FB Integrated Solutions Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Do I Need a UV Air Purifier if I Have an Electronic Air Cleaner?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Were you aware that the air quality inside your home can be worse than that of the outdoors? While this is especially prevalent in spring, fall isn’t exactly a walk in the park. The change of seasons kicks up many allergens and debris that can make even the healthiest person ill.

Before you think, “Well I change the air filter in my HVAC system on a regular basis, so isn’t that enough?” consider this: Your HVAC system’s air filter is there to protect the inside components of the system, not your indoor air.

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What Is an ERV, and Why Use One?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Homeowners today are always on the lookout for ways in which to not only live more comfortably, but to do so in as efficient a manner as possible. If these are goals that you share with so many other homeowners, then you are in luck; it just so happens that we have a great product to recommend which can help you to achieve them. With an energy recovery ventilator in Newton, MA, can improve upon your comfort and enjoy great indoor air quality, all without sacrificing energy efficiency in the process. To learn more about energy recovery ventilators, or to schedule any indoor air quality services throughout the area, just remember that FB Electrical Services Inc. is the company to call.

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3 Reasons to Use an Air Purifier in Your Home

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

All homeowners want to live comfortably in their residences throughout the year. This means having the ability to cool one’s home during the summer months, and to effectively heat it during the winter season. However, there is more to comfort than just temperature regulation. If the air in your home is not of the high quality that you deserve, you are not going to be able to live as comfortably as you ought to. That’s where our indoor air quality specialists come in. We install and service a number of great indoor air quality products, including air purifiers, in Boston, MA. Contact a member of our staff today to learn more. When you hire FB Electrical Services Inc. to handle your air purifier services, you can count on a job well done.

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Must I Schedule Air Duct Cleaning Services?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The answer to the question above is a bit tricky. First things first, not every homeowner is necessarily going to require air duct cleaning services. However, should your air ducts require cleaning, it is always necessary to schedule that service with a trained and properly equipped technician. After all, there is really no way in which on can hope to access and thoroughly clean their air ducts on their own. The hidden nature of ductwork can make assessing its interior condition rather difficult, though. That is why we have compiled a few tips for helping you to identify the need for air duct cleaning services in Boston, MA. Contact FB Electrical Services to schedule exceptional duct cleaning service today.

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How a UV Air Purifier Helps with Indoor Air Quality

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Your HVAC system contains filters that keep a lot of particles out of the air in your home, provided you clean or replace the filter regularly. Unfortunately, your HVAC system may also be responsible for carrying a few contaminants into the air as well. And these contaminants can be quite harmful—biological contaminants living on the indoor air handler components have been known to cause illness or aggravate respiratory problems. In this quick guide, we’ll go over how calling for indoor air quality services and choosing a UV air purifier can eliminate biological contaminants and keep the air in your home in Boston cleaner and healthier.

One of the parts of your HVAC system that is most responsible for bringing contaminants into the home is the indoor cooling coil on the air handler. As air from your HVAC system blows over this coil, moisture collects, which could help control the humidity in the room. Unfortunately, this moisture can be slow to drain, and mold, bacteria, or viruses may thrive around this area. The fan continues to blow past the coil and these contaminants are then blown through your ducts.

Ultraviolet light is a good defense against microorganisms because it can actually kill organic matter and sterilize it so that it is safe to breathe. When we step out into the light of the sun for a short time, we’re usually okay. But even a small amount of UV can destroy a microorganism like bacteria. Don’t worry; the UV light will never make its way into your home to cause any damage or harm.

This technology has been used for purification since about 1910, and is a trusted form of sterilization in hospitals, labs, and other areas where high air quality is a must. In fact, UV air purifiers can also eliminate some odors, like those from pets and cooking, which is why they are also sometimes used to create sanitary conditions for workers in sewage treatment plants.

IF a UV air purifier is not right for you, allow an indoor air quality expert to help you select an alternative type of air cleaner.

At FB Electrical Services, we offer top-of-the-line indoor air quality services in Boston and the surrounding area. Contact us today!

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Signs that You Need a Humidifier

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Do you find that your home’s indoor air is extremely dry? Are you frustrated by dry skin and sore throats during the winter time? Do you need something a bit more comprehensive than the small humidifiers that you can buy at the local hardware store? If you own a central air unit/furnace combo or a heat pump, then you also have a network of ducts installed in your home. A whole house humidifier may be just what you need to ensure that your air is optimized when it comes to the humidity level. Dry air can disrupt your comfort and aggravate health issues.

