Did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency indoor air quality is four to five times worse than outdoor air quality? This is because pollutants like pet dander, dust and other pathogens get trapped inside. Proper ventilation is essential for a healthy home. Of course, there are easy ways to ventilate your home like opening windows, but what is a good solution for the winter, when you can’t open windows because of poor weather conditions? And what rooms need it the most?
It’s no shocker that ventilation is especially important in the bathroom. The humidity in this room makes it a prime place for bacteria, mold and mildew to thrive. Proper ventilation can allow you to manage the amount of moisture in this area. A great way to take care of this is to install a ventilation fan and run it after you take a shower.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), exposure to indoor pollutants causes 4.3 million pre-mature deaths each year. Breathing in these pollutants can cause pneumonia, heart disease, and other illnesses. Moisture in the air can also foster the growth of bacteria, the bacteria that creates staff infections as well as strep throat in particular.
Kitchens are another prime area for pollutants in the home. Burners can cause small particles to get into the air, gas stoves create carbon dioxide, dishwashers, and cooking release moisture into the air. The moisture can cause these pollutants to linger, especially if you don’t have a proper exhaust system. Contamination can easily be transported through the air, and require you to sanitize surfaces more often. Basically, you just NEED proper ventilation in these areas!
What can you do to better the air quality in these areas and prevent mold, mildew and bacteria from infiltrating your life?
There are a few different things you can do to improve your air quality:
Make sure to add your air to the spring-cleaning list this year
It’s that time of the year—where you can finally open some windows, get some fresh air, and start fresh for the season! Spring cleaning is an important part of everyone’s annual routine. This is a good time to schedule maintenance and get all the chores you’ve been putting off out of the way. This is also a good time to assess things that you don’t normally think about, like your air quality! Here are a few tips, tricks, and products to consider when coming up with an air quality plan!
How often are you changing your air filters? Make sure that this is on top of your priority list! You don’t want to be pumping pathogens directly into your home. Changing filters regularly can alleviate allergies by stopping particles from making their way into your airstream and harboring disease-causing bacteria and viruses! Being proactive can make all the difference when it comes to mold and other substances in your home!
Spring allergies are about to be in full swing! Have you considered the role your indoor air quality can play in your comfort levels during times like this where allergy counts are excessively high? Make sure that your home stays a safe space from the outdoor irritants like pollen, dander, and ragweed! The outdoor elements should stay where they belong—outdoors!
Sneezing, congestion, itching, watering eyes, they all mean one thing: Spring is in full bloom, but so are your allergies.
The cold, dry air of winter can really do its damage on your body. The dryness can inflame and irritate the mucus membranes in your respiratory track. Not to mention this can cause your body to be more susceptible to catching colds, the flu and other infections! The cold air also helps aid in the survival of harmful viruses. Enter Spring, which also means pollen. Pollen is the villain in many allergy stories, and may be the culprit of your discomfort. If you suffer from seasonal allergies or sinus infections, you are no stranger to the negative impact the weather can have on your health. The good news? There’s a solution!
The new year is here and while everybody else is making resolutions to eat healthier or give up coffee, you should absolutely consider making the effort to reduce your energy consumption in the new year. With countless benefits for the environment and your pocketbook as time goes on, you can leave 2021 knowing you did right by your bank account and by Mother Nature!
While there are many obvious ways to better your energy efficiency by integrating things like renewable energy into your home, there are many simple everyday fixes that can make a meaningful impact in the long run. To help you gain better perspective on some easy ways to be more energy efficient in the new year, we’ve put together the following list!
Are you tired of outrageous energy bills, poor air quality, and unreliable heating in your home during the cold winter months as the result of a tired furnace? Maybe it’s time to make the switch to a home boiler system with the help of the team at Action Mechanical!
Wait – you can have a boiler in your home in that’s modern and not outdated? – Yes! You absolutely can!
What most people don’t understand is the difference between a furnace and a boiler, but the answer is simple: furnaces use forced-air heating that is sent through your air ducts, while boilers use boiling water and steam (radiant heat) to effectively warm your home with air that is continually filtered and recycled. But what’s all the fuss regarding boilers truly about?
As the temperatures continue to dip, it’s time to face the harsh reality that the cold weather is here to stay. For most, you’ve likely already turned your furnace on for the season as the nightly temperatures drop into the single digits, while others have been holding out until the very last moment. No matter whether you’ve turned your furnace on or not, it is a known fact that performing safe, yearly preventative heater maintenance on your heating system is of great importance to guarantee your home stays warm all winter.
If you find yourself asking “what should I do to get my heater ready for winter?” we have some tips to help you better prepare your home and heating system for the fast approaching frigid weather!
It’s easy to forget about all the hard work that your A/C unit put in over the summer as it transitions to fall. You stop turning it on every day, and suddenly it’s as though it didn’t help ensure you didn’t die of heat stroke on many occasions over the last few months. Hey, we get it. But you’re here now, and Action Mechanical wants to make sure you do the right thing, and give that A/C the maintenance it deserves for keeping you cool all summer. Follow these quick and easy tips, and it’ll be ready to crank out the cool air come next spring and summer.
