How could an air conditioner possibly contribute to respiratory illness? Can being in a building with a running air conditioner really give you a cold? Does exposure to cold air make you more susceptible to a respiratory infection?
The answers to those questions are more complex than just a simple yes or no.
Your home’s insulation is like an extra layer of skin, shielding you from the elements and acting as a barrier to unwanted air leakage.
Or at least that’s what it is supposed to do. All too often, gaps, holes, breaks, warps, uncovered nooks, unreached corners and unseen crevices compromise your insulation’s integrity.
The average American home loses 20-30 percent of its heated or cooled air to leakage. Consequently furnaces and air conditioners have to work overtime to catch up with the losses – while you have to work overtime to make enough money to pay your bloated energy bills.
The concept behind an energy management system is simple. The more you know about power usage patterns the better prepared you will be to make adjustments in your energy consumption habits. These adjustments can save you money, improve your energy efficiency and reduce your impact on the environment by cutting down on your use of fossil fuels. Continue reading →
While the part they play in the overall problem is not huge, HVAC systems do release gases that contribute to global warming.
The amount emitted is generally quite small, but these gases are highly potent heat trappers, and when they reach the atmosphere they outperform carbon dioxide on a molecule-to-molecule basis by a significant margin.
Learn more about how air conditioning systems affect the ozone with greenhouses gases and how regular maintenance can help. Continue reading →
Questions about the need for frequent air filter changes are common, and it is important to get an accurate answer. The simple response is that frequent changes are necessary, but the good news is that the job is usually easy.
The exact frequency with which a change is necessary varies a little from system to system and personal living situations. Changing your filter according to the optimal schedule will help to keep the HVAC system running efficiently, and it will help to keep pollutants out of the air.
Discover the factors that determine how often you should really change your air filter. Continue reading →
There are many factors that contribute to worker productivity. One of the factors that is often overlooked or underestimated is the role that office temperature plays in overall employee productivity.
Many believe that working with temperatures that are comfortable can make a worker productive, however people also underestimate the difference that a few degrees can make to staff productivity. Continue reading →
Homeowners everywhere are looking for effective ways to save money. One of the biggest line items in any household budget is the energy required to run major home appliances, including the heating and cooling system.
Following these energy efficiency tips will not only save you money on your monthly gas and electric bills but also extend the life expectancy of your system and all its components. Continue reading →