Public Indoor Air Quality: How to Improve the Air in Your Place of Business

indoor air qualityCustomer wellness is a priority whether you run a restaurant, retail store, or other service industry. Fortunately, it’s not hard to improve public indoor air quality. Making some minor adjustments can make a major difference in the well-being of your customers and employees.

Revelations About Public Indoor Air Quality

In one study, commercial areas were found to have a significant level of volatile organic compounds and other microbiological contaminants. The study, entitled Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Retail Stores, focused mainly on the retail sector. However, we believe it applies across all industries.

The study revealed that contaminants can be reduced significantly by having ample ventilation and air filtration. Proper HVAC maintenance is necessary. Commercial HVAC and exhaust systems are required in some industries, particularly those that serve food, such as restaurants and pubs. Continue Reading →

Commercial Refrigerator Odor Removal: How to Eliminate Foul Smells

refrigerator odorAfter several years of use, you may notice that the refrigerator for your restaurant or food plant begins to develop unpleasant smells. Commercial refrigerator odor removal is doable and doesn’t necessarily require professional assistance, but it does require time and attention to detail.

What Causes the Odor?

The odor can be attributed to a number of causes. The main culprit is the food itself. Perishable goods like milk can leak and spoil. The odor may also be an indicator that mold and bacteria is growing somewhere inside the unit. Either way, the matter requires your immediate attention.

Empty and Clean

Before you clean, empty the shelves of all consumable items and store them in another temperature-appropriate room. Once everything is safely out of the refrigerator, scrub the walls and floor using a simple solution of soap and water. To enhance this solution’s ability to remove odors add white vinegar and baking soda to the solution. Both are known for their odor-removing properties. Once every area is thoroughly scrubbed, let the unit fully air out before returning the food. Continue Reading →

Common Thermostat Problems and Their Impact on Home Cooling

Common thermostat problemsAn abrupt malfunction in your HVAC system can cause alarm. The issue may very well be with the air conditioning or heating unit itself. However, it could also be due to a faulty thermostat. Here’s how to identify common thermostat problems and how they inhibit optimal HVAC operation.

AC Won’t Start or Won’t Turn Off

If the furnace/AC won’t start at all, this may be due to a wiring defect within the thermostat. When the wiring is loose, the thermostat can’t read the room temperatures correctly and may fail to switch on the cooling or heating.

Bad wiring may also lead to the opposite problem, in which the HVAC units won’t switch off. It’s also possible the thermostat is improperly calibrated and sending the wrong instructions to the HVAC system.

Incorrect Temperatures

The room temperature may not match the reading on the thermostat. The issue can be as simple as the thermostat’s not being perfectly level. This can occur if you accidently bump it. Fix the issue by placing a carpenter’s level below it and adjusting the unit’s level. Continue Reading →

How to Clean a Dirty Furnace Flame Sensor

furnace flame sensor, flame sensorWith summer just about over and the arrival of fall around the corner, you need to be sure your furnace is in working order. When the furnace switches on, you may find that it only runs for a few seconds before shutting off. One possible cause may be a dirty furnace flame sensor.

What Is a Furnace Flame Sensor?

The flame sensor is a thin metallic rod located on the burner assembly and in front of the pilot flame. The furnace flame sensor determines whether a flame is present when the gas is on. Without the sensor, the pilot light could go out, and the furnace could emit harmful gas.

The sensor acts as a safety device. When it detects that the flame isn’t on, it shuts down the entire unit to prevent dangerous gas emissions.

Signs of a Dirty Flame Sensor

The flame sensor can become corroded due to carbon buildup from the flame. This can cause the sensor to fail. If the burner light goes out within seconds of switching on the unit, this is a telltale sign of a dirty sensor. If you see soot clearly covering the sensor, then it’s time for a cleaning. Continue Reading →

Four Summer Barbecue Theme Ideas

barbecue themeWe are moving towards the end of the summer. Nevertheless, now is a better time than ever for a backyard barbecue. Break out your barbecue grill and explore these summer barbecue theme ideas. Make the most of outdoor living during this time of year.

1. All American Barbecue

Even though we’re past the 4th of July, American pride never goes out of style. Adorn your property with red, white, and blue decorations. Scatter miniature American flags over the lawn and bunting over the deck railings. For the grub, serve American-style foods, such as hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken wings, and apple pie.

2. Beach Barbecue

You don’t have to live near the coast to have a beach barbecue. Decorate the table with little seashells and starfish. You can also fill a clear vase with sand for use as a table centerpiece. If kids are in attendance, create a sandpit play area complete with plastic buckets and shovels. For food, serve grilled seafood and tropical fruits such as pineapple and papaya. Continue Reading →

Summer Commercial Refrigerator Maintenance: How to Keep Your Unit in Peak Condition

commercial refrigerator maintenance, refrigerator maintenance, commercial refrigeratorProperly functioning commercial refrigeration is crucial for any business that stores perishable goods. This is especially critical in the warmest time of year. A broken system can result in spoiled goods totaling thousands of dollars. It goes without saying that summer commercial refrigerator maintenance is vital.

