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Improve Air Quality and Safety

Improve Air Quality and Your Family’s Safety

What do you do with all those half used paint cans, cans of ant and roach killer, household cleaners and gas cans?  Many families face these challenges every day, and they are just not sure where to place them.  There is just not enough room typically around the house to store all these items in a safe and hard to reach place.  We have to think of how to prevent little hands from reaching them and accidentally using them or worse swallowing them.  So many families use the air handler closet because it has a door and a high place hard to reach.  Another place is if your air handler is in the basement, and it has an elevated flat top that makes it difficult to reach.

Well, these are great ideas for the hard to reach and out of sight, but it is presenting a major challenge for your air handler. Plus, it is putting your family’s health and safety at risk.

Corrosion: The internal parts of your air handler is prone to corrosion over time if not well maintained.  Corrosion is a natural process on metal parts, but the introduction to harsh chemicals paint-near-air-handlerwill speed this process up exponentially and unnecessarily.  Many household chemicals like ant/roach killers, cleaning solvents, and especially gas will eat away at the coatings of the coil and cause it to prematurely breakdown.  These chemicals off gas when you use them, and the residue on the outside of the can will penetrate your air handler causing corrosion.

Fire Hazard: Many chemicals are at high risk for combustion.  Gas, obviously, is a high risk, and we find people sitting their gas cans nearby their units often.  The risk increases with a Gas Furnace that has open flames to heat the unit.  Other chemicals such as pesticides, paint thinners, acetone, and harsh cleaners are combustion hazards as well.

Spills: Lechemicals-near-air-handleraving a half used gallon of paint is a concern for a spill hazard.  If the lid is not put on completely, and those things are hard to ensure they are sealed completely, it could easily be bumped and turned over.  All it will take is someone walking through bumping a can of paint, cleaner or other solvent to drop down and spill into the unit or ductwork.  This could be a very costly repair that is preventable.  The unit could be destroyed once paint would enter the unit because you could not remove all the paint in those cracks and hard to reach corners.  Other chemicals could destroy the unit as well.  Not to mention the odors created from a spill entering the duct work.

Improve Air Quality: These chemicals are introduced into the duct work and moved throughout your home where your family breathes them.  The particles are very minute by the time they reach your nose, but over time, they will add up.  It could be creating allergic reactions, runny noses, sneezing, itchy eyes, headaches, or coughing.  Your family may not rest well at night, and you cannot figure out why.  You cannot smell the particles or chemicals, but they are present in your air quality.

All it takes is a quick survey and inspection to your air handler unit to ensure there are no chemicals, paints, or other solvents sitting nearby or on them.  It is good reminder to help protect your family’s safety and improve air quality in your home.  Make it a routine plan when you change your air filter to survey the air handler closet and space around it to ensure there are no chemicals nearby.

It is recommended that your unit undergo 2 inspections and cleanings a year typically during the Spring and Fall to ensure the integrity of the systems.  These inspections can identify any visible problems and help prevent corrosion through the cleaning.  The goal is to protect your investment and to ensure a long life of your equipment for the comfort of your family.

Give 3D Air Services LLC  a call, so we can inspect your HVAC units to help protect your family, and we can do an Indoor Air Quality test for your family.

205-664-3501

How a air cleaner works.

If you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans that suffer from frustrating, sneezy allergy issues, you likely know a bit about air cleaners. Or if you don’t you probably should! Which is why the experts at 3D Air Services thought it would be a good idea to put one of our favorite air quality improvement devices on the menu for today!

At 3D Air, we prize our ability to improve the air quality in your home. Our experts can bring you cleaner, more comfortable air when you need it most. Air quality is at a premium these days, and we’re ready to deliver! But what exactly is an air cleaner. And better yet, how does it work?
What are air cleaners?

Those in the business of air quality have made it known that the air in your home is basically the same is it is outdoors. With the exception that the air in your home is up to one hundred times more concentrated. That means more dust, debris and pollen than outdoors by orders of magnitude.

Air cleaners, or air purifiers, address the issue by reducing or outright removing common allergens in the home; particularly those that your HVAC system can’t handle. For reference, common heating and cooling systems can only filter out particles around 10 microns. That means they handle lots of particulate matter, but by no means all of it. For all of the rest, there are air cleaners!

How does an air cleaner work?

