When it comes to your home, you want to do everything you can to make it safe and comfortable for you and your family. One of the things that threaten this comfortability is indoor air pollution, but there is a way to fix (or avoid) this problem! Did you know that making the switch to UV lighting systems can rid your home of some of these pollutants? Here’s how UV lighting can improve air quality in your home. How it works The way UV – or ultraviolet light – systems work is by attacking the bacteria and other contaminants in … Continued
Do allergies have you sneezing and sniffling again? Nose running and eyes watering, you stumble your way through your day. If you live in Texas, you know that we have a pretty awful allergy season year round due to the high growth of allergen producing plants in the area. If you want to keep your face out of the tissue box, you need to know what allergens to look out for and how to combat them. Here are summer allergies in San Antonio. You’ve seen it: yellow particles floating through the air, making their way into your clothing, bags, hair … Continued
Are you aware of the possible contaminants that might be inhabiting the air inside your home? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked indoor air quality as one of the top five concerns for a person’s health. Pollutants in the air can be the cause of the rise and fall of allergies, as well as a variety of other illnesses. Here are the top three indoor air pollutants in your home. Environmental Tobacco Smoke Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)—more commonly known as secondhand smoke—is a foul concoction of the smoke exhaled by smokers and the smoke given off by simply burning … Continued
From camping out in the woods to weekend beach trips, there are tons of things to love about the summer. But spending an ample amount of time outdoors creates a greater risk of coming in contact with allergens. If you suffer from allergies, you’re not alone. One in five people in the United States suffers from seasonal allergies. Allergens are in the air at all times, and they are especially prominent in the south. Texas, specifically, is known for plants that produce allergens, making it one of the top five worst places to live for people with allergies – especially … Continued
It’s that time of year again. You can feel it in the air. Allergy season! The transition from winter to spring can be terrifying for those suffering with allergies. Spring time means an increase in mold and pollen, which means it’s time to make sure your indoor air quality isn’t harboring allergy fugitives. Fun fact: The quality of air inside the average home today is likely more polluted than the air outside. Viruses, bacteria, allergens and other filthy particles can hover inside your home at all times. Indoor air pollution is among the five top environmental health risks, according to … Continued
You hear over and over (especially here on the Champion AC website) about the importance of regularly changing your air filter. But there’s another factor when it comes to your home’s air filter – the MERV rating. So what does MERV mean, and why is it so important? Here’s the answer from David Dilling from Filtration Products of San Antonio.
I think it’s pretty safe to say a lot of us have begun to realize over the past month or two just how much mold really bothers us. After the Memorial Day floods, mold allergies shot through the roof, and they’ve remained in the high-moderate range ever since. So what can you do? Here are a few tips from the Environmental Protection Agency. Avoid outdoor activities on “high” days: Check the mold counts every day. If it’s in the high range, try to limit your outdoor activities. There are plenty of ways to check allergen rates each day. One, you can … Continued
We’re getting close to the end of February, which means a couple of things. One, spring is just around the corner. And, two, mountain cedar is almost over. The cedar season typically lasts though the end of this month. According to Dr. Paul Ratner, we’re still seeing levels in the high level – but that’s expected to tail off over the next couple of weeks. As always, Champion AC likes to remind you there are a few things you can do to protect your family from allergies inside your home. Don’t forget to regularly change your air filters. If you … Continued
If you’re part of our Champion AC communities on Facebook and Twitter, you know we often remind homeowners to regularly change their air filters – with good reason. Ignore this rule at the sake of your air conditioning system’s health. So here’s one additional reminder of the importance of regularly changing your air filters. You might be asking – how many air filter changes are enough? We blogged about this very thing for our friends at Angie’s List. Head over there to check out the blog, and change that filter!
You’ve already had your flu shot, so those sniffles, coughs and sneezes can only mean one thing – mountain cedar is back in San Antonio. We just turned the calendar on December, but mountain cedar is already showing up on the allergy reports. If you keep up with our blogs, you know that mountain cedar is an old nemesis of ours. As usual, we have a few tips to help alleviate the irritating symptoms of a mountain cedar allergy. Step One: Make sure your air filter is clean. A dirty air filter can’t trap the airborne allergens that enter your … Continued