Skylake Heating & Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

How Duct Problems Affect Your Comfort

Monday, June 18th, 2018

sick-woman-blowing-noseYour heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts are always out of sight behind walls and above your ceilings. Given that, many homeowners don’t give ductwork much thought, especially as it is a passive system – hot or cool air is pushed through it – with no mechanical parts. Even so, poorly designed or faulty ductwork can have a significant impact on comfort and air quality in your home. We’ll go over three common duct problems below and the effects they produce.

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Dehumidifiers Fight Muggy Air

Monday, August 14th, 2017

whole-house-deumidifiersWe’re used to leaning on our air conditioners during the heat of the summer to fight those high temperatures and keep our homes comfortable. But heat isn’t the only problem you face during the summer months. Humidity levels can go up as well, and muggy air contributes just as much to an uncomfortable home as straight-up heat. Air conditioners can deal with the issue in a very rough way, but they’re not set up for it, and that extra load can cause it a lot of problems. A whole-house dehumidifier, on the other hand, can treat the problem safely and effectively, while bringing a number of other benefits to your home in the process.

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UV Air Purifiers Keep your Family Healthy

Monday, July 31st, 2017

UV-air-purifierSummertime usually means high temperatures, and homeowners are rightfully concerned about keeping their space comfortable and cool. But that can ironically lead to problems of another nature: namely, stale air stuck inside your home, along with germs and bacteria that circulate among family members. This is caused in part by the very normal need to keep your home bottled up, and not open doors or windows in the heat of the day which wastes the cool air your AC is working so hard to create.

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Dry Air a Problem? A Humidifier Can Help

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Whole House Humidiifier

We live in Utah, which means high elevation and very dry air. That can cause a large number of problems in your household, especially during the summer, when the need to run your air conditioner to keep the heat away can actually lower the humidity levels in your home. You’ve likely seen smaller humidifiers on sale to help alleviate medical issues such as coughs, or perhaps to help keep plants in the home healthy. Whole-house humidifiers are available as well, and can solve the problem of dry air quickly and effectively.

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Install an IAQ Product in Your Home

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Sick woman blowing her nose

Utah residents usually have to deal with freezing temperatures in the winter and hot weather in the summer, which rightfully puts the onerous on their heating and cooling systems. But in addition to controlling the temperature, the quality of the air in your home needs to be addressed as well. Things like high levels of dust, excessive humidity (or a lack of humidity) and the presence of germs and similar biological contaminants can affect your household comfort levels as much as the temperature does.

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Stop Winter Colds with a UV Air Purifier

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_894326_54591782Here in the high altitudes of Utah, colds and illnesses are a considerable winter problem. A number of factors contribute to the increase of illnesses in the winter months, and unfortunately, there’s little you can do to prevent them.

You can, however, take steps to protect your household from the spread of germs and flu bugs: a UV air purifier installed at the apex of your ducts and working in conjunction with your furnace (and your air conditioner during the summer months). Here’s a quick breakdown of what they can do for you.

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Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors Today

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Carbon monoxide is a surprisingly common and insidious threat to your household’s safety. It’s an odorless and tasteless gas that can prove poisonous to members of your Sandy, UT household if it’s introduced into your home. A carbon monoxide detector can be used to help safeguard you and your family in the event a carbon monoxide leak occurs.

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What Happens When Your Ducts Leak?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Orem, UT homes largely depend on centralized heating and air conditioning systems that generate warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer, then blow them through your home with a system of ducts. The ducts are usually protected from damage since they’re tucked away behind your walls or in your attic. But wear and tear can take their toll on the bolts and connecting parts, and damage can sometimes occur from external sources such as animals getting into your attic. When that happens, leaks or even breaches can occur, and in those cases, they need prompt attention from a trained expert to  repair. 

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Stop Winter Colds with an IAQ Product

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

IAQ stands for “indoor air quality,” and it refers to a number of products that help regulate moisture in your home, cut down on dust, and improve the comfort levels of your home. That can be very important in cold, dry air here in Salt Lake City, UT, which becomes a breeding ground for colds and flus. The right indoor air product can not only make your home more comfortable, but cut down on sickness in your family as well. 

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Install an Energy Recovery Ventilator in Your Home Today!

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Heating systems get a lot of attention in the Salt Lake City, UT area this time of year. With winter on its way and temperatures dropping by the day, that’s to be expected. But while prepping your heater for the cold months ahead, it pays to look into various ways to help it do its job. In particular, consider the installation of an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) or a heat recovery ventilator (HRV), which is less expensive but usually works only in the winter. It can make a huge difference in your home’s energy bills and may even help prevent a more serious breakdown.

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