How healthy is your indoor air? The air you breath outside is much cleaner than the air in your home! What air are your children and grandchildren breathing in?
We all know about second hand smoke and fumes… but do you know that an improperly installed furnace, space heater, water heater and many other appliances including your drier can cause harmful byproducts?? Fumes and particles aren’t necessarily visible or strong smelling…
Children, fetuses and elderly people are most vulnerable to these air pollutants!!
Nitrogen dioxide, a sharp-smelling gas, is a deep lung irritant. It can irritate nose, eyes, throat and lungs, trigger asthma attacks, and can cause headaches, coughing and nausea. Often, however, the effects of nitrogen dioxide exposure are not immediately apparent. Symptoms can appear as long as 72 hours after the gas has been inhaled. Long-term exposures can permanently damage the lungs, causing chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Soot may contain irritating and even cancer-causing particulates, such as polcyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). One PAH, benzo(a)pyrene, is a potent carcinogen.
Particles that are emitted by gas appliances can sink into carpets and cling to dust, remaining in the home and within the reach of children and our everyday clothes and items we use.
Tips in improving your Indoor Air Quality:
Keep a healthy level of humidity:
Dust mites and mold love moisture. Keeping humidity around 30%-50% helps keep them and other allergens under control. A dehumidifier (and air conditioner during summer months) helps reduce moisture in indoor air and effectively controls allergens. An air conditioner also reduces indoor pollen count — another plus for allergy sufferers.
- Use an exhaust fan or crack open a window when cooking, running the dishwasher, or bathing.
- Don’t overwater houseplants.
- Invest in an A/C system that removes humidity as it cool your home.
- Invest in a whole house dehumidifier that drains outside your home.
- Vent the clothes dryer to the outside.
- Fix leaky plumbing to prevent moisture-loving mold.
- Empty drip pans in your window air conditioner and dehumidifier.
We could bore you with pages of ways to improve indoor air quality, but it could mean a change of life style!
Many doctors recommend not using scented products to include house hold cleaners, air fresheners, deodorants, carpet cleaners, furniture polishes, fragrances etc.…
Like we said… a change of life style.
*Indoor allergens and irritants have become much more important in recent decades because we’re spending more time indoors. And because modern homes are airtight, these irritants can’t easily escape. “We’re all exposed to a greater degree than we were three or four decades ago.
Investing in a good Indoor Air Cleaner and stay worry free when you go about your daily routines.
- Trane Clean Effects
- Advances filters for your home
- Fresh Effects
** Investing in a good indoor air cleaner is an important choice. We have found many of our customers and very aware and highly concerned with their indoor air quality. However, they have gone out to purchase some of the best table top models to include those marketed by Sharper image, and Oreck. These have been rated “not recommended by Consumer Reports testing groups. These air cleaners have either no fans or inadequate ones which are not strong enough to move the air around. Many air cleaners are specific to removing ozone, and some are decent but are they cleaning the air from the other harmful pollutants?
Air Conditioner Mold
Our Lowcountry’s hot, humid, and rainy climate can promote mold growth in your home. Dark spots and a damp smell can indicate mold might be present. Mold can make you and your family very sick, so if mold is present in your air conditioner or the vents, it needs to be removed immediately and you should not be running your air conditioner until the mold is removed.
Cleaning and Preventing Mold in Your Air Conditioner
There are a number of air conditioner problems that can cause mold to form such as dirty filters or water leaks. If you have an oversized AC unit that is too big for your home, it can also cause mold. Regular system maintenance is recommended along with these mold prevention steps:
- Keep vents dry when condensation forms.
- Use a dehumidifier in particular damp rooms or during particularly humid days. Your system can also be modified with a dehumidification system on them.
- Run your air conditioner frequently, longer periods of it being off can be a catalyst for mold growth.
- Insulation and vapor barriers that prevent condensation for forming and pooling inside the pipes and coils stop mold.
Our NATE-certified service professionals are both knowledgeable and friendly we will help you remove the mold from your air conditioner and also help you with these steps to prevent it from returning. It is part of our commitment to fixing the root of your HVAC problems. We are fast and efficient and help all the Lowcountry home owners’ keep the air conditioning on and cooling efficiently.
HVAC Air Purifiers
Whole-house air purifiers are becoming an increasingly popular component of the heating and cooling systems in many homes. Wondering why? Check out the benefits below!
Fewer allergy symptoms.
Unlike standard air filters, whole-house air purifiers can catch potential allergens down to .1 micron in size, removing up to 99.98% of particles from the air.
Whole-house air purifiers are conveniently installed within the HVAC air handler system, eliminating the unsightly portable units in different rooms throughout your home.
Whole-house air purifiers save you the expense of having to purchase both air purifier filters and HVAC filters.
Because whole-house air purifiers eliminate the noise associated with some portable units, they are able to create a more comfortable and healthier indoor environment with little noise.
While standard HVAC filters are recommended to be changed by you every month, and at least every 3-6 months, whole-house air purifiers last 3 to 5 years with little to no maintenance. And these units are incorporated into your existing HVAC system.