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. Continue reading →
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:
Many homeowners have central HVAC systems, which means they have two communicating units (an indoor and and outdoor) as well as ductwork that runs through the house. If you’re one of these homeowners, you probably don’t think much about your ductwork, but it’s essential for carrying heat or air conditioning to the various vents in your home.
Is your home’s second floor too hot? You’re not alone. Many homeowners experience a second floor that simply doesn’t seem to be getting any air conditioning during the summertime. Here, our air conditioning experts share some tips on what may be causing the situation and how to cool it down:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every year, more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. While yours may have to do with losing weight or getting more organized, our HVAC service experts encourage you to add just one more – for your home’s sake.
Schedule Annual Maintenance
No matter how old your HVAC system is, an annual maintenance check-up can keep it running smoothly and extend its lifespan. Do yourself (and your unit) a favor and have our HVAC service contractors take care of it.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Lowering your thermostat a couple degrees during the winter months and upping it a couple degrees during the summer months will not only help you use less energy, but will also help you save some money on your energy bills.
Change Your Filters
On average, your HVAC filter should be changed every three months. (If you smoke or have pets, however, it should be changed more often.) Changing your filter will keep your air clean and your HVAC unit running efficiently.
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, consider investing in one. You’ll be able to set it so that you only use your heat or air conditioning when you’re home and reduce your use while you’re out of the house. This will mean less used energy, which means lower bills.
If you think something is wrong with your HVAC unit, vents, or ducts, don’t hesitate to give our friendly HVAC service staff a call. We’d be happy to assess your situation and help take care of it – and you’ll be able to sit back and relax.
Schedule a Duct Cleaning
While your HVAC unit does most of the work to heat or cool your home, don’t forget that your air ducts are part of the picture. Dirty air ducts mean dirty air, which you don’t want to be breathing. They also mean a decrease in HVAC efficiency. Schedule an air duct cleaning to keep your family healthy and HVAC unit happy.
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.
People spend about 90% of their time indoors, which means clean air is a must. At Oliver, we provide residential duct cleaning to keep you and your family healthy, but we also provide commercial duct cleaning. Here’s how it can help your wallet, your building, and its occupants:
Airborne particle reduction
Indoor air can be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air, which means the occupants in your commercial building can be inhaling dust, dirt, mildew, pollen, smoke, fungi, and more on a day-to-day basis. A commercial duct cleaning can remove these particles and give your building cleaner air.
Whether your commercial building is an office, a school, a hospital, a factory, or any other structure, clean air improves the productivity of the people inside. Students and faculty alike can focus and work harder when their environment is clean and air is easy to breathe.
Fewer sick days
When your air ducts are dirty, they can spread bacteria that cause sicknesses. As a commercial business, you want all of your employees to be healthy and working hard, and a duct cleaning can reduce the number of sick days that workers take.
Reduced energy costs
Just one millimeter of dust and dirt build-up can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system by 21% (according to the EPA). Keeping your system clean can help maintain its efficiency and in return, can lower your energy bills.
Longer equipment life
When dirt, allergens, dust, and other particles build up, they can clog your HVAC system and cause it to fail. Regular duct cleanings can keep your equipment in top shape and running for years to come.
Interested in a commercial duct cleaning? Just leave it to the experts at Oliver! Our equipment is 99.97% efficient in removing microbial contaminants.
Once it starts to get cold outside, it seems as though everyone suffers from some sort of winter cold. If you’re someone who tends to get sick once the temperature drops, follow these easy ways to prevent those feelings of a cold:
Improve your air quality
If you’re living with indoor air that’s dusty, dirty, and full of airborne particles, you could easily increase your chances of a cold. Low indoor air quality can cause respiratory infections, worsened asthma symptoms, and common ailments like headaches and sleep problems. Call up our indoor air quality experts and set up an appointment for an air quality test today.
Wash your hands
It’s always a good idea to keep your hands clean, and this couldn’t be more true once it gets cold. The winter months are full of cold, flu, and infection germs and they’re easily transferred from humans to surfaces. Make sure you wash your hands as much as you can to prevent these germs from making you sick.
Clean your ducts
Keeping your ducts clean is another way to improve your indoor air quality. Every time your heat or air conditioning kicks on, it can pull dust, dirt, pollen, mildew, fungi, bacteria and smoke into your duct system and spread them around the house. Don’t let dirty ducts be the cause of your winter cold – let us clean them for you so you can breathe easier.
Drink, drink drink
Doctors recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water every day in order to keep your immune system in good shape and your bodily defenses ready, so drink as much as you can to keep everything functioning properly.
During the summer months, it’s easy to stay active with activities like swimming, biking, hiking, and more, but once it starts to get cold, many people cut their activity drastically. Make it a point to stay active this winter and keep your heart pumping – a hard-working heart strengthens your immune system and can help combat cold and flu germs.
When you’re cold, you depress your immune system and increase your chances for a cold, the flu, a cough, and more. Stay warm this winter by dressing warmly (especially on your head and feet where you lose a lot of your body heat) and making sure your heating system is in proper working order.
As an employer, you want your employees to do their best every day of the week, because if they’re efficient, your business is efficient. Have you ever thought about your HVAC system, though? An efficient HVAC system not only means less energy that your business consumes, but it also means lower overall costs. When it comes to HVAC, you should have the same efficiency expectations for it as you do your employees.
Unlike a home HVAC system, a commercial HVAC system is extensive and requires specific knowledge, which is why at Oliver, you can trust us to make sure your HVAC system is running at its peak efficiency. Our commercial HVAC experts are professionally trained and will inspect its many workings to ensure that you’re getting the most from your system. We can help you not only streamline your comfort, but also streamline your operating expenses so that you can focus on your company’s profits.
We know what to look for and what to do to maximize efficiency. For example: did you know that upgrading your HVAC equipment from an 8 SEER rating to a 12 SEER rating can reduce your energy consumption by about 30%? Or that the best kind of thermostat is a programmable thermostat that automatically turns off your heat or air conditioning when no one is in the building? We want to help you save as much energy as possible to reduce both your carbon footprint and your monthly energy bills.
We can also inspect your air duct system to make sure the distribution of your heat or air conditioning is correct. If your duct system is off balance, it could overwork your HVAC system as well as make your employees uncomfortable (and when employees are uncomfortable, they’re not as productive). We’ll balance your system so that your airflow is accurate and everything runs smoothly.
As you may have noticed, there are many details in a commercial HVAC system that need to be addressed in order to ensure its efficiency. If you’d like our experts to inspect yours, give us a call today and set up an appointment.