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6 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

The average American spends over 90 percent of their life indoors. That’s why at Oliver we stress making your home a safe environment. Of course, we can help with our heating, plumbing, and electrical services. But, one thing you may not have thought about? Your indoor air quality. We offer services to improve it and keep your home the safe haven you need it to be.
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Don’t Let Allergens Ruin Your Fall Fun

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When you think of allergies, you probably think of spring allergies like flower pollen, but allergens can be heavily present in the fall as well and cause itchy eyes, sneezing, sinus headaches, and more. Our air duct cleaning company reminds you that the cooler temperatures of fall can bring several allergy triggers, including:

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How to Get Ready for Allergy Season

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Every year, millions of people suffer from spring allergies once trees, grasses, and weeds start releasing their pollen. Whether you get itchy eyes, a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches, sinus pressure, or a little bit of everything, you know that allergies aren’t fun. At our air duct cleaning company, we have a few suggestions that can help you get ready for the upcoming season:

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5 Ways Humidity and Moisture Can Damage Your Home

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As a duct cleaning company, we understand how important it is for your home to be clean and your air quality to be healthy. In addition to changing your HVAC filters on a regular basis, we recommend installing a dehumidifier in the areas of your home that contain too much moisture and humidity. If these areas are constantly damp, it can lead to damages like:

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5 Things That Contribute to Indoor Air Pollution

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We spend most of our lives indoors and much of this time is spent at home, so why breathe indoor air that’s dirty? At Oliver, we know clean indoor air can mean a happier, healthy life – especially for those who suffer from breathing problems or allergies. Here are five things that can contribute to indoor air pollution and lead to coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, and even more serious situations:

Dirty Ducts

As air flows through your home, airborne particles are pulled into your ductwork and after awhile, you’ll begin breathing these particles as they start circulating through your home. Keeping your ductwork clean is an important part of keeping your indoor air clean and with a duct cleaning from our indoor air experts, we can get rid of the dust, dirt, dander, and more that have been circulating through your system.

Humidity

Moisture is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, which means if your home is too humid, you could be at risk for breathing in mold spores. Not only is this unhealthy, but it can cause problems for those who are allergic to mold. Investing in a dehumidifier can reduce the amount of moisture in your home and help your family breathe easier.

Smoke

If someone in your family is a smoker and does so indoors, they’re adding a variety of airborne pollutants to your indoor air. (In fact, they say the air pollution caused by cigarettes is up to 10 times worse than diesel car exhaust.) Pollutants can also come from cigars and E-cigarettes, which many people are turning to these instead of traditional cigarettes. While E-cigarette smoke isn’t as bad as cigarette smoke, it can still dirty indoor air.

Pet Dander

Many people believe that pet dander simply refers to hair, but this isn’t true. Pet dander is actually dried skin cells that fall off of your pet and either float around in the air or settle on surfaces. Many times, these cells attach to your pet’s hair and when their hair falls off, it can bring dander with it. With a mix of hair and dander floating around your home, you’re likely to breathe it in on a regular basis.

Dirty Filters

Homeowners tend to run their heat or air conditioning without thinking about their HVAC filters. However, your filters can only trap so much dust, dirt, pollen, dander, and more. Once they’re filled, your HVAC system will circulate these particles throughout your home, so our indoor air experts recommend regular HVAC maintenance. Change your filter every three months or so – even more frequently if you have pets or someone in your family smokes.

Don’t expose your family to dirty indoor air – take action to keep it clean and keep your family healthy. Change your HVAC filters, vacuum your carpets, dust your surfaces, and clean your air ducts on a regular basis and you’ll have a happy, clean environment.


When to Clean Your Air Ducts

Enjoy Fresh Air on a Regular Basis

When it comes to air ducts, there’s no set amount of time you should leave between cleanings; duct cleaning should be done on an “as-needed” basis and in general, is good to do every couple years.

How dirty your ducts get depends on many factors including: your home’s location, the size of your home, how many people live there, if family members smoke, if you have pets, etc.

The warm or cool air that blows out through your vents travels around your home and picks up airborne particles like dust, dirt, dander, mold, pollen, allergens, tar and nicotine (if members of your family smoke cigarettes). The air is then pulled back into your HVAC system and is recirculated over and over. As these particles travel through your home’s ducts, some get trapped and build up. Over time, the traveling air picks these particles up and before you know it, you’re breathing in more and more particles that could harm your health.

By cleaning your home’s ductwork, you’ll not only reduce your chances of illness, you’ll also improve the lifespan of your HVAC system and reduce your energy costs. In addition, to keep your home’s air even more clean, be sure to change your HVAC filter every one to three months (depending on the type).

At Oliver, we have a team of air duct cleaners that can remove harmful buildup and have you and your family breathing clean air in no time. If you’re not sure if your ducts need cleaning, give us a call today for a free over-the-phone estimate or schedule an appointment.


Try a Good Duct Cleaning This Winter


As the years roll on, your home’s ductwork sees a lot of dust, dirt, debris, mold, and more, and all of these things can build up over time. When this happens, the air that flows through your ducts can pick up these airborne contaminants and spread them throughout your home, making it harder to breathe.

