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    5 Indoor Air Quality Tips That Will Leave You Healthier and Breathing Easier

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Since the 1970s, homes have been sealed up tighter for energy-saving reasons. Though this keeps conditioned air in the home, thereby saving on HVAC costs, it has a negative impact on indoor air quality, which used to benefit from the natural ventilation of small cracks and holes. Indoor air has become much dirtier than the outside air, so something's got to give!

    Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality 

    • Clean the carpet on a regular basis - Vacuum frequently and have carpet throughout the home shampooed regularly.  Dead skin cells and allergens that commonly reside in the pile can become airborne and cause allergic reactions or respiratory issues in many people.
    • Change the air filter regularly - Ensure the air filter in the heating and air conditioning system is checked and changed regularly. A dirty air filter will impact the motors and cause them to fail at the worst possible times.
    • Avoid chemicals that aren't necessary - Chemicals and fragrances in the cleaning agents you use, many of which can contain as many as 20 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), may not be needed if proper cleaning is accomplished in critical areas.
    • Keep an eye on humidity - Mold and dust mites love humidity. Ensure your home and family enjoys a proper 30- to 50-percent humidity level.
    • Embrace ventilation - Open a window every once in a while. This ensures that the air circulating through your home is replenished by fresh air. The inclusion of a whole-house ventilation system will help in this regard as well.

    To learn more and request an inspection of the indoor air quality of your home, contact Pacific Aire, Inc. Since December 1990, our team of HVAC professionals have been satisfying clients throughout the Ventura and Santa Barbara area.

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    HEPA Filtration Is Worth It, Especially for Allergy and Asthma Sufferers

    Last updated 1 year ago

    HEPA filtration has been around for a while, but many homeowners don't fully understand what makes them so special. HEPA stands for "high efficiency particulate air." As one of the popular options for a home system, HEPA filtration is a unique air purification system that will keep your air clear and clean, thus improving your indoor air quality. HEPA filters can trap most of the itty-bitty particles that normal cleaning, such as dusting and vacuuming, can kick up into the air. 

    HEPA filtration systems vary in size, power and complexity, and there are many different options that you can choose from. Regardless of the system you end up with, there are several things you need to know about these filter systems and why they're a great fit for your home, especially if you or someone you love suffers from allergies or asthma.

    Benefits of HEPA Filtration

    • HEPA filters can greatly improve indoor air quality by cleaning the air and removing all irritants and triggers that cause allergy and asthma symptoms.
    • A HEPA filter can remove more dust from the air than the average air filter. If you live in a particularly dusty or dry area, these filters will help keep the air in your home cleaner than ever.
    • Animal dander is a leading cause for allergies and asthma in adults and children, and many are highly sensitive to this trigger. Just walking into a home with a cat can cause some people to start wheezing or sneezing. A HEPA system can remove those triggers so your friends and family don't get sick.
    • Even though it might cost more upfront to install, HEPA filtration can save you money each year. By keeping the air cleaner, your A/C system doesn't have to work as hard.

    For more expert advice about HEPA filtration and other issues related to indoor air quality, please contact us at Pacific Aire.

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    Troubleshooting Common A/C Problems Prior to That Annual Tuneup

    Last updated 1 year ago

    by Mario

    It's a great idea to have an HVAC contractor give your air conditioner a tuneup every year. Being proactive with annual care might save you a costly repair down the road if you (or the pro) catch it sooner rather than later. Here are a few tips for troubleshooting and solving common A/C problems:

    • A dirty condenser or or evaporator will impede the cooling efficiency of the air conditioner. Check the evaporator and the condenser fins and coils for any debris that could be blocking airflow. This could also include leaves or plants near the condenser. If the condenser turns on and off repeatedly, this is a telltale sign of a dirty condenser.
    • Low refrigerant levels are another common A/C problem that can result in inadequate cooling. Either your system was undercharged at installation, or there's a refrigerant leak. If you can see a leak, it's time to call a technician and have them fix it. 
    • If your condenser doesn't run, check the thermostat to make sure your setting is at least five degrees cooler than the room air. Also check the circuit breaker in your main breaker box as well as at the controller for the unit, and restore the circuit if necessary. If neither of these solve the issue, call a certified technician to fix the issue.
    • A dirty air filter will place strain on an air conditioning system. Be sure to replace the air filter every 90 days of and you can see up to 10 percent energy savings.

    If you have any questions on how to troubleshoot common A/C problems, need to schedule an annual air conditioner tuneup, or have any other issues related to home cooling and comfort, don't hesitate to contact the experienced professionals at Pacific Aire, Inc.. We've been proudly serving Ventura and Santa Barbara for nearly 25 years.

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    Choosing WaterSense Products Can Save You Water and Money

    Last updated 1 year ago

    by Greg

    As we move into springtime in Ventura and Santa Barbara, we may be only thinking of rainwater, but now's the perfect time to start thinking of water leak prevention and summer conservation. Especially in areas that may be anticipating more severe California drought conditions, choosing WaterSense products for installation can be a money-saving and eco-friendly idea.

    What Is WaterSense?

    WaterSense is the label given to products that fit EPA certifications for water conservation, such as low flow toilets, irrigation controls and shower heads. Products are backed by independent, third-party testing agencies for performance. For a full listing of WaterSense products, check the EPA product search.

    What Are WaterSense Products Like?

    WaterSense products work much the same as regular products, but simply use less water. Here are some descriptions of some common types of WaterSense products:

    • Low water usage toilets - High efficiency low-flow toilets use less than 1.6 gallons per flush. While users do have to pay a little more attention to clogged toilets or sometimes flush twice, most users are very happy with their purchase and save up to 10.5 gallons per day.
    • Low-flow shower heads - These shower heads simply limit the amount of water coming out of the shower. Many shower heads will come with a shut off valve to save water in between rinses. Save up to 50 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower. 

    Added Benefits

    In addition to water savings, choosing WaterSense products can also help your water heater run more efficiently. Extra water usage and old leaky plumbing can keep your hot water constantly moving and your water heater running overtime. Save energy, water and money by installing WaterSense products and following these other helpful hints. Additionally, look into rebates offered in your local area for water and energy-saving installations. You may be able to get part of your purchase price back.

    Learn more about choosing WaterSense products and other energy-saving ideas for the Ventura and Santa Barbara area by contacting your local home environment professionals at Pacific Aire

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