What's the difference between air scrubbers and air purifiers?

What is the difference between an Air Scrubber and Air Purifier?

Did you know we spend over 90% of our time indoors? The bad news is the air we’re breathing indoors may not be as fresh as you may think. According to the EPA, indoor air can be as much as 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. You may be thinking you need a whole house air purifier!

Homes are being constructed “tighter” than ever with better seals, improved insulation, and less porous materials. While this results in a more efficient home, the paths for fresh air to get in are limited – and the same for polluted indoor air to get out. Normal activities like cooking, cleaning, and sweating in your home gym add pollutants to your indoor air. Without any fresh air being introduced to your home, the air in your home is simply recirculating. Traditional air filters only capture larger dust particles – the smaller airborne contaminants will still be in the air you and your family is breathing.

Fortunately, there are technologies available for whole house air purification. At Advent, we offer two different types of technologies to our Dallas/Fort Worth customers for their indoor air quality needs: Air Scrubbers and Air Purifiers.

Let’s talk about dust atoms

Before we dig in to how these technologies work, let’s revisit a bit of chemistry basics. Recall that molecular atoms consist of positive, neutral, and negative elements called protons, neutrons, and electrons. An atom is neutral if it has equal numbers of protons and electrons. An ion is an atom that has missing or extra electrons. When an atom is missing electrons, there are more protons in that atom so it is called a positive ion. When an atom has extra electrons, the atom is a negative ion. An atom will always seek to be neutral. So, when an atom is ionized, it will seek out another ion to bond with to become a stable and happy atom.

This is important, because most pollutants in the air have a positive charge. To truly clean the air at the molecular level, we need to infuse the air with negative ions. Both air scrubbers and air purifiers use negative ionization to wipe out contaminants, but the approach is different for each technology.

What is an Air Purifier?

An air purifier is an air cleaning device that captures and kills contaminants within the purifier itself. The air purifier is installed inside your existing ductwork. As air recirculates through your air handler it passes through the device.

The first component in an air purifier is an ionization array, which creates both positive and negative ions. Then the polluted air – along with the positive and negative ions – then passes through a fiber filter material that has been electrically charged. The electrical charge causes the positive and negative ions to separate – like positive and negative ends of magnet. This process is called polarization. The ions then attach themselves to opposite sides of the filter.

‘The air particles within the pollutant atoms suddenly become attracted to both sides of the filter – seeking to join up with the positive ions or the negative ions. This causes the atom to stretch and ultimately separate – destroying the pathogen. Finally, air travels through a filter with an high MERV rating – capturing any larger particles that were not destroyed by the electrical ionization process.

So, do air purifiers work? In a word, yes. dirty air enters the air purifier, and clean air leaves it. After several recirculations of the air in your home, all of the air will become pure.

Our Comfort Care Advisor Sarah shows a customer an Air Scrubber.

What is an Air Scrubber?

An air scrubber is an air cleaning device that utilizes a search and retrieve method to eliminate contaminants in indoor air. As air flows through your ductwork system, the air scrubber continuously produces negative ions. Those negative ions are sent out on a mission to find and bring back the pollutants floating in your air that are too small to be captured by your normal air filter.

To create the negative ions, an Air Scrubber contains small metal tubes. The tubes are arranged in the shape of a honeycomb which have a special coating. Air travels through the tubes and then passes through a section that contains an ultraviolent (or UV) light. As a result negative ions are created and sent on their way to clean your air.

Once the negative ions are in the air in your home, they seek to match up with positively charged particles, like bacteria, pollen, or other allergens. When the negative ions and positive particles bond, they create larger, heavier particles that can no longer float in the air. Instead, they fall to the ground or on surfaces. When your air handler’s fan is turned on, it will pull the newly-formed, larger dirt particles through your ductwork system, ultimately landing and sticking to your air filter.

During the first week of operation – while the air scrubber is first cleansing your home’s air – you may notice an increase in dust around your home which can be swept, vacuumed, or wiped up. Think of this like a one-time spring cleaning. After the first operation, you shouldn’t notice a much dust at all.

To summarize, the air scrubber creates ions that do the heavy lifting within the spaces of your home, with the dirt and particles coming to their final resting place on your air handler’s filter.

So, which air cleaner is right for me?

