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How IAQ Testing Can Help Prepare Your Home for Fall

Air quality is important to our health and well-being, and indoor air is oftentimes more polluted than outdoor air due to the stark difference in ventilation. Therefore, indoor air pollution is a common occurrence in many homes. The causes of poor air quality vary, but most often include airborne pollutants caused by pet debris, mold, gases, and other contaminants. Indoor air quality testing can benefit your home by facilitating your awareness of potentially harmful pollutants in your home. This is especially critical to take care of in the fall time, before most homeowners close their doors and windows tight against the impending colder weather of winter, which creates less ventilation opportunities for your home’s indoor air.  

 

Why IAQ Testing is Important

 

Indoor Air Quality Testing generally involves a IAQ technician collecting samples from your home—both air and hard surfaces, and implanting these findings with a computer generated air flow model of your home’s ventilation patterns. Below you’ll learn about the most commonly occurring indoor air pollutants that can be detected with IAQ testing.

Pet Dander

Excessive pet dander, along with other pet debris, are extremely common in pet-friendly homes; therefore, it’s important to be aware of the impact that pets can have on your IAQ. Pet dander is tiny, often microscopic, flakes of skin that can travel on and alongside pet hair. This can cause major buildup in your home and have a detrimental effect on your home’s air quality, especially for those who are more sensitive to pets.

Additionally, dander can get sucked up into your home’s ductwork, causing it to continuously circulate throughout your home whenever your HVAC system is running. IAQ testing can detect whether or not your home has a pet dander problem.  

Radon

This pollutant is a gas that is invisible, odorless, and radioactive. Sadly, it is responsible for many deaths each year. Radon is a naturally occurring gas and is present everywhere, but poor ventilation in homes can cause excess buildup of radon to deadly levels. With IAQ testing, it is easy to detect radon levels in the home, which can help homeowners decide if they need to increase ventilation, seal floors, or improve ground water filtration.

Carbon Monoxide

Like radon, this indoor air contaminant is colorless, odorless, and extremely dangerous. Carbon Monoxide production can be caused by improperly working HVAC systems, smoke, or any appliance that uses fossil fuels. The effects of Carbon Monoxide buildup can include nausea, headaches, or worse, death.  

Mold

Mold, which is often the byproduct of excessive moisture in the home, should be on every homeowner’s mind. If you find that you have standing water in any area of your home such as a basement or mudroom, you may have a mold problem; this can be detected with an IAQ test.

Mold can be inhibited by keeping standing water out of your home and maintaining humidity levels below 50%. However, keep in mind that a comprehensive mold inspection may require some destruction to your home, since mold often dwells in areas behind drywall or in the foundation. Mold can cause many health problems for those living in the home, especially for people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory problems.

We Offer Professional Indoor Air Quality Testing

 

If you suspect any of the above pollutants to be lurking in your home, then give us a call today. We provide the Solano County area with our exceptional HVAC service, repairs and installations, and are also the area’s leader in indoor air quality services.

 

Spring Cleaning Made Easy

Many homeowners find the idea of spring cleaning too daunting to even get started. But the truth is that spring cleaning doesn’t have to be difficult. There are simple ways that you can work toward making your home a cleaner, healthier space for you and your family. Check out our easy guide to spring cleaning below to help you get started.

Easy Guide to Spring Cleaning

If the thought of spring cleaning makes you uncomfortable, then the guide below is just for you. In this graphic, we’ve broken down some simple steps that you can take to start your spring cleaning:

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3 Reasons You Should Invest in Weatherproofing

Most homeowners want to create a comfortable, relaxing, and safe environment for themselves and their loved ones. That can only happen if you ensure that no matter what condition it is outside, it will not affect your comfort or safety inside. The best way to make sure you stay safe and comfortable year-round is by weatherproofing your home.

Why You Should Invest in Weatherproofing

Don’t take our word for it. Below are 3 of the top reasons why you need to invest in weatherproofing for your home:

  1. Weatherproofing can save you money.

Doors and windows with cracks and poorly insulated ductwork can lead to air leaks. Any time the cool or warm air from your house escapes, you are wasting energy, which can add up in heating and cooling costs over time. Not to mention, these leaks make your HVAC system work harder to keep you comfortable. This can cause breakdowns and malfunctions that require costly repairs. Weatherproofing helps you seal up these leaks and stop wasting energy (and money) when you use your heater or AC.

