Home Comfort FAQs

Home Comfort FAQs

How can I prevent air contaminants from getting inside my home?

Unfortunately, there’s really no way to prevent ALL outdoor contaminants from getting inside your home. It’s not possible. A more readily available solution is to install an Air Scrubber Plus. Within short order, it can reduce approximately 90% of airborne contaminants and 99.9% of all surface contaminants.

What is an Air Scrubber, and how can I be sure I need one?

Simply put, the Air Scrubber Plus is a duct-mounted air purifier meant for residential homes with central air duct systems. Most folks who have one installed do so because they or people in their home are dealing with allergies, or they’re susceptible to airborne contaminants. The Air Scrubber helps you keep a FAR cleaner home.

What are some signs of low indoor air quality?

The most common signs we come across have to do with you or family members inside the home experiencing symptoms like headaches, sinus congestion, coughing, eye irritation, constant sneezing, and nosebleeds. What’s more, is they seem to go away once the impacted individuals go outside or leave the home. You may also see an excessive buildup of surface contaminants, dust around vents, or even mold.

How can I be sure there are leaks in my ducts?

There are a few signs of air duct leaks in your home. Ask yourself:

  • Are there rooms in the home that are harder to heat and cool than others?
  • Do you notice rooms getting dusty after turning on the AC?
  • Are you noticing higher energy bills than normal?
  • Are you experiencing lower air quality in the home lately?

If you’re nodding in the affirmative to those, then it’s highly likely your air ducts need to be inspected and sealed by a Robinson Air professional.

What are some signs that my ductwork needs a good cleaning?

Over time your air ducts are going to collect dust. It’s unavoidable, just like your furniture and everything else in the home. And while you can dust and sweep up around the house, your ducts just get dirtier and dirtier.

If you’re able to, you can take a peek and see if it’s time to clean them. Otherwise, keep an eye out for common signs:

  • You’re seeing far more dust around the house than usual, even after cleaning.
  • There are noticeable odors coming from the vents when you turn on the HVAC system.
  • You notice your air filters are getting too dirty, too quickly.
  • You’re seeing a mold or rodent infestation!
  • You’ve noticed actual dust simply coming out of your vents.

How often do you recommend I change my air filter?

Being timely with air filter replacements is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep your system running smoothly over time. At Robinson, we recommend homeowners check their filters once a month to see how dirty they are. Clean or replace your air filter whenever it’s visibly dirty because this restricts airflow — raising energy bills and shortening the service lifespan of your units.

Is blown-in insulation worth it?

Most homes here in our region can certainly see some benefit from installing our specialized blown-in insulation. Newer homes often don’t need it. After installation, you’ll notice your home is more comfortable and your energy bills are trending lower.

Should ductwork be replaced after 20 years?

Here’s a basic rule of thumb:

  • If your ductwork is 15+ years old, you likely need to get it replaced.
  • At the most, your ductwork has a service lifespan of 20-25 years.
  • But by the time you get to around 15, the efficiency of the system is deteriorating so quickly it’s really not worth it. Replacement is the better option.