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Just Say No to Indoor Air Pollution

You may be frustrated by the excessive levels of dust and pet dander in your home. You may not realize that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to indoor air quality. Your home's air supply can also be tainted by gases emitted during cooking or released from common supplies like printer ink, laundry detergent and air freshener. However, you don't have to passively accept these conditions because today's HVAC technology includes many helpful solutions for mitigating these issues. You can just say no to the indoor pollutants as you improve the health of your family through cleaner air.

Here are some ways to make it happen:

Meticulous System Maintenance

Your indoor air quality can be significantly affected by the operation of your home comfort equipment. Poor maintenance is a sure way to promote a polluted environment. By scheduling seasonal tune-ups, you can enjoy optimized comfort control and enhanced air quality.

Duct Condition

Your ducts can harbor dirt and debris that are easily ignored because of the out-of-sight location of the materials. Leaks in the ducts can allow continued exposure to these materials and to carbon monoxide emissions from an attached garage. Rodents and insects can also use these openings to access your ducts, leaving materials that can expose your household to potentially dangerous diseases. Schedule your duct inspection every three to five years to ensure that leaks are sealed and that duct walls are cleaned.

Indoor Air Quality Evaluation

If you want a better understanding of the materials in your air supply, contact your HVAC contractor for an IAQ evaluation. Air samples can be tested for allergens, mold, carbon monoxide, asbestos and radon. Targeted solutions can be formulated for limiting the concentrations of these materials with some of the following types of equipment:

  • Air purifiers - intensive filtration exceeds that of your air filter, removing both solid and gaseous particles from the air supply. Multiple hourly cycles ensure that more pollutants are removed, and germicidal systems kill biomaterials that may threaten your health.
  • Ventilators - a balanced system exchanges polluted indoor air for fresh air from outside. Preliminary filtration of incoming air limits the introduction of additional pollutants, and energy recovery features allow for minimal impact on your utility bills.
  • Humidification and dehumidification - if you face extreme summer humidity or winter dryness in your residence, these units may allow you to maintain the recommended RH of between 30 and 50 percent, promoting healthier indoor air conditions.

If you are ready to improve the quality of air in your home, you can contact Mike Brummitt Heating and Cooling for system maintenance or for an IAQ evaluation. Our office personnel in Creedmoor, SC, are available to schedule an appointment at your convenience.

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