covid-19

COVID-19

People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), maybe more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

People may experience:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing (severe cases)

Prevention

  1. DO THE FIVE
  2. HANDS: Wash them often
  3. ELBOW: Cough into it
  4. FACED: don't touch it
  5. FEET: Stay more than 3ft apart
  6. FEEL: sick? Stay home

Treatment:

There is no specific medicine to prevent or treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19). People may need supportive care to help them breathe.

CALL BEFORE YOU GO

Call your health care provider or County Health Department if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath and returned from international travel or a cruise in the last 14 days.

WASH FOR 20 SEC.

Wash hands often with soap and water – 20 seconds or longer (or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).

AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces.

PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING

If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings and close quarters.

how Corona virus spreads

How COVID-19 Coronavirus Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus.

Spread from Contact with Contaminated Surfaces or Objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. A major challenge is the virus may be viable on surfaces up to 9 days after leaving its host!

DISINFECTION IS CRITICAL!

It is IMPORTANT that potentially affected areas be disinfected before re-occupancy to minimize exposure! We will do the “dirty” work to get you back in business!

Best Window Air Conditioners for the Hot Days Ahead

Best Window Air Conditioners for the Hot Days Ahead

All of the window air conditioners in Consumer Reports' latest tests do a good enough job at keeping you cool. What distinguishes one window unit from another is how quickly and quietly it cools a room—and how easy it is to operate.

Even if your home has central air conditioning, you might want to consider a room unit to cool areas not served by the main system, such as a home office or a finished room in the attic. If you do, go with a window air conditioner. They're a better choice than portable air conditioners, which struggle in our tests.

And you don’t have to pay a lot to get heat relief. Most window air conditioners in our tests range from $150 to $400. The outlier? The Friedrich Kuhl SQO8N10D, $710, a strong performer with a streamlined look.

To help a window unit run more efficiently, look for a model equipped with insulating panels. "Most new window ACs come with panels you place over the plastic adjustable side panels to boost efficiency," says Chris Regan, CR's senior test engineer for air conditioners. Adding weatherstripping around the perimeter will also prevent air from leaking in or out.

How We Test Window ACs

After installing the unit in a double-hung window in our testing chamber, we crank up the chamber's heat to 90° F, then measure how long it takes the AC to cool the room by 10° F (the best units do it in less than 15 minutes). We also gauge how accurately the AC reaches the set temperature, whether each model can recover after a brownout, how intuitive the controls are, and how loud each unit is on the lowest and highest settings.

Below, grouped alphabetically by the size room they can cool, are some of CR's top-performing window air conditioners. For more on getting the best fit, find out how to size a window air conditioner. You'll find even more choices and a broader price range in our full air conditioner ratings and recommendations.

CR's take: The Amana AMAP061BW, a newcomer to our test labs, turns out to be a cool addition. It capably cools the test chamber and is a champ at recovering from brownout conditions when the voltage is low, earning an Excellent rating on that test. It comes equipped with a remote control, built-in timer, and dirty-filter indicator. But it's a bit noisy on both low and high settings.
CR's take: A CR Best Buy, the GE AHM05LW earns a Very Good rating for comfort but, like the Amana, can be a bit noisy at any speed. It quickly recovers from brownout conditions and has a full suite of features, including a remote, built-in timer, and dirty-filter indicator.
CR's take: The Friedrich Kuhl SQO8N10D makes an effort to blend in with your décor with a flat front instead of a grille. It aces the cooling test, earning an Excellent rating in that test, and runs quietly on low speeds, although gets a tad noisier on high. Controls are a cinch to use, and it's equipped with all the conveniences of a timer, remote, and more. This 85-pound model comes with a slide-out chassis that makes it easier to install.
CR's take: With an Excellent rating for cooling—and intuitive controls—the Kenmore 77080 is a good bet for a midsized room. It's pretty quiet on the lowest setting, but you'll hear it running when you crank it up to high. At 52 pounds it weighs considerably less than the Friedrich above. It comes with a remote, built-in timer, and dirty-filter indicator.
CR's take: A CR Best Buy, the large, feature-filled LG LW1216ER has digital controls, and cooling is top-notch. It weighs 85 pounds, but its slide-out chassis makes it easy to install. It has all the convenience features—remote control, built-in timer, and dirty-filter indicator. It's a good choice for a large living area and earns a Very Good rating for noise on low, which means it won't annoy you if you're watching TV.
CR's take: Another candidate for large spaces, the SPT WA-12FMS1 is top-notch at cooling, although it's noisier than the LG at both low and high speeds. On the plus side, our testers found the controls were more intuitive; it earns a Very Good rating for ease of use. It also comes with a full range of features, including a remote, timer, and dirty-filter indicator.
Could Your Air Conditioner Be Making You Sick

