Filters improve your indoor air quality ….and they do it inexpensively!

Your first to improve your indoor air quality today step is quick, inexpensive, and will provide immediate results. Replace your current air conditioning filter with a higher efficiency filter!

 If you hold your current air filter up to the light….and can see through it…..then particles are going to go straight through it too!  When you hold your new higher efficiency air filter up to the light, you should NOT be able to see through it. 

Simply put, a higher efficiency air filter will remove more of the smaller airborne particles that can get into our lungs to aggravate us, from the indoor air providing you with cleaner air to breathe.

Although a new air filter will not clean existing dirty ducts, it is a good start in filtering the air circulating through your home.  It will start to reduce airborne contaminants and dust each time the air conditioning is running, 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 FIRST 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

AIR DUCT CLEANING SAVES 11% IN AIR CONDITIONING ENERGY USAGE

It takes a lot of energy to heat and cool a home or building an in fact, the systems used for this purpose account for the majority of energy use. These systems – even in new buildings – tend to be dirty, and become heavily fouled through everyday use. Fouled heating and cooling systems can also be problematic for occupants, contributing to poor indoor air quality, system failure and increased energy usage.

Researchers have proven that properly cleaning even lightly-soiled heating and cooling systems can result in energy savings of up to 11 percent. In addition to these savings, consumers who have their heating and cooling system cleaned can benefit from improved indoor air quality, air flow, reduced maintenance costs and extended life expectancy for the heating and cooling system.

While not confirmed, cleaning heavily fouled systems is expected to produce even greater energy savings.

You can read more of this Status Report from the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) regarding their Energy Research Project at www.nadca.com

Air Duct Aseptics (ADA) is a NADCA certified HVAC Duct Cleaning company. Call today for your free evaluation at 888-707-7763 or visit us www.ADAflorida.com

How to prevent mold using a humidistat

Asked on: September 1, 2011 by Roger H. – Fort Myers

What is your opinion on using a humidistat as a means of controlling mold?

That’s a great question, Roger, and one that many customers raised in response to my recent post on how to save energy and prevent mold when away from home.  No one wants mold inside their home, so finding ways to prevent it in Florida’s muggy climate is of interest to many of our customers.

Why it happens
Mold can begin to take root inside your home when the relative humidity (RH) exceeds about 68 percent. A humidistat, which directly controls indoor relative humidity, is one way to prevent mold. Dehumidifiers and some central air conditioners have a built-in humidistat that tells the system to dehumidify the air to a desired point.

Setting your humidistat or dehumidifier
Set the controls of your humidistats and dehumidifiers to 58 percent RH to maintain acceptable humidity, since some humidistat sensors are inaccurate by as many as 10 percentage points.

Better ways to control mold
If you don’t have a humidistat, another way to control mold when you’re away is by programming the A/C to run at 72 degrees for just two hours before sunrise and at 88 degrees the rest of the day.

But what if you don’t have a programmable thermostat? In that case, set the A/C at 77 degrees for condos or apartments and 80 degrees for single family homes and townhouses. (Remember to have the fan switch set to auto.)  Thermostats in condos and apartments should be set at 77 degrees to make the air conditioner run enough to provide significant dehumidification.

If you live in Florida seasonally or leave for extended periods of time, the most economical way to prevent mold in a vacant home is by using stand-alone dehumidifiers instead of A/C. Use one for every 1,000 square feet.

We also recommend repairing any leaks around doors, windows and in your A/C ductwork, which will help minimize the amount of moisture getting into your home.

Visit us online at http://www.iaq-usa.com (Air Duct Aseptics)

(see the original blog at http://www.fplblog.com/?p=734)