Sunset Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

When Were Your Ducts Last Cleaned?

Monday, September 9th, 2019

dirty-ductA common question that HVAC professionals receive from homeowners is, “do I really need to have my ducts cleaned?”

Well, if you’re okay with breathing in contaminants, feeling colder in the winter and warmer in the summer, and paying more than necessary for your HVAC services, then no, you don’t need a duct cleaning. If you’d like to avoid those problems, however, it’s a good time to call for your next duct cleaning appointment.

The fact of the matter is, your indoor air quality impacts the quality of your home, health, and comfort. It’s always a good idea to have a professional duct cleaning from a trained and experienced technician. But, why?

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Why You Should Care about Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

indoor-shot-of-pretty-living-space-with-two-dogs-laying-on-floorThere are several reasons you should care about improving your indoor air quality. For instance, the level of contaminants and potentially unhealthy particles circulating through your home’s air can be greater than what’s outside, due to tight, energy-efficient construction. But this is just one example. In this post, we’re going to talk about something you’re probably quite familiar with—excess humidity.

Humidity, in essence, is moisture—moisture in the air that makes us uncomfortable when there is too much of it. The only way to rid the air of humidity is to lower the temperature. So, we all turn on our air conditioners and set them to the lowest possible temperature, when in reality all this does is make your air conditioner work too hard, rather than helping to relieve humidity in a measurable way. Ultimately, this will put undue strain on your air conditioner and cause it to accumulate damage.

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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality with These Tips

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Air-FilterWhen the weather starts to heat up, most people tend to focus on keeping the air in their homes as cool as possible. That’s certainly a good idea, but it’s not the only thing you should be focusing on. You should also be paying attention to the quality of your home’s air. There are a variety of different ways that you can improve your home’s air quality, and your own health and comfort as a result. Have a look at some of the best ways that you can improve your indoor air quality below.

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Air Purifier Types That can Help You This Winter

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

As we move into winter, there are a couple of factors you need to consider. Keeping your home warm and comfortable is obviously a top priority, but it’s not the only thing you need to worry about. Indoor air quality tends to suffer during the winter, which can have serious effects on both your health and indoor air quality. Airborne contaminants like dust, pollen, dander, and germs can cause effects from allergy attacks to the flu. The best way to deal with these issues is with an air purifier. Read on to find out more about air purifier types that can help you this winter.

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Why a Humidifier May be a Good Idea This Summer

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Washington isn’t exactly a desert climate, so at first the idea of installing a humidifier in your home may seem a bit daft. Why add more humidity to a hot season, right? Well, if you know a bit about how air conditioners work, it is not actually that crazy. Let’s take a look at why it may be a good idea to install a humidifier in your home this summer.

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How Zone Control Can Improve Your Air Conditioner

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Central air conditioners have been around for a long time and have been at the top of the market for most of that time. They have a lot going for them, but they’re not perfect systems. There are a number of different issues associated with using central air conditioning, which contribute to a loss of efficiency and comfort. Fortunately, there is a way to solve for these problems. Read on to find out more about zone control.

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How Duct Cleaning Benefits You

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The vast majority of homeowners are unaware of their ducts most of the time. This is no great surprise, as the ducts are sort of designed to be inconspicuous. However, this has the unintended effect of giving the impression that the ducts don’t need any sort of attention once they’re installed. This is untrue. If you don’t have your ductwork properly inspected and cleaned at least once a year, you could run into some pretty nasty consequences. Read on to find out more about duct cleaning, and why it is necessary.

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The Advantages of Using a Dehumidifier in Your Home

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Most of us already have air conditioners to keep us cool during the summer, but far fewer of us have methods for dealing with high humidity. Humidity issues are common in Washington State, and are especially bad during the summer. If you often have very humid air in your home, don’t just rely on your air conditioner to keep you comfortable this summer. Let’s take a look at how a dehumidifier can vastly improve your indoor air quality by removing excess humidity.

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What are the signs of a mold or mildew problem?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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What is System Zoning?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

What is System Zoning?

The temperature in your house can vary depending on the different qualities of your rooms and layout. For instance, if a room has a lot of windows that allow sun to come in, it can be harder to keep cool during the sunny season. Or if a room has a vaulted ceiling, it can be harder to retain heat. There is a long list of reasons why rooms differ in heating and cooling efficiency and one way to even the whole house out is to use a process called system zoning.


System zoning is the placement of multiple thermostats throughout the home. The thermostats operate dampers in the ductwork that modify the output of heating or cooling in specific zones of the house by opening and closing airways. The thermostats read the separate temperatures of each zone and distribute heat accordingly. Systems like this are extremely useful if you have certain rooms that have a hard time maintaining heat and they also may save you money by increasing the efficiency by optimizing your heating and cooling distribution.

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