HEALTH

Your air ducts are one of the most important systems in your home, and if the ducts are poorly sealed or insulated they are likely contributing to unwanted airborne allergens, pathogens, and dustor debris that will affect your health.

Your home’s duct system is a connected network of tubes in the walls, floors, and ceilings; it carries the air from your home’s furnace and central air conditioner to each room. Ducts are made of sheet metal, fiberglass, or other materials.

Ducts that leak conditioned air into un-conditioned spaces can add hundreds of dollars a year to your heating and cooling bills;however, you can reduce that loss by sealing and insulating your ducts. Insulating ducts in unconditioned spaces is usually very cost-effective. Correcting the setup& function of a poorly designed duct system can be life-altering in terms of health impact & comfort, especially if the occupants have sensitivities or breathing concerns; fine tuning a duct & HVAC system is an investment in HEALTH & COMFORT.
Existing ducts may also be blocked or may require simple upgrades.

Air Quality and Health
Mold and Mildew

How to Stop Mold Growth in Your Home During the summertime A/C season many people experience mold growing in their home and are completely unaware of it. Mold can grow in your A/C ducts and is more likely to happen over the summer due to increased A/C usage. This can cause not only increased utility bills but health problems also. In Winter, no A/C means, nothing will dehumidify; in a humid climate, there is always moisture which can lead to mold problems if not inspected and monitored on a regular basis. Ask us about a simple & inexpensive weather gadget to help you& your family avoids a mold-related health problem.

Don’t Let Poor Air Quality Ruin Your Home

Schedule Your Free Inspection today and let Gulf Coast Air Care make sure you are safe for the upcoming A/C season!

Do What the Pros Do!

Eliminate the Source of Indoor Pollution
DO NOT RUN YOUR A/C FAN IN THE “ON” POSITION. You can help yourself by understanding how the A/C system works. The Evaporator coil or “Cooling Coil” is in the air handler unit or the part of the A/C system that is indoors. When the A/C runs, the coil is wet ~ that’s how it cools the home & the moisture is the humidity it’s removing from the building. This source of water can really give you problems if you don’t let the fan cycle on & off (auto) when the thermostat cycles. If you run the fan all the time you are pushing some of that water from the coil into the duct-work, which gets the insulation wet, and grows all kinds of nasty spores & unhealthy mold.

Sterilize The Coil Fins & Surface

In order to do this, you need to use the strong UV rays of the sun!. Gulf Coast Air Care uses a light fixture that shines with the same intense UVC light the sun uses directly on the wet coil so that nothing can grow!
Don’t miss out on the most effective mold control product on the market to date for your A/C system. “I have these in my home & if there were something better, I would be telling you all about it.”
– Todd St.Ores, owner of Gulf Coast Air Care

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide, The Deadly Killer
There is a distinct difference between a CO alarm & a LOW LEVEL CO Monitor..
YOU WANT A LOW LEVEL MONITOR to know if CO is affecting you at levels below that detected by a less expensive alarm; LOW LEVEL CO Exposure is the most common misdiagnosis in our country today, often called fatigue, flu-symptoms or general malaise.
Make sure you are aware of how to avoid Carbon Monoxide (CO) in your home. Any fuel-burning appliance that is malfunctioning or improperly installed or not inspected and maintained can be a source of CO. These can include a gas range/stove, furnaces, gas clothes dryer, water heater, gas or wood fireplaces, wood-burning stove and the auto exhaust from an attached garage. Commonly misdiagnosed, Initial symptoms are similar to the flu with no fever. Dizziness, fatigue/weakness, throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, irregular breathing, sleepiness, and confusion can all be possible symptoms.

LOW LEVELS OF CARBON MONOXIDE EXPOSURE CAN HAVE SERIOUS HEALTH EFFECTS.
20 parts per million (PPM) exposure can have serious health affects; many alarms with not alert you until you are exposed to 70PPM for over an hour!!! By then it too late, you will already be affected by carbon monoxide.

