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indoor air qualityIndoor Air Quality is an extremely important aspect of being a homeowner. A not so fun fact; the quality of the air inside the four walls of your home is often worse than the polluted outdoor air itself. The potential sources of air pollution are lurking in nearly every room in your home and possibly interfering with the health of you and your loved ones.

Keeping Pollutants Out: First and foremost, do not allow smoking inside of your home. If you haven’t already, installing a carbon monoxide detector outside the bedrooms is a very effective way to protect you and your family from the invisible and odorless gas that leads to carbon monoxide poisoning. If you do have fuel-burning appliances, you should have a qualified technician inspect the devices at least once a year. Testing for radon and avoiding paints and household cleaners with high levels of chemicals are also best practices for keeping a safe air quality level in your home.

However, when it comes to household irritants such as dust, dander and mold, protocol is different. With proper education and care, keeping out these common allergens is simple to do. Follow these methods of keeping your air as clean as possible.

Ventilate: One of the main reasons that indoor pollution is often so much worse than outdoor air is because the contaminants in the building have nowhere to go. Once they are inside, they become trapped and continuously circulate through the air. Flowing fresh air is important, but also be wary of common outdoor pollutants, especially when pollen counts are high. Keeping thick screens in your windows – that can let cool air in but keep outdoor pollutants out – is key for circulating fresh air. It lets new, clean air in while keeping unclean air out. Fans are also great sources of circulating fresh air. Window fans especially, offer versatile air flow. rdhvac air ventilation

Clean: Regular dusting, vacuuming and overall cleanliness of your home are the best ways to keep dust and dander at bay. If you have pets, be sure to bathe them regularly to reduce the amount of dander released into the air. Combing or brushing is another way to remove excess hair and dead skin cells, but make sure to do this outside so that you aren’t bringing new irritants indoors. rdhvac cleaning

Purify: In addition to regular ventilating, dehumidifying and cleaning, the best way to ensure that your air is pure and clean is with an air purifier. An air purifier such as the Start breathing better and purify your air today. rdhvac purify

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Mold Remediation | Indoor Air Quality Kennett Square, PAThe majority of modern humans spend an inordinate amount of time indoors, making indoor air quality of the highest importance. Live organisms typically take the form of Mold & Bacteria. As such, we should all be concerned with what is in the air we are breathing. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to adverse reactions to pollutants in the air. Contact with these substances can cause sore eyes, burning in the nose/throat and headaches, as well as more severe effects such as respiratory illness, heart disease, cancer or other long term conditions.

How Did I Get Mold In My Home?


Molds are part of the natural environment and can begin reproducing quite easily. All it takes is for some spores to land on a wet surface and it will begin replicating. Mold can enter through many different passages such as your doorways, vents, windows and central air systems. Mold can even be tracked in from outside when it attaches itself to clothing, bags, or even pets. The mold tends to grow and thrive in places with an abundance of moisture such as leaky roofs and windows, or where there may have been some flooding.

How Serious Of A Problem Is The Mold Potentially?


Some mold is totally harmless – like *cosmetic* black mold or Ophistomoid fungi. These harmless black molds are often found on framing lumber and sometimes plywood. However, Stachybotrys Atra is a toxic mold and notorious mycotoxin producer. Some symptoms of exposure to toxic black mold include dermatitis, sinusitis, conjunctivitis. Aggravation of asthma and there has been evidence linking it with pulmonary hemosiderosis which causes bleeding in the lungs of infants less than 6 months old. This mold tends to grow on soaked wood, wall panels, cotton, cardboard and stacks of newspapers. Aspergillus is another mold that is very harmful, known to cause disease in humans and animals. Aspergillus is commonly found in house dust or areas of water damage / extreme dampness. Whether you have mold that is relatively harmless or a serious health concern, it all does one thing which is lead to more mold breeding so your situation can always get worse. It’s best to handle any signs of mold as soon as you uncover them.

What To Do When Mold Is Uncovered


The key to mold control is having control over moisture and humidity levels within your home. There’s no practical way to eliminate all mold spores, so the way to control it is to control moisture. Upon finding a mold issue, you must immediately eliminate the source of moisture. If there’s a leak or flooding, the first step is to resolve those issues. Next, reduce indoor humidity so that it rests at a level between 30-60%. Ways you can reduce the humidity are venting bathrooms, using air conditioning systems / de-humidifiers, and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.

Hiring A PRO to Assess Your Mold Issue


You can hire a professional if you’re concerned about properly taking care of the mold. Besides properly identifying the type of mold and extent of infestation, a PRO can offer you installations of air-purifiers, dehumidifiers and more. If you are having a mold issue and seek assistance – contact RDHVAC now!

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Spring has been a mixed bag to say this least so far in Pennsylvania. With snow, ice, rain, and sun all coming at us in March, it’s tough to know exactly how to prepare for the months ahead. Luckily, we’ve got the expertise to help with all of your home’s most vital systems. From heater repairs to keep you comfortable until the weather really warms up, to end-of-season maintenance to ensure your equipment will be ready to go next fall, to air conditioning services to get things ready for the hotter months ahead, our services are efficient and affordable, so your home will be ready for mother nature’s changing moods.

Heating System Repair Service

Don’t put off heater repair services until next year. Not only will you likely need your heater at least a few more times this year, but putting off current repair needs could lead to larger, more expensive problems down the road. Making sure your home’s systems are in order at the end of the season makes sure you won’t be hit with a surprise repair needs when you need your heat the most.

Electric Heater Repair

Electric heaters come with their own set of maintenance needs. Make sure your HVAC service provider is familiar with electric heaters and capable of making the necessary checks and repairs to keep your system running smoothly.

Gas Heater Repairs

Gas heaters are some of the most popular options for home heating in Pennsylvania. Clean, efficient, and relatively inexpensive, they provide homes with reliable, low-cost heating on demand. Since they’re s good at what they do, gas heaters tend to get a lot of use, and with extended use comes maintenance needs, just like with any other machine. RD HVAC techs are some of Pennsylvania’s most trusted experts on gas heater repair. Our years of expertise helps us to diagnose and fix issues quickly, so you can get back to having a fully-functioning unit in no time.

End of Season Heater Maintenance

This is a frequently overlooked task for many homeowners, but it’s one that should be performed every year. Before shutting off your heat for the final time until next fall, you should have a trained and licensed HVAC expert inspect your equipment and ensure everything is ready for the long months of dormancy ahead. This will put you in the best position next fall to switch the system back on and get top notch results. These checks can also identify potential long-term issues and give you the chance to tackle them early.

Cooling System Check-ups

It’s easy to forget with this blustery weather that warmer days are just around the corner. Don’t wait until that first burning afternoon to learn that your AC is on the fritz. Start-of-season inspections can identify any routine maintenance that needs to be done, find warning signs of larger problems before they become a catastrophe., and can tighten things up to ensure the most efficient use of your home’s energy when the AC seasons fully kicks in.

Call our representatives today and schedule a convenient service call to get your home’s heating and cooling systems looked at, and learn why R&D Heating, Cooling, and Electric has earned its reputation as one of the most trusted HVAC companies in the region.