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Tips for Choosing the Right B&L Ott Air Purifier

Different air purifiers can benefit your home and family in a variety of ways. They can keep your rooms cleaner, make breathing easier, or eliminate odors. With so many different types on the market, selecting the right air purifier can be confusing. You could research different brands for hours and still be undecided. If you are considering a new air cleaner, let B&L Ott help. Choosing the right model can be made easier by asking yourself some simple questions.

What is Your Reason for Buying an Air Purification System?

The first step in choosing an air purifier is to consider why you want one. What factors in your home environment are you trying to control? Take a few minutes to think about which factors and features are important to you. Determine how important each factor is. Then schedule an appointment with a B&L Ott technician. Tell them what you are looking for and they will recommend some models within your budget. They will also answer any questions you may have.

Dust Control

If you have a lot of dust around your home, you will want to make dust control one of your primary focuses. Air purifiers utilize filters to clean the air in your home. Filters are made of tightly woven fibers that work like a spider’s web. As air flows through the filter dirt particles get caught in the fibers while the air passes through.

Allergen Control

Allergens in your home can be a pain, especially for those with allergies or asthma. If someone in your family has been sneezing or having trouble breathing, a B&L Ott air purifier may help. This filtration process works just like dust control. However, you will want to choose a brand that can filter the smaller allergen particles. This feature can also help catch and stop viruses.

Odor Control

Even if you don’t notice odors in your home, an air purifier can keep your home smelling fresh for visitors. Models with odor control features are helpful for homes with pets, smokers, etc. Some of B&L Ott’s high-quality filters can also get rid of cooking odors or musty scents.

indoor air cleanersDo You Have a Ducted Heating and Air Conditioning System?

Another factor to consider is whether you have a ducted HVAC system. Many types work in conjunction with your HVAC system. This combination is more efficient at capturing and cleaning more of the air in your home. It can also prolong the life of your HVAC system by keeping debris away from the coil and blower. B&L Ott also offers a variety of stand-alone air purifiers as well.

B&L Ott Options

Curious about what brands B&L Ott has to offer? Check out some of our most popular models and their features below!

Air Scrubber
  • Originally manufactured for NASA.
  • Reduces dust and other contaminants.
  • Reduces odors from smoke, pet odor, cooking odor, etc.
  • Reduces particles that aggravate allergies and asthma.
  • Prolongs your HVAC system’s life. (It keeps debris from clogging and damaging the coil and blower.)
  • Reduces surface contaminants in your home by 99% in 24 hours on average.
  • Compliant with the EPA, FDA, OSHA, and California Air Resource Board.
  • Easy for B&L Ott to install with 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
Trane CleanEffects
  • Filters down to .1 micron (This includes ultra-fine particles. The average strand of human hair is 50-70 microns.)
  • Utilized a 3-tiered filtration system, including pre-filter, charging field, and honeycombed collection-cells.
  • 100 times more effective than a 1″ filter.
  • Can reduce dust in the home by 50%.
  • Verified by Harvard School of Public Health.
Perfect Fit Media Filter
  • 20 times more effective than a 1″ filter.
  • Requires annual replacement.
  • Keeps your HVAC system run efficiently and makes your system last longer. (Filters more particles before they reach the coil and fan.)

Learn more by calling B&L Ott at 610-816-6026. You can also schedule an appointment by contacting us through our website at http://otthvac.com/contact-us/.

Testimonials

“When my wife got home, she instantly noticed a difference. I told her about the air scrubber and she said, ‘get another one for upstairs!’. It finally removed the smoke smell from the house.”

“I was skeptical, but it works… I can’t believe how well it works”

“We used a lot of air fresheners in the house, which we didn’t realize had harmful VOC’s. We had the air scrubber installed, threw the ‘air fresheners’ out, and haven’t looked back. The house smells cleaner.”

“Last year our family passed around a lot of germs. Seemed like we kept getting each other sick. Since you put our air scrubber in this season, we’ve been much healthier so far this winter.”

 

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How to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

dust-1523106_960_720Bad air quality can make your family feel uncomfortable. High humidity and pollutants make it difficult to breathe. It can also agitate those with allergies, asthma or respiratory problems. It is important to check the air quality in your home and take action to keep your air clean. Doing so will keep your family happy and healthy. Here are some tips from B&L Ott in Berks County to keep your air breathable.

Change Filters

An air filter works like a spider’s web. Fibers clean the air by trapping dirt that floats by. When the fibers become clogged, dust will be pushed past the filter and into your home. The debris will pollute the air, making it harder to breathe comfortably. You may also find more dirt and dust throughout your home. To ensure proper air quality, you should clean or replace your filter at least once per month.

Have Ducts Cleaned

If you have forced air, dirt will also build up in your air ducts over time. When your HVAC system is turned on, the air will push the pollutants out of the ducts and into your home. If you have a pet or use chemicals to clean your home often, the air will become polluted at an accelerated rate. Cleaning your air ducts every 1-2 years can help you keep contaminants out of your home. Without the right equipment, it can be difficult to clean the air ducts on your own. Schedule an appointment with one of B&L Ott’s professional technicians for help.

