Riteway Service Company Blog : Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

The Impact of Excessive Moisture in Your Home

Monday, April 9th, 2018

mold on wallWe might not get it as bad as some other states do during the summer, but the effects of high humidity affect us here too. If you have an effective and efficient cooling system, it can relieve some of your discomfort on a hot, humid day. But are you really doing all you can to improve your San Antonio, TX indoor air quality?

When humidity brings excess moisture into your living space, you need a whole-house dehumidifier that works with your cooling system. Many homeowners “get by” with portable dehumidifiers around the house, but this isn’t the same, and doesn’t do much to lessen the impact of excessive moisture in your home. Consider a whole-house dehumidifier installation to improve your comfort, air quality, and energy-saving efforts.

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Upgrade Your Insulation for Optimal Year-Round Comfort

Monday, January 29th, 2018

rolled up insulation inside atticA pretty big chunk of your income goes toward your heating and cooling costs each year. In fact, it’s estimated by Energy.gov that over half of all your energy usage is spent on using your HVAC systems. Of course, this will vary on a few factors, but overall, you’re paying a lot to keep your home comfortable.

But shouldn’t you do everything in your power to ensure your heating and cooling systems are working as efficiently as they can? Yes, and this starts with scheduling Canyon Lake, TX HVAC service as needed, such as routine maintenance and any subsequent repairs. But it also means keeping your indoor air quality in check, and a huge part of this is having the right amount and type of insulation surrounding your living space.

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The Many Benefits of a Whole Home Dehumidifier

Monday, August 28th, 2017

happy family and dog sitting on couch in living roomWith our cooling season winding down, now is the time to take care of any late season air conditioning repairs and turn your attention to heating system maintenance—our chilly nights certainly warrant the use of an efficient and effective heater! But another item to keep at top of mind in between seasons is the quality of your indoor air, which can actually be worse than the quality of the air outdoors.

Humidity is a big problem in our area. For optimal comfort, the relative humidity levels in your home should rest between 30%–50%. When levels reach any higher than this, it can cause a number of problems—problems that can be relieved with a professional San Antonio, TX dehumidifier installation. But what makes this such a great investment?

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Are UV Air Purifiers All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

Monday, August 14th, 2017

uv light on blue backgroundNo matter the time of year, the air outdoors is filled with allergens of various forms, in addition to mold and bacteria spores which, over time, can make your life pretty miserable. Allergens and germs cause problems for even the healthiest people, but particularly infants and the elderly, to can be more susceptible to colds and other illnesses. Unfortunately, you can’t keep your home completely safe from germs and bacteria simply by closing your doors and windows. There are, however, other methods you can use to stop these microscopic intruders from invading.

We’re talking about the installation of the right kind of Alamo Heights, TX indoor air quality product: the UV air purifier. This product is perfect for any household worried about biological contaminants such as germs and mold spores, and will help cut down on allergens too.

But how do they work? Are they safe? What benefits do they provide? Keep reading to learn more.

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Leading Benefits of a Whole-Home Dehumidifier Installation

Monday, May 8th, 2017

dehumidifier-benefitsIt’s no secret that Texas suffers from high temperatures just about year round, but especially in the summer, in addition to uncomfortably high levels of humidity. Most homes use centralized AC systems to regulate their home temperature, but that doesn’t do much to reduce the level of moisture present in the home.

An Alamo Heights, TX dehumidifier installation will help with this by removing excess humidity from your indoor air, benefiting both your level of comfort as well as your air conditioning system. Keep reading to learn more about how these systems work and the specific advantages they offer.

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Why Should You Have a Whole House Dehumidifier Installed?

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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Winter has officially ended! Okay, that doesn’t mean much for Texas residents—we’re typically grateful for any colder weather at all. But even though we’re used to warmer weather, spring and summer kicks it up a notch, while also adding uncomfortable humidity.

You likely—hopefully—have an efficient air conditioning system to keep you cool during the warmer months ahead. But what are you doing about excess moisture? Your cooling system isn’t enough to battle poor Boerne, TX indoor air quality. What you need in place is a whole-house dehumidifier. This will make a huge difference in your home comfort levels as well as the operation of your air conditioning system as well.

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A Smart Investment: Blown-in Attic Insulation

Monday, January 30th, 2017

blown-in-attic-insulationThe Energy Star website is one of many reputable sources that hosts information about the importance of attic insulation and what factors you should consider, although we’re sure that nobody would argue the benefits of sufficient insulation. Appropriately installed insulation helps reduce energy costs by cutting down on wasted heat loss. Additionally, insulation helps you keep the air cool in your home during the summer—something that is particularly advantageous for Texas residents.

When you’re looking for insulation options in Boerne, TX, we are the team to turn to. We understand that insulating your attic is one of the most important energy-saving projects you can undertake, and we’re here to make sure you get the most for your money. That’s why we offer quality blown-in insulation. Of course, this may mean nothing to you if you’ve never heard of its advantages! Keep reading to learn more.

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Indoor Air Quality: Importance of CO Detection

Monday, December 26th, 2016

We may be known for our heat, but when winter comes—and it is here now—our temperatures can certainly drop below our levels of comfort. This necessitates the use of a fully functioning and efficient heater for your home.

Hopefully, you’ve already had maintenance conducted on your heater to ensure that it’s in no need of repairs and that it’s clean and adjusted so that it can do its job. When you skip maintenance, or delay suggested repairs, you could very likely find yourself facing some pretty serious safety issues.

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Do You Have Leaky Ducts?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Central air conditioners and furnaces are still the preferred choice of HVAC systems for a number of homeowners throughout the country, and for good reason. They are reliable, and today’s models are built with much greater efficiency than those of the past. Still, if you are using these forced-air systems, there’s one crucial factor to keep in mind: the condition of your ductwork.

Ductwork which has been compromised can prove highly disadvantageous to you and your home in a number of ways. Inspecting your ducts, however, takes a lot more than just looking at it on your own. You need a professional to inspect and determine if and where duct sealing is necessary. In the meantime, though, we’ve provided some signs below that your ductwork may be breached.

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Understanding How Your UV Lights Work

Monday, October 31st, 2016

We’ve written before about the benefits of having UV lights installed in your HVAC system, but do you know exactly how they work? You may know that these systems function as air purifiers, ridding your HVAC system and home of mold, mildew, and other potentially harmful biological particles. But how exactly do they do this?

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