Both air purifiers and air scrubbers use the chemistry of ionization to clean the air. This means that both devices will deep-clean your air, eliminating up to 99% of airborne particles. If you are seeking to purify the air in your home, both choices will get you there.

The advantage to an air purifier is that the cleansing process happens within the device itself. Pure air leaves the device, delivering clean, fresh air to your space immediately after installation. On the downside, an air purifier will require regular maintenance to replace the high-efficiency MERV filter. Filters of a higher MERV rating – which are the kind that air purifiers have – will be more expensive than the more common air filters used in an air handler.

By comparison, the air scrubber does not have any components that will require regular replacement – set it and forget it. And while it may seem disconcerting that the cleansing work is happening in your space rather than within the device itself, the air scrubber has a key advantage in the fact that the negative ions will also attach to particles on surfaces in your home like countertops, doorknobs, and light switches. An air purifier can only clean particles that are airborne. So – if you are seeking both clean air and clean surfaces, an air scrubber is the way to go.

Advent Air Conditioning offers both air purifier and air scrubber technology to our Dallas/Fort Worth customers. Contact us today to discuss your home’s indoor air quality with one of our comfort advisors.

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Best HVAC Accessories for Texas Homeowners

Don’t mess with Texas…weather. From our no-nonsense spring, summer, and fall heat to our below freezing winters, Fort Worth locals rely on their HVAC system year-round to provide reliable home comfort. This makes it essential to have a dependable air conditioner and furnace, but it also makes it important for homeowners to consider further products that can assist in overall HVAC system performance and home comfort.

Below, we’ll take you through some of the HVAC products that can help improve comfort levels in your Dallas-Fort Worth home. Then, you’ll have a better idea of which products might be right for your needs.

Wi-Fi Thermostats

HVAC tech is rapidly advancing to help boost system performance and make the lives of homeowners easier. For Lewisville locals, the Wi-Fi thermostat is the perfect example of an HVAC accessory that encourages energy efficiency and complete control of system performance. By connecting your thermostat to your phone through Wi-Fi, you can have complete control of your air conditioner or heater from anywhere with the push of a button.

Carrier also provides intuitive thermostats that can take the effort of making decisions about your HVAC system completely out of your hands. With predictive and sensor technology, smart thermostats have the ability to forecast the weather to adjust system settings and recognize when the home is occupied or vacant to switch between energy efficiency and home comfort settings.

Whether you’re staying late at work, under the Friday night lights, or spending the weekend in Port A., your smart thermostat has your back. Never worry about what setting you left your thermostat at again with new intuitive technology from Carrier.

Humidifiers/Dehumidifiers

The heart of the Southwest, Texas is placed firmly within the warm and dry climate of southern U.S.A., while also being proximal to the gulf coast. The result can lead to drastic atmospheric shifts between high and low humidity levels. Since you don’t know what to expect throughout the year, having both a humidifier and dehumidifier readily accessible will greatly improve your home comfort.

Humidity has the intolerable effect of making warm days warmer and cool days colder. This can place homeowners at a constant state of discomfort, despite the thermostat settings and the efforts of an HVAC system. Trying to dial down the thermostat will only do so much and increase your energy bill in the process. It’s best to rely on a portable or whole-home dehumidifier to create a more balanced and comfortable atmosphere within your home.

High humidity levels can also impact the integrity of your home and damage your property. It can seep into the wood and cause it to rot and make metals rust. Controlling humidity levels does more than just keep you physically comfortable, but financially comfortable as well.

A dry atmosphere can also be uncomfortable for Dallas locals. From chapped lips and cracked skin to soar and dry throats, air devoid of humidity is equally unideal.

Air Purifiers

Due to the confined space and heavy activity of homes, the indoor air quality within a home is often worse than outdoor air quality. This becomes even more accurate when you increase the number of occupants and pets.

Beyond just filtering the air within your home, Carrier air purifiers have the ability to capture and kill harmful airborne pathogens. From viruses and bacteria to mold and allergens, Carrier’s Infinity air purifiers trap up to 95% of airborne particles and utilize an electric charge to eliminate them. Running at a frequency of up to 8 times per hour, mold spores are given no chance to inhabit your home.

Ventilators

Assisting in your air purifiers efforts to help replenish your home with new, fresh air could be a home ventilator. The more stagnant indoor air gets, the more likely dust, debris, germs, and other airborne contaminants are allowed to linger and pollute your indoor air quality. For residents with immune deficiencies or respiratory conditions, poor indoor air quality can wreak havoc on their health and wellbeing.

