled with every use. Whole house humidifiers offer the convenience of being able to control the humidity level across every room in your home. Signs You Need a Home Humidifier How do you know if a large scale humidifier is the right choice for your home? Because this is a question we hear frequently, we thought it might be helpful to address the kinds of problems that a home humidifier can alleviate. To give you a better sense of whether or not one of these systems might be right for your own home, consider the following questions: Have you noticed an excessive amount of static electricity in your home – shocks whenever you reach out to turn a metal doorknob or laundry that clings together out of the dryer? Do...View Article