Indoor Air Quality Services in Hemet, Yucaipa, Menifee & Beaumont, CA
Indoor Air Quality Improvements From Inland Empire Area’s Expert HVAC Contractor
Make Sure Your Home Is Safe & Healthy With Smart Indoor Air Improvements!
Is your house harming your health? Because the average American spends about 90% of his or her time indoors, indoor air quality (IAQ) is a very important issue. In fact, there’s even a name for the various illnesses associated with indoor air pollution: Sick Building Syndrome. Respiratory ailments, allergy symptoms, eye irritation and frequent colds are some of the most common illnesses caused by indoor air pollution.
Because there are many sources of indoor air pollution (see “Common sources”), your healthy home strategy needs to involve awareness and improvements in different areas.
As an experienced HVAC contractor, AQS Heating & Air Conditioning has the tools to accurately assess your home, recommend the proper repairs and/or upgrades, and provide a no-obligation quote for all work.
We provide indoor air improvements in Riverside, Hemet, San Bernardino and surrounding areas. We repair, replace and install furnaces, boilers, and air conditioning; and we also offer air duct repair, maintenance and sealing.
To setup an appointment with one of our indoor air quality specialists, call us or contact us online today!
We Repair, Replace and Install HVAC Equipment for IAQ Improvements
- Air Conditioners
- Air Ducts
- Air Purification Systems
- Ventilation Systems (Heat Recovery and Energy Recovery)
Start With the Simple Stuff
Make sure to enforce a no-smoking policy throughout the house. Also encourage family members and guests to use bathroom fans and the vent hood above the kitchen stove – basic ventilation equipment that rids your home of odors, excess humidity and (if you have a gas stove) combustion byproducts.
Another basic method for improving IAQ is to change the air filter on the main plenum of a forced-air HVAC system.
Be a Smart Shopper
Avoid cleaning products that contain strong bleach and harmful solvents. Today you can find a good variety of “green” cleaning products at most supermarkets. Make sure to buy furniture and home furnishings that don’t contain formaldehyde and other harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These pollutants cause problems as they outgas from fabrics and furniture.
Common Sources of Indoor Air Pollution in Hemet, CA
- Tobacco Smoke
- Cleaning Supplies That Contain Harmful Solvents (Benzene, Toluene, Etc)
- Cooking & Bathroom Odors
- Harmful Emissions From Combustion Appliances (Furnace, Gas Stove, Fireplace, Etc)
- Radon Gas
- Mold Spores
- Dust & Pet Dander
- Dust Mite Debris
- Asbestos From Old Insulation And Other Old Building Materials
- Harmful Compounds In Paint & Insecticides Stored Indoors
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Like Formaldehyde Emitted By Furniture & Furnishings
- Lead Dust From Old Lead Paint
“The technician was very polite and professional. He showed us what the issue was and got it fixed rather quickly.” - Malou C.
“Tyler was very professional! The scheduling with the company was also great” - Ofelia C.
“AQS is always reliable and efficient. Mr. Armando did a great job in making sure that the AC Unit and Heater were clean and running well.” - Abet D.
What does the Warranty Cover?The warranty covers parts only. For complete details, refer to the warranty sheet provided with your unit. Your Dealer may also provide a labor warranty or, possibly, an extended warranty for your new equipment.
Why is it important to have regular maintenance on my home comfort system?You wouldn’t buy a brand-new car and expect to never have to put air in the tires, change the oil and check out any unusual noises, would you? In the same way that an automobile requires periodic maintenance for optimal performance, a home comfort system should be regularly inspected by a qualified technician.
How often should I clean the filter?There is no one-size-fits-all answer. The frequency one should clean or change their AC system’s filter is highly dependent on many factors- 1) the type of filter being used, 2) how much traffic the home/office experiences, 3) presence of pets, 4) how much your heating and air conditioning system operates. Always start by checking your system’s filter (s) once a month. If your home/office has remote filters in the wall/ceiling, do not forget to check and replace as indicated. For best practice, always follow the filter manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning or replacement. If you are unsure, please ask our trained service technicians. We can help taking care of your new heating and cooling system. Enroll in our Service and Maintenance Program, and our Customer Care Specialists will send a technician to your home when it is time to check the whole system per manufacturer’s guidelines to make sure it is safe to use and performs at peak efficiency and while they are there, they can check, clean and/or replace your filter, if available.
Why do I need to change my filter?
- Essentially your air conditioner filter is a collector of dust, dirt, grime and other nasty microscopic things that float around your home. When your heating or cooling system is turned on, it collects these particles to protect your system and clean your home’s air, which protects YOUR lungs. Like the lint trap in your dryer, it accumulates a thick layer of these air borne particles as it circulates air throughout your home.
- Once it has trapped a certain amount, it becomes full and ineffective and gradually restricts the air flow moving through your system. This requires your system to work harder to keep you cool or warm, wasting energy and increasing your monthly bill. As air filters get dirtier, they also become less effective at capturing the airborne germs and pollutants that can irritate your family’s breathing. Stuffy noses, sneezing, allergies and even asthma are triggered. Your family inhales what your filter can’t handle any longer.
- An old and forgotten filter can eventually accumulate so much dirt and grime that it can totally choke off the air flow to the system causing a myriad of problems. In the worst case, the filter will be sucked into the blower motor and cause thousands of dollars in damage to your system.
How do you change a filter?Modern central heating and air conditioning systems generally have the filter located as close to the blower unit as possible. The filter(s) can be located at the base of the air handler/furnace unit, in the cold air return duct located in your ceiling or on your wall. Remove the grill or box cover holding your filter in place. Remove the dirty filter: Dispose of the dirty filter in a bag to contain the dirt. Install: Install the new or cleaned and dried air filter with the air flow arrow pointing toward the blower. Record the date and wash or change the filter within the recommended period. If you experience higher dust levels in your home due to changes in outside air, construction or dry weather, you may need to change or wash your filter more frequently than the recommended period. For questions or concerns about the location or installation of the filter contact the HVAC manufacturer or give us a call. As a reputable HVAC contractor we can make recommendations that are right for both you and your system.
How often should I change my filter?
The life of your filter depends on your environment and the type of filter you have installed. To put it simply, there really is no concrete answer to this question. Certain things such as:
- the number of people who live in your home
- if there are pets in the house
- if there is a smoker in the house
- if you leave the windows open
- if you have pollen bearing trees or plants in the neighborhood
- if you live in an area with a lot of dampness
- if you live in an area that is dry or arid
- plus many others
If several of these factors sound familiar, you’ll likely experience a quicker loading of particles on your filters and will consequently have to change it more often. A good rule of thumb is to check your filter every month. If you can hold the filter up to a light and not see through it, it is time to change your filter. At an absolute minimum, you should change your filter every three months. A clean air filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system, which could lead to expensive maintenance and utility bills.
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