Could Your Air Conditioner Be Making You Sick?

On a scorching summer day, air conditioners do more than help you stay comfortable indoors. They help protect against such serious maladies as heatstroke and filter out some pollutants and allergens.

Air conditioners can be especially important for people with lung or heart disease who might struggle to breathe easily when air is hot and humid, says Norman Edelman, M.D., a senior science adviser for the American Lung Association. But without proper care and maintenance, air conditioners also have the potential to cause health problems, especially when mold grows inside them. Here, how to stay cool and healthy when using portable or window air conditioners.

Watch for Mold

The mold that finds a way into your home can cause such symptoms as throat irritation, wheezing, and congestion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Living with a moldy air conditioner “would increase your chances of having a respiratory infection,” says Mark Mendell, Ph.D., an affiliate scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who has studied the health effects of ventilation systems. Here's how to know whether mold has taken up residence in your air conditioner and how to prevent that from happening.

Check the angle: Make sure a window air conditioner isn’t tilted into the interior of your home. It should be tilted slightly toward the exterior, Regan says. When it’s tilted the wrong way, rain can end up inside, and the slow buildup of moisture can create mold.

Keep a portable drained: If you’re using a portable air conditioner, it most likely has a little light that will indicate when the water reservoir needs to be drained. When you see that light, open the drain plug—usually located at the bottom of the unit—and drain the water into a tub or outdoor area, Regan says. Standing water can “attract all kinds of mold,” Edelman says. During the off-season, you should store the unit drained, with the cap off, so it can air out.

Banish Bad Air
Avoid buying a window unit with a vent—a small opening that lets in air from the outside—especially if the air quality where you live might be poor, say, near a power plant or a school where buses idle.

You want to avoid letting in particulates like diesel exhaust that can cause or exacerbate health problems such as asthma and lung inflammation. Vents can also let in pollen, ragweed, and other allergens, so if you're sensitive enough to avoid opening the windows, stay away from vents as well. (Very few air conditioners have a vent; most only recirculate air from the interior of your living space.)

You should also make sure an air conditioner's side panels are installed snugly against the side of the window frame so that hazardous outside air can’t creep in. For extra protection, use the foam strips that come with most air conditioners and lay them across the top and underneath the air conditioner when you’re installing it to create a better seal.

EE&G is a licensed Mechanical Contractor in Florida and Georgia and has a trained team designated to cleaning and sanitizing air conveyance systems to include air handlers, ductwork, and all air conveyance system components. EE&G uses State-of-the-Art equipment, work practices and a licensed, certified, and thoroughly trained workforce to clean and sanitize air conveyance systems.

Avoid Quick Temperature Changes

If you have asthma, you might experience respiratory problems if you breathe in very cold air after being out in the heat. Older people often have a hard time with extreme changes in temperature as well, according to the CDC.
Avoid these sudden shifts by decreasing the temperature gradually when you come back inside during the summer, Edelman suggests. And if you suffer from a respiratory condition, try to avoid going directly from very cold air to very hot air.

COVID-19

COVID-19 HVAC DECONTAMINATION

One of the best ways to ensure that the air in your home is clean is to clean your air vents. The air ducts in your house contain millions of particles of dust, hair, dirt, pollen, spider webs and other allergens [source: Alpine Air Duct]. Cleaning your air vents will also save you money on heating and air conditioning. So read the tips listed below and learn about how you can clean the air vents in your house.

  • Here's what you'll need:
  • Heavy-duty vacuum
  • Screwdriver
  • Broom
  • Cleaning Brush

Here's what to do:

Turn off the power connected to the heating and air conditioning system.
Unscrew the air duct covers or grilles from the walls. Use your brush to clean the grates thoroughly. If they're very dusty and grimy, you may want to use soap and water to make them gleam.

