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Indoor Air Quality
Believe it or not, your home’s air quality can have a profound impact on your health.
Poor indoor air quality can lead to coughing, eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and even asthma attacks. Protecting your indoor air quality is vital to protecting your family’s health.
It’s important to watch for the signs of indoor air pollution; some are:
- Impeded airflow
- A stuffy or musty smell coming from your vents
- Faulty HVAC equipment
- Visibly dirty HVAC equipment
- Uneven humidity levels
- Unvented combustion air sources for fossil fuel appliances
- Noticeable changes in a family member’s health
- Breathing easier outside the home
- Damaged flue pipes or chimneys
- Presence of microbiological agents
- Homes built between 1940 and late 1970s
Air Quality in your Central Heating System
Most central air systems are made up of a few large units. First, is the compressor that sits outside your house; the second is the furnace. Though you may not think it, the furnace is responsible for both heating and air conditioning. Any air, hot or cold, is filtered through the furnace before entering your home. To cool air, the compressor uses refrigerant to cool air before sending it through the furnace. This is why it’s so important to regularly change your air filter.
Routinely Change Your Air Filter
Standard furnaces are equipped with a filter that purifies the air before releasing it into your house. High quality air filters trap pet hair, dander and larger airborne particles, and stop them from spreading. If you want to stop indoor air pollution, it is absolute critical that you change your air filter at least twice per year if not more. If you have questions about your air filter, or need help changing it, call Moore Home Services.
Clean Air Solutions
Changing your air filter is a great way to protect your indoor air quality, but it never hurts to take more preventative measures. Investing in a MERV 6 or 8 air filter will catch particle sized dander and dust. Moore Home Services also offer some strong solutions for combatting indoor air pollution. Such as our BioGuard Powered Filter, Air Scrubber, and UV Light. Contact us today if any of these sound like they would work for you.
Does Ductwork Affect My Air Quality?
Not all homes have ductwork, but if your home does, do not overlook your ducts. Even if you routinely change your air filter, all is lost when your air travels through dirty ducts to your home. Most ductwork is found in a home’s attic, if your ducts have holes or gaps, it’s easy for stale and dirty air to mix with your clean air and eventually pollute your home. Leaks and holes in air ducts can allow heated and cooled air to escape, forcing your system to run inefficiently. If you think your ducts are in need of work, don’t hesitate, call Moore Home Services for any ductwork you may need.
What About Asbestos?
If your home was built between the 1940s and late 1970s, you should take extra precautions to make sure there are no asbestos in your home. Unfortunately, many homes built during this time have insulation and ductwork made from asbestos; and over time, asbestos can eventually make its way into your home. If you think you may have asbestos in your home, call a specialist for an evaluation.
Call Moore Home Services
Our smart, skilled technicians know how important indoor air quality is. We want the best for you and your family. If you think your indoor is compromised in any way, or just want a tune-up, call Moore Home Services and make an appointment today.