Why Your Pets are Bad for Your Indoor Air Quality

It’s no secret that our furry friends hold very special places in our hearts — sometimes more so than the humans in our lives. But as much as your pets make you happy, they don’t do you any favors when it comes to your allergies and indoor air quality. In fact, your pets are bad for your indoor air quality. Here’s why: pets-air-treatment-company

They Cause an Increase in Allergies

Even if you’re not technically allergic to your pet’s fur, their dander can really cause an allergy flare-up. Pet dander is basically dandruff, but worse. Since pets lick themselves, their dander can be mixed with dry saliva. And since it’s smaller than human dandruff, dander can float around in your home’s air for longer and irritate your allergies.

They Bring In Outdoor Bacteria

Think about how often your dog rolls around in the dirt outside. Even if they don’t, dozens of outdoor bacteria can attach themselves to your pet’s fur and paws, and all that gunk gets into your home and sticks to your floor and carpets, and floats around in your air.

So Do You Remedy This?

Vacuum Regularly

Pet dander and other allergens can bury themselves in your carpet, but vacuuming regularly can help rid your home of them.

Bathe Your Pet Regularly

Giving your pet regular baths can help remove pollen, mold spores, and other allergens from your pets fur so they don’t stick around in your home.

Get an Air Filtration System

Using an air filtration system or air purifier in your home can help keep your indoor air clean and improve its quality overall.


Just because you have pets, it doesn’t mean you have to live with poor air quality — breathe easy with Air Treatment Company instead. We can outfit your home with air purifiers and better air filters to catch and kill 99% of viruses, bacteria, and fungi in your home’s air. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.


HVAC Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

When you’re looking to buy a new home, there are a lot of questions running through your mind. Is the house in a good neighborhood? How much are the property taxes? Are the bedrooms big enough to accommodate my kids as they get older and grow? As you’re getting answers to those things, there are also a few HVAC questions you should ask before buying a home — since the answers could affect your living costs and safety.hvac-questions-air-treatment-company

Is the HVAC System Properly Sized?

If the system is too small for the house, it will work harder and use more energy to heat or cool the home. If it’s too big, it will use more energy than necessary. Both of this issues end up costing you more in utilities and could make you consider choosing a different home with a better-sized system or installing a new one upon purchasing this home.

What is the HVAC System’s History?

Has it been in the house for a number a years and had several repairs? How often did the seller replace the air filters? Was it properly maintained? Is it brand new? Knowing the system’s history can help you not only determine if it will suit your needs, but, if it has seen its fair share of repair visits, you may also be able to negotiate a lower asking price on the house.

This next one is major.


Can You See the Pilot Light?

This is often overlooked but is an important question to ask when checking the condition of the HVAC system. If you the light is blue, it is fine. But if the light is orange or yellow, the system could have combustion problems that pose a risk of a dangerous carbon monoxide leak. If that’s the case, you’ll need to have a professional fix the issue.

How’s the Outdoor Unit?

If the home has an outdoor HVAC unit, inspect it make sure the condenser is level to the ground and not tilted, the blades are not obstructed by shrubbery or bent, no components are rusted or damaged, and the unit as a whole functions properly.


Before signing the dotted line and buying a home, ask a professional HVAC technician to inspect the house’s HVAC system to ensure it will function well and is safe for your family.

The experts at Air Treatment Company are always ready to help you with whatever HVAC services you need around Alexandria, VA. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.


Do I Have Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous gases around for a reason — it’s invisible, odorless, and is usually only detected after it’s begun to affect people. While there are definitely ways to prevent CO leaks and protect yourself from its harmful effects, sometimes it’s not always possible. Since the symptoms are often similar to that of the flu, pay extra attention to what your feeling to help determine if you have carbon monoxide poisoning. carbon-monoxide-poisoning-air-treatment-company

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


This is often the first sign of CO poisoning and can worsen the longer you are exposed to the gas.

Shortness of Breath

Because a foreign gas has entered your bodies, your lungs can have a dangerous reaction to the lack of oxygen.


