Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Does Your Commercial Property Have Problems with Excessive Dryness?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

When most people think about humidity problems, it’s usually in regard to excessive humidity. But in our part of the world, we tend to the see the opposite, with too little humidity. Just as excessive humidity can cause problems, so, too, can inadequate humidity, and if the lack of moisture in your commercial space affects your business, you could have serious problems to deal with. There is a solution for low humidity, however: a commercial humidifier. The commercial indoor air quality experts at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air can help you install, repair, maintain or replace your commercial humidifier – just give us a call and our staff will schedule you an appointment right away. (more…)

Allergy Season = Air Filter Season

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Spring is always a welcome time, but for allergy sufferers, spring is the bearer of all things sneezeable. If you have serious allergy sufferers in your Sacramento, CA, home, and don’t use an air filtration system, now is the perfect time to consider one. You may be asking, doesn’t my system already come with an air filter? It does, but the job of this air filter is to reduce the amount of dirt and dust entering your system, not to capture allergens. A mechanical air filter that is part of an air filtration system does the job of capturing allergens and other contaminants in your home. And when you work with one of our indoor air quality experts, you’ll understand the differences between your standard filter and an air filtration system. (more…)

How Does a Whole-Home Humidifier Work?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Nobody likes high humidity, especially in their own homes. If humidity is high enough, you start to feel clammy and sweaty. It’s harder for you to stay cool, and it can even make it hard for you to breathe. Dehumidifiers solve this problem by removing moisture from the air to make the home more comfortable. What about a lack of humidity, though?

Air that’s too dry is almost as bad as air that’s too moist. If there isn’t enough humidity in the air, it can cause damage to materials like wood and paper. Wood warps and cracks, while paper becomes brittle and fragile. In addition to damaging inanimate materials, dry air can have a deleterious effect on humans as well. Inside your nose is mucus that is almost entirely composed of water. When the air around you is too dry, that mucus dries up. This makes it easier for viruses and bacteria to enter your system and cause illness. That’s where a whole-home humidifier comes in.

What is a Whole-Home Humidifier?

A whole-home humidifier is a device designed to maintain a comfortable and healthy humidity level in a home. The most common type of humidifier uses steam to accomplish this. The humidifier is hooked up to the central air handler, as well as the home’s water line. As the air handler operates, circulating air throughout the house, the humidifier runs water through an evaporator coil to convert it to steam. The steam rises into the air stream, both warming it and increasing its humidity. This is the easiest way to increase the humidity in a home’s air supply. There are a few considerations to be made before installing a humidifier, though.

As the humidifier is perpetually exposed to water vapor, it can start to grow mold if it isn’t properly cleaned and maintained. Always follow the instructions of the professional that installs the system for you. He or she will know how to best maintain and use the humidifier.

If you are interested in installing a whole-home humidifier, call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air to schedule an appointment. We install quality humidifiers in the Elk Grove area.

3 Signs that You Need an Air Purifier

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Indoor air quality is a paramount consideration for every home, no matter what its layout, size or location. It’s not without good reason that the Environmental Protection Agency lists poor indoor air quality as one of the major problems affecting our homes in this country. But opening up the windows and doors is hardly a satisfactory option for most homeowners, as it drastically raises the cost of heating and cooling the home to make our domestic lives comfortable and convenient. Fortunately, a whole house air purifier may be just what you need if your home suffers from an influx of airborne contaminants and pollutants that continue to circulate (and recirculate) throughout your ductwork and living space.

But how do you know that you would benefit from an air purifier? It can be difficult to assess without the technical expertise and experience of a professional. Fortunately, there are some signs to look out for.

  • Musty or foul odors. As well all know, foul odors can come from a variety of locations within the home, but if you notice that your indoor air is particularly musty, particularly when your heating and cooling system clicks on, then you may have an issue with your indoor air quality. You could have mold and mildew spores circulating throughout your living space as well as bacteria.
  • Increased allergies. If you suffer from allergies, then you probably think of your home as an escape from pollen and other allergens prevalent during the warmer months of the year. But dust and dander can also prove troublesome, and these can continue to accumulate within your household, unless you remove them by means of an air purifier.
  • Visible dust and other debris. Does a plume of dust emerge from your ducts when your HVAC system starts up? If so, then you may need to consider installing a whole house air purifier to reduce the amount of dust that can build up inside the home. Portable units simply do not compare.

Give Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air a call today to learn more about the benefits of whole house air purifiers. Call us if you need to install an air purifier in Sacramento today!

Reasons to Consider Installing a Humidifier

Friday, November 14th, 2014

While temperature truly is the key to ensuring that our indoor climates are comfortable, it’s hardly the only factor to consider. Equally important is the level of humidity in the home. This is the level of moisture in the air that can have a significant impact on the comfort throughout your living space. Simply put, if your humidity is not optimized, then your air can seem stuffy or smelly, and it can lead to increased perspiration or dry skin. While high humidity levels are not too difficult to detect for most people, low humidity is also a problem that requires attention.

You have likely used or have at least seen a portable humidifier in your day. These devices can be highly effective in small areas, and they are mobile. But they are hardly comparable to the comprehensive coverage and efficiency of whole house humidifiers, which integrate directly within your ducted heating and cooling system. They run continuously whenever you’re operating your central air unit, heat pump or furnace, and they can go a long way toward improving your indoor air quality. But do you need one?

Look for signs that you have low humidity in the household. The easiest way to do this is with a hygrometer, but a professional evaluation of your indoor air quality by a trained HVAC technician is the most comprehensive method for improving the air that you breathe in the home. If you find that your skin and scalp are dry and that this is a persistent condition, then you might consider humidifying your indoor space. Such issues are unpleasant, to say the least. Moreover, if you find that the wooden furnishings or flooring in your home is beginning to show signs of cracking and splintering, then ensuring that your humidity levels are optimized is important. A whole house humidifier can reduce the chance that such damage will occur in your home.

If you’re at all concerned about the humidity level in your home, then just let the pro technicians at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air know. We can integrate a quality whole house humidifier into your heating and cooling system. Call us to schedule the installation of your humidifier in Sacramento today.