Tips for Healthy Indoor Air

el dorado hills CA TIPS FOR HEALTHY INDOOR AIR

Tips for Healthy
Indoor Air

At Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣, we dedicate much of our efforts in helping maintain the right temperature in the homes of the Sacramento area. While heating and cooling the air is important, it is also necessary to be concerned about the overall air quality in your home. Especially if there is not enough ventilation, pollutants can linger in the air, affecting your health and quality of life. Here are some thoughts about keeping pollutants to a minimum in your home.

Common Household Pollutants

Every time you enter your home, you may be tracking in a small amount of dust, dirt, and pollen from the outside explains house cleaners Magnolia, TX from Maid for Muddy Paws. Over time, this amount grows, and irritants are stirred up as people walk around the house. VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are even more serious pollutants. Many of the products we use indoors release such compounds into the air supply. The process of making a healthy stir-fry will release small amounts of cooking oil. Beauty and cleaning products also add unwanted chemicals to the air. In addition, household paints and plastics also release small amounts of VOCs as they slowly break down.

el dorado hills CA TIPS FOR HEALTHY INDOOR AIR

Simple Air Quality Solutions

The key to air quality is ventilation. For healthy air, you want an exchange of fresh air from the outside to replace stale air on the inside. This is especially important when you are using products that release VOCs. Make sure to use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms. When possible, open a window when you are using cleaning products or other chemicals in your home.

Professional Solutions

Today, there are excellent professional options to improve the ventilation in your home. Some models can even exchange the heat between outgoing and incoming air to maximize energy efficiency. An air purifier is another option for removing VOCs that are floating in your air, eliminating them as they travel through your ductwork.

If you have questions about the air quality of your home, Gilmore Heating Air and Plumbing⁣ in Placerville has the knowledgeable technicians to help you. We specialize in all aspects of home comfort and maintenance, heating, cooling, plumbing, insulation, and electrical work. We also offer home energy audits. Contact us today for more information.

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Modesto Apartment Fire Shows Risks of Window Air Conditioners

A few weeks ago, we posted a blog post discussing the danger posed by window-mounted air conditioners. In that article, we noted that one of the key causes of air conditioner fires is using extension cords to power window units. This is because extension cords are too high of a gauge—they are too thin—to handle the current necessary to power a window AC. When used to power an air conditioner, these cords will overheat, and can cause a fire.

 

Unfortunately, an apartment fire in Modesto last month illustrated the exact scenario described above. At nearly 5 am on July 28th, a fire was reported at an apartment complex that happened to be across the street from the Modesto Fire Department. Thanks to the Fire Department’s proximity, they were able to respond within minutes of the fire starting, and nobody was injured.

However, two units were seriously damaged, displacing nearly 20 people. The fire caused approximately $100,000 in damage, and there are concerns that the fire damaged wiring and plumbing serving other units in the complex, necessitating the shutdown of electricity, gas, and water.

Investigators at the scene determined that the residents of the unit where the fire started were using a window-mounted air conditioner powered by cord insufficient to meet the unit’s power demands.

Central air conditioners can help save lives and homes.

We understand that for many, window-mounted air conditioners are an attractive option. They are inexpensive, and easy to install in older homes and apartment complexes. However, the safety of a window unit is entirely dependent upon the owner’s or tenant’s ability and willingness to operate it in a safe manner.

While no air conditioning solution can be considered to be 100% safe, central air conditioning systems offer a significant safety advantage when a trained expert handles the wiring and installation of the system.

If you are a homeowner or apartment complex owner considering options for keeping your property cool during Central California’s hot summer season, Gilmore Heating Air & Plumbing can help. Give us a call at 888-868-2316, or send us a message through our website’s contact form.

Our representatives will be happy to talk to you about your options, and help you identify the most efficient, cost effective, and safe way to keep your property cool and comfortable.