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Tuesday, 01 June 2021 16:47

Benefits of an Air Purifier

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According to the EPA, indoor air can be as much as five times more polluted than outdoor air. Common indoor air pollutants include pollen, dust, dust mites, pet dander, VOCs, bacteria, viruses, gases and chemical toxins from household cleaners and air fresheners. These indoor air pollutants can aggrivate allergies and asthma, cause respiratory infections, cause cancer and can even cause neurological problems. Let's take a look at the benefits of an Bryant air purifier. 

 
1. Eliminate toxins and gases - Carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ammonia, chlorine, phthalates and other byproducts from vehicles and household cleaners can build up in your indoor air. An air purifier can help by removing these toxins and gases so you can breathe cleaner. 
 
2. Reduces illness - Typically, when one person in a household gets sick, everyone eventually gets sick. Why? Because everyone is breathing the same recycled air teeming with viruses and bacteria from things like colds, flu and Covid. An air purifier with a HEPA filter eliminates bacteria and viruses from the air, reducing the likelihood that other family members will catch an illness from someone who is sick. 
 
3. Neutralizes VOCs - VOCs or volatile organic compounds are found in things like paint, air fresheners, aerosol sprays and upholstered furniture. These chemicals, namely gasoline, benzene and formaldehyde break down at room temperature and become airborne. Not only can they cause difficulty breathing and other ill health effects, but they also smell bad. An air purifier pulls VOCs out of the indoor air and returns fresh purified air to the home. 
 
4. Removes Asbestos - Asbestos was used in building materials for homes from the 1940s through the 1960s. Asbestos particles can become airborne and get breathed in. Asbestos exposure causes an aggressive form of lung cancer called mesothelioma. An air purifier helps filter asbestos particles out of the air. 
 
5. Removes Radon - Radon gas is another serious environmental cause of lung cancer. Radon gas is typically released from the ground and makes its way into your home through cracks in your foundation. An air purifier can remove radon gas from the air you breathe. 
 
6. Relieves asthma - The CDC reports that one in 12 people in the United States has asthma. Indoor air pollutants make asthma worse and can trigger asthma symptoms or even asthma attacks. Pet dander, dust mites, pollen and other irritants are filtered out by indoor air purifiers and can help relieve asthma symptoms. 
 
Indoor air pollution is a serious issue that can wreak havoc on your health from your respiratory system to your heart to your neurological system. Adding an air purifier to your home is easy with Bryant indoor air quality options. Carolina Comfort Systems cares about your health. We would love to give you a consultation about the quality of your indoor air and how it can be improved so you and your family can breathe healthier and easier. 
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Tuesday, 01 June 2021 16:36

Signs Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning

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Despite cleaning or replacing your air filter regularly, some dust and debris does make it through to your air ducts. This allows dust, dirt and allergens to linger in your duct system. This negatively impacts your indoor air quality but also causes your HVAC system to work harder--increasing wear and tear, increasing energy bills and decreasing the lifespan of your system. So, how do you know if it's time for an air duct cleaning? Here are the signs your air ducts need cleaning. 

 
1. Dusty home - Is your home dusty no matter how often you clean? If you notice dust seems to build up fast, even when you've just cleaned, it could be coming from your air ducts. 
 
2. Major renovation - If you've had a major renovation in your home, no matter how tidy the construction crew is, some dirt and debris will end up in your ducts. Once construction and clean-up is complete, schedule a duct cleaning as a final step. 
 
3. Mold - Your HVAC system can collect condensation. Condensation can allow mold to grow and thrive in your ductwork. Mold in your indoor air can make you and your family very sick. While you might not be able to see mold in your duct system, you can smell it. Mold has a musty odor that can alert you to its presence. 
 
4. Rodent infestation - Rodent infestations can happen in your walls and eventually make their way to your duct system. The first step is having the infestation dealt with. Then it is necessary to have your ductwork completely cleaned down to remove rodent droppings. Rodent droppings can release fecal spores and those spores can make you and your family very ill. 
 
5. Increasing energy bills - If your energy bills seem to be going up and up, particularly when compared to the last year or two, a dirty duct system could be to blame. Dirty ducts make your HVAC work harder, which makes it less energy efficient. It needs more energy to cool or heat your home and this causes your consumption and your bill to rise. 
 
These signs your ducts need cleaning can help you determine if a duct cleaning appointment is necessary. Duct cleaning also has the added benefit of finding and uncovering any leaks or tears in your ductwork that could be taxing your HVAC system also. Carolina Comfort Systems is your resource for all things HVAC-related. If you suspect you need a good duct cleaning, give us a call today
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Thursday, 25 February 2021 11:24

The Benefits of an Air Purification System

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The air inside your home can be 5-10 times more polluted than the air outside your home. Air-tight construction practices meant to increase efficiency and prevent heat loss trap air inside the home where pollutants circulate at concentrated levels. Let's explore the benefits of an air purification system for your home. 

 
1. Reduce asthma symptoms and attacks - Air purification removes common asthma triggers, including dust, dirt, household cleaner fumes, paint fumes, VOCs from furniture and carpeting and other particulates that can trigger asthma. By removing these particles, asthma sufferers breathe cleaner air and experience less inflammation that causes symptoms. 
 
2. Eliminate radon gas - Radon gas is colorless and odorless. Even in very small amounts, it can eventually lead to lung cancer. Air purification systems help filter out radon gas. Note: This does not take the place of having your home inspected for radon gas leaks. 
 
3. Reduce allergies - Air purifiers improve allergy symptoms by removing dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, pet odors, dust mites and other pollutants that trigger allergy symptoms. 
 
