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Does Your Business Need a Commercial Indoor Air Quality System?

Does Your Business Need a Commercial Indoor Air Quality System?

As the owner of a business, there’s a lot of pressure on you to ensure you have a safe and clean environment for your employees. Not just because it’s part of their employee rights, but because you know happy workers equals more productivity.

But did you know that indoor air quality is keeping your office from working at its full potential? Poor indoor air quality is recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a cause of various illnesses and symptoms.

Below are three questions to help determine if you have an indoor air quality problem. If you answer “yes” to any of them, consider calling an expert of commercial indoor air quality in League City, TX.

Do people in your office get sick frequently?

Poor indoor air quality is directly linked to the spread of germs and bacteria, which will only keep sickness around longer and spread it to more employees. Attendance drops, and productivity suffers as a result.

People often assume that cold and flu seasons are inevitable, especially when sharing office space with other employees. They often just wait to see whether they’ll catch something. Some people are ready to accept this as a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

With an ultraviolet commercial air purifier, pollutants in the air aren’t just taken out of circulation. The UV radiation will kill all microorganisms that threaten your employees.

Do they complain that the air is muggy and hot?

As you’ve probably heard before, it’s the humidity and not the heat that causes the most discomfort in the summer. Humidity raises our body temperature and will make your employees wish they were at home or in a cool café or movie theater.

Although air conditioners do have some dehumidifying abilities, this functionality is more like a side-effect of their air cooling properties. You’re going to need a dedicated dehumidifier to take care of a true humidity problem.

Installing a dehumidifier will bring comfort back to your employees, but that’s not all. It will also prevent the growth of mildew, bacteria, and can even remove the threat of water damage.

Is your office frequently dusty?

Your air ducts are responsible for dispersing cool air around your property. So if it seems like your spaces are frequently becoming dusty, there’s a chance that it’s time for a duct cleaning. Likewise, you might notice allergy symptoms worsening thanks to all the extra dirt and dust floating around.

To get a proper duct cleaning, you’ll need to call in a professional HVAC technician, not just your regular cleaner. Attempting a DIY cleaning by shoving a broom or vacuum in the air vents can make things worse by loosening up more dirt and dust. Not only that, but clumsy handling can disconnect or damage ducts, preventing air from flowing properly and increasing energy costs.

If your business has become a breeding ground for dust and germs, we can help. Contact Vanderford Air, Inc. today!

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How Can a UV Air Purifier Keep Your Home Free of Germs?

How Can a UV Air Purifier Keep Your Home Free of Germs?

Germs are microorganisms that can cause various illnesses and diseases. Due to an exponentially increasing population, we are all more vulnerable than ever to the harmful effects of germs. This means that you should take every measure possible to ensure that your environment is germ-free. While this is difficult to achieve in public, it’s easy to achieve in your household, especially with advances in modern technology. Specifically, UV air purifiers are a popular method for eliminating many germs from your home.

At Vanderford Air, Inc., we specialize in installing UV air purifiers in your home, which can lead to maximum health and wellbeing. In this post, we’ll give a brief overview of UV air purifiers, explaining how they can keep your home free of germs.

What Is a UV Air Purifier?

A UV (Ultraviolet) air purifier is a device that uses UV light to interfere with the reproductive capacities of various airborne pathogens. In particular, UV light breaks down the DNA structures of these organisms as they pass through your air filter, which causes them to die off over time. In this sense, UV purifiers do not kill pathogens but render them ineffective. Then, the air that contains them is removed from the room and replaced with cleaner air.

UV air purifiers are considered extremely effective at killing mold spores as well as decently effective at killing airborne bacteria. Additionally, UV air purifiers increase the efficiency of the air filtering systems they are complementing. This results in a synergistic effect that helps minimize the presence of germs in your household.

Feedback System

Many studies have shown that when germs are minimized, homeowners experience less sickness, which allows for an optimally functioning brain. In fact, researchers are beginning to connect brain fog and decreased cognitive performance with many common allergens that are prevalent in homes. This is because these allergens cause difficulty breathing, which restricts oxygen to the brain.

In addition, when we have difficulty breathing, we cannot sleep as well, and sleep is critical for optimal cognitive performance. And of course, when we get sick, we just generally don’t think as clearly or logically.

Alternatively, when we use UV air purifiers, a positive feedback system results. Essentially, we breathe in cleaner air, retain our health and clear thinking, and remember to constantly maintain the clean air quality of our home. Thus, UV air purifiers empower us to be diligent about minimizing germs.

