What is indoor air quality?
Air Pollution surrounds us daily...car exhaust, smog, indoor air. That's right, indoor air quality is important to your health. Your exposure to air pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that most people spend 90% of their time indoors. So, clean indoor air is very important.
How can I improve indoor air quality?
Eliminate- The first step is to identify the sources of air pollutants. Eliminating these sources, to the extent possible, is the most effective way to clean the air.
Ventilate - Specialists here at AHA can recommend ways you can increase ventilation within your home such as the installation of an outdoor air connection or the use of a heat recovery ventilator (HRV), or energy recovery ventilator.
Clean - A third way you can minimize the concentration of pollutants in your indoor air is by thoroughly cleaning your living spaces. Frequent dusting and vacuuming can help to reduce the amount of dust particles in the air.
Why is clean indoor air important?
Indoor air quality is a concern today as most newer homes are being built "tighter" to be more energy efficient. Unfortunately, making homes more energy efficient has a price. Indoor air quality may suffer as the exchange of indoor and outdoor air is limited.
How can I clean indoor air?
Frequent dusting, vacuuming, and washing of bedding will reduce the amount of dust and dust mites present in your living spaces. Some particles are so small they may escape through your vacuum. To capture these particles, filtration devices can be helpful.
Electronic Air Cleaners - Highly efficient filters that use an electrical charge to remove and collect airborne particles such as dust, smoke and pollen. The charged particles are then attracted to each other and forced to a series of alternately charged metal plates where they will be collected.
High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filters - Generally have an efficiency rating of 90% and above, are considered to be very effective at small particle removal.
Filter maintenance and operation
The need to replace or clean filters is a function of many variables such as run time, efficiency, size and type. Typically, low-efficiency disposable and permanent filters need to be replaced or cleaned every one or two months in peak heating and cooling seasons.
Is mold really a concern?
Yes, mold is a heath concern as well as a structural concern. Mold can lead to devaluation of your property.
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Why do I have high utility bills or hot & cold rooms?
A heating and air conditioning analysis will help identify the optimal solution
Could my house be causing my allergies, asthma or unexplained medical symptoms?
Indoor air quality testing may identify allergens, microbes, radon, or other irritants.
Why does my home have drafts and excess dust?
Infiltration testing can identity the source of those problems.
How do I know what home improvements to do first?
An energy audit will identify which home improvements may be your best investment.
My basement has an odor and is damp, how can this affect my home?
Identification of the moisture source is essential for proper elimination of the symptoms. Thermal imaging may assist with location moisture and air infiltration.
Protect your investment by controlling the conditions in your crawl spaces.
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Is it true that my heating and cooling systems can cause health issues, structural damage, loss of value, and higher energy bills?
Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes. Click here to learn more in the Knowledge Center