4. Protect older adults, children and chronically ill - Cleaner air helps protect older adults, children and chronically ill or immunocompromised people from respiratory difficulties and infections. 
 
5. Reduce infections - Many air purifier systems also kill germs such as bacteria and viruses circulating in the air of your home. Some purification systems also release ionized particles that also attack germs on surfaces. 
 
6. Circulates air - Air purification systems help circulate air and improve air flow throughout the home. As they trap particles and pollutants from the air, they circulate out clean air that helps with the overall air flow in the home or building. 
 
Breathe cleaner air and also eliminate pet and cooking odors with an air purification system. Many air purification systems are installed as part of your home's HVAC system so air is filtered as it circulates through your home's system. If you want to experience the benefits of an air purification system in your home, call Carolina Comfort Systems to explore your options.
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Tuesday, 30 June 2020 12:10

Keeping Your Home Cooler This Summer

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When the temperatures rise, you need every tip and trick in the book to help keep your home cool and comfortable. Here are 8 tips to keep your home cooler this summer. 

 
1. Heat reducing window film - Install heat reducing window film on windows to help block between 70-90% of the infrared heat and UV rays from the sun. This helps prevent your house from getting warmed up by the sun while still allowing you to enjoy plenty of natural light. 
 
2. Close the blinds - Closing the blinds reflects the sun's rays back out of the window and prevents those rays from warming up your home. If you can't afford window films (tip #1), this is a good alternative, though it does restrict natural light. 
 
3. Use your ceiling fans - First, it's important to remember that fans cool people, not rooms. It's the airflow moving across your skin that cools you down when sitting under or in front of a fan. Using your ceiling fan can help you feel as if the room is four degrees cooler. 
 
4. Use a programmable thermostat - If you are gone most of the day, use a programmable thermostat to conserve energy and operate at a higher temperature when you are not home, then gradually cool down to your desired temperature by the time you normally arrive home. This keeps you comfortable and cool when you are home while saving you money during the day. 
 
5. Install a ductless unit - If you have a particularly warm room or rooms that the ductwork doesn't reach, a ductless system is a great option. It mounts on the wall and cools the room down with a low carbon footprint. It can save you money while keeping the desired room cool and comfortable. 
 
6. Plant trees - Trees and shrubs create shade and shade helps block some of the sunlight reaching your home. Less sunlight reaching your home is less sunlight to warm up your home by the sun's rays. A shaded home is a cooler home. 
 
7. Cook outside more - Use your grill or outdoor kitchen to cook more of your meals. This keeps the residual heat from cooking outside. You won't be artificially heating up your home with the stove or oven with indoor cooking. 
 
8. Keep inside doors open - To allow for the best airflow through your home and an overall cooler home, keep your interior doors open. 
 
Summers in South Carolina can get really hot. We hope these 8 tips to keep your home cooler this summer help you ride out the heat in comfort. 
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Monday, 01 June 2020 10:39

Protecting Your Indoor Air Quality

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Did you know that the air inside your home can be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside your home? Pollutants such as smoke, pet dander, dust, radon, cooking residue, cleaning supplies, viruses, bacteria, mold and building materials can all be sources of indoor pollution. Most homes have at least one indoor air quality problem. Poor indoor air quality can also cause breathing difficulties for people with asthma and allergies. There are an estimated 25 million people with asthma in the U.S. and 50 million who suffer from allergies. Poor indoor air quality can also impact children, pregnant women and the elderly. The air quality in newer homes can be even worse than air quality in older homes due to current air-tight construction practices. Air-tight means air from outside doesn't replace the stale indoor air as easily.

So, what can be done to protect your indoor air quality?

Air Purification 

One of the biggest ways to make a change in your indoor air quality is with a whole home indoor air purifier. For example, Bryant's Evolution Air Purifier treats the whole home and gets rid of 95% of particles, dust and debris in the air. Equipped with a MERV 15 air filter along with Bryant's Captures & Kills technology, this air purifier is germicidal grade and gets rid of up to 99% of infectious pathogens that could be in your air. It captures and eliminates things such as the cold virus, influenza and streptococcus. Having an air purifier installed also gives you more mileage out of your HVAC system as it removes particulates that can gunk up your system, thus protecting your heating and cooling system against unnecessary wear and tear caused by debris. 
 

Air Ventilation

Air ventilation particularly addresses the issue of air-tight construction. Bryant's Energy Recovery Ventilators cycle fresh, filtered air in and help cycle stale, polluted air out. The difference with ventilation is that it cycles fresh air in but doesn't filter or purify the air inside your home the way an air purification system would. However, it does improve indoor air quality by bringing in that fresh air.

 

Other Options

There are other options you can use or add to the options above to address your indoor air quality. One such option is to have germicidal UV lights installed. These UV lights are the same technology used to kill airborne germs in hospitals and medical settings. They can also help kill mold that could build up on the coils due to natural condensation and other moisture. If you're already using an air purifier and still have concerns about germs in the air, this can be a good option for you.

If humidity is a contributing factor to the poor air quality in your home, there is a solution for that as well. High humidity in a home fosters mold growth and allows germs to thrive. If your existing system isn't bringing the humidity level in your home down to a safe level, you can have a dehumidifier installed to pull moisture out of the air. This option also helps protect your HVAC system as excess moisture can lead to mold growth on the coils and within the drain system.

You don't have to live with poor indoor air. You have options to address and protect your indoor air. Call Carolina Comfort Systems today to review the options that would be best for your home.

 
 
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