Final Thoughts on UV Air Purifiers and Germs

We think it’s important to understand the connection between air purification systems like UV filters and the prevalence of germs. Ultimately, investing in a UV air purifier can maximize cognitive performance and prevent people from getting sick. If your health has been suffering lately and you think it might be connected to various allergens and germs in your house, then we recommend the installation of a UV air purifier.

At Vanderford Air, Inc., we specialize in the installation of UV air purifiers throughout League City, TX. If you want more information about UV air purifiers or want to get one installed, call today!

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Is There a Breach in Your Ducts?

Is There a Breach in Your Ducts?

No one likes to think about a problem with their ducts, especially in the heat of summer when your air conditioner needs to run all the time to keep you comfortable. Unfortunately, while ducts are usually protected from damage by virtue of their locations behind walls and in crawl spaces, damage can still take place. It could be an animal or work on another part of the home, or just a bolt or a seal that has finally worn out after years of use. Regardless of the sources of such damage, it needs to be dealt with, and that can’t happen until you learn how to spot the signs.

Why Are They a Problem?

Breaches and leaks do one of two things. Either they pull conditioned air out of the ducts or they pull unconditioned air in. This creates all manner of problems, including:

  • Warmer Air: Warm air mixing with conditioned air can raise the temperature overall, which in turn forces the air conditioner to work harder than it should.
  • Dustier Air: Most ducts in your home get dusty after a while, since they’re hidden in crawl spaces and similar areas where you don’t do much dusting. The breach could easily pull dust into your air flow, spreading it through your home and reducing indoor air quality.
  • Lower Airflow: If the air in the ducts is being pulled out of the breach or leak, it’s going to lower the flow of air coming out of the vents. As with warmer air, that means the air conditioner will need to work harder to do its job, and thus raise both your monthly bills and the risks of a more serious breakdown.

How to Spot It

While you should never attempt to diagnose or repair breached ducts yourself, you can still spot the signs that something is wrong and move to call in a repair technician. The three listed issues above are easy signs that something is wrong. You should check every time you turn your system on for low air flow, excessive dust or warmer air than you expect. It only takes a few minutes but can help you catch a serious breach before it drags your AC down longer than necessary.

In addition, you can check for other signs that something is wrong in your ducts. Breaches and leaks usually display one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Odd Noises: Odd noises are usually caused by air getting pulled through the leak. It can involve whistles as the air itself moves or hums as the duct vibrates from the unexpected passage. The sound is usually localized in the walls or ceiling at some specific spot, and in most cases it will start and stop with the starting and the stopping of the air conditioner itself.
  • Cold Spots: Cold spots occur when the air coming from the leak or breach blows against the wall, floor or ceiling. As with odd noises, they will likely appear only when you run your air conditioner.

For quality duct repair in Missouri City, TX, call the friendly pros at Vanderford, Air, Inc.

 

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Does Your Home Need a UV Air Purifier?

Does Your Home Need a UV Air Purifier?

We all want our household air to be as healthy as it can be, but achieving that can be tough, especially in the spring when dust and pollen can take their toll. When it comes to biological contaminants such as germs, mold and certain allergens, you can help protect your family with the timely installation of a UV air purifier. Spring is already here, which means that now is the perfect time to get such a system into your house.

How Does It Work?

If you’ve ever gotten a tan at the beach or suffered from a sunburn, you’ve felt the effects of UV light. It’s invisible to the naked eye, but appears in copious amounts in sunlight. UV light bulbs replicate the effects at a much lower level, and are often used to make white clothes glow in the dark at rock concerts and on amusement park rides. At those levels, the light remains perfectly safe for humans and multi-cellular organisms such as dogs and cats. But for single-celled organisms like germs, bacteria, and viruses, the effect is devastating. The light will either kill them outright or fuse their DNA, rendering them incapable of reproducing.

How to Harness It Properly

Obviously, shining UV lights over every corner of your home is an impractical way of dealing with the problem. You need to find a spot that will do the most good with the least amount of space. The apex to your ducts is the perfect spot. UV air purifiers stretch a sheet of ultraviolet light across the width of the ducts. As your heater or air conditioning system runs, the air in your house is cycled through, pushing it past the light before it travels into your ducts. The air is thus scrubbed clean of germs and bacteria whenever you run your HVAC system, leaving the air feeling fresher and the incidents of illness in your home reduced.

UV air purifiers require professional services to install, but it’s an easy operation and can be performed comparatively quickly. UV air purifiers have few moving parts and don’t suffer from a lot of wear and tear. As long as you change the bulbs themselves when they burn out, you can expect them to last for many years.

Which Homes Benefit the Most?

