What Are the Major Parts of an Air Conditioner?

April 20, 2021

Air conditioners are major appliances in our homes nowadays. With their ability to keep the indoor air at comfortable humidity and temperature, we cannot do without them, especially in extreme weather conditions. To appreciate these useful appliances, we should understand their main parts, which include. Refrigerant The refrigerant, also known as coolant, is a specialized fluid that is essential in the cooling and freezing technology. This fluid is contained in a closed-loop and works to carry heat from the indoors of the building to the outdoors. The refrigerant is able to do this efficiently because

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How Do UV Light Indoor Air Quality Products Work?

April 12, 2021

While HVAC systems keep our living spaces well ventilated at moderate temperature and humidity, they do not have the capacity to trap biological contaminants in the air. However, when UV lights are installed in the HVAC system, they can improve indoor air quality immensely. Ultraviolet Light Basics Ultraviolet light is electromagnetic radiation that exists between visible light and X-rays. It features a wavelength range of 100 to 400 nanometers and is of three types; UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. UV-C light, which has a wavelength of 100 to 290 nanometers, is responsible

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What Are the Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants?

March 17, 2021

When talking of pollution, most people visualize large factories puffing out fumes from their chimneys. However, according to EPA, exposure to pollutants is two to five times more likely indoors. Pollutants can be harmful to the health of you and your family. In this article, we will look at some of the common indoor air pollutants and their sources. 1. Biological Pollutants and Allergens One of the primary contaminants in most households is microbes and allergens. For homes with multiple occupants and pets, the quantities of these pollutants are often higher. Pet dander and microbes are

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Is It Normal to Smell Gas Near a Furnace?

March 16, 2021

You’re in the basement of your Syracuse home to put some items in storage. On the way, you pass by your furnace and smell the unmistakable odor of natural gas. If you’re not properly prepared, this situation could be cause for panic. Fortunately, not every natural gas release is a major emergency. At Holbrook Heating & Air Conditioning, we want you to be properly prepared so that you know how to respond when you smell natural gas in your home, whether it’s a small release or a major leak. What Is Natural Gas? Natural gas is a colorless and odorless

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What Are The Different Types of Furnaces?

February 20, 2021

One thing new homeowners often don’t know about furnaces is that there’s no one-size-fits-all model. Furnaces are unique for every house in terms of size and features. Every household has its own heating requirements, so each furnace must be unique. When shopping for a furnace, you must do extensive research to come up with the most appropriate appliance for your heating needs. Some heaters come with industrial settings, while others are solely for residential needs. If you’re confused about which model will best suit your needs, then this guide introduces you to different types of furnaces

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How To Improve Indoor Air Quality Naturally

February 11, 2021

Poor indoor air quality can cause allergies and worsen health conditions, such as asthma. An inefficient HVAC or duct system can compromise the air quality in your house because it can cause an accumulation of dirt, dust, and other air pollutants due to poor ventilation. If you notice some signs of poor indoor air quality, such as musty smells, allergic symptoms, or inconsistent airflow, it is time to work on your indoor air quality. Here are some ways you can naturally improve your indoor air quality. Vacuum Away Air Pollution One of the most effective ways

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Is Annual Furnace Maintenance Necessary?

January 22, 2021

As winter temperatures start to drop dramatically, you need your furnace to be operating optimally if you want to stay warm indoors. One of the best ways to ensure that your heater keeps running accordingly is to maintain it comprehensively. If you possess a furnace, it makes sense to consider an annual maintenance appointment. You should let an experienced, certified, and trained technician take a look at your equipment. Even though your furnace may seem to be running efficiently, it could have plenty of underlying hitches that are difficult to spot. These small issues could eventually

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How Can I Control The Humidity In My Home?

January 10, 2021

Using appliances, cooking, and taking hot showers are some activities that lead to moisture buildup at home. When steam accumulates in your house, it causes a rise in the humidity levels. The vapor condenses into water droplets on a cool surface, damaging your paint, insulation, and wood surfaces. Even worse, too much humidity can cause mold growth, mildew, or allergen accumulation, leading to severe respiratory ailments. It also decreases your HVAC unit’s efficiency by making your indoor air warmer, so your system will have to work even harder to create comfortable airflow.

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How to Monitor Air Quality in Your Home

December 19, 2020

The World Health Organization warns that most people are at greater risk of indoor air pollution than outdoor air pollution. Reasons for this include indoor air pollution generally being more concentrated due to much less natural ventilation and many people spending as much as 90% of their time indoors. In recent years, many public health organizations have placed great emphasis on indoor air quality and what you can do to monitor and improve it. With that in mind, let us consider the core recommendations from the EPA. Monitor the Air Quality Index in Your Area Air

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What You Should Know About Duct Sealing for Syracuse Homes

December 10, 2020

In your efforts to save money this winter, you may look for ways to reduce utility costs and minimize repairs while keeping your family warm and comfortable. If your efforts don’t seem to be paying off, the ductwork of your HVAC system may be the problem. Ducts are square and rectangular tunnels through which heated air passes to the vents in each room. Ideally, your ducts should be sealed to prevent warm air from escaping. Unfortunately, ductwork is designed with seams and bends that are prone to tears, dents, and other types of damage. Duct sealing by the experts at

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