Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

When Should I Schedule Duct Testing for My Home?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Duct testing is a process where professionals check on the integrity of the ductwork that makes up a home’s ventilation system. Ductwork can suffer from holes, gaps at connection points, and other air leaks that will cause them to lose the conditioned air moving through them. These leaks, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, can account for up to a 30% loss of heated and cooled air from the HVAC system. That’s a great deal of air that you pay to heat or cool from which you won’t receive any benefit. Duct testing will discover if your ducts are leaking and what work needs to be done to fix them.

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AccuClean™ Whole House Air Cleaner by American Standard®

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Are you concerned about the air quality in your home?

Most Los Angeles homeowners think that their existing heating and cooling system is cleaning the air of these pollutants and allergens. The typical 1-inch throwaway filter that comes with most heating and air conditioning systems is designed only to prevent large particles from damaging the equipment. It is not there to make the air cleaner for YOU and your family.

You see, the average person takes 20,000 breaths per day of air that can contain particles and allergens. For children this number doubles, making them especially sensitive to air quality problems. Today’s homes are better insulated and more tightly sealed. This is great from an energy standpoint, but it also means that humidity, dust and indoor air pollutants are being sealed inside your home. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 50 percent of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality.

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In one year, more than 40 pounds of dirt and dust can accumulate in a typical Los Angeles home. With American Standard’s AccuClean, the majority (99.8%) of irritating particles like dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, lint, cooking smoke and even bacteria are removed from the air as it is heated or cooled.

AccuClean is eight times more effective than even the best HEPA room appliance and 100 times more effective than a standard filter or ionic-type room appliance. There is nothing on the market that cleans indoor air better. In fact when AccuClean was being tested, the independent testing facility thought the testing equipment was broken because the readings came back with a zero particulate count three times!

American Standard AccuClean filters the air in a three-step process:

  • The air in your home circulates through your heating and cooling system, carrying millions of airborne particles through the ductwork. As the air goes through the pre-filter, it traps the majority of the large particles.
  • Then, the air is passed through many small electrical fields, where each particle receives an electric charge.
  • Then, the charged particles are sent through a filter that traps particles down to 0.3 microns in size. This is the size at which allergens can get deep into your lungs because they aren’t being filtered by your nose and throat.

American Standard AccuClean is eight times more effective than even the best HEPA room appliance and 100 times more effective than a standard 1” throwaway filter or ionic-type room appliance.

Find out more about how to create a clean and comfortable home environment for your family by scheduling an appointment with Kilowatt Air Conditioning & Heating in Sherman Oaks and surrounding areas either on the web or by calling us at 818-780-0701. We will do a Complimentary In-Home Consultation.

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How Does Insulation Help Heating?

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Having good insulation in your home is critical to your comfort and the overall energy efficiency of your home. This is why having good insulation is a year-round concern. If you’ve been concerned about the level of insulation in your home, and how it is affecting your heating, Kilowatt offers the insulation services in Los Angeles you need to help your home become more energy efficient. Call us today!

What Does Insulation Do?

Insulation slows the transfer of heat. Heat moves in three ways:

  • Conduction – the way heat moves through materials
  • Convection – the way heat moves through liquids and gases
  • Radiation – heat moves in a straight line and heats anything in its direct path

Looking from a seasonal perspective, during the summer, insulation slows heat from transferring into the cool areas of your living spaces. In winter, it slows heat from transferring to areas like your attic, basement and the outdoors. It also helps to retain your cool air during the summer and your warm air during the winter. Insulation provides the barrier you need to stay comfortable all year long.

How Does Insulation Help with Heating?

There are a few ways in which insulation helps with your heating:

  • Energy efficiency – without proper insulation throughout your home, you could lose a great deal of your home’s heat – up to 30% of it. When this occurs, your system needs to work harder to achieve the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat. Any time your heating system has to work harder, it uses more energy to do so.
  • Less stress on your system – having the right amount of insulation means that your home retains its heating. This allows your system to work normally, reducing stress levels.

Lastly, having good insulation helps reduce noise levels and improves your indoor comfort.

As we head into another heating season, you may be wondering if you have enough insulation in your home. The best way to assess this is to work with one of the professionals from Kilowatt. Call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our insulation experts.

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How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

While most homeowners think primarily of temperature, it’s important to realize that indoor air quality is just as important to the comfort of your home. You need to make certain that the air your breathe while inside your home is clean and properly humidified. However, the modern presents a number of challenges to those seeking to improve their indoor air quality. Because it is tightly sealed against the elements, it often recycles and recirculates the same air throughout the house over and over. Opening a window is possible, but not without a substantial rise in your energy bill. So what do you do?

There are a number of whole house indoor air quality devices available to you. These systems integrate directly within your ductwork so that your entire indoor air supply is covered. Unlike portable units, they require very little to no maintenance and they are highly efficient. Let’s take a look at some of your options.

  • Air filtration system. If your air quality is suffering because of the presence of airborne contaminants, then you may want to begin by thinking about an air filtration system. Unlike portable units that have to be shifted from room to room, a whole-house air filter does all the work for you. It removes noxious particles that can aggravate your allergies and cause other issues for those with respiratory conditions.
  • UV air purifier. If you’re looking for a supplement to conventional air filtration, then a UV air purifier might be best. This device uses ultraviolet light to destroy biological contaminants such as mold, mildew and bacteria, though it does not affect the presence of dust, dander and other debris.
  • Energy recovery ventilator. If you’re concerns are more about the proper ventilation of your home, then an energy recovery ventilator may be more your style. These devices allow you to ventilate your home without worrying about the attendant costs of doing so.

It’s important that the indoor air quality device that you choose be properly installed and serviced (as need be). We can make that happen. Call Kilowatt today to learn more about our indoor air quality products & services in Los Angeles.

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