Most Common Culprits of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Most Common Culprits of Poor Indoor Air Quality

A lot goes into making your home comfortable. When you think of air conditioning, you automatically think of room temperatures. Is it warm enough in the winter? Is it cool enough in the summer? Proper comfort levels exist because of temperature control, but it’s also important t have the right humidity levels, as well as good air quality. Most people don’t know that it’s not unusual for the air within their homes to be far worse than the air outside. That’s because homes are built more tightly, and what’s inside the house tends to stay inside the house. Poor indoor air quality can result in chronic illness and other discomforts, especially if a household member has asthma or allergies. Hobson AC offers a free air quality analysis to determine the quality of your indoor air.

Second-hand Smoke

Tobacco smoke is made up of both gaseous pollutants and particulate matter, and most air filters and even air purifiers aren’t designed to remove gaseous pollutants. In addition to the pollutants in your homes air from second-hand smoke, those pollutants settle on every surface within your home – walls, floors, ceilings, windows, furniture, and even your clothes. Studies have shown little benefit from air purifiers. The only way to prevent second-hand smoke from affecting your indoor air quality is to keep it outdoors to start with.

Mold

Mold comes from having high humidity levels within your home. Mold attacks the quality of your indoor air, and it can make life miserable for those with asthma or other respiratory problems. High humidity levels in your home can come from a variety of sources, including water leaks. Finding the source of the increased humidity may help you discover a solution to having mold in the home.

Other Allergens

Pet dander and plant pollen are common allergens affecting indoor air quality. Regular vacuuming and dusting will help alleviate this problem. Wiping down your poets after they’ve been outside and keeping your shoes near the door can help as well.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and extremely dangerous. If you have an attached garage, it can enter your home from having a running car with the garage door closed. Carbon monoxide also comes from tobacco smoke, fossil fuel-run space heaters, and defective central heating furnaces. If there’s any one thing you must keep in mind, it’s the fact that you can get very sick and even die from prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide. If you suspect you have a problem, leave your home immediately. Contact a professional to check your home’s air quality before returning.

What We Can Do

Hobson AC is concerned about the safety and health of your family. That’s one of the reasons we’re in business. We’ll be glad to discuss air quality issues with you, and we’ll also create a plan for improving your home’s air quality if we discover problems. Many issues can be resolved easily and inexpensively. Give us a call!

Pros and Cons of UV Air Filtration

Pros and Cons of UV Air Filtration

Our company was founded in 1962, and there have been lots of technological advancements since that time. Our goal is to maintain awareness of each new advance and to make it available to our customers. One of the things we all have in common is the desire to ensure our homes are safe, that they are comfortable, and that we don’t have to worry about either. That’s why it’s important to be familiar with tried and true methods of making our comes comfortable while also taking advantage of the newer advantages made available by changing technologists.

What is UV Air Filtration?

UV is an abbreviation for Ultra Violet, and UV Air Filtration reduces biological materials such as bacteria and viruses from the air. It does those by exposing them to UV light. A number of products are available to help make your home’s air safer through UV Purification.

Pros of a UV Air Filtration System

One of the biggest benefits of UV Air Filtration is the way it interacts with the air in your home to eliminate harmful bacteria. By focusing on the elimination of microscopic harmful bacteria, it allows the occupants of your home to live in a cleaner environment. While it does this, it’s working silently in the background so you won’t even know it’s running.

Cons of a UV Air Filtration System

The biggest negative to having UV protection in your home may be its cost, but you should still be able to find a model you can afford in your area. In addition to the cost, it’s important to remember that UV protection doesn’t do away with the need for a clean air filter and routine cleaning of your system, as well as the fact that UV bulbs have to be changed periodically. A UV system cannot remove allergens, cigarette smoke, and other fumes from your home.

Conclusion

The best thing you can do is examine your options. The professionals at Hobson AC will be glad to review the many possibilities available to you and help you find the best solution for your budget and needs.

What’s the Odor Coming from My AC?

What’s the Odor Coming from My AC?

Deciphering AC Odors

When you start to smell a foul odor in your home, your mind may start racing to try to figure out the source of the smell.

Odors coming from your vents and especially your AC need to be dealt with immediately. It’s not always obvious what is causing the smell, which is why consulting a professional is always recommended. Here are some of the most common smells associated with your AC.

Mold Growth

Because of the cool and warm air mixing inside your AC system, condensation is created in the process. This condensation often leads to mold or mildew growth inside your system. Over time, the smell of mold will travel throughout your home.

Mold can also grow on your air filter, so make sure to change it once it is full.

Burning

A burning smell is never something to ignore. If the odor is coming from your air vents or ductwork, it could indicate an electrical or mechanical problem with your AC unit. It’s important to have this looked at as soon as possible by an HVAC professional. Not only could this mean damage to your system, but it could potentially be dangerous. Also, be aware if this smell comes directly from your outdoor AC unit. If it does, turn off the unit and contact your local HVAC professional.

Something Rotten

There are a variety of rotten smells that could come from your vents. It may be something decomposing, rotten eggs, or what is known as “stinky feet.”

If it smells like something is decomposing, an animal may have entered your vents at some point, likely during the winter, and got stuck. Rotten egg smell is usually associated with a gas leak or sewage. It’s possible that a line broke near your air ducts and the odor is seeping into your ductwork. Don’t ignore this – have an HVAC professional get to the bottom of whatever is causing the gross smell.

Fixing Any Problem at the Source

No matter what problem may arise with your air conditioner, the Hobson AC team is here to help. We’ve been serving the community as a family-owned business for decades, and we’re just a phone call away at (817) 341-5142!

Why HEPA Filters Are Worth It

Why HEPA Filters Are Worth It

Why HEPA Filters Are Worth It

When it comes to air quality, filters are one of the most important aspects of your home HVAC system. These simple yet effective devices help reduce the particles that would otherwise float around your home.

There are different qualities of air filters, and one of the best is high-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, filters. These filters can remove up to 99.97 percent of particles measuring 0.3 microns, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And HEPA filters can be used in both your HVAC unit and in standalone air purification systems.

Here’s why your home will benefit from using a highly-rated HEPA filter.

Allergen Removal

HEPA filters are highly effective at reducing the presence of particulate matter that causes allergies in people. This includes bacteria, mold, pollen, dust, pet dander, and more. For those with allergy symptoms, a highly efficient air filter (that is changed often) could bring some relief.

HEPA filters won’t remove viruses or airborne pollutants like fumes or smoke. Even if you don’t have allergies, a HEPA filter will help keep your indoor air clean and comfortable.

Better Efficiency

The better your filter is at catching particles in the air, the more efficient your HVAC system will be. When particles get through the filter, they not only circulate in the air but can get stuck on ductwork and vents, resulting in reduced airflow and poor air quality.

Keeping a clean filter is also crucial for efficiency, no matter what type you use.

Here to Help You

If you’re wondering how to improve your indoor air quality, trust in the team at Hobson AC. With the amount of time you spend at home, you should ensure it’s as comfortable and healthy as possible. Contact our experts today at (817) 341-5142 for more information on our air quality solutions.