Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Since the invention of HVAC systems, engineers have continuously applied evolving methods to improve the airflow in your house based on safety measures.

With the recognition of saving energy at home, HVAC systems were designed tighter. This change produced a more accessible path for contaminants to stay in-doors, risking the health of household members. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the air pollutants in your house may be higher than the outdoors’, exceeding two to five times more, because they are trapped in a structured household. These indoor levels cause harmful effects on your health.

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Maintaining Indoor Air Quality

You might be wondering exactly what you are getting when you schedule a maintenance service. Your technician will be conducting a thorough inspection and diagnostic of your system, ensuring all of your critical components are in good shape for the coming season, and performing routine tasks that will help keep your system healthy.

During a typical maintenance check-up your technician will perform the following:

Direct Airflow

Direct the vent in your bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry rooms outside your house. If the airflow is directed to the garage or attic, it will produce mold and mildew that can be expensive and a health hazard in the long run. Also, use products that are energy-efficient and have quieter exhaust fans.

eliminate furnaces

Refrain from installing furnaces, air conditioners, and duct systems in open spaces such as the garage where contaminants can easily carve their way inside the house.

Ensure ventilation

Ensure the ventilation of hearth equipment such as fireplaces and wood stoves are correctly installed. Tighten doors and open to the outdoor air whenever possible so the fresh air can improve airflow in the house.

remove Toxic compounds

Toxic compounds such as paints, solvents, cleaners, and pesticides need to be stored away from the vents and ventilation. More specifically, they should be removed from occupiable space.

avoid fire hazards

Avoid using combustible products such as cigarettes, candles, indoor barbeques, combustible kitchen appliances or vent-free heaters in your house. They are a fire hazard when used near an HVAC system, and cause problems with the airflow in the house.

remove air pollutants

If you are cleaning the house using toxic cleaning products or doing an activity that produces air pollutants, open the windows. They will allow the contaminants to flow outdoors while the fresh outdoor air circulates in the house.

test for proper ventilation

If you are utilizing natural-draft equipment, have it professionally tested for proper ventilation and proper installment (outside of occupiable space). If you are using the water heaters and furnaces, make sure it is power-vented, sealed-combustion, or condensed.

check the air filter

Over time, your air handling system will collect dirt and dust particles from its everyday performance. Make sure to install an efficient filter or air cleaner that will prevent those particles from coming across. Also, checking the air filter on a monthly basis helps you detect any problems early on that can be easily solved.

Direct dryer Vents

Direct dryer vents and central vacuum cleaners outdoors.

consider mechanical ventilation

Think about using whole-house mechanical ventilation that helps distribute an acceptable level of outdoor air throughout the house.