IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Why You Should Consider a Dehumidifier

Monday, July 13th, 2020

woman-feeling-hot-in-her-homeSummer is already hot enough as it is in this part of the country. Add in some extra humidity and things are going to be even more uncomfortable than before. See, high humidity makes it harder to cool off because the airborne moisture is a medium that holds onto heat. When you are stuck outside in hot, humid weather it will make it hard to get comfortable. Unfortunately, coming into an air-conditioned house isn’t always going to solve the problem.

We have a solution that can help though. A whole-house dehumidifier is going to be an effective and helpful solution to help keep your home cooler and tackle that airborne moisture. We want to tell you more about this solution for your indoor air quality and how we can help you add one to your home.

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Dirty Ductwork Damages Your Home Comfort

Monday, June 29th, 2020

ductwork-dirty-and-cleanWe all work hard to keep furniture and other surfaces around the house clean of dust. It is understood that a little less dust in the house is going to keep things a lot more comfortable. But what about the build-up of dust that is in your home but out of your line of sight? We aren’t talking about the dust under a table or couch, we are actually discussing the debris in your ductwork.

Believe it or not, the ducts that are tucked away in your walls, ceiling, or crawlspace can start to collect airborne dust over time that can impact your home comfort levels. Let’s take a look at the negative effects dirty ductwork can have on your comfort and how to get the issue resolved.

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Ever Had Your Ducts Cleaned? It’s Probably Time

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

technician taking off vent to access ductIn our last blog post, we talked about how important AC cleanliness was to its functionality. In this post, we were talking mainly about the coils of the system and how the air filter is in place to protect these areas from debris. But there’s another component of your air conditioner you might not be considering when it comes to cleanliness, and that’s your ductwork.

We don’t blame you for not thinking your air ducts. After all, they’re typically hidden from sight, traversing through spaces between walls and through your attic. Exposed ducts are not typically something you see in residential buildings, and for good reason—it’s just not aesthetically pleasing, right? But in this post, we want to urge you to think about your ducts, and more importantly, why it may be time for you to invest in professional duct cleaning in Tampa.

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Preventing a Common Post-Flood Problem

Monday, June 19th, 2017

preventing-common-post-flood-problemWe mentioned in our last blog post that forecasters are predicting a less active hurricane season than in years prior, this summer. However, it’s important to remember that there is no fool-proof way to predict what we will and won’t see in terms of tropical storm activity. And unfortunately, even the most minor hurricane can bring major flooding into your home—even with preventive measures in place.

A flood is messy and inconvenient enough without thinking about its future implications—but even so, it’s important to remember what can develop as a result—mold. Mold can be a result of plumbing or storm damage of course, but it can also be the cause of poor indoor air quality in Wesley Chapel, FL, and impending illness. Whichever the case, the point is that you don’t want mold in your home! So, how do you prevent this post-flood?

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Consider Your Comfort This Hurricane Season

Monday, June 5th, 2017

hurricane-season-consider-comfortForecasters are predicting that this year’s hurricane season will bring fewer storms than normal, which is something we all definitely hope is the case! Still though, while we may see slightly less wind activity—and of course, your safety is top priority this time of year—there are still some factors that remain unchanged year-to-year. For example, with the excess moisture in the air, comes excess indoor humidity.

When the relative humidity in your home reaches about 50% (30-50% is the range of comfort) it means there is too much moisture, and it will be harder for you to cool down, as your sweat will not evaporate as easily. Excess humidity also causes problems for your property and your cooling system. Fortunately, there is a solution—a Land O’ Lakes, FL dehumidifier installation.

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The Benefits of UV Lights

Monday, December 26th, 2016

When it comes to improving the indoor air quality of your home, you probably think first of your home’s temperature. It’s true—having a home in the Tampa area means that you want to do anything you can to keep cool! However, temperature is not the only factor you should keep in mind. Is the quality of your air healthy?

One way to ensure this is the case is by having UV lights installed. Also referred to as a UV air purifier or germicidal lights, UV lights eliminate harmful particles such as mold, mildew, and other microorganisms that could make you and your family ill from your HVAC system.

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Improving the Quality of Your Home’s Air

Monday, December 19th, 2016

When it comes to the quality of your home, most Florida residents think about humidity. No matter what time of the year it is, humidity levels play a huge role in your overall comfort, health, and even the condition of your home. However, as important as this is, it’s not the only indoor air quality consideration you should be making.

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Air Quality FAQ from the Professionals

Monday, November 21st, 2016

There are a number of different indoor air quality systems on the market, and finding the one that’s the right fit for your home can be hard to do without professional assistance. A big part of this decision is determining what types of indoor air contaminants even pose a threat in your home.

Another factor that plays a major role in deciding which indoor air quality product is best for you is the dimensions and layout of your home, plus the type of home heating and cooling system you have in place. We don’t expect you to sort through all this information on your own. Keep reading to learn about two of the most commonly asked indoor air quality questions, and our responses.

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Don’t Neglect Your Air Filter: Here’s Why

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The first step to caring for your indoor air quality is ensuring that the air filter within your HVAC system remains in good condition—unclogged and installed properly so that it can adequately do its job. However, while your indoor air quality does benefit from this, the sole purpose of your air filter is actually not to improve the air quality in your home.

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Use a Dehumidifier to Help Your Air Conditioner

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

While other parts of the country get ready to turn on their heaters, we’re still sweltering over here in Florida. Particularly lately, with our humidity making temperatures feel 10+ degrees hotter than it actually is outside. Did you know that your air conditioning system can help dehumidify your home? This works because the evaporator coil in the inside cabinet removes heat and moisture, which gathers along the coil and drips down into a pan and drainage system.

Even if you did know this little fact, what you may not be aware of is the fact that your AC system’s dehumidifying power is very limited—rarely enough to make your home noticeably more comfortable or to protect it from the dangers of excess moisture. Air conditioning systems aren’t designed specifically to dehumidify. Rather, you need to have a whole-house dehumidifier installed into your ventilation system.

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