Indoor Air Quality and Your Furnace: What You Should Know

February 25th, 2019

dirty -duct- versus- clean- ductYour heating system is a complex piece of machinery, with various components and parts that must work seamlessly together in order for it to perform efficiently and effectively, keeping your home and family comfortable. One of the components of your furnace that you probably don’t think of a whole lot is your ductwork—rather, the network that moves air throughout your home during system operation.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many homeowners neglect their air ducts. After all, they are out of sight so they’re generally “out of mind,” too. Your ductwork generally won’t give off many symptoms that it is in need of repair or professional cleaning, but even if those symptoms aren’t directly noticeable, the fact is that keeping your ductwork health is important to your furnace efficiency as well as your indoor air quality. Read on to learn more! (more…)

Duct Tape for Duct Sealing? Think Again!

July 31st, 2017

Although temperatures have been a little milder than typical in the last week or so, the humidity almost makes up for it, leaving us feeling pretty hot and uncomfortable when outdoors, and craving the sweet cooling comfort that comes from our air conditioning systems.

But what if yours isn’t quite working up to par? If you’ve just recently had your air conditioner maintained and/or it is a newer air conditioner, your first reaction might be to assume something is wrong with the unit itself. But, it could actually be an issue with your ductwork—that is, the ductwork it’s breached or is leaking. (more…)

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality This Summer

July 17th, 2017

improve-summer-indoor-air-qualityWhen you consider your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) you probably think about the temperature. But this is not the only thing that you should be worried about. The quality of your indoor air is affected by many factors: allergens and contaminants in the home, your relative humidity levels, and even the condition of your air conditioning ductwork.

These problems can affect not only your comfort, but also your health, the health of your family or home occupants, and the integrity of your home’s structure. Fortunately, you can turn to us for excellent indoor air quality services throughout the  Santa Fe, NM area. But how do you know what services or products you need? (more…)

Tackle High Moisture Before It Starts with a Whole-House Dehumidifier

March 27th, 2017

whole-house-dehumidifierIt looks like we may be in for a cooler spring, something that many residents around here will be grateful for, given the soaring temperatures we experience in the summer time. Nonetheless, even though our temperatures are on the mild side for now, it’s no time to neglect your home comfort.

Part of caring for your home in the spring and summer is ensuring that you’re equipped with the right Los Alamos, NM indoor air quality products and services, with a whole-house dehumidifier at the top of the list. If you’ve lived in this area through even just one summer, then you know how much the excess moisture this time of year can affect your comfort, and potentially even your health. (more…)

What You Need to Know about Radon

December 26th, 2016

We are six short days away from the New Year, which means we are six short days away from January! January is National Radon Action Month, an initiative to raise awareness of radon and the potential dangers of this radioactive gas. It is a gas that occurs naturally in the environment, and not one that many homeowners know much about. However, you can suffer from adverse health effects if you are exposed to too much of it. (more…)

Should You Add a Heat Recovery Ventilator to Your Home?

October 10th, 2016

Though temperatures remain pretty mild right now, it’s just about time to start thinking about the state of your heating system and the best way to keep your home warm during the chilly nights and cool days that will be coming this winter.

You’d probably like tips on how to improve the efficiency of your heating system so that you can save money, considering how much you’ve likely spent on cooling costs all summer. We recommend seriously considering the installation of a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) to help cut down on your costs. But how does this system work and how does that benefit your home? Keep reading to learn more. (more…)

Take This One Inexpensive Step to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

July 18th, 2016

Do you have concerns about the biological contaminants that may be present in your indoor air? Things like mold, mildew, and other bio-hazards can wreak havoc on your health and the health of your family. The good news is, however, that there is one excellent tool that is used to fight these types of particles: the UV air purifier.

Also referred to as UV germicidal lights, these systems purify your air by destroying biological contaminants before they have the opportunity to develop and infiltrate your home. They work by emitting radiation in the form of UV-C rays. While completely harmless to humans and pets, they are deadly to biological contaminants. (more…)

Is a Humidifier Necessary for Your Home?

May 16th, 2016

If you’ve lived through even one spring or summer season in New Mexico, then you know the phrase, “but it’s a dry heat” offers little solace. This is particularly true when you are indoors, trying to find relief from the outside heat. You crank up your AC and find that it does offer the cooling effect you want, however you may notice the air seems even drier.

This is because your air conditioner naturally removes moisture from the air. Even though it’s a very minimal amount, the last thing you want on a dry day is more dryness! The relative humidity levels in your home should be between 30%–50%. In this past week, they’ve been around 20%. These low levels can make you feel uncomfortable, and may even affect your health. Is a whole-house humidifier the answer? Let’s look at some of the advantages: (more…)

Get Your Ducts Sealed to Stay Cool This Summer

March 14th, 2016

Winter is over, and the days are already starting to heat up. As you go through the process of getting your home ready for summer, are you making sure that your ducts are in good shape? If not, you could be leaving your air conditioning system open to some serious efficiency problems. Let’s take a look at duct sealing, and how it can help you this summer. (more…)

Why You Should Have Your Ducts Cleaned This Winter

December 7th, 2015

Winter is heralded by more than cold weather. Instances of illnesses like the flu rise dramatically during winter, for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is dirty air ducts. While it may sound counterintuitive, the state of your air ducts actually has a sizeable impact on health throughout your household. Read on to find out how your air ducts can affect you, and how air duct cleaning can improve your health. (more…)