Indoor air quality is a factor that is often overlooked by homeowners, but dirty air and other problems can have a detrimental impact on your health and the environment in your living spaces.
Recognizing what affects the quality of air in your home and knowing how to improve it can make your life more comfortable and ease any allergies. Many of the issues with air quality can be reduced through regular tune-ups of your air conditioning unit and furnace maintenance. Whether it is a hot summer’s day or a cold winter’s night, adequate air circulation and quality will contribute to a happier and more pleasurable environment in which to live.
Research by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that air in homes across the US can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. This surprising statistic highlights the importance of ventilation and the installation of air cleaning devices such as dehumidifiers and air purifiers to keep the air clean. RupCoe Plumbing & Heating Co Inc can install a unit and help you with all phases of air conditioning, plumbing and heating. We have a team of experienced technicians that will ensure your home is safe, healthy and comfortable for you and your family, so give us a call to schedule a home air-quality analysis.
Poor air quality – common causes
Poor ventilation is one of the main causes for bad air quality as it restricts circulation, prevents fresh, clean air from entering living spaces and leaves harmful contaminants behind. These issues are then exacerbated in homes where moisture and humidity levels rise. High humidity is a breeding ground for germs, bacteria, mildew and mold to grow and multiply, and these contaminants can have a direct impact on your health. Low levels of moisture can also be uncomfortable and cause irritable skin, a sore throat and other side effects.
Air contaminants enter your home every day via doors, windows and fireplaces and can range from dust and pollen particles to harmful chemicals such as fumes and paints. Most homeowners cannot see them in the air, but they can ruin a living environment in the absence of fresh air or other air circulation equipment. Finally, fluctuations in temperature can also lead to bad air quality and reduced comfort.
According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is one of the major environmental health risks, so every homeowner should be doing more to ventilate their home properly and eliminate sources of pollutants.
How to improve air quality
The best way to improve air quality is to undertake a full-system tune-up in spring or summer. You can schedule this tune-up with RupCoe. We can change your filters and ensure that all of the components in your HVAC and air conditioning system are working correctly.
You can also improve indoor air comfort by installing additional equipment to reduce the amount of contaminants in your kitchen, living room and bedrooms. This equipment is designed to work in tandem with your air conditioning system to provide an optimal environment. We recommend investing in a new air filter, purifier or humidifier, as it will have a positive, long-term impact on the quality of air in your home.
Now that we are entering the hottest part of the year, if you are struggling with hot living spaces and sticky conditions at home, a dehumidifier could help to balance the humidity levels while reducing the potential for bacteria and mold to grow. Dehumidifiers remove moisture and can be installed on a room-by-room basis depending on your requirements. We recommend purchasing Energy Star-qualified models, as they can use up to 20% less energy than standard models.
Air cleaners and purifiers
Air cleaners can be installed in the ductwork of your home’s air conditioning or central heating system to remove pollutants from the air. These cleaners will filtrate the entire house and can remove matter including pollen, tobacco smoke, viruses and other particles. Air filters are the most popular form of air cleaning tech used in homes in the US, but they are not capable of controlling gases and some other odors. Before deciding whether to install an air cleaning device, you should consider how much it will cost, what the level of noise will be and whether it can be installed correctly.
Duct cleaning can also improve air quality and your air conditioning and heating systems. Cleaning ducts regularly will remove any harmful irritants and contaminants and contribute to a safer indoor environment. RupCoe’s technicians can complete this process for you, so give us a call today.