This winter, why not choose a service that not only improves your family’s health but improves your family’s home, too? With a duct cleaning from Oliver Heating & Cooling, our experts can inspect your ductwork and remove particle buildup and/or growth that is contaminating your home’s air.

As our duct cleaning experts inspect your duct system, we’ll note if it’s in bad shape and if so, we’ll explain the situation and will suggest a duct replacement. In addition, if we find that your ductwork doesn’t actually fit the size of your home or sufficiently complement your HVAC system, we’ll also suggest a replacement. New, quality ductwork can help your heating and air conditioning operate more efficiently as well as keep your indoor air clean.

The Importance of Clean Air

We spend most of our lives indoors, which means our indoor air should be as clean as possible. After a duct cleaning from our experts, your family won’t have to worry about inhaling airborne irritants like dust, pet dander, smoke, debris, and more – all of which can worsen allergy or asthma symptoms and make it harder for elderly family members to breathe. We want your family to be as healthy as possible and we know that clean indoor air can help make that happen.

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Why You Should Replace Your HVAC Filters

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At Oliver, we constantly remind customers to replace their HVAC filters every 1-3 months, depending on their living situation. This replacement is an easy task and doesn’t take long (our HVAC repair experts can even do it for you!), and it can mean a longer life for your HVAC system. Here are some things that may happen when you keep a dirty filter in your system:

Air Pollutants

The whole idea of an HVAC filter is to filter out dirt, debris, and allergens from the air and prevent them from circulating throughout your home. When you don’t replace your HVAC filter, you allow it to build up with these pollutants, and since they’re not being filtered out, you and your family end up breathing them in. Not only are they unhealthy, but they can also cause things like headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, and other symptoms.

Decreased Flow

When your filter is full of pollutants, it’s harder for clean air to get through. This means that when you turn on your heat or air, the airflow coming through your vents won’t be as powerful as it should be, and your HVAC system won’t be able to heat or cool your home as efficiently.

An Unhappy System

Because dirty HVAC filters decrease airflow, it means that your HVAC system will have to work harder to push the air through your ducts. As the system works harder, it undergoes more stress and more stress is never a good thing for your system – it could lead to overheating and breakdowns.

Frozen Coils

A dirty filter means dirty air, and when dirty air passes over your HVAC system’s coils, it can build up on them. Once your coils are dirty, your HVAC system may not be able to transfer heat as well, and this can lead to frozen coils and an overall inefficient unit.

Higher Bills

Any and all of these problems will likely mean that you’re going to pay more for your heating or air conditioning. When your HVAC system can’t operate smoothly and correctly, it’ll have to work harder to do so. Working harder means using more energy and more energy means higher bills.


7 Ways to Reduce Your Home’s Indoor Air Pollution

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As Americans, we spend about 90% of our time indoors. Yes, 90%. That means that we’re almost always breathing indoor air – and many times, it’s dirtier than the air outside. Indoor air can carry pollutants like mold, mildew spores, dust, pollen, dirt, dander, tobacco smoke, and more – all of which can affect your health and worsen illnesses like asthma or bronchitis.

Our duct cleaning experts are here to offer some simple ways you can reduce your indoor air pollution and breathe better:

Smoking

To prevent your family from inhaling carcinogens, smoke outdoors and as far away from your home as possible. Tobacco smoke is dangerous for your lungs and (like dirt and dust) it settles into furniture and carpets, so your family can inhale smoke long after you’re done with your cigarette.

Humidity

Mold and dust mites love moisture, so keep your home’s humidity level at 30%-50% and you’ll help prevent excess allergens. A dehumidifier is a great investment for reducing humidity. You can also do simple things like open a window when cooking or running the dishwasher, and vent your clothes dryer to the outside of your home.

Carpets

Dust and dirt can easily settle in your carpet, so make sure you vacuum it regularly. Use a vacuum cleaner that has at least 12 amps of power to make sure you’re getting a good clean. You can also find vacuums with an indicator that tells you when the dust and dirt have all been drawn out of the carpet.

Plants

There are several species of houseplants that naturally purify the air and filter out organic chemicals. Keep at least one plant in every room of the house and you’ll not only enjoy some live decor, but also cleaner air. Some popular choices are aloe vera plants, spider plants, weeping fig plants, azaleas, Chinese evergreens, and more.

Cleaning Products

Many homeowners don’t realize that cleaning products can have harmful chemicals (like ammonia, phosphates, bleach, chlorine, etc.) that are not only bad for the environment, but are bad to breathe in. To reduce air pollutants, look for natural cleaning products that are made from plants and have labels like “solvent-free,” “non-toxic,” and “phosphate-free.”

Mats

People can track in dirt and chemicals on their shoes, which can then settle into your carpet. Put large floor mats outside of every door for people to wipe their feet on. If you want to take it a step further, you can even have your family members and visitors take their shoes off before they come inside.

HVAC Filters

Your HVAC units have filters that trap harmful pollutants and prevent them from traveling through your home, so make sure you change your filters on a regular basis to keep your indoor air clean.

To reduce your home’s indoor air pollution even more, call our duct cleaning specialists! We’ll do a thorough job of removing dust and debris from your duct system to make sure that the air you breathe is as clean as possible.


 

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