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  • Are You Neglecting This Important Aspect Of Air Conditioning?

    Palm Air Staff|31 March 2017

    At Palm Air, our mission is embodied by our slogan, "Cleaner, Colder, More Comfortable Air". Unfortunately, while most people are on board with the "colder" and "more comfortable" aspects, they don't fully appreciate the powerful effect of a clean (or dirty) HVAC system on the quality of conditioned air.

    Today we'd like to kickstart that appreciation in you by first pointing out that the average American home produces up to 40 pounds of dust each year. Think about it; a pile of dust bunnies weighs almost nothing. Consider how many dust bunnies it would take to create a pile that weighs about as much as an average 4-year-old.

    The air in your house cycles through your HVAC system roughly 5 to 7 times per day. This air carries dust, humidity, and microbes from all corners of your home, some of which build up on the inside of the HVAC system. Over time; return ducts, filters, blowers, heat exchangers, cooling ducts and supply ductwork can all become coated in a layer of dust. This dust, along with humidity from kitchens, hot showers and even the condensation created by the AC itself can create a perfect environment for mold and bacteria to take hold.

    When recirculated these contaminants can cause wheezing, coughing and upper respiratory tract symptoms in otherwise healthy individuals. In fact, an acute illness known as Sick Building Syndrome refers to phenomenon affecting building occupants who claim to experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building. These "Sick Buildings" are usually chalked up to faults in the building's HVAC system.

    When you consider the many ways in which contaminated air can make you uncomfortable, you start to realize just how important it is to make cleaning a major part of conditioning your air. You also understand why cleaner air is one of the three pillars of our air conditioning approach at Palm Air. Naturally, we provide free estimates for our air duct cleaning service to help both you and your AC to breathe more easily.

    Air filters are the first line of defense against a dirty HVAC system in the first place. By trapping dust and allergens they reduce the amount of contamination passing through your AC. While they are an essential component, they are only effective up to a certain point. Filters need to be changed regularly so that they don't become a part of the problem. Dirty filters can start releasing dust, allergens, and microbes back into the air.

    In addition to recontamination, dirty HVAC components like filters, blower fans, and ductwork can cause restricted and inefficient air flow that stifles the lungs of your AC and increases your energy use. This added stress on the system can shorten its service life and cause expensive repairs and premature replacement in the long run. We know the importance of clean air filters and we recognize that it can be easy to forget to change them. That's why the Palm Air filter club was created. Joining the club automates your filter replacements so your HVAC never has to suffer from restrictive air flow again.

    If filters are the vanguard in cleaning your conditioned air, ultraviolet light technologies are the cavalry. Many of the unwanted constituents of indoors air are too small to be caught by normal filters and may contribute to bacteria and mold inside your HVAC system. UV lamps from Carrier are designed to kill the mold and bacteria that can grow in the moist environment of your indoor coils to help keep your system efficient and clean air flowing. These are highly effective at their intended job but are also limited to just space where the light can reach.

    Cutting edge UV technologies like the REME HALO® indoor air purifier can turn the air itself into a completely safe but very aggressive purifier.

    The REME HALO® accomplishes this by producing Hydro-Peroxide plasma which circulates through the air handler before being projected into your air conditioned space. This plasma not only kills pathogens in the air, and on the surfaces of the air ducts, it also cleans the air circulating in your space to deactivate odors and kill bacteria, molds, and viruses on surfaces. Basically any space the conditioned air reaches will be subject to the purifying effect of a UV light that is totally silent and hidden on the inside of your HVAC system.

    At Palm Air, our holistic approach to air conditioning considers even the spaces that you don't see. We love helping our clients in ways that they don't expect, which is why we offer air conditioning coupons and specials year round. For current offers and major savings, check out our promotions page!

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