Indoor Air Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Apr 6, 2018 | Main Blog | 0 comments

 Who would think indoor air can be hazardous to your health? Indoor air– a pollutant? Unfortunately, that is often the case.

Exposure to air pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors and the American Lung Association estimates that most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, making indoor air quality (IAQ) extremely important. Many common household items contribute to poor indoor air quality. Compounds found in carpeting, furniture, upholstery, and drapery fabric constantly emit fumes. Other sources of pollutants can include cleaning agents, paints, and personal care products.

The tight construction of today’s homes also contributes significantly to poor IAQ.  Things like weather-stripping and storm doors are designed to save on energy costs.  However, they also prevent proper ventilation by keeping indoor air in and outdoor air out. The result can be a build-up of contaminants within the home.

Poor IAQ can be the cause of numerous health problems. Medical groups report that as many as half of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by indoor air pollution. Pollutants within the home can cause homeowners to suffer from flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and respiratory irritation. Two health problems that can be aggravated by poor indoor air are allergies and asthma.  Even people who have never suffered from allergies can benefit from improved IAQ. Fortunately, several steps can be taken to ensure that your indoor environment is the safest.

“Thankfully, there are things a homeowner can do to help alleviate potential IAQ concerns. The first step toward improving indoor air is to identify the sources of air pollutants”. “Eliminating and reducing these sources are the most effective ways to clean the air. Although it is not possible to remove every contaminant source, reducing the sources and/or the amount of pollutants they emit, will contribute to a healthier living environment.”

A great way to minimize the concentration of pollutants is by thoroughly cleaning the home. Frequent dusting and vacuuming can help to reduce the amount of dust particles in the air.

When you can’t sweep away all the irritants, you should consider a PureAir Air Purification System from Lennox Healthy Climate Solutions.  PureAir is your best defense against all three classes of indoor contaminants – particles such as dust, microorganisms like bacteria and volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde.

Ventilation also plays an important role in improving indoor air quality. Proper ventilation can reduce the concentration of pollutants inside the home.  An Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) or Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) can replace stale indoor air with fresher, cleaner outdoor air without sacrificing comfort or wasting energy you’ve spent heating, cooling or dehumidifying it.

Some of the most effective solutions for poor indoor air quality may involve heating and cooling systems. High-efficiency air filters can assist in absorbing particles that otherwise would escape due to their size. These filters help clean the air and provide respiratory relief by removing dust, dirt, and pollen. Other Healthy Climate Solutions products that are available include dehumidifiers, humidifiers, carbon monoxide detectors, and UV lights

 

To find out more about the most effective methods to improve indoor air quality, call Carlisle Petroleum Today 717-245-2382.

 

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The Benefits of Oil Heat

Oct 31, 2018 | Main Blog | 4 comments

The Benefits of Oil Heat

Ask any oil heat consumer if they would like to switch to another heating fuel option and you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone that’s jumping at the chance to make the change. That’s because today’s oil heat and heating equipment offer so many great benefits to consumers—and to the environment—that it’s a no brainer to stay with this affordable, safe, efficient, clean, and reliable fuel.

Benefits of Home Heating Oil & Oil Heat Equipment

It’s Clean

  • Oil is non-toxic, contains no carcinogens, and is biodegradable.
  • According to the EPA, oil burners are one of the cleanest combustion sources. New oil burners boast near-zero emissions of smoke or combustible discharge.
  • Furnaces are cleaner, too—energy efficiency upgrades and a new high-efficiency heating system can often cut your furnace’s pollution output in half.

It’s Affordable

  • Heating oil prices this winter were the lowest we’ve seen in years, and prices are expected to stay low for the next heating season. Compared to the 2014-2015 heating season, there was on average an $0.89 drop in price per gallon for US residential oil heat consumers during the 2015-2016 season. For a 275 gallon tank, the average household saved nearly $245 per full-tank fill-up compared to the previous heating season!
  • By upgrading your older heating system to a new high-efficiency system, you can often cut your fuel bills in half each year, giving you a potential payback of your system upgrade in under five years…
  • …which also means updating oil equipment can actually SAVE you money in the long run. Who doesn’t love a return on investment?

It’s Efficient

  • Oil burners provide the hottest flames, which means that oil heats your home faster and uses less fuel to do so.
  • Oil puts out more heat per energy units (BTUs) than other fuels.
  • Upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace or boiler can increase your system’s efficiency by at least 28%.

It’s Reliable

  • You can store your oil tank(s) on your own property, where you have control over your fuel supply. Plus, if there’s ever a need for emergency service, your local oil heat provider will often be out ASAP to help solve the problem.
  • As a customer of a local oil dealer, you often have the opportunity to choose which services you need, such as automatic oil deliveries for added peace of mind.
  • 14 million other homes have chosen to heat with oil and continue to enjoy all the benefits!

It’s Safe

  • Oil is a non-explosive fuel and won’t burn unless it’s preheated to 140 degrees, so there is very little chance that it would ever ignite.
  • If your oil heating system malfunctions, it will produce clear warning signs like smoke, odors, or soot.
  • Oil tank storage has no threat to the health of your family or the environment, and tanks are built to last decades. There are also affordable services available to protect your oil tank and proactively prevent it from leaking—check with your local oil heat provider to see if they offer a tank protection program.
  • Many local oil companies provide 24/7 emergency service in the event an issue does arise.

 

Source: South Central Pennsylvania Energy Association

4 Comments

  1. It’s good to know more about heating oil and its benefits. I love the fact that it’s really cheap, especially right now. Plus, if we get an efficient system, like you said, we can save a ton of money this year. I’ll have to look into this some more.

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  2. I suppose I should switch to fuel oil and have it delivered to my home since it’s a clean source of energy. Because you said that it’s also affordable, I’m convinced to use it in the next coming months. Maybe I’ll be able to save money as well because it’s efficient so I’ll really consider this.

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  3. I like the idea of being able to have oil tanks stored on your own property where you have control over your own supply. My husband really wants to switch to a different fuel source, and has been thinking about oil. I think we could definitely do that, we will just need help getting everything worked out with getting it installed.

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  4. It ‘s great that you embellished on oil fuel being a clean source of energy because it doesn’t contain carcinogens. One of my cousins bought a house that uses oil for the furnace, and he wants to replace the heating system. I will let him know that it’s actually a good furnace, and to look for an oil supplier and ask him more about the fuel.

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