At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Indoor Air Quality’

The Benefits of an Energy Recovery Ventilator

Monday, July 3rd, 2017


Every prudent homeowner wants their home to be as energy efficient as possible. Our warm summers and cold winters can cost you quite a bit if your home keeps leaking that energy, and there are numerous steps you can take to keep those heating and cooling costs down. Some of them are easy to implement, such as adding weather stripping around cracks in doors or windows, or using fans to circulate the air and cool the home in the summer.

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Why Install a Zone Control System?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

zone-control-systemsCentralized air conditioners are a staple of most homes in the area, and with summer on its way, they’re going to be put to the test. You’re naturally going to be paying higher cooling bills in the summer months than you do in the spring and the fall, since your air conditioner will be running more often. There are simple ways to cut into those costs, such as dressing lightly in the home and turning your air conditioner off in the evening and opening the windows instead.

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UV Lights Help Make Healthier Homes

Monday, May 8th, 2017

UV-air-purifierSpring is typically the time when biological contaminants start to become a nuisance. Germs, bacteria and pollen flourish, increasing allergic reactions and adding to the risk of you or a family member contracting an illness. Heaters and air conditioners contain filters, but they need to be regularly replaced, and don’t always do as thorough a job as they should. If you’re looking to cut down on germs and other unwanted creepy-crawlies in your air, we have an outstanding solution for you: UV air purifiers placed in your HVAC system.

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Why You Need UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_dreamstime_xl_20144812Winter season always sees a huge influx of colds and flu bugs, especially in high altitudes like ours. Illnesses go hand in hand with the winter, though not because of the cold temperatures like a lot of people think. Nevertheless, the causes of winter sicknesses can’t be easily vanquished. You can. however, ensure that there is proper protection for your home and family in the form of a UV air purifier installed at the base of your ducts. Here’s a brief look at how it all works.

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Why Is Low Humidity Such a Problem in the Winter?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

We live in the Salt Lake City, UT area, which means that none of us are strangers to the problems caused by low humidity. A desert atmosphere, high elevation and cold winters combine to make our air dry as a bone, and here in the middle of January, you can feel it more than ever. Why is low humidity such a problem in the winter, and what can you do about it? The answers can be found below.

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How to Improve Your Heater’s Performance

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Heating systems have been running throughout the South Jordan, UT for at least a few weeks, and the weather’s going to get colder before it gets warmer. We’re all used to paying more in heating bills every winter, but you shouldn’t let that reality hide the fact that you might be paying more than you should. A few upgrades around your home can make a huge difference on that front, and now is an excellent time to see if they might make a good fit. We’ve includes a brief list of suggestions below.

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Get UV Germicidal Lights this Winter

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Winter is usually a difficult time when it comes to  colds and flu bugs in your home. The low humidity levels here in Draper, UT can dry out your sinuses, which is our body’s natural defense against germs. That’s one of the reasons why winter sees a lot of illness, and because we often button up our homes to retain heat, cold bugs can easily circulate from family member to family member. 

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Worried About Germs This Holiday? Consider a UV Air Purifier

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but Christmas is on the way, and Salt Lake City, UT homeowners will be welcoming friends and family into their homes in the next few weeks. We all love it when those close to us come home for a friendly holiday visit, but out-of-town guests may bring something less-than-welcome with them: germs and viruses. Nothing can spread colds and illnesses like a gaggle of out-of-town germs, which is why we tend to see a lot more illnesses during the holiday season. But you don’t just have to resign yourself to it and stock up on the cold pills. Instead, consider a UV air purifier in your home to handle germs this holiday season.

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Save Money this Winter with an Energy Recovery Ventilator

Monday, November 16th, 2015

As a homeowner, energy efficiency should be a high priority to you. The better your home can retain warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer, the lower your bills will be and the less chance your heater and air conditioner will suffer from a breakdown. Most people in Salt Lake City, UT know some of the basics, such as more insulation and double paned windows to keep the temperature constant, But you may surprised to learn what a more sophisticated installation can do for you. In particular, an energy recovery ventilator placed in your attic can help you save big money this winter. Here’s a quick breakdown on how.

How Does It Work?

An energy recovery ventilator consists of a pair of vents with fans installed in them, linked at the middle by a heat exchanger. The vents never cross paths; one blows air out of your home and the other pulls air into your home. As the air passes through the heat exchanger to swaps out the temperature between the two streams. As a result, the indoor air is refreshed and the indoor air removed without altering the temperature that your heater or air conditioner has worked so hard to create.

How Does That Benefit Me?

In the first place, an energy recovery ventilator takes a lot of the stress off of your heater and air conditioning system, allowing you to save a great deal on monthly bills. Over time, the savings will likely pay for the cost of installation and more. Moreover, it can make for a healthier household environment; we tend to button up our homes in the winter to preserve heat, which can lead to stagnant air that breeds germs. With an energy recovery ventilator, you can lower the risk of illness without having to “air out” your home in the middle of winter.

Contact At Your Service today to install, maintain and repair energy recovery ventilators.

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How Do UV Lights Work?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

When it comes to indoor air quality, you have a wide variety of options available to you. Some products raise or lower the humidity levels in your home, while others serve to filter out the dust and other contaminants. But here in Salt Lake City, we often recommend UV germicidal lights as a key part of any indoor air quality system. They do the most important work of all: eliminating germs and bacteria to keep your family healthy. With a UV light system installed, you can help reduce instances of illness in your household. This is of particular benefit to the elderly, to newborn babies, and to people suffering from asthma or similar conditions, but in truth, everyone could benefits from fewer creepy crawlies circulating through your air. How do UV lights work? We’ve provided a quick breakdown below.

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