Many people often confuse this symptom with that of the flu virus or another non-fatal illness.


Carbon monoxide poisoning can often make you feel like you are in a haze and disorientate you.


If you are exposed to carbon monoxide for an extended period of time, it can cause you to pass out and become unconscious. If this happens to you or someone you know, get to a hospital immediately as unconsciousness is not a far trip from fatality.

You’ll Feel Worse in a Certain Location

If you notice you experience these symptoms while you are home but feel normal at work or school, you should have your home inspected for a CO leak.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is especially dangerous to babies, pregnant women, and those with respiratory illnesses, so it’s vital that you keep your home safe from a dangerous gas leak. The best way to do that is by having working carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home and having your gas-powered HVAC system inspected regularly to ensure there aren’t any complications that could a leak.

For help maintaining your gas-powered furnace in Vienna, VA, call the experts at Air Treatment Company.  We’ve  been serving the Fairfax County community since 1958, making sure Northern Virginia homeowners are always comfortable and safe. For heating and cooling services and water heater services, give us a call at 703-938-0550.


Benefits of an Air Treatment Company Service Plan

Did you know that Air Treatment Company offers three different services plans to help ensure your HVAC system is always taken care off? Well, we do! You may be wondering why you’d need a service plan in the first place — you could just call us if something goes wrong, right? While we’ll always be there for you when you need us, there are plenty of good reasons why you should have a service plan from Air Treatment Company! service-plan-air-treatment-company

Lower Energy Bills

When your system isn’t running well, it uses more energy and hikes up your utility bill. Our service plans are designed to keep your heating and cooling system running as best as possible, so your energy bills stay low.

Extended Equipment Life

The more you make maintenance a priority, the better your HVAC system will function and the longer it will last. Since it typically costs more to get a new unit, we figure you’d like to keep your current system in good shape for as long as possible.

Fewer Repairs

With regular maintenance also comes the ability to spot little problems before they get bigger. Our service plans include regular maintenance so our expert technicians can tune up your unit to help you avoid having to worry about repairs.

Priority Emergency Service

Our service plan members get priority emergency service when it comes to HVAC problems. If you need us at 11 p.m. at night, we’ll be there to help!

No Keeping Track When You Need a Service

Between work, kids, social events, and daily activities, you have enough to worry about. you won’t always remember to schedule maintenance on your own, and with our service plans, you won’t have to — we keep track of when you’re due for a tune-up so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Air Treatment Company has been serving the Fairfax County community since 1958, making sure Northern Virginia homeowners are always comfortable. We take pride in offering our customers top-notch service and quality work at a fair price. For heating and cooling services and water heater services, give us a call at 703-938-0550.


February Activities in Fairfax County

The chilly winter months can sometimes make you feel like there is no reason to leave the warmth of your home — which can leave your kids a bit stir crazy. But even though it may not be sunny and 75° outside, there are still plenty of fun February activities in Fairfax County for you and your children!february-activities-air-treatment-company

Smithsonian TechQuest: Race to the Moon 

When: Multiple days from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This free program at the Smithsonian is a STEAM-based alternate reality game that explores the race to space by the first astronauts. Suitable for children ages 10 and up, the game involves launching a rocket, setting a landing course, and landing on the moon.

Peter and the Starcatcher

When: February 2nd & 3rd at 8:00 p.m.

Presented by the Reston Community Players, this play is the grownup prequel to the Peter Pan story, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The production is sure to bring your imagination to life and have you dancing in your seats. Tickets can be purchased for $23 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.

Little Mermaid’s Pollution Solution

When: February 10th at 9:30 a.m.

The Gemini Children’s Theatre presents the story of the Little Mermaid who has returned to the sea only to find that the evil sea witch has polluted the water in an attempt to take over the underwater kingdom. Your children will get to enjoy a fun theater production while simultaneously learning how to protect our planet.

Air Treatment Company has been serving the Fairfax County community since 1958, making sure Northern Virginia homeowners are always comfortable. We take pride in offering our customers top-notch service and quality work at a fair price. For heating and cooling services and water heater services, give us a call at 703-938-0550.


