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How to Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

When you took that big step and became home-owners you probably thought a lot about all the decorations you would add to the house to make it feel like home, the bbq's you would host in the backyard, the birthday parties you'd plan, and the memories you'd make in the process. You probably didn't think much about maintenance or your heating and air conditioning unit. However, over time, you've probably realized that they require a lot of attention. Your home's air quality is directly affected by your heating and air conditioning unit. This becomes a problem when mold and bacteria start to form, blow into your home, and get inhaled into your lungs. 

How Can You Improve Air Quality?

First things first, you always want to keep your heating and air condition unit properly cleaned and maintained. This will drastically help keep your air safe. But there are products you can add to ensure your home has the best air quality possible. 

Air Purifiers

When it comes to Indoor air quality improvement, air purifiers are the best product you can buy. If you suffer from allergies or get frequent colds, an air purifier will help you breathe easier and sleep better. High-quality, in home air purification systems, kill up to 99% of germs, pollen, and mold captured. It also fights hard, and effectively, against many common pathogens. Installing an air purifier gives you peace of mind and the freedom to breathe deep, knowing that the air you breath is clean. 

Filters

It's important to use high-quality filters and to change them regularly. These filters will trap dust and allergens before they escape into the air that circulates in your house. Not only do they keep the air your breath fresher and cleaner, but they also help eliminate the "dust smell" in your home. 

UV Lamps

The thought of mold and bacteria growing on your air conditioning and heating unit, becoming airborne, and filling your house is unnerving. And while keeping your unit clean and installing an air purifier will definitely help eliminate that danger, going a step further isn't a bad idea. UV lamps were designed to successfully prevent the growth of mold and bacteria in your home. If there is any mold or bacteria growing on or around your AC coil, the UV lamp will kill it, keeping you safe from any exposure. 

Any and all of these options are effective when it comes to giving you the best air quality possible. So, if you want to breathe deep without worry, please contact us today. We look forward to helping you improve the quality of air in your home.

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Are Pet Odors Making Your Home Less Likely to Sell?

It is a simple fact of real estate, buyers do not want to buy a smelly house. Pet odors are the most common, but homeowners must find and cure-all the bad smells which will cause buyers to hold their nose. Ask your agent. A home must be clean and fresh smelling to sell quickly and for the best price.

If you want to sell your house, it must look better and smell better than the competition. HomeGain, a leading service connecting real estate agents with home buyers and sellers, recommends eliminating pet odors, food smells, and other funk that affects a home's air quality.

Unfortunately, it is not always easy for a seller to identify bad odors. We all a little nose-blind to our own home and living environment. We simply become used to the smells within our own homes and have a hard time identifying unpleasant pet odors or other foul scents.

If you want to sell your home for a good price, pet odors need to be neutralized. If you are unsure, ask your agent for an honest assessment. An experienced agent has no issue with being brutally honest. If your agent then tells you there is a problem, there is a problem.

The experts at Green Leaf A/C and Heating have the solution for pet odors and other funk causing your home not to sell. Air fresheners only mask smells. Our air purifiers, filters, and other devices will actually eliminate pet and other odors. Moreover, our devices create a healthier living space by removing bacteria and other toxins from the air.

If you would like to talk about eliminating pet odors to help sell your home, or need more information, please contact us.

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Four Ways to Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality This Winter

Winter is here, and the cooler weather means you're spending more time inside. While staying warm and avoiding the slushy weather of Texas winters is always a good idea, more time indoors means more exposure to indoor air. Indoor air quality should always be a concern, but in winter, improving the air you're breathing is of the utmost importance. Here are a few things you can do to improve the air quality in your home.

Change Your Air Filters

Your HVAC system is equipped with numerous air filters all in place to keep dust, pollen, and allergens out of your home. However, these filters get dirty and clogged over time. Though it may be tempting to ignore a dirty air filter, changing them will go a long way towards improving your home's indoor air quality.

Deep Clean Your Air Vents

Dust, debris, and pet hair all love to collect around the air vents in your home, and frequent cleaning will keep these particles from going airborne. Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust without damaging the finish on your vent covers.

Install an Air Purifier

At Green Leaf, we're happy to carry and install high-quality air purifiers that work in conjunction with your HVAC unit to keep the air you breathe clean and clear. These units work throughout your entire home, boost the effectiveness of your HVAC filters, and significantly reduce allergens.

Schedule Furnace Maintenance

Winter often leads to an increase in furnace use, and a furnace tune-up can boost the efficiency of your unit while taking care of any buildup or problems reducing the system’s output. Best of all, our experienced technicians will be able to spot early warning signs of damage or problems in your system and fix them before they leave you without heat in the middle of the night.

Contact Green Leaf today for more information on how we can help you improve your home's indoor air quality. Breathe easy, stay comfortable, and trust the experts at Green Leaf.

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Save the Environment and Your Health with Indoor Air Quality Improvement

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As a result of recent health and safety research, people are now more aware how important indoor air quality improvement is for their well-being. Advances in technology have brought about several new products which make the air we breathe much safer and healthier. Before modern times, we didn’t even know that air-borne bacteria were a threat to our health. Now, bacteria and viruses are a well-known issue; and it is even standard for places such as hospitals to install air purification systems in their HVAC units to combat these invisible pathogens.

