Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Many homes fall short when it comes to healthy indoor air quality, and you probably don’t even know it. But, when it comes to your indoor air quality, you should care, because according to CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities,” and “Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” Luckily, there are simple solutions that will bring more fresh air into your home, improve your indoor air quality and reduce those pesky household contaminants. Keep your family breathing the best air possible with these tips.

1. Bring Nature Indoors

There are many benefits to houseplants. They will actually help clean indoor air, because of the way houseplants breathe. They take in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. People and animals take in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. When you bring house plants into your home you filter the air and bring in fresh oxygen.

2.Crack Windows

Your home doesn’t “breathe” well. It will recirculate the same air over, and over again. When you crack windows every now and then, you can improve your indoor air quality, because you are letting fresh air into your home, and allowing your home to “breathe.”

3. Turn Your Furnace Blower On

This is another great way to circulate indoor air in order to help improve your indoor air quality. When you have your furnace blower turned on it re-circulate the air, in your home, through your intake and back out of your home’s supply ducts. Although, in order for this to work the best it can, you need to make sure your furnace has been serviced. If your furnaced hasn’t been serviced it can cause more maintenance problems or even stop working altogether. It is important to keep your furnace serviced regularly. Contact an HVAC professional to keep your furnace serviced correctly.

4. Keep Air Filters Clean

The air filter in your HVAC system is the front line of defense against poor indoor air quality. The entire air volume in your home passes through the air filter multiple times a day. A clean filter will remove airborne particulates, ranging from dust to invisible microscopic particles. If your air filter is dirty, it will make your indoor air quality worse, as it circulates contaminates back into the air you are breathing. Your filters should be changed about once a month or according to your manufacture’s recommendations. You can either purchase filters and change them on your own, or have a professional do it for you.

5. Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

The ducts are often the worst areas of the home in terms of indoor air quality. Which is a problem, since they circulate air around the home. Air ducts are not often cleaned, if at all, and that makes them a prime gathering place for airborne contaminants of various kinds. Things like dust, dander, pollen, germs, and mold spores all build up in the ducts. When your HVAC system is turned on either for heat or A/C it blows all those contaminates around your home, and you and your family breathe them in, which obviously isn’t good for your health. Duct cleaning removes those contaminants from your air supply, helping improve your indoor air quality, and allowing you to breathe easier. If your air ducts haven’t been cleaned at all, or a lot of time has passed since they’ve been cleaned, contact a professional today and start improving your indoor air quality.

The quality of your indoor air is important for your family’s health. Contact your heating and cooling experts today and start breathing fresh, clean indoor air!

Warning Signs Your Furnace May Need Replaced

You have an old furnace.
If it’s working great, then you probably need not worry, but if it’s more than 15 years old and it has issues, there is a high probability that it needs replaced. The average lifespan of a furnace is 16-20 years. Also, older furnaces may be out of date when it comes to conserving energy. Replacing your current furnace with a newer model can save you money on your heating and electric bills.

Your energy bills and furnace repairs have increased.
As your furnace ages, repairs are normal.* A slight increase in your bills is to be expected as it will have to work harder the older it gets — but if there is a substantial difference in your bills, and the repairs are constant — you may need to replace your furnace.

*A good rule of thumb when it comes to furnace repairs is that if it costs 50% or more the cost of a new furnace, you should replace it.

A loud noise consistently comes from your furnace.
Furnaces aren’t always quiet. You should know when it kicks on, but if you hear a new sound AND your furnace is pretty old, it might need replaced. Some problem sounds include squeaking, squealing, banging, rattling, hissing, clicking, popping, or other strange noises. Also, it helps to know when your furnace blower runs. If it is constantly running, that is a key indicator that something is wrong.

The temperature isn’t the same throughout the house.
Aging furnaces lose their capacity to heat your home effectively, but significant changes from room to room is more than likely a problem. A repair might be all you need, but that will more than likely only be a temporary fix.

Your furnace won’t stay on.
This could just be some faulty wiring but is something that definitely needs attention. If this is a constant problem, your furnace might need to be replaced.

Your pilot light isn’t a constant blue color.
The burner on gas heating systems should be a bright blue color. If it’s flickering or the flame is a yellowish color, this is an indication that the gas isn’t burning completely. It could also be an indicator that your furnace is producing a higher-than-normal level of carbon monoxide.

Your family keeps getting sick.
Carbon monoxide may be the reason. If you ever suspect carbon monoxide* in your home, open your windows and get outside, then call either the fire department or a local HVAC company to have your home inspected. Carbon monoxide symptoms include; headache, nausea, feeling lightheaded, confusion, blurred vision, and loss of consciousness. If your furnace is the cause of carbon monoxide, it is time to replace the unit.

*We highly recommend installing CO alarms in your house in an effort to alert you from any carbon monoxide that may enter your home.

Any heating company will tell you that furnaces need to be maintained. You can’t just get a new furnace or use the one that’s already in your home and assume it doesn’t need a tune-up every now and then; which includes an annual cleaning and replacing minor things as they happen. If your furnace needs a repair here and there, that is normal and we suggest keeping a log for your furnace with dates of incidents that can be referred back to when a certified technician does come to look at it.

If you encounter any of these problems, SAM’s is here to help. We are located in Montrose, CO and offer free service calls AND we accept competitor’s coupons. SAM’s has NATE-Certified Technicians so you know you will receive the best service. For your convenience we are available 24/7. Keep our number handy: 970-249-6790.

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(970) 249-6790

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