Advent Humidifiers Allergies Lewisville, Texas

How Humidifiers Can Help Relieve Allergy Symptoms

A humidifier is an important part of most HVAC systems, especially during the winter when air is naturally drier. This attachment adds moisture to the air making the indoor environment more comfortable. More humidity relieves dry skin and eyes and reduces static build up that gives you those little shocks when you touch tings. But did you know that another way humidifiers make your home more comfortable is by reducing allergy symptoms?

Moisture Relieves Irritation and Pain of Allergic Rhinitis 

Think about the symptoms you get from the most common allergies, like hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis. There are itchy dry eyes, nasal congestion, a scratchy throat, and inflammation and irritation throughout the airways.

All of these symptoms can be partially relieved simply by having more moisture in the air. Dry air exacerbates the swelling, dryness and scratchiness that you feel during an allergic reaction. Moisture won’t eliminate your symptoms, but it will lessen their severity.

Humidity Helps You Expel Allergens 

Adequate moisture in the air helps to relieve allergy symptoms by reducing irritation and inflammation in the sinuses, nasal passages, and throat. With soothed airways, your body can do a better job of keeping allergens out. Healthy airways work to expel allergens, particles like dust and pollen, through sneezing and coughing. When your airways are inflamed and irritated, they can’t do this job and your allergic reactions get worse.

Strike a Humidity Balance 

More humidity isn’t always better. Too much moisture in the air provides an environment in which certain allergens, like mold and dust mites, thrive. To find maximum relief and comfort, you need to find the right humidity level. When you look for a humidifier to add to your HVAC system find one with a hygrometer. This is a device that measures the indoor air humidity so you can adjust it as needed. A good balance for indoor humidity is between 40 and 48 percent. This will give you relief from symptoms, while also minimizing the growth of mold and dust mites.

Dry air has a lot of negative consequences, but causing extra allergy irritation is one you may not have previously considered. Think about adding a humidifier to your HVAC to find relieve and let the experts here at Advent Air help you find the right model for your home.

 

Advent History of AC Lewisville, Texas

The History of Air Conditioning: How Your Great Grandparents Kept Cool

We take a lot of modern technology for granted, forgetting how comfortable it makes our lives. On the hottest, most humid summer days, we may even take our air conditioners for granted. What was it like before the invention of these wonderful air-cooling devices? How did our great grandparents and more distant ancestors beat the heat? They had more technology for cooling off than you may have realized. Here are a few fun facts about the history of air conditioning.

  1. The First Water-Cooled Rooms Were in Ancient Egypt

In the hot desert of ancient Egypt, people had to cope with the beating sun and outrageous temperatures. They had a smart solution, though: the first water-cooled air conditioning system. They hung wet reeds from the tops of windows. This cooled the breezes coming in and lowered the temperature of the room.

  1. The Victorians Utilized Air Flow to Keep Cool

They may not have had our modern air conditioners, but the Victorians designed their homes to optimize the flow of air, crucial in staying cool during warm weather. They used high ceilings, large and recessed windows, and covered porches to keep out the heat of the sun and to promote the flow of air through a house

  1. Cave Men Understood Geothermal Cooling

In ancient times, before actual homes were built, our ancestors lived in caves. They provided protection and shelter, but also a cool environment. These cave men and women understood that being underground was cooler, so they used caves, but also dug burrows and tunnels to beat the heat. Today, we are still taking advantage of geothermal cooling in modern designs.

  1. Fans Come from Ancient China

It was thousands of years ago when the Chinese realized that moving air makes you feel cooler. They invented the first fans to beat the heat and even had hand-powered rotary fans. No air conditioning system today can operate without a fan and we have the ancient Chinese to thank for it.

  1. Battling Humidity Led to the First Modern Air Conditioner

The first real air conditioner of modern times was created by Willis carrier. He was really trying to find a way to remove humidity from the air in large commercial buildings. Specifically, humidity was causing a problem in publishing houses where the moisture caused ink to dry slowly and paper to become moist. While solving the humidity problem, he created an air conditioning unit, very much like the ones we use in our homes today.

Air conditioning has come a long way, but don’t think that your ancestors suffered too much. They had plenty of ingenuity and knew how to stay cool, even thousands of years ago.

