Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Indoor Air Quality Often Gets Worse in Winter

Monday, November 11th, 2019

woman-with-allergiesThe outdoor temperature isn’t the only part of winter that becomes more difficult. Winter is also a season when indoor air quality for homes suffers steep drops. Poor IAQ can strike at any time of the year (spring brings serious allergy problems), but the issue is most consistent and predictable during the coldest months of the year.

Why Indoor Air Quality Drops in Winter

You probably think of winter as a time when colds and cases of flu are more common. This is true, and you would still have to face various illnesses during the season no matter the quality of your home’s air. But there are specific reasons for the negative impact on household air at this time—lack of fresh air circulation and unhealthy contaminants trapped indoors.

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Ventilate Your Home (And Save Money) With an ERV System

Monday, October 14th, 2019

airflow-diagramFall is an excellent time to have upgrades made to your home’s HVAC system. This can mean installing a new heater to get ready for the winter or putting in a new Wi-Fi thermostat system. One of the Cary, NC, HVAC services our professionals offer that can help a home tremendously during all seasons of the year is adding an ERV system. If you’re interested in enjoying better air quality in your house without wasting money on extra heating power, an ERV system is one of the finest options available.

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How a UV Air Purifier Can Help Your Home

Monday, July 8th, 2019

UV-lightIn terms of comfortable living, most homeowners are going to think first and foremost about temperature. This is totally understandable. Without an effective air conditioner in the summer and a reliable heater in our relatively mild winter season, it is very difficult to live in anything even remotely resembling “comfort”. If you think that temperature is the only factor to consider when it comes to your comfort or to your overall quality of life in your home, however, think again.

You should be equally concerned with the indoor air quality in your home, if not more so. Why? Because subpar indoor air quality can actually have pretty serious implications for your health. Your comfort is very important, of course, but your health needs to be protected at all costs. That is why you may need to use a UV air purifier in your home. If you are curious about UV air purifiers, this is the post for you, courtesy of your trusted HVAC company in Durham, NC.

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Why Humidity Can Make Summer Heat Much Worse

Monday, May 27th, 2019

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What is it about humidity? We know—because we live in an area that often experiences high humidity during the middle of the year—that a hot day feels much hotter, and much less pleasant, when the humidity levels soar. A “dry heat” means “a tolerable heat.”

But what is it specifically about humidity that makes a hot summer day much harder to take? We have the answer to that question—and we also have a way to help you beat high humidity inside your home. (You’re on your own outside, however!)

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Dry Air Makes It Harder to Heat Your Home

Monday, January 21st, 2019

cold-man-with-thermostatWinter brings cold weather—we all expect that, and we have home heating systems to help keep our families warm. (If you don’t have a heating system or need a replacement, schedule service with our technicians.)

But winter brings more than cold with it. It also brings dry air. Moisture is drawn out of the air by freezing conditions, which gives the air that sharp crispness of the season. Homes can also experience dry air because of old atmosphere furnaces, which draw air from inside the home to work and then force the dry outside air to move in.

Dry conditions may make a hot summer day easier to take, but in winter it’s the opposite. When the air in your house is too dry (below 30% relative humidity), you’ll have a harder time keeping it warm.

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How Air Purifiers Work in Your Home

Monday, March 19th, 2018

UV-air-purifier-lightThe air quality in many homes today is much lower than it should be. In fact, it can be three to four time worse than the air pollution outdoors—something that often surprises people. The trouble with air quality in a modern home is the lack of proper ventilation to allow air replacements; i.e. moving out stuffy air filled with pollutants from indoor sources and replacing it with air from outside. Opening up windows and doors can help—but this kills a home’s energy efficiency and doesn’t do much good for comfort either.

One of the best ways to enjoy better indoor air quality while keeping your house from drafts and hot spots is to have air filters and air purifiers installed into the HVAC system. A Chapel Hill, NC, HVAC contractor can help find the right type of air purifiers and air filters to help see that your house has the cleanest and healthiest air possible.

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Attic Fans Are Helpful in Winter Too

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Attic fans, especially solar attic fans, are excellent ways to improve a home’s energy efficiency during the summer. That’s why we often recommend people have them installed. These fans are designed to vent out the accumulation of heated air in the attic during a summer day (the radiant energy from the sun on the roof can elevate temperatures in the attic up to 130°F) so this excess heat doesn’t seep down into the rest of the house.

But you may not know that attic fans are helpful in winter as well—just as much help as they are in the summer.

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Should I Get Air Filters or Air Purifiers to Improve Air Quality?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

If you have concerns about the quality of the air in your home, you’re probably not worrying over nothing. Low air quality is common throughout homes in the U.S. because the modern residential building is designed to be so energy efficient that it doesn’t “breath” well. For instance, too many contaminants are allowed to build up indoors. This includes dust, dander, pollen, dust mites, volatile organic compounds, bacteria, mold spores, chemicals, smoke, and more.

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An Energy Recovery Ventilator: Great for Winter AND Summer

Monday, December 5th, 2016

To keep as much heat trapped as possible indoors and prevent cold drafts in winter, a house must have extensive insulation and air sealing. This may help with comfort and energy efficiency, but it also leads to a build-up of indoor contaminants and air that can be too humid or sometimes too dry.

What can you do about this? Open up the doors and windows for some fresh air? No, that just ruins the whole point of having a home insulated in the first place. All the energy used for the heating system simply goes to waste.

But what if you could recover that energy and use it to heat up fresh air coming from the outside? That’s just what an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) does, and it’s a great solution to unpleasant indoor air during winter.

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You May Need Professional Duct Sealing

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Most homes have a ventilation system with ductwork to circulate air—both heated and cooled—throughout the rooms. Because the ductwork is hidden from sight in walls and ceilings and closed-off spaces like the attic, it’s easy for homeowners not to give them much thought. But ducts often develop air leaks in them over time, and unless these leaks are professionally sealed, it will have a negative effect on home comfort and energy performance.

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