While Dallas’s air quality is improving, it still ranks among the worst in the nation. That fact along with the consistent heat that North Texans face limits the ability to just open windows and doors to promote sufficient airflow. A ventilator is a perfect solution to stale air for Texans. By filtering the air, ventilators won’t compromise indoor air quality.

UV Lamps

For the complete package of indoor air quality products from Carrier, UV lamps can provide the final line of defense against mold, bacteria, and allergens. While UV lamps killing off these airborne contaminants will improve indoor air quality, the main focus of UV lamps is to protect your HVAC system from collecting mold spores and bacteria. The lamp is located near the indoor coil and drain pan, where mold and bacteria are most likely to collect. By killing off these harmful pathogens before they can even become airborne, UV lamps can greatly improve IAQ for your Fort Worth home.

 

At Advent Air Conditioning, Inc., we have a number of Carrier HVAC accessories that can enable you to take complete control of your home comfort from HVAC efficiency to indoor air quality. Speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable HVAC experts to see which accessories can help improve your home’s HVAC system by calling (469) 240-5456 today!

 

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Air Quality Score & What That Means for You

Have you ever wondered how clean the air you breathe really is? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA has created a system for rating air quality called the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI lets you know how clean and safe the air in your area really is.

Regularly monitoring the air quality in your area can help you better understand your risks for exposure to pollution. Below, we’ve put together a basic summary of the air quality for the Dallas and Fort Worth metro areas.

Dallas-Fort Worth Air Quality Report

Currently, the AQI in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area is 157, which is considered unhealthy. While ozone levels are good, fine particulate matter levels (PM2.5) are elevated. PM2.5 are tiny particles in the air that can make it more difficult for some people to breathe and can also impact visibility. This poor air quality is due to African dust that is spreading inland and raising particle levels across the state.

Remember, this air quality report is as of June 2018, and AQI changes over time. (In fact, it may have changed between the time when this was written and when you’re reading it.) While there may be particles moving across the state at this time, impacting air quality, these particles will eventually pass, making it safer to breathe freely again. Therefore, it’s important for you to routinely check air quality reports to help protect you and your family from exposure to pollutants.

What does this mean for you?

An unhealthy AQI can mean different things for different populations. According to the EPA, sensitive groups, including those who have heart or lung disease, older adults, and children are the most vulnerable. People who are a part of this population should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. It is better for those who are sensitive to spend more time indoors and cancel or postpone lengthy outdoor activities.

Those who are not considered part of a sensitive population can still experience impacts from unhealthy AQI levels. Everyone should reduce any prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. If you do have to perform activities outside, make sure that you take multiple breaks indoors. If possible, try to postpone any outdoor activities for another time.

Improving IAQ for Dallas and Fort Worth Homeowners

If you are living in the Dallas or Fort Worth metro areas, you may be concerned by air quality reports above. While it may be alarming that the air outside can be unhealthy for sensitive populations, there is good news. While you don’t have control over the air outside, you do have control of your indoor air quality.

Advent Air Conditioning Inc. provides a range of quality indoor air quality products such as air purifiers, UV lamps, and ventilators that help keep the air inside your home clean and safe to breathe. Adding these types of IAQ products to your home can help combat some of the effects of poor air quality in your area.

If you’re ready to start breathing healthy, fresh air in your home, give us a call: (469) 240-5456.

3 Common Duct Issues & How to Avoid or Repair Them

When is the last time you thought about your air ducts? Though most homeowners don’t have air ducts on their mind very often, they do play an important role in your home comfort. Air ducts are the pathways that help heated or cooled air make its way through your home. And though you may not think about them, you will most likely start to notice when something goes wrong with your ducts.

Below, we’ll discuss the top 3 common air duct issues and how you can avoid or fix them:

  1. Your air ducts are dirty.

One of the most common air duct issues is that air ducts become dirty. Debris can build up in the middle of the duct or the walls of the air duct become caked in dirt over time.

When your air ducts get dirty, this can impact your HVAC system’s performance. You may start to notice that your heating and cooling system isn’t working as well as it once did. Or you may even notice that your energy bills start increasing because the system is no longer as efficient.

In addition, this build-up of dirt and debris can also impact your air quality. When the dirt starts to circulate through your home, you may find it harder to breathe.

