Indoor Air Quality Matters
The quality of your indoor air, filtered through your furnace and air-conditioner, affects the health of your family and/or employees. According to the EPA, poor Indoor Air Quality (IAC) is among the top five environmental risks. Pollutants in the air in your home or business can cause a number of problems and or aggravate existing conditions including:
- Hay Fever
- Dry or Itchy Eyes
- Nasal Congestion
- Respiratory Ailments
Common indoor pollutants we experience in this part of Missouri include dust mites, mold, pet dander, bacteria, fungal spores, dust, tobacco smoke and its by-products.
Schomburg technicians offer a number of solutions that contribute to improved indoor air quality, such as:
- High Efficiency Air Filtration
- U.V. Lighting
- Programmable Thermostats
- Duct Cleaning
Indoor Air Quality Improves with Regular Duct Cleaning
A major source of indoor air pollution is dirty ductwork. Airborne contaminants like dust, dirt and allergens are drawn into the air ducts, through the cold air return, every time the heating and cooling system kicks on. Over time, these contaminants build up inside the air ducts, creating a natural breeding ground for mold, bacteria, fungi and other microbes.
This is particularly true with central air conditioning. During the summer, damp, cool, air produced by the evaporator is distributed throughout your air ducts. While this creates a comfortable climate in your home, mold spores and other organisms also thrive in those conditions.
Air Filtration Alone is not Enough
Dust particles drawn into the ductwork typically pass right through filters and infiltrate your HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system, undermining the performance and energy efficiency of these systems. These particles that make it past the filter can lead to higher maintenance and repair costs, and shorter service life in the long run.
According to the EPA, “a build-up of only 0.42″ of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can decrease efficiency by 21%”. Who wouldn’t like to improve the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning by 21%?! Duct cleaning is how you can make that happen!
The majority of furnace manufacturers recommend an annual furnace cleaning, tune-up and inspection of your furnace. Contact us for more information or to schedule a visit.