Indoor Air Quality Experts in The Villages and Surrounding Areas
Indoor air quality is a hot topic in the HVAC industry these days. Today’s tightly sealed buildings prevent the loss of heated and cooled air to reduce energy costs. However, the air in those tightly-sealed buildings can quickly become hazardous without sufficient ventilation. Even with adequate ventilation, indoor air might still need extra help to remain fresh, healthy and free of contaminants.
What Are Some Common Indoor Air Pollutants?
Common pollutants include pollen, dust, dust mites, bacteria, pet dander, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), household cleaners, viruses, pesticides, asbestos, fungi, lead, formaldehyde, gasses, second-hand smoke and other allergens. These airborne contaminants can quickly collect and multiply in buildings without sufficient ventilation.
What Are the Symptoms of Indoor Air Pollution?
Indoor air pollution can cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, eye, nose and throat irritation, sinus infections, skin rashes, respiratory problems, allergic reactions or a worsening of existing allergies. Fortunately, DeSantis Appliance & AC Service Inc offers a variety of fixes for stuffy, stale and polluted indoor air:
Whole-House Ventilation Systems
There are four types of whole-house ventilation systems: exhaust, supply, balanced and energy-recovery/heat-recovery. All of these systems bring fresh air inside and push contaminated air outside. The only difference is how they accomplish this task.
Indoor Air Cleaners
Air cleaners, also known as air filtration systems, employ high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to trap hazardous airborne particles as indoor air is pushed through them. Air cleaners are good at catching allergens like dust, dust mites, pollen and pet dander.
Indoor Air Purifiers
Air purifiers, also known as air scrubbers, use negative ions, ozone or heat to “zap” airborne contaminants, stopping them dead in their tracks. UV lights that sanitize and disinfect with UV rays are one type of air purifier. Air purifiers get rid of airborne contaminants like microbes, gasses, chemicals, fungi and second-hand smoke that can make you sick.
Indoor Air Humidifiers
With an air humidifier, you can optimize the moisture levels in your home. Humidifiers are the first line of defense against dry, winter air. Indoor humidity levels below 40 percent can cause dry, flaky skin, help viruses and bacteria to transmit infections and reduce your resistance to illness.
Humidity levels between 40 and 50 percent are considered ideal. They help you to heal faster from illnesses and reduce symptoms of infection. Humidity levels in this range are best for comfort and prevent the growth of fungi and dust mites that thrive in humidity levels above 60 percent.
HVAC Maintenance Also Keeps Indoor Air Clean
Poorly maintained HVAC systems that are coated with grunge and grime could become generators of indoor air pollution. The dirt that collects on furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners that aren’t cleaned regularly can blow into your home whenever your HVAC cycles on.
Ductwork can also become a breeding ground for contaminants, so it’s a good idea to have ducts inspected, cleaned and sealed every few years. Before you invest in air cleaning, air purifying and ventilation technologies, make sure that your HVAC is kept clean with monthly filter changes and annual system maintenance. Reach out to us today if you have any questions about your Wildwood, The Villages, Leesburg, Summerfield, FL or surrounding area home’s indoor air quality!