A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Tips for Safety and Air Quality During California Wildfires

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

chimney-fireMid-to-late fall is wildfire season in Southern California. And, unfortunately, we’re now in the middle of one of the most serious epidemics of wildfires in recent memory. We hope you and your family stay safe and your property remains undamaged during this rough period. We have a few fire preparation and safety tips to assist you, especially when it comes to indoor air quality, one of our specialties.

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What to Do With the Poor Air Quality Due to Wildfires This Fall

Monday, September 16th, 2019

haze-from-wildfireWildfires in Southern California are tragically common during the fall. Even when your home isn’t in the path of a raging fire moving through dry brush, the smoke, soot, and other contaminants these fires bellow into the sky have a massive negative affect on air quality for many miles around. For areas downwind of the fires, air quality can be affected by up to a hundred miles.

How bad can the air quality get due to wildfires? Around 60 times worse than health standards, with particulates as high as 1,500 micrograms per cubic meter. To give you perspective on this, the threshold for healthy conditions according to the World Health Organization is 25 micrograms per cubic meter.

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You Don’t Have to See Poor Air Quality to Know It’s There

Monday, February 4th, 2019

moldy-cornerPoor indoor air quality isn’t something we can see. There are millions of particles floating in your air space right now, but the most you’ll be able to see with your naked eye are just a few motes of dust. And while no one is denying the existence of microscopic particles, it’s a fact of human psychology that not being able to see something makes us skeptical of its existence. That’s one potential reason why some homeowners don’t take air quality issues as seriously as they should.

However, there are several direct and indirect symptoms of poor indoor air quality that you can feel and see if you know to recognize them. We’ll go over what those signs and symptoms are below.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Air Filters

Monday, October 1st, 2018

air-filter-manWe’ll say this one first so we don’t have to say it later:

Lots of bad things can happen if you don’t change your air filter regularly.

Short-cycling, frozen coils, low airflow… You name it. The air filter is crucial to the performance of your air conditioner, and neglecting to replace it can have you making a surprise call to an air conditioning repair service in San Bernardino, CA. That’s about all the average homeowner needs to know about their air filter. However, if you really want to understand your filter in an out, here’s what else we can tell you:

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3 Common Ductwork Issues

Monday, July 9th, 2018

duct-leaks-breachesEvery central heating and air conditioning system uses a network of vents to transport air, commonly called the ducts. They’re an essential part of the air conditioning process, so anything that goes wrong with them can cause major efficiency and air quality issues. In this post, we’ll go over a few common duct problems. If you suspect you have a problem with your ducts, consider calling for air conditioning repair in Riverside, CA. 

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5 Signs You Need Duct Sealing Services

Monday, June 25th, 2018

worker-sealing-duct-atticWould you ever try to carry all your money in a plastic bag full of holes? Of course not—your dollars would go flying in the wind!

When you leave your air ducts unsealed, you might be surprised to find it’s not too different than doing just that.

It’s estimated that about 20 to 30 percent of your cool air is lost due to duct leaks. And for the owner of an AC, there’s no denying the one simple truth:

Air = Money

We’d never want to see you chasing after lost money, so we’ve put together a list of 5 signs that you need duct sealing in Riverside, CA.

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Which Air Filtration Systems Work Best in Your House?

Monday, June 11th, 2018

A heating/cooling vent register on the wall of a home, with open/close leverConcerned about the quality of air in your home? You should be. While we typically think of air quality in terms of outdoor levels of mold, pollen, or ragweed, indoor air quality (IAQ) is even more important. That’s because most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Factoring in those people with allergies or other respiratory complications makes that percentage even higher. Given this, if you’re going to invest in an air filtration system, you need to make the best choice for you and your family.

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The Benefits of an Air Purification System

Monday, May 14th, 2018

happy-family-eats-pizzaAir conditioners come equipped with basic filters to help screen out dust, pet hair and other contaminants as the air in your home cycles through the system. It’s helpful in keeping the air clean in your home. But filters are incomplete protection from dust and dirt. They can become clogged very easily, and need to be replaced periodically (an unpleasant task at best).

Furthermore, they provide incomplete protection, since smaller particles can slip through the screen and remain in your air. And the cost of replacing filters can be an unnecessary nuisance, something your household budget can easily do without. Considering the high dust count we get in the Inland Empire, which only gets worse in the summer, now is a great time to explore other options. 

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The Advantages of UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, April 30th, 2018

UV-light-filterIndoor air quality is of huge importance here in the Inland Empire. Dust, germs and allergens are common intruders in our home, and they can have a huge negative impact on the quality of your life. Germs and bacteria, in particular, are causes for concern, and if you experience a lot of illnesses in your home, you make wish to take steps to keep them in check. This is true for every home, but especially homes with sensitive family members such as infants, the elderly, and those with conditions such as asthma.

In these circumstances, we strongly recommend the installation of UV germicidal lights in your centralized HVAC system. It can protect your home from all kinds of biological contaminants in an extremely efficient way, and works in conjunction with your heater and air conditioner to provide comprehensive coverage. Here’s how it works.

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Keep Your Home Healthy with UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, October 30th, 2017

UV-light-filterIndoor air quality is as important as heating and air conditioning here in the Inland Empire. Your HVAC system may keep your home perfectly comfortable, but germs and other contagions can enter at a moment’s notice, and use the air blown through your furnace and air conditioner to spread through throughout your home. With winter comes winter rains, and that means more bacteria, allergens, and similar unwanted houseguests slipping into your air.

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