Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Air Quality and Fighting the Flu Season

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

HVACkidAs the cold weather approaches, so does the dreaded flu season. There are good medical methods you can use to prepare for flu season, as well as simple precautions like getting into the habit of regularly washing your hands. But you may not be aware of the ways you can improve your home’s indoor air quality to make it easier to get through flu season without getting sick.

Yes, indoor air quality can play a big part in whether you and other people in your household catch the flu, the cold, or other illnesses during the fall and winter. Once germs and viruses get into your house, they’ll start to circulate through the ventilation system, making is easier for them to spread from person to person. Fresh air can help—but you often don’t want to open your home to outdoor air when it’s cold.

Fortunately, we offer indoor air quality solutions that can help you enjoy a much healthier home this coming flu season.

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Duct Sealing Is a Good Way to Prep for Winter

Friday, October 5th, 2018

duct-sealing-with-caulkingWhen we offer advice to people about how to prepare their HVAC systems during the fall so they’re ready for winter, we start with a reminder about regular heating maintenance. This is the number one priority to ensure a heating system works at peak efficiency and safety and encounters few (if any) malfunctions.

But we have another piece of advice for homes with central heating, which is to have the ductwork tested to check for leaks. Sealing leaky ductwork makes an enormous difference for both comfort and energy savings in winter.

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The Wrong High-Efficiency Air Filter Might Spell Disaster for Your HVAC System!

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

pleated-air-filterAlmost any modern home can benefit from air cleaners of some type. Indoor air quality is often poor because homes are built today to seal out the heat in summer and seal it in during winter—and that means not much fresh air circulation.

What type of air cleaner is best for a home? There are plenty of options, and our IAQ experts at Purls Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning are happy to help you find the best. In most cases, improving air quality starts with putting in filters and then finding what other devices might help. Filters are almost always a good idea…

…except when the wrong type of filter goes in. When it comes to high-efficiency filters, such as the HEPA filter, you can have too much of a good thing. Too strong a filter can damage your HVAC system.

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Rains Mean More Pollen! We’ll Help Protect your Indoor Air Quality

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

woman-with-allergiesIt’s been raining this week and last week in Fresno, CA. This rainfall is very welcome, since we’ve been going through a drought and rain brings relief for farmers. But there’s a downside—and we don’t mean having an outdoor touch football game being rained out. Spring rains cause the pollen count to rise, and this can be terrible for allergies. Watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and all types of allergy irritations occur because there’s too much pollen drifting in the air.

One of our jobs here at Purl’s Sheet Metal is to help locals improve their indoor air quality. We have solutions to keep control of the pollen count and other allergens inside your house.

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Why We Recommend Whole-House Fans

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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Imagine this—but powerful enough for the whole house!

Air conditioning costs get steep during the hot summers we experience here in the Central Valley. Temperatures in the high 90s are common throughout the season, and most people simply can’t make it through a hot day without an effective air conditioning system to cool down their homes.

However, there are ways to supplement an air conditioning system so it doesn’t have to put in as much work during summer, helping to chop down scary monthly electrical bills. One method we strongly recommend is putting in a whole-house fan. Continue below for more about how these systems work and their benefits.

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Allergy Season and Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, May 8th, 2017

woman-with-allergiesNow that it’s May, we’re deep into the allergy season. This time of year can be miserable for people who suffer from pollen and grass allergies, leading to the dreaded “hay fever.” Even for people who don’t have specific allergies like these, the high pollen count in the air can add an extra level of irritation to the day from an itchy nose to mild headaches.

You don’t have to suffer during allergy season. There are ways to reduce the problem, and we’ve recently looked at how installation of indoor air quality products in your home can make a big difference in how allergy season affects people in your household. Talk to our professionals to find out more about our indoor air quality services in Fresno, CA and throughout the Central Valley. We’ll find a solution for you!

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Breathe Easier This Allergy Season with Our Help

Monday, March 27th, 2017

house-shieldingThe early spring brings with it warmer weather. But it also brings with it allergy season. Bad allergic reactions to pollen, mold, and other pollutants floating in the air can turn a pleasant spring into an extremely unpleasant one—even for people who don’t normally suffer from allergic reactions.

You can take steps to alleviate allergy problems during the spring with various medications. But taking a whole-house approach with the help of our indoor air quality professionals cuts to the source of the problem, making life easier for everyone in your household. IAQ installations such as air purifiers, air cleaners, UV germicidal lights, and whole-house dehumidifiers can change a sniffly and wheezing allergy season into a healthy and enjoyable spring. Talk to our staff today to learn about the many options available for lowering the amount of allergens circulating through your house.

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Which Is Better: Electronic Air Cleaners or Air Filters?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

This is the type of question that you’ll be asking if you’re considering improving the air quality in your house. We think this is an excellent idea: almost any home can benefit from indoor air quality installations to remove airborne pollutants.

But the question of “electronic air cleaners/purifiers vs. air filters” is actually a deceptive one. This isn’t a situation where it’s either one or the other. You can have both. And in many cases, both is the best choice! We’ll explain below.

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Avoiding Fire Hazards with Dryer Vent Cleaning

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

As you settle into the new year, you are going to start searching for various improvements to make to your home as well as routine services that some of your appliances will need. One of the services that we recommend is to have professionals perform air duct cleaning. It’s a great way to give your entire HVAC system an easier year ahead, which means lower utility bills and fewer repair issues. You’ll even enjoy improved air quality.

But when you’re scheduling air duct cleaning, there’s another service we strongly recommend that you include: dryer vent cleaning.

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UV Lights Kill Mold and Bacteria in Your Home

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Winter is prime flu and cold season. There are ways you can help defend yourself from picking up a seasonal illness. But you may not have thought of making changes to your home’s HVAC system as one of them. Having professionals install UV germicidal lights—also known as UV air purifiers—inside your home’s ductwork is an effective method to put a stop to bacteria and viruses in your house. (You don’t need to take our word for it: hospitals use UV germicidal lights to keep germs from spreading through their ventilation systems.) UV air purifiers are also effective against another major health concern, mold spores.

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