Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc Blog: Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

4 Benefits of a Whole-Home Humidifier

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Dry air in your home isn’t just uncomfortable, it can cause issues for your health and quality of items in your home. Rather than suffer through the winter months with itchy skin and warped wood floors, we suggest installing a whole-home humidifier. Here are just a few of our favorite benefits that a system will give you and your home.hardwood floors protected from whole-home humidifier

Preserve Your Floors and Home

Are you proud of your home’s original hardwood floors? We love the look and feel of hardwood, but it requires more TLC than other types of flooring, especially when it comes to your home’s humidity. With air that’s too dry, your flooring and furniture will shrink, warp and crack. Even worse, paper keepsakes like photos and books become brittle and crack.

Whole-home humidifiers maintain your home’s humidity to a safe and comfortable level between 30 to 50%. Within this safe range, the wood, paper, electronics, and drywall in your home are better protected and better preserved.

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How Could a Whole-Home Humidifier or Dehumidifier Help You?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

We certainly get a full range of weather here in Janesville, IA and throughout the Midwest, and with a climate that changes so frequently and dramatically, problems can occur. For example, during the winter months, the air in your home may become too dry. This is especially true if you have a forced-air heating system. On the contrary, in the summer time, you might have a problem with too much moisture.

While these problems are different in origin, there is one common factor connecting them. At some point during the year, your indoor humidity levels will not be well balanced. Fortunately, there are a number of indoor air quality products that can help keep you more comfortable than just an HVAC system can do on its own. Two of these products are the whole-home humidifier and the whole-home dehumidifier.

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Should You Invest in Duct Testing Services?

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Many homeowners assume that if their HVAC system is sufficiently blowing conditioned air into their home, then their ducts must be working just fine. Ductwork should be much more than just functional though. They must also be efficient.

Air ducts aren’t as naturally visible as other components in your home, and as such many problems go undiagnosed and unresolved—sometimes for a long period of time. This is where duct testing services come in—our professionals can come in and make sure that your ducts are working as efficiently as possible, and then take the appropriate steps if they are not. But what are the signs that you need this service?

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The Importance of Improving Your Commercial Indoor Air Quality

Monday, June 6th, 2016

When it comes to indoor air quality in the workplace, most tenants and/or employees will likely think about the temperature of their workspace. Is it too hot? Too cold? There is so much more to adequate indoor air quality however.

For example, the air might be too drafty or too still. Or there could be too little or too much humidity in the office. Lastly, there may be occupants who are suffering from allergies which is exacerbated by pollutants coming into the building through the HVAC system: dust, dirt, pollen, etc.

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A UV Air Sanitizer Can Help Your AC This Summer

Monday, May 30th, 2016

There are a number of fantastic indoor air quality devices we carry that remove harmful contaminants from circulating through your indoor air. One of the most powerful of these devices is the UV air sanitizer. This system specifically targets organic pollutants such as mold spores, bacteria, viruses, germs, and more.

The ultraviolet rays emitted from the lamps in a UV air sanitizer disrupt the cellular functions of the cells, killing off microorganisms and preventing them from spreading. It does this without even slowing down the airflow through your ventilation system or using harmful chemicals.

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Is it Time to Install a Dehumidifier?

Monday, April 25th, 2016

If you’ve lived in Iowa through even one summer, then you are familiar with high humidity. Excess humidity can make the hottest of days seem even that more miserable. In addition to making you uncomfortable, too much humidity can actually lead to home damage and require you to run your air conditioner more often. The relative humidity level in your home should be between 30-50%, as any higher than this is inefficient and unhealthy. We’ve listed some benefits of dehumidifier installation below.

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Consider the Benefits of a UV Air Purifier

Monday, March 7th, 2016

As we approach the end of winter here in Waterloo, IA, prudent homeowners may want to start considering any repairs or upgrades on their systems for the spring. Spring means pollen, which in turn means a rise in allergic reactions and general misery for family members who may be vulnerable to colds. You can take steps to protect them from such attack and improve the overall quality of your indoor air with the installation of a UV air purifier. We’ve included a quick breakdown of how it works and why you should consider its benefits this spring.

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Lower the Amount of Dust in Your Home

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Here in Cedar Falls, IA, we pay a great deal of attention to keeping our homes warm in the winter, as is only proper in a town as cold as ours can get. But it’s not the only factor in determining your household comfort levels. High amounts of dust can circulate through the air, leading to irritation of the nose and throat as well as increased chances of illnesses and increased effort to keep your house clean. Dust becomes an even bigger issue in the winter because we close our homes up tight to keep the heat in, which means the dust just keeps circling in your home until it’s removed. And if you have an infant in your home or someone suffering from asthma, the health issues can be serious indeed. Luckily, you can lower the amount of dust in your home with help from a qualified technician.

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Consider a Humidifier this Winter

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Winter is officially here and with 2016 on its way, now is the time for fresh starts. If you’re troubled by low humidity during the colder months here in Cedar Falls, IA – with its litany of discomforts – you should consider a whole-house humidifier for your home. The installation takes little time, provided you use the right service, and the advantages can be considerable. Here’s some information on how the system works and what it can do for you.

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How to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Winters in Cedar Falls, IA are as cold as they come, and when the snow hits, you want your home to be able to retain as much heat as possible. A qualified technician can perform an inspection of your home and make recommendations based on your specific needs. Every home is different, of course, and yours may not need what another house might. But if you want to know how to improve your home’s energy efficiency, there are a few products and upgrades that can help.

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