As winter approaches it is time to consider air quality. With home’s closed up tight more often the lack of incoming fresh air can create indoor air more polluted than outdoors, according to the EPA. While portable air cleaning systems can help in the room they are located in, they provide no relief elsewhere in the home. Cleaner air may be possible throughout the home with the assistance of the heating and air conditioning service in Arlington, TX.
With the use of a higher quality filter, your home’s air can be cleaner and healthier for you. An additional factor that helps your home to have better air quality is providing routine maintenance on your HVAC system. Contact Minutemen Heating & AC to schedule annual maintenance and for other solutions to provide home with cleaner air. We offer a wide range of heating and cooling services.
Indoor Air Quality Problems
Indoor air pollution is typically related to toxins in building materials, products used in the home and a lack of ventilation in energy efficient homes. High humidity levels can also affect air quality. According to the EPA potential sources of indoor air pollution include:
- Dust, mold and other allergens can be distributed throughout the home via the duct system
- Radon and outdoor pesticides
- Combustion by products from fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas, propane, wood and tobacco products which produce dangerous carbon monoxide
- Carpet, linoleum, paint, air fresheners, household cleaning products, pressed wood furniture, cabinets, and other building materials can produce high levels of toxins
Ventilation and Energy Efficiency
Today’s homes are constructed for higher energy efficiency. Unfortunately, without added ventilation, the tight construction eliminates the air leaks that could dilute the levels of accumulated pollutants. These substances can pose a threat to the health of your family.
Indoor Pollution and Health Effects
Poor indoor air quality can cause illness in your family. Potential signs of poor air quality include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. Carbon monoxide poisoning from gas operated appliances may also be behind your persistent headaches. However, while a small leak may manifest in headaches, a sudden leak can be lethal in minutes. Dangerous leaks are often typically due to faulty equipment, and damaged or clogged ventilation pipes. This is one reason an annual checkup on your HVAC system is beneficial, especially for those with gas heat. A clogged ventilation pipe can be lethal to your family. If you haven’t already scheduled your pre-winter HVAC checkup, contact us today for heating and air conditioning service in Arlington, TX.
Indications that your home may not have adequate ventilation include moisture condensation on windows or walls, a musty odor and mold or mildew. Give us a call today to schedule heating and air conditioning service in Arlington, TX.
Biological contaminants affecting the air quality include bacteria, mold, mildew, viruses, animal dander, dust mites, cockroaches, pollen, and others. Minuteman Heating & AC can provide the annual service your home’s HVAC system requires. A clean and well-tuned system helps your home to have healthier air. For example, annual service prevents the buildup of contaminants and helps to prevent mold and mildew from developing in the air handler. Contact Minuteman Heating & AC today to schedule heating and air conditioning service in Arlington, TX.
Maintaining a ‘healthy’ relative humidity of 30-50 percent will reduce the potential for the growth of some biological contaminants. The repair of plumbing leaks and control of indoor humidity can assist in preventing problems related to high humidity. We offer solutions for maintaining healthy humidity levels year round. Contact us today for heating and air conditioning service in Arlington, TX.
Tips for Cleaner Air
Your home’s air quality can be improved with the following tips:
- Use natural cleaning products.
- Open some windows and doors when the weather permits, and run bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans occasionally.
- Air cleaners can be integrated with the HVAC system to filter out contaminants and improve the indoor air quality. Contact us today to schedule installation or other heating and air conditioning service in Arlington, TX.
- Depending on the type of air filter your system uses, routine filter changes keep indoor air cleaner.
- Maintain a clean home to reduce contaminants.
The type of filter you use determines whether you can receive cleaner air. Blue or green fiberglass filters remove only the largest particles that may affect the HVAC system, and will not provide cleaner air. A HEPA filter is the most effective, but can only be used in those systems designed for it. Use of a HEPA in non-approved systems can cause damage to your HVAC system. If you are not sure if your system can use a HEPA filter, contact the manufacturer, or your Minuteman Heating & AC technician. For those who are unable to use a HEPA, a pleated filter offers a level close to the HEPAs effectiveness, without the risk to most systems.
When it’s time to replace your home’s heating and air conditioning system, upgrade with a new energy efficient system that provides greater air quality. You can select a system that provides fresh air ventilation without a loss of efficiency, and advanced air filtration. Contact our NATE certified technicians for installation of new heating and air conditioning, or to schedule routine maintenance or heating and air conditioning service in Arlington, TX.
About Minuteman Heating and Air
Minuteman Heating and Air is a leader in the field of heating and air conditioning service in Arlington, TX. Experience, education and unparalleled professionalism make us one of the most respected companies in the metropolitan Arlington, TX area. Minuteman Heating and Air is the go to source whenever you need heating and air conditioning service in Arlington, TX or surrounding areas. When you reach out to us you can rest assured knowing that will receive the highest quality heating and cooling service in the metropolitan area.
Minuteman Heating and Air provides service to Arlington, Mansfield, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide unparalleled service to homeowners and businesses, whether they need installation, maintenance or repairs. If you need help with your HVAC system at your home or business and you are looking for heating and air conditioning service in Arlington, TX then give Minuteman Heating and Air a call today. When you reach out to us one of our professional technicians will go on-site, assist you, and provide you with professional heating and air conditioning service in Arlington, TX that you can count on every single time.