Frequently Asked Questions: Air Quality
Air Quality Questions
Should I be worried about my indoor air quality?
According to the EPA, the air quality in your home can be up to 100 times worse than the worst outdoor air, which is why you should be concerned with the quality of the air in your home. It can definitely play a role in your and your family’s health.
Do I have leaks in my air ducts?
- Rooms that are difficult to heat or cool.
- Generally poor air quality.
- High energy costs.
- An increase in dust after turning on your air conditioner.
If you answered yes to all or some of the above instances, you may have leaky ducts that need to be sealed by a professional. You do not want to let this go unresolved, as it will affect your energy costs and can negatively affect you and your family’s health.
Are my ducts dirty? When should I have them cleaned?
- An excess of dust in your home even after vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting.
- If you go through air filters very quickly.
- Mold or rodent infestation.
- Odors that appear after turning on your heating or cooling system.
- Dust coming from your vents.
How can I use a UV light to improve my air quality?
A UV germicidal lamp will neutralize all of these organisms and can be installed within your system where contaminants are most likely to grow.
Are air fresheners bad for you?
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)- which can cause many health problems in high concentrations like headaches, dizziness, memory impairment, and respiratory tract infections.
- Phthalates- According to the “Hidden Hazards of Air Fresheners“, study by the NRDC, these will aggravate asthma and allergic symptoms and are found in many common air fresheners.
What steps can I take to protect my family from carbon monoxide poisoning?
We also recommend getting annual water heater and furnace tune ups to make sure they are functioning properly. Any issue with these appliances can lead to unhealthy carbon monoxide levels in your home.
When does my air filter need to be changed?
If it is visibly dirty, clean it if possible, or it may need to be replaced. Dirty air filters will cause restricted airflow, which will eventually result in more costly repairs, higher energy costs, and a shorter system lifespan.