Posts Tagged ‘Walker County’

How UV Lights Help to Purify the Air

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

You may tend to associate UV rays with tanning or the occasional sunburn, but UV rays can do much more than give your skin a painful bright red tint. UV light actually harms or kills small organic matter, which is why overexposure to the sun can lead to skin damage. But while short periods of time lounging in the sun’s rays won’t do much to affect you, it can kills and sterilize small organic matter that you don’t want in the air you breathe. That’s why many homeowners and business owners alike turn to UV air purifiers to help clear the air of organisms that could otherwise make people sick.

UV air purifiers are installed on the indoor air handler of your forced-air heating and AC system, a common breeding ground for bacteria and viruses and a source of mold development. Moisture is likely to develop at the indoor air handler. The components frequently heat up and cool down, and the indoor blower fan constantly blows potentially humid air over the air handler every day. Condensation can then collect at the indoor air handler, which creates an ideal condition for some microorganisms to thrive. UV air purifiers are positioned atop the air handler and can kill any microorganism that passes through or any that are already living in the system.

UV air purifiers are most important for people with allergies, asthma, or immune disorders. Bacteria and viruses can have a debilitating effect on those with compromised immune system, and mold spores can aggravate allergies, asthma, or other respiratory disorders. That’s why UV air handlers are so often employed in hospitals, to prevent illnesses from worsening and to protect hospital staff. UV air purifiers can even eliminate odors from cooking and pets from the air. In fact, they’re employed at sewage treatment plants so that plant workers don’t have to work in unpleasant conditions.

No matter what you use your UV air purifier for, it takes a professional to install this system and test it for proper operation. We have experience with many types of air purifiers in Walker County so you can get the filtration you need in your home.

To make sure that your new UV treatment system works as desired, trust the professionals at Ardon Maintenance.

Is Geothermal Heating Right for Every Home?

Monday, October 27th, 2014

A geothermal heat pump is one of the most efficient ways to heat or cool a home. A “heat pump” is a system that moves heat from place to place, rather than generating it. Many homeowners choose air-source heat pumps, which move heat out of the air in your home in the summer and into your home from the outdoor air in the winter. However, outdoor temperatures fluctuate, and these systems can struggle at certain times of the year.

A geothermal heat pump relies on the relatively stable temperatures underground. A set of pipes is buried in your property, and water or a water-refrigerant blend pumps through the pipes to absorb heat from the ground and move it into your home. This is one of the most efficient ways to heat or cool a home—but is it right for everyone?  We’ll take a quick look at some of the most common concerns for homeowners about geothermal heat pumps. To get geothermal heating in Walker County, trust the team of experts at Ardon Maintenance.

Cost

The most important consideration for many homeowners is the cost of geothermal heating. Yes, geothermal installation is more expensive than other installations, and for good reason. Technicians must dig a large trench in your yard and install a complex set of coils, and this task may take quite a while to complete. However, the savings over the years can easily offset the cost. You will save a lot of energy, as your system will only use a very small amount of electricity to pump water and run a fan, at a significant savings over other systems. Besides, you may need fewer repairs and less visits from a maintenance technician.

Space

Another concern for homeowners is whether they have enough space available on their properties. The least expensive mode of installation involves the use of a large amount of space in order to dig a shallow trench to lay out a horizontal loop system. But if your home does not have the proper amount of space, technicians can still dig a very deep hole in your yard to accommodate a vertical loop system.

Other Considerations

Some other considerations to keep in mind are the low noise level, the higher-than-average lifespan of these systems, and local and federal incentives for choosing an efficient system with very low environmental impact. This heating system is a great opportunity for many homeowners to save money and help the environment, but it still may not necessarily be the best choice for every home.

Call the experts at Ardon Maintenance to find out if geothermal heating is right for your home in Walker County.