Spooky Facts and Solutions for Air Quality

October is synonymous with Halloween frights, but what might be scarier are the potential particles and pollutants lurking in your indoor air.  In recognition of National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air wants to help purify the air in your homes and businesses around Ocala, the Villages, and North Central Florida. 

3 Scary Truths About Indoor Air Pollution

1.) ALLERGENS, VIRUSES, AND BACTERIA: Indoor air pollution can have drastic effects on a person’s health. As scientifically brought to light with numerous COVID-19 studies, many types of viruses and airborne bacteria can linger in indoor air, in addition to allergens, particles, dust, debris, hair, and dander. A dirty filter subjects you to these dangers and contributes to HVAC system deterioration. A clean air filter with a high MERV ranking is your first line of defense.

2.) POLLUTANTS, SMOKE, AND CHEMICALS: If you smoke in your home, you could be spreading hundreds of different chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, and an array of respiratory issues.  Likewise, many household cleaners, paints, solvents, and pesticides can release deadly chemicals or gases into the air, which is why proper ventilation is critical when using certain products indoors. In addition to ventilation, always follow directions on product labels.

3.) MOLD AND MILDEW: In North Central Florida, our high humidity levels can promote the growth of mold and mildew in our homes and businesses.  Keeping humidity levels in your home below 50 percent, quickly repairing leaks, performing regular HVAC system maintenance checks, professional duct cleaning, and removing standing water are all essential for mitigating risks of mold or mildew affecting your health and damaging your property.

Breathe Easy with Fresh-Air Systems and Air Purifiers

In addition to helping you choose high-quality air filters, the Ocala-based experts at United can help you choose high-quality systems to purify the air in your Florida home or business.For example, United is a certified contractor for Global Plasma Solutions (GPS), a needlepoint ionization technology for superior air purification. Once installed, there is no maintenance and no replacement parts required for GPS. In addition to odor control, GPS provides filtration for airborne particles, controls allergens, and helps kill viruses, bacteria, and mold.

During 2020, United has also seen a surge in requests for REME HALO® Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifiers, which reduces odors, pollutants, particulates, microbials, and gases in indoor air.  The in-duct system purifies every cubic inch of air that your AC system reaches.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing demand for cleaner air quality, United’s fresh-air system installations are providing air-purifying solutions and helping homeowners and business owners breathe easier.

United’s experts are available to provide more information about HVAC system efficiency and air purification solutions at your Florida home or business. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 for an appointment. 

Indoor Comfort When Outdoor Temperatures Fluctuate

Around Ocala and The Villages, February is known for outdoor temperature fluctuations, bouncing between 47 and 74 degrees on average.  Hot, cold, warm, or cool – the temperatures fluctuate not only by the day, but also by the hour. This means your HVAC system may be working hard to switch back-and-forth from heating to air conditioning.   

Thermostats, Settings, and HVAC System Tips

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has helped keep systems up and running for over 30 years. In addition to general maintenance and service questions, United’s customers frequently ask our technicians for suggestions on how they can maintain comfortable temperatures in their homes and businesses.   Here are a few tips for indoor comfort when North Central Florida’s weather outside is unpredictable or sporadic.
1.) Invest in a Programmable Thermostat: A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust hourly temperatures according to your needs, even when you are not at home.  You can also program advance settings according to weather fluctuations. Today’s smart thermostats offer modern features and controls via your smartphone apps and devices.

Senior male reaching up to open filter holder for air conditioning filter in ceiling

2.) Set and Adjust Temperatures: HVAC system manufacturers often suggest thermostat settings for efficiency in model manuals or on their websites.  For heating efficiency, some recommend between 65 and 70 degrees during colder months. Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust temperature needs, but some experts suggest keeping systems set at one temperature.  Put simply, each situation is unique, which is why we recommend asking United’s technicians for advice in setting your unique system for efficiency.

3.) Optimize Opportunities of Rest: When milder temperatures prevail, systems across Ocala and The Villages could have the opportunity to downshift operations.  For example, if outdoor temperatures feel comfortable, consider opening the windows for fresh air.  If heat creeps back with the mid-day sun, consider running ceiling fans in a counter-clockwise direction for downward airflow to keep rooms cooler. Alternatively, if there is a slight chill, consider supplementing heat in small areas with a portable space heater. When your HVAC system is at rest, be sure to utilize ventilation systems to expel heat and moisture. For example, reduce humidity and steam by running your kitchen exhaust fans or bathroom exhaust fans. 

4.) Clean Filters and Perform Maintenance: Your HVAC filter is the first line of defense in trapping debris and filtering particles like dust, dander, pet hair, and other allergens in the air. It is a fact that filter changes help to ensure that your system runs efficiently.  Cleaning and general maintenance are also the keys to saving money, promoting longevity of your system, and keeping you in control of comfortable room temperatures now and throughout the year.

There are many brands and types of heating and air conditioning systems.  Ask United’s experts which filters, preventative maintenance schedules, and thermostat settings are right for you.Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to discuss your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, improving indoor air quality, or upgrading your HVAC system.

7 Simple Solutions for Clean Air Indoors

The team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is celebrating Clean Air Month by taking time to educate valued customers across Central Florida about the relationship between a person’s health and clean indoor air.

The American Lung Association (ALA) launched a national observance known as “Clean Air Week” back in May of 1972 to promote solutions for clean and safe air.  Today, both indoor and outdoor air pollution continues to threaten our nation’s health.  Our team wants to help you limit pollutants and keep homes and businesses safe across Ocala, The Villages, and beyond. 

High-Quality Air Purification and AC Solutions
Smoking, household cleaners, and fuel-burning appliances are well-known culprits of indoor air pollution, but problems like dust, debris, dander, humidity, and poor air circulation may also cause air-quality problems and worsen health conditions like allergies or asthma.

Fortunately, an efficiently maintained air conditioner or HVAC system can play a key role in keeping humidity levels low, while also filtering allergens from the air you breathe.  In addition, United’s experts often recommend Global Plasma Solutions (GPS), needlepoint bi-polar ionization cold plasma technology for superior air purification.

No maintenance or replacement parts are required for GPS technology. Once installed, its purifying technology does all of the work.  Needlepoint ionization breaks down gases (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor) to provide odor control.  GPS also provides filtration for airborne particles, controls allergens, and helps kill viruses, bacteria, and mold.

Effective Ways to Reduce Air Pollution
As homeowners and business owners, there are also some simple things you can do to reduce indoor air pollution:     

  1. Change your AC Filter every month and schedule preventive HVAC maintenance checks.
  2. Make sure the humidity levels in your home stay below 50 percent.
  3. Do your best to prevent mold/mildew, quickly repair leaks, and remove standing water.
  4. Avoid smoking indoors and limit use of strong chemicals.
  5. Provide proper ventilation when using cleaners, chemicals, paints, solvents, or pesticides.
  6. Ensure fuel-burning appliances and bathrooms are fully vented to the outdoors
  7. Install carbon monoxide detectors and never idle your car in an attached garage.

We hope these tips help you safely enjoy clean air this month and throughout the year. The team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air would be happy to provide more information about HVAC system efficiency, offer solutions for upgrading your equipment, and explain the many benefits of adding air purification solutions at your Florida home or business.

Find out more about our indoor air quality systems.

Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with one of our experienced professionals about your options for repairing, replacing, or installing a new HVAC system or air purification solution.