House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Indoor Air Quality’

Dealing with High Humidity This Summer

Monday, July 17th, 2017

family-with-dogWe would be willing to bet that you have, at some point in your life, heard someone say that it is “not the heat, but the humidity,” making you feel uncomfortable when it is hot outside. Of course, the fact is that very high temperatures are going to be uncomfortable regardless of how humid the air is. That being said, a dry heat can definitely feel a lot more bearable than muggy, humid heat. There are a few reasons for this, but there is only one ideal solution to the problem.

That is the whole-house dehumidifier. You’ve no doubt seen a portable dehumidifier before, and maybe you’ve even run one in your home—likely in the basement. If you are serious about eliminating the discomfort and other issues that can stem from very high humidity, though, we strongly urge you to consider a whole-house system. With professionally installed and serviced whole-house dehumidifier in Virginia Beach, you will really see results.

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Why Use a Lennox PureAir™ System?

Monday, April 10th, 2017

allergensFor many homeowners, living comfortably means maintaining comfortable temperatures throughout their homes regardless of the temperature outside. This is an important part of the home comfort equation. It is not, however, the only factor you must consider. Keep in mind just how much time you and your family spend in your home. It’s a lot, including those hours when you are fast asleep. To live comfortably, you also need to know that you are breathing air of a high quality in your home.

The harsh truth is many homeowners are simply tolerating low indoor air quality in Suffolk, VA. There are a lot of different reasons why your indoor air quality may suffer, and there are many different problems that you may face. There may not be a single solution to every problem that you encounter with your indoor air quality, but you can come close. The Lennox PureAir™ system may just be the answer to your problems.

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Potential Problems with Your Insulation

Monday, January 30th, 2017

batt-insulationWhile your air conditioner is only going to work during the hot summer months, and your heater will run throughout the winter season, there are certain items in your home that do an important job all year long. While your insulation in Virginia Beach, VA is not a mechanical system with moving parts that will need to be tuned up, it is vital that these materials function precisely as intended at all times. Otherwise, you may encounter a number of different problems.

Chief among these are inefficiency, trouble maintaining even temperatures throughout your home, and even reduced indoor air quality. But why might your insulation fail to live up to expectations to begin with? That is what we want to cover today. If you notice signs of subpar insulation in your home, be sure to call us right away.

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Flu Season Is Approaching: How’s Your Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, August 15th, 2016

For a lot of homeowners, the temperature in their homes is what they immediately think of when they think about their comfort. What about the quality of that air, though? After all, the quality of the air in your home not only affects your comfort, but can have serious implications for your health, as well.

With flu season on the way, it is time to take stock of your indoor air quality in Suffolk, VA. If you are not happy with what you find, give us a call. We have the indoor air quality products and services that you need to overcome these issues.

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House Call Company Provides Tips to Prepare Your Home this Fall Season

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

With the holidays approaching, we encourage homeowners to equip their home for one of the most active seasons. Given the cooler weather and increased foot traffic, it’s important to ensure the inside and outside of your home is in tip-top condition.

Here are a few fall maintenance tasks to help prepare your home:HCC-Fall_Infographic_Blog_Image

  1. Add germicidal lights – The cold and flu season is coming. Protect your home’s air with easy to install and highly effective germicidal lights. Don’t let these viruses have free rein in your home.
  2. Eliminate drafts – Reduce energy bills by removing drafts around windows, siding, and joints. Seal any potential air leaks with caulk or ask a professional for help.
  3. Check your humidifier – To keep your home’s humidity at its proper level – between 40 to 60 percent – you may need to add moisture when it gets too dry. Proper humidification protects wood floors, instruments, art and furniture from dry air.
  4. Improve air purification – When you use the right purification system in your home, you can effectively remove pollutants from disrupting your indoor air quality.
  5. Inspect your heating system – Before the harsh weather comes, be sure to get your heating system inspected or replaced. It’s beneficial to make an appointment before the busy season, so you can schedule a time that’s convenient for you.

We’ve assembled additional suggestions in a Fall Maintenance infographic providing do-it-yourself tips and professional guidance to keep your home warm and cozy this season! We will continue holding our EcoEd learning series at our Chesapeake Square Mall location should you want to stop by for tutorials! For more details, call us at 757-349-3403!

