Indoor Air Quality
Breathing in polluted air on a regular basis is a huge concern and can result in health issues. These days, your indoor air quality (IAQ) is proven to be much lower than your air outdoors. Depending on what type of pollutants or contaminants are in your Pinehurst, NC home’s air, you could be harming both yourself and your home.
At Comfort Services, Inc., first and foremost we want to be sure you are safe in your home, and then we want to ensure your comfort. Our North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certified professionals are experts in indoor air quality. We can inspect your home and make recommendations on steps you can take to make improvements.
Causes and Symptoms of Poor Indoor Quality
There are many contributing factors to poor indoor air quality. Things you may not even think twice about could be responsible—cleaning and personal-care products, building materials, carpeting, furnishings, and anything releasing gas or particles. Still other elements could be pets, smoking, dirty air ducts, and leaking air ducts. These all contribute in their own way to your indoor pollution.
Houses are now built so tightly, air can no longer leak in or out of our North Carolina homes. This keeps the indoor air inside our homes without a chance of fresh air getting in.
Signs you may be suffering from poor air in your home are flu-like symptoms, respiratory conditions like coughing and congestion, headaches, sneezing, nose bleeds, and sore throats. If you continue to expose yourself to this low air quality, you could develop more serious illnesses like asthma, infections, heart disease, and even cancer.
How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
There are several ways to improve your indoor air quality. A valuable action to combat poor indoor air is regular professional maintenance for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, including regularly changing your air filter.
Our professionals can come to your home at least once a year to inspect, tune-up, and clean your heating and cooling system. Be sure to speak to one of our knowledgeable team members about it.
In addition to routine maintenance, our experienced professionals recommend different air quality systems to help keep your indoor air clean. Though we work with a wide variety of systems, here are ones we frequently recommend:
- Humidifiers. If your home is too dry and is missing the necessary moisture for a healthy home and body, you can create many problems—both for you and inside your home. This is an issue that crops up frequently during the winter months. Having one of our professionals install a whole-house humidifier to work in tandem with your current HVAC system will keep your humidity level right where it should be.
- Dehumidifiers. Having too much moisture indoors equally causes problems. Summer humidity in particular can create problems, especially if your air conditioner is not continuously running to help address the humidity. With excess humidity, you may see condensation on your windows, furnishings, and other parts of your home. This causes mold and mildew growth as well as damage to your home and contents. A whole-house dehumidifier can be helpful in addressing too much indoor humidity.
- Ventilators. These systems help bring essential ventilation into your home, providing fresh air. Like humidifiers and dehumidifiers, we install these systems in conjunction with your heating and cooling system. Depending on your needs, there are heat recovery ventilators (HRVs), energy recovery ventilators (ERVs), and exhaust fans.
- Air Purifiers and Cleaners. Both of these air-cleaning devices filter unwanted impurities from your home’s air, but in different ways. Air purifiers remove contaminants from the air by destroying them using an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal lamp. Air cleaners, on the other hand, have air pass through their specialized air filters, which separate the unwanted particles. To know which system is better suited for your home and needs, talk to one of our knowledgeable professionals.
- Ultraviolet (UV) Lamps. These UV lamps install directly inside your HVAC system so the light destroys the air microbes as soon as the air passes through the lamp. The cleaned air then circulates throughout your home.
- Air Filters. Air filters are a necessary part of your HVAC unit. Your filter will catch particles and debris, preventing them from entering your home’s airflow. Filters have various thicknesses, are made from different materials, and have different filtration grades. Your type of filter is contingent on your HVAC system and your needs. It’s necessary to change them regularly—we recommend at least every three to six months.
- Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Our experts install carbon monoxide alarms throughout your home to alert you immediately in the event of a dangerous, even potentially lethal, carbon monoxide leak.
Contact Us for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs
Comfort Services, Inc., proudly provides HVAC service to Aberdeen, Jackson Springs, Laurinburg, Pinebluff, Pinehurst, Raeford, Southern Pines, Vass, West End, Whispering Pines, and the surrounding North Carolina communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 910-695-2665, or request service online today.