Wellington Florida – Air Quality Impacted By Sugarcane Burning

Sugarcane burning increases the efficiency of sugarcane harvests and lowers the costs of producing sugar.  Unfortunately, it also brings unwanted smoke and ash into the community.  West of the Village of Wellington, in Palm Beach County, there are 300,000 acres of sugarcane fields.  Between October and April, farmers burn the fields to rid the plants of leafy material, which accounts for about 25% of each plant.

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The resulting smoke and ash leads to negative health effects for those in the surrounding communities. When the fields are burning and the air quality is poor, there is an increase in asthma attacks, coughs and itchy eyes.  The smoke and ash enters homes and offices and may affect indoor air quality long after the plants are done burning.  The Sierra Club is calling for the end of sugarcane burning,   “It’s time to end a practice that makes our community sick,” Julie Hathaway, of the Sierra Club.

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As indoor air quality specialists, we are hopeful that the practice of burning the cane fields will give way to a new process that will be less detrimental to the health of the people living in Belle Glade, Pahokee, Loxahatchee, Wellington, and Royal Palm Beach.

If you live in these communities and you would like to speak to us about your indoor air quality concerns…please call us!  888.979.9564

We offer indoor air quality testing and air duct cleaning that can help ensure that your indoor air is as clean, fresh, and healthy as possible.

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Source posted by Michelle

This is the Cheapest Way to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality in Minutes

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Your first step to improving your indoor air quality is quick, inexpensive, and will provide immediate results.

Hold your current air filter up to the light.  If you can see through it, then small airborne particles are going to go straight through it too.   Those small particles can get into your lungs.

Replace the  air filter with a new higher efficiency air filter.  You cannot see through high efficiency filters, and those small, aggravating particles cannot get through either.  Although a new air filter will not clean existing dirty ducts, replacing an air filter with a higher efficiency filter will start to reduce airborne contaminants, providing you with a cleaner air flow.  Once your equipment has been professionally cleaned, your new filter will help keep your air conditioning equipment clean which will also help with your energy bill.

It’s important to note that all air conditioning filters must  properly fit your air conditioning unit. If not properly fitted and installed, air always takes the path of least resistance which means that some of your air will not go through the filter and you will not see a reduction in your airborne particles.

Most air conditioning equipment should have the capacity to handle the additional air restriction which will occur when you use a higher efficiency filter.  Do not use cheesecloth or other very restrictive methods to try to control dust within the air conditioning system as this can damage the equipment.

Call us at Air Duct Aseptics to discuss your filter requirements toll free 888-707-7763 or visit us online at www.ADAflorida.com

7 Most Common Air Condition Problems

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Improper operation

One of the most common air conditioning problems is improper operation. If your air conditioner is on, be sure to close your home’s windows and outside doors. For room air conditioners, isolate the room or a group of connected rooms as much as possible from the rest of your home.

Faulty instalation

Another common problems with existing air conditioners result from faulty installation, poor service procedures, and inadequate maintenance. Improper installation of a central air conditioner can result in leaky ducts and low airflow. Many times, the refrigerant charge (the amount of refrigerant in the system) does not match the manufacturer’s specifications. If proper refrigerant charging is not performed during installation, the performance and efficiency of the unit is impaired. Unqualified service technicians often fail to find refrigerant charging problems or even worsen existing problems by adding refrigerant to a system that is already full.

Air conditioner manufacturers generally make rugged, high quality products. If your air conditioner fails, begin by checking any fuses or circuit breakers. Let the unit cool down for about five minutes before resetting any breakers. If a central air conditioner’s compressor stops on a hot day, the high-pressure limit switch may have tripped; reset it by pushing the button, located in the compressor’s access panel.

Refrigerant Leaks

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, either it was undercharged at installation or it leaks. If it leaks, simply adding refrigerant is not a solution. A trained technician should fix any leak, test the repair, and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant. Remember that the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner is greatest when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer’s specification, and is neither undercharged nor overcharged. Refrigerant leaks can also be harmful to the environment.

Inadequate Maintenance

If you allow filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.

Electric Control Failure

The compressor and fan controls can wear out, especially when the air conditioner turns on and off frequently, as is common when a system is oversized. Because corrosion of wire and terminals is also a problem in many systems, electrical connections and contacts should be checked during a professional service call.

Sensor Problems

Room air conditioners feature a thermostat sensor, located behind the control panel, which measures the temperature of air coming into the evaporative coil. If the sensor is knocked out of position, the air conditioner could cycle constantly or behave erratically. The sensor should be near the coil but not touching it; adjust its position by carefully bending the wire that holds it in place.

Drainage Problems

When it’s humid outside, check the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t clogged and is draining properly. Room air conditioners may not drain properly if not mounted level.

Scheduled Preventative Maintenance

Once your A/C system has been properly cleaned and remediated, simple ongoing schedule maintenance inspections should be performed to ensure your continued clean and healthy air.

3 Reasons to Change your Filters

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1- Air Quality

Air filtration is one of the least expensive ways to improve air quality. The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) suggests that filters should be cleaned or replaced not less than every 3 months.

2- Equipment efficiency

According to the US Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program, air filters play a critical role in maintaining indoor air quality and protecting the downstream components of the cooling equipment (coils, blower, etc) from accumulating dirt that reduces equipment efficiency.

3- Contamination source

A dirty filter can become a contamination source if not cleaned or replaced. Dirty filters can also force air to go around and bypass filtration sections and the unfiltered bypass air deposits debris on the cooling/heating coils rather than on the filter.

Routinely change or replace filters based on either regular intervals or by visual inspection. Intervals can range from 1-6 months (some newer type and style filters indicate usage up to 6 months), depending on the dirt loading from both the indoor and outdoor air. Visual inspections of the leading edge side of the filters can help indicate frequency. In commercial facilities, measuring the pressure drop across the filter is the most reliable way to rate particulate loading on the filter.

6 Main Factors to Have Your Ducts Clean

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Every home and business is different. Many factors influence the hygiene levels of your HVAC duct system including the type and frequency and proper maintenance of filter maintenance, A/C component maintenance frequency (evaporator coils, blower motors, pan treatments, etc), duct leakage, humidity levels and structure location, to name a few.

How often should they be cleaned?

The frequency of cleaning depends on many factors within the building. These 6 main factors are among a few to consider:

 
1- Renovations/Remodeling
2- Flood or water contamination
3- Allergies
4- Pets
5- Smoking
6- Moving into a new home

For best preventive measures, minimally, your A/C system should be inspected yearly and ductwork inspected every 2 years.