Indoor Air Quality
What is Indoor Air Quality?
As the name suggests, “Indoor Air Quality” refers to the quality of air inside buildings and other structures, especially as it relates to the health, well-being and overall comfort of the building’s occupants. Inside residential dwellings, this means people living in the home as well as people visiting. Nationwide studies performed by the Environmental Protection Agency indicate indoor air can be as much as 5 times more polluted or contaminated than outdoor air. This seems counterintuitive. However, the recent increase in indoor pollution is likely because most building practices used when constructing new buildings and houses. Modern building practices are naturally designed to save as much money as possible. To be as energy efficient as possible and keep treated air inside, today’s dwellings are constructed airtight with tons of insulation. They are also sealed. Often, they lack natural ventilation necessary to bring in fresh air from the outside. Without proper filtration and air purification, this can be a problem.
Meanwhile, everyday living often generates airborne contaminants such as dust, dirt, and dander. Homeowners need to be mindful of these things in addition to the use of cleaning supplies, food preparation and personal hygiene products. All sorts of air pollution can become trapped inside a residential dwelling because of poor ventilation; it gets recirculated through the home’s air ducts. To improve air quality, Beavercreek Heating & Cooling offers a wide range of products and services that work alongside HVAC equipment.
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Air Filter Services in Beavercreek, Ohio
Have you been wondering why your HVAC system’s air filter isn’t helping to cleanse the air in your home? The reality is that standard one-inch filters aren’t designed for this purpose and it takes something extra. Beavercreek Heating & Cooling offers a solution – media air filters! These are created from deeply pleated material similar to paper, making them 7 times more effective than regular ones at removing pollutants like insecticide dust or flu virus particles. Upgrade today for cleaner indoor environment with Breathe Easy technology from Beavercreek Heating & Cooling!
Dehumidifier Services in Beavercreek, Ohio
Controlling your home’s humidity is just as important for comfort and health concerns, such as allergies and mold growths, than owning an HVAC system. Investing in a dehumidifier from Beavercreek Heating & Cooling can provide you with numerous benefits throughout the summer months — from improving air quality to reducing energy bills. By removing moisture from hot spaces that could lead to musty odors or condensation buildup on walls, dehumidifiers help homeowners maintain a healthy indoor atmosphere while preventing more costly issues down the road.
Humidifier Services in Beavercreek, Ohio
Wintertime brings with it a host of challenges, including air so dry that can cause serious health problems and even damage our home. Beavercreek Heating & Cooling offers homeowners the humidification services they need to keep everyone in their family safe from excessively dry winter air by installing whole-house humidifiers. With controlled levels of humidity in your home during the winter, you can eliminate coughs and excess static shocks around the house while safeguarding woodwork against drying out and warping due to extreme low moisture in the environment.
Air Purifier in Beavercreek, Ohio
Are you looking for an effective yet cost-friendly way to protect your family from airborne pathogens, while also deodorizing your home? Look no further — Beavercreek Heating & Cooling is here to help! Our new iWave-R uses innovative technology that creates a field of ions which neutralizes and kills bacteria, viruses, mold spores and other indoor air pollutants. Not only does it get rid of bad smells — but its maintenance needs are minimal too. This is a win/win situation all the way around!
Thermostat Services in Beavercreek, Ohio
Upgrade to one of our new smart HVAC devices today for an affordable solution that pays you back quickly! Our smart thermostats at Beavercreek Heating & Cooling provide endless convenience and money savings, allowing users to be in control of their home’s comfort and indoor air quality with automated features. They are the perfect investment for any homeowner. You can say goodbye to tedious manual tasks and get ready for unbeatable efficiency from your updated HVAC system!
UV Lights Services in Beavercreek, Ohio
Germicidal UV Lights are a powerful tool used to make indoor air healthier and sanitary. They work with HVAC systems to eliminate unwanted microbes, such as mold spores and bacteria lingering inside the home’s ducts. Not only do they clean up existing contaminants but also prevent new ones from building up. If having a UV Light installed in your HVAC unit interests you, call one of our team members today to see what it’ll take to have a set installed in your HVAC system.
Why You Need IAQ
Why is IAQ Important?
Indoor air quality is important for a wide variety of reasons. Nevertheless, the air pollution in a lot of homes can be more of a health concern than outdoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution is often a lot worse than pollution outside the home. There are three basic reasons for this. They include:
- The average Ohioan spends about 90 percent of their time indoors.
- Harmful chemicals are used in home building materials, cleaning solutions, furnishings, pesticides, cooking, smoking and personal care products.
- Modern dwellings are constructed air tight and often lack adequate ventilation.
The health effects of poor indoor air quality range from minor to severe, depending on the situation and the problem. Health effects can include tiredness, headaches, dizziness, nausea, itchy nose, irritated eyes, and scratchy throat. The symptoms usually go away when the person leaves the building or room.
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4 Benefits of Good IAQ
As we have seen, indoor comfort and air quality go hand in hand. We at Beavercreek Heating & Cooling go beyond home comfort to offer healthier indoor environments for all. Below are a few of the benefits of optimal indoor air quality:
Removes Unwanted Odors
Having a good clean, healthy indoor air environment makes it harder for mold and mildew to form and for other types of germs to develop and flourish. A quality air filtration system also contributes to the elimination of unwanted indoor odors by stopping mold, germs, viruses, bacteria, and other pollutants from circulating.