If the year 2020 has taught us anything thus far, it’s that we could all use a little reassurance of our own personal safety. There is no more obvious place to start than by ensuring that the air we breathe is clean, free of pathogens, and safe for ourselves, our friends and colleagues, and our families. It’s quite literally our most valuable asset. So how can we protect it?
The dog days of summer are upon us, making adequate air conditioning at home and work crucial in maintaining a comfortable, healthy environment. With your air conditioner working overtime to keep you nice and cool, and accumulating wear and tear in the process, it is normal that it might experience issues here and there. However, there are some easy air conditioner repairs you can make that will fix those little problems so you can escape the heat.
Indoor air quality is always important, as poor air quality can cause an array of health issues including chronic headaches, fatigue and respiratory issues. However, with many of us staying at home more, protecting you and your family by ensuring you have great air quality is even more critical. Luckily, there are some simple HVAC maintenance tasks you can complete to keep contaminants out of your air and improve your home’s air quality. Breathe easier by following these tips:
Spring time is creeping into the Black Hills, and with it comes warmer weather and the thought of summer days following quickly behind. Before we know it, it’ll be time to set our A/C units on auto to make sure we come home to comfort during the heat of the summer. Is your air conditioning unit ready for the task of keeping you cool?
Experts, including ourselves, recommend getting your air conditioner inspected at least once a year. We would recommend doing this twice, once before summer, and once again before shutting it down for the fall, but if you’re only able to commit to once, then spring is that time.
The often overlooked hot water heater, that big tank that’s shunned and hidden in a utility closet somewhere in your home, rarely gets any attention. Most of us don’t pay it any mind until we’re in the shower, complaining about the lack of hot water, or the five minutes it takes to heat up before we can even get in the shower. Then, all of a sudden, the water heater is a concern.
Here’s a fun fact for you: your bathroom accounts for 60% of your home’s water usage. You have three heavily used water sources that account for all that water use; the shower, the toilet, and the bathroom sink. And if you live in a home with a spouse and three children, oftentimes they’re all being used at the same time. How? We have no clue, but it’s a very real thing.
If you want to make some water-saving changes, while also lightening the impact on your wallet, read on about three simple upgrades you can make right now that will save you money
Winters in the Midwest typically come with some pretty harsh conditions; Blizzards, seemingly endless stretches of snow fall, and of course, freezing temperatures. It’s during these winter months that our homes become susceptible to a number of potential disasters, including frozen pipes. Frozen pipes in your home have a high probability of causing serious damage if left unfixed. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands and begins exerting pressure at about 2,000 pounds per square inch. Not many pipes, especially PVC pipes, can contain that type of pressure for long. It can rupture at any time and become a time bomb, unnoticed until the ice begins to thaw, at which point you’ll have a major flood on your hands.
Most homeowners will do whatever they can to squeeze out as much life as possible from their old systems, making patch repairs or paying for multiple quick fixes, to try and save money versus the cost of replacement. But if your system is over 10 years old, it may be costing you more money in energy costs and repairs than you think. If your furnace is making odd noises, or your heating bill last fall/winter was out of control, it may just be time to start looking for a replacement. Check out these 5 quick tips to decide if the time is now, and when you’re ready, call the professionals at Action Mechanical. Our certified technicians will make sure you’re not left in the cold this winter season, by installing a new heating system that fits your budget, and keeps your family warm, while cutting down on heating costs.
We know, we’re not ready to say goodbye yet either. But the reality is, summer is coming to a close in the Black Hills and surrounding areas. While it wasn’t quite the scorcher that we are accustomed to, we’re pretty sure our A/C units are ready for a bit of a break after keeping us cool all summer long. Follow these easy end of summer tips to ensure your A/C unit is ready to go without fail next season. You can also call on the pros at Action Mechanical to come out and perform an end of season inspection of your cooling system, and get the peace of mind of knowing it will be properly serviced prior to hibernating for the fall and winter.
Dealing with a drain cleaning project can quickly present some unique challenges to newcomers, but a qualified professional from Action Mechanical can remove the blockage without hesitation. Our team at Action Mechanical in Rapid City has the experience required to fix both commercial and residential clogged drains.
Although the days of cranking up the air conditioner for relief from the scorching heat are behind us for the year, there is another season coming up that’s notorious for making utility bills snowball – winter. Luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to ensure your home’s heating system is as energy efficient as possible so you can keep your family safe and snug throughout the icy months while saving as much as 30% on your energy bill. Read on for some simple HVAC maintenance tips you can use to prepare your house for the impending frost.
The frosty days of winter are right around the corner, which means your heating system will once again be put to the test after six months of standing idle. Although it has not been in use, there are still precautions you should take before starting up your heater for the first time to ensure it will safely and efficiently keep your family warm for another season. Continue reading to learn why being proactive in your home’s HVAC maintenance is critical to your family’s health, will help you save money and prevent emergency repairs down the road.