Clean Those Ducts For Better Air
Just living in a home stirs up a great deal of dander and chemicals. Dust particles, of which the typical home produces 40 pounds annually, also get sucked into your HVAC system. This constant circulation of contaminants causes a buildup in your duct work, forcing the system to work harder and shorten its life. About 25-40% of energy used for heating or cooling your home is wasted, based on a U.S. Department of Energy estimate. Having a clean HVAC system results in less energy expenditure to maintain your preferred temperature, and improves cost effectiveness.
WHO Stats on Indoor Air Pollution Shocking
According to the World Health Organization, 4.3 million people die each year from exposure to household air pollution. While it is true that most of these occur in low or middle-income nations, a shocking 19,000 deaths occur in higher-income nations, such as the US. Kirk Smith, a professor of global environmental health at UC Berkeley informed the WHO that having an exposed fire in a kitchen was “like burning 400 cigarettes an hour.”
Mold, Illustrated via Game of Thrones
Homeowners that happen to be fans of the popular television series “A Game of Thrones”, or the book series by George R.R. Martin that spawned it, may already notice similarities between that series’ oft villainous Lannister family and mold. Mold is a particularly insidious organism, and seems to thrive in hostile, or at least uncomfortable, environments, and the same could be said of the Lannister’s penchant for surviving in the harsh setting of Westeros. With that in mind, someone has re-imagined the iconic opening of the television show, with mold growing
Perhaps you’ve seen a little of something like that growing in your home. Much like the machinations of the aforementioned Lannister clan, if you’ve seen a little evidence of mold, there’s a whole lot more growing that you don’t yet know about!
The High Cost Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
A recent Huffington Post article revealed the tragic fate of the Quasarano family of Fenton Township, Michigan. Upon returning home from a visit to church, the family found that their power had been knocked out by a recent storm. Leonard Quasarano, the family father and husband, hooked up a generator in the basement. Officials later found his body in the basement, and those of other members of the family in different rooms throughout the home.
No carbon monoxide detectors were found, however. This is not a unique statistic though, as the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that an average of 170 people each year succumb to CO poisoning not related to automobiles.
A Primer On Vapor Intrusion
While exploring a website dedicated to indoor air quality, you might come across a term or two that is unfamiliar. One question that we get from time to time is “what is vapor intrusion?” Simply put, vapor intrusion is the entrance of volatile chemicals into your home (or another building) from contaminated soil or groundwater. These chemicals can include volatile organic compounds, as well as some inorganic substances such as radon, mercury, and hydrogen sulfide. This intrusion, in extreme cases, can lead to threats such as explosion, acute health effects, or simply unpleasant effects such as odors. Most chemical concentrations are low, however, but could still lead to chronic health effects due to long-term exposure.
The EPA has set up a page with more details, at: https://www.epa.gov/vaporintrusion/what-vapor-intrusion
The Easiest Rule To Follow About Your Air Conditioner
Summertime is when you most need your air conditioning unit to operate properly. It’s also, naturally, the time it’s most likely to fail. As with other devices that we have in our home, the easiest solution to problems is often the most overlooked. If you have your air conditioner running, ensure that you have closed all windows and any exterior doors. How many times as a child did you hear a parent chide “close the door! Are you trying to cool off the whole neighborhood?!” or something similar? While you certainly weren’t cooling anyone else off with the escaping air, you weren’t doing your AC any favors either. The harder it has to run, the sooner maintenance may be needed. So don’t forget to close the door! And the windows, too!
Willis Carrier And The Birth Of Air Conditioning
As the summer months drag on, lets take a moment to reflect on that most comforting of inventions, the air conditioner, and its creator. Drawings for the first modern air conditioner were submitted on July 17th, 1902, by Willis Carrier, about a year after he graduated college. How many of us can claim to have changed the world the first year after college?
Willis Carrier, himself, was born in Angola, NY on November 26th to Duane and Elizabeth Carrier. He studied at Cornell University and received his BS in Engineering in 1901. His initial air conditioning system was designed to relieve a problem at a publishing company in Brooklyn, and added a humidity control to that company’s existing air cooling methods.
Carrier continued to refine and test his work and received a patent for it in 1906. Additional discoveries of methods to maintain constant relative humidity earned him an additional patent in 1914. In 1915 he formed the corporation that bears his name. Unfortunately, the Great Depression and subsequent second World War would reduce the demand for air conditioning. Carrier passed away in 1950 before having a chance to witness the post-war boom of the air conditioning industry.
For more about the man behind the cool, visit http://williscarrier.com/
Three Ways People Chilled Out Before Modern Air Conditioning
It’s really hard to imagine a time before air conditioning, especially with summer approaching. AccuWeather.com recently looked at what people had to do to stay cool in the years before air conditioning was invented. Hopefully, your AC is in good working order or you may have to kick it old school with some of these classic techniques while waiting for a window of service availability.
Large blocks of ice were often cut from frozen lakes in winter and stored in icehouses through spring to keep them ready for sale and use in the hot summer months. The prices were dependent on availability, so ice would be more expensive following a warmer winter.
High ceilings were another technique used to combat the heat, though of course, you had to plan for this while having your home built. It’s common knowledge that hot air rises, so having significantly elevated ceilings did help keep the ground floor much cooler, while windows at the upper level would allow the hot air to escape.
Water fountains in the late 1800s and early twentieth century were not merely the single spout wonder you find near the bathrooms at grocery stores and public libraries. The large trough-like fountains could service several hot thirsty souls at once and some even would dip their heads in for more complete relief. Sounds sanitary, doesn’t it?
For more details and a couple of additional archaic cooling techniques, see: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/5-ways-people-stayed-cool-befo/58416291
Water is essential to our lives and to the proper functioning of our bodies. However, if your water doesn’t come from a healthy drinking source, then you could be causing harm to your body. Take a look at the following to learn how you and your wallet can benefit from installing a purified water system.
- Decrease Risk of Lead Poisoning
According to the EPA, drinking water that contains lead contributes to over 400,000 cases of learning disorders in the United States each year. Purified drinking water is essential for proper mental and physical development. It is also pertinent that pregnant women drink filtered water, as lead can cause birth defects.
- Save Money and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
People who don’t have a purified water system frequently buy bottled water. This can get expensive and increase your carbon footprint, since what you’re really paying for is the plastic and the cost to ship the water to your local store.
- Encourage You To Drink More
Most people say they don’t enjoy the taste of their water. However, a purified water system removes chlorine and bacteria from the water so that it tastes cleaner and fresher.
- Decrease the Risk of Bacterial Contaminants
Water treatment facilities cannot accurately control for the outbreak of dangerous bacterial contaminants in tap water. However, a purified water system can filter out bacteria so that you don’t get sick.
At Environmental Doctor in Dayton, we believe in making our customers’ environments more comfortable and energy-efficient. Therefore, we install purified water systems and provide water treatment services, duct cleaning, radon testing, mold remediation, HVAC heating and air repair, and more. By sterilizing our customers’ in-home air and water, we can help ensure that they live and breathe a healthier lifestyle. For more information on the products and services we offer, check out our website or call (937) 319-4074 today.
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