Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

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!