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What Causes Indoor Allergies?

Posted by pkendig on March 05, 2018

Allergy season hits Richmond, Virginia hard. In fact, RVA usually ranks as one of the least allergy friendly cities in the nation, especially during springtime. Dust mites, pets, mold, cockroaches, pollen, and cigarettes are the most common causes of indoor allergy problems. There’s not a lot that can be done about the pollen outside, but there are a variety of ways to combat allergens inside the home.

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Topics: indoor air quality, ductwork, indoor allergy relief, system testing

Different Types of Air Filters

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on September 16, 2016

If you have a heating and cooling system, you have air filters. An air filter's primary job is to prevent large airborne particles from entering or clogging your HVAC system. Some air filters do also do the job of preventing certain allergens and pollutants from recirculating throughout your home's duct system, however that is not their main role.  

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Topics: energy efficiency, indoor air quality, Simple HVAC Improvements, Heating and Cooling Maintenance, hvac tips, HVAC filter, air filters, merv rating

Is Indoor Air Quality Really Worse than Outdoor Air?

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on August 31, 2016

Summer is coming to a close and families are beginning to gear up for their favorite fall nesting rituals. Regardless of your personal fall traditions, one thing is for certain, we’re all about to be spending a lot more time indoors.

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Topics: indoor air quality, HVAC filter

How Often Should I Change My Air Filters?

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on August 25, 2016

Temperatures in Richmond will soon be dropping. For most of us, our air conditioners and heat pumps are grateful for the break. They worked over time this summer - intaking air and disbursing colder air. All that air has to pass through out air filters which by now have had time to accumulate dust, pollen, mold and other particles from your home’s air. 

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Topics: air filters, indoor air quality, hvac tips, Heating and Cooling Tips, Simple HVAC Improvements, energy efficiency

Window Units vs Central Air Conditioners

Posted by admin on July 13, 2016

The efficiency of window units vs. central air is an ongoing debate There are many variables that come into play when determining which system is right for you. These include the size of your home, its insulation, and the average humidity of your climate.

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Topics: energy efficiency, indoor air quality, Air Conditioning, window ac, air conditioner, central air conditioner

Should You Have Your Ducts Cleaned?

Posted by admin on June 30, 2016


HVAC systems keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter. As most of us know, it's a good idea to keep our systems maintained to achieve maximum efficiency and extend the life of our investments. But how many homeowner's know how important it is to ensure that the “arteries” which carry warm and cool air throughout your home, should also get regular maintenance?

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Topics: indoor air quality, duct cleaning, Healthy Home, Air Conditioner Service, duct systems, hvac tips, air ducts

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