Greenleaf Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Which Air Filter is Best for Smoke?

Monday, March 11th, 2019

air-filter-up-closeThe smell of cigarette smoke can leave behind some stubborn odors. If a room of your home has been smoked in for several months or years, you know just how oppressive that odor can be. Plus, the effects of second-hand smoke over a long period of time can prove harmful. Even before that, it may be enough to trigger the allergy and asthma symptoms in certain individuals.

Fortunately, there are some air quality systems out there that can help with eliminating those odors. Whether you enjoy lighting up a cigar every now and then or if you’re trying to clear smoke odors from a previous owner or tenant, the right combination of purifiers and filters can make all the difference.

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What’s the Worst a Dirty Air Filter Could Do?

Monday, February 25th, 2019

changing-air-filterAh, yes… The air filter. An essential part of every forced-air heating and cooling system. This rectangular insert made of cardboard and mesh, whose sole purpose is just to get dirty and then be thrown out, can become a harbinger of doom. When taken for granted, the air filter can restrict airflow and cause your HVAC system to display several troubling symptoms just short of disaster. All because someone forgot to change it when it got too dirty!

But seriously speaking, air filters are perfectly safe and very necessary. Without them, your HVAC system’s sensitive components would become contaminated. But it’s true that if it isn’t changed regularly, it can cause some issues, such as:

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Can Air Filtration Fight the Cold and Flu?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

sick-couple-catch-coldWe are now in the midst of cold and flu season, so what can we do to lessen the risk of illness? Did you know proper air filtration can lessen the severity of symptoms caused by a cold or flu? It’s true; the quality of the air you breathe has a significant effect on the severity of your symptoms and affects the number of times you get sick per year. Air filtration and air purification systems are used to remove a different range of contaminants from indoor air. In fact, air purifiers are especially important for those with weakened immune systems.

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Now Is a Great Time to Change Your Air Filter

Monday, September 10th, 2018

man-considers-changing-air-filterBy the time you’re reading this, it might be time to change your air filter. Under the most average circumstances–an average family without any allergies or asthma issues–you should be changing your HVAC system’s air filter about every 6 months. That time may increase or decrease depending on other factors, but it’s never a bad time to ask yourself every once in a while, “Is it time to change the air filter?” Below are a few reasons why you should change an air filter now instead of later.

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UV Air Purifiers Make for a Healthier Home

Monday, June 19th, 2017

UV-air-purifierSummers can be unbelievably hot in our neck of the woods, and because of the general conditions in Southern California, we have to do more than just address the heat. Air conditioners can keep temperatures cool, but they’re less able to deal with germs, bacteria and allergens that can flood our homes during the summer months. This is an issue for almost every home, but is particularly concerning for homes that have vulnerable family members, such as infants, the elderly or those suffering from conditions such as asthma.

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How Do Humidity Levels Affect Your Home?

Monday, April 10th, 2017

High HumidityHigh heat is expected during the summer months here in Southern California, and it seems as if the high temperatures come sooner and sooner every year. But just as important as handling the temperature, there’s the humidity levels, which can vary a great deal during the course of the year. High humidity leaves our homes feeling muggy and gross, while low humidity results in painful dry skin and similar problems. The good news is that you can use whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers to maintain agreeable humidity levels no matter what. Understanding how humidity levels affect you home is key to understanding how these products can benefit you.

High humidity leaves our homes feeling muggy and gross, while low humidity results in painful dry skin and similar problems. The good news is that you can use whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers to maintain agreeable humidity levels no matter what. Understanding how humidity levels affect you home is key to understanding how these products can benefit you.

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