Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Benefits of Humidifiers

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Your indoor air quality is closely linked to the level of moisture in the air. Maintaining a balance of moisture ensures your family stays happy and healthy throughout all seasons.

When winter rolls around and the temperatures start dropping, the moisture, or humidity levels, in the air tends to drop right along with it. Because cold air cannot hold as much moisture as warm air, you will probably start noticing some of the downsides associated with low humidity during the cooler months. Ideally, you want your home’s humidity to stay in the optimal 30-50% range year-round.

A humidifier can help raise the humidity levels in your home so it stays in that optimal range. Best of all, there are many benefits of using humidifiers in your home.

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Which Is Better: Air Filters or Air Purifiers?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

If you’re asking this question, it’s almost certainly because you have concerns about the quality of the air in your house. Maybe there’s an increase in illness, or the air feels dustier and dirtier than normal. Or you may have read some of the worrying statistics about air quality in homes—most of which are true.

Whatever the reason, you’re wondering if you should have an air purifier or an air filter installed. Air filters are non-powered systems that use fiber weaves to trap unwanted particles, while air purifiers are electrically-powered devices that use ionization, ultraviolet radiation, or other methods to remove pollutants.

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UV Germicidal Lights Will Cut Down on Winter Illnesses

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Do you want to avoid getting sick during the winter? Of course you do. And there a number of ways to increase your chances of staying hale and healthy through the season. One you may not have considered is to call professionals to install a special kind of air cleaner into your HVAC system: UV germicidal lights (also known as UV air purifiers).

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How a Humidifier Improve Comfort and Health in a Home during Winter

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Our Virginia summers often get humid, which makes the heat much less pleasant. But during the winter the opposite problem frequently occurs: as the temperature drops, the moisture level in the air declines. This can lead to problems in a home with comfort and even health.

The best way to solve problems from low humidity if they happen in your home is to have a whole-house humidifier integrated into the HVAC system. A professionally installed humidifier will properly balance humidity levels so it’s neither too dry or too humid.

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Why a Whole-House Dehumidifier Is a Better Option Than a Portable One

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Proper dehumidification for a home is often vital during the humid summers here in Virginia. If the humidity is balanced between 30% and 50%, it makes a significant difference in indoor comfort: the air can feel as much as 10°F cooler, and that often means you won’t need to rely on the air conditioner. Not only will you enjoy better comfort in summer, you’ll have reduced energy bills as well.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Are you frustrated by the way that your air smells? An odd smell is one of the most common indicators that your indoor air should be evaluated, but it’s not the only one. In fact, indoor air quality is not so easily assessed by the senses alone, and it may take a professional evaluation to figure out what’s exactly in your air. Let’s take a look at three ways you can keep your indoor air clean! 

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A Few Important Facts about Your HVAC System’s Filter

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Replacing or cleaning the air filter in your home’s HVAC system is the most important maintenance job you need to do during the year. (Most of the other maintenance jobs are ones professionals handle during spring and fall inspections and tune-ups.) We previously blogged about how often you need to change the filter, but in this post we’d like closer examine the air filter itself and the job it does.

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Dealing With Indoor Allergies Using Your Air Conditioner

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Allergy Relief with Air Conditioning

You often hear about allergies in the Spring when everything is in bloom. However, allergens of some sort are present year-round. Many pesky allergens are found in our homes. When it’s hot outside, and you’re keeping your home’s interior shut off from the outside, this can actually be a time when indoor allergens are at their worst. Thankfully, you can use your air conditioner to find allergy relief for your indoor allergens. Here’s how.

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The AC Air Filter: How Often Should It Be Changed or Cleaned?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Most of the jobs involved in regularly maintaining an air conditioning system must be handled by HVAC professionals. There’s an important exception, however, which is changing (or cleaning) the air filter. A maintenance technician will do this job during the regular tune-up and inspection, but the filter needs to have this done more than once a year.

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UV Lights and Your Air Conditioning System

Monday, April 18th, 2016

One of the important services that we provide for homes in Springfield and the surrounding areas is the installation of UV germicidal lights into the HVAC system. This is the most effective way to eliminate harmful biological pollutants from moving through the air of your home. The ultraviolet radiation from these lights destroys bacteria, mold spores, viruses, and various other unhealthy microorganisms. This is particularly helpful during the hot and humid weather that we experience here, which encourages the development of mold.

However, there is another important job that UV germicidal lights perform—and it has to do with your air conditioner.

The Moldy Air Conditioner Problem

If you ever notice a peculiar “moldy” smell coming from the vents of your home when the AC is running, or a smell like dirty socks, then your air conditioner has probably developed mold across its evaporator coil. Appropriately, this is often called “dirty sock syndrome.”

It’s no surprise that mold can start to develop here. Water condenses across the coil as it absorbs heat from the air. Most of the water drips off into a pan below, but in humid weather too much can accumulate and make it easy for mold to grow. Not only does this create an unpleasant smell and release spores into the air, but it also makes it harder for the AC to work efficiently.

How the UV Lights Figure Into This

When UV germicidal lights are integrated into an HVAC system, they are set so they shine directly onto the air conditioner’s evaporator coils. This kills off any mold, and prevents mold from developing in the future. So if you are encountering trouble with a moldy air conditioning and “dirty sock syndrome,” call up indoor air quality and HVAC specialists to have UV lights installed.

Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration offers air conditioning service to Springfield, VA.

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