air quality

Tips For Managing Air Quality During COVID-19

 

If you are like most Americans, the COVID-19 pandemic has you concerned about the health of your family, and if you are practicing social distancing, you are probably in your home more than usual. Given that COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, managing the air quality in your home is one way to keep the virus from spreading. Here are some tips for maintaining good air quality in your home. 

Change your air filter on your furnace

If its been a while since you’ve changed your air filter, now is a great time to add a new furnace filter to your essential shopping list. To fight airborne pollutants, upgrade to a filter with a MERV rating of at least 13. This will help filter out allergens and some viruses to minimize your risk of exposure. 

Vacuum often

Dust and particles that are trapped in carpet fibers can cause respiratory issues and walking on carpets stirs up those irritants. A good vacuum with a hepa filter will help remove the pollutants while minimizing the dust particles that can cause respiratory issues. 

Spring Cleaning

With winter build-up, and the fact that we’ve been home bound for an extended period of time, pollutants may be lying in wait throughout your home. A deep cleaning will help remove those particles, and with the right cleaner, disinfect the areas of your home that may have been neglected over the winter. 

Open Your Windows

When the weather warms up, there is nothing like opening your windows and letting the fresh spring air refresh your home. Getting good air flow and ventilation exchanges the stale air in your home with fresh air, which can improve air quality. 

Air Circulation

Having a functioning HVAC system is a critical piece in the air quality in your home. Your furnace and air conditioner play a vital role in circulating the air in your home, as well as filtering the cold air return. Set your thermostat to circulate the air constantly to keep the air flowing. 

Install an Air Filtration System

A clean air filtration system can help to reduce the pollutants, virus and toxic compounds that can lead to respiratory problems. 

If you are experiencing any issues with your HVAC system, call Atlas Butler today. Because we help customers with furnace, air conditioning and plumbing issues, we are an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the guidelines outlined by the CDC to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

April 26th, 2020|air quality, HVAC Topics, Improve Your Indoor Air Quality|

How Clean Air Ducts Affect Your HVAC’s Performance

Since it’s hidden from view, many people tend to overlook their air ducts. The ductwork in your home distributes hot or cold air throughout your home and when properly maintained, helps your system maintain the correct temperature, promote circulation and ventilation, and improve healthy air quality throughout your house. Dirty or leaking ducts waste energy and can trigger medical conditions such as allergies and asthma.  The HVAC professionals at Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling can inspect your ductwork, make any necessary repairs, and give them a thorough cleaning.

Here are some signs that your ductwork needs attention:

  1. Higher energy bills. If your heating and cooling bills are inching (or jumping) up, leaking air ducts could be the cause. Dirt and debris can clog registers and returns that restrict airflow. Also, build-up around mechanical parts of the HVAC system can hinder its performance.
  2. Dust emits from the registers. That’s a sure sign that your air ducts need a thorough cleaning. If you notice a more frequent and heavier build-up of dust on surfaces around your home than usual, you probably need your ducts cleaned. Or, at the minimum, have the air filters replaced.
  3. Worsening upper respiratory conditions. If anybody in your household suffers from allergies, asthma or other conditions, poor indoor air quality definitely isn’t helping. Your air ducts can harbor dust mites, dirt, pollen, pet dander, and even mold. All of these can contaminate the air, which can cause coughing and breathing problems.

Check out our Duct Cleaning video to learn more about the benefits of having your ductwork cleaned. 

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every three-to-five years. This timeframe might be shorter for you if you live in an area where there is a lot of dust, if you have indoor pets, household members smoke, or if anybody in the family has a chronic respiratory condition such as asthma.  A study by the NADCA also revealed that air duct cleaning of heavily-soiled systems can reduce energy bills by 11%.

Atlas Butler’s team of experienced HVAC professionals can do an inspection of your ducts to see if they need to be cleaned and give you an estimate. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and provide service for your HVAC systems. We have the largest crew and fleet in the Central Ohio area and the only one to offer our Same Day Comfort Pledge. Call us at 614-681-2167 or visit scheduling page to book an appointment. While you’re at it, ask us about our Comfort Club, where you can save on routine maintenance, repairs, and annual tune-ups.  

February 15th, 2020|air ducts, air quality, HVAC Topics|