How to Avoid and Fix:

If you notice these problems occurring in your home, it may be time to get your air ducts cleaned. Keeping your air ducts clean throughout the year is the best way to avoid these issues, which can impact both your home comfort and indoor air quality.

  1. Your air ducts aren’t properly sealed.

When your air ducts aren’t properly sealed, this can spell disaster. Leaky air ducts can cause air leaks in your home. When air leaks from the ductwork, this makes your heating and cooling system work harder to keep your home comfortable, making your system less efficient. The less efficiently your system works, the more money you waste on energy costs.

Not only does air duct sealing impact energy efficiency, but it can also affect the lifespan of your unit. Any gaps or cracks in your ductwork leave room for insects, critters, and debris to make its way into your ductwork, causing costly issues later on.

How to Avoid and Fix:

The only way to avoid these issues is to make sure that your ductwork is sealed. If you have already experienced issues with debris building up as a result of leaky ductwork, you’ll want to make sure that you have your ducts cleaned before making sure they’re sealed.

  1. Improper Ductwork Design

When it comes to the design of your HVAC system ductwork, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Every home has different needs when it comes to ductwork. These can vary based on the size of the home, the number of rooms, and how spaces are designed within the home.

If your ductwork was not designed and installed by a professional HVAC contractor, this can cause issues. It may be harder to keep your home comfortable or you may find that the system is running inefficiently and driving up your energy costs.

How to Avoid and Fix:

If you think that your air duct design may be impacting your home comfort, you need to call a professional HVAC company to evaluate your system. Your issues may be due to other problems with your system that don’t relate to the design. An experienced HVAC technician will be able to diagnose the issue and provide effective solutions.

Tired of Air Duct Problems? Go Ductless!

If you’re tired of dealing with pesky air duct problems, it may be time to check out ductless cooling and heating systems. The all-in-one ductless HVAC system provides you with the same home comfort without the need for all that bulky ductwork.

Ductless HVAC systems are ideal for smaller spaces where ductwork can take up valuable square footage, but they also work for larger homes with more space to heat and cool as well. Ductless systems also provide for more easy zoning, allowing occupants to choose their own comfort levels in each room.

To learn more about our ductless systems, call: (469) 240-5456.

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4 Houseplants to Add to Your Home for Better IAQ

Spider Plant

This plant is commonly found in homes and offices because it is as resilient as it is beautiful.

If you tend to neglect all your houseplants, this one is a great choice as it tends to be hard to kill. Spider plants boast a great deal of rich foliage and therefore help combat airborne pollutants such as benzene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde as well as a common solvent called xylene. It also happens to be a pet friendly plant, in case your cat or dog likes to nibble on your indoor greenery. Another great benefit of these plants is that it is easy to make spider plant “clones”. Simply snip off a small baby plant (the mini ones that look like the main plant) and place it into nutrient rich soil and then water as usual. Spider plants prefer slightly cooler home temperatures, bright indirect light, and for the soil to dry in between watering.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an excellent plant to have around the home as it not only helps clean the air by trapping pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde, but the gel inside the succulent leaves can also be used as a topical solution on sunburns, scrapes, and more. Aloe loves direct sunlight and thrives in slightly warmer temperatures.  This plant is also easy to “clone”. The “baby” aloe plants will appear at the base of the main plants and detach easily. Simply replant and water sparingly to encourage growth.

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

This plant is also known as the “snake plant” and is a very popular houseplant due to its beauty and the level of care it requires. This plant is among the very best houseplants for filtering out formaldehyde, a common ingredient found in many household products that often finds its way into your home’s indoor air. Since these plants release an abundance of oxygen during the nighttime, they are especially well-suited for bedrooms. Although this plant works well in all areas of the home, it actually thrives in humid conditions, so a bathroom is a smart spot for these plants as well. These plants may be toxic to pets, however, so place only in areas where pets cannot access.

English Ivy

English ivy is a very common houseplant that is easy to grow and care for. Another great choice for any room in the home, as it is shown as a great filter for a variety of airborne pollutants, such as benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. It is also said to reduce mold spores as well. This plant does well with low light, so if you have a room with little to no windows, English Ivy would be a great addition.