When it comes to how they operate, there are two “big” forms of air purification: Those that work by way of filters, and ones that use electrical attraction. There are actually tons of purifier technologies, but today we’ll stick with the big guns. Both systems work fine, but they work in very different ways:

Air Filters

These are the most commonly used, and generally considered to be the most dependable purification system. They essentially work much the same as a sieve. Air is cycled into the system by way of fans, or working in tandem with your HVAC system. The air is then passed through a filter, or series of filters to “scrub” out particles that your heating and cooling system won’t catch (as in, most of the allergy-causing and exacerbating stuff).

Electrical Attraction

This type of cleaner breaks down into multiple further types: electrostatic precipitating cleaners, electret filters, and negative ion generators. But they all basic on basically the same principle. Without getting too bogged down in a science lesson, the basic gist is that air is drawn into the system by way of fans. The taken in air is then electrically charged in a way that produces opposite charges; one for clean air, and one for nasty dust, debris and dander particles. The undesirable bits are then attracted to metal plates in the system, and trapped there while the clean air returns to your home.

Which air cleaner is best?

Well, that’s up for a bit of a debate. The best answer is the one that works best for you, and works best in tandem with your heating and cooling system. Not really sure what that means? No worries, the experts at 3D Air can help! Our specialists can help you figure out which system meets your goals best!

Give us a call at 664-3501 or email us at service@3dairserve.com

We proudly serve Birmingham, Hoover, Pelham, Alabaster, Helena, Calera and everywhere in between.

Indoor air quality & asthma.

Does anyone in your family suffer from asthma? If so, you probably know that symptoms of the disease can vary depending on a person’s surroundings. There are certain triggers that bring on asthma symptoms, and the key to making the condition more manageable is limiting a person’s exposure to those triggers, especially at home. Today we’re going to talk about how cleaning your home’s air can eliminate asthma triggers and help improve the symptoms for anyone in your home who suffers from asthma!

Asthma triggers that are commonly found at home

People are exposed to asthma triggers via contaminants in the air that they breathe. Often times, those contaminants are present in higher quantities indoors than they are outdoors. That’s because homes and buildings tend to be tightly sealed, which traps contaminants inside with nowhere to go.

Some of the most common asthma triggers that are found in the air in homes include:

Dust mites
Pet dander
High humidity
Chemicals from cleaners and other household products
How to clean your home’s air and reduce asthma triggers

By removing the asthma triggers listed above from your home’s air, people in your home who suffer from asthma will breathe much easier and asthma attacks can be much less frequent. Some of the best strategies for cleaning your homes air and removing asthma triggers include:

Installing an air cleaner. A standard air filter’s primary job is to protect your furnace and air conditioner from dirt buildup. As a side effect of that job, it can remove small quantities of asthma triggers from your home’s air. However, a standard filter is not nearly as effective at removing contaminants from your home’s air as an air cleaner, which is designed with the health of your family in mind. An air cleaner can remove up to 99 percent of the asthma triggers in your home’s air, including tiny contaminants that would flow right past a standard air filter. Installing an air cleaner is the number one way to relieve asthma symptoms at home.
Changing your air filter regularly. If you do have a standard filter installed in your home, it’s important to change it on a regular basis. If your filter is dirty, it will not effectively remove asthma triggers like dust and pet dander from your home’s air. Check your filter once per month and change it as needed.
Keeping your home clean. Another good way to keep your home’s air clean is to remove contaminants at their source. About once per week, perform routine cleaning tasks like vacuuming, wiping dusty surfaces (with a wet rag rather than a duster) and washing your bedding. This will limit the amount of asthma triggers that can get carried away into your home’s airflow.
Taking good care of your cooling system. High humidity is a known asthma trigger, and one of the best ways to keep your home’s humidity levels under control is to take good care of your air conditioner. That’s because common problems like dirty cooling coils and a clogged condensate drain will impair your system’s ability to remove moisture from your home’s air. Make sure to get your air conditioner tuned-up once per year and give 3D Air Services a call as soon as you expect any problems with your  system.

3D Air Services recommends a indoor air quality or IAQ package of the Aprilaire Air Cleaner matches with the Guardian Air Purifier. The Aprilaire greatly reduces dust and the Guardian kills mold, bacteria, & viruses in the air.

 

For any other questions call us at    664-3501 or email us at service@3dairserve.com

We serve Birmingham, Hoover, Pelham, Alabaster, Helena, Calera and everywhere in between.