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Create the Right Mood with Lighting in Your Home Theater

With today’s affordable consumer electronics, adding a custom movie theater to your home is more practical than ever. With finishing touches like professional-style home theater lighting, you can create an experience that rivals many commercial theaters, but without the high ticket prices, expensive snacks, disruptive patrons or sticky floors. There are many types of home theater lighting available, and with the right combination, you can create the perfect ambiance to complement your favorite films.

Ceiling Lights

home theater lightingDimmable ceiling fixtures can provide bright light between movies, and for when the space is being used for other purposes. When you are watching a film, the fixtures can be dimmed to allow enough light to find your way to the snacks or the restroom without being bright enough to interfere with the movie. Options include pendant lights, track lights, recessed lights, domed lights or chandeliers.

Accent Sconces

Like the ceiling lights, accent scones help aid navigation through the room, and with styles ranging from classic to modern, you can find the perfect design to complement your decor. Place a few on each side wall to recreate the classic theater arrangement, or create your own custom design.

LED Rope Lighting

Energy-efficient LED rope lighting, LED strips or fiber-optic lighting can be used to accent walkways, steps, risers and other elements to not only add style, but also to aid navigation and prevent tripping and other accidents.

Custom Ceiling Tiles

Ceiling tiles with built-in lights can create the perfect ambient lighting for your theater with unique and interesting designs such as constellations or geometric patterns.

Mood Lighting

Colored accent lighting can be added around the screen and other key areas to set the mood for the film and enhance the viewing experience. Popular mood lighting kits include remote controls to easily change color profiles.

Task Lighting

Individual lights for each seat can be handy to perform tasks without interfering with other viewers.

For more information about home theater lighting options and installation, talk to our qualified electricians at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today. We have been serving the Greater Cincinnati area since 1910.

UV Lights: When Do You Change the Bulb?

UV lightsYour home is your private sanctuary where you relax after a long day, enjoying time with family and friends. It’s that place where you should always feel safe and secure. But what you may not expect is the often unseen dangers that could be lurking throughout your home. Fungus, mold, bacteria, germs and viruses can cause numerous health issues that threaten to destroy your indoor air quality. Otherwise healthy people can fall ill when exposed, but such pollutants are especially harmful for those who have allergies or respiratory problems like COPD. Luckily, you can fight back and stop these insidious contaminants in their tracks with the aid of UV lights.

How Do UV Lights Work?

Harmful microorganisms tend to collect within the HVAC system, particularly in the moist environment where the coil is. When your HVAC system is in use, these contaminants can be distributed throughout your home. Additionally, the buildup of microorganisms hinders airflow, putting added strain on the heating and cooling system.

Though a UV light’s wavelength is unseen by the human eye, it seeks to kill the contaminants in its path. UV systems are installed within your HVAC system. The type you choose depends on your needs. HVAC components are kept safe with a single-lamp system, while airstream disinfection is optimized with a two-lamp system.

UV Light Bulb Care Tips

  • You should replace your bulbs annually if anyone in your home has respiratory problems or other acute sensitivities.
  • If your UV light system is only used to keep your HVAC system clean, then you can wait up to two years to replace the bulbs.
  • A UV light system loses all of its effectiveness at three years. If you haven’t replaced the bulbs before then, the system should be turned of to avoid energy waste and system failure.

For more advice on UV lights and other related topics, please contact us at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’re proud to say that we’ve been serving the greater Cincinnati area since 1910.

4 Basic Types of Whole-House Filtration and Air Cleaners: Learn About Them

Whole-House Filtration and Air CleanersWhole-house filtration is most effective with a forced air HVAC system in the home. This design filters air continuously while the fan is running. Air filters for forced air systems are built directly into the ducts for return air. Particulates are trapped while air moves through the ductwork, allowing for thorough filtering. Homeowners have four major options in whole-house filtration and air cleaners: (more…)

UV Lights: How They Work to Clean the Air Within HVAC Systems

uv lights, Cincinnati, OhioHealthy indoor air quality is a precious commodity. That’s why so many homeowners in the greater Cincinnati area and all across the country are realizing the effectiveness of UV lights.  (more…)

Conquer Your Cincinnati Home’s Indoor Air Quality With 3 Strategies

indoor air quality, Cincinnati, OhioIndoor air quality (IAQ) may not get a lot of attention unless someone in your home suffers from a respiratory problem or allergies. But in reality, IAQ affects the health of everyone in the home. The EPA estimates that the quality of air inside your home could be among the worst you encounter, so it makes sense to take steps to improve it. (more…)

Indoor Air Quality Amiss? 9 Spring Cleaning Tips

indoor air quality, Cincinnati, OhioIs is time for your annual spring cleaning? A clean home is not only a nice home to live in but it’s a home that is free of germs, mold and all sorts of other bad organisms and substances.  (more…)

UV Lights in Your Ductwork Improve Indoor Air Quality

uv lights, Cincinnati, OhioHomeowners concerned about indoor air quality, namely bioaerosols like bacteria or mold, should consider using ultraviolet (UV) lights in their ductwork.

UV lights target bioaerosols, a specific class of contaminants that include microorganisms, and some odors. Learn how these lights work to improve air quality and give your HVAC system’s efficiency a boost.

The two primary benefits UV lights offer include driving indoor air quality up while protecting the heating and cooling system from contaminants. Ultraviolet lights installed in the ducts work with the HVAC system to purify the air. As the heating or cooling system conditions the air, the air flowing out the return-duct system moves through the lights. The cells of the microorganisms are exposed to the powerful UV rays, which essentially sterilize the cells, rendering them incapable of reproducing. Cleaner air then circulates through the home and the HVAC system.

Air circulation in the average home depends on the furnace blower or air handler running. The more often it runs, the more often the air will move through the system and be exposed to the UV lights. On average, in most homes, air circulates through the HVAC system 75 times each day. With every pass through the lights, more and more viruses, mold spores, bacteria and odors will be destroyed. Homeowners who run a ventilation system throughout the day can ensure 24/7 air circulation without having to also run the furnace or air conditioner to purify the air, as the ultraviolet lights are active at all times.

Isn’t the air filter installed in my HVAC system enough? Not necessarily. Air filters are designed to trap particles, not microorganisms. With ultraviolet lights installed in the ducts, you can also target mold and pollen, pet odors, viruses and bacteria.

For more information about UV lights and whether they might improve your home’s indoor air quality, contact the pros at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been serving homeowners in greater Cincinnati since 1910.

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UVGI Cleaners Work with Your System to Clear Out Pollutants

uvgi cleaners, Cincinnati, OhioIn a quest for improved indoor air quality, Cincinnati homeowners should consider the benefits of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) cleaners. The air you and your family breathe has a great impact on your overall health, and many are unaware of their home’s overall air quality until musty odors or health issues arise.  (more…)

Install UV Lights, Boost Germ Control

install uv lights, Cincinnati, OhioWhole-house air purification filters capture microorganisms in your air, but only UV lights kill them. (more…)