Archive for August, 2014

How Air Purifiers Work

Posted on: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014  In: Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on How Air Purifiers Work

Air purifiers and air quality systems are increasing in popularity through the United States. Over $500 million is spent in the U.S. annually on air quality systems and air purifiers.  Most people that purchase air purifiers have allergies, asthma or just want to improve the air quality of their home. So how do air purifiers work?

They work by catching and filtering out particles in the air. Some clean the air by allowing the air to pass through it and remove particles. Other air purifiers use a discharge to create ions. Particles that pass through the ions will get either a negative or positive charge to them. Once the particles are charged, they will be drawn to the opposite charge. An ionizing purifier has two metal plates, one with a positive charge and one with a negative charge, that catches the charged particles. Other air purifiers will modify and alter the molecules of oxygen.

Types of Air Purifiers

  • Air Filters
  • Air Cleaners
  • Ozone Generators
  • Ionizing Purifiers
  • UV Lights
  • Adsorbents

If you need help with an air purifier system in Alexandria or in the D.C. metro area, call H&F Service Co.

The video below explains how an air purifier works.

Green Tips for Summer Cooling

Posted on: Thursday, August 14th, 2014  In: Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Green Tips for Summer Cooling

Summer can get hot in Alexandria and the D.C. metro area.  The rising temperatures can mean a rise in cost for your air conditioning. Here are some green tips for summer cooling that can help save you money and keep you cool.

Home Tips

Close all your windows, curtains and blind when you’re not at your house. Covering and closing your windows reduces the amount of heat that enters your house and helps keep it cool. If you use incandescent light bulbs inside your home, switch to new energy efficient  light blubs. Incandescent light blubs generate a lot more heat than energy efficient light bulbs. Use fans if you have them in your home. Fans circulate air and help cool down the house. Avoid using household appliance, like dryers, washer and stoves, that generate heat during the day. They’ll increase the temperature of your home when they’re in use. Use these appliance in the morning or at night when it’s cooler.

Reduce Body Heat

Reducing body heat is great simple way to cool down during the summer. Wearing natural fabrics, like cotton or wool, can cool your body down. Natural fabrics are more breathable than synthetic fabrics. Staying hydrated and eating cool food can also help reduce your body temperature. Drinking water and staying hydrated will help regulate your body heat and keep you cool. Staying away from large and hot protein dishes and eating salads or sandwiches instead will also help keep your body cool.

How to Bug Proof Your Home

Posted on: Friday, August 8th, 2014  In: Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on How to Bug Proof Your Home

Bugs, insects and other pests in your home can be annoying and a potentially harmful problem to have. Having insects in your home can create unsanitary conditions, transport and carry diseases between you, your family and pets. Bugs need food, water and shelter like every other living creature. Here some ways you can bug proof your home.

Seal Your Doors

Properly sealed doors can lock out bugs and prevent them from getting into your home. Install thresholds and door sweeps to seal any gaps in your doors. Nylon door sweeps are the best choice for keeping out bugs. Add weatherstripping to the sides of your doors to close the gaps between your door’ and its frame. Doing these things will also help keep you cool air and heating in your home and inhibit leaking. Adding screens to your windows will also keep bugs and pest from getting into your home. A 20-mesh or higher quality screen will keep bugs out and let you enjoy the outside air.

Maintain Your Yard

Keeping your yard clean and well manicured is one of the best ways to the bug population down. Remove piles of leafs and other debris from your yard. The piles can be large breeding grounds for insects. Check for any standing pools of water and make sure to clean your gutters and drains. Mosquitoes need a water supply to breed and getting rid of their water supply will lower their population.

Cover Crack & Large Openings

Cracks in your home are a prime spot for bugs to enter. Check your home for any cracks in its exterior and interior. Rotted wood, broken siding and crumbling brick should be fixed and sealed immediately to prevent any more damage and bugs getting into your home. Use caulk around your window frames and vents to seal those areas.

There’s are all great measures you can take to bug proof your home. If you have any  a/c, heating or any other service needs in Alexandria, call H&F Service Co.