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Ways to Prevent Flu in Your Home

‘Tis the season to pass around cold and flu germs in the home. One way to fight these tiny foes is to keep your indoor air fresh and clean—especially since most Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, including time at home spent sleeping, getting ready for work, or relaxing.

Indoor air can even have more pollutants than outdoor air if you factor in pet dander, dust, bacteria, and viruses that linger in the air and rest on surfaces. Pollutants dry out our skin and sinuses as well.

Improving indoor air quality

Proper ventilation and air treatment can vastly improve indoor air quality and make it healthier air to breathe. There are a number of different ways you can do this.

Proper ventilation and air treatment can vastly improve indoor air quality and make it healthier air to breathe. There are a number of different ways you can do this.

These systems can improve the comfort in your home (and your sinuses) by adding the right amount of moisture to the over-dry air we experience in the Southwest.

This technology destroys micro-organisms in the air as well as reduce odors and improve air handling efficiency.

  • Duct cleaning

Having your ducts inspected and cleaned regularly can ensure proper system operation and greater indoor comfort. Replacing deteriorated ducts reduces the amount of expensive heated or cooled air allowed to escape and prevents dirty air from being pumped into your living space.

To help prevent cold and flu viruses from thriving at home, you might want to consult a local HVAC company like Fountain Hills Air. They can evaluate your situation and discuss options for testing and improving the quality of your interior air. If the possibility of mold is an issue during an air quality assessment, they can help with that as well.

The Truth About Detecting Leaks

Ozone depletion and global warming seem to be two unstoppable buzzwords in the mainstream media today. They are also reasons why your HVAC company should be really adept at detecting leaks in the coils of your air conditioning system. Saving the world is a noble reason to diagnose a leak but even the most seemingly insignificant leak costs you money. Unlike the atmosphere or global warming, money in your bank account is something you can actually see.

Leaks Leading to Lawsuits

The truth is that no pressurized system is completely leak proof. The problem is so pervasive that manufacturers like Lennox, Ruud, and Rheem have faced class action lawsuits over leaks in the evaporator coils of their systems. There are flaws in all systems. The best leak detection systems in the world are not sensitive enough to detect every leak. Some are simply too minute to detect. Over time the stress placed on the system exacerbates the issue and eventually, a small leak becomes a big problem.

Low Refrigerant

If there is insufficient refrigerant in the system it is imperative that tests are conducted to determine the cause of the evaporator coil leaks. Low refrigerant is a catalyst for many issues with an air conditioning system. These issues can range from poor cooling performance to excessive cost in operating the system to complete failure.

Copper is the Culprit

Simply adding refrigerant without properly diagnosing the problem is only putting off the inevitable. Defective welds or loose joints become readily apparent soon after a new system is installed. This represents a very small percentage of leaks. The vast majority of leak issues in air conditioning systems arise from the copper tubing inside the coil becoming compromised after four to seven years of use.

The quality of air on the inside of your home can have an impact on your air conditioning system. Many of the common cleaning solutions, furniture, and even building materials emit fumes of formaldehyde. Depending on how well your house is sealed, these fumes may not be allowed to escape and eventually accumulate to a significant level. The advanced level of formaldehyde reacts with the copper evaporator coiling to form formic acid. The acid, in turn, corrodes the copper causing holes in the tubing which leak refrigerant.

Get Help with Leak Detection

While every system leaks there are ways to mitigate the impact they have on your budget and the environment. Increasing the ventilation in your house or adding an air purifier can help but the best way to detect leaks is to schedule regular maintenance on your air conditioning system. Fountain Hills Air has one of the most exhaustive and extensive leak detection processes in the industry. We use extremely sophisticated electronic leak-detection equipment, offer leak checks in up to 6 different instances by several technicians including a supervisor. Save money and the world, and get the peace of mind that comes with a maintenance agreement from Fountain Hills Air.