Gibson Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Indoor Air Quality’ Category

Low Humidity and a Furnace: Is This a Thing?

Monday, October 14th, 2019

inside-gas-furnaceYou may have heard that a natural gas furnace, although one of the most powerful and reliable ways to provide heat to a home, has a major drawback—it dries out the air in a house. Since dry air during cold weather makes low temperatures feel worse, this can be a big issue. At least it is if there’s any truth to it. So … is there?

The answer is “yes and no.” A gas furnace can lead to a drop in humidity levels in a house, but the furnace doesn’t “dry out” the air itself. And not all gas furnace types have this effect. We’ll let our Cherry Hill, NJ, HVAC experts explain further.

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The Power of the Energy Recovery Ventilator in Summer

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

sun-and-snowflake-badgeHere’s a conundrum when it comes to cooling down a house during the summer: a house that’s closed up tightly will enjoy much better air conditioning and energy efficiency, but it will also suffer from poor indoor air quality because no fresh currents blow through from the outside. Opening the window to bring in fresh air also means letting the heat in. So you either have to settle for having cool air or fresh air.

Except you don’t have to choose one or the other! You can have both thanks to a device called the energy recovery ventilator (ERV) installed into the HVAC system. An ERV is beneficial for both summer and winter weather, but in this pose we’re going to focus on the most immediate benefit, which is helping with our extremely high summer temperatures.

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How We Can Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

Monday, May 27th, 2019

pleated-air-filterWhen you think of air pollution, you probably have a picture of smokestacks billowing black clouds into the sky. But did you know that the worst quality air might not be outdoors, but inside the walls of your home? It’s true—according to the EPA, indoor air quality can often be three to four times poorer than outdoor air quality.

The reason your home may have such poor air quality is because of tight insulation. This is great to keep heat from escaping in cold weather or coming in during hot weather. But it’s not great for circulating fresh air through the home to sweep away contaminants from many different indoor sources. Paint, building materials, hobby products, cosmetics, attached garages, pesticides, and more send pollutants into the air you and your family breathe, and they often have nowhere to escape. They just continue to circulate through the HVAC system.

But we can help! Gibson Heating & Cooling offers Moorestown, NJ, the HVAC services necessary to improve air quality.

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How a Whole-House Humidifier Can Benefit You

Monday, November 12th, 2018

water-dropletsDuring the summer, high humidity can make a hot day feel miserable. This is why we offer installation of whole-house dehumidifiers. But during the winter, the opposite problem often occurs: dry winter days and nights mean a sharper edge to the cold.

You can beat dry conditions—any time of the year—when you call us for whole-house humidifier installation. We offer all types of HVAC services in Cinnaminson, NJ, and we want to see you enjoy the best in comfort in your house, and this includes helping you find the right humidity balance.

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Let Us Make You More Comfortable with a Dehumidifier

Monday, May 14th, 2018

When the weather starts to heat up in the climb toward another New Jersey summer, you can also expect the humidity to climb as well. Nobody wants to deal with a day that’s both hot and humid! When relative humidity rises above 60%, it can make a warm day feel 8°F to 10°F hotter. In your home, this often means the difference in whether you turn on your AC or keep it off.

“Doesn’t the air conditioner take care of humidity?” you ask. The answer is: “Not really.” An air conditioner does have some natural dehumidification properties because as it absorbs heat through the evaporator coil, it also collects moisture along the coil, drawing it from the air. But this is a side-effect of how the AC works, not its purpose. Unless an air conditioner is designed with dehumidifier controls, it isn’t enough to handle balancing a home’s relative humidity in the comfortable zone around 45%.

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