Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

“Does My Furnace Produce Dust and Allergens?”

Monday, February 25th, 2019

close-up-with-white-background-of-woman-blowing-her-noseNo, although this is a common misconception. Your furnace or ducted heat pump doesn’t produce dust any more than a boiler or a ductless system might. What your forced air heater does do, though, is circulate dust, allergens, and other debris throughout your home. That’s not to say you shouldn’t use your heater! It just means that you’ll need the right indoor air quality system(s) in place to combat this—such as a whole-house air purifier.

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Could Your Home Use a Humidifier?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Beautiful young woman sitting by the window having hot drinkIf you’ve lived in the Pittsburgh area for even just a year, then you are probably well aware of how dry our winters can get. When you take that dryness and put it in your home, you could end up with a lot of problems. And the thing is, the relative humidity outdoors absolutely impacts the moisture levels indoors! The lowest humidity level before your environment starts getting uncomfortable (and unhealthy) is 30%—you want your home’s relative humidity level to be between this and 50%.

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An Air Purifier Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

Monday, July 16th, 2018

An air purifier is a device which removes contaminants from the air in a room. These devices are commonly marketed as being beneficial to allergy sufferers and asthmatics, and at reducing or eliminating second-hand tobacco smoke. Vector graphic.Were you aware that the quality of your indoor air can actually be worse than that of outdoors? In fact, this is the case in many homes—particularly those that aren’t equipped with the right indoor air quality products or haven’t invested in air quality services in the past.

Today’s residences are built with HVAC efficiency in mind—they’re built tight as to not let any conditioned air out or outside air in. This is great news for your heating and cooling costs each year, but not so fabulous for your air quality. Among the numerous products we have available to help combat this, however, is the air purifier.

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Indoor Air Quality Solutions Should Be Tailored to Your Needs

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Window sill of a house in ruralNo matter what part of the Pittsburgh area you live in, there are aspects of the air quality in your area that are less than optimal. And whether allergens, contaminants, or humidity levels, your indoor air quality can actually end up being worse off than that of the outdoor air quality.

That said, not everyone will have the same indoor air quality needs as their neighbor. While one home may benefit from the installation of UV germicidal lights, another may have household members with allergies who need an air cleaner. No matter what it is that you’re in need of, you can turn to our team for quality indoor air quality solutions in Pittsburgh, PA.

Keep reading for an overview of some of your options!

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Why Whole-House Air Purifiers Are Better

Monday, June 4th, 2018

whole-house-air-purifierWhen thinking about air quality, you may be more focused on what’s in the air outside such as mold and pollen levels. In fact, indoor air quality (IAQ) is even more important. After all, most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, and that percentage is even higher for those suffering from respiratory conditions or allergies. At the same time, IAQ has become more of a concern due to factors such as new building construction utilizing airtight features to increase energy conservation. That’s why if you’re going to invest in an air purifier, whole-house air purifiers are your best bet.  

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The Best In-Home Solutions for Pollen Allergies

Monday, April 10th, 2017

sneeze-woman-tissueDid you know that about 20% of Americans are allergic to pollen? If you are one of the millions, you might notice that your symptoms don’t discriminate based on location. Whether you are indoors or out, allergies can come up and bring you down, and this is particularly upsetting when you are in your own home.

Pollen allergies can act up anywhere—mostly because pollen can be just about anywhere. It travels well, moving easily in the air and into your lungs, but you may be able to take some control at home.

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Prepare Your Home for Spring Allergies

Monday, February 27th, 2017

cells-indoor-air-qualityEach year, you struggle to truly enjoy the beauty that spring brings as your allergies are at their worst. And, unfortunately, even when you step inside, it can be difficult to keep allergies under control. In fact, it’s possible for your air quality to be even worse inside than it is outside.

Most likely, you keep your home sealed up tightly as you run your air conditioning and heating systems. While this is better for efficiency, it allows contaminants to recirculate throughout your home, contributing to worsening symptoms and potentially making you sick. Prepare your home with the help of our expert indoor air quality tips.

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3 Reasons to Add a Humidifier to Your Home

Monday, January 16th, 2017

In the summer, high humidity is our biggest concern, making the air seem a lot warmer than it really is and weighing us down. But in the winter, low humidity is a far bigger concern. The air dries out for much of the season in certain parts of the country, and the heater in your home won’t help to add any moisture back.

You may need a separate humidifier, and we recommend a whole-home humidifier system that injects moisture through the ducts as you run the heating system. Here are 3 reasons to consider adding a humidifier into your home.

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How an Energy Audit Can Make Your Home Safer and Healthier

Monday, December 5th, 2016

We offer energy audit services, in large part to help local homeowners improve energy efficiency throughout their homes. After an energy audit, and after you make recommended changes to your home or HVAC system, the heating and cooling systems run more smoothly. That means lower monthly bills and a more comfortable home.

This is a primary reason to schedule this service—but not the only reason local homeowners ask about home energy audits. This service can also make your home a safer and healthier place.

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Is the Humidity Getting to You?

Monday, June 6th, 2016

In our area, humidity is sometimes worse than high temperatures. Temperatures outside might seem somewhat reasonable, but the presence of water vapor in the air adds to it. This isn’t to say that the temperature actually increases because of a high percentage of water vapor. It only means you feel like the temperature has increased.

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