It’s easy to picture what unhealthy outdoor air looks like. Billowing plumes of emissions being pumped into the sky by factory smokestacks. A packed interstate highway with hundreds of automobiles churning exhaust fumes into the air. But when we think of poor indoor air quality, the images are tougher to conjure. Much of what makes up bad indoor air can’t really be seen. Unfortunately, you can be sure that it is still there. In fact, some environmental studies estimate that indoor air quality may be up to five times worse than outdoor air. Masters Heating & Cooling is committed to promoting healthy and clean indoor air for all of our customers, so we offer indoor air quality (IAQ) services and equipment.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
IAQ can be affected by a myriad of factors. Airborne pollutants such as dirt, debris, pollen, mold and other organic materials are sucked into your home and circulated by your home’s HVAC system. Germs and bacteria that get into your home can sometimes thrive and grow under controlled climate conditions. Materials in your home such as paint, carpet and furniture can give off fumes or gases and certainly some appliances such as water heaters and clothes dryers that burn fuel can emit harmful gases like carbon monoxide into your home’s air if they are not operating properly. Poor indoor air quality can contribute to health issues such as allergies/asthma, itchy eyes/throat skin irritations, fatigue and lethargy and even cancer.
We want our residential customers to know that they are not helpless in the fight to improve IAQ. Here are some steps you can take to improve the indoor air your family is breathing:
- Change your air filter. The quickest and easiest thing you can do to help combat poor indoor air quality. Air filters should be inspected and changed at least every other month or sooner if your HVAC system runs frequently.
- Check/clean air ducts. Your HVAC system’s ductwork is charged with distributing climate-controlled air throughout your home. Over time dust, pet dander and other contaminants can build up in the ductwork and need to be cleaned out.
- Vacuum rugs/carpets frequently. This will clean out the dust and other pollutants that collect in your carpets and rugs and are stirred up into the air whenever you walk on them.
- Regulate humidity levels. Humid and moist conditions can facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. Likewise, low humidity can also irritate the skin and eyes and allow some mold particles to dry and become airborne pollutants.
MASTERS OFFERS IAQ SOLUTIONS
Masters can help you determine if your indoor air quality needs attention with an IAQ analysis. We also offer equipment tailored to help improve indoor air quality. These solutions include air purifiers, humidifiers/dehumidifiers, ultraviolet light systems and more. Call us today and let’s make your indoor air cleaner and healthier!