Why Summer Commercial Refrigerator Maintenance Matters

During cooler months, lower ambient temperatures keep storage items cool even if the fridge has minor issues. Unfortunately, this benefit goes out the window in the summer months. This is why pre-summer and summer maintenance is the best prevention. It reduces chances of requiring a last-minute emergency repair. Continue Reading →

Summer HVAC Tips for Maximum Air Efficiency

summer airSummer is here along with the scorching heat. For homes, this means ramping up the air conditioner. Most homeowners, though, also fear drastically higher utility bills. The good news is you can keep the cost to a minimum by following some simple summer HVAC tips.

1. Change the Filter

Changing the air filter is one of the few acceptable summer air conditioning maintenance practices for DIYers. If the AC uses a disposable filter, change it at least once a month. Change it more often if you have pets or are a smoker. Too much dust restricts the flow of cool air.

2. Use a Programmable Thermostat

Manage your HVAC with smart technology. Customize your summer air conditioning schedule even when you’re not at home. If nobody’s home, use your mobile device to switch off the AC. Alternatively, turn it down and let the indoor temperature rise a bit. Continue Reading →

How Often Should You Change a Mobile Home Furnace Filter?

mobile home furnace filter, furnace filterAll furnaces have a filter. This is true for furnaces in different kinds of residences, including mobile homes. You need to change the filter regularly to facilitate smooth airflow and keep the heat circulating. So, how often should you change a mobile home furnace filter?

How Are Mobile Home Furnace Filters Different?

Like other homes, mobile homes may have an electric or gas furnace. The ductwork in mobile homes, though, is typically narrower. In addition, the furnace filters are also installed at the grill. This differs from conventional furnaces, which have a separate compartment between the ductwork and furnace for storing the filter.

How Often Should You Change the Filter?

Like any other filter, change it out according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Usually, this is every one to three months. You will need to change the filter more frequently if you have pets, or if someone is a smoker. More frequent changing is also necessary if an occupant has allergies.

How to Change a Mobile Home Furnace Filter

Always follow the instruction on the filter package. Generally, the process is as follows:

    1. Switch off the furnace’s power supply.
    1. Access the filter, which should be within the metal grill.
    1. Remove the existing filter and dispose of it.
    1. Install the new filter. The filter’s frame should have arrows indicating the right way to insert the unit.
    1. Reinstall the grill.
  1. Switch the furnace back on.

If the furnace has a filter compartment, open it to access and replace the existing filter. Also, open the blower panel to wipe away dust. Contact a professional servicer if you don’t know how to do this.

We Manage Your Furnace and HVAC Systems

Mobile homes have air conditioning and power systems just like any other dwelling unit. Contact All Points Heating if any of these components go awry. Changing mobile home furnace filters is just one part of routine furnace maintenance.

Furnace and HVAC Care for Mobile Homes

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The Connection Between Humidity and Allergies

humidity allergies

Spring is the season for sunshine and blooming flowers. Unfortunately, allergies are part of the seasonal package. Do you know how humid your home’s interior is? We ask because a strong correlation exists between humidity and allergies. Reducing humidity can help reduce the sniffles.

How Does Humidity Increase Allergic Reactions?

Moisture in the air acts as a filter that traps dust, pollen, and other allergens. It also creates the breeding ground for mold and even helps dust mites thrive.

While often not as humid as summer, humidity does increase in spring after a dry winter. People also begin to spend more time outside and end up tracking dirt and debris into the home.

What Is the Ideal Humidity Level?

The ideal humidity is 45% moisture level in the air. Aim for a level between 30% and 60%. You do not want to go below 30%; lower is not better. Low humidity causes symptoms such as dry skin, chapped lips, itchy throat, and static electricity. 

How to Establish Balanced Humidity

We suggest an annual checkup of your air and water system. For businesses, we recommend an inspection of the commercial HVAC system. These systems naturally remove some moisture. However, this may not be enough on high humidity days or if the system is operating below peak efficiency. 

Another option is installing a whole-house dehumidifier. This will make a noticeable difference for asthmatics. For everyone else, at least consider a portable dehumidifier for personal bedrooms and offices.

For bathrooms and kitchens, which have exceptionally high humidity, consider installing exhaust fans.

We Help Eliminate Humidity and Allergies

Our air quality systems ensure indoor air filtration for respiratory safety. Give All Points Heating a call if anyone in the household has allergen sensitivities. Humidity and allergies have a direct connection in your living environment.

Indoor Humidity Control 

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How to Reduce HVAC Noise Pollution

HVAC noise pollutionThe commercial HVAC system in your workplace keeps your staff cool in summer and cozy in winter. However, HVAC units also make a lot of unwelcome noise. At times, this can be borderline intolerable for facility members who need to concentrate. We’ll explore some ways to keep HVAC noise pollution to a minimum.

Upgrade the System

Modern air conditioning and furnace systems are quieter and more energy efficient. If your facility still relies on a system from the 1990s, then perhaps you need to upgrade. The humming is especially loud if the unit is too large for the space.

Rearrange the Room

The noise pollution is greatest at the vents and in the ductwork. If possible, position seats, cubicles, and work areas in the away from the vents. In some instances, a technician may be able to reposition the ducts and airways. Continue Reading →