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How to Breathe Easy at Home This Summer

Summer is on its way and homeowners are preparing their air conditioning units in anticipation of the coming heat. While the units are a great help when it comes to staving off the heat, using them also means the air that you breathe is limited to what is inside your home. The following are really easy to follow tips on how to clean indoor air at home this summer while keeping an eye on your electric bill.

Clean Up

It is important to maintain cleanliness around the house to minimize dust, allergens and other gases which may contribute to hazardous indoor air. The following common household items can leave dangerous particulates which can accumulate over time:

– water heaters

– space heaters

– gas ranges

– ovens

– fireplaces

It is important to minimize the use of these items or use these in a well-ventilated room or area. Their fumes can stick to walls and furniture and stay in the house for a very long time. Wiping furniture and dusting walls with static dusters routinely help to get rid of the pollutants. If you have filters in your ventilation, these should be changed or cleaned regularly. The same goes for the filter in your air conditioner unit.

Air Conditioning

Turning on your air conditioning unit for several hours a day can actually be quite helpful in removing the pollutants in the air. Most of the air borne pollutants are water soluble. Modern air conditioning units remove the moisture in the air by sucking in the air and processing it through filters. Most, if not all, air borne pollutants get stuck in the filters. This is the reason why it is important to regularly clean or change the unit’s filter. Using a HEPA or high efficiency particulate filter for your air conditioner is one of the commonly suggested ways on how to breathe clean indoor air at home this summer.

In order to prevent a sky high electric bill, it is important not to keep turning on and off the unit. Intermittent use can cause heavier consumption of electricity. Turn on the air conditioner just before the weather turns really warm (if the heat is already full on, it may take longer for the cold to take effect) and leave it on around dusk when the temperature goes down. If you want to sleep with the cooling unit on, turn it on only when you are ready to get to bed and done with your nightly rituals.

Indoor plants

Another proven method of cleaning the air in your home is to add potted plants in some or all areas of your house. Aside from adding to the beauty and softness to a house, plants absorb a lot of different particulates and process the carbon monoxide that people emit into oxygen.

The Snake Plant, also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue, and Aloe Vera are very hardy plants. Both do not need a lot of care and can survive extended periods without direct sunlight. Aloe Vera is also a remedy for various conditions like thinning hair, superficial burns and wounds.

The Dracaena is another plant that really helps get rid of toxins and pollutants in the air such as, benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. It is also relatively easy to take care of and can endure not being in direct sunlight for a long time.

These tips on how to clean indoor air at home are very effective and should be considered by Kyle homeowners for the safety of the people who live in the house. If you’re looking to truly improve your home’s indoor air quality, AB&B carries high end IAQ products from the industry’s top provider of HVAC products, Carrier.

Having Trouble with Your Home Cooling Bills? Upgrade Your AC to Reduce Costs Next Year

Saving money on utilities is not as hard as people seem to think. If we were more vigilant and paid attention our energy consumption would be something we could easily control. Air conditioning is great to have for obvious reasons, it improves the quality of the air we breathe indoor and most importantly, keeps us cool when the temperature is unbearable. It can be hard to survive the summer without air-conditioning but air conditioners have gotten a bad rap for being energy hogs. Thankfully, technology has evolved and we now have advanced design systems that are efficient but and energy efficient. if you have an old air conditioning system that is not that efficient but there are certain upgrades that you can make to get the most out of your air conditioner and improve the efficiency of your AC and reduce its energy consumption.

How to Improve Energy Efficiency

The efficiency of air conditioners is referred to as SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the rating is the greater the air conditioning system is, however, there has been legislation passed by governments in a bid to save the overall energy consumption in residential building and commercial building with HVAC systems. Under the new laws, residential air conditioning system should have a minimum rating of 13 SEER. Older systems have a lower rating of 7- 10 SEER.

Add a dehumidifier

A dehumidifier can help you run the actual AC less often. This is because most of the time when the air around is hot, it has less humidity. Humidity makes it hard for you to cool down naturally. To counter the drop in humidity people end up turning the AC down and running it at a colder setting than necessary. If you have a humidifier you can save money because the temperature in a room will not be affected by humidity and you might notice that you don’t have to turn your AC that often.

Use Zone Control

Zone control systems work within the ductwork. It works by having a series of dampers that open and close to regulate airflow into different rooms. This means instead of cooling an entire building, you can only cool one room or area that you are occupying and not waste energy cooling unoccupied rooms. Zone control is also good at cooling those areas that don’t always get the best air flowing through them. This all means you use energy efficiently in spaces that need air conditioning.

Install an automation system

There are technological advances that have been with regard to automated systems for air conditions. Upgrade to one that enables you to control your system remotely on a smartphone. It is easy to see or work out how much your air conditioner affects the overall energy consumption in your home.

Always compare the cost of an upgrade and the lifespan, it will have in relation to the cost of a new system that already has the required energy rating. Upgrading your old system with a SEER of 7-10 to a SEER 13 level can reduce your electricity consumption by 21- 42%.

We offer specialist services that will assess your home and the condition of your current AC system to help you identify the most efficient upgrade you can make. Contact us now to learn more about our air conditioning services.