How Air Systems Help Promote Healthy Homes

Indoor Air Quality

In honor of National Healthy Homes Month, our team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is highlighting how air systems and purifiers can help promote healthier homes for Floridians.

Allergens, dander, smoke, household chemicals, mold, bacteria, and even dreaded viruses like COVID-19 can linger in the air. These hazards can cause serious illness, aggravate asthma, and inflame allergy symptoms.  North Central Florida homeowners, however, can improve air quality and protect their respiratory health with solutions from United’s experts.

4 Florida Homeowner Tips for A/C and Air Purifiers
For air purification and A/C system optimization, consider these four tips to support continual, clean, and cool airflow throughout your Florida homes.      

  1. Air-Purification Systems and Technologies: Homeowners across Ocala and The Villages are enjoying healthier homes with the help of leading-edge, air-purifying technologies. There are cost-effective options for installing an air-purification system to clean and purify the indoor air you to breath. For example, Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) is a no-maintenance air-purifying solution with needlepoint ionization to break down gases, control odors, filter particles, as well as kill mold, bacteria, and viruses. 
  • Duct Cleaning and In-Duct Air Purifiers: Duct-cleaning services can help promote healthier spaces, but you can do more through your ducts.  United is a certified contractor for the leading in-duct air purifiers. REME HALO® Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifiers can reduce odors, pollutants, particulates, microbials, and gases in indoor air.  The system is powerful enough to purify all the air circulated by your A/C system. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this has become a popular upgrade.
  • High-Quality Filter Changes: Be sure to change your filters every month or more frequently depending on usage and guidelines.  A clean filter will extend the life of your A/C system, while also helping to reduce pollutants like dust, debris, dander, and other allergens. Choosing HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters and quality filter brands with a high MERV ranking (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) will go a long way in trapping allergens. Ask United’s experts which filter is best for you and your family home.
  • Preventative A/C System Maintenance: Schedule preventive A/C maintenance check-ups with United’s experts to keep your systems up and running.  A properly functioning system will do more than cool the air.  Your A/C will also enhance your physical comfort by helping to control proper humidity levels in your home. With your health and safety in mind, United’s technicians remain on-call to complete your A/C system evaluations, maintenance, repairs, and new installations. 

United’s trained professionals will inspect and maintain your systems, while also abiding by guidelines, policies, and safety procedures. For over 30 years, residential and commercial customers have trusted and relied on United for all their refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning needs. Call us today at 352-629-1187.

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. 

How to Keep Your Indoor Air Clean and Purified

May is recognized by the American Lung Association as Clean Air Month. There is no better time than now to acknowledge the health benefits of clean air in your homes and businesses. 

As the world continues to battle a pandemic, many people are diligently cleaning and sanitizing their homes and businesses to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a highly contagious disease transmitted through respiratory droplets.  This virus along with allergens and debris can travel through the air, which is why United Refrigeration, Heating and Air wants to help customers around Central Florida understand ways to clean and purify your indoor air.

Common Culprits and Indoor Air Pollution
Indoor air pollution can threaten the health of people of all ages around Ocala, The Villages, and across the nation. In addition to deadly viruses and bacteria, there may be many other dangers lurking in your indoor air.  The most common culprits are smoke, pesticides, and chemicals.  Experts suggest avoiding smoking indoors and limiting use of pesticides and strong chemicals.

During this era of stringent cleaning and disinfecting measures recommended by the CDC, it is quite common to be using household cleaners, solvents, and chemicals in our homes and businesses. While cleaning solutions are hard to avoid right now, it is important to always provide proper ventilation when cleaning, and always check the label to ensure you are not inappropriately mixing dangerous chemicals. 

HVAC System Solutions for Indoor Air
Poor circulation of indoor air particularly worsens health conditions like allergies or asthma.  A simple way to start improving indoor air is by properly maintaining your HVAC system.

Most simply, you can drastically limit pollutants like dust, debris, dander, and other allergens by changing your HVAC filters every month and scheduling preventive HVAC maintenance check-ups with United’s professionals. We specialize in ensuring your systems are running clean. 

Notably, it’s also important to keep indoor humidity at optimal levels. An efficient HVAC system can help maintain proper humidity levels, while also filtering allergens from the air you breathe.

Air Purification Systems for Your Home or Business
For the ultimate air purification solution, homes and businesses are choosing to install Global Plasma Solutions (GPS), which is a needlepoint bi-polar ionization cold plasma technology.  United’s experts recommend GPS as a no-maintenance air purifying solution for homeowners and businessowners wanting to improve their indoor air quality.

We are proud installers of REME HALO® Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifier. If you are interested in more information please contact us.

Once installed, the clean-air system’s needlepoint ionization breaks down gases (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor) to provide odor control. Most importantly, GPS also provides filtration for airborne particles, controls allergens, and helps kill mold, bacteria, and viruses.

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 today. 

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. 

Indoor Air Quality and Purification

In most cases the air inside your home is more polluted than the air outside due to the many things we use in our daily lives. Gas stoves, stringent house cleaners, trapped pollen and particulate matter and many other types of irritants reside in your home. If you have pets then you have dust mites too. None of this is meant to alarm you but there are steps you could and should take to improve your home life and even health.

At United Refrigeration we trust GPS (Global Plasma Solutions) for your home air purification. They are the pioneers in needlepoint bi-polar ionization cold plasma technology. What does all that really mean? Here are some basic explanations of the many benefits of needlepoint cold plasma solutions.

Odor Control – needlepoint ionization actually breaks down gases with electron-volt below 12. This means that that it converts compounds like oxygen, nitrogen, water vapor and carbon dioxide to a harmless level. From their website here is an explanation; “A simple example would be formaldehyde, which is produced by building furnishings and thought to be carcinogenic; formaldehyde breaks down to carbon dioxide and water vapor, thus eliminating the health hazard. Another example is ammonia, which is produced by occupants (typical body odor smell), and ammonia breaks down to oxygen, nitrogen and water vapor. As you can see, what chemical you start with determines how it reacts with the ionization field and how it breaks down.”

Airborne Particles – Positive and negative ions attach to particles, grow larger and increase filtration effectiveness.
Kills Virus, Bacteria and Mold – ions are also attracted to pathogens. These ions starve the pathogens of hydrogen. Thus, rendering the airborne virus inactive.

Controls Allergens – The positive and negative ions flow through your system into your home. As they deactivate airborne contaminants it impacts your breathable air. It is not uncommon to see a reduction in symptoms and use of needed medicines.

No Replacement Parts – One of the biggest benefits is that GPS’s needlepoint technology does not require maintenance. No replacing parts, light bulbs, tubes or the like. Your first investment in this technology is your only investment.

If you are interested in how United Refrigeration can help you keep your home at the perfect temperature while also managing the ultimate air purification process for you and your family then contact us today! When it comes to your heating and air conditioning needs we are all about your needs. We focus on quality, are trusted by our customers and have the experience to provide the stability you require for all of your heating and ac needs.