Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:16

Scary Facts About Your Indoor Air

Indoor Air Quality Myrtle BeachWhen you think about air quality, you may think about outdoor air pollution. Did you know that the air inside your home can be an average of two to five times more polluted than the air outside? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental dangers. Rates of children developing asthma and severe allergies are climbing at alarming rates and may be linked to poor air indoor air quality. Here are the facts about the sources of pollution gunking up the air in your home:

  • Tobacco smoke is an obvious source of indoor air pollutants but wood-burning stoves, fireplaces (both gas and wood-burning) and even some types of candles also contribute to indoor air pollution.
  • Construction materials used to build or remodel your home also contribute to indoor air pollution. Insulation, adhesives used for flooring, carpeting, cabinetry and pressed wood materials can release chemicals involved in their manufacturing into your home for several years--an often overlooked source of indoor air pollutants.
  • Common household cleaners and chemicals contribute to indoor air pollution as well. Toxic cleaning products, air fresheners and protectants applied to furniture all add to the mixture of irritants that impact indoor air quality.
  • Changes to building techniques starting in the 1970s and 1980s to make homes more air-tight and energy-efficient also tend to trap allergens and pollutants in the home, worsening air quality issues. Without ventilation to escape, pollen, radon gas, dust, mold, viruses and bacteria collect in your home and the air you breathe--especially if you don't change your filter frequently enough.

It may sound as if you would do better to live outside than in your home with all of these sources of indoor air pollution. Carolina Comfort Systems has the solution--a state-of-the-art air purifier from Bryant. The Bryant Evolution Perfect Air Purifier or the Bryant Preferred Series Air Purifier are both designed with your health in mind. Give us a call to explore how we can help you and your family breathe easier.

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Indoor Air QualityMold thrives in humid climates... like South Carolina. And you may not even realize you have a mold problem. Mold can grow inside walls due to condensation from plumbing, above the ceiling from water leaks, and even under the floor. Mold spores spread easily and once you have a mold problem, it can be difficult to eradicate. Mold releases toxins and particles that can aggravate allergies or even cause serious illness. The best way to fight mold, is to prevent it - here are 8 ways to prevent mold from taking up residence in your home.

1. Completely dry wet areas. Also make sure not to leave wet towels or clothing laying around as they can grow mold faster than expected.

2. Vent properly. Make sure laundry rooms, bathrooms, HVAC systems and dehumidifiers vent to the outside to avoid moisture build-up in the home.

3. Watch for indoor humidity. Telltale signs of indoor humidity include condensation on the inside of windows, near plumbing and on walls or ceilings.

4. Take care of gutters. Regularly clean debris from gutters, repair leaks and check for leaks. Damaged gutters can easily lead to roof leaks that allow mold to grow in less visible areas.

5. Keep air circulating. Make sure air circulates well through the home. Use ceiling fans and keep a bit of space between furniture and the wall. Regularly open closets and closed spaces to allow air to circulate.

6. Mind the plants. Moist soil that helps house plants thrive also provides ideal conditions for mold growth. Regularly check soil and plants themselves for signs of mold growth.

7. Clear the perimeter. Regularly check around the perimeter of your home the ground slope carries water away from your house. Water that collects along the foundation can easily turn into a crawlspace or basement leak - and a breeding ground for mold.

8. Use mold-resistant building materials. Remodels, repairs and newly built homes can all be done with mold-resistant drywall and building materials, particularly in rooms that see higher moisture levels like bathrooms, kitchens, basements and laundry rooms.

These 8 tips can help you prevent mold growth in your home. The best remedy for mold problems really is preventing them from occurring to begin with!  Carolina Comfort Systems is here to assist you with all your Myrtle Beach indoor air quality needs.

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 11:10

Pollen! Tips to Keep It Out of Your Home

Indoor Air Quality Myrtle BeachSpring time is pollen season in South Carolina. Temperatures are warming up and the trees are... detonating a giant sticky pollen bomb all over the region. And most of the trees in the area are in on the mess; Oak, Elm, Hickory, Sycamore, Alder, Maple and Juniper trees are the culprits! As if that were not enough, those delightful spring breezes distribute pollen over every surface like your car, your patio furniture, your pets, your plants - and you. Here are a few ways you can battle back against the pollen onslaught and keep those sneeze-inducing yellow grains out of your house.

