Air Purifiers vs. Plants: Which Are Better?

If you’re like the average American, you’ll spend more than 90 percent of your life indoors. But while sitting inside reduces the risk of being hit by a flying golf ball or falling into a river, it can pose another serious health and safety risk: air pollution. The chemicals used to manufacture common indoor items like drywall, rugs, furniture, mattresses, pressed-wood furniture, and paint can leach into the air for years. But although individuals with strong chemical sensitivities may immediately notice (and physically react) when a chemical-emitting item is brought into the room, for most, these chemicals are completely invisible and undetectable. Meanwhile, outdoor air pollution from factories, car exhaust, and farms can come indoors each time a door is opened or an air conditioner turns on. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can remove many of these indoor impurities, improving your air quality and your health. But many of the benefits of HEPA filters are shared by household plants. When you’re comparing the two, which comes out ahead? Benefits of Air Purifiers HEPA air purifiers work by forcing the air in a room through an ultra-fine filter that traps small particles. If you’ve ever looked askance at a beam...

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What is a SEER Rating?

If you are in the market shopping for a new air conditioning unit, you must have been advised to pay close attention to the system’s SEER rating. We all appreciate the fact that an air conditioner is a significant investment in your home and you are doing a smart thing by finding out all that you can before you write that check. But, what exactly is SEER rating and how does it impact on the performance of your AC unit? Do air conditioners with a higher SEER rating function better than those with a lower SEER rating? This article will help you understand everything you need to know about SEER rating. What Is SEER Rating? SEER is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio that relates to how much energy and money your AC unit will use in its operation over the course of the year. The SEER rating range from 13 to 25 and are usually indicated on the yellow and black Energy Grade sticker on the side of the AC unit. If you can’t find the value of SEER rating on the side of the unit, you should consider visiting the manufacturer’s website for further details. The SEER...

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Can’t Sleep? Maybe It’s The Temperature In Your Room!

Can’t sleep? Well, you may take comfort in knowing that you are among the 30 percent of Americans who struggle with insomnia-related issues. Many people fall asleep easily, but wake up just three to four hours later. According to the Sleep Institute, this is common, and it often has to do with your bedroom temperature or air quality. For example, one person reported to the Sleep Institute that they had followed their wife’s suggestion to keep the thermostat lower at night. He felt it was cold, though, and then ended up setting their thermostat at 60, but piled the blankets on. It wasn’t warm enough, apparently. When his doctor recommended he raise the indoor temperature of his home to 68 degrees, he finally got a good night’s rest where he didn’t wake up because of the temperature. How Indoor Air Temperature Affects Your Sleep Most sleep experts agree the indoor temperature of your sleeping area directly affects how comfortable you feel in your sleeping quarters and how well and how long you sleep. Why? “According to a biology professor at Standford, Ph.D. professor H. Craig Keller, it’s similar to an internal thermostat. When your body is too hot or cold,...

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Can Air Conditioning Trigger Asthma?

For very many years now, it has become general knowledge that the combination of cold air and humidity leads to the swelling of the trachea and the voice box. Asthma patients usually have very sensitive airways and may find that when the North Carolina summer temperatures soar, along with the humidity levels, their asthma signs begin to act up and worsen. Indoor Air Quality for Asthmatic People Other established causes of asthma include allergens such as pollen, pet dander, and dust particles which gets into your home via the air and settles on your carpet, furniture and your AC filters. Many people do not realize that the indoor air could be twice hazardous than the outdoor air. Indoor air quality is as essential as the treatment of asthma itself. NASA’s research in 1989 found out that indoor pollution is the main cause of asthma in small children. When purchasing an HVAC system, any professional AC company will inquire about any asthmatic person in the home and will likely offer to add a secondary filtration. How Air Conditioners Cause Asthma Many physicians have come out to warn people against spending long hours in air-conditioned rooms to avoid triggering asthma attacks. As...

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Should I Use a Ceiling Fan While my AC is On?

Many homeowners (both new and experienced) never stop having questions about how they can better their household necessitates and wants. A common question that many homeowners and commercial business sites tend to ask is about cooling the temperature of their vicinity. Do they really need to use a ceiling fan while their AC is on? This is a subjective question that really does not have a right or wrong answer. If you truly believe that you want to have as much cool air consistently flowing through your home or business, then, by all means, do so. The Team that Specializes in HVAC Integrity Heating & Cooling is a highly reputable HVAC company with locations in Concord, Charlotte, Lake Norman, and Gastonia. This company has 35 years of history working with commercial and residential customers. Since the company has opened its doors, they have always stood by their core values of providing high quality and healthy HVAC services/products to help the local residents live/work in safe environments. As a homeowner/business owner, it is important to ensure that yourself and/or your customers are able to enjoy in a comfortable environment. Making sure that you have the proper and most efficient HVAC products...