Don’t Let Poor Air Quality Ruin Your Home

Schedule Your Free Inspection today and let Gulf Coast Air Care make sure you are safe for the upcoming A/C season!

Don’t Let Poor Air Quality Ruin Your Home

Schedule Your Free Inspection today and let Gulf Coast Air Care make sure you are safe for the upcoming A/C season!

Allergens & Spores

The Biggest Allergy Trigger We See!
When the coil is dry & the heater finally kicks on, it usually sends a lot of people over the edge when it comes to Allergies & Asthma. All that buildup of microbial debris from the long summer months will just become “friable” or crumbly and release through the duct system when the heat cooks it off.

Keys to Surviving Allergy Season!
Clean the Air Ducts – Before turning on the heat for the first time have your home’s air ducts cleaned. Mold, dust, debris, and other allergens collect in vents during the summer months and will be blown into your home as soon as the heat is turned on. Once you turn off the A/C things start to dry out & become more likely to get airborne; adding heat to this scenario just sets you up for a big allergic reaction on the first heater cycle. Do you remember that awful burning smell the last time the furnace first kicked on? That smell is “the burning of some pretty unhealthy stuff” and it’s all blowing right into your home.
Change Your Air Filter – Dirty filters can’t collect or filter out the pollen bombarding your home. Go to a higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rated filter. This value measures the performance of air purifiers, specifically large purifiers intended to clean an entire house or building. The higher the MERV # rating, the better the filter is at handling all the airborne trash! Not only will you breathe easier, but clean filters also use less energy and will help lower your energy costs. Also use a HEPA filter in your vacuum cleaner to help eliminate pollen, dust, and mold.

Stay Indoors – Limit your time outdoors during peak pollen time. This is usually between 10 am – 4 pm according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Keep the Allergens Outside – Leave jackets and shoes at the door to keep from bringing pollen inside. Shower at night and wash your hair to eliminate pollen that’s collected during the day on your skin and hair. If you have pets that go outside, keep them off the furniture and bathe them frequently to wash off pollen and minimize dander.

Air Cleaners & Purifiers

Portable HEPA Air Cleaners
Numerous scientific studies have proven that ultra-fine particles (defined as 0.1 microns or smaller) are the most harmful to our health. They can be absorbed through lung tissue right into our bloodstream. These ultra-fine particles are small enough to penetrate a cell’s mitochondria (the center and brain of the cell) and cause cell damage. It is estimated that ultra-fine particles subtract 10 years from a person’s life.* Furthermore, a study by The American Heart Association shows that these ultra-fine particles can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. IQAir Perfect 16 is guaranteed to filter out these harmful particles down to 0.003 microns (the world’s smallest particle), giving you the cleanest and freshest air possible in your home.

One system is powerful enough to effectively purify the air in an entire room or connected indoor space of up to 1000 SQ FT

#1 for Allergies and Asthma – The HealthPro Plus is IQAir’s best-selling room air purifier. It combines four advanced filtration technologies to effectively remove a large variety of particulate and molecular air pollutants. Due to its wide effectiveness range it is equally well suited for health conscious individuals as those suffering from a range of respiratory ailments.

How It Works

  • Micro-particle filtration – Eliminates micro-particles such as pollen, pet dander and mold spores.
  • Granular Activated Carbon Adsorption – eliminates volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are responsible for odors.
  • Pelletized Chemisorption – Destroys harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, by an oxidation process inside a chemically active alumina pellet.
  • Hyper HEPA Filtration – Eliminates bacteria, viruses and combustion particles from automobiles and smoke through a Nano-fiber structure.
  • HyperHEPA filtration fibers are 10x thinner than other filters – smaller fibers mean better filtration

Don’t Let Poor Air Quality Ruin Your Home

Schedule Your Free Inspection today and let Gulf Coast Air Care make sure you are safe for the upcoming A/C season!