How Can My Home Benefit From An Air Purifier?

How Can My Home Benefit From An Air Purifier?

December 2, 2020

Now more than ever do we know that the quality of the air we breathe, matters. At JD’s, we want our customers to know the benefits of having an Air Purification System in their home, and how it can change their lives. Below are 12 reasons why you should have an air purification system in your home. 

You’re healthy, and want to stay that way. 

If you are a healthy human, you will likely want to stay that way. Not many homeowners know the risks that come with airborne pollutants and chemicals or the risks that come with them from long-term exposure. And did you know that only a quarter of the 82,000 chemicals in use in the U.S. have ever been tested in regards to the effects they might have on humans? And with COVID-19 making its appearance in 2020, now more than ever the quality of the air we breathe matters. 

You live in an enclosed space 

Let us point out the obvious, you live in a home or enclosed area. With that comes a variety of gases, chemicals, debris, dust, and other pollutants that cycle through the air in our homes. Based on findings from the EPA (The Environmental Protection Agency), it was found that our homes can potentially have more pollutants than even the outdoors. 

If you are pregnant, have a new baby, or children in your home

Our children are the most precious things to us within our home, and of course, we want to keep them happy, safe, and most importantly healthy. To do that we have to know where illness and disease begin. Many researchers, and medical professionals alike believe that disease is an ongoing evolution beginning from the moment we are born, we are exposed to the outside elements as well as the pollutants that inhabit it. 

If you are over the age of 60 or suffer from autoimmunity 

Those who fall into the senior citizen category, as well as those who suffer from autoimmune disorders, are much like children, babies, and pregnant women in the way that clean, healthy air is essential to good health. Much like eating a well-balanced diet, and drinking plenty of water. Having access to clean, pure air within your home is essential for long happy life.  

If you have respiratory issues such as asthma, or allergies

Those who suffer from respiratory issues such as asthma or allergies will naturally benefit from having clean air circulating through the home. Many issues with respiratory illness stem from the quality of the air we breathe. The only proven system is a HEPA filtration system which can remove 99.97% of airborne particles and harmful airborne chemicals. 

Your outside elements are against you 

Do you live near a construction site, near a major road, or an industrial site? If yes, you can benefit from having an air purification system installed in your home. Emissions from traffic or factories release small particles, gases, and chemicals into the air and then into your body, lungs, and tissues. Research states that with short-term exposure to these chemicals individuals are at an increased risk for heart conditions. And with prolonged, long term exposure to these chemicals, your life expectancy is significantly reduced by up to 3 years. 

Either you don’t like cleaning or you do 

If you find that you aren’t the best house-keeper, dust could be your worst enemy. Having cleaner air helps to reduce the amount of dust, debris, and dander that is circulated through your home. If too much dust builds within your home it can trap mold, viruses, bacteria, and cause unsavory odors. And even if you are a pristine house-keeper your indoor air quality can still be compromised. That is because in many of our home cleaning products are chemicals that ‘off-gas’ small amounts of those chemicals. And because these are airborne particles, they cannot just be wiped or dusted away. 

If you suffer from MCS 

MCS stands for multiple chemical sensitivities, and if you suffer from this, you know how important the quality of the air you breathe is. Our air purification system is here to help you live and breathe a happy healthy life. 

You have pets 

We all love our fur babies, but they are known to shed dust and pet dander throughout our homes. However, along with this, our pets are much like our children in the way that they are more susceptible to smells, chemicals, toxins, dust, and other airborne pollutants. Keep your air clean for all your family members!

Using art materials 

Whether you are a professional or a beginner, anyone within your household that uses art materials such as paint and other materials are at an increased risk of inhaling airborne toxins and carcinogens. When your home doesn’t receive an adequate amount of fresh air, these chemicals can become harmful to your overall well-being. 

If you have an attached garage 

If you live in a home with an attached garage space, it’s important that you remember that it’s what’s inside that matters. Meaning, inside your garage, you likely have pollutants from your vehicles, fuel on the ground, other chemicals stored, fertilizers and treatments, pesticides, and many other chemical pollutants. These pollutants put your family at risk for potentially hazardous health conditions if not managed properly. 