Reduces Utility Costs
When your indoor air quality is clean and you have optimal levels of humidity throughout the home, your furnace, heat pump and/or air conditioner will run better, last longer and operate efficiently. Optimal efficiency from an HVAC system equates to money savings. Improving your indoor air quality, in short, reduces your utility costs.
The more polluted the air is in your home, the more likely you are to fall prey to allergies, asthma issues and other breathing related ailments. Even subtle levels of indoor air pollution can affect your overall health, well-being and stress levels. Indoor air pollution essentially prevents optimal health and well-being. It also affects your healing and energy levels. Beavercreek Heating & Cooling offers homeowners and business owners throughout Greater Dayton the complete line of HVAC systems with advanced dehumidifying features and air purification.
Free of Allergens & Pollutants
Whenever you are allergic to something, it’s your body’s way of telling you it can’t tolerate whatever it is taking in, or whatever it’s breathing in. The more someone is exposed to airborne allergens, the more likely they are to get sick. Optimal indoor air quality enables the body to recover properly. It is free of airborne allergens and airborne pollution.
Warning Signs of Poor IAQ
Is the air in your home trying to tell you something? Don’t ignore the warning signs of poor indoor air quality. Listen up! If something seems amiss, you might have an indoor air pollution source that is sure to cause problems. Our experts at Beavercreek Heating & Cooling explain the most common warning signs of poor IAQ in the following:
Dust Buildup on Surfaces
Most forms of pollution are heavier than the air itself. Because of this, indoor air pollution will not remain suspended in your air supply floating around forever. Poor indoor air quality causes dust to build up faster on surfaces around your home. If you have dust building up faster than normal, you should consider whether or not your HVAC unit’s air filters is enough for your indoor air supply. Dust accumulation from poor indoor air quality is usually more pronounced in areas with more airflow. Look around your air vent and registers. Check around furniture and walls near your registers. If your air filter is clean and you still have significant amounts of dust building up, an air duct cleaning visit from our professionals might be necessary to remove anything that’s collected itself in your ductwork.
Frequent Allergies & Illness
The biggest reason homeowners should consider their indoor air quality is the impact that poor air quality can have on them and any other members of the household. The EPA says short-term symptoms of poor indoor air quality include eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as fatigue, dizziness and headaches. Poor air quality in a home can also aggravate pre-existing conditions like asthma.
The long-term effects of poor indoor air quality typically only show themselves after prolonged or repeated exposure. Indoor pollutants can carry the risk of heart or respiratory disease and even cancer, although reactions to pollutants will vary from person to person. Take notice if respiratory symptoms are worse when you are at home than when you are away from home.
Musty odors are usually a sign of mold. If you have mold development or mildew growth, it’s a serious health concern. If the odor is more pronounced around air vent and registers while your HVAC system is running, it’s a major red flag. Mold has a musty smell because it releases organic microbial compounds into the air. Exposure to these organic compounds can cause health issues, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. Because mold can cause even more complicated health problems, we strongly encourage you to take immediate action if you suspect it’s an issue.
Air Circulation Problems
If the air isn’t passing through your HVAC system properly, it isn’t getting filtered properly or purified fully before getting cycled back into the home. Problems with poor airflow from air vents, in addition to air leaks in ductwork, increase the quantity of airborne contaminants in the home and throw off indoor humidity levels.
If you have air entering your ducts through an air leak and it’s not getting filtered, it’s not getting purified. Likewise, this air isn’t passing through your air conditioner or dehumidifier. Humidity problems can lead to dry skin and cause itchiness; it can also worsen the symptoms of skin-related conditions such as eczema. If you have poor airflow, you might have a bad blower fan or bad fan motor. Additionally, the fan’s speed setting could be wrong or it could be an improperly sized air handler. In any case, if you have airflow problems, you should call Beavercreek Heating & Cooling right away! We can help eliminate the effect they have on your indoor comfort and indoor air quality.
Duct Cleaning *Limited Availability
Breathe easier and improve your indoor air quality with our specialized ductwork cleaning services! Our professional HVAC technicians use powerful tools to remove dirt and debris that build up in the system. Then we perform a deep sanitization process to scrub away any residue. As an added bonus, we can also check your air filter and replace it if necessary before performing one last test for optimal performance. If you’re based out of the Greater Dayton area don’t miss out on this offer! Call Beavercreek Heating & Cooling today for more information and to enjoy these Top 5 Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning:
- Improves air flow
- Improves air quality
- Reduces allergens and irritants
- Removes unwanted odors and smells
- Helps everyone breathe easier
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General IAQ FAQ
What are symptoms of poor indoor air quality?
Symptoms of poor indoor air quality include health issues such as fatigue, shortness of breath, sinuses, headache, dryness, shortness of breath, dizziness. Unusual odors are another sign of poor air quality in addition to having to replace air filters a lot more often than normal. Other symptoms could be related to humidity levels and include static electricity and problems sleeping. Call Beavercreek Heating & Cooling today if you’re having these issues.
How can I improve indoor air quality?
For starters, you should begin testing your indoor air quality. Then, you look at source control. Typically, the most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to remove individual sources of air pollution in the home or at least reduce their emissions. Some sources, like those containing asbestos, can be enclosed or sealed. Other sources, such as gas stoves, can be adjusted to reduce the amount of emissions. Beavercreek Heating & Cooling can help you improve your indoor air quality at prices you won’t find anywhere else.