Importance of Attic Ventilation

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Summer heat gives a beating to all things under the sun rays.  Advancements in technology continue to create and improve measures to help alleviate the pressures of the intensity of summer heat.  A properly ventilated attic keeps the attic cooler, which equates to a cooler home.  Your cool and comfortable home means you can be relieved from the heat inside your house.

 

Expert Air has decades of experience in attic ventilation and attic insulation, so trust our certified and professional technicians to get the job done right from the start.  You will feel the difference right away.  Whether aiming for attic ventilation for a new home build or as a repair years later, Expert Air technicians will ensure you get the best type of attic ventilation for your home.

 

Types of Attic Ventilation, with 5 common types, each has its own set of pros and cons.

 

1.       Static Vent- moving parts means it will fail over time and use.  Also only offers ventilation in the immediate area.

2.       Ridge Vent – Best bang for your buck, you get the most ventilation for the amount of money spent

3.       Gable Vent – Specific design placement of vents may have ineffective results

4.       Power Fan – Constant and increased utility bill as it’s run by electricity.  Allows for constant use for consistent moisture alleviation

5.       Turbine Vent – Wind powers this vent, which equates to lower utility bills, but higher chance for ineffectiveness if the wind is not blowing

 

Attic ventilation is important all-year round, from keeping warm temperatures inside during the cool winter months as well as ensuring proper exhalation of accumulated moisture during the hot summer days. When inadequate insulation and improper installation causes issues with attic installation and/or ventilation, then the consequences can be detrimental to your roof or worse, the foundation of your home.  Don’t risk poorly installed insulation, get your attic ventilation done right with Expert Air.

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INSTALL A DEHUMIDIFIER BEFORE SUMMER COMES BACK AROUND

Winter comes and goes pretty quickly in this part of the country. While temperatures are going to be hovering around in the 70’s and 60’s for the most part in the coming weeks, there are a few 80+ degree days mixed in there. It is not going to be long before the hottest time of the year is upon us once more. That means that the humidity is not far behind.

Some homeowners may not have too much trouble with humidity in their homes. After all, we run our ACs very regularly in the summer, and doing so has a dehumidifying effect. For others, though, the humidity in their homes can cause a number of problems. Here are a few reasons to consider the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier in Houston, TX.

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ARE UV GERMICIDAL LIGHTS NECESSARY?

We all want to be comfortable in our homes, but we also want to know for sure that our homes are healthful environments. Toward this goal, your air conditioner alone is just not enough. If you have certain issues in your living space, you may benefit greatly from the use of UV germicidal lights in Houston, TX.

UV germicidal lights may not be necessary in every home, and they are not going to solve every indoor air quality issue. If after reading this information, though, you suspect that a UV air purifier is what you need, just give us a call. We’re happy to help you improve your living conditions.

Combating Biological Pollutants

Air filters trap pollutants that are in the air as the air passes over their filtering media. Electronic air purifiers take a more active approach, giving pollutants an electric charge through an ionization process, and trapping those pollutants on an oppositely charged collector plate. Neither of these approaches, though, are ideal for dealing with biological pollutants in one’s home.

Biological pollutants include microbes such as viruses, bacteria, and mold spores. These materials are living entities, and as such, they cannot simply be removed from the air. They must be destroyed, because otherwise they can go about reproducing in the air within your home.

While some air filters may be efficient enough to remove biological pollutants, they are generally too efficient for use with residential heating and cooling systems. Even if they are trapped, they can reproduce from their prison. UV air filters resolve the problem by destroying these pollutants, and rendering them incapable or reproduction. The small amounts of UV radiation emitted by these UV air purifiers, which are completely harmless to people, pets, and children, allow for the effective destruction of biological contaminants. This can eliminate many issues with asthma and allergy symptoms, and can prevent the proliferation of mold in your home.

Expert Air Cooling And Heating can handle your IAQ services.

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CAN I SEAL MY OWN DUCTWORK?

To answer the question posed in the title of this post right off the bat: no way. If you have any reason to suspect that your ductwork is leaking — and we’ll give you a few warning signs to look out for below — you need to skip the toolbox and go right to the phone. Professional duct sealing in Houston, TX is the only way to get your air ducts back in prime working condition.

Why Not Just Do It Myself?

There are a few reasons as to why you really must hire a professional to seal your ductwork. First and foremost is the fact that this is the only way in which you can know for certain that the source of the leak is pinpointed accurately. If you require duct sealing, there is a good chance that you’ll need the service in a few different spots. We’ll make sure that every leak is dealt with effectively.

Secondly, there is the fact that you cannot really access your air ducts on your own. It can be tricky to do so without damaging your property or the ductwork itself, even if you do somehow figure out where the portion requiring sealing is. We’ll get the job done without compromising your home in the process.

Finally, you cannot fix the problem with duct tape! We know how useful this tape can be, but it actually breaks down rather quickly and should never, ever, be applied to the ductwork in your home. We use mastic sealant that will harden up once applied in order to keep your ducts sealed in the long run.

If you notice spikes in your energy costs, if your home has hot or cold spots throughout, or if your indoor air quality is plummeting, give us a call right away. All of these symptoms could be the result of leaky ductwork.

Count on Expert Air Cooling And Heating to seal your air ducts effectively.

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WHICH AIR PURIFIER WILL MOST BENEFIT MY HOME?

We understand that you may think mostly about temperature control when you think of maintaining a comfortable environment in your home. The fact of the matter, though, is that maintaining great indoor air quality therein is every bit as important if you really want to live not only in great comfort, but in a healthful environment as well. That is why you may need to use an air purifier in Houston, TX. Of course, you also want to be sure that you are using the right air purifier for your particular needs. Read on to learn more about 2 common options.

Electronic Air Purifiers

An electronic air purifier is a great option to consider if you want to remove pollutants from the air in your home, including dust, dirt, and other debris that can go airborne. Air filtration systems, many homeowners will find, are sufficient for removing such pollutants. However, if you have aggravated allergies, or if you have individuals in your home with any respiratory issues, a more comprehensive and more active system may be advisable.

An electrostatic precipitator, for instance, does much more than just filter pollutants out of the air as it passes through a filter. It actually charges the pollutants in the air, and then traps then on oppositely charged collector plates. These plates are easily removed and cleaned.

UV Air Purifiers

If you are more concerned with living biological pollutants than you are with dirt and dust, you are going to want to invest in a pollutant destruction based air purification system. These include UV germicidal lights. , These lamps are installed in your ductwork and are able, using UV rays, to destroy germs, mold spores, bacteria, and other biological pollutants, rendering them incapable of reproduction. You don’t want these materials gathered on a filter, only to continue reproducing, after all.

Schedule your air purifier services with Expert Air Cooling And Heating.

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