Indoor Air Quality Services in the Lewisville Area

If you’re looking for more indoor air quality solutions for your home, then call the experts at Advent Air Conditioning. We offer exceptional HVAC services in the Lewisville area, and our technicians understand how to keep you comfortable in your North Texas home. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you improve your indoor air quality, contact us today.

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6 Causes of Polluted Indoor Air

Indoor Air Quality, otherwise known as IAQ, is a big deal when it comes to the health of you and your family. On average, Americans spend approximately 80-90% of their time indoors, and a good portion of that time is spent at home. It’s important, then, to make sure that your family is breathing air that is pollution-free.

Most people don’t consider their home’s indoor air to be polluted; but, did you know that the air indoors can actually be several times more polluted than outdoor air? It’s true! Mainly due to stagnant air and the buildup of airborne pollutants, indoor air can become quite a health hazard if left unchecked.

Here we list 6 common causes of polluted air in the home:

  1. Outdoor Air Pollution

While all air can be polluted indoors (even if you live in the beautiful countryside), it is much more likely to have issues if you reside in a major city, or a place that experiences a great deal of outdoor pollution. To prevent outdoor air from affecting your indoor air, be mindful of the condition of the air outdoors by checking local weather channels. On high smog or pollen days, keep the windows and doors closed as much as possible.

  1. Deficiencies in Ventilation System

Improper ventilation can cause big problems for the quality of your home’s indoor air. Most HVAC systems have built in ventilation controls (which is what the “V” stands for), but there are many things you can do as well to improve home ventilation. Use exhaust fans when cooking in your kitchen and while bathing. Change your HVAC air filter regularly, and clean vents and registers around your home as needed. Also, at least 3 times weekly, air out your home by opening all windows to allow fresh outdoor air to replace stale stagnant indoor air.

  1. Overcrowding

Too many people in a space can create indoor air quality problems. This is due to the various products and such that individuals use on a daily basis (such as cologne, nail polish, hairspray, etc.) which can build up quickly in improperly ventilated areas.

  1. High Temperature

Heat can cause problems for indoor air quality as it tends to help release harmful fumes from various areas of your home. This is particularly apparent with wall-to-wall carpeted homes, where high temps can create harmful VOCs in the air.

  1. High Humidity

Humidity in the home, and especially standing moisture, is bad for IAQ. Excess moisture in the air (anything over 50%) can breed problematic airborne pollutants, like mold and mildew. Left unchecked, mold and mildew can create health problems for you and your loved ones, not to mention, cause bad smells and damage your property.

  1. Improper HVAC Maintenance

Ignoring your HVAC system is a surefire way to end up with bad indoor air quality. Your heating a cooling system needs checked on at least annually, to make sure that there are no existing problems with the units, and to catch any small problems before they become costly fixes. If you live in the Plano area and are in need of a maintenance check, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Trust Advent to Help Improve Your IAQ

We offer a plethora of indoor air quality products that will help you achieve better IAQ in your home, including Air Purifiers, UV Lamps, and Ventilators. Give us a call today to learn more or schedule a consultation 469-240-5456.

IAQ Roundup

Indoor Air Quality 101: Advent’s Top Articles on IAQ [Round-Up]

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the analysis of the quality of the air inside of buildings and homes with regard to the occupant’s health and comfort. With how much time is spent in such a confined space, dust, bacteria and other pollutants can quickly build up inside of homes and other buildings, making the air inside of these buildings much more polluted than even outside air.

This is especially concerning for those who are prone to react to airborne contaminants such as those with asthma. In order to promote a happier and healthier Lewisville, Advent Air has compiled our top blogs covering everything you need to know about IAQ. Read through these blogs to make sure that you are doing everything you can to give yourself and your family the cleanest and most comfortable air possible.

IAQ: Facts You Need to Know

This blog is a great introduction into IAQ. It covers some of the basics of indoor air quality, who is at risk and what common household items, or habits can cause poor indoor air quality. It can be hard to believe how easy it is for pollutants and contaminants to be released into the air, however, as we spend so much time indoors, it’s only a matter of time before these pollutants are released and then inhaled.

How do Air Purifiers Work?

The HVAC industry’s solution to poor indoor air quality is the use of an air purifying filter within your HVAC system. This blog covers the solutions that air purifiers provide as well helpful tips to get the most out of your air purifier. From the function of air purifiers to cleaning tips to maximize your home’s air quality, read on to discover what an air purifier can do for your home’s air quality.

