Toss These 4 Things for a Healthier, Happier Home

 

Most homes in the United States have items in them that are harmful to you and your loved ones’ health, some examples could be gardening products or harsh chemical cleaners, such as lye. However, there are a few common household items that many don’t consider to be harmful, but they actually are. Toxins from these items can enter the body through breathing them in, touching them, or just having low-grade exposure over time.

Tips for a healthier home

We’ve gathered a list of 4 common household items that many people don’t realize are actually harmful to your health. Consider ridding your home of these items for a happier, healthier living environment.

 

Healthy Happy Home Tips

For more excellent tips on how to keep your home environment, happy, healthy, and more energy efficient, be sure to bookmark our blog. We update regularly with excellent tips and tricks that go beyond HVAC (although, we cover that, too!) to keep you and your loved one’s comfy in your home all year long.

 

What Homeowners Need to Know About Aeroseal Duct Protection

When is the last time you thought about your duct system? Though it may not be at the top of mind, especially during the holiday season, your duct system plays an important role in keeping your home comfortable year-round. If your home feel stuffy and uncomfortable no matter where you set your thermostat, this may indicate that you have a problem with your duct system. Maintenance, cleaning, and sealing can fix all of your issues by improving the quality of your indoor air.

At Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning, we utilize Aeroseal technology to help protect and optimize your duct system. This allows you to enjoy a more comfortable home environment without worrying about a decline in your indoor air quality. This article will delve a little bit deeper into what Aeroseal Duct Protection is and how it can benefit Canoga Park homeowners.

What is Aeroseal Duct Protection?

Did you know that about 47% of the average home utility bill is spent on heating and cooling the home? What’s more is that typically, 30 cents of every $1.00 spent on heating and air conditioning is wasted on leaky ducts. Sealing your duct work is one of the best ways to reduce energy waste, improve efficiency, and cut down on energy costs. Aeroseal duct protection is an easy and affordable way to ensure that you are not wasting money on leaky air ducts.

According to the manufacturer, Aeroseal can reduce duct leakage by up to 90% and may also reduce energy usage up to 30%. Not to mention this duct protectant has shown to improve home comfort levels by optimizing system performance and improving heating and cooling efficiency.

Aeroseal duct sealing is more effective than other traditional methods. Whereas mastic taping leaks can be labor intensive and expensive, Aeroseal takes the hassle out of duct sealing. Not only is it more affordable and convenient, but it can also be applied to ducts without physical access, making it effective even in hard to reach areas.

Aeroseal Duct Sealing at Canoga Park

The experienced technicians at Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning use this innovative technology to provide affordable and effective duct protection with minimum hassle. Here’s how our duct sealing process works:

  • First, we provide duct cleaning services that flush out any microscopic particles that may be damaging your duct system. We also inspect for leaks and use Aeroseal to patch any leaks.
  • The next step we take is to cover all your wall registers and inject Aeroseal in your duct system to seal all leaks. This non-invasive technique restores your duct system while significantly reducing energy bills, enhancing home comfort, and improving indoor air quality.
  • Within just a few weeks, your HVAC system will be running at full blast to keep you and your family comfortable with minimal energy loss and improved indoor air quality.

Are you interested in seeing what difference Aeroseal Duct Protection can make? Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.

Which Type of Air Filter Do You Need?

Every air conditioning system uses some type of filter in the air handler. Air filtration keeps dust and allergens from recirculating in the air you breathe, helping you keep your family happy and healthy. The right air filter can reduce allergy symptoms while improving your home comfort. Below, we’ll discuss what types of air filters are available and what benefits each provides.

