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Improve Indoor Air Quality Effectively

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

happy-family-outdoorsWe totally understand that homeowners throughout the area are getting anxious waiting for the warmer weather to arrive. Well, it’s going to a number of weeks yet before warm temperatures are here to stay for a while. Anxious as you may be after the harsh winter season, though, this really is not bad news. It gives you time to ensure that you’ll be breathing clean, pure air in your home once the warmer weather arrives.

There are a lot of ways in which your indoor air quality can suffer, and that can make it difficult to resolve problems successfully. In many cases, a multi-pronged approach is the only way in which to effectively boost the air quality in one’s home with lasting effect. Here are a few tips on some ways in which to clean up the air in your home. Let us help you to enjoy better indoor air quality in Bolingbrook, IL.

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Allergies? It May Be Time to Consider an Air Cleaner

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Spring is welcome season for many, but it is also the bringer of sneezy tidings in the form of allergies. But if you have a whole home air conditioning system, you can hire a trained expert to add a very helpful component to your system: an air cleaner. There are three main types of air cleaners from which to choose, and determining which one will best fit your needs is something you should decide with the help of an expert. The indoor air quality specialists at DuAll Heating & Cooling can assist you with all of your IAQ needs, so if you have been bracing for allergy season, give us a call today!

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How an Air Cleaner Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

As you may or may not be aware, the air in your home is saturated with all manner of microscopic particles and organisms. Many of these organisms can have an effect on your health vastly disproportionate to their own small size, provoking illness and allergy attacks when you are exposed to them. Using an air cleaner can dramatically improve the air quality in your home. Let’s take a look at the various kinds of air cleaners that can improve your indoor air quality, and how they work.

Air Filters

An air filter is basically a woven fiber mesh stretched over a frame. It is designed to collect any particulates that come into contact with it, while allowing air to flow freely through it. There are many different grades and varieties of filter, with the strongest being the HEPA filters. A HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air) is woven so tightly that it can even capture incredibly small viruses and bacteria. Most homes do not have a need great enough to warrant a HEPA filter, but it’s good to know that the option is available. The downside of air filters is that they must be cleaned on a regular basis, or they stop being effective.

UV Germicidal Lights

A lot of the viruses and bacteria that float through the air in your home are sterilized or killed by too much exposure to ultraviolet light. This is why they tend to thrive inside homes, where there is more shelter from the sun. A UV germicidal light exploits this vulnerability by projecting ultraviolet light in the area around itself. Any germs that pass through the air cleaner are killed or sterilized, rendering them unable to affect any human exposed to them.

UV germicidal lights are a great choice for those who are especially vulnerable to illness. However, they don’t have any way to remove non-biological pollutants like dust and pollen from the air. For this reason, they should not be considered a complete solution to the problem as much as a good contributor to better air quality.

If you’d like to know more, call DuAll Heating & Cooling. We provide air cleaners throughout the Bolingbrook area.

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When Are Air Cleaners Right for My Home?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Deciding to install a whole-home air cleaner is a decision each homeowner has to make for him/herself. The best way to determine if an air cleaner is right for your home is to review the benefits of what an air cleaner can do for you and your property. DuAll Heating & Cooling has installed many air cleaners for Plainfield customers to great satisfaction; to see if a whole-home air cleaner is right for you, we’ll outline some information below to help you assess this.

What Is an Air Cleaner?

The term “air cleaner” is a generalized term for both air filters and air purifiers. Both clean your air, but each do it a little differently, and there are different types. The important item to note is that either one cleans your air far better than the filter that comes with your air conditioner. Why? The standard filter of your AC is there to filter the large particles of dust and dirt from your air conditioning system, not improve your air quality. Due to the wide weave of the standard filter’s fiberglass, this filter simply isn’t made to capture the small particulates of pollen, bacteria, viruses, etc., that a whole-home air cleaner is made to do. If cleaning your indoor air of these smaller kinds of particulates is what you need, it may be time to consider installing a whole-home air cleaner.

Types of Air Cleaners

There are several types of air cleaners available for whole-home use:

Mechanical Air Filters

Air filters have tight weaves of fiber acting as fine sieves that filter out particles as your air circulates. This filter uses the fan from your system to draw the air through the filter in order to purify it. The impurities remain on the filter, leaving pure air to continue on through your air conditioner. The finer the sieve is, the smaller the particles it can trap in the filter. These kinds of air cleaners can filter out such particulates as pollen, dust mites, mold, mildew and pet dander, just to name a few. The types of air filters available are:

  • Pleated – can remove up to 35-40% of particles
  • HEPA – can remove up to 99.97% of particles

Air Purifiers

There are 3 commonly-used types of air purifiers used:

  • Electrostatic – filters up to 90% of particles
  • Electronic – filters up to 95% of particles
  • UV lights – kills over 99% of particles

Both electrostatic and electronic air filters (also known as precipitators) use ionization to capture particles. Both of these purifiers electronically charge the pollutants in the air, such as allergens, but an electronic purifier will capture these particles on oppositely-charged plates. An electrostatic filter will also charge particles, but does not have a collection plate; rather, the charged particles will attach to other oppositely-charged particles, and collect on surfaces in your home.

UV germicidal lights destroy biological contaminants such as bacteria and viruses by emitting UV-C light. This light destroys the DNA of the biological particle, disabling it from reproducing.

Is An Air Cleaner Right for You? Ask a Professional

An air cleaner in your air conditioning in Plainfield can help any allergy sufferers in your home, those with respiratory issues such as asthma and COPD, and help with overall indoor comfort.

To find out if a whole-home air cleaner is a good fit for your property, call DuAll Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.

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