How Snow Affects Your Heating System

With all the cold weather we’ve been having lately, we, Southerners, are starting to learn all that it takes to deal with the snow we aren’t really used to. While we know a lot of that means learning how to drive in snow (if you even leave the house at all), there’s another thing you need to learn — snow affects your heating system. If you want to protect your home from danger and discomfort this winter, you’ll need to know how.snow-affects-your-heating-system-air-treatment-company

Snow can cause corrosion.

Once temperatures start to warm up and all that snow starts to melt, your furnace or boiler can suffer. Excess water can cause certain controls on your metal unit to corrode, making it less reliable.

Snow can block the air intakes.

In order to function properly, your furnace system needs to take in fresh air to treat for your home. If snow is pushed up against certain vents, your air intakes can be blocked and your furnace can end up shutting down — leaving you stuck in a cold home.

Snow can bend your fans/fins.

If snow builds up on your outdoor unit, it can weight down, and eventually bend, the unit’s fans. You may be able to tell that the fans are bent if you hear loud sounds coming from your unit when it’s on. An easy way to protect your fins is by keeping your outdoor unit covered and placing a wooden board on top of it.

Snow can block the exhaust.

Just like it needs to take in fresh air, your furnace needs to expel air through an exhaust vent. If the vent is blocked by snow, your furnace won’t be able to function properly. While this can result in your furnace shutting down, it could also cause too much heat to build up and start a fire. Make sure to always clear snow from around your furnace’s air intake and exhaust vents to ensure your home stays safe and comfortable.

When it comes to your furnace working well, you can trust the experts at Air Treatment Company! Since 1958, we’ve enjoyed providing comfort and improving indoor air quality to Northern Virginia homeowners, and we take pride in offering top-notch service and quality work at a fair price. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.

Making Your Home Naturally Smell Good

Wouldn’t you love to walk into your home after a long day at work and be greeted by sweet or soothing smells? We’re all about having a nice-smelling home, but we don’t want you to fill your home with chemicals just so it smells like a pumpkin spice latte. Make your home naturally smell good using these easy methods. home-naturally-smell-good-air-treatment-company

Essential Oil Diffusers

These relatively inexpensive devices use water and the essential oil of your choice to create a mist that carries throughout your home and makes it smell wonderful. Plus, each essential oil provides aromatherapy for different things. Stressed? Try lavender. Need to wake up? Try peppermint.

Scented Natural Cleaning Products

Forget chemical-based cleaning products that leave behind harsh scents. Make your own natural cleaning products that leave your kitchen and other areas of your house smelling like lemons.

Carpet Deodorizers

Your carpet can harbor a ton of dust and other particles that make your home smell musty and dirty. Combine a few ingredients to make a natural deodorizer that will rid your carpet of dirt and dust and leave it smelling fresh.

Stove Top Scents

If you’re going to be spending some time in your kitchen, reserve a spot on your stove to simmer water, some herbs, and orange peels. The steam will carry throughout your house to create a soothing smell.

Air-Purifying Plants

Placing certain plants around your home can help rid your air of dust, mold, and other allergy-inducing particles. Some of the best ones to try are orchids, peace lilies, and palm trees.


If you really want to make your home naturally smell good, consider adding a whole-home air purifying system from Air Treatment Company to rid your air of harmful and bad-smelling particles. For more information or to schedule a service in Fairfax County, call us at 703-938-0550.


What You Need to Know About Your Furnace Filters

We’ve said it a thousand times, but we’ll say it again — your furnace filters play a huge role in how well your furnace functions and how clean the air in your home is. If that doesn’t make you think about them more often, think about this — if you don’t take care of the filters, your home could be a solid 40° by tomorrow morning. Wondering how? We’ll tell you — here’s what you need to know about your furnace filters.furnace-filter-air-treatment-company

How Your Filter Works:

The filter’s main job is to keep debris out of your furnace’s blower fan. In doing this, it also keeps mold spores, dust, and other allergy-inducing particles from recirculating in your home’s air, helping give you and your family better air quality. (However, the best way to ensure good indoor air quality is by installing air purifiers.)