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Your Air Conditioner Is Not a Dehumidifier

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Forgive us if the title of this blog post seems a bit obvious, but the fact of the matter is that many homeowners expect their whole-house air conditioning systems alone to be sufficient for handling the effective dehumidification of their homes. In truth, dehumidification is only a byproduct of the cooling process, and the dehumidification of the air filling your home is not an intended function that your air conditioner is expected to serve. If you find that your home is frequently too humid for comfort, though, fear not: whole-house dehumidifiers in Newport News, VA are available. Contact a member of the House Call Company team to learn more about how a whole-house dehumidifier can benefit you.

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Signs That You Need More Robust Insulation

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Your home is more than just a few walls with a roof dropped on top: it is a complex collection of many different systems. Chief among these are the heating and cooling systems that allow for maintaining comfortable temperatures within your home throughout the year. Your heating and cooling equipment alone is not enough to ensure that this is the case, though. You must also have sufficient insulation installed strategically throughout your home if you are to enjoy the best performance that those systems have to offer. If you have reason to believe that you are dealing with subpar insulation in Chesapeake, VA, contact a member of our staff. House Call Company is happy to handle any insulation services that you may need.

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Should I Be Using a UV Air Purifier in My Home?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

When you are in your own home, you deserve to be absolutely comfortable. To achieve the level of comfort that we know you deserve, though, you need to do more than just heat and/or cool your home successfully: you must also ensure that the air that fills your home is of the highest possible quality. Most often, this is not the case by default. No matter what problems you may have with your indoor air quality, though, know that there is an appropriate solution just waiting to be had. For dealing with biological pollutants, such as viruses, mold, and bacteria, that solution may be to use a UV air purifier in Suffolk, VA. Contact House Call Company to get started.

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How Too Much, or Too Little, Humidity Hinders Comfort

Monday, June 8th, 2015

When most homeowners think of maintaining a comfortable environment in their homes, they first think of their HVAC systems. This makes sense, of course, as it is this system which allows one to heat his or her home in the winter, and to effectively cool it in the summer. There are many other factors which play into residents’ overall comfort, though, with the level of humidity in one’s home being chief among them. That is why having to much or too little humidity in the air throughout your house can be such a problem. Fortunately, our staff can outfit your home with a great humidifier or dehumidifier if necessary. Contact House Call Company today if you think that you could benefit from whole-house humidity controls in Chesapeake, VA.

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How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality: A Brief Guide

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Today’s homes are tightly sealed against the outdoor elements. The primary reason for this is energy efficiency. After all, it doesn’t make much sense to use a whole house heating and cooling system in a drafty house—you can only imagine the energy costs during the winter and summer. An unfortunate consequence of a tightly sealed home is that the indoor air quality can truly suffer. Not only might your humidity level fluctuate from extreme to extreme, but you may also find that your indoor air has numerous airborne contaminants and pollutants floating throughout your living space.

Because we can’t depend solely on natural ventilation to ensure that we have fresh air in the home, it’s important to take stock of our homes’ indoor air quality from time to time. Fortunately, there are numerous products available that integrate directly into the ductwork to ensure that your entire indoor air space is cleaned. Here are just a few options to consider.

  • Air Purifier. While you may have used a portable air purifier at one time or another, they can hardly compare to whole house units. Whole house air purifiers fit directly into your ductwork, and they come in various types, including UV air cleaners that use ultraviolet light to destroy biological contaminants as well as air filters that catch particulates as they pass through the ductwork.
  • Humidifier/Dehumidifier. Controlling your humidity is easy with a whole house dehumidifier or humidifier. These systems avoid the constant maintenance and limited coverage of portable models to ensure that your entire home space is comfortable. Both overly dry and moist air can be problematic, both in terms of your own comfort as well as in terms of potential long-term damage to sensitive wooden furnishings and flooring, among others.
  • Air Duct Cleaning. If you’ve never had your air ducts cleaned before, you may be in for quite a surprise. Because the interior of your ductwork is hardly accessible, it can be difficult to see what’s in there. When dust, dander and other debris accumulate within, you may find that your indoor air quality suffers as a result. Professional duct cleaning is a great way to boost your indoor air quality.

Contact the friendly professionals at House Call Company today to get started.

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