Allergies and Your Air Quality

springflowers Winter is coming to an end, which means soon we’ll all be dazzled with the sights of Spring: the blooms, the buds, the birds, the brilliant beams of sunshine around every just-recently-thawed-out-corner. But along with that gorgeous spring weather comes an irritating side effect: sneezing, sniffling, wheezing, coughing, itching, and a nose that drips like a leaky faucet. We’re talking allergies.

For those suffering from severe springtime allergies, retreating inside is a common escape from the histamine-related horrors unleashed by Mother Nature. While seeking refuge indoors may provide some relief, studies have shown that the air in your home can be more polluted than the air outdoors. With today’s “airtight homes” being designed to conserve energy, these indoor irritants such as mold, bacteria, dust mites, pet dander and tobacco smoke can’t easily escape.

Here are some quick tips for improving your home’s air, and increase your comfort and peace of mind!

  • Keep your floors fresh
    • Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter can remove most airborne particles that might make allergies worse.
    • Mopping with fresh water alone (no soaps or chemicals needed!) can capture any lingering dust or allergens.
  • Keep a healthy level of humidity
    • Use an exhaust fan or open a window while cooking, running the dishwasher, or showering.
    • Empty your window air conditioner and dehumidifier drip pans.
    • Don’t overwater house plants.
  • Bring a little of the outdoors in
    • Certain houseplants, such as aloe vera, ficus, Chinese evergreen, spider plant, peace lilies, and even the Gerber daisy help filter out allergens and air pollutants, and actually thrive on the same chemicals that are toxic to humans.
  • Make your home a no-smoke zone
    • Tobacco smoke can enhance people’s sensitivity to naturally occurring airborne substances, aggravating the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
  1. Treat your air with an ultraviolet air treatment system
    • Ultraviolet air treatment systems can improve your air’s quality by effectively trapping the tiny airborne particles that could be inhaled such as pollen, mold, spores, pet dander and dust.
    • By mounting an air treatment system in your ductwork, it continuously emits germicidal ultraviolet energy, killing a high percentage of airborne bacteria before it is able to re-circulate, and eliminating most surface mold that could thrive on your cooling coils.uv_air

Faribault Air Conditioning and Heating can help improve your springtime allergies and minimize the number of airborne particles in your air by installing an ultraviolet air treatment system in your home. Contact us today for more information!

It’s Time For Your Fall Heating System Tune-Up

Fall furnace tune-up

Having your furnace inspected and serviced regularly is the best way to make sure you get the most from your investment. Things like clogged filters, sooty flues and unlubricated fan motors can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 25%!

Plus a trained technician can spot trouble before you’re left out in the cold. A check-up can save you time, money and keep you comfortable during the coldest days.

Here are some of the services our technicians will perform during a system check.

  • Inspect your heat exchanger, unit wiring, flue pipes and all components
  • Check air filters, safety controls, gas line and shut-off valves
  • Clean burners, ignition components and blower wheels
  • Lubricate motors to ensure smooth and efficient operation
  • Secure all panels
  • Calibrate thermostat for accurate and efficient performance
  • Record system performance

Customer Testimonial

January 7th, 2015

Charles Spoore was very happy with service he received.  He commented he had contractor there several times for same problem with no results.    He told our technician what noises the furnace was making.  Our technician immediately looked at furnace and showed him the problem.  Part was ordered and replaced and he no longer has that noise.   Technician also noticed problem with burners and repaired that as well.

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