Mold is in the Air: How to Kick it (and other Microbial Air Pollutants) Out of Your House

If it’s alive, kill it. If it’s dead, trap it. That’s a rule of thumb for improving indoor air quality. When it comes to molds and other microbials, which are living organisms, we must both kill and trap them. In nature, hydroperoxides kill pollutants through two attack modes: They either break them down through a process call cell lysis or alter their structure and render them useless. The problem is, creating hydroperoxides requires three ingredients:

Love is in the air, but so is a bunch of other stuff. Why the air inside your home may be more polluted than the air outside.

We hear about indoor air quality (IAQ) from many sources, but what does it really mean, and why should we be concerned about it? Indoor air quality is, simply put, the quality (good or bad) of the indoor air we are exposed to on a daily basis. Indoor air includes ALL indoor air: our homes, our offices, restaurants – anyplace that isn’t out of doors. Most people are aware of outdoor air quality because we

Suffering from cedar fever? So is your HVAC system.

For those of us who suffer from cedar allergies, living in Central Texas can be a nightmare this time of year. What many of us don’t consider is that our HVAC systems can suffer from cedar (and other pollens) as well. Taking steps to minimize cedar pollen in the home will not only help allergy sufferers but also the performance of the HVAC system. Controlling pollutants such as cedar pollen is best achieved using a

Want to save money? Don’t rely on a home inspector to catch HVAC issues

There are reportedly 110 new Austin residents every day, which has been a boon to the real estate market for sellers. Homes for sale in Austin are averaging just 10 days on the market – making it the fastest-moving housing market in the country, according to a report published by ZipRealty. The report also showed the median home sale price in Austin is up 14% from 2013 – the second largest year-over-year increase in the

Are Your Air Conditioner’s Best Days Behind It?

Replacing an air conditioner is like replacing a car: It’s expensive, and some people wait until they have no other choice. You can continue throwing your money at AC repair parts, but you’ll find yourself spending hundreds of dollars repairing the same faulty parts every summer. If you’re tired of fixing your HVAC system, consider hiring a professional AC contractor. Here are the top five signs it’s time to consider investing in a new system: It’s

Comparing and Choosing A Filter – Part Three

As a general rule, the filter is either determined by the manufacturer or by your service company when they install your system. This is an often overlooked, but very important, aspect of system design. First we will see how a filter should be sized and then see what the options are for the everyday homeowner after the fact. Choosing a Filter Based on Design: Today’s high efficient system need to be able to breathe to achieve