How to Manage Allergies in Your Office

Living with allergies can be a miserable feeling for a few months each year. You might think to yourself: “At least my allergies won’t be so bad when i’m at work.” Unfortunately, allergies can bother you at work just as much as if you were home, in the car, or elsewhere.

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Keep Windows Closed

Not all office windows open like they do at home, but there are some that will open outwards to allow fresh air into the office. During allergy season, opening windows should be avoided to prevent a terrible work experience. Check all of the windows in the office and make sure they’re closed until allergy season has officially passed by. You may want to consult with the building maintenance staff or the owners of the business to make that it’s okay to keep the windows closed and the air conditioner on.

Keep a Clean Workspace

Allergy season is tough on millions of people throughout the country, but having a dirty workspace can further aggravate your allergies. Working next to a buildup of dust and debris can trigger an allergy attack that will leave you sneezing and tearing up before you know it. Be sure to clean your workspace regularly to limit the amount of dust that surrounds you. You Should also suggest to management that the office should be vacuumed by the maintenance staff at least once per week to remove dust that has settled onto the carpeting.

Steer Clear of Mold

Mold can appear in a multitude of places throughout the office. The office kitchen is probably the most common area where mold is found. Between water splashing from the sink to food that was left in the refrigerator for too long, mold can easily grow here. For those who have allergies and are sensitive during this time of year, accidentally disturbing mold can cause an allergy attack. Mold can also grow on the metallic surface of air ducts, so any building with central air should have its ductwork inspected for mold on an annual basis.

Keeping your allergies in check is tough to do, even when you’re at work in the office. When your office or business needs its HVAC system inspected or repaired, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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How to Keep Your Cooling System Running Smoothly

Now that the weather is starting to creep into the 70s and higher, cooling systems will be turned on more and more until the summer weather has fully arrived. Aside from having your AC serviced, additional maintenance should be continued by the homeowner. In order to keep your AC unit running smoothly, make sure you…

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  • Clear Out Debris – The fan blades and louvers on an exterior AC unit can oftentimes become filled with debris. These leaves, sticks, garbage, etc. should be removed immediately as it will impede airflow going into the unit. Clean out any debris by removing the cover of the condenser above the fan blades and using a shop vacuum to suck up anything that’s not supposed to be there.
  • Hose It Down – Don’t just grab the hose and start spraying the AC condenser. While you have the cover open, place your hose inside and spray the fins from the inside out.This way you’ll be able to remove any dirt and small pieces of debris you missed earlier without dousing the entire condenser in water — just the fins is fine.
  • Level It Off – Grab a leveler tool and check to see if the unit is evenly leveled. A condenser that sits and runs on an angle is likely to experience more wear and tear, thus shortening its lifespan. If the soil has shifted and the unit isn’t perfectly leveled, purchase rot-resistant shims to place underneath for a once again even level.
  • Make Some Room – AC condensers are usually placed on the side or back of the house so they’re out of sight. Many homeowners will plant trees, bushes, or shrubs around the unit to keep it out of sight. As a rule of thumb, keep all obstructions at least two feet away from the unit. You want space for proper airflow in order to avoid moisture from building up on the inside. However, it might be a good idea to cover the top of the unit to prevent debris from falling through the spaces of the fan blade cover.

If you want to make sure your cooling system doesn’t break down this spring and summer, make sure you complete these small maintenance tasks. For those who need AC repair or replacement, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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Why Your Office is So Cold

Have you ever wondered why it’s so cold in most office buildings and businesses? You find yourself breathing warm air into your hands, bringing in sweaters, but nothing seems to warm you up! If you’re reading this and you’re nodding your head up and and down, chances are you’re a woman — and there’s a logical explanation for this.

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Why the Office Feels So Cold

Age, gender, and size all play a role in how people define what the perfect temperature is. The formula used to calibrate cooling systems was created in the 1960s and is based around the metabolic activity of a 40-year-old, 155 pound male. This was the average worker back in the 60s, therefore, this is who cooling systems are directly designed for. Since women give off less heat due to a slower metabolic rate, women will usually find the office to be cold on spring and summer work days.

