Category : indoor air quality

How to Know if Your Home Needs Duct Cleaning Services

Duct Cleaning

It’s no secret that having an efficient heating and cooling system is essential. You and your family need relief from hot summer days and chilly winter nights. However, one thing many homeowners don’t often think about is everything that goes into an efficiently functioning HVAC system, particularly the need for air duct cleaning. That’s where Oliver Heating and Cooling comes in!

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

The process of cleaning your air ducts helps remove buildup, including dirt, allergens, dust, debris, mold spores, bacteria, and viruses. In some homes, additional filtration systems may be necessary to reach optimal indoor air quality, including adding a humidifier or dehumidifier or optimizing filters or air scrubbers.

There are a few key signs that the ducts in your home need to be cleaned:

  • Your utility bills have suddenly spiked without an apparent reason.
  • You’re experiencing a problem with insects or rodents in your home.
  • You have a buildup of dust around the vents in your home.
  • You or a family member has suddenly had an onset of respiratory or allergy symptoms.

Benefits of Duct Cleaning Services

There are many benefits to cleaning the air ducts in your home. The most important benefit, of course, is improving the air quality for your family. Clean air improves your health and helps to keep respiratory and allergy problems at bay. In addition, removing the buildup inside of your ducts will allow for your HVAC system to be more efficient which will in turn lower your heating and cooling costs.

How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts?

At Oliver Heating and Cooling we recommend you have your ducts cleaned every two to three years. Keep in mind, there are a few outlying factors that may affect your schedule. For example, you should always have air ducts cleaned after new construction or a major renovation in your home due to the excess dust and debris. Also, if you have had any water damage or signs of mold in your home, air duct cleaning is essential to avoid triggering respiratory problems.

Could your home benefit from air duct cleaning? Let Oliver help! We provide HVAC services to homes in the Delaware Valley area. You can easily schedule an appointment online or give us a call. We’ll make sure the air quality in your home is safe for your family.


An Aprilaire Air Purifier Delivers Clean Air Throughout Your Home

Aprilaire Air Purifier

According to the Environmental Protection Agency the air in most people’s homes is two to five times more polluted than the air outside. Despite the cleanliness of a home, often the air is filled with toxic chemicals and allergens. The Aprilaire air purifier is the best solution for your indoor air quality needs.

Oliver Heating & Cooling technicians are able to attach its state-of-the-art filter to your current cooling and heating system, providing cleaner air to your entire home at a sensible price. We know your main priority is keeping your family safe and healthy, and Oliver is here to help starting with clean air.

The Importance of Clean Indoor Air

The quality of the air you breathe is important to your health and well-being. Many ailments are directly linked to indoor air pollution. Including:

  • Respiratory illnesses such as asthma and emphysema.
  • Overexposure to airborne contaminants may cause cardiovascular disease.
  • Hay fever and allergies to pollen, mold, mildew and pet dander.

Benefits of an Aprilaire Air Purifier

Oliver Heating & Cooling believes in the exceptional quality of the Aprilaire air purifier because it cleans indoor air better than any other residential air filters on the market. Here are a few reasons you and your family will love it too.

  • Prevents dust build up.
  • Maximizes the life of your heating and cooling equipment.
  • Improves energy savings by keeping your HVAC equipment clean.
  • Produces no ozone because it has no moving parts.
  • Requires maintenance just once a year.
  • Includes Clean Coil Guarantee: Aprilaire Air Purifiers are so effective at removing particles and contaminants that should your new indoor air conditioning coil require professional cleaning in the next 10 years, Aprilaire will pay $100 toward the cost of having the coil cleaned.
  • Provides over 10 times the filtering media used in standard 1″ furnace filters.
  • Traps 98% of pollen and mold spores.
  • Permanently captures at least 97% of bacteria and fungi.
  • Traps 96% of pet dander and respirable dust.
  • Traps up to 75% of tobacco smoke and smog.

*The reduction of contaminants is based on the air passing through the Aprilaire air purifier filter.

The Aprilaire air purifier is the best way to ensure the air in your home is fresh and clean all year long. Schedule an appointment today with Oliver Heating & Cooling for a cleaner and healthier home.


6 Ways to Improve Your Home’s 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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Guest Blogger – Home Is Where the Health Is: Dust Mites and Your Health

Thanks to our friends at Thompson for putting together this great piece on dust mites!

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While they are too small to detect with the naked eye, dust mites can cause big health problems for people with asthma or allergies. These microscopic creatures thrive in warm, humid environments where there are dead skin cells from people and animals to feed on – in other words, they thrive in many ordinary households. In particular, they like bedroom carpeting and household upholstery. As many as 40,000 dust mites can thrive in one ounce of dust, with each releasing about 20 fecal pellets per day.

What Could Happen

So what’s the big deal? Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Exposure to dust mites and their waste products can trigger asthma attacks and allergy symptoms in people with these conditions. According to the Alliance for Healthy Homes, exposure to dust mites in childhood may even cause certain children to develop asthma.

Dust mite levels often go down in the winter when humidity levels drop; however, many people with breathing problems use humidifiers in the winter, which can make humidity levels even higher than they are in the summer, thus worsening their dust mite and related health problems. Of course, too-low humidity levels can cause breathing problems as well. Indoor humidity levels should ideally be between 35 and 50 percent for optimal air quality and protection from mites.

How to Get Rid of Them

Some things you can do around the house to get rid of dust mites include weekly hot-water laundering of bedding, covering mattresses and pillows with allergen-resistant covers, and regularly vacuuming and steam cleaning carpets. In humid environments, it may be especially difficult to get rid of dust mites.

While doing things like laundering bedding frequently can help reduce dust mites, if anyone in your household suffers from allergies or breathing problems, a whole-house air filtration system is the best way to zap dust mites, as well as other allergenic particles, toxic compounds, and infectious agents that your family’s air supply may be harboring. Air filtration services can also be used to provide optimal indoor humidity levels.

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This post written by Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling. Check out more posts from the Thompson Home Is Where The Health Is blog here!


10 Ways to Suffer Less From Allergies

As the weather gets colder and we start spending more and more time indoors, this time of year can present challenges to those who suffer from allergies and asthma. We’d like to thank Dr. Luetke of Broad Axe Family Medicine in Skippack for providing us with these helpful tips:

1)      To kill dust mites: wash pillows and stuffed animals weekly in hot water (above 130 degrees). If using cooler water, use bleach.

2)      Reduce indoor humidity to below 60 percent. Ideal ranges are 30-50 percent.

3)      Fix leaky faucets, pipes, or other sources of water that have mold around them. Use bleach to clean moldy surfaces.

4)      When vacuuming, use a dust mask (available at hardware stores), double-layered or microfilter vacuum bags, or a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.

5)      Replace standard HVAC filters with HEPA filters, available at home improvement stores. Air filters are rated on a MERV scale of 1-16, with a higher rating indicating better filtration of small irritants and allergens. Oliver also offers high-efficiency filters.

6)      Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf on cold or windy days.

7)      Talk to your doctor about all over-the-counter medicines you are taking, including cold remedies, aspirin, vitamins and other supplements. Some OTC medicines can aggravate asthma.

8)      Smart vacation planning can also provide relief: schedule your next getaway when pollen counts are highest locally.

9)      Professional duct cleaning can significantly reduce the amount of harmful irritants and allergens circulating in your home. Call Oliver today for a free estimate.

10)   If you smoke, ask your doctor for ways to help you quit.