4 Ways To Optimize Your Home’s Airflow

4 Ways to Optimize Your Home’s Airflow

Optimizing your home for proper airflow can save you money on energy costs and make your living space more comfortable, yet many people fail to take these simple steps that will improve airflow quality.

Check and replace your air filter regularly

There’s one simple and inexpensive thing that you can do to drastically improve the airflow in your home; changing your air filter on a regular schedule. When filters get clogged with dust and air particles, it severely impacts their ability to do their job properly.

It’s safe to say that most people let way too much time elapse in between filter changes, since manufacturers recommend installing a new one approximately every season (or every three months). You should actually inspect your filter monthly to see if it’s visibly dirty or clogged, and change it as needed.

Check the status of your windows

Older windows can be extremely energy inefficient, especially single-pane designs. However, getting your windows replaced is usually expensive and time-consuming, and might only be worthwhile if your energy bills are unreasonably expensive and you plan to stay in the same house for a long time.

An easier and less expensive way to improve the efficiency of your current windows is to apply weather stripping along the seams which will keep cold air and/or hot air outside and allow you to better regulate your indoor temperature.

Don’t run the HVAC fan when you don’t need it

Some people are tempted to turn their HVAC fan to “on” so it circulates air even when the compressor isn’t running. But this practice actually can be detrimental to the airflow in your home, and it makes the environment inside more humid. Keep your fan switch set to “auto” so it only runs when necessary, and utilize ceiling fans or free-standing fans to circulate air during other times.

Visually inspect the HVAC unit

You may be able to prevent serious issues by visually inspecting your HVAC system on a regular basis. Things to look out for include debris, such as twigs or leaves, that may be causing flow problems. If you hear strange sounds coming from the unit, it’s best to call a professional right away before any potential problems get worse.

If you need to have your HVAC unit serviced by professionals, however, don’t wait until it’s too late. Schedule an appointment with A/C Designs today, and one of our experienced techs will ensure that you and your family can enjoy a comfortable home environment for many years to come. We have over a decade worth of experience in serving Jacksonville with better home air quality and airflow.

Are Bioaerosols Affecting Your Air Quality?

Are Bioaerosols Affecting Your Air Quality?

Bioaerosols in your home can be damaging to your family’s health. There are a few ways you can effectively minimize their presence and breathe better in your home.

What are bioaerosols?

Bioaerosols is a term used to denote biological aerosols, which are microscopic biological particles in the air. Some of these particles come from other living organisms, such as plant pollen and pet dander, while others are tiny living organisms like bacteria and viruses.

Bioaerosols can come into your home from a variety of different sources, including:

  • Pets
  • Food waste
  • Dirt
  • People sneezing or coughing

No matter where they originate from, bioaerosols can thrive in humid environments. Humid indoor air provides the perfect conditions for them to breed and multiply.

Bioaerosols and your health

The effects of bioaerosols on a human’s health can range from annoying to very dangerous. On the mild spectrum, bioaerosols can aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms, and cause mild to moderate breathing issues. On the severe end, certain bioaerosols such as mold spores can lead to serious respiratory issues.

It’s important to note that while some of these problems may have little effect on healthy people, those with compromised immune systems must be especially wary of issues caused by bioaerosols. People who have weaker immune systems such as infants and seniors are particularly vulnerable to the effects of bioaerosols in the home.

Improving air quality through filtration systems

There are measures you can take to reduce the concentration of harmful bioaerosol compounds in your home. The most effective tactic is to make the environment inside your home as inhospitable as possible to them. Since they tend to flourish and multiply in humid environments, having systems in place that help you control the humidity levels of the air inside your home is crucial.

The use of dehumidifiers is one way to improve humidity levels within the home. You can also install air filtration and air purification systems in your home that can reduce the levels of certain bioaerosols in the air. Air filters and air purifiers help to capture and eliminate pollutants in the air, and ultimately improve the quality of the air you breathe every day.

If you are looking for ways to improve the air quality within your home, get in touch with our team of air filtration experts at A/C Designs. We have been serving the Jacksonville community for over a decade. Trust our experienced technicians to inspect your home environment and provide a customized solution to help remove many of the harmful bioaerosols from your air.

Common A/C Terms Explained

Common A/C Terms Explained

When your A/C system in Jacksonville needs replacement, chances are you are performing some research to learn more about your options. It’s important, however, to know about common terms used to describe the unit and air conditioning as a whole to ensure you’re making an informed decision. Here’s a look at some of the most commonly used A/C terms and what they mean.

3 Cleaning Habits That Impact Your Indoor Air Quality

3 Cleaning Habits That Impact Your Indoor Air Quality

Who doesn’t love a clean home? With regular dusting, disinfecting, and cleaning, you feel more comfortable in your living space and may reduce your risk of contracting certain bacterial viruses and illnesses. What many people fail to consider, however, is just how potentially harmful many cleaning products can be, especially when it comes to your indoor air quality. There are a few cleaning habits that could pose hidden dangers to your air quality and possibly your health.

Benefits Of A Smart Thermostat

Benefits of a Smart Thermostat

These days, it seems as though there is some sort of “smart” technology for every component in your home. Swapping out your traditional thermostat for a smart thermostat is one of the most cost effective smart home decisions you can make.

Does Rain Impact My A/C Unit?

Does Rain Impact My A/C Unit?

It’s been a rainy season across Northeast Florida, and summer only just officially started! In fact, the Jacksonville area alone saw nearly 11 inches of rainfall in June alone. With this in mind, many homeowners are left wondering what these high rainfall totals will mean for their properties not just in terms of potential flooding, but damage to outdoor HVAC components as well.