Vacuum the ducts as much as possible. Consider renting a heavy-duty vacuum for this purpose. The standard household vacuum isn't powerful enough to clean deep into the crevices of the ducts. Make sure that the vacuum you rent has a long hose to reach deep into the ducts. This is important, as there may be mold and mildew growing inside the air ducts [source: Repair Home]. If you want the ducts to be cleaned more thoroughly, consider hiring a professional to do the job.

Clean the grilles in your ceiling. If you can't reach them with the vacuum or screwdriver, use a broom to attack the dust. Remember that if you haven't cleaned them for a long time, you will want to protect yourself from all the dust and debris that will fall down by wearing a dust mask.

EE&G HVAC DECONTAMINATION:

EE&G is a licensed Mechanical Contractor in Florida and Georgia and has a trained team designated to cleaning and sanitizing air conveyance systems to include air handlers, duct work, and all air conveyance system components. EE&G uses State-of-the-Art equipment, work practices and a licensed, certified, and thoroughly trained workforce to clean and sanitize air conveyance systems.

Cleaning Air Vents In Your House

Cleaning Air Vents In Your House

One of the best ways to ensure that the air in your home is clean is to clean your air vents. The air ducts in your house contain millions of particles of dust, hair, dirt, pollen, spider webs and other allergens [source: Alpine Air Duct]. Cleaning your air vents will also save you money on heating and air conditioning. So read the tips listed below and learn about how you can clean the air vents in your house.

Here's what you'll need:
Heavy-duty vacuum
Screwdriver
Broom
Cleaning Brush

Here's what to do:

Turn off the power connected to the heating and air conditioning system [source: Reliable Remodeler].
Unscrew the air duct covers or grilles from the walls. Use your brush to clean the grates thoroughly. If they're very dusty and grimy, you may want to use soap and water to make them gleam.
Vacuum the ducts as much as possible. Consider renting a heavy-duty vacuum for this purpose. The standard household vacuum isn't powerful enough to clean deep into the crevices of the ducts. Make sure that the vacuum you rent has a long hose to reach deep into the ducts. This is important, as there may be mold and mildew growing inside the air ducts [source: Repair Home]. If you want the ducts to be cleaned more thoroughly, consider hiring a professional to do the job.
Clean the grilles in your ceiling. If you can't reach them with the vacuum or screwdriver, use a broom to attack the dust. Remember that if you haven't cleaned them for a long time, you will want to protect yourself from all the dust and debris that will fall down by wearing a dust mask.

vent cleaning

Vent Cleaning Purpose.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) writes that “duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.”

A cleaning every 5-7 years by a company that doesn’t make the duct cleaning a waste of money can provide relief from a whole host of problems. Proper duct cleaning can reduce the amount of dust being pushed out into the home by the HVAC system. If you find yourself needing to dust multiple times a week, and it’s been a long time since you’ve had the ducts cleaned, this may be a great solution.

If someone in the home has allergies, duct cleaning may help relieve the severity of some of their symptoms. Every time you come in from outside, you are bringing in allergens and even harmful particulates. They are taken in by the return ducts and circulated around the home by the HVAC system. A regular duct cleaning can help reduce the number of these particulates building up and being pushed back into the home. Additionally, if there is suspected mold spores or growth in the ductwork, a thorough cleaning will remove the mold and keep it from spreading into the rest of the home.

Another reason for duct cleaning is renovations to the home. Whether you’ve just bought the home and are fixing it up, or you’ve been there for a while and it’s time to update it, duct cleaning should always be done after you’ve finished the renovations. Think of all the dust, debris, and contaminants that are released during the renovation process. When the air is on, all those particulates are picked up by the HVAC system. This is not something you want to breathe in, and duct cleaning after the work is a fantastic way to finish the process.

 

HVAC

What HVAC Means?

Short for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The system is used to provide heating and cooling services to buildings. HVAC systems have become the required industry standard for the construction of new buildings. Before the creation of this system, the three elements were usually split between three or more devices.

What is HVAC and how does it work?

