Indoor Air Quality

INDOOR AIR QUALITY – WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Over the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the indoor air quality within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.

Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to their health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors. Yet we all face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, flying in planes, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. Some we choose to accept because to do otherwise would restrict our ability to lead our lives the way we want. And some are risks we might decide to avoid if we had the opportunity to make informed choices.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY – WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Over the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the indoor air quality within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.

Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to their health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors. Yet we all face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, flying in planes, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. Some we choose to accept because to do otherwise would restrict our ability to lead our lives the way we want. And some are risks we might decide to avoid if we had the opportunity to make informed choices.

Indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about!

All of the products we offer work together to create a comprehensive, intelligent indoor air quality system capable of keeping your whole house as healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient as it can be; all with total control and convenience in mind. Whatever your indoor air quality problem – dust, mold, pollen, air that’s too humid or too dry, or hot and cold spots – Johnson’s has a whole-house solution designed to solve it once and for all and in every room of your home.

DUCT CLEANING

Johnson’s Heating & Air Conditioning is Westmoreland County’s Air Duct Cleaning Specialists! We use the most advanced air duct cleaning equipment in the industry. Our specially trained technicians will provide your home with the correct service to rid your ductwork of irritating airborne pollutants. Contact us and call Johnson’s today for a FREE ESTIMATE!

Frequently Asked Duct Cleaning Questions

Frequently Asked Duct Cleaning Questions

What is Duct Cleaning?

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grills and diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, condensation drip pans, fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

What are the health benefits with duct cleaning?

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems have been shown to act as a collection source for a variety of contaminants that have the potential to affect health, such as mold, fungi, bacteria and very small particles of dust and debris. The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered as one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality.

Will duct cleaning reduce our home energy bills?

Research by the U.S. EPA has demonstrated that HVAC system cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components. Clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down and generally operate more efficiently than dirty systems.

How often should a residential system be cleaned?

Frequency of cleaning depends on several factors, one of which is preference of the homeowner. Some things to consider that may lead the homeowner to consider more frequent cleanings:

  • Smokers in the household
  • Pets that shed lots of hair and dander
  • Residents who suffer from allergies or asthma who might benefit from the reduction of indoor air pollution

What criteria should I use in selecting a contractor?

Ask contractors to come to your home and perform a system inspection and give you a quotation. To narrow down your pool of potential contractors, use the following pre-qualifications:

  • Make sure the company is going to clean and visually inspect all of the air ducts and related system components.
  • Avoid advertisements for “$99 Whole House Specials” and other gimmicks.
  • Ask if the company has the right equipment to perform the job and if the company has completed jobs in homes similar to yours. Get references from your neighbors if possible.

AIR CLEANER

Eliminate Indoor Air Pollution!

To remove these pollutants, more and more homeowners are turning to high efficiency electronic air cleaners. The reason: electronic air cleaners can remove up to 95% of these undesirable airborne particles.

A typical disposable furnace filter removes only 10% to 15% of the contaminants. Electronic air cleaners are usually installed in the duct carrying air back to the furnace. The environment is healthier because electronic air cleaners remove much of the dust, pollen, mold spores, and other microscopic irritants that make life miserable for people with allergies and respiratory problems. These same contaminants can also harbor harmful bacteria and viruses. The home is cleaner because electronic air cleaners remove the dust particles that normally settle on walls, floors, drapes, upholstery, and other furnishings. This allows homeowners to spend less time and money on routine house cleaning tasks. Electronic air cleaners also remove dust particles that can damage home entertainment equipment and computer hardware. Your entire environment benefits from an electronic air cleaner.

 

Johnson’s offers the following types of air cleaners for our customers!

Aprilaire Model 5000 Whole-House Air Cleaner with One Touch Control

Honeywell TrueCLEAN™ Enhanced Whole-House Air Cleaning Systems

Trane CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner

HUMIDIFIERS/DEHUMIDIFIERS

Whole House Dehumidifiers

 

Excess moisture in your indoor air can lead to mold, mildew, poor indoor air quality and aggravated allergies. Dehumidifiers prevent damage to your home’s infrastructure, protect your indoor air quality and stop the spread of allergens by extracting moisture and distributing comfortably dry air throughout your space. Dehumidifiers vary in capacity, coverage area and features. Whole house dehumidifiers eliminate moisture throughout your entire home and can integrate into your home’s ductwork for more effective airflow. Specially designed dehumidifiers can also keep basements, crawl spaces, indoor pool areas, and warehouses free of damaging moisture.

 

Have a room or area that needs powerful dehumidification? Johnson’s offers Aprilaire and Honeywell Dehumidifiers. Please visit any one of the following websites for more information!

 

Whole House Humidifiers

Whole House Humidifiers

Why is a whole house humidifier necessary?

It is required because the humidity created due to activities like showering, cooking, or laundry doesn’t produce enough moisture in the house. A humidifier in such a case, can prevent the problems caused by low humidity like sinuses, sore throats and itchy skin. They greatly help relieve the physical discomforts of a dry nose, throat, lips, and skin as well. The moisture that humidifiers add to dry air also helps alleviate common nuisances brought on by winter heating, such as static electricity, peeling wallpaper and cracks in paint and furniture. Whole house humidifiers are also a wonderful investment if anyone in your house suffers from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory problems.

Johnson’s offers Aprilaire, Trane and Honeywell Humidifiers. Please visit any one of the following websites for more information!

Whole House Dehumidifiers

Whole House Dehumidifiers

Excess moisture in your indoor air can lead to mold, mildew, poor indoor air quality and aggravated allergies. Dehumidifiers prevent damage to your home’s infrastructure, protect your indoor air quality and stop the spread of allergens by extracting moisture and distributing comfortably dry air throughout your space. Dehumidifiers vary in capacity, coverage area and features. Whole house dehumidifiers eliminate moisture throughout your entire home and can integrate into your home’s ductwork for more effective airflow. Specially designed dehumidifiers can also keep basements, crawl spaces, indoor pool areas, and warehouses free of damaging moisture.

Have a room or area that needs powerful dehumidification? Johnson’s offers Aprilaire and Honeywell Dehumidifiers. Please visit any one of the following websites for more information!

ULTRAVIOLET AIR PURIFICATION

UV Air Purifiers are devices that remove harmful airborne substances and micro-organisms found in the air which include particles like dust and dust mites, mildew, allergens, pollens, smoke, vehicle fumes, molds, pet dead skin flakes, and dander as well as organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi and other germs.

In an ultraviolet air purifier, the particles and organisms present in the air enter the purifier and while passing by the UV rays, their molecular bonds are broken and they are destroyed. The UV air purifier then produces air that is cleansed and free of any harmful particles. UV air purifiers also eliminate many of the air pollutants that regular filtering systems don’t catch and prevent them from escaping back into your home’s air duct system. Additionally, UV air purifiers prevent diseases such as the flu, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and asthma as well as prevent the growth of molds in central air conditioners and cooling coils, thus eliminating the need to clean them regularly.

Interested in keeping you home pollutant free? Johnson’s offers Honeywell, Guardian and Field Control UV Air Purifiers. 

 

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