Category Archives: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

The Mighty Ducts – How Dirty Ducts Can Affect Your Indoor Air Quality

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An important yet invisible part of your HVAC system plays a critical role in distributing clean, cooled air to every room in your house. Your mighty ducts wind their way unseen through the walls, floors and ceilings of your domain. Most people never give them the slightest consideration. However, here’s an inconvenient truth. Dirty air ducts can negatively impact the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home. As homeowners strive to create better, healthier environments for themselves and their children, IAQ has grown in importance. People spend over 90 percent of their lives indoors, and air ducts deliver the air they breathe.

Dust to Dust – What Is It and Where Does It Come From?

Did you ever walk into a sunlit room or turn your head at just the right moment in time to notice a shaft of golden sunlight illuminating all the particles of dust hanging in mid-air. You think to yourself, “Geez, I keep this place clean – what is all that?” Dust is comprised of many thousands of particles. A smorgasbord of potential irritants including soil dragged in from outdoors (in Arizona, desert dirt is literally blown in during monsoons and dust storms) pollen, ragweed, mold, cigarette smoke, particulate smog floating in air from automobile and gas engine exhaust, tiny threads and fibers from rugs and furniture upholstery, indoor pollutants from household activities like cooking and using cleaning products, pet dander and let’s not forget, a fair amount of your dead, exfoliated skin! A typical household can generate up to 40 pounds of dust per year.

Having Your Ducts in a Row

All that dust in your home is circulated through your air conditioning system and carried from room to room by your air ducts. In a perfect world, air filters would be changed routinely. Dust and allergens would be, for the most part, eliminated. And, your air ducts would remain clean, aligned and relatively airtight. Unfortunately, as all homeowners know, stuff happens. Over the course of years, dust and dirt will build up inside air ducts. Sometimes filters don’t get replaced in a timely manner. Air ducts can get damaged due to remodeling, or a house settling. Leaks from the roof can introduce water into your air duct system. We’ve even heard of less-than-knowledgeable contractors moving ducts in order to deal with a problem in the ceiling rafters or behind a wall and simply forgetting to reconnect the duct and put it back in place correctly.

At the end of the day (or thousands of days – some systems haven’t been checked in years) your duct system is probably the most forgotten and ignored place in your home, even though it delivers precious air throughout the house.

Schedule a Duct Walk Through Your Home with One of Our Experts

Clean, cool indoor air is a high priority and a gift you can give to your family. Call the pros at Cool Blew, and we’ll perform a thorough duct and HVAC system inspection. The air you breathe should be as clean as can be. We can help you achieve that goal.

Indoor Air Quality Attracts Quality Tenants

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When you’re trying to attract quality tenants to your rental property or apartment complex, there are a great many things you can do to make it appealing to potential tenants. For instance, you can make use of all available channels for advertising, so that you can reach a wide audience, after which you would screen for the most suitable clients.

One component of this advertising should be to make the exterior landscape surrounding the rental unit as appealing as possible, because anyone casually driving by would then acquire a great first impression of the property. When you’re conducting tours through rental units, the first thing prospective tenants will see is the surrounding landscape, and how well it’s maintained.

You might be surprised to learn that another very effective way of attracting quality tenants is by ensuring that breathable air in the living spaces of rental units is a benefit to them, made possible by your conscientious upkeep of HVAC systems within the units. In the region which includes Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, Surprise, Phoenix, and Sun City, you can ensure that the HVAC systems in your rental units are operating at peak efficiency by having regular maintenance performed by the professionals at Cool Blew Inc.

Keeping up repairs and maintenance

Good tenants quickly become disillusioned with management or landlords when equipment and appliances provided in rental units are not kept up to snuff, thereby diminishing the comfort of residents, and instead becoming a source of irritation. This is particularly true of HVAC units, which have a direct bearing on the comfort of everyone inside, as it relates to indoor air quality.

In order to be really comfortable, residents must be provided with well-conditioned air appropriate to the season, with indoor air quality which is constantly filtered and kept fresh, and free of contaminants. This is of particular concern to people who have respiratory issues to begin with, but in truth it affects everyone, regardless of their health status.

Emphasize benefits

Many landlords and property managers make the mistake of overlooking benefits while promoting the features which a rental unit may have, for instance a ‘new refrigerator’ or a ‘third-floor location’. By themselves, these announcements don’t mean much, and they are not as appealing as they might be to a prospective tenant.

However, by listing the benefits instead of the features, they can be made much more attractive. In the two cases mentioned above, they could be modified to say ‘highly efficient, low energy cost refrigeration unit’, and ‘outstanding upper-level apartment with a great view of the surrounding area’. In the same way, announcing to tenants that a furnace or air conditioner is new doesn’t evoke much in the way of appeal. Far better would be to say a ‘modern, energy-efficient air-conditioner capable of maintaining fresh, contaminant-free indoor air, promoting good health for all residents’.

Is Your Air Conditioner Making You Sick?

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Is Your Air Conditioner Making You SickHow 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.

Let’s learn more about the link between air conditioners and illness. Continue reading

Energy Efficiency Tips For Your HVAC System

Energy Efficiency Tips For Your HVAC System-Cool Blew Inc.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

Tips For Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Your Home

Tips To Prevent Carbon Monoxide In Your Home-CoolBlewMany homes use hydrocarbons in cooking, powering furnaces, central heating and space heaters among other things. Burning of these fuels produces carbon monoxide, which is very dangerous if it leaks and finds its way into the home. It is hard to notice the presence of this gas because of its odorless and colorless characteristics.

The presence of carbon monoxide in poorly ventilated homes may cause carbon monoxide poisoning, or at worst death. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when the gas enters the bloodstream and displaces oxygen.

Therefore, homeowners should learn how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Continue reading

What Are The Benefits Of Better Indoor Air Quality For Businesses?

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Benefits Of Better Indoor Air Quality For Businesses-CoolBlewThe word “pollution” tends to conjure images of city smog, exhaust from vehicles, and other outdoor hazards. People forget that the air they breathe indoors is not always the cleanest or safest either. In fact, indoor air pollution may be up to five times worse than what we encounter outside.

The common culprits in a business environment include dust, paint, mold, and other allergens. The presence of volatile organic compounds or VOCs like phthalates and formaldehyde make things even worse. Businesses should implement measures to reduce VOCs and ensure that the HVAC system is able to filter contaminants. Giving proper attention to indoor air quality (IAQ) results in the following benefits: Continue reading