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3 Ways Air Filters Help Your Home

Friday, June 27th, 2014

When the weather gets as hot as it does in Brazoria, TX during the summer, the air quality can decrease. Heat and humidity tend to trap particles, so with the heavy weight of humid air comes the added discomfort of air that isn’t as healthy as it could be. Unfortunately, the particles in the outside air in make their way indoors, affecting the air of the indoor spaces of your property. The standard air filter of your HVAC system was not made to catch these smaller particles. To truly improve indoor air quality in your home, it is best to use a high-efficiency air filter for your air conditioning system in Brazoria, TX. For many years, Switzerland Air has helped improve the indoor air of many homes in Brazoria using air filters, and we can do the same for you.

Why Install a Whole-Home Air Filter?

A whole-home air filter works in concert with your air conditioner by becoming part of the system. While stand-alone air filters have to be placed room-by-room, a whole-home air filter is installed as part of your overall air conditioning system, providing air-cleaning benefits to your entire property at once. Here are a few other reasons why you may want to consider installing a whole-home air filter to your air conditioner:

Helps Allergy Sufferers

Pollen, pet dander, mold, mildew and dust mites are just some of the allergens that can burden the allergy sufferers in your home. Medication certainly helps with allergic reactions, but to truly find relief from allergies, a reduction in allergens is required. The standard filter your air conditioner comes with is not made to capture the small particles of allergens; rather, its job is to block dust and dirt from entering the system. A high-efficiency air filter is made to screen out the small particulates so they stop circulating throughout your home.

Helps with Respiratory Issues

Many times, people with allergies also have asthma, and their asthma can be triggered by allergic reactions. Others, like those with COPD, can be triggered by dust and poor indoor air quality. Even if no one suffers from a specific respiratory illness, coughing, wheezing and difficult breathing are all symptoms of poor indoor air quality. But, you can find relief from respiratory difficulties with a whole-home air filter. By removing the particles in the air that can trigger a respiratory reaction, you help reduce the inflammation in your lungs that can lead to coughing and attacks.

Less Strain on Your System

Adding a high-efficiency air filter to your system provides another layer of filtering that removes dust and dirt from your air conditioner. Cleaner air in your system means better efficiency and better performance, two things that help reduce the daily working stress on your air conditioning system.

Ready to Clear the Air?

A whole-home air filter not only cleans the air you breathe, it can help improve health and the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Why wait for your next allergy attack? Call Switzerland Air today and speak to one of our experts about installing a whole-home air filter to your air conditioner in Brazoria.

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How Does a Dehumidifier Work?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Texas summers are as muggy as they come, and high humidity levels in your household can severely hamper your ability to be comfortable. When human beings get hot, we sweat to cool off: the sweat evaporates off of our skin to lower our body temperature. But with high humidity levels, the sweat won’t evaporate – there’s too much moisture in the air already – and our bodies won’t cool down. A whole-house humidifier could be the perfect way to rid your home of excessive humidity. Here in Angleton, TX, dehumidifier systems can be installed by a number of reputable companies. How does a dehumidifier work? Read on for the answers.

In some ways, a dehumidifier works like an air conditioner, and indeed air conditioners often serve as minor dehumidifiers by default. Refrigerant passes through a series of coils that revert it from a liquid form to a gaseous form, pulling heat from the surrounding air in the process. That causes the moisture in the air to solidify and form condensation on the coils: much the way dew forms on the grass in the early hours of the morning. A humidifier simply applies that equation on a larger scale than the air conditioner does. It doesn’t need a fan to blow the cool air into your home, and the drain pan that catches the condensation is much larger (and usually detachable so you can empty out the water when it becomes full).

Theoretically, your air conditioner can do this job. But it’s not built for dehumidifying duties and in cases where you have a lot of humidity (like Texas), it can easily overwhelm the system. A dehumidifier helps ease the strain on your air conditioner, while still providing you with drier, more comfortable air. For more on how a dehumidifier works, or to schedule an installation session, call upon the experts at Switzerland Air. Dehumidifier systems can be a lifesaver, and you want a company with skill and experience to install them properly. We also offer a variety of indoor air quality services in Angleton, TX. To set up your next service appointment with us, just give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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How Faulty Fan Components Affect Your Air Conditioner

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The fan and blower apparatus represent the final stop in your air conditioning cycle. Having cooled the air with refrigerant in the evaporator coils, the fan then blows it into your ducts to circulate it throughout your home. When the fan runs into trouble, it can cause as many problems as faulty cooling power. Most services that offer air conditioning repair in Lake Jackson TX can handle issues with your fan system, but it helps if you know how faulty fan components affect your air conditioner.

Many of the problems associated with the fan occur with the fan motor, which powers the blower and allows the conditioned air to move through your home. The motor suffers many of the same problems that any motor suffers from. Friction can increase strain within its internal components, it can suffer from an overload and electrical components such as frayed wires and faulty connectors can disrupt power to it. All of these will shut the power down, or at least reduce the power to the fan itself. In some cases, the motor will have a reset button, which you can push to turn it on again in the event of an overload. Otherwise, a technician can replace the faulty component and restore power to the system.

Other problems may arise from the fan blades themselves. If the fan becomes misaligned, it won’t blow in the proper direction. Bent blades will also interfere with the air flow and in some cases, twigs or other debris could fall through the vents and interfere with the fan’s turning mechanism. Problems with the fan belt can also lead to slower or nonexistent air flow. In cases like these, the fan blade usually needs to be replaced, though in the case of debris, the technician simply needs to remove the foreign object from the fan.

Regardless of the causes, cool air can’t get to your home efficiently if your air conditioner contains faulty fan components.  And the experts at Switzerland Air can help you with that. We handle all kinds of air conditioning services in Lake Jackson, TX, and we’re ready to get any problems with your fan fixed ASAP. Give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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How Do Air Purifiers Clean the Air?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Indoor air quality is a big concern in many households. By reducing dust and other particles in the air, an air filter helps your family breathe better – a big concern for people with asthma, allergies or babies at home – as well as reducing strain on your heating and air conditioning systems. Whole-house air purifiers make an excellent solution for anyone looking to improve their indoor air quality, and here in Brazoria TX, air purifier systems can be installed by a number of reputable companies. But how, exactly, do air purifiers clean the air? We’ve provided a quick summary below.

An air purifier is basically a “super filter system,” adding a series of air filters into your air conditioner. They’re usually made of solid-yet-permeable materials that capture dust, hair and similar contaminants while letting the air pass through. By using multiple filters, the system cleans the air far more thoroughly than the single filter normally included in your air conditioner.

In some cases, you can add a UV germicidal light to the system. The UV light lies beyond our ability to see, but as germs and bacteria pass through it, it “deactivates” their DNA. When they attempt to replicate, it kills them. That prevents the spread of communicable diseases in your home: something to seriously consider if your family includes small children, the elderly or anyone suffering from conditions such as asthma.

Generally speaking, you need an HVAC expert to install such devices because they need to work in conjunction with your heating and air conditioning system. Because the air in your house all passes through that system, it makes an ideal centralized point to ensure that it all passes through filtration.

Many filters are designed to be replaceable, which means you need to check your air purifier system regularly in order to keep it clean. A maintenance service can also change out the filters as part of their prescribed session. Give us a call today for more on how air purifiers clean the air, and whether such a system is right for you. Our specialists here at Switzerland Air can professionally install and maintain air purifier systems and we also offer other HVAC services in Brazoria, TX.

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