While it can be difficult to determine with certainty whether you would benefit from a humidifier without first having assessed your indoor air quality, there are some common signs to look out for. These may give you a sense of urgency when it comes to improving your indoor air quality with a whole house humidifier.

  • Dry skin. Low humidity levels can really dry out your skin, especially during the winter. If you own a furnace, then you know how dry your indoor air can get considering the manner in which it is heated. A whole house humidifier allows you to humidify your entire indoor space instead of just a single room. That means reducing the unpleasantness of dry skin throughout your entire home.
  • Sore throats and nosebleeds. Dry skin affects the mucus membranes and it can also lead to the prolongation of sore throats. If you find that your indoor air is stuffy and it’s slightly difficult to take a deep breath, then you could probably benefit from a whole house humidifier. Frequent nosebleeds are another symptom of low humidity.
  • Inadequate or inefficient heating. The more moisture that your wintertime indoor air has, the easier it is to keep warm. Air with low humidity can be difficult to heat because of the lack of moisture. A whole house humidifier can actually improve your comfort and efficiency by optimizing your humidity levels.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our HVAC professionals today to learn more about the benefits of a whole house humidifier. 

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Benefits of a Whole House Dehumidifier

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Does your home suffer from stuffy, stale air? Does it feel like you’re walking through a swamp despite the cool air coming out of your AC? Are you looking for an alternative to portable dehumidifiers? There are numerous benefits to considering a whole house dehumidifier for your Boston, MA home. These systems integrate directly within your ductwork so only those who use a furnace, heat pump or central air unit are eligible. These devices work especially well during the summer, and we advise our customers to consider them whenever applicable. While portable units have their place, they can’t compare.

A whole house dehumidifier allows you to control the humidity levels in your home. Why is this important? Let’s have a look at some of the benefits.

  • Whole house coverage. One of the issues related to humidity is that it is by no means an isolated issue. You can’t expect to dehumidify a small area of your home and see results throughout your home. Whole house dehumidifiers are integrated directly within your HVAC system so that every cubic inch of air that is cooled is also thereby dehumidified according to your specific preferences. It gives you full control.
  • The end of stale air. One of the most common reasons for stale air in the home is the presence of moist air that continues to circulate airborne contaminants. While you cannot expect your dehumidifier to filter such particles out (that is the work of an air purifier), you can count on the resulting dehumidification to reduce the moisture and promote excellent indoor air quality.
  • Energy efficiency. Yes, your AC dehumidifies the air as it cools. The thermodynamic exchange between your warm indoor air and the cold liquid refrigerant in the evaporator coil causes some of that moisture in the air to condense on the outside of the coils. But it’s often the case that high humidity can overwhelm your air conditioner. In that sense, a whole house dehumidifier reduces the load that your AC has to contend with on those particularly steamy summer days.

Still not convinced? Give FB Electrical Services Inc. a call to learn more about the benefits of whole house dehumidifiers. 

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Why You Need Professional Air Duct Cleaning

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Whenever you have time to thoroughly clean your home, you usually try to get the portions that are hidden from view. You check under the bed, vacuum beneath the cushions, or dust the tops of shelves—anything you can do to keep every part of your home sparkling, even if there’s no one around to see it. So why would you neglect to clean the ductwork?

Your ductwork may be home to the same dust and particles that settle on top of your bookshelf. And the fans in your system can blow these pollutants into your home, which is why it’s important to schedule professional duct cleaning services regularly (and in most homes, this means every other year). Here are some of the ways that scheduling regular air duct cleaning in Newton may help you.

  • Reduce Allergens: Your ducts may be home to a lot of dust, which could build up in your home and become a nuisance. More importantly, it could house mold, bacteria, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens which may get into the inside air and activate respiratory problems in some of the members of your household.
  • Restore Efficiency to Your HVAC System: The state of your ductwork is a large factor in determining the efficiency of your air conditioning system. If there is too much dust or debris lining the ducts, it may create fiction, inhibiting the necessary airflow. This could cause your AC to work harder than it should, resulting in a little more spending every month.
  • Prevent Repairs: Duct cleaning can also prevent AC and heating repairs. Dust and debris can make its way into the indoor evaporator unit of your air conditioner, causing problems with the effectiveness of the coil or the blower fan. And a visual inspection of the ducts can alert you to any leaks that need repairs right away.

It’s important to hire a professional for this job, who has the tools to reach past the vents and into the ductwork, gently scrubbing the insides of ducts without causing any damage.

For technicians experienced in handling air duct cleaning in Newton, call FB Electrical Services today.

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