Best Air Purifier for Allergies: An Introduction to Carrier Indoor Air Quality Products

If you or a loved one has allergies, this is a must read! The need for clean, pure air in a household with one or more allergy sufferers is obvious. However, choosing your first air purifier can be extremely overwhelming and difficult. Where do you begin? What brands can you trust? Are there products that are more suitable to my family’s habits or my geographical location? Carrier has been a leader in HVAC industry for decades and offers three great air purifier products for all needs and income levels.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors vs. Carbon Monoxide Monitors

Every homeowner should be aware of the serious threat that is carbon monoxide. This silent killer is one of the greatest threats to your indoor air quality and the safety of your home. This blog covers the advantages that carbon monoxide monitors have over detectors for keeping your home as safe as possible.

How to Control Dry Air in Your Home

Aside from keeping your home more comfortable, this blog discusses the health benefits of maintaining a stable humidity level in your home.

For more homeowner tips and HVAC expertise, regularly follow the Advent blog. To help improve your family’s comfort and health, contact Advent Air Conditioning to schedule an indoor air quality consultation or HVAC system maintenance today. 

 

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Best Air Purifier for Allergies: An Introduction to Carrier Indoor Air Quality Products

Did you know that indoor air, due to airborne particles and poor ventilation, can be up to ten times more polluted than outdoor air? If your household is like many in the United States, you may have one or more allergy sufferers living in your home. Whether you or your loved ones face seasonal or pet allergies, maintaining good indoor air quality is incredibly important.

The good news is that we can help! Advent Air Conditioning offers a great selection of indoor air solutions, including three different series of Carrier brand air purifiers, which can improve the quality of your indoor air above and beyond keeping your home and HVAC air filter clean.

By using an air purifier in your home, you can eliminate common contaminates, such as germs, mold, airborne vapors and chemicals, harmful compounds, and even airborne viruses. There is a suitable air purifier for every home, and we can help you determine the best one for you and your family’s needs.

Infinity Series Air Purifier

This is the very best unit you can get if you’re looking to prevent allergy attacks and get your indoor air as clean as possible. It offers standard filtration as well as germicidal air purification.

The award-winning Infinity Series Air Purifiers is an incredibly powerful, yet virtually silent, option that harmonizes with your current HVAC system, enabling your indoor air to be cleaner and healthier.

With a patented “Capture and Kills” technology, the system can trap and destroy up to 95% of pathogens. It works great for allergies because it is effective against pollen and animal dander, as well as smoke. Also, independent testing has verified that the Infinity series is effective at destroying 13 common pathogens as well as indoor fungus.  

Performance Series Air Purifier

The Performance air purifier is also a great way to improve indoor air quality for allergy sufferers as it is proven effective against viruses and other pathogens. It also works in conjunction with your home’s current HVAC system. While the Infinity series can eliminate up to 95% of pathogens, the Performance series air purifiers can destroy up to 75% of organisms, which is still a great improvement for your indoor air quality.

The Performance Series Air Purifier is also a smaller-sized air purifier (under 8 inches wide), so it works perfectly for smaller homes or in tight spaces. This air purifier is a great choice for those who need better flexibility for homeowners as far as installation of the unit.

Comfort Series Air Purifier

Carrier also offers a lower cost option that is suitable as a whole home air filtration system. It utilizes a high efficiency air filter to remove up to 65% of airborne pollutants, and its unique filter design encourages air to continuously flow throughout your home while purifying your air.

The Comfort Series Air Purifier is effective at reducing the number of allergens within your home’s air, whether you have pet dander or seasonal pollen that you’re trying to combat. This may be the best option for homeowners that are looking for an affordable air purifier that will help improve indoor air quality in their homes.

Advent Air Conditioning specializes in home comfort. Whether we’re helping you and your family maintain the ideal temperature or finding ways to improve your indoor air quality. If you have any questions about our indoor air quality products and how they can help improve the quality of your air, give us a call today: 469-240-5456.

How to Save Money and Keep Your Home Comfortable This Winter

Your home should be one of the most cozy and safe environments in your life. Whether you want to come home to relax, spend time with family, or get more work done, creating a comfortable home environment is important to health and happiness.

We know that finding ways to stay comfortable can be difficult, especially in the winter-time. What’s more is that home comfort can also get expensive if you’re not working to stay efficient. That’s why we have rounded up some of our top articles on home comfort to help you cut costs while keeping your home safe and comfy in the wintertime.

