Russell & Abbott Blog: Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Difference Between Professional and Store-Bought Dehumidifiers

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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Ugh, high humidity. Not one of Man or Dog’s best friends. Humidity can feel nice during cold weather, but when it strikes here in Tennessee during our spring and summer seasons, we can be in for plenty of sweating and panting. (I’ll pant, you sweat.) 

Humidity in the home can cause plenty of problems. Not only does high humidity make your home feel hotter, but it can promote mold and mildew growth which can affect your indoor air quality and make life pretty miserable for people with asthma and allergies. (The odor for mold and mildew is pretty bad too. Believe me … I’ve got a sharp sense of smell!)
You’ve got a way to combat humidity: dehumidifiers.

You’ve got a way to combat humidity: dehumidifiers. And now that we’re on that topic, I want to share with you some of the important differences between the portable dehumidifiers you can purchase in stores and the professional dehumidifiers our Russell & Abbott can install in your home.

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Our Guide to Air Filters

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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When I look over the topics I often write about for my blog, one that pops up often is “air filters.” When people hear about air filters, they usually think about the air filters that are already part of their HVAC system. These are important filters, but you need to know that they aren’t there to improve indoor air quality. These filters do the job of stopping dust, lint, and other debris from getting into the HVAC system and damaging the heating system, air conditioner, and blower. 

You can also have special filters installed into your HVAC system that remove pollutants from the air that surrounds you in your house. These filters are highly effective at keeping dust, pet dander, pollen, mold, and mildew spores from circulating through the air and they are much more powerful than the standard furnace filter.

There’s no single kind of air filter. You have several options when it comes to types of filters, and in this post I’m going to look over several of the different kinds. 

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Duct Cleaning? Yes, It Can Totally Help Your Home!

Monday, February 7th, 2022
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As a dog, there are things in a house I can sense better than people can. For example, I can detect the smell of dust much quicker, and that means I can tell when the ductwork in a house has too much dust, dirt, and other debris inside it. It’s hard for people to know this because they can’t see most of their ductwork.

Unfortunately, your pets don’t have an effective way to inform you that you should schedule duct cleaning. (If they could, believe me, they would. We want to help!) What I recommend is that you have duct cleaning done every 3 to 5 years. If you’ve never had it done, now is a great time to do it.

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We Have Ways to Solve Your IAQ Problems

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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In my last post, I wrote about indoor air quality problems you may have in your home during fall. But I know my readers don’t show up just to listen to me give them bad news. They’re looking for help from a smart dog who knows her heating and air conditioning. “I’ve got air quality issues, Olive, but what can you and the Russell & Abbott team do about them?”

Plenty, it turns out. And not just in the obvious ways—we understand that great indoor air quality in a house is connected to having a great HVAC system in prime shape. A few pricey gizmos that make big promises aren’t enough to turn around IAQ troubles. Let’s talk about real solutions!

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Indoor Air Quality Troubles You May Have in Fall

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Fall is a pretty season—but I’ll admit most of my bias toward the fall is that I love running into big piles of leaves! So much fun.

But I’m talking about being indoors during the fall right now, and when you’re inside your home in the fall, you may run into some indoor air quality issues that can make everything a bit more, well, sneezy. I’m going to look at some of what might be in store for your home’s air this autumn and what you can do about it.

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Olive Explains Why Indoor Air Quality Gets Bad

Monday, August 24th, 2020

air-ventWe offer services to help improve your indoor air quality in Knoxville, TN, allowing you and your family to breathe the healthiest and most comfortable air possible. If you’re wondering if this is necessary for your house, I can tell you honestly that not all homes have serious IAQ issues. But many do—and poor indoor air quality is more common today than it used to be.

Why is that? There’s a two-part explanation, and since everyone in the office is super busy working for our customers, I’m here alone to handle giving those explanations. But I live for this research stuff. Poor air quality affects pets in homes as much as it does the people! Our canine lungs don’t like dust any more than yours do.

Here are the two reasons why indoor air quality is often poor in modern homes.

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Does My Air Conditioner Also Dehumidify the House?

Monday, June 1st, 2020

flooding-roomI get plenty of questions about air conditioning systems and how they work. That’s why I have a blog! I could’ve just penned a short FAQ and then gone into retirement on my favorite couch. But I’m a hard-working blogger dog! I see great examples of hard work every day here at Russell & Abbott, and I want to do my part. I take the time to go in-depth on the questions people ask most often. And the question I’m tackling today is: “Does my AC also help dehumidify the house?”

I can answer this by dividing the question into two. “Does my AC lower humidity in my house?” The answer is yes. “Does my AC control humidity enough to make a difference to my comfort?” The answer is no.

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Leaving Your Filter in Place Can Make Your Home’s Air Worse

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Greetings everyone! I get plenty busy during fall because this is the season when I look down my long list of topics to help our customers prepare for the winter. Dogs have “winter prep” pretty easy, because we come equipped with a nice fur coat. People have a touch more work to do, such as having their furnaces professionally tuned-up and taking care of spots where their homes can lose heat easily.

In all this hustle before winter weather, people (and this includes you, dear reader) may forget one simple task for their HVAC system—changing the air filter for a new one. I talk about changing the air filter plenty of times on my blog. Usually I focus on how routine air filter changes help the HVAC system perform at higher energy efficiency and provide better levels of heating and cooling. Today, I’m turning to a side-effect of a clogged filter people may not realize: it can make a home’s indoor air quality worse!

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Humidity Can Do More Than Just Make You Feel Hotter

Monday, May 6th, 2019

toxic-mildew-and-moldYou may have heard that we dogs don’t sweat like you humans do. I can tell you, it’s true! We still need to release heat from our bodies when it’s hot, but we go about it a different way. Instead of sweating all through our skin, we sweat through our noses and our paw pads. But mostly, we get rid of all the extra heat in our body by panting. And getting rid of heat is the whole point of sweating!

And this brings me to my important topic today: humidity. We get plenty of that here in East Tennessee during the summer, and it makes the hot weather feel even hotter. This is because it’s harder to release heat through sweat when there’s already too much moisture in the air.

But did you know that humidity can cause other problems than just making the weather muggier? When indoor relative humidity climbs above 60%, you can face trouble like this:

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Olive the Science Hound on Why Humidity Makes You Feel Hot

Monday, July 30th, 2018

graduate-oliveA good HVAC dog is also a dog who’s up on her science facts. Science is behind everything when it comes to heating and cooling a home. When I explain about how our expert team picks the right size of AC for your home, there’s some serious science behind it. When I talk you about the best temperatures to set your thermostat so you can save money, it backed up by the science of heat loss and heat gain.

Today I’m going to get into some serious science, because I’m putting the science upfront. I’m going to explain one of those mysteries of climate: why does humidity make a hot day feel hotter?

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