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RE: Humidification, Filtration, &
Your Indoor Environment

Dear Website Customer:

Do you ever think that your air conditioner is broken when it is cool inside? Does the heating system need repairs if it is blowing warm air? We have all heard the phrase "it’s not the heat, you know, it’s the humidity!" Well the new phrase for the year 2000 and beyond will be "its not the air, it’s the chemicals in the air."

As we move into the 21st Century, changes in our world are causing changes in our living environments. We believe that the EPA is looking out for our best interest with improvements in industrial emissions, the Clean Air Act, and improvements in automotive exhaust systems. In truth, they are making vast improvements. The real problem lies in our homes and businesses.

Starting in the 1970’s, energy began to get expensive. Architects and engineers responded immediately with new construction and building standards that have resulted in some of the most tightly constructed, highest efficiency buildings ever imagined. The one factor overlooked during the first decade of this type of construction was pollution. Not the industrial pollution that you and I usually envision, but the pollution from inside our homes and businesses. Cleaning chemicals, emissions from flooring and wall materials, beauty products, smoking, and thousands of other chemicals soon became trapped inside the structures in which we live and work. We are being poisoned by the very technological improvements that we invented to make life more enjoyable.

All is not lost. We are not doomed to a life of allergies, coughing and early demise. The heating air conditioning and ventilation industry is waking up to the facts mentioned above with four direct solutions. They are not only simple to implement in your home and business, they are simple to maintain. They are as follows:

  • All commercial buildings have fresh air ventilation systems for the intake of fresh air and the exhaust of contaminated air. Get these systems operational once again. The residential market is awash with new products specifically designed for use in newly constructed "tight" homes for the intake of fresh air. Consider the installation of one of these systems.
  • Inspect your duct systems, or have them inspected, for cleanliness and tightness . The duct must be clean and leak free to provide clean air to your home or business.
  • Filtration is often talked about and is also one area subject to the "smoke and mirrors" sales approaches. Bottom line: Use a good high efficiency filter, be sure it fits tight in the frame, and be sure it is changed regularly. The filter is often the only defense to certain types of mold and fungus in your HVAC system. Proper service is a must.
  • Humidification must be introduced to a tight structure. Humidity can come from showers, cooking, laundry, and other sources. Unfortunately, usually more humidity is required in the Winter than these sources can provide. If a humidifier is installed, it will greatly improve indoor comfort during the dry Winter. Improper or inadequate humidifier service can lead to poor humidification, or worse, growth of algae and molds in your HVAC system. Install a humidifier if you need one. If you have a humidifier, get it serviced.

These items are required in all tight building structures, but to what degree do you require them in yours? Many items required for environmental comfort can be implemented by you or your staff for little or no money. Feel free to call us at (214) 631-1010 and discuss your indoor environment. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.



Josh Kahn

TACL A16607C

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