iAir Services Blog: Archive for February, 2014

Who Needs a Humidifier or Dehumidifier in Austin, TX?

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

You have an air conditioning system to keep you cool during the summer months. You also have a heater to keep your home warm and cozy when the temperature drops. You may even have an air filtration system in order to keep the pollutants that infiltrate your home under control. What about the humidity within your house, though? Is there anything to keep that in check? Humidity imbalance is a serious problem that many homeowners are suffering with, sometimes without even realizing it. There are a lot of issues that can come along with very humid or overly dry air. Fortunately, there are also plenty of warning signs that you need a humidifier or dehumidifier in Austin, TX.

Here are some tips from the pros at Intelligent Air Services:

Signs That You Need a Humidifier in Austin, TX

Texas is a pretty warm place to be for most of the year. It can also be a very dry place. Don’t let low humidity levels set your comfort back. If you frequently wake up with a sore throat, suffer from nosebleeds frequently, or have very dry, itchy skin, you may need more moisture in the air within your home. You may also notice that your pain is chipping or that wooden fixtures are splitting. All of these problems indicate that you need to increase the humidity throughout your house. With a whole house humidifier in Austin, TX you can do just that. To learn more about how such humidifiers work, how they integrate into existing HVAC equipment, or to schedule service, just give us a call. We are happy to restore proper humidity levels to your home.

Signs That You Need a Dehumidifier in Austin, TX

It is also possible that your home may suffer from too much humidity in the air therein. This is every bit as problematic as having too little moisture in your air. High humidity levels can make areas of your home feel stuffy and uncomfortable. It can also lead to problems with biological pollutants, such as mold, which thrive in damp surroundings. You may find that there is a lot of condensation on your windows and pipes, or that wallpaper is peeling back from the walls. Whatever tips you off, the right dehumidifier in Austin, TX is just what you need to resolve this humidity crisis. Contact Intelligent Air Services today to discuss your options.

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Is Geothermal Heating and Cooling in Austin, TX Right for Me?

Monday, February 17th, 2014

It is a sad fact that heating and cooling our homes seems to only get more and more expensive each season. Because of the rising trends we see in fuel prices, many homeowners are looking for more efficient ways in which to keep comfortable throughout the year. One great way of doing so is use a geothermal heating and cooling system in Austin, TX. With the right geothermal heating and cooling system, you can cut heating and cooling costs without sacrificing any of your comfort. Contact Intelligent Air Services today if this is a goal that intrigues you.

How, you may wonder, is a geothermal heating and cooling system able to both heat and cool your home, let alone so efficiently? The secret lies in the heat transfer process that geothermal heating and cooling systems utilize. During the summer months, a geothermal heat pump will act in much the same way that a traditional air conditioning system does. Heat is removed from the air in your home, and that cooled air is then sent back throughout the house via a system of ductwork. The difference is, by reversing this operational process, a geothermal system in Austin, TX can use existing heat in order to warm your home up in the winter.

A geothermal heat pump uses a geothermal loop system to absorb heat from beneath the ground, where temperatures are fairly constant. The antifreeze solution within this loop system makes its way to the heat pump, where the heat is transferred to the refrigerant therein. Because drops in temperatures do not affect heat beneath the ground as much as they do the air, geothermal heating and cooling systems are even more reliable than air source heat pumps. Needless to say, only a skilled professional can handle your geothermal installation in Austin, TX. Give us a call today if you’d like to learn more.

Whether you want to save some money when heating and cooling your home or if you want to do so in a more environmentally friendly manner, a geothermal system in Austin, TX is a great option to consider. Intelligent Air Services is the company to call with any questions you may have. Let us help you decide if going geothermal is the right choice for you.

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The Original Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards

Friday, February 14th, 2014

It’s hard to imagine Valentine’s Day without the traditional greeting cards, whether accompanying a gift of flowers and candy, or sent between children in a school room. For commercial greeting card companies, February 14th is as important to them as the December holidays, Easter, and Mother’s Day.

Valentine’s Day as a celebration of romantic love predates printed greeting cards by a few centuries. In fact, the reason that sending romantic greeting cards became popular was because of the most un-romantic thing you can imagine: a reduction in postage rates.

In 1765, Parliament authorized the creation of “Penny Posts” that used a uniform rate of one old penny per letter throughout Great Britain and Ireland. Printers took advantage of the ease with which people could send letters to each other on Valentine’s Day by crafting cards with love poems on them. Many of these verses were collected in 1797 in the book The Young Man’s Valentine Writer, which was a resource for the lover with a romantic soul but not the most confident poetry style.

By the mid-19th-century, the Valentine’s Day greeting card was flourishing across England. Although people still followed a tradition of creating handmade Valentine’s Day cards from lace, ribbons, and flowers, commercially produced cards now overtook them. In 1835, the English post office mailed 60,000 valentines. As production expenses dropped, the English card manufacturers branched out creatively with humorous and sometimes vulgar cards… many of which we would find startlingly familiar in the 21st century. One of the common jokes on these cards was to design them to look like marriage certificates or court summons.

Across the Atlantic, the United States was slower to embrace the popular British custom. It wasn’t until 1847 that a U.S. printer mass-produced greeting cards for Valentine’s Day. Only two years later, American journalists noted how rapidly people in the country had embraced the tradition, turning into a fad that has never died down. The woman who printed the first U.S. Valentine’s Day card, Esther Howland, is today recognized by the Greeting Card Association with the annual “Esther Howland Award for a Greeting Card Visionary.”

The greeting card industry certainly has reason to thank Ms. Howland. Her idea of going into business printing romantic greeting cards, which came to her after she received a traditional English valentine when she was 19 years old, now sells 190 million cards in the U.S. every year. That number doesn’t include the smaller exchange cards used in elementary school classrooms, which would swell the number to 1 billion. (Who receives the most Valentine’s Day cards each year? Teachers!)

Whether you send out Valentine’s Day cards—handmade, store-bought, digital—or not, we at Intelligent Air Services hope you have a happy February 14th.

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How to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Austin, TX

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

It is, of course, very important that you are able to heat your home effectively in the winter and that you are able to cool it down efficiently in the summer months. Some people, though, fail to realize that great temperature control is only part of the equation if complete comfort is your goal. The quality of the air within the confines of your home is equally as important. If you are at all dissatisfied with the quality of the air in your house, how then can you ever hope to live comfortably? Work with Intelligent Air Services to enjoy the outstanding indoor air quality in Austin, TX that you deserve.

One of the most common problems that homeowners encounter when it comes to their indoor air quality is the presence of airborne pollutants in the home. There are a lot of different reasons why you may have high concentrations of such pollutants. Proximity to woods and major roadways, pets, damaged ductwork and even poor insulation can all lead to the high airborne pollutant counts. Regardless of the reason for your lackluster indoor air quality in Austin, TX, though, our skilled technicians can help to improve matters. With the right air filter or electronic air filtration system, you can remove these pollutants from the air that you breathe in your home.

Keep in mind, though, that dirt and dust may not be the only substances dragging down your indoor air quality in Austin, TX. You may also find that biological pollutants, including viruses, mold and bacteria, are creating problems. This is a major concern, but is thankfully one we can help you to address. Air filtration cannot deal with biological pollutants as needed, but pollutant destruction can. UV germicidal lights use small, safe amounts of UV (ultraviolet light) in order destroy viruses, mold, bacteria and other threats to your health and indoor air quality.

To learn more about ways in which you can boost indoor air quality in Austin, TX, call Intelligent Air Services today. We are happy to help you enjoy the quality air that you deserve in your home. Don’t let poor indoor air quality put your comfort or health in jeopardy.

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