Types of HVAC Filters and Air Filter Benefits

Before you add a $3 air filter to your cart, consider these filters, which may improve your health and HVAC experience:

Standalone Filters and Air Purifiers

  • HEPA filters. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters have been around since World War II. These filters collect 99.97% of the airborne particulates that pass through them. HEPA technology does an exceptional job removing pollen, bacteria, pet dander, dust mite residue, and mold from airflow, but may not capture smoke or chemical-related fumes. HEPA filters are most commonly available as standalone units or in commercial HVAC systems.
  • Ionic filters. An ionic filter won’t slide into your air handler the way other filters do, but they do improve air quality. Homeowners often use standalone ionic filters to reduce the number of allergens and irritants in the air further. For removing second-hand smoke, viruses, and chemical fumes, ionic filters work well. They use negative ions to attract and contain harmful particulates. These filters may remove some hazards, but do not necessarily remove the odors.
  • UV filters. These filters use ultraviolet light to kill a variety of allergens in the air and on surfaces. These purifiers remove mold, yeast, bacteria, and viruses from the environment. However, you may still need to invest in a HEPA filter to remove particulates such as dust and dander.

Types of HVAC Filters

  • Carbon filters. Carbon filters use an activated form of charcoal to trap contaminants including smoke, pet smells, and chemical smells. They do not do a great job of removing particulates, bacteria, or viruses. To gain the most benefit from these air purifiers, many homeowners look for combination carbon filters that use another form of filtration to capture allergens.
  • Washable filters. Not paying for disposable filters may seem like a good way to save money, but these cloth filters do not have the ability to capture fine particulates. They are most useful in industrial applications in which owners need to remove larger particulates from the environment.
  • Pleated air filters. Typically made of polyester, disposable pleated filters fall in between fiberglass filters and HEPA filters in terms of effectiveness and price. They offer high-quality allergen and particulate filtration for any HVAC system. High-efficiency pleated filters provide a step up from regular pleated air filters. Look for a high MERV rating to get the most out of them.
  • Fiberglass filters. Made from layers of fiberglass encased in a metal cage, these filters provide only basic filtration. They work to protect the efficiency of the HVAC system. For airborne contaminant removal, look at a different filter.

Why Air Quality Matters

It can affect how you feel on a daily basis, and improve the overall air experience within your home. A combination of standalone and high-quality HVAC filters will provide your home with the best allergen, dust, and germ-reduction capabilities.

If you need help choosing the right air filter for your HVAC system, give us a call today. We would be happy to help you find the best home comfort options for you.

Extreme Weather Can Affect the Air in Your Home

Extreme weather events can negatively impact indoor air quality, which may lead to serious health consequences. With weather events such as heat waves, storms and floods increasing in recent years, air quality should be on every homeowner’s radar.

Higher Temperatures Bring Air Quality Problems

Intense heat waves can make it miserable to be outdoors, but it can also create problems for those who stay indoors. Heat may trigger various events that threaten indoor air quality.

Heat increases the production of pollen, which gets into the air both indoors and outdoors. A good air filter should remove most of the pollen from your indoor air, but a significant increase in the overall amount of pollen will increase the amount that makes it through the filter and into your home.

Rising temperatures, and the associated rise in energy costs, inspire many homeowners to improve their weatherization. However, the nature of weatherization—limiting the movement of air between indoors and outdoors—can worsen air quality problems. Super efficient and weather-tight homes rely entirely on mechanical systems for fresh air, and any problems in those systems can send indoor air quality plummeting.

Air Quality Threats From Storms and Flooding

Violent storms that cause brownouts or blackouts often pose an indirect threat to indoor air quality. When the power is out and HVAC systems stand idle, homes don’t benefit from the air filtration and dehumidifying that these systems provide. Furthermore, people who use back-up generators during power outages may run the risk of mild or acute carbon monoxide poisoning thanks to generator emissions.

When storms bring significant rainfall, flooding can create serious problems for homeowners in the short and the long term. Floods can cause significant water damage to furniture and other possessions, in addition to the home itself. Once the water recedes, the damp it leaves behind provides a perfect environment for mold. Undetected mold in crawl spaces or ducts can get into the air and cause serious health problems.

Climate Change Inspires Home Changes

With rising temperatures and dramatic weather events associated with climate change, many people are taking steps to protect their homes from the encroaching elements. However, we don’t always take into account the ways in which energy-focused changes may also impact ventilation and overall air quality.

