California has unfortunately been experiencing a copious amount of wildfires recently. An unexpected concern is how this effects our air quality. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the emissions of fine particles when timber and brush burn are three times higher than they estimated. These particles circulating through the air are extremely harmful to the respiratory system. Continue reading
You probably have heard the term air duct cleaning and are often seeing advertisements for this service – but do you truly know what an air duct cleaning entails?
Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system consists of many different components: supply and return ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans, fan motors, and the air handler unit. Any one of these components can become contaminated if not properly maintained. Common contaminants include pollen, dust, pet dander, and moisture can lead to mold growth within the system. If you are looking to get your HVAC system cleaned, it is important to confirm with the air duct cleaning company that they will be cleaning all of the above listed components. If a company only cleans part of the system, risk of re contamination is present. It is also important to make sure the duct cleaning company is certified and licensed to perform such work.
Have you ever heard the expressions “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” This is a common case scenario in the air duct cleaning world. There are many companies that advertise an extremely low rate of $49.99 or $99.99 to clean up to 16 vents in a home or building. Unfortunately, these are often scams. A proper air duct cleaning requires more man power and time to effectively and completely clean all the duct work. A company advertising such low costs may be skipping sections of duct work or not producing thorough craftsmanship. Continue reading
Before putting your home on the market, you want to make sure it’s in tip-top shape to look the most desirable for the best offer. Many people do yard work and make small improvements all over the house. An area that is often overlooked, however, is the air ducts. The air duct system is the lungs of a building. Accumulated dust and debris can linger on the lining and break off every time the system is used. Those particulates then become airborne and can cause asthma and allergies. Continue reading
Today, May 2, 2017 is World Asthma Day. We thought it would be important to highlight some shocking statistics about Asthma in the United States.
• The number of people with asthma continues to grow. One in 12 people (about 25 million, or 8% of the U.S. population) had asthma in 2009, compared with 1 in 14 (about 20 million, or 7%) in 2001.
• More than half (53%) of people with asthma had an asthma attack in 2008. More children (57%) than adults (51%) had an attack. 185 children and 3,262 adults died from asthma in 2007.
• About 1 in 10 children (10%) had asthma and 1 in 12 adults (8%) had asthma in 2009. Women were more likely than men and boys more likely than girls to have asthma. Continue reading
Modern day buildings come with an array of requirements and standards that need to be met. With new regulations and programs such as Title 24, The Well Standard, and LEED certification, designing a perfect ventilation system in a building is not as easy as it may seem. Continue reading
The world is finally beginning to listen to Mother Nature. Over the past couple years, people have started to realize that we need to take care of the planet in order to take care of ourselves. Along with the expanded stress of eating healthier and exercising regularly in advertisements, green building and design has also come into play. With new standards such as LEED and the Well Institute, everyone is coming together to help preserve our land instead of ignoring important environmental factors. A new study has found that simply planting trees can help improve our health. Continue reading
What can we say? We like to be warm! Sometimes slippers and Snuggies just won’t do the trick. If your household or boss is anything like mine, the heater is left untouched during winter due to fear of high energy costs. Fear not, as below you will find 5 tips for lowering your heating costs this winter. Continue reading
During the winter, the indoor air can become more dry than usual, but did you know that this also causes the humidity levels to drop? A low indoor humidity level is an advocate for the spread of pathogens, such a flu and cold viruses. Continue reading
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, allowing buildings to be part of a green building certification program. Many facilities are taking a stand in the race for generating a greener, healthier environment for our future. What most do not know is that there is a new supplemental green building certification program that goes hand-in-hand with LEED. This is called The Well Standard. Continue reading