Indoor Air Quality for Homes with Pets

October 15, 2019

At Big Builders, we know that our customers in Bakersfield want comfortable homes for their families, pets included. While people know us best for our heating and cooling work, we know that air quality is an important part of your home comfort. Many families do not realize the effects that a pet can have on their indoor air quality. In addition to extra hair floating around the house, most pets produce flecks of dander that can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people. Pet Dander and Allergies When someone says that they are allergic to dogs, they are really allergic to...

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The Importance of Changing AC Filters

April 10, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends changing your AC filters every three months. Some homes, such as those with multiple pets that produce a lot of dander, may have to change them more frequently. Why Is Changing Your AC Filter Important? The focus of the DOE is on saving you money and reducing energy consumption nationwide. At Big Builders in Bakersfield, we advise our customers that there are several core reasons why they should not allow their AC filters to become visibly dirty. This practice reduces both energy efficiency and indoor air quality. It also increases wear and tears on...

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Achieving Energy-Efficient and Healthy Indoor Air

February 2, 2019

Healthy indoor air depends on adequate ventilation. While most people assume that their home’s air is cleaner and healthier than the air outside, the opposite is more likely to be true. Homes with few air leaks need fresh air ventilation to dilute the pollutants that can build inside them, especially from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) whose side effects can cause minor to serious problems. In the Kitchen The fan over the range pulls out steam, smoke, and heat, which lowers the temperature of this room and keeps its air quality higher. People who use gas stoves also use the fan...

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How Do I Check My Home for Air Leaks

January 29, 2019

Keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter is very important. While you can have a quality HVAC system installed, you may still have a hard time achieving your desired temperature if you have air leaks in your home. Even small air leaks could greatly alter the temperature of your home, which could also lead to an increase in your energy bills. Fortunately, there are several ways to identify air leaks and to repair them. Check Windows and Doors One of the most common ways that air will leave your home is through cracks in your...

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