Indoor Air Quality Services
Since breathing comes automatically, we may not give much thought to the air we breathe at home. Still, having clean air in our house is one key to living a healthy life. Is indoor air really a threat?
“Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations,” says the Environmental Protection Agency.
Unfortunately, the above data shows that we need to be thinking about the quality of air in our home. Jake’s is here with answers to these essential questions about indoor air quality:
- What is the danger of polluted indoor air?
- What contaminants can you find in the home?
- What can you do to make sure your family is breathing clean air?
How Indoor Air Quality Can Affect Your Family’s Health
The air your family breathes — even in your home — matters. Exposure to dangerous indoor air pollutants can lead to serious health problems if left unchecked.
“Indoor air pollutants can cause immediate effects, such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and aggravated or worsened asthma symptoms among asthmatics,” explains the National Environmental Education Foundation. “Long-term effects are also possible, due to chronic exposure to indoor air pollutants. These effects may include respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer.”
The risks of poor indoor air quality are typically more severe for people with pre-existing medical conditions like asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses.
What Are Indoor Air Pollutants?
Many indoor air pollutants come from everyday household items, like aerosol cleaners or furniture. Pets, plumbing problems, and even seasonal changes may also increase the number of airborne contaminants in your home.
Indoor air pollutants include:
- Bacteria and viruses
- Dust and dust mites
- Pet dander
Nearly all homes have the above indoor air pollutants present at some level. What can you do to minimize contaminants in the air in your home?
How Can You Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?
Thankfully, you can do much to minimize the volume of indoor air pollutants in your home. A program of regular, thorough cleaning along with working to keep your house in good repair can go a long way in promoting good indoor air quality.
Here’s what you can do to improve your indoor air quality:
- Keep your home clean and free of unnecessary clutter
- Minimize carpeted surfaces and cloth furniture
- Store chemicals safely
- Use natural cleaners
- Don’t allow smoking in your home
- Fix water damage and plumbing issues quickly
- Ensure high-moisture areas (kitchen and bathroom) are adequately ventilated
- Invest in an air purification system
- Regularly maintain your HVAC system
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
Jake’s Heating, Air and Plumbing, LLC offers several professional indoor air quality services to make your home’s air safer and healthier.
Beyond HVAC maintenance and plumbing fixes, our knowledgeable technicians can find the best solution for your indoor air quality problem. Since there are so many potential indoor air quality pollutants, we will work with you to find out which services and indoor air quality products can improve the air in your home based on your needs.
Our indoor air quality solutions include:
Indiana summers can get very hot and humid. For a room to feel comfortable, it’s not just about lowering the temperature with an AC unit. It’s about controlling the humidity level. Using a dehumidifier can regulate the air, making sure it doesn’t feel sticky and dense. It can also work to prevent your home from dampness that could lead to mold and mildew growth.
Jake’s can make professional recommendations on dehumidifiers.
Over time, dirt, mold, bugs, mites, and other pollutants build up in an HVAC duct system. As the system heats or cools your home, it can blow these contaminants into the air.
We offer professional duct cleaning services to rid your ducts of debris and harmful pollutants.
High-Efficiency Indoor Air Filters
There are several types of permanent air filters available in various efficiencies that can help you filter the air in your home and reduce contaminants.
At Jake’s, we can help you find the most powerful and efficient air filter for your home.
While some homes can benefit from a dehumidifier, others may need a humidifier to regulate the proper humidity level. For people experiencing dry eyes, nose, and throat when at home, a humidifier may help.
We can help you find out more about humidifiers and which type might be best for you.
Some HVAC systems incorporate ultraviolet (UV) germicidal lights to kill mold and bacteria. There are several types of UV light cleaners, some of which operate within the ducts, while others are stand-alone units.
Our team is happy to help you learn more about UV lights and help you find the safest solution.
Certified HVAC Professionals
At Jake’s Heating, Air and Plumbing, LLC, we will work hard to help your family breathe easier in your home!
Our certified team of HVAC experts can guide you to find the best solutions for your indoor air quality problems.
How Often Should I Change my HVAC Air Filter?
It’s important to regularly replace your HVAC system’s air filter, as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you wait too long to replace your air filter, your indoor air quality may worsen, and your system will not run efficiently. Your home’s size, system size, usage, and other factors may affect how often you need to replace the feature.
Please reach out for more specific guidance on filter replacement.
How Can I Improve Indoor Air Quality?
A high-quality air filtration system can do much to help you reduce the number of allergens in your air. You can also keep a good routine of thoroughly vacuuming, cleaning, decluttering, and maintaining your home, especially if you have pets.
What Should I do if I Think my House Has Mold?
If you can see or smell mold in your home or notice unresolved water damage, you may need professional mold testing or remediation services. Additionally, we can recommend air filtration and dehumidification solutions to improve your indoor air quality.
Should I Upgrade my HVAC filter?
A high-efficiency HVAC filter can help improve your indoor air quality while helping your system run better. While the upfront investment is a bit more than standard filters, the payoff is worth it.
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Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional
As Southern Indiana’s top expert heating and air conditioning company, Jakes Heating, Air & Plumbing is ready to help make your home a healthier place. The name says it all!
We are certified HVAC specialists with the indoor air quality services and products you need to feel safe breathing the air in your home.
How often should I change my air filter?
At the risk of telling you something you’re tired of hearing, replace the air filter in your furnace on a regular basis. Dirty air filters reduce the amount of air flowing through a system and make the furnace work harder to maintain the temperature. How often you change the filter depends on the type of filter you use, if you have pets, and the size of your equipment. Please give us a call and we can give you proper guidance.
How can I reduce allergens and improve the air quality in my home?
With a high efficiency air cleaner, you can remove up to 99% of the pollen and spores that find their way into the home. There is also a great reduction in household dust, dirt, smoke, and other air pollutants. Your indoor air will become cleaner and fresher while reducing the allergens and dust that circulate throughout the house. With a whole house humidifier, you can relieve the irritating discomfort of dry indoor air. The humidifier reduces itchy skin, scratchy throats, static electricity, and damage to your furnishings and woodwork. Since humid air feels warmer than dry air, you do not have to set the thermostat as high to feel the comfort you want. A lower thermostat setting will reduce the costs of your energy bill.
I am concerned about mold growth, what should I do?
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Click here to learn more about mold prevention in your home from the EPA.
Why should I switch to a high efficiency air filter?
Proper air filtration is just as important to the health of your heating and cooling system as it is to the health of your family. Without proper filtration, dust and dirt can build up on your system which impacts operation and efficiency. A high-efficiency filter will remove more dust, dirt, pollen, mold, and other particles from the air. If you suffer from allergies or other respiratory problems, you should strongly consider a high-efficiency filter. No matter what type of filter you have, make sure you change it regularly.