Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Choosing Your Air Cleaner and/or Purifier

Monday, July 17th, 2017

woman-blowing-noseWhat do you think about when you think about living comfortably? Here in Vermont, your heater may be the first thing that springs to mind. We won’t talk about that too much right now, though — it may not be too summery around here, but let’s try and enjoy it before winter sneaks up on once again, okay? Your air conditioner is another likely answer to the question. However, you cannot afford to overlook the impact that your indoor air quality in Springfield, VT can have on your overall comfort, either.

Now, we are lucky enough to live in an area with relatively clean, fresh mountain air surrounding us most of the time. There is still pollution, of course, but certainly not the level that you’d expect to find in major cities. A lot of pollutants themselves are naturally occurring, though, and that means that, even in our beautiful area, your indoor air quality may be suffering. Fortunately, we have the solutions to the problems that you face. (more…)

Spring Is Coming (and So Are Allergy Symptoms)

Monday, February 27th, 2017

family-hiking-in-springWe’ve just about made it through February. While March signals the start of the warmer weather in many areas of the country, we here in Vermont know that there is still plenty of winter left to contend with. We haven’t even begun to really think about mud season yet. That being said, it is a good idea to start thinking about what you can do to make your home a more comfortable and healthful environment once the grip of winter does loosen. Taking steps to protect your indoor air quality in Springfield, VT is a good place to start.

Figuring out how best to protect and to improve upon the quality of the air in your home can be a daunting challenge in some ways. There is a solution to just about any problem, but there are also a lot of different problems that you may face. It is vital that you are using the right equipment for the right situations, and that this equipment is the right fit for your HVAC system and home. We’ll ensure that this is the case. Let our indoor air quality specialists set you up with the right air purifiers and air cleaners for your needs. (more…)

Why Is Dry Air Such a Serious Concern?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

sitting-by-the-fireBecause Vermont winters can be so cold and snowy, some homeowners think only of their heating systems when it comes to living comfortably during the winter season. While your heater is obviously incredibly important to your overall comfort — and even to your safety — temperature control is not the only factor to consider. You should also keep the humidity level in your home in mind. Chances are that it is lower than it should be these days.

Cold air does not retain moisture the way that warm air does. Because of this, we start off with less humidity in the air during the winter months than we do when it is warm out. While your heater won’t actively dry out the air the way that your air conditioner can, you are already working at a deficit. Failure to add more moisture to the air as needed can have a number of negative consequences. This is why you may choose to use a whole-house humidifier in Ludlow, VT.

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Vermont Winter Tip: Outfit Your Home with a Whole-House Humidifier

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

It’s been a hot summer, and last winter certainly was fairly mild. We Vermonters know that you can never afford to underestimate what winter may send our way, though. That is why we’ve recommended that you get your heating replacement and/or maintenance out of the way now, before you really need to put your heater into rotation. We also advise you to keep your indoor air quality in mind during the colder time of the year, though.

One issue that homeowners grapple with during the winter season is very dry air. While your AC may dry out the air in the summer, the air itself is actually quite dry in the winter. That is why you may want to equip your home with a whole-house humidifier in Woodstock, VT.

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Why Is the Indoor Air Quality in My Home Declining?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Have you noticed that the air quality in your home just isn’t all that you’d like it to be? If so, know that you can always turn to the professionals on our staff in order to get the systems and services that you need in order to improve conditions. It is important to remember that there are a lot of different reasons as to why your indoor air quality may slip. Only when the problems are accurately diagnosed and the right steps taken can you hope for the situation to be resolved. That is why you should contact a member of our team when you feel as though you are breathing air that doesn’t live up to your deservedly high expectations.

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What Are the Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

While we may not have the swampy, extremely humid air that pervades areas like Florida throughout the summer season, we certainly are no strangers to the discomfort that high humidity levels can lead to. Discomfort is really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the problems created by excessive humidity in the air, though. Your health, and even your personal property, may also be compromised by high levels of humidity, especially during the summer season. If you are concerned about such issues in your home, be sure to schedule your dehumidifier services in Springfield, VT with a member of our team. (more…)

Maintain a Healthful Environment with UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Winters in the Northeast are long and arduous, and they can really take a toll on one’s health. While there is no guarantee that you will be able to make it through the winter season without so much as a sniffle, there are certainly ways in which you can help to reduce the risk of contracting an illness. Maintaining great indoor air quality in your home is one such way, especially when it comes to biological pollutants. To combat biological pollutants in your living space, you can use UV germicidal lights in Springfield, VTHB Energy Solutions is here to install and service your UV germicidal lights for you. (more…)

Why You May Want to Use a Humidifier This Winter

Monday, November 9th, 2015

This winter, you are going to be using your home heating system a lot in order to keep your home at a warm, comfortable temperature. Because the air during the winter season is so cold and dry, though, you may encounter another problem in your home: low humidity levels. While running your home heating system is not likely to dry out the air in your home in the manner that running an air conditioner may, it certainly is not going to add humidity to the cold air coming in from outdoors.

By using a whole-house humidifier in Ludlow, VT, though, you can do just that. Read on for some examples of how using a humidifier this winter can benefit you, and remember to schedule all of your heating and indoor air quality services with the professionals here at HB Energy Solutions. (more…)

How Does an Electronic Air Purifier Work?

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Homeowners have a lot of choices when it comes to installing a new air purifier in their homes. The two main choices are between UV germicidal lighting and electronic air purifiers. Today we’re going to review electronic air purifiers – there are two types – and how they can clean the indoor air in your New Hampshire home.

Types of Electronic Air Purifiers

The two types of electronic air purifiers available for home usage are ion generators and electrostatic precipitators. Each of these types of air purifiers uses electricity to capture contaminants, but does so in a different way.

With an ion generator, negative ions are generated and dispersed into the air. These negatively-charged particles attach to particles and contaminants in your indoor air, creating a single, negatively-charged particle. The new particles are attracted to the surfaces in your home, and land on them. When you clean the surfaces, the contaminants are removed.

An electrostatic precipitator is a little more specific. With this type of electronic air cleaner, air is pulled into the device and directed to a chamber known as the ionization section. When particles arrive in the ionization section, they are negatively charged; the charged particles are then collected on oppositely-charged metal plates. The metal plates should be cleaned every three months to ensure effective operation of the ion generator.

Which Should I Choose?

Both types of electronic air purifiers can be seamlessly integrated with your current HVAC system, so a lot of your decision will be based on your needs and preferences, and this is where the help of a trained expert comes in. When you work with a trained indoor air quality expert, you will be given the assistance you need to make the best decision for you, your family members and your home. You may want to focus more on controlling allergens, or you may be looking for a more generalized solution.

Whatever your indoor air quality needs may be, the experts at HB Energy Solutions are here to help. Call us today and schedule an appointment today!