Dowd Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

It Might Be Time for an ERV Installation

Monday, June 26th, 2023

If you have concerns about your indoor air quality, you may be considering your options for systems that help your air conditioner improve the indoor air quality. You have a variety of options, and one of them is an energy recovery ventilator. The system helps improve indoor air quality by decreasing pollution, but also by helping you to maintain healthy humidity levels.

If you need services for indoor air quality in Abington, PA, our team can help. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about an energy recovery ventilator, and why it might be a great addition for your home. 

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The Odor-Eliminating Power of an Air Purifier

Monday, May 15th, 2023

Whole-house air purifiers boast a variety of benefits. One of the least talked about benefits is odor elimination. Many homeowners are interested in air purifiers to remove germs and bacteria from the air. But let’s be honest, you don’t want your home to smell bad either. 

So if the health benefits are not a reason enough to invest in air purifier service in Hatboro, PA, then you may also want to consider the smells that an air purifier can help with. You can keep reading to learn more about how air purifiers remove smells from the air in your home.

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Some Frequently Asked Questions About Air Purifier Questions

Monday, March 20th, 2023

If you’re looking to improve the quality of the air in your home, especially if there are people with asthma and allergies in your household, then installing an air purification system is an excellent idea. You can arrange for a great professional installation with our team.

You probably have many questions about air purification systems. We’ll address a few of the most common ones below. Feel free to contact us and ask us anything you want about our indoor air quality solutions.

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Do Air Purifiers Really Make a Difference in a Home?

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Most homes have poorer indoor air quality than they should. This is an unfortunate side-effect of the way modern homes are constructed to improve energy efficiency: the homes are built “tight” so little heat is able to escape in cold weather or get inside during hot weather, but this also prevents an influx of fresh air. Unwanted contaminants build up inside homes without any fresh air to sweep them away and replace them. 

This is where air purifiers can serve an important purpose. But do these purification systems make any real difference? 

The answer is yes and no. Let’s look at the no side first.

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Does an AC Do Enough to Control Indoor Humidity?

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

The answer to the question in the title depends on how much humidity your home deals with during the summer. If you don’t normally experience extremely high indoor humidity (relative humidity higher than 70%, although some people find more than 60% uncomfortable), then your AC will be able to keep you cool and happy. The air conditioner is not exactly controlling the humidity—although it’s doing some dehumidification—but it doesn’t have to work hard against humidity to deliver a comfortable environment for your house.

If high humidity is a problem you often encounter during warm weather, then it’s unlikely your AC can do much about it. It can provide cooling, but it won’t make a noticeable effect on humidity because an air conditioning system isn’t equipped to do that job. 

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How UV Air Purifiers Help a Home’s Air Quality

Monday, July 25th, 2022

You aren’t the only person who wants to know if an air purifier can help you clean out pollutants from your indoor air. Homeowners today have greater concerns about indoor air quality than ever before, and HVAC professionals like us can offer air purifiers in Bensalem, PA that make a difference.

And, yes, whole-house air purification systems can make a significant difference for indoor air quality. You’ll need the help of professionals to select and install the right set of purifiers and filters.

Air purifiers can use several methods to clean household air. Here are the most common:

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Why Air Filters Often Need Pairing With Air Purifiers

Monday, June 13th, 2022

If you’re looking to have cleaner air in your house—and more people are concerned about this than ever before—you have several options. Most people usually think of having special whole-house air filters installed. These filters need professionals to plumb them into the ductwork (the filter that’s already in place on the HVAC system isn’t for air cleaning purposes). Filters are an excellent method for improving indoor air quality, and most homes can benefit from them. 

However, air filters sometimes need the assistance of air purifiers. The right air filtration and air purification system combination can remove more than 98% of unwanted particles from the air circulating through a home. Let’s look into more of the details about when air filters need the help of air purifiers.

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The Difference Between a Whole-Home Air Filter and an HVAC Air Filter

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

If you looked at the title of this post and thought, “Wait, aren’t those the same thing?”, then we recommend you read further. Homeowners are often confused about their options when it comes to getting air filters and air purifiers to improve their household indoor air quality. It often starts with mistaking the job of the standard filter that’s part of the HVAC system—also called the “furnace filter” or “AC filter” (one filter usually does both jobs.)

There’s an important difference between what we call a whole-home air filter and the filter located on the HVAC cabinet or behind the return air duct in the house. 

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How Your Home’s Ducts Can Pickpocket You

Monday, March 7th, 2022

At this moment, you might have a sneaky thief crawling about your home, maybe in the attic, maybe hiding in the walls. This thief won’t carry off your most valuable possessions, but it will lift money from your pocket bit by bit so that it can add up to hundreds of dollars over a year. This thief can even cause other damage to your house without you knowing about it at first.

You don’t need to call the police to catch this thief. To stop this pickpocket, you’ll need an HVAC expert! Because this thief is actually the ductwork of your home: the air channels carrying heated and cooled air throughout the rooms. When air ducts start to spring leaks, it will take money from you on your utility bills, month after month until you have professional duct service in Hatboro, PA.

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Winter Is Tough for Healthy Indoor Air, But We Can Help

Monday, December 13th, 2021

There are two times during the year when the indoor air quality inside a home can take a steep plunge. The first is the beginning of spring, which is prime time for allergies. The second is during the coldest period of winter. 

What makes winter so difficult? Because in order for a home to stay comfortable and not allow all the heat inside to escape outside, the doors and windows must stay shut. This prevents fresh air circulation through the house that removes dry and pollutant-filled air. 

The good news is that this isn’t a hopeless situation. If you want to enjoy better indoor air quality in your house this season, our team at Dowd Mechanical can help you with several special HVAC services. Below are some of the ways we can help you enjoy a better life indoors this winter.

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