Air Conditioning Services: Indoor Air Quality

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Indoor Air Quality:
What’s All The Fuss?

In a world where smog, haze and ozone alerts are as common as gridlock, it’s nice to know you
can always come inside to catch a breath of fresh air.
Or can you?
Did you know that most people spend more than 90% of their time indoors and that 50% of
All illnesses are either caused by or aggravated by poor indoor air quality (IAQ).

Worse yet, studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have shown
that your exposure to air pollutants can be more than 100 times higher indoors than

Is that serious? Actually, yes. Exposure to dust mites, animal dander, cat saliva, mold and the
like causes about 200,000 emergency room visits a year for asthma patients. Even worse,
radon, a highly carcinogenic gas emitted from the soil, is the second leading cause of
lung cancer in the United States. In the workplace, poor air quality can cause headaches,
nausea, lethargy, increased absenteeism and serious illness. Factories, office buildings,
homes, restaurants, movie theatres…none are immune to indoor air pollution.

Feeling Out Of Sorts? It Could Be Something In The Air

Thankfully, however, there are things you can do to help alleviate potential IAQ concerns. If you’re experiencing
headaches, itchy eyes, a runny nose or a persistent cough, you might have a cold. Then
again, you could be suffering the effects of poor indoor air quality. Poor indoor air
quality can lead to significant health problems, so you might want to check with your
family physician.

Remember, indoor air pollution is nothing to sneeze at. Taking 20,000 breaths every day,
we breathe in up to 200 million particles. Over 40 million people suffer from allergies
and asthma. Your indoor air quality could be why you are not feeling well.

When It Comes To Clearing The
Air, Prevention Is The Best Medicine

It would be convenient to point at one single culprit in the battle against indoor air quality, but it is not that simple.

There are so many potential sources that it is impossible to devise a blanket solution.
Chemicals in carpets, household cleaners, furniture and building materials all contribute
to poor indoor air quality. Damp basements, and other areas where standing water is
prevalent, can also lead to potential indoor air quality concerns.

To Eliminate
The first step to
better indoor air is to identify the sources of air pollutants. Eliminating the sources of
indoor pollutants, to the extent feasible, is the most effective way to clean your air.

  • Do not allow smoking inside your home
  • If possible, keep pets outdoors
  • Immediately dry or replace the damp carpet
  • Do not store household cleaners or other chemicals in occupied living spaces


Can’t Eliminate? Then Ventilate

Years ago, indoor air quality wasn’t much of an issue. You could throw open your office window to bring in outdoor air. But, in
an effort to build tighter, more energy-efficient buildings, open windows all but
disappeared from the architectural scene. In recent years, offices and homes have been
built tighter, making ventilation and the concentration of pollutants inside a concern.

To achieve proper air circulation, open doors and windows, particularly when you are
using cleaning agents, and operate any exhaust fans your home may have. Another way to
increase ventilation and dilute pollutants is through the use of an outdoor air connection
or products such as heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy recovery ventilators

Cleaning Is Essential

Although ventilation helps to reduce indoor air pollutants, it is not a “cure-all”. To further reduce concentration levels, you should clean
your living spaces frequently by washing your bedding in hot water (at least 130°F to
kill dust mites) and vacuuming and dusting to remove surface dust. Alas, while these
practices are effective, not all particles can be eliminated through these methods alone.
Some particles are so small they may escape through the vacuum or never land on a

Products such as electronic air cleaners (EACs) or high-efficiency air filters can aid
you in capturing these particles. The majority of these particles in the air are extremely
small and cannot be captured by (often referred to as “throwaway”) air filters.
These minute particles, if not trapped, can slip by your body’s defenses and get lodged in
your lungs.

The Role of Home Comfort In Improving Indoor Air Quality

Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) is one of the best tools in providing good
indoor air quality. It can provide a major portion of the ventilation for your home. Signs
of poor ventilation include moisture condensation on windows or walls and smelly or stuffy
air. In other words, if you can still smell the fish you cooked on Sunday on Thursday, you
might have a ventilation problem. This is an important reason why you should have your
home comfort system inspected regularly by a qualified service technician. That way,
you’ll know your equipment is functioning properly. When working to improve indoor

air quality, it’s important to consult your HVAC dealer to ensure your home comfort
system is designed properly as a complete and compatible system. It’s not always as simple
as adding another component.

Products That Can Help You Breathe A Little Easier

We offer a wide variety of indoor air quality products designed to make your home more
comfortable. At a minimum, every home comfort system should provide humidity control,
high-efficiency air cleaning and a controlled source of outdoor air for ventilation.

If you are particularly sensitive to your indoor environment due to severe
asthma or allergies, you may want to upgrade your system for increased comfort levels and
even better IAQ. This can be done by adding components such as electronic air cleaners,
air purifiers, heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators.