Ventilate Your Home

If you like to keep your windows and doors closed, dust might be getting trapped in your home. Trapped debris makes the air stuffy. To fix this problem, open your doors and windows regularly. The stale air will be replaced with fresh air and you will breathe easier.  Be sure to check the weather before ventilating. The outside air will affect the temperature and humidity of your home.

Use Dehumidifiers to Decrease Chance of Mold Growth

Mold likes to grow in damp, dark areas. If your home is on the humid side, you may be risking mold growth. We recommend that you keep your humidity level between 30-55 percent. You may have different preferences, depending on the season and their daily routine. Berks County has humid weather, especially during the summer months.

High or low humidity levels can also pose threats of illness. Air that is too dry can damage your furniture and skin. Too much moisture can make it difficult to sleep due to muggy air. B&L Ott can help you keep your home at the proper humidity by helping you choose the right size and model.

vacuum-cleaner-268179_960_720Vacuum and Dust

After floating through the air, debris settles on your floors, shelves, and tables. When you walk by, you can disturb the dust and push it back into the air. Vacuuming and dusting weekly can help rid of the dirt that pollutes the air. You should vacuum and dust at least 1-2 times per week. If you have pets, messy children, or use chemicals, you may want to clean more often. By completing this simple task, you can quickly improve the air quality in your home.

Have B&L Ott Inspect Your Home

The best way to check the air quality of your home is to call in the professionals. B&L Ott has been improving air quality in the Reading area for three decades. Our trained technicians can test both the cleanliness and humidity of your air. We will also recommend the best solution for your situation and budget. If your family has been having trouble breathing lately, it may be time to call in the professionals at B&L Ott.

 

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HVAC Tips for Allergy Sufferers

hvac pollenSpring is upon us and, while Berks County’s beauty is flourishing as nature blooms, many of us are beginning to suffer our dreaded spring allergies. The pollen count is getting higher with grass, ragweed, trees, and various other plants in bloom; damp and humid temperatures will soon give way to mold; and those cool spring and summer breezes blowing through the windows we all enjoy will circulate dust and other allergens around our homes. But spring doesn’t need to be bleak for allergy sufferers; just follow these HVAC maintenance tips to ease your allergies.

  1. Purchase high quality filters. Filters are your HVAC system’s way of defending you against allergens; filters keep allergens out so they won’t circulate through your home. You want to purchase high quality filters so they do their job properly.
  2. Change filters regularly. Filters trap dirt, pollen, dust, and other allergens. At some point, those filters must be changed so they can continue to trap allergens while still allowing air to circulate effectively. Filters should be changed every couple of months, with the exact amount of time dependent on your specific filter and HVAC system. If you see the filters are getting dirty before the regularly scheduled change, you may want to change them early.
  3. Your ducts may need cleaning. If your home hasn’t had regular HVAC maintenance or if you suspect there is mold or debris inside of your ducts, then you should have your ducts cleaned to remove allergens. This is a good tip to keep in mind before cranking up the heat again in the fall. Your ducts accumulate dust and other allergens all summer, so when you first turn your heating unit on those allergens will circulate throughout the house.
  4. Get rid of debris around units. Keep the area around your indoor and outdoor units clean and free of debris. Outdoor units pull air, and while the filter is there to catch the debris you don’t want to make the filter work harder if it doesn’t need to. Excessive debris will cause your filters to get dirtier faster, which means you will need to change your filters more frequently. Indoor units will circulate the air that is already inside of the house and any other allergens that are already inside of the house. If there is dust, dirt, or pet dander in front of your unit, those allergens will get circulated around the house when the unit blows the air.
  5. Don’t forget to dust. It’s common for people to forget to dust registers and return vents, but they can’t be overlooked because they circulate all of the air from the HVAC system. You don’t want registers and vents circulating allergens with the air.

What are some of your HVAC tips to help improve allergies?

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Indoor Air Quality

indoor air cleanersAn HVAC system controls much more than just temperature. It can also improve indoor air quality in your home which leads to a higher level of comfort, cleanliness, and health. Options include humidifiers, air purifiers, and whole-house filtration systems. Poor indoor air quality can cause allergies, asthma, and other health issues according to the Environmental Protection agency and the American Lung Association.

 

Houses are designed to conserve energy by keeping cold air out in the winter and hot air out in the summer. Unfortunately, this can also result in indoor air pollutio, dirty air continuously circulating inside your home. Mold, bacteria, gases, dust, and pollen are just some of the contaminants that can stay in the indoor air. This pollution can come from everyday items such as carpets, building material, paint, household cleaners, and bug sprays.

 

Indoor Air Cleaners Near Berks County

Technicians at B&L Ott know how to improve indoor air quality through HVAC systems. We will be happy to speak with you to make knowledgeable recommendations based of of your preferences and needs. If you are interested in learning more about your air cleaning options, please contact us with any question or to schedule service today.

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