AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Don’t Use Your Air Conditioner to Lower Humidity Levels

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Weather_Seasons_Outdoors_iStock_000013156211_XXXLarge-meMost of the country experiences low humidity levels in the winter, when falling temperatures dry out the air. For our service area, it’s the exact opposite problem. Winters are mild in Southern California, but also very wet, and with the high levels of rain we’ve experienced this year, you may be dealing with too much humidity, not too little.

People have a tendency to run their air conditioners as a way of lowering humidity levels. This works to an extent, but it’s also very inefficient, and can cause a number of serious problems for your system. A whole-house dehumidifier can do the job a lot better. Here’s how it works. 

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Use a UV Air Purifier to Cut Down on Colds This Winter

Monday, February 13th, 2017

We live in a very warm climate here in the Southland, and even our winters are unusually mild. But that doesn’t mean you won’t still be facing other common winter problems, like colds and flu bugs. We get them here just like everywhere else does, and they’re not any less aggravating just because we’re not buried in snow. Luckily, there’s something you can do to protect your family from colds and flu bugs: the installation of a UV air purifier in your home.

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Cut Down on Energy Bills with an Energy Recovery Ventilator

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Thousand Oaks, CA is a warm city, like most of Southern California, and we don’t tend to worry much about heating bills getting too high. That doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary to keep your heater running, however, or that you shouldn’t take advantage of upgrades to the system to help improve its function. For homeowners looking for such upgrades, we strongly recommend an energy recovery ventilator, which is placed in your attic and can help you save money in the summer just as much as the winter.

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How Does a Heat Recovery Ventilator Help You?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

A heat recovery ventilator and its cousin, the energy recovery ventilator, are designed to improve your home’s efficiency in the winter and save you money. Most homes in the Torrance, CA area lack adequate insulation, owing to our hot summers and mild winters. An HRV or ERV can be a great way to help make up that difference without the difficulty of installing new insulation in your home. Here’s how it works.

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UV Air Purifiers Mean Healthier Housholds

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Clean air benefits every household in the Los Angeles, CA area, but it especially helps households with sensitive family members. That can include homes with a newborn infant, homes with elderly residents, and homes with people suffering from asthma or similar conditions. The more you can protect such family members from germs, colds, and viruses, the better off they will be. And if you’re looking for a secret weapon in that fight, we have something that will fit perfectly: a UV air purifier.

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Insulation Is a Boon for Winter and Summer Alike

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

We rarely think about insulation for our homes in Southern California, especially in towns like Thousand Oaks, CA where summers are long and hot. Insulation is generally considered useful for winters only, and with our winters being so mild, a number of homes in the area lack proper insulation.

Now is the time to add more, not only because winter is coming, but because it can pay equally huge dividends in the summer. Here’s how.

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3 Home Improvement Options for the Fall

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Warm weather continues here in Torrance, CA, but as September moves into October, milder temperatures will soon be on your way. This makes a great opportunity for you to assess the current state of your home, and determine is any improvements are needed. Additions to your household can hep make the home more energy efficient, as well as easing the burden on your heater, air conditioner and even your plumbing. Best of all, they can be installed very easily by friendly professionals without disrupting the other key components in your home. Here’s a quick list of some for you to consider.

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Let a Dehumidifier Ease Strain on Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Burbank, CA gets very little rainfall, like most of  Southern California, and because we live in a Mediterranean environment, we’re not used to thinking about high humidity levels here. But our recent weather has shown just how humid our summers can get. Our air conditioners can deal with it to a certain extent, but they’re not set up for such an issue, and high humidity can cause undue strain and even breakdowns in some cases. 

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Insulation Isn’t Just for the Winter

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Summers can be truly brutal here in Thousand Oaks, CA, and because of that, we tend to rely on our air conditioners to see us through. But you can help your air conditioner a great deal simply by looking at other aspects of your household, and whether they can be improved. In particular, there’s the question of insulation. We don’t usually have a lot of insulation in our homes in Southern California because our winters are so mild. But insulation isn’t just for the winter, and by adding more, you could easily help your air conditioner do it’s job more effectively.

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Install an Energy Recovery Ventilator Before Summer Hits

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Spring is here, and Simi Valley, CA has already experienced its share of hot weather. Before long, summer will hit us with its triple digit temperatures, and while a good air conditioning can keep your house cool, that comfort will come with a huge price in monthly bills. You may be searching for a way to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency, in which case we strongly suggest installing an energy recovery ventilator (or ERV) in your attic. Doing so now makes a lot of sense, since it will be in place and ready to go before the summer begins in earnest.

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