Is This Efficient?

For those who are in control of their business’s cooling system, consider raising the thermostat just a bit. Studies have shown that the desired temperature for an office or business is in the range of 72 to 74 degrees. Anything lower can decrease productivity and efficiency within the office. Not only will a slight raise in temperature increase overall productivity, energy costs will decrease. Now we’re killing two birds with one stone!

Office Size

The size of the office plays a HUGE role in how cool or warm the temperature is. The bigger the office, the more thermostats will be needed to accurately record the current temperature. If there aren’t enough thermostats, inaccurate readings will occur, making the office cooler in some spots and warmer in others. Make sure the cooling system in your office or business is sized perfectly for the square footage of the space.

Don’t think you’re the only person that’s cold when you’re in the office — there’s an actual reason for your mid-shift shivers! When you need commercial HVAC repair or replacement, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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Easy Ways to Reduce Springtime Allergens in Your Home

Are allergies currently making you feel miserable? Don’t suffer through the spring and early summer with a case of the sniffles, a sore throat, and a head that feels three times as heavy. If you want to reduce the amount of springtime allergens within your home, start with your HVAC system.

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Better Air Filters
The air filters within your HVAC system should be replaced on a monthly or bi-monthly basis (depending on the quality) so they can continue to filter the air being pumped into your home. In addition to replacing air filters on a routine basis, you might also need a higher quality air filter to remove more allergens from the air. Look to purchase air filters with a MERV rating of eight or higher.

Inspect for Mold
Moisture exists within ductwork and air vents, especially if your system has air leaks throughout. During the summer, condensation will build up on the metallic surfaces of your ductwork, eventually promoting the growth of mold. Having mold in your air ducts can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. If you’re already suffering from allergies, having mold will only aggravate those symptoms further.

Annual Service
Allergy season begins in the spring, which is perfect because this is the time of year where you should be having your annual HVAC service. Scheduling this preventative maintenance will help improve the efficiency of your system, thus reducing indoor allergens within your home. If you feel the symptoms of your allergies the same time year after year, schedule your annual service at least a week before. If you haven’t serviced your HVAC system yet this spring — what are you waiting for?

Allergies and spring go hand in hand, but the symptoms don’t have to be as bad if you do a few select things to your HVAC system. When your HVAC system needs service or repair, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?

How did your air conditioner perform last summer? Did it not keep your home as cool as you wanted, were the energy bills higher than usual, or did you have to call for repairs multiple times? If any of these issues happened to you, you might want to consider a replacement before the temperatures start getting too high.

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Evaluate Your Current Air Conditioner

First off, how old is your current cooling system? If it’s more than 10 years old, chances are it is below 10 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The higher this number is, the more efficient the unit is (and the more money you will save in energy bills). The average air conditioner today has a SEER of 13 or higher. Check the rating and check last season’s energy bills to assess how efficient you current system really is.

Inspect the Ductwork

If your energy bills were outrageous last year but your air conditioner is still in good condition, your ductwork could be to blame. When air leaks exist within the ductwork, roughly 30 percent of that cooled air will be wasted before ever reaching the vents. Have a professional HVAC technician come to inspect the ducts and evaluate their condition. If the ducts are still in good condition, you can get away with having them sealed instead of replaced.

Previous History

How many times have you called an HVAC technician to come and repair your unit (other than the recommended annual service)? When repairs occur more than once or twice, parts are more likely to begin breaking on a more frequent basis. This is when you must come to the decision of continuing to constantly pay for repairs or fully replace the system. Oftentimes, a full replacement will be the cheaper option in the long term.

Replacing your air conditioner is a big decision, but it’s one you should make before the warm weather is here to stay for the next six months. When you need your cooling system serviced, repaired, or replaced, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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