Money-Saving HVAC Tips

Your HVAC system uses up a lot of energy, especially when you’re running your heater in the winter. This energy usage can have a significant impact on your monthly energy expenses. If you want to keep your home comfortable this winter without breaking the bank, check out these blog posts on energy-efficiency:

  • Carrier Cor Thermostats: A Guide for Homeowners tells you all that you need to know about Carrier’s smart thermostats. These devices are great for gaining better control over your home comfort, but they can also help you save energy and cut electricity costs by allowing you to remotely monitor and control your home temperature, no matter where you might be.
  • In 5 Common Home Heating Myths, we take on some of the biggest mistakes that Lewisville homeowners make when it comes to heating their home. By avoiding these mistakes, you can work on cutting down your energy costs while safely and effectively keeping your family cozy this winter.

Controlling Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality plays a big role in your home comfort levels. You want to make sure that you and your family are breathing safe and healthy air while also enjoying a comfortable home climate. Here are just a few articles that offer helpful advice for maintaining indoor air quality in winter:

  • Winter means colder weather, which also means drier air. Our article, How to Control Dry Air in Your Home discusses the impacts of dry air in the home environment. This post also offers affordable solutions for controlling the dry air to create a more comfortable home environment for you and your family this winter.
  • Our post, How Humidifiers Can Help Relieve Allergy Symptoms describes the power of this popular indoor air quality device. If you or anyone in your family suffers from allergies, you may want to take a look at this informative article to find out if a humidifier might be right for your home.

Carbon Monoxide in Lewisville, TX

An important part of keeping your home environment comfortable is making sure that the air inside your home is safe to breathe. Carbon monoxide can significantly impact your health, making it the most costly of indoor air quality issues. Here are a couple of articles that help you better understand what Carbon Monoxide is and how it can impact your home environment:

  • Our article, HVAC Safety Tips: Residential Carbon Monoxide Leaks discusses some common signs that you may be dealing with a carbon monoxide leak in your home. The article also offers other important information such as what to do if your carbon monoxide detector goes off, who you should contact, and what your HVAC contractor can do for you.
  • In Carbon Monoxide Detectors vs. Carbon Monoxide Monitors, we delve a little deeper into the differences between detectors and monitors. You can also listen to an informative interview with owner Mike Douglas who appeared on the Chris Krok show to talk more about carbon monoxide and how it impacts Dallas families.

Want to learn more about home comfort, energy efficiency and HVAC? Read more helpful articles on our blog, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors vs. Carbon Monoxide Monitors

Did you know that many people who are exposed to carbon monoxide don’t even know it? In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 people die each year in the U.S. from accidental, non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. More than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to this invisible, but deadly gas, which often results from home appliances like furnaces, stoves, fire places, and generators.

Though there are many ways to prevent carbon monoxide leaks, the key to protecting your family from CO poisoning is effectively recognizing when the gas is present in your home. Carbon monoxide detectors and monitors help you do just that, but there is an important difference between these two devices.

The Difference Between Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Monitors

This week, our very own Mike Douglas was on the Chris Krok Show to talk more about how carbon monoxide impacts people and families in the Dallas community. During his segment, he explained the difference between carbon monoxide detectors and monitors and how each helps alert homeowners to the presence of CO in the home.

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As Mike discusses, the main difference between the two is that carbon monoxide detectors alert you to dangerous levels of CO in the home, while carbon monoxide monitors allow you to monitor any level of carbon monoxide. Much like a fire alarm, the detector only alerts you when CO has reached a dangerous level. However, not every member of your family may have the same tolerance, and many detectors will only measure CO levels every couple of hours. Long-term exposure to lower levels of carbon monoxide can also present health issues, making a carbon monoxide monitor a better choice, especially for families with children, pregnant mothers, and elderly folks.

Learn More About Carbon Monoxide

To learn more about carbon monoxide leaks and how to protect you and your family from this silent killer, check out some of our other helpful posts on the subject:

HVAC Safety Tips: Residential Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Should I Be Concerned About Carbon Monoxide in My Home?

Popular Myths and Facts About Carbon Monoxide

Enlighten Yourself About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If you are ready to install a CO2 monitor in your home or you have any questions about carbon monoxide safety, call us today for more information: (469) 240-5456.