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What Causes Indoor Allergies?

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air 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, hvac tips, indoor air quality, Simple HVAC Improvements, air filters, Heating and Cooling Maintenance, HVAC filter, 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: energy efficiency, hvac tips, indoor air quality, Simple HVAC Improvements, air filters, Heating and Cooling Tips

Window Units vs Central Air Conditioners

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air 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 conditioner, Air Conditioning, central air conditioner, window ac

Should You Have Your Ducts Cleaned?

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air 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: duct systems, hvac tips, indoor air quality, duct cleaning, air ducts, Healthy Home, Air Conditioner Service

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