By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: May 2009
Eric Danels, owner of Torchwood Air Conditioning Heating & Plumbing, helps his customers improve the energy efficiency of their homes while making them healthier places to live.
Air pollution affects everyone, and you can’t hide from it. Eric Danels is the owner of Torchwood Air Conditioning Heating & Plumbing. He has been in the profession for ten years and began his own business last August. Danels continues his education each year by taking classes related to his vocation, plus training courses offered by manufacturers of the products he sells and services. Torchwood installs, services and repairs everything from air conditioning and heating units to water heaters to faucets.
“My company’s goals include providing our customers with quality AC and heating equipment and services, and improving the energy efficiencies of their homes while making them healthier places to live,” says Danels. “Most of the time we aren’t even aware that our homes could have an IAQ (indoor air quality) problem.” A few of the things that may adversely affect the air quality inside your home include cooking, cleaning, furniture, paint and pets.
Torchwood Air Conditioning Heating & Plumbing utilizes a HomeAdvice™ system to help customers know exactly what’s in the air they’re breathing and what they can do to improve it. The program involves placing the latest available IAQ diagnostic technology inside your home for a period of three to five days to monitor particle allergens, chemical pollutants, carbon dioxide, temperature and relative humidity, and carbon monoxide levels.
After the evaluation is completed, Torchwood will make recommendations, enabling you to make an informed decision. The report will include what was tested, what was found, possible causes and recommended actions.
Maybe you or a family member suffers from acute allergies. Particle allergens have been proven to trigger asthma and other allergy symptoms. These particle allergens are always present in the air you breathe and can build up to unhealthy levels due to activities in the home, the presence of excessive sources, and heating and cooling system issues such as leaky, dirty or poorly designed ductwork, inadequate filtration, or no filtration. Other allergy sources may include pets, weed pollen and dust mites.
Chemical pollutants can also affect the air you breathe in your home. Sources may include off-gassing from building materials, carpeting, furniture and other synthetic materials, fuel fumes, scented products and air fresheners, personal care products, and many other common household products such as paint, glue and plastics.
We not only eat and sleep in our homes, but we also relax, have fun and enjoy the company of others there. It’s natural that we would want to try to keep the inside environment as comfortable, clean and healthy as possible. “It might surprise you,” says Danels, “that the quality of the air inside our homes is often worse than it is outside.”
The first step to ensuring the quality of the air you breathe inside your home and finding an ideal system for providing it is to ask yourself a few questions. Are your monthly heating and air conditioning bills seemingly too high? Do you have a problem with humidity in the summer and dry air in the winter? Are some of the rooms in your home always too hot or too cold? Do any of your family members suffer from allergies?
If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, call Eric Danels for an evaluation of your home’s air quality. When you do, you can be sure that the recommended products and services provided will be of the highest quality.
Torchwood Air Conditioning Heating & Plumbing provides extended hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.