 

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Advent Mold Lewisville, Texas

Stop Mold Growth in Your Business HVAC System

Mold can be a problem in any interior space, but if you own a business you are responsible for making your work environment safe for employees. This means you need to think about mold in your HVAC system and in the air you and your workers breathe. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to prevent and stop mold growth in your business HVAC before it becomes a serious issue.

Control Moisture to Stop Mold Growth

Mold thrives in warm, moist environments. You can stop mold if you keep moisture at bay. Inspect your building for any leaks or cracks letting water in from the outside. Use sealants, insulation, or caulking in any area that is not sealed against moisture. You can also use your HVAC to control moisture in the building by making sure it has a good dehumidifier taking water out of the air. Of course, it is important to find a balance, as completely dry air is not comfortable.

Get Your HVAC Professionally Installed and Maintained

Moisture can get in, and mold growth can become a problem, if your HVAC system isn’t installed correctly or maintained and checked regularly. Make sure you work only with professionals, like our HVAC experts, to do the job right. By installing it correctly the first time you can avoid future problems. Keeping up maintenance is also important because our professionals can detect any mold growth early, so you can be sure the problem is corrected before it becomes a health problem.

Check the Ducts 

Mold may grow anywhere in your HVAC system, but the ducts are responsible for moving air through your building. If there is any mold growth in the ducts, your indoor air could be full of mold. Make sure you check the ducts regularly or have a professional inspect them for you.

Mold Remediation

If you or your HVAC specialist finds mold in the system, rely on a professional to do the cleaning. Mold remediation requires special training. This is not a job you can do yourself. Once the remediation is complete, make sure you address the issues, such as any leaks or excess moisture that led to the mold growth. Take steps to correct these issues and avoid having mold growth in the future.

Controlling and preventing mold growth can sometimes feel like an upward battle. If you take the right preventative steps, though, you can avoid mold growth in your business HVAC system, and if it’s too late, acting quickly and with professionals can mean that you eliminate the problem and prevent it from coming back again later.

 

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Advent Energy Efficiency Tips Lewisville, Texas

Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Business

Increasing your building’s energy efficiency can lower your monthly utility costs, which keeps more of your hard-earned money in your pocket. Almost half of the energy use in the nation comes from commercial buildings, and these buildings use about 30 percent of their energy inefficiently. By taking measures to reduce your business’s energy usage, you can make a large dent in lowering your outgoing expenses.

Improving Energy Efficiency in Cooling and Ventilation Systems

  • Choose Energy Star for new cooling and ventilation systems and roofing materials.
  • Install ceiling fans for at least a four-degree drop in temperature in the summer months.
  • Insulate your water heaters as well as supply pipes.
  • Install wall and ceiling insulation, which will save on utility costs and make employees more comfortable.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature and to make adjusting the settings easy.
  • Allow workers to wear comfortable clothes in the summer in order to reduce the level of air conditioning.
  • Keep freight and exterior doors closed when not in use.
  • For windows that face south and west, install solar screens, window film or awning.
  • Replace the filter on your cooling and ventilation system regularly, and keep up with scheduled maintenance.

Improving Energy Efficiency for Office Equipment

  • Turn off computers and other office equipment when not in use, particularly overnight and over the weekends. This practice can save about $44 per year for each computer.
  • Buy office equipment with an Energy Star logo.
  • Have computers set to automatically power down or sleep when not in use for a specific amount of time.
  • Unplug phone chargers and laptops when not in use.
  • Use a power strip for equipment that uses energy even when it’s turned off, in order to easily turn off the power strip.
  • Get a “smart strip,” which sense when equipment isn’t in use and shuts it off.

Improving Energy Efficiency for Refrigeration and Food Service Equipment

  • Reduce heat loss by keeping pots covered.
  • Load cooking equipment fully in order to use energy efficiently.
  • Choose the right icemaker for your business to reduce wasted energy.
  • Place insulated night covers over display cases.
  • Install strip curtains and automatic door-closers for walk-in freezers and coolers.
  • Check oven door latches for a secure fit in order to reduce heat loss, and ensure that gaskets are still in good condition.
  • Get insulated cooking equipment to keep heat from escaping into the room.
  • Invest in regular maintenance for your evaporator coils in order to keep them clean, and check levels of refrigerant and oil.

Your HVAC specialist can offer even more suggestions for reducing the energy usage in your building, as well as perform routine maintenance in order to ensure your heating and cooling equipment is working properly. Keeping up with scheduled cleanings and inspections will reduce the cost of your monthly utility bill.

 

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