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Signs Your Home’s Air Quality Might Be Compromised…
And What To Do About It.
Poor air quality in the home is a risk to your family’s comfort and health… but how do you know if you might have a problem?
Look for some of these warning signs:
- 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 (newer & remodeled homes are often sealed better, which has many benefits, but it also means in-home air-quality is even more important).
- 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
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.
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. Regular maintenance or replacement of a standard filter is better than doing nothing, but if you want or need to have better air-quality, Service Champions has solutions.
One step you can take is to get a better filter. A MERV 6 and 8 will catch particles the size of dander, sanding dust and insect droppings - it’s not a particularly strong solution. A MERV 10 is built for high indoor air quality, straining particles as small as bacteria and microbiological growth.
Here are even better solutions we offer. Click on any of them to learn more:
An air duct system’s connection to air-quality is something often overlooked by homeowners. It shouldn’t be.
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.
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.
Learn More About Asbestos Abatement Here.
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.
Have Questions About In-Home Air Quality? Service Champions Would Be Honored To Help You - Contact Us.