Carbon monoxide detectors provide constant monitoring of your indoor air to detect
unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. In addition to having carbon monoxide detectors, it is
strongly recommended that you have fuel-burning appliances (such as gas clothes dryers and
furnaces) and venting systems maintained on a regular basis to eliminate potential carbon
monoxide-related dangers that they may pose. Choose a high-quality detector for more
effective detection.


Air purifiers inhibit the growth of biological organisms that may be present in your
home. These include products such as ultraviolet lights and microbiocide treated air
filters. Odor removal can be accomplished through the use of charcoal-activated air


Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) bring fresh
air into your house and exhaust stale air. HRVs conserve energy from indoor
conditioned air and transfer it to the outdoor air as it’s brought into your home to
provide adequate ventilation. ERVs provide the additional benefit of maintaining desired
humidity levels to help keep you comfortable.


Electronic air cleaners (EACs) and high-efficiency air filters help clean
the air and provide respiratory relief by removing dust, dirt and pollen. They are
designed to trap even microscopic particles, so cleaner air is circulated back into your


Humidifiers add moisture to every room in your home to soften harsh, dry
air. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
(ASHRAE) recommends that the relative humidity in your home should be between 30-60 % to
minimize the growth of bacterial and biological organisms. Using a humidifier can help you
to maintain this standard and help you stay comfortable at lower thermostat levels.


Humidity controls adjust the relative humidity inside your home without affecting room
temperature. Proper humidity levels will make your home feel more comfortable and can
provide better energy efficiency.


Pest Control – Residential – Commercial

Pest Control – Residential – Commercial

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No one should have to deal with pests. Don’t let pests take over your home, and do something about it!

For pest control, you can trust our exterminators to do the job! Our Pest Control company is focused on inspection. We do our best to provide a safe, clean, green environment for our customers in residential and commercial properties. We are family-owned, operated, fully licensed, fully insured, and a full-service pest control company. We specialize in termite control and other pest removals. pest control

We’ll handle all kinds of pest management!
Our highly skilled pest exterminators handle all types of insect and rodent control. We specialize in removing termites, roaches, ants, flies, spiders, bedbugs, dust mites, bees, mice, rats, and other insects and rodents. We know families love their pets very much, but sometimes our furry loved ones pick up fleas. We have insect control services to help control fleas and eliminate them before they come in contact with humans. We also offer additional pest management services such as bird control, nest removal, humane animal trapping, and termite control. We are dedicated to helping our customers control their pest problems, and we can customize solutions if it is necessary. Our services can be performed on pre-set days every month. Our field technicians are experts in providing solutions to pest management weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, or seasonal. We’ll do whatever is best for your schedule! rodent control

Nothing is more terrifying than waking up to find a rat or mouse has set up residence in your home. Rodents are notorious as harbingers of disease. They also get into food, creating a mess and making food inedible. Never fear; our exterminators can help you with your rat problem. We are rodent control experts and can rid your home of these unsavory creatures. No matter how bad your infestation is.

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Termite Control – Termite Treatment

Termite Control – Termite Treatment

Termite Treatment
SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE Subterranean Termites:
General Information-

Termites are social insects with a highly organized castle system.
Subterranean termites usually live outside the home in underground nests.
Subterranean termites use moisture in the earth to survive.
Since Subterranean termites also need cellulose, they often tunnel into nearby homes to get it.
Some other termites (like Drywood and Formosan) don’t need contact with the earth to survive.
The presence of termites may not be readily noticed because the activity is hidden behind wallboards or wood trim.
Termites live in every state except Alaska.
A termite colony has three forms or castles: reproductive’s, workers, and soldiers
Subterranean swarmers are seen as they are sent out from a colony to mate and start a new colony. Their bodies are coal black to pale yellow-brown. The wings, if attached, will be pale or smoky gray to brown and have distinct vein patterns.
Subterranean termite workers make up the largest population and do all the work. They are wingless and are a white to a creamy color. They forage for food, feed the other castles, groom the queen, and maintain and build tunnels and shelter tubes.
Soldiers resemble workers in color and general appearance, except they have well-developed brownish heads with strong mandibles or jaws. They defend the colony against invaders.
After 2-4 years a colony is mature and produces swarmers. Swarmers may be seen in Texas between January and May.
Signs of an infestation can be difficult to detect. Swarmers, mud tubes, and damaged wood are ways to determine an infestation. Here are some ways to determine infestation:
Small holes in wood.
Mud tunnels or tubes that run along the foundation.
Damage to the drywall surface.
Swarming termites outside the home or inside the home.
Dead swarmers and wings.
Soft, “squishy” feeling in floors, baseboards, walls, or ceilings.