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Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that the air you breathe inside your home influences your health? Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the quality of indoor air as it pertains to your health and comfort. The majority of homeowners often neglect this important aspect of indoor living, which can lead to negative health effects. Indoor air quality should be everyone’s concern. Studies have shown that we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, ultimately proving the severity of the situation when indoor air quality is ignored.

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Concerns of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Types of Indoor Air Quality Systems

Over the past several decades, the HVAC industry has created a broad range of air quality solutions. Here are some of the most popular air purification systems we install.

  • Air Purifiers: Air purifiers pull contaminants directly from the air. Think of an air purifier as your first line of defense against common household air pollutants. The purification process is simple, effective, and beneficial to your health.
  • Air Humidifiers: One factor that plays into indoor air quality is the humidity level. Humidity is damaging to your indoor air quality both when it is too high and when it is too low. High levels of humidity facilitate the growth of mold, and mold spores are damaging to your health when breathed in. Low levels of humidity allow air pollutants to remain suspended in the air, inevitably being breathed in by a building’s inhabitants. By controlling and maintaining a consistent, appropriate level of humidity, your air is healthier to breathe because air pollutants sink to the floor and are unlikely to be inhaled. Good humidity levels also help to improve dry skin conditions and prevent wood furniture from cracking.
  • Fresh Air Ventilators: Fresh air is one of the best ways to improve indoor air quality. Mechanical ventilators attach to your air distribution system and introduce a controlled amount of outdoor air into the home or business. As outdoor air is drawn into the ductwork, an equal amount of stale indoor air is removed from the living area. Replenishing your home with fresh air can make a huge difference in your home’s or business’s indoor air quality.
  • UV Lamps: Harmful bacteria pose a threat to your family’s health. To reduce illnesses in your home, UV lamps can be installed in your system’s ductwork. These lights will destroy harmful bacteria with ultraviolet light before they can make it to your living space.

If your home uses a forced-air system such as a central air conditioner or furnace, the ducts play a vital role by transporting conditioned air throughout the house. That means dirt and dust accumulating in the duct system will quickly be spread all over the place, affecting your breathing and overall quality of life. When you see visible dust coming from vents or notice a significant decrease in your system’s efficiency, it may be time for duct cleaning.

Our professional duct will use special brushes to dislodge debris without damaging the ducts themselves, then take a high-powered vacuum cleaner to collect the debris and dust. Finally, we use chemical sealants and biocides to ensure that your ducts will stay clean going forward.

You’ll know your ducts are clean when you notice a markedly better smell in the air, and you may see a small difference on your next utility bill. Asthma and allergy sufferers in your home should notice a difference almost immediately after we’ve finished cleaning the ducts.

Moreover, once your ducts have been professionally cleaned, they tend to stay that way. Depending on smoking, pets, general home cleanliness and a few other factors, most duct systems can go between three and 10 years between cleanings.