If there is a fireplace or wood-burning stove in your home 

While we all love a beautiful fire, pollutants from wood smoke can cause serious indoor air quality issues. Along with issues found inside your home, fireplaces can cause breathing problems as well. 

If you aren’t quite sure if you could benefit from having improved air quality – give us a call at JD’s A/C and let us talk you through featured benefits, costs, and get a certified technician out to assist your home on the pathway for a cleaner, healthier lifestyle.

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How Can I Cut My Heating Costs?

How Can I Cut My Heating Costs?

December 2, 2020

It’s that time of year again! Oversized sweaters, hot coffee, and a BIG energy bill. By the time your bill rolls around, many homeowners are in shock at the amount of money they have spent just to keep their home warm during the winter months. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some energy-saving tips from JD’s A/C to avoid spending all your extra Christmas cash to keep the lights on. 

Turn down the heat 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can reduce your heating bill by 1% just by lowering the thermostat for a period of at least 8 hours. This is ideal when you and your family are gone to work, school, or are sleeping. Grab those warm jammies and a light blanket to keep yourself comfortable if you are home during this time. 

Install a ‘Smart Thermostat’ 

We know, life can get busy. Especially around the holidays, who has time to think about their thermostat as we rush out the door for work, to drop off children, or run errands. A programmable thermostat can help with that. These ‘Smart Thermostats’ have the ability to control the indoor temperature around the clock, hands-free. Installing a Smart Thermostat can save you a lot of time, and money in the long run. 

Reduce drafts in the home 

According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 30% on your bills just by addressing areas known to be drafty in your home. This includes doors, corners, chimneys, pipes, wiring, windows, vents, and anywhere else air could potentially leak inside from the exterior. You can get a successful seal by using caulk and/or weather stripping in needed areas. 

Change your furnace filter 

A dirty furnace filter could be a factor in a high energy bill, and many homeowners don’t even know it. When your furnace system has a dirty filter, airflow becomes restricted, causing your heating system to work harder when it doesn’t really need to be. 

Reverse your ceiling fans 

Reverse my fans? Yes! On the top of your ceiling fan near the lights, you will see a small button for you to push back or forth. More times than not, your ceiling fan is set in Summer mode spinning in a counterclockwise rotation. By changing the direction of airflow to clockwise can save as much as 10% off of your monthly heating bill.

Remember: Counterclockwise is for cool breezes and clockwise is for warm circulation.  

Turn your water heater down 

Standard water heater thermostats are set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it’s recommended that you tone it down to 120 degrees instead. This can take your energy bill down by 6-10%. 

Install a heat pump

Today’s heat pump can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50% compared to electric resistance heating.

Keep up with general maintenance

Maintenance is how we keep anything looking or running as it should, and your home’s heating system is no different. Your furnace will need regular tune-ups, and filter changes to keep it running efficiently and effectively. If you haven’t looked at your heating system since last year, it may be time for an inspection or a tune-up. 

Make sure your ducts are sealed 

An average of 20% of heated air within a home can escape through the ductwork in your house, as stated by The Energy Department. It’s important to have your ducts professionally evaluated to see if there are any other forms of care that could improve efficiency. By doing this, you can save an estimated $100-$120 annually. 

Heat only where you meet 

Purchase a small space heater to warm parts of the home you are in. By keeping the heat in one spot, vs running your furnace to heat rooms nobody is in, you could potentially save money on your electricity bill. 

Close your chimney 

But don’t forget to re-open this for Santa in a few short weeks! By closing the ‘damper’ in the chimney you can prevent outside air from coming in, and heated air from going out. This alone takes care of a major draft point in your home and can reduce the cost of your heating bill. 

If you feel that you could benefit from having your furnace serviced, give JD’s a call. We will send one of our licensed technicians out to inspect your system and answer any questions that you may have.

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