Aspen Cooling & Heating, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Coastal Cities Have Options for Dehumidifying the Air

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Weather_Seasons_Outdoors_iStock_000013156211_XXXLarge-meWe have unique geography here in northern San Diego County, which can have a huge impact on your home’s comfort levels. For example, temperatures tend to be warm in inland cities like Escondido than in cities along the coast like Oceanside and Carlsbad. The hills and valleys in our local landscape help perpetrate that, which helps explain why Escondido residents rely on air conditioning far more than Oceanside residents do. For those living on the coast, air conditioners often serve as dehumidifiers by default — working to get moisture out of the air more than controlling the temperature. That works, but if you’re looking to take moisture out of the air, there a more effective way to do it:

For those living on the coast, air conditioners often serve as dehumidifiers by default — working to get moisture out of the air more than controlling the temperature. That works, but if you’re looking to take moisture out of the air, there a more effective way to do it: a whole-house dehumidifier.

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Strategies for Changing Your HVAC Filter

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_dreamstime_xl_18970219-meAll heating and air conditioning systems come with a filter designed to screen out dust and dirt. Filters are important for our HVAC systems here in Escondido, CA because we get very little rain in the summer and the dust can build up quickly. One of the keys to keeping your HVAC system running smoothly is changing that filter on a regular basis. It’s not difficult to do. Replacement filters are available at most hardware stores and home improvement centers, and replacing them is simply a matter of removing the seals on the old filter and putting in a new one. But believe it or not, there are some good strategies for doing this, which can help save you money while also allowing you the maximum effectiveness that comes from a quality filter.

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Electronic Air Purifiers Help Your Heating System

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Here in Oceanside, CA, many homes are just firing up their heating systems for the first time after many months of lack of use. That can lead to dust and dirt building up inside the system, which you can often spot by the distinct smell when you turn the system on. Dust and dirt are serious problems for furnaces in our part of the world. They can cause friction in moving components, clog burners to prevent them from functioning and stop up filters to lower the flow or air through your ducts.

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Trust UV Filters to Help You Stay Healthy

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Winters are usually pretty mild here in Carlsbad, CA, but we still get plenty of rain, and illnesses have a way of going through the roof. No one likes to miss work or lose a weekend because of the sniffles, and if you have a newborn infant, an elderly relative, or someone afflicted with a condition such as asthma, you want to do as much as you can to prevent that from happening.

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Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with a Heat Recovery Ventilator

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Winters are pretty mild here in Vista, CA, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want your home to function as effectively as possible. With fall officially here, you may wish to look into ways that you can improve your home’s energy efficiency, with a new upgrade to your HVAC system and perhaps something more extensive as well. We often recommend installing a heat recovery ventilator (or an energy recovery ventilator if you want to take advantage of the technology in the summer as well as the winter), and now is an excellent time to do so while the weather is still warm. Here’s a quick rundown on how it works.

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Installing and Maintaining a UV Air Purifier

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Here in Vista, CA, our sea air can result in germs and contaminants slipping into your home. There’s little you can do to stop it – germs travel through the air, which means they can enter your home every time you open a door or a window – but that doesn’t mean you have to give them an easy ride. A UV air purifier installed in your system makes the perfect weapon to combat them, and installing and maintaining a UV air purifier is one of our specialties. These devices use the power of ultraviolet light – harmless to humans and pets but lethal to germs – to render your home happier and healthier.

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How Humidity Affects Your Indoor Comfort Levels

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Carmel Valley, CA and other cities in north San Diego County all benefit from the mild temperatures we enjoy here on the coast. Air conditioners and heaters are both necessary for those extremes, but by and large our systems have it easier than other parts of the country when it comes to temperature control. But there’s more to home comfort than just the numbers on the thermostat. Humidity levels can play a huge role not only in the air in your household, but in the efficiency by which your heater and air conditioner affects your job. Here’s a quick breakdown of how humidity affects your indoor comfort levels.

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3 Benefits of Energy Recovery Ventilators

Monday, January 11th, 2016

An energy recovery ventilator (and its cousin the heat recovery ventilator) is placed in your attic or similar space as a means of improving the energy efficiency of your home. It consists of a pair of ducts connected to fans: one of which blows stale air out of your house and another that pulls fresh air in. A heat exchanger in the middle of the system keeps the incoming air at the same temperature as the air in the house. Even in towns with mild winters like Oceanside, CA, that can provide a number of tangible benefits. Here are 3 of them which you should consider if an ERV sounds right for you.

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How to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Monday, December 28th, 2015

One of the benefits to living in a coastal town like Oceanside, CA is that our summers remain warm but not too warm and our winters are cool but not too cool. However, that can lead homeowners to ignore some basic, common-sense steps that may improve their home’s energy efficiency. Doing so not only means you won’t need to spend as much to heat and cool your house each month, but you can help prevent repairs and may even extend the life of your system to boot. Here are a few products you might want to think about to help on that front.

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