How to Choose the Right Filter

There are a few things to consider when shopping for a filter:

  • The Type: There are several types of filters you can choose from.
    • Disposable Pleated: These are made of paper and polyester, cost around $30-$40, and should be changed every 90 days.
    • Disposable Fiberglass: These filters are the cheapest ones you can buy. Since they’re thinner, they need to be replaced more often.
    • Permanent Reusable Filters: These are made from either solid aluminum or plastic and should be cleaned with a vacuum or water every 90 days.
    • Electrostatic Filters: Disposable and washable filters come in electrostatic versions that catch more particles as air passes through them, making them a good choice for homes with pets or smokers.
  • The Size: Filters are sized by thickness, height, and length, giving you a variety of options to choose from. To know which size your furnace needs, check the frame of your older filter — the size should be written there.

Understanding MERV Ratings

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This rating measures how efficiently a certain filter captures particles of specific sizes that pass through it. Below is a chart from hvac.com that explains what each rating means.


When it comes to keeping your furnace filters clean and your furnace working well, you can trust the experts at Air Treatment Company! Since 1958, we’ve enjoyed providing comfort and improving indoor air quality to Northern Virginia homeowners, and we take pride in offering top-notch service and quality work at a fair price. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.


New Year’s Resolutions Homeowners Should Make

Welcome to 2018, everyone! Now that we’re all getting into the swing of things, we bet you’ve started making your list of New Year’s resolutions, and we thought we’d suggest a few for you to add. Since resolutions are all about bettering yourself, why not better your home too? These are a few New Year’s resolutions homeowners should make in 2018. resolutions-air-treatment-company

Breath Cleaner

Even if you avoid using certain cleaning products and keep your home smoke-free, pollutants and allergens can travel from outside into your home. Help your family breathe cleaner air by installing HEPA air filters and whole home air purifiers in your HVAC system.

Make Maintenance a Priority

If you want your HVAC and water heating systems to stay in good condition, you have to care for them properly. Regular maintenance helps spot any problems that would otherwise get worse over time. If you forgo maintenance, little problems can turn into larger ones and cost you more money to repair over time. To put it simply, more maintenance means less repairs and less money spent.

Say Goodbye to Old Units

While maintenance can keep your systems in good shape, after a certain amount of time, you’re better off replacing your HVAC system and water heater. If your units are costing you way more in repairs than usual, you should invest in newer models that are more energy efficient. Plus, the less energy you use, the more environmentally-friendly your home will be.


If you need help keeping these resolutions, contact Air Treatment Company! Since 1958 , we’ve enjoyed providing comfort and improving indoor air quality to Northern Virginia homeowners, and we take pride in offering top-notch service and quality work at a fair price. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.

How to Keep Your Home Warm for Santa

This holiday season, we’re sure that you’ve worked to keep your home warm and comfortable for your family. But now, it’s time to keep it comfy for any guests you may have —  including Santa Claus. When Saint Nick comes down the chimney, here’s what you can do to keep your home warm and stay on his nice list.keep-home-warm-air-treatment-company

Take advantage of programmable thermostats.

A lot of homeowners think they have to turn the heat down at night, but you don’t have to make as drastic of a change if you have a programmable thermostat. You can program it to be a certain temperature as you sleep, so you can still wake up nice and toasty Christmas morning.

Take advantage of residual heat.

If you’ve spent hours slaving over a hot stove to make everyone’s favorite holiday dishes, don’t let that heat go to waste. As long as there are no kids or pets around, once you’re done cooking, leave your oven door open so that heat can help warm your home.

Take advantage of your fans.

Make sure your fans are turning clockwise so they push warm air down towards where everyone, including Santa, will be relaxing. Plus, the fans help circulate air throughout your home so it doesn’t feel as stuffy.

When it comes to keeping your home comfortable and safe, let the experts at Air Treatment Company help. We offer HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, as well as whole home air purifiers to keep you and your family breathing easily. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 703-938-0550.