Help Texans Affected by Harvey

Here are some of the many nonprofits seeking donations to help Texans who have been – and continue to be – affected by Harvey: Austin Disaster Relief Network – This local nonprofit organization is accepting donations of supplies, time and money for Harvey victims. Text AUSTINRELIEF to 444999 to give. Austin Pets Alive! – asking for financial donations to help continue its efforts to support shelters in Harvey’s path. The organization has assisted in getting hundreds

How Air Conditioning is Used as a Marketing Tool

The smell of freshly baked cookies as you walk by Mrs. Fields. The deliciously doughy scent coming from Auntie Anne’s. The irresistible aroma of Cinnabon. One minute, you’re walking through one of Austin’s many malls – not hungry – the next, you’re holding a giant cinnamon roll. Sound familiar? These are examples of scent marketing – diffusing an artificial, amplified version of a business’ signature scent through heating and air conditioning vents in order to

Why Scented Candles Stink for Air Quality

A romantic, candle-lit evening at home is a relaxing alternative to braving the Valentine’s Day restaurant crowds in Austin. But before you start lovingly selecting candles for the occasion, consider the fact that they may leave you and your date sitting in a cloud of toxic pollutants. We’re not in the dating business, but we are in the business of air conditioning and indoor air quality, and that doesn’t sound very romantic to us. Let

Grow More Fresh Air with Houseplants

In our recent series, we covered our three-pronged approach to improving indoor air quality. (In case you missed it, this includes a combination of proper ventilation, filtration and use of a PHI generator.) But there is a fourth prong, and it has nothing to do with air conditioning. It consists entirely of things that you can do without the help of a professional, and one of them is adding some live greenery to your interior

How to ah-choose! the right filter

Last time we talked about indoor air quality, we discussed using PHI generators to kill mold and other microbials polluting the air in our homes. However, if we stop there, we are left with dead particulates that can continue to contribute to allergy symptoms – as can a host of other particulates in our indoor environments. So now, we need to remove as many of those particulates as possible. We do so through filtration, which

7 Signs It’s Time to Break up with Your AC

No longer comfortable in the relationship? Becoming too comfortable in a relationship can be a problem – but not when it comes to your relationship with your air conditioner. Your home is supposed to be your haven from the outside – including the outside temperatures. For years, your HVAC system helped make it one while asking for very little in return (just the occasional tune-up). But now, your good times together are becoming less and