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    The Importance of Good Air Circulation The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as many as 25 million people are affected by asthma each year. Common and chronic conditions like this one can be affected drastically by the quality of the air that you breathe. What if something as simple as good air circulation could help to improve your quality of life? When it comes to your HVAC system, ventilation should be a significant concern for your home. This can be achieved through a number of means, but many homeowners choose to install a ventilation system with their air conditioner or furnace. This machine helps to pump fresh outdoor air into the home, replacing any indoor air that may be filled with contaminants. What can you do about the air quality in your home? First, let’s take a look at the ways homeowners can modify their air quality by using a ventilation system. Ventilation Systems There are four main categories of ventilation systems, so it can be tricky to choose which one is right for your home. Homeowners will need to choose between an exhaust system, supply system, balanced system, or an energy and heat recovery ventilator. Exhaust Systems You’re probably already familiar with the exhaust system. Most homes have fans and vents in their bathrooms and over top of their stoves. This is an exhaust system that uses a fan to draw air ... read more

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    3 Ways to Prevent Your Furnace from Leaking Carbon Monoxide Does your furnace pose a health and safety risk to your home? As the winter months drag on, it’s essential to make sure that your heating system is functioning appropriately. Particularly with gas furnaces, you can never be too careful with monitoring their daily performance. Homeowners have a right to be concerned about the quality of their air, as well as the overall safety of their family. Carbon monoxide is the primary concern for homeowners with gas furnaces. As a natural part of the mechanisms of a furnace, carbon monoxide is produced. This dangerous chemical should remain contained inside of the heat exchanger, never entering into the indoor air of your home. The carbon monoxide should only exit the furnace through the flue pipe which ultimately pumps it outdoors. However, small damages to the inside of the furnace could lead to leaks. Even a tiny crack in the right part of the furnace could mean major problems for your home. Carbon monoxide leaks almost always comes from cracked heat exchangers. These pieces are typically responsible for pumping the poisonous gas into the outdoor air, but a crack can render them ineffective. The signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning should be taken extremely seriously. If you feel that you may be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, remove ... read more

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    Could Dry Air Be Making You Sick? The winter air is well known for bringing along colds, sinus infections, flu viruses, and an assortment of other ailments. Your health insurance gets put to good use during this time of year, but what if you could help eliminate some of the sickness? Your doctor may recommend taking a daily multivitamin and washing your hands every thirty minutes. However, your HVAC technician in San Antonio may propose a different solution. They may suggest that your furnace is to blame for many of your common illnesses in the winter. How does dry air make you sick? When the humidity is low outside, the air tends to suck up moisture from whatever sources it can find. Unfortunately, it may even pull the moisture right out of your body, mostly from your skin or your sinuses. By drying out your nasal cavities, you’re leaving yourself far more prone to bacteria. In general, your body protects itself from airborne illnesses by trapping bacteria with the mucus inside of your nose. A body that’s too dry fails to produce enough mucus to stop these invaders from entering your body. Whenever you breathe in, you’re actually inhaling these infection-causing agents directly into your lungs. In the winter, the dry air tends to hold onto bacteria longer than it does in the summer. This means that you’re being exposed to far more bacteria, ... read more

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    Does the Sound of Your Air Conditioner Matter? In general, most people assume that a quieter air conditioner is probably the best option. You want to hear the gentle hum of the unit as you drift off to sleep, but you don’t want to be awoken by it in the middle of the night. An air conditioner is meant to be a modern convenience, an appliance that should be felt more than it should be heard. How can you ultimately go about deciding which sounds are an issue for your air conditioner? If you’re particularly sensitive to sounds, you will need to carefully consider whether a new air conditioning unit is going to be too loud for your home. What works in your friend’s house may not be the right fit for you. Some of these concerns are personal preferences while others are related to the specific design of your home. You can stop wondering whether the sound of your air conditioner matters and start evaluating the effects it will have on your home with these suggestions. Consider the placement of your unit Homeowners who are building a new house may be able to have more say in where their air conditioner is actually located. Even though most units are on the outside of the home, it can still make a big difference on the sounds you hear inside the home. In fact, the importance of sound when selecting an air conditioner may be hugely influenced by the ... read more

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    Whether you’re building your dream home or replacing an air conditioner that’s ready to retire, selecting the right system for your home can be a tricky endeavor. Professionals sometimes rattle off statistics and features that make little sense to the average homeowner. Before long, you may start to feel bogged down in the details of choosing the right system for your home without even knowing the best place to begin. It’s essential to understand all of the features and factors that should be considered before making such a large investment. The average HVAC system tends to last between ten and twenty years, which means that you could be stuck with your decision for decades to come. During that time, you want your home to be cool and comfortable throughout the summertime. A lot of factors have to be considered in order to make that a reality for your family. Researching the various manufacturers and models available on today’s market is an important aspect of being an informed consumer. However, you should never underestimate the value of a professional opinion on what may be right for your home. Homeowners should do everything possible to familiarize themselves with the content of this guide for selecting the right air conditioner system for their home. In addition, they should also find and hire a qualified professional in their area to give an expert ... read more

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