In an environment like ours, every home can benefit from the protection of UV air purifiers. Our muggy atmosphere means that mold and bacteria are always on the grow, which can affect your family’s health in adverse ways. But more specifically, homes that benefit the most from UV air purifiers can include:

  • Homes getting ready to welcome a new baby, or who have a newborn in the family.
  • Homes with elderly residents, who may be more susceptible to illnesses.
  • Homes with family members suffering from conditions such as asthma.
  • Homes with family members who work in jobs that expose them to more illnesses, such as a doctor’s office.

For high quality UV air purifier installation in Missouri City, TX call on Vanderford Air, Inc.

 

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HVAC Upgrades Can Help Your Family’s Health

HVAC Upgrades Can Help Your Family’s Health

Winter season means colds and flus, which can be a serious pain not only for homes, but for businesses as well. Without warning, you can find yourself on your back for weeks on end, missing work and letting important household tasks slip. Sick children will miss school, and Sugar Land, TX homes with infants and/or the elderly need to take special care since those demographics are very vulnerable to illness. Luckily, you have more to rely on than cold pills and boxes of tissue. Upgrades to your home heating and cooling system can make a remarkable difference when it comes to the overall health of your family. Here’s how.

Why Do Colds Flourish in the Winter?

Winter is habitually considered cold season for a number of reasons:

  • Dry Air. Cold air is dry air, which means that your sinuses and mucus membranes will dry out as well. That leaves your body vulnerable to germs.
  • Stuffy Air. It’s only natural to keep homes and businesses buttoned up in the winter to retain the heat: rarely opening doors and windows unless it’s absolutely necessary. It’s a sound strategy for keeping heating bills low, but it has the side effect of letting germs and bugs circulate in your air.
  • Dusty Air. Dirt and dust are a natural offshoot of dry air, which is a staple of winter. That leads to irritation in the nose and throat, making illness more likely.

What Can You Do About Them?

There’s no way to fully prevent colds or illnesses in the winter… not without living in a hermetically sealed bubble that is. But you can find ways to minimize the risk. A lot of that starts with your HVAC system, which circulates the air through your home and can help spread those germs. Depending on your home, you can start with a timely upgrade to those systems.

  • Filters. Every HVAC system comes equipped with a filter to help strain out dust and dirt. They need to be changed on a regular basis to do their jobs, however. You can also install an electronic air purifier, which ionizes the dust instead of filtering it.
  • UV Air Purifiers. UV air purifiers shine an ultraviolet light across the apex of your ducts, which will either kill germs outright or prevent them from replicating. Either way, they make a very effective way to keep illnesses in check, and as long as your periodically change the light bulbs and perform routines
  • A New Heating System. If you’re considering something more extensive, you may want to replace your entire heating system with a radiant heating system or something similar. This eliminates the need for forced air and will help cut down on circulating germs accordingly.

We strongly recommend products like these for all homes, but especially for those with sensitive family members. If you’re getting ready to welcome a new baby into the home or someone in your family has a compromised immune system, call the pros at Vanderford Air, Inc. to discuss your indoor air quality options!

 

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Consider the Benefits of Wi-Fi Thermostats

Consider the Benefits of Wi-Fi Thermostats

Thermostats are designed to last a long time. Most of them lack moving parts and, beyond the need to periodically replace the batteries in some models, maintenance is not generally an issue. With basic care, you can expect yours to last for decades, and if the thermostat in your Missouri City, TX home is more than a decade old, congratulations on getting such reliable use out of it.

If there is one area where this longevity can turn around and bite you, however, it is in the advent of new features. With the Internet age comes the development of Wi-Fi thermostats that use the wireless features in your home to help you perform heating and cooling more effectively.

Wi-Fi thermostats benefit you first by being able to monitor up-to-the-minute weather reports from your local area and making little adjustment to compensate. So it the temperature drops unexpectedly or humidity levels rise, the system can respond in order to keep your home the perfect temperature no matter what. That conveys added savings to your household, since the heating system won’t need to work quite as hard to do its job. It can also cut down on wear and tear.

A Wi-Fi connection also allows you to control your thermostat from anywhere in the world. By downloading an app for your phone, you can turn the heat on and off, program different start and stop times, and the like, all without having to get up from your coffee or change your travel plans.

Programming Wi-Fi thermostats is very easy as well. There’s no more monkeying around with instructions or moving to the right “mode” by pushing buttons. You can set up the temperature you want in a snap, or let it automatically adjust based on your habits, taking the guesswork out of your household comfort.

Call Vanderford Air, Inc. to hear more!

 

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