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How Healthy is the Air in Your Home?

Indoor air quality is a growing concern in our society today. Americans on average spend 70% of their time indoors and according to the American Lung Association the quality of our indoor air can be up to FIVE TIMES worse than the outside air. That’s a pretty scary statistic! These days our focus is on being energy efficient and saving money. As a result, we’re adding insulation, vapor barriers, caulk and weatherstripping to effectively retain our heated or cooled air and reducing air infiltration from the outside. Therefore, air remains inside longer and so do pollutants within the air.

Indicators of poor indoor air quality:

  • “stuffiness”
  • frequent head or chest colds
  • mold or mildew
  • a musty smell or lingering odors
  • heavy condensation or frost of windows

One of our CoolHeat professionals can test, assess and remediate your indoor air quality problems. For more information, please call us anytime.

Health and Environmental effects of poor air quality:

  • asthma
  • rhinitis
  • bacteria
  • sinusitis
  • allergic respiratory disease
  • dust and dirt
  • excessive mold and mildew
  • smoke
  • increased utility bills (decreased air flow)
  • unpleasant fumes and odors

50% of illnesses (such as colds and flu, allergies and asthma) are caused or aggravated by mold, mildew, bacteria and fungi, according to the American College of Allergists.

Solutions/Benefits:

Air Cleaners/Purifiers
Air cleaners can improve your health by keeping your entire house cleaner, protect your furnishings and save you time and the aggravation of continuous dusting and cleaning. A whole-house cleaner can help provide relief from irritants – up to 40 times more efficiently than standard furnace filters. Prevents the build up of dust and dirt that can be damaging to your heating and cooling equipment decreasing the need for expensive maintenance or premature failure. Build up of pollutants on your heating and cooling equipment also reduces the efficiency by as much as 25%.

An air purifier whole-house air filtration system is the most effective air cleaning system available. It thoroughly cleans and filters out 99.98% of airborne allergens that pass through the system. It is up to 100 times more effective than a standard 1” filter. It will deliver cleaner air and more of it.

Filters
By switching out your filters once a month you can cut down on the amount of dust and pollutants in your air. Filters remove dust and other particles from the air such as pollen, bacteria, smoke, smog, pet dander, plant and mold spores. They also help to increase the energy efficiency and prolong the life of your heating and cooling system.

Moisture control
Excess moisture in the air causes air conditioning systems to work harder. This wastes energy and increases your utility bill. Reducing moisture will effectively and economically reduce mold, mildew and allergens. A humidifier/dehumidifier built into your heating and cooling system is the best long-term solution to controlling moisture in your home. The water supply is constant and it can be controlled by a humidistat mounted on your wall, properly regulating the humidity in your home. With the right amount of humidity, you’ll find that you can be comfortable at a lower thermostat setting. And that will increase your comfort as well as save you money on your energy bills.

Duct cleaning
A whole-house duct cleaning dislodges dirt and debris in the airflow systems followed by a thorough cleaning. This cleaning will kill germs and bacteria, remove dust in your home, improve the efficiency of your system, make your home smell clean and fresh and is also recommended by doctors and allergists.

UV Germicidal Lamps
With a UltraViolet (UV) Germicidal Lamp you will not just remove airborne contaminants, you will destroy them. Mold and bacteria can easily grow on air conditioning coils as a result of normal condensation that takes place during the cooling process. A UV Germicidal Lamp is designed to kill that mold and bacteria by breaking down its DNA. The elimination of mold and bacteria will reduce your family’s risk of allergic reactions and illnesses as well as get rid of foul odors. It also allows your home comfort system to run less often, for shorter periods of time and at peak efficiency. As a result, this will save you money on your utility bills.

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