* Always remove shoes before entering the home.
* Wash your hands immediately when you enter the house.
* Take off jackets and coats at entryway or leave them outside with shoes, if possible.
* Use pet bathing wipes (or unscented natural baby wipes) to wipe pollen off of pets coming in from outside, making sure to get those furry pollen-spreading feet!
* Use a HEPA filter on your heating and cooling system.
* Use a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter and vacuum at least twice per week.
* Never hang laundry outside to dry during pollen season.
* Don't open the windows of your home (or your car) during pollen season.
* Ensure seals around windows and doors are tight with no drafts. Drafts are opportunities for pollen to get into your home.
* Avoid mowing the lawn until after pollen season is over... and maybe after it has rained a few times (just in case).
* As often as necessary, use a disposable dust-attracting wipe or cloth to wipe surfaces, counters, tables and non-carpeted floors to trap pollen and throw it away.

To keep an eye on the pollen count so you know when it is safe to venture outside without sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, stuffy nose, sore throat and other allergy misery, you can check out www.pollen.com. If you don't already have a Bryant Air Purifier to improve your indoor air quality, call Carolina Comfort Systems and we'll help you breathe easier.

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iStock 000009457082 SmallIt may sound like science fiction but including a UV lamp in your HVAC system's indoor air quality set-up can have many real world benefits. UV lamps for home HVAC systems are a residential version of the same technology used by hospitals to kill airborne pathogens in ventilation systems and prevent the spread of illnesses throughout the facility. Here are just a few reasons you might want to consider a UV lamp for your HVAC system.

- UV light kills bacteria and viruses.

- UV light kills airborne mold spores that contribute to allergies.

- UV light sterilizes HVAC components such as cooling coils, preventing mold formation and keeping components working as efficiently as possible. The more efficiently your HVAC system operates, the less energy it uses and the less expensive it is to keep your home comfortable.

- UV light reduces clogging of drains and intakes by preventing growth of algae, mold, and scum - particularly in humid states like South Carolina.

- UV light reduces odors by killing microbes that contribute to musty odors.

Including a UV lamp in your HVAC system is a great idea for allergy sufferers, people with asthma or other breathing issues and homes in humid climates where mold growth is common. However, a UV lamp is only one part of the solution. To reap the full benefits UV lamps have to offer, they should be part of your overall indoor air quality strategy that also includes filtration and/ or air purification. Including a UV lamp in your HVAC system not only increases the efficiency of your unit to save you money but also helps you breathe easier.  For an indoor air quality analysis, call Carolina Comfort Systems today!

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When you walk through your home, do notice that some areas are hot and some are cold?  Hot and Cold spots is a common HVAC problem that requires a diagnosis.  Some of the factors that can contribute to this HVAC dilemma are: HVAC Contractor Conway SC

  • HVAC system is not sized correctly-- An HVAC system that is too small may not be efficient enough to heat or cool an entire home.  A system that is too large may cause short-cycling, which ultimiately leads to shorter lilfespan of your HVAC system and higher utility bills.
  • Air ducts may have a leak--  According to the US Department of Energy, 30-40 percent of all air traveling through air ducts leaks.  In addition to decreasing the efficiency of your HVAC system, holes in your ductwork may introduce pollutants, such as bugs, dust, or environmental allergens.
  • Vents may be obstructed-- Often, furniture or home decor items can block wall or floor vents in your home, causing uneven heating and cooling.

If you are experiencing hot and cold spots in your home, you might benefit from having an expert take a look to determine the root cause.  Taking care of the problem will not only allow you to be more comfortable in your home, but it will save energy, decrease utility bills, and and extend the life of your HVAC system.  Carolina Comfort Systems is your trusted HVAC contractor in Conway, SC, and we promise one thing-- YOUR satisfaction is OUR guarantee!  Call us today at (843) 365-5711.   

(Information and photo source: http://www.mehvac-blog.com/tag/residential/)

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bryantperfectair"Tis the season for staying cozy and warm indoors, enjoying hot chocolate and trimming the tree... but, it's also the season for indoor air pollution!  Dust mites, allergens, and viruses are all too familiar at this time of year.  There is one way you can ensure the best indoor air quality for your home or business.  The answer is Bryant's Evolution Perfect Air Purifier!  

The ultra-reliable Bryant® Perfect Air Purifier has Captures and Kills™ technology to remove dangerous bacteria, viruses, pollen and mold from the air you breathe. Its ability to kill or inactivate 99% of the captured pathogens and irritants helps safeguard the air quality of your entire home. Indoor air is re-purified, not just filtered, as often as 8 times each hour.