Energy conservation is important, but it’s wise to consider your indoor air quality at the same time. If you make changes that will impact your ventilation or increase your reliance on central air conditioning, you may also want to have your ductwork inspected or invest in a better air filter.

Thank you for reading! If you have questions about indoor air quality, or would like to schedule a home Air Quality Evaluation, please give us a call today.

What Is IAQ (Indoor Air Quality)?

Indoor air quality in North American homes may not be as safe as we perceive it to be. According to research, about 96% of homes had one air quality issue at the minimum. This finding is supported by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), which estimates that indoor air in most homes can be 5 times dirtier than air outside. Majority of homes, for example, had high levels of common pollutants such as dust, pollen, harmful gases, chemicals and viruses.

Are You Safe Indoors?

As shown by figures that have resulted from surveys and research, many homes suffer from indoor air quality that is below par. Common pollutants such as dust, along with biological pollutants such as bacteria, molds, animal dander and dust mites often contribute to health issues that are serious enough to cause sickness and certain diseases, particularly among sensitive individuals such as children and the elderly.

In homes where there is at least one smoker, the threat to health also increases. The American Lung Association states that tobacco smoke (frequently inhaled as secondhand smoke) contains 4,000 different chemicals, 200 of which are known poisons, including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and carcinogens.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

Increasing the quality of indoor air is helpful in preventing conditions that are detrimental to health. Some of the most important steps to take include:

Regulating Humidity

High humidity encourages the growth of mold and mildew. In areas such as the kitchen, basement and bathroom where dampness is common, air circulation must be encouraged to keep the surfaces dry. It is also a good idea to clean these areas frequently. In enclosed spaces such as basements, using a dehumidifier is a good option.

Vacuuming Regularly

Chemicals can accumulate in dust for many years. Use a HEPA filter vacuum at least once a week to remove microparticles. Run the vacuum several times over frequently used areas and give extra attention to corners, edges and folds in fabric and upholstery. Change or wash dust bags or filters regularly.

Using Natural or Organic Products

Most commercially available products used for cleaning, gardening, painting and personal care contain chemicals that can potentially cause harm. Switching to natural or organic products or creating your own is an excellent step to maintaining indoor air quality. If use of chemical-laden products cannot be avoided, make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully and to store or dispose of the product as recommended.

Air conditioning and heating systems also contribute to improving indoor air quality.  Start breathing cleaner air in your home! Call our experts today and schedule you Home Air Quality Evaluation!

 

Whole Home Performance Evaluations

Happy Family with an illustration of an energy efficient house.Paying high costs for energy in your home is never what anyone wants to do. However, there are solutions and answers to help you pay less when your energy bills come due. Home Performance is a complete approach to making your home more energy efficient and provide comfort in your home environment.

What is Whole Home Performance?
Home Performance includes many different factors in the home. Contractors trained in Home Performance are skilled to offer complete home improvements to make your home more energy efficient. This includes insulation, energy efficient lighting and appliances, as well as furnace and air conditioner upgrades. The benefits of the Home Performance upgrade include decreasing and eliminating energy waste in the home, as well as cold drafts and musty smelling air. Your comfort, health and the long term value of your home will increase. Your home environment will also be cleaner while you enjoy lower energy bills.

Cost of Whole Home Performance
Your upgrade will start with a thorough home inspection and evaluation to determine the current energy use of your household. After this, your Home Performance contractor will make suggested improvements that suit your budget and the priorities you have in your home. They will then help you choose the solutions that best fit your needs and the energy needs of your home. Even small changes like caulking and adding insulation can help make a significant difference in the amount of energy your home uses. This is an investment in your home, but will save you money all year round.
In fact, most homes in America end up wasting 20 to 40 percent of the energy that is consumed. This waste can be stopped through these simple home improvement measures, which in the end will decrease the budget for your home’s energy consumption. Your total spending and savings will be based off of what changes the Home Performance contractor suggests and which you decide to follow through with.

Call your trusted HVAC contractors today for a Whole Home Performance evaluation. Not only are they pros at HVAC efficiency, but they also know of other ways to make your home more energy efficient.