Indoor Air Quality Services Throughout The Lakeshore
AC & Heating Pros in Grand Haven, Muskegon, Ferrysburg & Beyond
As homes become more energy-efficient, they become equally more susceptible to indoor air pollutants. Homes are shut up to conserve energy, but while they keep in your heat and air conditioning, they also keep in pollutants, which worsen the quality of your indoor air. These indoor pollutants can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and respiratory irritation, and they can also aggravate allergies and asthma. Though some particles can be taken care of with regular cleaning practices, the only way to get rid of some of the smallest particles is to employ air filtering devices.
At Aire Serv® we’re dedicated to not only your heating and cooling system, but also to the quality of your indoor air. We can quickly identify any potential problems, and provide helpful solutions that are relevant to you. Whether you live in Spring Lake, Holland, or the surrounding cities, our heating and air conditioning professionals want to help keep your air clean.
WHAT IS INDOOR AIR QUALITY?
Indoor air quality refers to the quality of the air inside and around buildings, as it is related to the health and general wellness of the building’s occupants.
Indoor air is the air you breathe every day. Though you can’t control the indoor air at your work, you can control the quality of the air in your home. You spend almost every day of your life at home, and even if it doesn’t seem like it, when you account for the time you’re sleeping, the greatest part of your day is spent in your house. If the air quality in your home is poor, it can present personal discomforts, and even serious health risks.
General poor quality indoor air can lead to headaches, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, worsening of allergies, respiratory issues, and even heart disease or cancer. In serious conditions, such as carbon monoxide leaks, poor indoor air quality can lead to death.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY SERVICE AND REPAIR
At Aire Serv® we know that your indoor air quality is important to your life, and health, which is why we’re trained on all brands and types of equipment. Whether it’s your air conditioning unit, your furnace, or your air ducts, we’re here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you’re experiencing a problem, we’re here to help.
WHAT CAN CAUSE POOR AIR QUALITY?
With new technologies and climate control, your home tends to stay shut up throughout the year. If it’s the wintertime, you’ve got the house closed to keep the heat in, and if it’s the summer, you try your best not to air condition the great outdoors. Since your house is closed off most of the time, there’s little opportunity for air to cycle through, or freshen up. In fact, most outdoor air is much less polluted than indoor air, simply because once we release toxins into our homes, they don’t have a lot of room to escape. So what are some major causes of indoor air pollution?
- Smoking – Cigarettes are full of carcinogens and pollutants. Every time you smoke inside you release more of these bad chemicals into your indoor air.
- Indoor pets – Though they’re quite lovable, indoor pets often have dander, and if you have pets that go outside as well, they can track all sorts of pollens and dust into your home.
- Pollen – It’s fairly unavoidable, but once pollen gets inside your home, it’s tough to get it out. Some indoor plants can also release extra amounts of pollen into the air.
- Inadequate home ventilation – If your house isn’t ventilated properly, instead of getting rid of toxins and pollutants, it can just keep them swirling around inside, which can be bad for your health.
- Improperly vented appliances – It’s important that all the appliances in your home that use combustion, like ovens, furnaces, and fires, are properly vented. Otherwise, you risk carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Mold and Mildew – If you live in a humid area, there’s always the possibility that mold and mildew are growing in your home. The best way to avoid these is to regularly inspect, and make sure your home is kept as dry as possible.
- Toxins from home projects – When you clean your house with heavy duty products like bleach, or when you paint your home, fumes are emitted into your indoor air. These fumes often hold toxins, and if your home is shut up tight, they won’t leave as quickly as you think.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR AIR QUALITY AT ITS BEST?
Change your air filters – The best way to keep your home pollutant-free is to regularly change your air filters. Air filters trap minuscule particles that float around your home, including irritants like mold spores, pollen, and bacterias. If that’s not convincing enough, regular air filter checks boost your system’s energy efficiency, and can prolong the life of your heating and cooling systems.
Vacuum regularly – Regular vacuuming and dusting can help knock out larger air particles. While it won’t tackle tiny pollen, it can remove large amounts of dust and other irritants from your indoor air.
Mechanical ventilation – It’s a good idea to make use of things like window and attic fans, and you might even consider a whole-house ventilator. Since outdoor air is much cleaner than indoor air, getting that air circulating, and bringing fresh air in is a great way to clean up your indoor air quality.
Dehumidifiers – Especially important if you live in a very humid area, dehumidifiers reduce the risk of things like mildew and mold, which can release very dangerous pollutants into your indoor air. There are even whole-house dehumidifiers that can be installed in conjunction with your heating and cooling system, ridding your home of excess moisture.
Electronic Cleaners and Purifiers – The purpose of air cleaners is to pull out as many pollutants as possible from your indoor air. They specifically tackle things like smoke, mold spores, pet dander, dust, and more. The most effective air purifiers are those that are installed into your heating and cooling system, but there are also portable options available. Feel free to talk to one of our Aire Serv® experts about what sort air purification unit might be right for your home.
Air Duct Cleaning – One of the hardest to reach places in your home, your air ducts are a prime location for indoor air pollutants to hide. It’s recommended that you have your air ducts inspected regularly to ensure good indoor air quality, and to make sure that your heating and cooling system is working as it should. Our Aire Serv® technicians are always available to answer any questions you may have regarding your air ducts, and to schedule your next air duct inspection.
WHY GET YOUR AIR DUCTS CLEANED?
General Health – The average 6 room home produces about 40 pounds of dust a year, and your heating and cooling system stores all of that dust and debris. Your air ducts are one of the top places for all of these pollutants to stick, and if you can’t get rid of them, you might be putting your health at risk. Poor indoor air quality can lead to increased allergies, flu-like symptoms, headaches, and even more serious health conditions. You can easily have all of that dust and pollution removed with a simple air duct cleaning.
Energy Efficiency – If your heating and cooling system is clogged up, it has to work harder to function properly. This means that you’ll lose money on those energy bills, simply because your filters are blocked, and your system is dirty. Clean up the system, and it won’t have to work as hard, potentially saving you bundles on that utility bill.
Health of your AC / heater system – 90% of heating and cooling system failures are caused because of dust and dirt. If your system gets backed up and clogged with that 40 pounds of dust, it has to work harder, which shortens its life, and can cause it to break down more easily.
Electronic Cleaners and Air Filters – One of the best ways to filter out pollutants and improve your indoor air quality is to install an electronic cleaner. While there are many different varieties of electronic cleaners, each designed to target specific types of pollutants, the most effective air cleaners are those that are installed within your heating and cooling system.
Since almost all of the air in your home passes through your heating and cooling system, if you have a cleaner installed within, you have the best chance of eliminating as many pollutants as possible. If you think an electronic cleaner is the right choice for you, call an Aire Serv® expert today. We can help you decide what type of cleaner or filter will work best with your system and home.