• Common Myths About Indoor Air Quality

    The air you breathe every day can have a major effect on your overall wellness. But if you’re like many Americans, the air inside your home probably isn’t as clean as it should be. If you’ve never had a heating and AC professional perform indoor air quality services, it’s time to make that call. A professional duct cleaning and air filtration system installation can significantly improve the comfort and health of your home. 

    Myth: In urban areas, indoor air is superior to outdoor air. 

    In sparsely inhabited and trafficked areas, the outdoor air is almost certainly healthier than the air indoors. Because of the air pollution that lingers in urban and suburban areas, it’s often thought that the indoor air is healthier in these regions. But actually, the indoor air can be just as contaminated, if not more so. When a building has poor air circulation, there is little to disperse the dust mites, allergens, chemicals, and combustion pollutants. The only way to ensure that your indoor air is clean is to install an air filtration system. 

    Myth: Poor indoor air quality is only problematic for asthmatics. 

    Families affected by asthma know all too well the importance of indoor air quality. Poor air quality can easily trigger an asthma attack. The same applies to families affected by allergies. Because of this, it’s often thought that people without asthma or allergies have little to worry about. Unfortunately, air pollutants can still cause health issues, such as headaches, eye irritation, and fatigue. Some air pollutants, such as radon, can also cause cancer. 

    Myth: Air fresheners can eliminate the need for an air filtration system. 

    Many Americans like to use air fresheners to make indoor spaces smell more pleasant. Unfortunately, air fresheners don’t get rid of contaminants. In fact, they are a contaminant. The use of air fresheners is one factor that can significantly lower your indoor air quality. 

    Breathe more freely with the air filtration services available from the HVAC experts at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Call us at (510) 843-6904 to schedule an air filtration system installation or duct cleaning. Our heating and AC experts in Berkeley also provide repairs on all furnaces, water heaters, and ductless mini splits. 

  • FAQs and Answers About Indoor Air Quality

    Poor indoor air quality can compromise your health and the health of your family. It can also make your home feel dusty and smell stale and musty. Indoor air quality issues are more common than you may think, but your heating and air conditioning technician can help you determine if you have a problem in your home and decide how to tackle it. Homeowners often have questions about indoor air quality and how it could be affecting them. Here are the answers to some of the questions our HVAC team hears often.  

    Is poor indoor air quality a common problem? 

    Most people think of outdoor air pollution when they think of air quality issues. In reality, the air inside your home is likely to be significantly more polluted than the air outside—according to EPA estimates, as much as two to five times more polluted. Even if you don’t notice any clear signs of indoor air quality issues, there is a good chance that the air you and your family are breathing is not as clean as it should be. Mold, pollen, dander, and off-gases from volatile organic compounds in your home all come together to make the air polluted, and your HVAC circulates that polluted air throughout the house.  

    What are some of the symptoms of poor indoor air quality? 

    Respiratory symptoms are the most common signs of poor indoor air quality. Sore throats, runny noses, coughs, and sneezing are all signs of irritation by air pollutants. Some people also experience rashes, headaches, nausea, and fatigue. Young people and seniors are the most likely to be affected by indoor air pollution.  

    How can indoor air quality be improved? 

    Call an HVAC technician to inspect and clean your ductwork to remove any pollutants that are in the air. Changing your filters often will also help. Check your cleaning products to ensure that they are as low in chemicals as possible.  

    Let Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating help your family breathe a little easier with indoor air quality services by our HVAC team. Schedule an appointment for duct cleaning in Berkley today by calling (510) 843-6904.

  • Air Filtration 101

    If you have an AC unit, you have probably cleaned or replaced its filter many times. However, have you actually thought of why you need a filter for your air conditioner? Ultimately, the answer is that it has to do with maintaining good air quality inside your home. That is why modern central AC systems utilize disposable filter media, which are supposed to be changed every two to three months.

    Since your HVAC system uses fans and ducts to move air throughout your home, it makes sense that your system should have safeguards against circulating harmful particles inside your home. Depending on their quality and specifications, air filters are made to trap air pollutants and allergens such as mold spores, bacteria, dust, fungi, pollen, and animal dander. These particles can potentially cause adverse health effects, especially for those who have chronic respiratory diseases.

    For over 30 years, Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating has served the Alameda, Berkeley, and Contra Costa counties. To learn more about air filtration and AC in Berkeley, contact our helpful and knowledgeable staff at (510) 843-6904.

  • Air Filtration 101

    If you have an AC unit, you have probably cleaned or replaced its filter many times. However, have you actually thought of why you need a filter for your air conditioner? Ultimately, the answer is that it has to do with maintaining good air quality inside your home. That is why modern central AC systems utilize disposable filter media, which are supposed to be changed every two to three months.

    Since your HVAC system uses fans and ducts to move air throughout your home, it makes sense that your system should have safeguards against circulating harmful particles inside your home. Depending on their quality and specifications, air filters are made to trap air pollutants and allergens such as mold spores, bacteria, dust, fungi, pollen, and animal dander. These particles can potentially cause adverse health effects, especially for those who have chronic respiratory diseases.

    For over 30 years, Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating has served the Alameda, Berkeley, and Contra Costa counties. To learn more about air filtration and AC in Berkeley, contact our helpful and knowledgeable staff at (510) 843-6904.