  1. It can help you improve home comfort.

Have you ever felt a draft in your home? How about overpowering humidity? When the outdoor elements start to creep into your home, it can be difficult for you to get comfortable and stay that way. Weatherproofing helps you keep air and moisture from outside from getting into your comfortable home environment and wreaking havoc. By sealing up your doors and windows, insulating your ductwork, and investing in window treatments, you can help keep your family comfortable no matter what the weather is outside.

  1. Weatherproofing helps protect your home from damage.

Let’s face it, the weather isn’t always kind to your home. Between seasonal changes in temperature, inclement weather, and humidity (or lack thereof), the weather can start to take a toll on the outside of your home. The best way to protect your home from weather damage is by weatherproofing your home and keeping up with routine maintenance. The better you take care of your home, the better it will be able to take care of you.

DIY Weatherproofing Tips

Now that you know why it’s so important to invest in weatherproofing, you can use the simple tips below to get started:

  • Use a caulk gun to seal up any holes or cracks that you find around windows and doors.
  • For small insulation areas, use expanding foam insulation, which can be purchased at your local home improvement store.
  • Weather stripping is easy to install and works to effectively stop drafts.
  • You can install rubber or metal door sweeps to block outdoor air from entering your home.
  • If you have an attic, use an attic stair cover to seal your attic space.
  • Use screens, drapes, curtains, and storm windows to help protect air and moisture from entering your windows and regulate temperature.

Want to find other ways to boost your home energy efficiency? The HVAC experts at Solano would be happy to help you find the right energy-efficient HVAC system and products to meet your specific home comfort needs. Call us today to learn more about our quality HVAC products and services: (707) 416-0845.

The Most Frequently Asked Home Comfort Questions for Californians

The truth of the matter is that many California homeowners are not as familiar with their HVAC system as they would like to be. Knowing how to properly maintain and use your HVAC unit is important to achieving home comfort. Below, we will cover some of the most commonly asked home comfort questions from our customers.

Most Common HVAC Home Comfort Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that we get from California homeowners about their HVAC system:

  1. How does my HVAC system help improve indoor air quality?

Indoor air-quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality inside of home and buildings, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of the occupants. Your HVAC filters help to reduce a number of the pollutants, allergens, and other particles that enter your home by filtering out these contaminants in the air before distributing the air throughout your home. Those with severe allergies or asthma may also consider an air purifier, which can help reduce more of these pollutants, making it easier to breathe.

  1. How durable is my HVAC system?

Most modern HVAC systems are durable and reliable. However, proper maintenance is required to extend the life of your HVAC system. In addition to regularly cleaning or replacing the air filter, homeowners should also have their system serviced at least once per year. During this tune-up, a qualified HVAC technician will make sure that your system is clean and well-oiled, as well as identify any potential problems or maintenance issues. As a general rule, the better and more consistently you care for your HVAC system, the longer it will last.

  1. Which size HVAC unit is right for my home?

When it comes to HVAC, bigger is not always better. If you install a unit that is too big for your home, the system will turn on and off more frequently as it takes less time to get the home to the desired temperature. This can cause premature wear and tear on the system’s parts. Similarly, if you get a unit that is too small for your home, it will have to work twice as hard to adjust the temperature, causing the system to wear out too soon. Contact an experienced HVAC technician to help you determine which size HVAC unit is right for your home.

  1. Do I need a humidifier?

In drier climates, some homeowners will use a humidifier to counteract with the dry air, which can cause breathing issues, cracked skin, and other health problems. However, using a humidifier when you don’t need one can lead to a buildup of moisture, which invites mold and mildew into your home. Again, the best course of action here is to speak with an experienced HVAC technician who can help you determine whether or not you need a humidifier.

Have more questions about your HVAC system? We would be happy to answer them, and help you find the right HVAC system to meet your home comfort needs. Give us a call today.