When you think of the word “humidity” in relation to our weather here in San Antonio, your mind probably jumps to our unbearably muggy summers. The thought of purposefully adding humidity to your home is probably enough to make you recoil. But homes here in San Antonio really can benefit from a humidifier during our colder months. You might not notice the effects of a dry climate during this time of year but they’re drastic. If you’re considering installing a whole-home humidifier in San Antonio, TX, our team at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating will help you find, purchase, and install the right unit.
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The air ducts attached to your central HVAC system provide an integral path from your heating or cooling unit to the various rooms of your home. Unfortunately, air ducts are also one of the most commonly neglected parts of any heating and cooling system since they are mostly hidden from view.
Additionally, air ducts have no mechanical components. This might lead you to believe that they don’t run into many issues then. But the fact of the matter is that most ductwork leaks. These leaks might only be coming from small tears here and there, but they add up.
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.
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.
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.
In warm Texas weather, you rely on an air conditioner to give you a steady supply of cool, refreshing air. But there’s something you should consider about that air that goes beyond the comfortable temperature it provides—its quality. Poor air quality inside homes can lead to health issues, especially for people with allergies to airborne pollutants. The sealed environment of a modern home makes it difficult for fresh outdoor air to get inside. There is also the risk of microbacteria growing in your ductwork, creating further air quality problems.
But don’t get too worried! There are many ways you can improve the indoor air quality of your San Antonio home. In this post, we’re going to go over some of the ways you can remove the dust, debris, and other contaminants from your air. And when you need specialists to help you with your home’s air quality, contact our staff at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today!
Clogged filters are one reason for a decline in your air quality. If you have neglected to change the filter on your air conditioner once every month during hot weather, then the build-up of particles trapped in it can lead to excessive dust. Changing out the filters on a regular schedule is a simple task and the first step in getting control over the quality of air in your home.
Your ducts are responsible for distributing cooled air throughout your house, so if they suffer damage or wear it can lead to air quality issues. Breaks along ducts can cause your AC to draw in air from dusty and warm parts of your home, such as the attic. Not only will this put more pollutants into your air, but it will make the air conditioner work harder to overcome the extra heat. Call in an HVAC expert to find the breaks and seal them so they won’t cause further trouble.
We mentioned microbacteria growing in your ducts at the top of this post. This can happen because of high humidity levels. As unpleasant as this sounds, fixing the problem isn’t too difficult. Special UV germicidal lights installed at important areas in your ducts and around vents can destroy the cellular structure of mold and other biological contaminants. This eliminates them and discourages them from coming back.
For a quarter of a century, Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating has provided solutions to increase indoor air quality in San Antonio. From sealing ducts to installing germicidal lights, our technicians can handle your needs to keep you cool and healthy inside your home.
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