Call Carolina Comfort Systems today for a free indoor air quality consultation, and see if the Bryant Perfect Air Purifier is right for your home or business.  There's nothing like breathing clean, fresh air.  Carolina Comfort Systems is here to help make that happen.  

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ccs logoIt wasn't the hottest summer we've seen in Myrtle Beach, but it sure was humid!  What is your best defense against indoor humidity?  That's right, it's a properly sized HVAC system.  Controlling your indoor humidity levels can make all the difference between sticky and comfortable!  Having the right sized HVAC system is vital to energy efficiency, dehumidification, and ultimately your indoor comfort!  A air conditioning system that is too small for the needs of your home will not be powerful enough to distribute cooled air throughout your home and return air to the evaporator for dehumidification.  A system too large will cool the home too quickly to remove moisture from the air, which can lead to mold issues.  When it comes to indoor air quality and comfort in Myrtle Beach, Carolina Comfort Systems has the knowledgable & trained technicians to know what size your system needs to be to be the most efficient system for your home.  And, as always, at Carolina Comfort Systems, your satisfaction is our guarantee!  Call us today for an indoor air analysis to see if we can help!  843 (357) 5711.

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ap-1Did you know, that according to DHEC statistics, 75% of the air pollution that we breathe inside our homes are made by humans?  The remaining 25% come from natural sources.  In your home, the air you breathe is important for good health.  In an average day, you will breath neary 20,000 breaths, or 35 pounds of air each day.  If your home has poor indoor air quality, then you could end up with some serious health issues and/or allergies!  Some indoor air pollutants include:

  • Dust mites
  • Pet Dander
  • Smoke
  • Mold, mildew
  • Combustion sources: kerosene, gas, or oil
  • Building materials & furnishings: compressed wood, insulation, carpet, fabrics
  • Chemicals, "air fresheners," and cleaning products
  • Outdoor Sources tracked inside: pollen, radon, pesticides

Carolina Comfort Systems is your Indoor Air Quality Inspection Specialist!  We offer a wide array of Bryant products designed to to clean your indoor air and improve the air you breathe inside homes, businesses, and schools!   Some of those products include humidifiers, ventilators, and air purifiers. For an indoor air quality analysis, call Carolina Comfort Systems today, and breathe well!  (843) 365-5711.

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Wednesday, 01 August 2012 14:56

Improving the Quality of Your Air Indoors

At Carolina Comfort Systems, we basically have one job to do--- keep you comfortable in your home or business!  Part of keeping you comfortable is assessing your indoor air quality.  Various pollutants can cause the quality of air that we breathe inside the home to become detrimental to our health and well-being.  Those such pollutants and irritants include mold, dust, pet dander, smoke, and outdoor allergens such as pollen.  What can you do about these, and how can you prevent allergies and discomfort when it comes to indoor air quality?  The first thing to do is call Carolina Comfort Systems, your authorized Bryant Dealer.  We have an array of indoor air quality products that are designed to improve the quality of not just the air you breathe, but in turn, the quality of your life.  

You can visit our website for more information, but here is a link to some of the products that we carry in the Bryant product line to help conquer indoor pollutants:

http://www.bryant.com/products/airquality/index.shtml

In addition to Humidifiers and our Air Purifiers, here are some other helpful tips that you can do at home to cut back on dust and pet dander-related allergies...

1. Dust your ceiling fan blades often.  People tend to overlook those, as they are not usually easily accessible, but they collect dust and then spread that same dust around the room when you turn them on.

2. Keep pets out of your bedroom.  Folks love for Spot or Morris to sleep on the bed and make themselves at home, but pet dander can get in your bedroom carpets, window treatments, and bedding, making for a not-so-great night's sleep.

3. When dusting, use materials that catch the dust rather than spread them out just to settle down all over again.

4. Try to limit how often you open the windows if you suffer from outdoor allergens, especially when pollen counts are high.  Fresh air from the outdoors is wonderful, but can wreak havoc on your sinuses.

5. Inspect your home for mold.  Mold can be obvious, but it can also hide in inconspicuous places.  Look for areas of consistent moisture, areas that appear to be moldy or have a "musty" odor.

For more information on how you can improve your indoor air quality, ask one of Carolina Comfort System's trained Bryant specialists today!

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