How Important is Indoor Air Quality?
When it comes to heating and air conditioning, air quality refers to the cleanliness of the air inside of your home. Sometimes, fluctuating air quality may not be perceptible. Other times and more often times, lower air quality affects home lifestyle and personal health.
There are several indications to diagnose problematic indoor air quality. The most common signs include:
- Unusual odors
- Stale or stuffy air
- Poor airflow to rooms.
Other symptoms include dirty central heating or air conditioning equipment pieces, damaged flue pipes or unvented combustion air sources for fossil fuel appliances.
Apart from inefficient heating and air conditioning equipment, there are several other reasons for lower air quality inside your home which can affect the health of your family.
Common Factors that Lower Air Quality
- You have recently remodeled
- Have moved into a new home
- Are currently using new furniture and/or household products
Particles from these activities float around your home unable to be cleaned, which may be causing these health reactions.
For more information regarding how the items listed above can lower your indoor air quality please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you feel that your indoor air is excessively humid or that the air outside feels healthier, there is a way to elevate the quality of your air.
How Does Your Central Air Work?
Your central air system is composed of several large units. The compressor is the unit outside in your backyard. In the compressor air is primed with refrigerant before entering into the furnace, the unit that typically stored in the garage or indoors.
The furnace, contrary to popular belief, is responsible for both heating and air conditioning. This is the apparatus that actually conditions the air before release it into the air ducts to be distributed throughout the house. The furnace is also where the filtration process begins.
Achieve the Highest Quality Air for Your Home
The standard furnace comes with a basic filter that sifts air of pet hair, dander and larger airborne particles. This filter is responsible for a very general cleansing of air, usually removing visible airborne particles from traveling throughout the house.
More than for sanitation reasons, the basic filter is used to keep the central air system running smoothly, eliminating particles big enough to hinder its operation process. Unfortunately, this is not enough to clean your air of smaller airborne particles that oftentimes affect the health of your household.
If you would like to find out what kind of filter your furnace has, check the model. A MERV 6 and 8 catch particles the size of dander, sanding dust and insect droppings. A MERV 10 is built for high indoor air quality, straining particles as small as bacteria and microbiological growth.
We have other solutions that can support the Indoor Air Quality of your home which we over in detail in other pages.
Air Quality Solutions Are:
The ability of your filter to capture particles before sending cooled or heated air back into your home plays an important role in the cleanliness and health of indoor air. But before the cooled or heated air can pour into your home, it must travel through a network of air ducts to reach its destination.
How do your air ducts lower the quality of air?
No matter how clean your basic filter can get the air, it can dirty once again during its travel through the air ducts, especially if the ducts are not sealed or maintained.
Leaks and holes in air ducts create a vacuum in the attic. Conditioned air travels through these ducts but escape through holes and leaks, finding its place in the attic. The air dirties with the stale atmosphere of the attic, collecting dust and other harmful particles. With the continual use of the central air system, more air is pushed through the ducts and more air escapes into the attic, pushing the dirtied attic air back into the ducts and into the home. This is another opportunity for air to contaminate itself because of poor ductwork.
In addition, the presence of moisture in these ducts allow for microbiological growth that is released into your home every time the furnace runs for either heating or air conditioning.
Leak and holes in the air ducts allow dust and other particles to dirty the air triggering allergies and other health conditions. These leaks also allow cooled and heated air to seep out. If your air ducts also have these leaks, you may be paying up to 25-30 percent more than if you had your air ducts sealed.
Importance of Sealed Ducts
Air duct sealing refers to the process in which the ducts’ joints are sealed to ensure they remain clean and closed, keeping contaminants out and heated and cooled air in. At Service Champions, an advanced air duct sealing method is used where ducts’ joints are sealed with cement mastic.
Air duct sealing is recommended for all homes as it is vital in efficiently cooling and heating your air as well as protecting it from harmful or bothersome contaminants.
Homes built within the last 40 years should take extra caution as the central air systems are different. These homes are called “tight homes” which were designed to conserve energy by keeping cold air out during the winter and hot air out during the summer. However, this weather-tight efficiency results in even worse indoor air pollution because of insufficient ventilation.
Homes built between 1940 and late 1970s should take caution to the material used to build their home. During this time, asbestos was a popular material in construction and home insulation. If your home was built between these times, there is a good chance your flue pipes have been built out of asbestos. Asbestos fall-out is prone to travel through air ducts and eventually, make its way into homes. This is a great danger given the health hazards of asbestos. It is highly recommended to replace these flue pipes or take measures to lessen hazards to protect your home’s indoor air quality.
Signs of Possible Home Indoor Air Quality Problems
● Unusual and noticeable odor, stale or stuffy air
● Poor airflow
● Dirty or faulty central heating or air conditioning equipment
● Damaged flue pipes or chimneys
● Unvented combustion air sources for fossil fuel appliances
● Excessive humidity/Insufficient humidity
● Tightly constructed or remodeled home
● Presence of microbiological agents
● Health reaction after remodeling, weathering, using new furniture, use of household products, or moving into a new home
● Feeling noticeable healthier outside the home
Upgrading your air conditioner and furnace filter as well as sealing your air ducts means that the quality of your indoor air skyrockets where the health of your family is protected and your home becomes a safe place to come to every day.
Service Champions Protects Your Air
Service Champions technicians understand the importance of protecting the indoor air quality of your home for your family. That’s why every indoor air quality product that Service Champions carries is scientifically engineered and tested in homes just like yours. Each high efficiency system is custom-designed and installed to reduce, and in many cases, eliminate indoor air particles and pollutants.
Every technician we send your way has the mark of a Service Champions expert. All our technicians undergo a mandatory 150 hours of training yearly, learning about the newest technology in heating ventilation and air conditioning. They have passed drug tests and background checks so you can open the door to your home in confidence.
With Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning, it’s possible to strengthen and protect your air. If you feel that you would like a professional assessment of your indoor air quality, your Service Champions technician can visit for a free and no-obligation In-Home Air Quality Consultation.
You can depend on Service Champions to receive the best duct sealing and air filtration solution for your family’s health and safety. Request a Free In-Home Air Quality Consultation, contact us today for a no obligation air quality survey.