Your HVAC system is the core of heating and cooling within your home. If you get a high-quality system, you’re never going to feel uncomfortable at the height of summer or in the dead of winter. So how does one of these systems work?

Heating and Cooling Distribution Systems

It’s important to understand how different heating and cooling distribution systems work. This will help you to better understand your HVAC system.

Forced Air Systems – The forced air system takes hot or cold air and forces it through metal ducts using a blower. Hot air is forced through one set of ducts and cold air is sent through another set of ducts, depending on whether you’re using the air conditioner or the furnace.

The most common problem with the forced air systems is blowouts. Towards the end of their lifespan, the blowers can malfunction and stop working. It’s also not uncommon for cheaper systems to have issues with volume.

Gravity Systems – Gravity systems operate using the principle that cold air sinks, while hot air rises. Therefore, a gravity system cannot be used in conjunction with an air conditioning system. These systems are positioned in the basement. When switched on, the warm air rises through the ceiling and heats your home. When it cools, it sinks down again and is reheated.

Radiant Systems – Radiant systems also come with the same problem as gravity systems. They cannot be used in conjunction with air conditioning systems. A radiant heating system heats the floors, walls, or ceilings of a room. Most commonly, though, they’re used to heat implements like radiators, which distribute heat around your room. The main downside of radiant systems is the pipes used to transport hot water are prone to malfunction, either due to mineral deposits or general wear and tear.

List of HVAC System Parts and How They Work

It’s important to understand the various parts that make up the HVAC system so you know how they work together. Despite various models having special features, the differences between their core components are comparatively few. There are four main parts to every HVAC system.

The furnace utilizes natural gas or oil to heat the air. Within the furnace is a heat exchanger, which is the part of the furnace responsible for heating up the air to the right temperature. You’ll typically find the furnace in the attic, basement, or a specially designed closet space.

The air conditioner cools the air and is found outside of the house. It uses electricity and coolant liquid to reduce the temperature of the air while sending hot air outside and cold air inside.
Ductwork is the transit system for hot and cold air throughout the home. It moves it throughout the interior of your home.
The thermostat acts as the brain of your system. It can turn your system on and off, control the temperature and also operate any other special features that you have installed alongside your system.

Controls for Heating and Cooling Systems

The heart of your heating system is the thermostat. This is heat-sensitive and controls the temperature of your home. It also has the ability to respond to the current air temperature by itself.

The setpoint is the temperature you set manually as your preferred temperature. If the thermostat notices it is above or below the setpoint, it will act accordingly, by turning the furnace on or off. The key component is the bimetallic element that contracts or expands when the temperature changes within your home.

If you have an older thermostat, it will have two exposed contacts. When the room cools, the bimetallic element bends. It contacts electronically, before making a second contact. The system activates when the second contact bends, which launches the heating system.

What about modern thermostats, though?

They work differently because the contacts aren’t open to the elements. They’re held behind glass for protection. The contacts uncoil when the temperature drops. Using a series of magnets and a steel bar, the contacts close to complete the electrical circuit when the temperature drops too low.

It works in the exact opposite way when the furnace needs to be switched off. Modern thermostats are far more accurate than their older counterparts. They’re also more durable because their electrical contacts are held behind glass.

Conclusion
Your HVAC system isn’t as complicated as you might think. It’s simply a combination of a furnace and air-conditioning system. Your thermostat is the brain that controls the way it works.

If you’re thinking about installing a new system within your home, make sure you do your research first. Get quotes from multiple companies and make sure an expert visits your home to inspect the premises. The type of home and the layout of it will influence how much you pay for it.

Mold the stubborn intruder

The smart homeowner’s checklist for a mold-free home

  • Always ask for mold testing first. Professional mold removal and prevention services offer laboratory analysis of samples taken from air ducts. At times, the collection of dust and cobwebs can look like mold. The only way to confirm an infestation is to run a conclusive test.
  • Get to know your HVAC system. Find out the primary material of your ductwork. It can be fiberglass, flex duct or metal sheet. The cleaning methods and the charges usually vary depending on the duct material type.
  • The air duct cleaning services should always follow the National Air Duct Cleaning Association’s standards for the procedure. They should use EPA registered/approved products and processes for the effective removal of mold.
  • Ask for references and client testimonials from service providers. A reputed HVAC mold removal service provider should be able to provide more than enough satisfactory and genuine client reviews and recommendations from their previous stints.
  • Request frequent and periodic inspection of ducts and vents to prevent mold buildup. Mold problems can be recurrent. Ask for professional HVAC tips that can help you keep your indoor air clean in the future. Services should include yearly inspection of the cooling and heating systems along with the placement of moisture prevention systems within the HVAC.

