If you or someone in your Long Island home suffers from allergies or asthma, there are quite a few things you can do to improve your indoor air quality and reduce flare-ups of symptoms, as well as prevent other respiratory illnesses later on. This room-by-room guide will help you clean up your indoor air and breather easier in your home. Continue reading “Improve Indoor Air Quality and Your Allergies WIth This Room by Room Action Plan”
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that’s colorless and odorless, making it impossible to know if you’ve been exposed without the use of carbon monoxide detectors. Continue reading “Ensure Your Family’s Safety at Home With Carbon Monoxide Detectors”
When it’s hot and humid outdoors, who can blame you for pining for the creature comforts of home? But if you walk through the door and register the “eww” factor, don’t despair. Your Long Island home can be a haven if you take steps to improve indoor air quality. Continue reading “Your Long Island Home Is a Haven When You Improve Indoor Air Quality”
You may not have heard of R-22, but you’re probably familiar with the term “Freon,” which is the proprietary name. R-22 is a refrigerant used in air conditioning systems to create cold air. Continue reading “The R-22 Phaseout Is Speeding up — Is Now the Time for an A/C Replacement?”
As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the indoor air quality is clean and safe for all the occupants in the house. The different rooms attract a variety of pathogens that reduce the overall indoor air quality. Knowing what the contaminants in each room are allows you to address them and the risks they pose. Continue reading “Boosting Your Indoor Air Quality, From Basement to Bedroom”
Nowadays, efficient home are known to be airtight. Most all of the heating and cooling remains where it’s needed and intended, while saving hundreds of dollars on your electric bill throughout the year. However, if you’re lucky enough to have an airtight Long Island home, you may not realize you could benefit from a proper ventilating system to refresh the air you are breathing. Continue reading “Your Airtight Home Needs a Ventilating System, and Here’s Why”
MERV ratings are an industry-standard system for describing an air filter’s ability to remove small particles from the air. Continue reading “Air Filters: Is a Higher MERV Always Better?”
Having a cracked heat exchanger can be a stressful situation. Many homeowners, however, don’t know what this means. If you find yourself dealing with such a situation in your Long Island home, it’s important that you know a few facts. Continue reading “A Cracked Heat Exchanger Can Be Bad News”
Indoor air pollution poses a serious health problem when left unaddressed. Health problems associated with indoor air pollution include irritation to eyes, nose and throat, as well as fatigue, dizziness and headaches. Incorporating air cleaners in your house can significantly reduce the chances of these problems.
The first thing to do to improve the poor air quality in your home is to eliminate the source. Many types of indoor air pollutants exist that are easily removed with an air cleaner. Tobacco smoke, radon gas and various vapors from cooking, heating appliances and even building materials such as paint and varnish are just a few of the culprits. Once the source pollutant is removed, incorporating indoor air cleaners can remove the remaining particles from your home, which greatly increase the quality of your indoor air.
Many types of air cleaners exist, but choosing one depends on your particular problem. It could be as simple and inexpensive as replacing your heating and cooling system’s air filter with a high-quality filter.
For superior indoor air quality, consider a stand-alone air filtration system, such as an ozone generator, electrostatic precipitator or ionizer. The method you choose to clean your indoor air will depend on the type of pollutant causing the problem. After you identify and remove the source, you can then choose the appropriate type of air cleaners needed to clean the air.
Hiring a professional is the most effective way to eliminate your indoor air pollution problem. Because they’re highly trained and possess the proper equipment and measuring devices, they can quickly track down and address indoor air pollution problems accordingly. Whether you do-it-yourself or hire a professional, reducing the pollution inside of your home will reduce the chance you suffer from the short and long-term illnesses associated with indoor air pollution.
For more expert advice about what air cleaners can do for your Long Island home, contact T. F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating. We’ve been serving the Long Island area since 1934.
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