Indoor Air Quality
You control the air you breathe inside your Midwestern home and business through the products and services you incorporate to maintain your indoor air quality (IAQ).
At Midwest Air Pros, our professionals can help you choose the best available heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment to provide the fresh indoor air that you and your loved ones deserve. Our companies serve customers in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and other parts of the Midwest, specializing in all your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical needs.
What Are Some Symptoms of Indoor Air Pollution?
Can the air inside your home make you sick? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), poor indoor air quality ranks as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. If someone in your house has difficultly breathing because inside your home or business, little else matters.
Symptoms from poor indoor air quality include coughing, sneezing, fatigue, headaches, sore throats—even nose bleeds. Low humidity cracks your skin and dries up your nasal passages, creating an assortment of health issues. On the other end, extremely high humidity levels are a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and other issues.
Poor indoor air quality can also aggravate more serious conditions, such as asthma, heart and lung diseases, and other ailments. It pays to care about the air you breathe. Contact one of our Midwest Air Pros companies today to test your indoor air quality and provide you with practical solutions for how to improve your environment.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Insufficient ventilation is the main culprit. Circulating fresh air throughout your Nebraska home or business plays a vital role in maintaining your indoor comfort while stale air can trap contaminants and other airborne particles.
Factors that can negatively impact your air quality include:
- Clogged air filters
- Dirty air ducts
- Outdated building materials in your home
- Cigarette smoke
- Pet dander
- Dampness in your home
- Uneven humidity levels
- Household cleaners
IAQ Tips and Products
The problem with indoor allergens is they have nowhere to go. Opening a few windows will only invite more allergens into your home. On those hot sticky summer days in Springfield or Wichita, the situation only gets worse. Nobody—including your pets—wants to be stuck indoors on a muggy day with zero ventilation.
So how can you improve your indoor air quality? To start with, consider these tips and how they can improve your comfort:
1. Air Conditioners
Your air conditioner (AC) not only cools off your Nebraska home but also removes excess moisture in the air. Since many airborne pollutants and allergens are water soluble, proper humidity levels will help remove these particles.
Most air conditioners, if properly maintained, will provide you with 15 to 20 years of reliable service. But at some point, it makes more sense to invest in a new system rather than continuously repairing the old one. When the time comes for a new AC, find a professional on Midwest Air Pros to help figure out the best residential heating and cooling options for your home.
Tip: Keep your air ducts cleaned and tightly sealed to get the best performance from your central air conditioning and furnace.
2. HVAC Filters
Think of your HVAC filter as the first line of defense against dust, dirt, and anything else that comprises the air quality inside your Boise home or business. Many of our customers will choose a filter with a higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating because they know the positive difference it can make in their indoor air quality.
If someone in your home has severe allergies, asthma, or some other type of respiratory condition, consider Installing a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter that can capture 99.9 percent of all airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns! These filters are typically used in hospital settings and industrial buildings to give you an idea of their effectiveness.
Tip: Select the best filter rating for your particular HVAC equipment to maximize airflow efficiency.
3. Air Purifiers and Air Cleaners
Adding an air purifier system takes the indoor air quality of your Kansas City home to the next level of sanitizing in terms of reducing airborne contaminants. These systems reduce viruses, bacteria, mold, mildew, smoke odors, and other irritants. They come in different sizes to accommodate the square footage and layout of your home.
They also reduce radon gas, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), and carbon dioxide fumes in your home. Some air purifiers rely on UV lights, while others use ionizers that create “negative ions” which can reportedly improve your mood levels!
Air purifiers sanitize your Omaha home, while an air cleaner scrubs your home of pollen, pet dander, and other debris as small as 0.1 microns in size. In many homes, it makes sense to use some of these systems in tandem with each to get the best results.
Tip: Find a pro with Midwest Air Pros who can work with you in choosing the best air purifier and air cleaner systems for your particular home that meets the needs of you and your loved ones.
4. Humidifiers and Ventilators
Whether your home is in Springfield, Omaha, or in another part of the Midwest, uneven humidity levels are a drag. Adding a whole-house humidifier system that integrates with your ductwork provides another layer of comfort and health to your Wichita home.
If you find that your indoor air is stale and smells foul, then it may be time to capture some fresh outdoor air with an energy recovery ventilator (ERV). These systems use outgoing stale air to precondition incoming fresh air. The result is fresh air without causing your HVAC system to over-exert itself and creates exorbitant energy costs.
Tip: Purchase a digital hygrometer to accurately measure the relative humidity inside your home.
Choosing the Right Air Quality System
How do you know which air quality system is right for your home in Des Moines, IA, or Springfield, MO? Find a pro on Midwest Air Pros to learn more about indoor air quality and ways to improve the comfort and health of your home. Whether you are interested in the installation of a new system, or you need your current equipment repaired or maintained, we have certified specialists who know how to do the job right! We can make sure the humidifier, dehumidifier, or energy recovery ventilator installed in your house is serviced correctly from day one.