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

Dryer Vent Cleaning: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

purl-s-hvac-service-and-repair-purls-madera-dryer-ventAn important service Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning offers is dryer vent cleaning in Fresno, CA and the rest of the Central Valley. It isn’t the first HVAC service that pops into people’s minds, and they’re sometimes confused about what it is and why it needs to be done.

We want to clear up what dryer vent cleaning is and why it’s important—not just for your convenience and energy savings, but for the safety of your home.

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Find Out More About UV Air Purifiers

Monday, May 4th, 2020

carries-IAQ-contentWe offer many different options for improving indoor air quality in the homes of our customers. It starts right with repairing the ventilation itself, which can harm indoor air quality if it is leaky or poorly designed. Our technicians also install many of the best IAQ devices that remove unwanted particles from the air, such as dust, lint, pollen, dander, chemicals, smoke, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), dust mites, and more.

Right now, many of our customers are inquiring about installing UV lights and air purifiers in Fresno, CA and elsewhere in the Central Valley. Ultraviolet air purifiers are an effective device against organic pollutants that may circulate through the air of a house. The UV rays from the lights in these purifiers disrupt the cellular structure of such harmful contaminants as bacteria, mold spores, viruses, and allergens; and neutralizes odors and harmful VOCs. UV air purifiers also stop mold growth inside HVAC systems, improving their energy efficiency and preventing the terrible odors from “dirty sock syndrome.” Unlike room air purifiers, the UV systems are central and clean the air throughout the house.

Air Purification systems such as the Carrier Infinity Air Purifier System treat 100% of the air flowing through the home comfort system.  These systems use precision point ionization to charge particles as they enter the purifier.   The particles are attracted to the air cartridge and then captured and killed.

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Signs You’re Overdue for Dryer Vent Cleaning

Monday, March 9th, 2020

purl-s-hvac-service-and-repair-purls-madera-dryer-ventYou often don’t read about HVAC companies that offer dryer vent cleaning. But this is a service we believe in strongly—because cleaning the dryer vent helps to prevent the majority of house fires. We recommend you arrange for dryer vent cleaning in Fresno, CA with us if you haven’t done it before. You can choose to have it done in connection with the other ductwork and indoor air quality services we provide.

If you’re still uncertain if you need this job done or not, below we’ve listed the signs to watch for that will warn you that you’re overdue for dryer vent cleaning.

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Why We Recommend Dryer Vent Cleaning

Monday, December 16th, 2019

purl-s-hvac-service-and-repair-purls-madera-dryer-ventYou probably don’t often think of your clothing dryer as a source of potential danger in your house. Unfortunately, fires due to clothes dryers are among the leading causes of residential fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 dryer fires occur each year, leading to 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and a reported $236 million in property loss.

What causes these fires? Why would something as seemingly innocent as the clothes dryer turn into a major fire hazard?

The answer: clogged dryer vents.

Fortunately, there’s a basic solution to this problem, which is to call us to schedule dryer vent cleaning.

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Benefits of UV Light Installation

Monday, November 18th, 2019

UV-air-purifier-lightWinter is a time of low temperatures, but also a time filled with joy and celebrations. Unfortunately, something that comes along with the cold temperatures and more people gathering in homes is the rapid spread of illnesses. Yes, it’s cold and flu season once more.

Aside from medical precautions against getting sick this winter, you have other methods to make your house a healthier one. We recommend a basic indoor air quality improvement that can make a big difference for household health—installing a UV light to your HVAC system. These UV air purifiers provide multiple benefits to your home.

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Friday Blog 3/15/19

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Importance of Air Conditioning Maintenance

Get peace of mind with regular air conditioner maintenance from Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning.

As spring approaches, it’s time to think about getting your HVAC system ready for the summer. It’s been months since most of us have used our air conditioner. Finding out the air conditioner in your home does not work during the first heat wave can be a big problem. Below are some of the important reasons why routine scheduled maintenance will help get your Air Conditioning system serviced and ready for summer.

Replacing the Air Filter

Forgetting to change the air filter can cause big problems for your HVAC system. When the air filter is clogged, it means that the air conditioner has to work harder to move air throughout your home. The harder your air conditioner has to work it could cause stress to your system and lead to costly breakdowns. There are many options to update your filters and improve your indoor air quality.

Unclogging the AC Drains

It’s easy to see the problems from clogged drains in the sinks and showers in your home. It is much harder to see the problems from a clogged AC drain.  Often by the time you see evidence of a clogged AC drain in your home it has led to damage. A professional HVAC technician will make sure the drain is clean and flowing smoothly.

Cleaning the Air Conditioning coils

Cleaning the condenser coils is an important part of maintenance. A qualified service technician will clean the dirt and debris from the coils and this will help your system operate more efficiently.

Checking the Thermostat

It’s a good idea to check the batteries, programming and operation of your thermostat each season. A thermostat problem can be a direct cause of a cooling issue.

Schedule a certified HVAC Professional

Be sure to schedule maintenance for your air conditioner with a professional and qualified service technician at Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning. Maintenance and tune up’s will increase the life of your equipment, find potential break downs and make sure your air conditioner runs efficiently so you are ready for the hot summer temperatures.

At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, “Quality Is the Cornerstone of Our Success” since 1952. Leave all your air conditioning maintenance to our experts.

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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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