Upgrade Your Air Filter

The most basic way to improve your indoor air quality is to install a better air filtering system. There are two new products that can do this. One is a media filter, and the other is an electrostatic air filter. A media filter is a highly efficient woven fiber filter that is generally between three to five inches thick. It’s meant to replace all of the one-inch filters throughout the home, and is only changed once or twice a year. An electrostatic filter is washable, and uses electric current and static electricity to catch microscopic particles and forms of bacteria as air passes through it.

Replace Your Ductwork

A duct network is highly susceptible to dust accumulation as well as microorganisms, especially the old fiberglass box-type ducts. Whatever particles may have gotten through your old air filters are now clinging to the inside of the duct system. Really, the only way to completely clean it is to replace it altogether. You can even ask your technician to install one of the new eco-friendly ductwork systems. These ducts are even more efficient at trapping the temperature inside them, preventing heat from leaking in or out of them, ultimately saving you money on your utility bill and reducing your carbon footprint.

Consider Ultraviolet Devices

Hospitals have used UV-C Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation for decades. Now, a form of this technology is cost-efficient enough for residential use. So what is it? Basically, UV-C is a spectrum of light that kills microorganisms. In the HVAC industry, a technician installs one or several bulbs emitting ultraviolet light on the inside of the air handling unit to prevent the growth and spread of harmful viruses and bacteria. There is even a model that goes inside the ductwork to constantly purify and sanitize the air.

If you or anyone in your home suffer from allergies, stuffy nose, or asthma, these could be symptoms of poor indoor air quality in the home. Green Leaf A/C and Heating serves clients’ HVAC and indoor air quality improvement needs in the Austin, TX area. For more information about getting better indoor air quality in your home, please contact them.

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Essential and Effective Tips for Indoor Air Quality Improvement

The quality of the air in your home is essential when it comes to your family's health and well-being. However, you could be wondering what you can do to improve indoor air quality. Luckily, following these tips can help.

Stop Wearing Shoes in the House

First and foremost, encourage your family members to stop wearing shoes in the house. Doing so can allow you to bring in pollen and other debris from outdoors, which can affect indoor air quality. Plus, cutting down on wearing shoes in the house can also make household clean-up a whole lot easier.

Get Into a Dusting Routine

Dusting isn't known as being a favorite household chore. However, ensuring that you dust on a regular basis can help you cut down on dust and dander that floats around your home. Consider getting into a routine to ensure that this essential job is being done.

Skip Using Harsh Chemicals for Cleaning

Be careful about using harsh cleaning chemicals, air fresheners and other chemical-laden products. Instead, use natural products when you can to help prevent indoor air quality issues.

Keep Your HVAC System Well-Maintained

If your HVAC system isn't properly maintained, it could be dirty and dusty, which could affect your indoor air quality. Having your unit maintained on a regular basis can help prevent it from negatively affecting your indoor air quality and can help ensure that it works efficiently and effectively, too.

Change Your Filters Often

For indoor air quality improvement, make sure that you change your filters often. You can even purchase a specific air filter that is designed for indoor air quality improvement, such as one that is designed for people who have allergies.

Consider an Air Purifier or UV Lamp

There are specific air purifiers and UV lamps out there that are designed specifically for improving indoor air quality. If you are unsure of which system to choose, consider talking to your HVAC technician about your options.

As you can see, there are steps that you can take to improve your home's indoor air quality. For additional tips or for all of your HVAC-related needs, contact us at Green Leaf A/C and Heating today.

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Easy Ways to Improve Your Home's Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollution is a serious problem that place homeowners and their families at risk for illness. In its report titled "Targeting Indoor Air Pollution," the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) even lists it as being one of the top five environmental risks to public health. So, what can you do to improve your home's air?

Air Purifier

Not surprisingly, installing an air purifier is one of the easiest ways to remove airborne pollutants from inside your home. These devices work by filtering, removing or otherwise neutralizing airborne pollutants. Some air purifiers contain HEPA filters, whereas others use carbon-activated coal to absorb the pollutants. And others use ultraviolet (UV) light to sterilize air as it passes through the device.

Watch the Humidity

Humidity directly affects indoor air quality. When the air is too humid, mold and mildew will thrive, increasing the risk of allergies and respiratory illness. A good rule of thumb is to keep your home's relative humidity between 40 and 50%.

Houseplants

How can houseplants improve the air quality in your home? They do this in two different ways: by catching and filtering impurities from the air, and by releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. According to the Clean Air Study conducted by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), the most effective plant varieties for purifying air are:

  • Dwarf date palm
  • Peace lily
  • Bamboo palm
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Spider plant
  • Rubber plant
  • Aloe vera
  • Cornstalk plant
  • Moth orchids

Clean Your Air Ducts

Many homeowners are guilty of rarely, if ever, cleaning their air ducts. As a result, dust, mold, bacteria and other airborne pollutants accumulate inside the ducts and vents. When the heating or air conditioning turns on, these pollutants blow throughout the home. A good rule of thumb is to hire a professional HVAC technician to clean your home's air ducts at least once every three to five years.

To learn more about our industry-leading heating and air services, contact us today.

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Customer Reviews & Comments

Average rating for Green Leaf A/C and Heating is 4.99 stars of 5 stars - based on 92 reviews

Eddie, owner, is a great person. He was very well educated in the industry. Punctual and honest. Prices are reasonable and he gave me a follow up call to make sure things were good. I highly recommend his company for your AC repair needs.

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