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Can You Get By without a Dehumidifier?

Monday, September 26th, 2016

As we transition from summer to fall, our temperatures don’t really change much, like they do in many other parts of the country. What does fluctuate though is the humidity, and it usually stays towards the higher levels. However, it’s typically pretty rare that the average homeowner takes the appropriate steps to combat excess humidity in their homes, assuming that their AC system takes care of this problem sufficiently.

This is a common myth about air conditioning systems—that they can adequately eliminate the humidity in your home. It does naturally remove some humidity. However, when you live in a climate like ours—where humidity levels regularly go above the “comfortable” level of 50%–you need much more than just an efficient air conditioner. You need a whole-house dehumidifier.

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Can a UV Air Purifier Help Your Air Conditioning System?

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Also referred to as UV air sanitizers or germicidal lights, UV air purifiers are an exceptionally useful system for killing biological contaminants before they have the chance to enter your home. These pollutants thrive in dark, cool environments—such as that of your air ducts—and can include germs and bacteria, which trigger allergies, asthma, and other illnesses.

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What Are the Benefits of an Electronic Air Cleaner?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

During this time of year especially, your indoor air quality can actually be worse than that of the outdoors. You may think that the air filter which came standard with your HVAC system is the solution to this, but that is not the case. The purpose of that air filter is to protect the inside components of your HVAC unit.

Your HVAC’s standard air filter can and does contribute to your indoor air quality, and works best when changed at least every 3 months. However, that is not its main purpose. For truly purified air, you’ll want to consider an electronic air cleaner, which is installed directly into your home’s heating and cooling system.

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Is an Investment in UV Germicidal Lights Worth It?

Monday, April 25th, 2016

When it comes to preserving and improving your indoor air quality, you have many options. Each type of air filtration system has its own way of removing pollutants, contaminants, and allergens from your air. However, improving indoor air quality is about more than just increasing your comfort. Your air’s quality makes an impact on your health and the health of your family. Passing biological pollutants through a filtering material may be beneficial, but it’s not completely effective in purifying yoru air. This is where UV germicidal lights come in.

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The Benefits of a Whole-House Dehumidifier

Monday, March 21st, 2016

It’s no secret that when you live in Texas, you have to live with humidity. However, just because it’s uncomfortable outside during the humid months does not mean it has to be uncomfortable inside. A whole-house dehumidifier is a great way to improve your indoor air quality, and therefore your health. How, though, does a whole-house dehumidifier really benefit you? Keep reading to learn more.

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Improve Your Home with These Indoor Air Quality Products

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Poor indoor quality is more than an inconvenience. A recent WebMD article states that as the cooling season begins, indoor air quality could actually be worse than outdoor air quality, and could adversely affect your health.

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How a Humidifier Can Improve Your Home this Winter

Monday, January 5th, 2015

High humidity is an issue that is frequently discussed, with people complaining about feeling hot and sticky due to moisture in the air. When the weather reports warn of high humidity levels, it means that the air outside holds a large amount of water vapor. When the air holds all of the water vapor it can, humidity is at 100%, and people generally describe feeling most comfortable at around 30-50%. When humidity is high, your body cannot properly evaporate sweat which is why it feels even warmer than the thermostat claims.

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How to Tell that You Need Professional Air Sealing

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Your home air conditioning and heating system may be the most efficient system available on the market today, but it can still fail to do its job without proper conditions in the home. Your heater or AC works at its best when the home is sealed tightly and properly insulated. Insulation provides a barrier through which heat cannot easily move, so that extra heat does not enter your home in the summer or leave your home in the winter. But a majority of homeowners have poorly-installed insulation, no insulation, or air leaks throughout the house, meaning their air conditioning or heating system works much harder than it has to. In this case, it’s best to call in experts for professional air sealing, to help protect your bills and keep your HVAC system running as it should for years to come.

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How Can UV Germicidal Lights Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Air filtration is a great way to reduce contaminants in your home, but a number of biological contaminants are so small they cannot be caught in the filter media of a mechanical filter. So what can you do to help reduce the number of biological contaminants in your home? Consider the installation of UV germicidal lights. UV germicidal lights don’t just capture biological contaminants – they destroy them. When paired with an air filtration system, UV germicidal lights can greatly improve your indoor air quality in San Antonio. Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating has the solutions you need to ensure your indoor air quality is the best it can be, so call us today.

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Your Options for Air Cleaners in San Antonio

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Having a comfortable temperature isn’t the only important aspect of your comfort; indoor air quality is also a big part of it. Indoor pollutants can make you uncomfortable and at their worst, unhealthy. Allergens, biological contaminants, dust and dirt can all contribute to declining indoor air quality. Independent room air cleaners can help, but to be truly effective, you may want to consider whole-home air cleaners in your San Antonio property. Professional installation is important when adding any upgrade to your air conditioning system, so be sure to call the professionals you know will do the job correctly: Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating.

Types of Air Cleaners

There are two main types of air cleaners, and within these types are choices. The two main types are:

  • Mechanical filters
  • Electronic air cleaners

Mechanical Filters

Mechanical filters are square-framed filters that can be inserted directly into your system. Your air conditioner comes with a standard mechanical filter, but the purpose of this filter is to protect your system from large amounts of dust, dirt and debris, not improve indoor air quality. Most mechanical filters fit into the slot of the standard filter and, depending on the filter’s MERV rating, can help reduce allergens, dust mites and some mold spores. There are 3 main types of air filters available:

  • Pleated
  • Extended surface
  • HEPA

Each of these filters captures particles in its filter fabric and should be changed about every 3 months. One item to note about HEPA filters: some can be too restrictive, and as such, restrict air flow in your system. If you want to use a HEPA filter in your air conditioner, consult with an expert first.

Electronic Air cleaners

There are two types of electronic air cleaners:

  • Electronic precipitators
  • Ion generators

Electronic Precipitators

Electronic precipitators use a small amount of electricity to create a charged area known as an ion section. Particles are directed into this section and electronically charged; oppositely-charged metal plates then collect these charged particles, which stay on the plates until they are cleaned. The plates should be cleaned every 3 months to ensure continued proper operation.

Ion Generators

Ion generators operate in a similar way as an electronic precipitator, but with two main differences: they have no ion section and do not collect particles. Instead, an ion generator disperses ions into the air around it, which charges the particles in the surrounding air. These charged particles then attach to surfaces throughout your home and are cleaned during normal housecleaning.

Which Air Cleaner Is Best for You?

Choosing the best air cleaner for you, your home and your family depends on your needs. Working with trained professionals can help you make the right decision when it comes to air cleaners in San Antonio, so call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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