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Why Do I Have Poor Air Quality?

Why Do I Have Poor Air Quality?
After a long day outside the home, returning to your abode should be a breath of fresh air, but what if it isn’t? Poor indoor air quality is not simply unpleasant, it can also be a health concern. Your family, friends, visitors, and even customers may all be impacted by a building with air quality that is subpar. Fortunately, the cause is often not hard to find and once addressed the air should improve.
Here are some frequently seen sources of poor air quality within homes and businesses:

Ventilation Versus Insulation
Almost everywhere you look, articles about energy conservation will encourage you to insulate your house as thoroughly as possible. While taking these measures can definitely cut down on energy bills and the time your HVAC spends running, there is a downside to overdoing it. Having your house sealed as tight as a biohazard suit can result in poor ventilation and air circulation. This means that dust, allergens, and other particles in the air may continuously build up inside the home with no place to go. Ventilation is extremely important for managing a healthy level of air quality. After all, the V in HVAC stands for ventilation as an integral part of the system.

Is Your HVAC System The Problem?
Going several months without replacing your filters, especially in a dust or allergen-prone home, can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. The dirt inside the unit restricts airflow, reduces the needed transfer of heat, and otherwise negatively impact the components causing more wear and tear. Unfortunately, finally replacing that filter after 8 months of forgetfulness will not clean your system of the dirt clinging to the internals or allergens and bacteria hanging out in your ductwork. A routine HVAC maintenance visit will address any needed cleaning for your A/C unit, and having your ductwork cleaned every few years will handle any unwanted stowaways.

Additional Sources
High humidity is one of the most common sources of poor air quality and it doubles as the ideal condition for mold, bacteria, and viruses to thrive. For humidity issues within a single room, a standalone dehumidifier may be the ideal solution. A whole-home dehumidifier may be necessary for a chronic, multi-room problem. Excessive pet dander can also be a source of problematic air problems. Bird owners should be particularly aware as many birds naturally produce a dust or powder particulate that negatively impacts air quality and is a severe allergy and asthma trigger. Using more powerful filters that are designed to counter pet dander may relieve the problem. If all else fails, upgrading to HEPA filters or investing in an air purifier may help address issues with the quality of air within your home.

Finding the source of your lackluster indoor air quality will allow you to tackle the problem once and for all. Often the source is simple or can be the result of not keeping up with regular maintenance and filter changes for your HVAC system. If you find the source stems from your pets, there are several options to alleviate the problem so don’t worry that you’ll have to miss out on your fur-covered family members. Regardless of the origin, keeping your HVAC unit well-maintained will always be beneficial to the overall quality of your air. For HVAC service, repairs, or insulation, contact East Coast Heating And Air Conditioning today.

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