Keeping your home clean is easy, but keeping the air inside your house fresh is more than challenging. It is a huge responsibility to ensure that the air you and your loved ones are breathing is free of harmful particles, VOCs, and mold. With the persistent humidity, warmth and water buildup, it is easy for fungus to find a home within your abode. You must be vigilant to keep this uninvited guest out of your home to ensure the proper health of your family and pets.

For over a decade EE&G Air Conditioning Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing have been the leading service provider near you for HVAC services such as air duct cleaning, a/c, and heating system repair and installations.  For any other information on how to get rid of mold in air ducts please contact us for a free consultation.

Mold the stubborn intruder

Mold the stubborn intruder: What is the cause?

Mold the stubborn intruder: What is the cause?

In most cases, homeowners can most efficiently remove the mold form visible areas. However, molds spread through spores, and the presence of a small colony can lead to a re-infestation in no-time. Mold problems in HVAC systems and subsequent air ducts occur due to humidity and water accumulation in the system. Unless you find out precisely what is responsible for the growth in the first place, you might find yourself fighting a losing battle.

The DIY solutions are only suitable for minor mold problems. These are more effective for isolated cases that do not involve the entire ductwork. For example, if your master bathroom or your storage room smells musty, you can try to scrub the particular duct or vent that aerates these rooms. It is very common for some places to gather mold in the ductwork more than the others. Bathrooms are often more prone to mold infestations since there are higher humidity levels, and water almost never dries up completely. There is a high chance of recurring mold growth in the bathroom, and research shows that over 70% of toilets and showers in the urban areas have sneaky mold problems.

Steps to prevent mold problems in your HVAC system and air ducts:

There are times when home remedies are not enough, and you need to resort to more drastic methods. Mold infestations can be quite stubborn, and not tending to them can lead to more significant expenses. If you have had recurring mold problems in the past couple of years, you should consider the following prevention measures:

  1. Replace the HVAC system filters.
  2. Reduce condensation within the ducts by insulating the air ducts.
  3. Do not forget to clean the drip pans regularly. The collection of water in the drip pan can nurture mold colonies.
  4. Seal condensation and leaks. Keep the entire duct system dry. However, be careful while approving the use of sealants. The EPA does not recommend the use of sealants except under circumstances where other alternatives are unviable.
  5. Invest in a good dehumidifier and switch it on near the moldy areas. The resulting low water vapor content in the air will help in the faster evaporation of water from the ductwork and prevent further growth of mold.
  6. Check the ducts regularly. If necessary, get professionals to inspect your HVAC system at regular intervals for any sign of recurrence. Molds are persistent. They are likely to come back at a conducive spot even after rigorous cleanup regimes.

Why should you consider removing mold from your HVAC system and air ducts?

Having fungus in the corner of a damp room is entirely different from mold growing inside the HVAC system. When mold grows within the central heating, cooling, and ventilation system, there are high chances that every room connected to the vents receives generous amounts of mold spores. As soon as you switch your heater or air conditioner on, the microscopic particles start floating and blowing out with air into the room.

Mold is not just icky or gross. It elicits allergic reactions in most people. It can lead to unwarranted asthma attacks in children and the elderly. The effects are usually immediate. However, there are records of people suffering from rashes, inexplicable breathing troubles and irritation in the eyes. The adverse impacts on health are so expansive that experts are still carrying out studies to find out the various effects of mold on human health.

Aside from allergies, molds can cause several unexplainable reactions in humans and their pets. Almost all of them are the results of inhaling mold and spores. Additionally, duct cleaning reduces the amount of floating dust, skin cells and animal dander in the indoor air. It automatically results in fewer allergies. An HVAC company that can offer mold removal and duct cleaning services can give your home healthier air that is free from strange musty smells, harmful spores, and persistent allergens.