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What Is Super Cooling?

You can lower your energy consumption and your air conditioning bill by using a process called supercooling. This involves making changes in energy consumption so that your air conditioner runs at the coldest temperature during non-peak hours to keep the costs low. 4 Steps to Supercooling Your Home North Carolina is one of top 10 electricity-generating states, and three-fifths of this state’s households use electricity for home heating and air conditioning. To reduce costs, you will want to take one or more of these steps to supercool your home: 1. Adjust your thermostat or AC during non-peak and peak hours. Non-peak hours vary depending upon immediate location and time of year but generally begin sometime after 9 p.m. until sometime before 10 a.m. You could, for example, program your thermostat to run at about 73 degrees overnight and maybe set it for 80 degrees or higher during the day. This works best if you also keep the sun out with the shades during the day. 2. Keep your shades closed but windows open. Having the windows open overnight will provide a breeze without the hot sun. However, you will want to keep your shades closed during the day to keep...

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Indoor Air Quality Effects on Health

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality in your home. It has a significant effect on the comfort and health of occupants. It’s crucial to control and understand various pollutants that may cause adverse health effects in your home. Immediate Effects Some health effects manifest soon after you are exposed to a specific pollutant. They include dizziness, fatigue, headaches and eye irritation. Often, such effects last for a short duration. Also, you can quickly treat them by moving away from an identifiable source. If you are exposed to indoor air contaminants, you may experience persistent asthma attacks. Several factors such as age and preexisting health conditions determine the possibility of sudden reactions to air pollutants. Also, your sensitivity affects your response to contaminants. Different people have varying sensitivities. You can get sensitized to chemical or biological contaminants after getting high or frequent exposures. However, some immediate effects resemble critical signs of viral diseases such as colds. It’s tricky to determine if they are due to exposure to air pollutants. Therefore, you need to focus on the location and time in which the symptoms occur. If they dissipate after you move away from a particular area, it’s vital to...

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The Dangers of Not Getting Your AC Fixed

With summertime nearly in full swing, there are probably very few days you haven’t turned on the air conditioner at least once. It keeps that pesky humidity away so everyone in the house is nice and cool. What more can you ask for? A working air conditioner, for one. Everything was going fine until yours just broke out of nowhere. Money might be a little tight right now, so you think you can ignore the issue. You use oscillating fans around the house during the day to keep things cool. It’s not great, but it will do until summer ends, right? Not fixing your air conditioner can actually be dangerous. Here are some reasons to why: Dust, Dirt, and Debris Can Buildup in the Unit A technician is supposed to come by every few months and clean out the exterior and interior components of your air conditioner. They will also change out the filters, which can get clogged with dirt and dust. If your air conditioner is broken, there’s no need to call out a technician, right? As a result, sticks, small rocks, dirt, mud, dust, and other debris build up, becoming much harder to remove. You could have to...

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What does it Mean to be NATE Certified?

At Integrity Heating & Cooling, we are dedicated to offering businesses and homeowners throughout the greater Charlotte area with the best services from qualified and experienced technicians. When hiring our technicians, our goal is to pick true experts who can handle all our clients’ HVAC needs. For this reason, we only hire NATE-certified technicians to offer heating repair, air conditioning services as well as commercial HVAC solutions. But what does it mean for a technician to be NATE-certified? Read on to know more about NATE certification. What is NATE? North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is a large non-profit certification organization in the nation that’s dedicated to air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, and ventilation technicians. Being a non-profit, this organization is owned, operated, developed and supported by the entire HVAC industry. Since its inception in 1997, NATE has provided certified technicians who have proved to be the best in the industry. Some technicians who choose to pursue certification from NATE do so voluntarily, simply because they need to showcase their expertise in the industry. Process for getting NATE- Certification Each time you hire a technician to work on your HVAC unit, you want to be sure that the person has a thorough...

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How Do Professional Ultra Violet Lights Make Indoor Air Quality Better?

Germs and bacteria lurk in every home. These hidden attackers spread to every room when the HVAC system is switched on. The combination of these organisms with dust and other particulates in the air compromises the quality of indoor air. Poor indoor air quality can lead to serious health issues in your home. For instance, you may start to notice allergy attacks among the members of your household. Fortunately, you can combat the microorganisms that contribute to the deterioration of indoor air quality using ultraviolet (UV) lights. Have your indoor air quality inspected by an HVAC professional every few years. The air duct cleaner or HVAC technician will recommend the installation of UV light to clean and protect your indoor environment and allow you and your family to breathe easy at home. How UV Lights Work Microorganisms such as mold, bacteria, and viruses don’t stand a chance against the power of UV lights. The UV lights release a short wavelength light that annihilates these microorganisms and renders them powerless. UV lights are very effective against microorganisms in the indoor environment but they work within a specified range. They zap organic growths such as mold and bacteria but they don’t have...

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