Last time, we looked at ventilation and air quality, and now we’re going to examine types of Cypress home ventilation. When the weather is warm enough, natural ventilation could be an option. Mechanical ventilation helps you to control air movement inside your home.
If you want to get home ventilation you do have the option of opening a window. Leaving a screen door open will also allow air to circulate, but each of these options does create a security risk. Neither one is a cost-effective, especially during colder months when you are more interested in keeping your home heated to a comfortable temperature.
Opening windows or vents is not a good idea if you want to ventilate a basement or a structure located below ground level. If you allow air to get into a cooler space below the ground, it will lead to issues with humidity and condensation.
There are several advantages to having mechanical ventilation in your home. For one thing, it allows you to easily raise or lower the interior temperature. Some systems provide air filtering as well. If the system is well designed, it will be able to virtually eliminate hotter and cooler zones in the house, as well as stagnant air pockets. Your home will feel comfortable, no matter where you happen to be.
A Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) can help to control the level of health air in your home, even when your home is sealed up tight. Mechanical ventilation is achieved by using a fan to circulate air into a particular space. A local exhaust fan can be used to enhance filtration in your home, which increases the ventilation airflow rate.
For more information about how updating your HVAC system can improve the air quality in your home, contact Air Depot today at 281-477-3700281-477-3700. We are your local experts.
The weather outside can be frightful, or hot and sunny, but it always gives us something to talk about. Exterior conditions are so important that we keep track of current conditions, as well as how the weather will change over the next several days. We do, however, have control over our indoor environment.
Ventilation is the process of replacing the air in a space to improve its quality. We can control the temperature, remove odors, smoke, dust, airborne bacteria, and moisture. Not only does it include the exchange of air to the outside, but it also comprises air circulation within the home.
Here are some signs of poor ventilation:
Some parts of your home are consistently warmer or colder than others.
You want to open a window because a room feels stuffy, even during cold months.
When you run your air conditioner, the room is not cool enough and you are tempted to turn on a fan to cool it down to a more comfortable level.
Stagnant air creates the ideal conditions for mold and mildew to build up in your home. If it is not controlled, mold and mildew can present significant health risks to you and your family. They can also cause damage to your home as well.
Lingering odors in your home are also indications of poor ventilation. If you notice stale, musty, or foul odors in your kitchen, bathroom, or other confined spaces, you may have an issue that needs to be dealt with.
In our next blog post, we will look at types of ventilation.
If you want to save money on your air conditioning system, your first step should be to understand exactly how it works. After all, your heating and cooling system uses more energy (about 54 percent) than any other energy use in your home.
The heating and cooling system in your home is made up of three components:
If your air conditioner or furnace is an older model (more than 15 years old), it is probably not very energy efficient. Regular scheduled maintenance is important to keeping the system operating properly. You will want to schedule an annual inspection from a qualified technician to look for any problems with the system. At that point, any small problems can be dealt with before they become bigger concerns.
Make a point of changing the air filter as often as recommended on the package to increase the air conditioner’s efficiency. It will also prolong the life of your system and save money. If you are doing any home renovations that produce dust, change the furnace filter at the start and end of the project to protect the furnace.
The ducts in your home are the square metal channels that distribute cool and hot air from the air conditioner and furnace to each room. If there are leaks anywhere in the system, you are wasting energy.
The ductwork is attached to the heat register where both hot and cold air flows into a room and a cold air return. The two vents allow the air to circulate by sending hot and cold air from the furnace into the room and then returning it to be heated or cooled and returned.
There are a couple of ways you can use your thermostat to keep your energy costs down. You can turn it up during the summer so that the air conditioner runs less often and turn it down during the winter. The second way is to install a programmable thermostat. For every degree you lower or increase the thermostat during an eight-hour period, you will be able to save up to three percent on your energy bill.
Do you have questions or concerns about your air conditioning system? Contact Air Depot at 281-477-3700281-477-3700 to schedule your annual maintenance inspection or to discuss a new installation.
Choosing the right type of air conditioner filter is important for you and your family. Pollutants come in several sizes, and the type of filter you choose determines which sizes are captured and which ones will pass through. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, you will want to choose one that is as efficient as possible in removing pollutants from the air.
The standard air filter has a cardboard frame and is made of spun fiberglass. It is relatively inexpensive, but does not remove smaller particles from the air and will only remove about 10 percent of pollutants. This type of filter should be replaced every month, which can be a problem if the air intake is difficult to reach.
The multiple pleats in this style mean increased surface area to catch pollutants. They do a much better job than the standard air filters, but are more expensive. This style will need to be replaced about every three months. If you choose a pleated filter, you will be removing about 30-40 percent of pollutants out of the air.
This style of filter will remove about 90 percent of pollutants from the air, but they are more expensive than either standard or electrostatic filters. They last for up to three months. This type of filter is a good choice if you or someone in your home has allergies or respiratory issues.
These filters remove close to 100 percent of pollutants from the air, which makes them an ideal choice if someone in your home has allergies or asthma.
This type of filter removes up to 95 percent of pollutants in your home.
If your goal is to find an economical filter, the standard or pleated filter would be your best bet. To get the cleanest air for your home, you will want to spend a bit more to buy either a HEPA or electronic filter.
At Air Depot, we would be pleased to recommend the right air conditioner filter for you when we perform your annual maintenance inspection. Call us at 281-477-3700281-477-3700 to schedule your appointment.
Thieves gain access to the property through the fence and access the air conditioner. In some cases, they remove the entire unit to sell at a local scrapyard. The thief may also target the air conditioning coils, which can be removed in only a few minutes.
Once the air conditioner coil has been cut, the cost of repairing the unit can be a very expensive proposition. If the theft happens during the winter and you don’t notice it until the spring, it could be exposed to the elements for several weeks or months.
Government standards for energy efficiency have been raised over the past few years and condensers less than 13 S.E.E.R. are no longer being made. If the S.E.E.R. rating on your Houston air conditioner is 13 or under and your outdoor air conditioner is stolen, all of your equipment will need to be replaced. You may even have to replace the copper refrigerant lines as well. This can be very expensive, and no one wants to spend money on something if they can do something to prevent it.
To lower your risk of air conditioner theft during the winter, make sure that your air conditioner is secure. Consider installing a cage around your unit to discourage thieves from targeting your home. You can install a safety disconnect that detects refrigerant pressure and voltage loss and is monitored on your burglar alarm. Make a point of checking on your air conditioner over the winter, and if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of your interior climate, contact Air Depot at 281-477-3700281-477-3700.