Indoor Air Quality
Residential Indoor Air Quality Services
The air inside your home is 5X more polluted than the air outside. That’s because your house is designed to keep the cold or hot air from your heating & cooling system from escaping.
Since the Environmental Protection Agency reports research indicating that people spend about 90% of their time indoors, clearly, indoor air quality is a vital issue for our well-being.
We eat healthy foods, exercise, sleep and practice good hygeine to keep our bodies healthy. But what about the quality of your indoor air?
Indoor Air Can Be Hazardous
The oxygen we take in with each breath is distributed throughout our entire body. It is largely responsible for the production of our energy. But indoors, we may be taking in a lot more than just the beneficial air. In an unventilated home, you may be regularly inhaling:
- Fumes from gas appliances
- Smoke from cooking
- Fumes from cleaning agents
- Carbon monoxide from the cars in our garages
- Synthetic odors from Carpet and furniture
- Mold and mildew spores from wet areas
- Bacteria and viruses
- Pet dander
Over time, these elements can be detrimental to your health. Bad air quality can aggravate allergies, contribute to eye, nose, and throat irritation and cause frequent headaches or fatigue. In some instances, poor air quality may even be linked to cancer.
As houses and other buildings become more energy efficient, they often lose the natural exchange of indoor and outdoor air. Gaps are sealed and new construction is very “tight”. The idea is to rid your home and buildings of drafts and keep the warmed air inside in the winter and cool, conditioned air inside in the summer. The problem is that the contaminated indoor air stays in – and the higher quality outdoor air stays out. Some of the filters on your heating and air conditioning systems are meant to protect the unit from being damaged, not significantly improve your own breathing quality.
Ventilation Improvements Which Bring Health
The good news is that there are ways to keep warm or cool in your house while still exchanging the indoor/outdoor air. Some of them include:
- Semi-controlled ventilation system which uses the current ducts to bring in outdoor air, and push the indoor air out, using exhaust fans.
- Humidity control helps by adding a booster fan in your bathroom or kitchen to quickly clear out odors and pollutants. These are small fans which help to mitigate mold problems due to high moisture.
- Energy efficient recovery ventilators (also known as air to air heat exchangers). Its benefits have been noted by the EPA. As the air is exchanged, 60-80% of the energy from the outgoing air is transferred to either heat or cool the incoming air (depending upon the season). The incoming and outgoing air use different passage ways so the contaminants in the air itself do not mix.
- Air Filters which remove the airborne contaminants. Our exclusive technology with TRANE CleanEffects, filters up to 99.98% of all airborne allergens from the filtered air down to .1 microns for a cleaner, more comfortable home.
Advantages of Improved Indoor Air:
The benefits to improved indoor air quality can be huge: Fresh clean smelling air inside your home; More energy; fewer allergy problems; Potentially, even a lower risk of cancer, and other health problems!
Conclusion – a Fresh New Breath
Now you know that indoor air quality is a vital concern. Most people spend much of their lives inside where air quality can be compromised. Bringing in fresh air from the outside or purifying the existing air from its contaminates, can leave you and your family in a cleaner, healthier environment. Accurate Heat Air Services, Inc. is here to help you establish the best air system for your home or office to create the fresh air your body needs. Contact us to get started today!