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Improving Air Quality in Your Home
Research proves that indoor air pollution is 100 times worse than outdoor air pollution. Since people spend majority of their day indoors, this can cause major health concerns if left unaddressed.
Three common indoor air pollutants are cigarette smoke, air fresheners, and household cleaning products. Emissions from faulty appliances such as a stove or furnace are also very harmful pollutants. For these reasons it is important to have your home comfort systems checked annually.
When the home can’t properly dilute the pollution due to these and other factors, such as high humidity or improper ventilation, pollutants are constantly building up inside the home becoming very harmful. Generally, two out of three indoor air quality issues involve the improper functioning of the HVAC system.
Signs Associated with Poor Indoor Air Quality
- Dry skin
- Itchy eyes
- Stale smells inside home
- Cracked furniture
Air cleaning devices are designed to remove pollutants from indoor air and are made to be installed in the ductwork of a home’s HVAC system to clean the air in every room of the house. Portable air cleaners can be used to clean the air in specific rooms; however, they are not intended for filtration and removing pollutants for the entire house.
Humidifiers are commonly used in homes to relieve physical discomforts such as dry skin, throat, skin, and lips. These symptoms are relieved by the humidifier releasing moisture into the dry air. Humidifiers also help illuminate common problems brought about by winter weather, which can include static electricity, peeling wallpaper, and cracks in furniture and paint. Humidifier systems are installed directly onto your central heating and cooling system. First, water is supplied to the humidifier. Then, as warm air moves across the humidifier, the water evaporates. Finally, the properly humidified air is distributed throughout your home.
Do you have your thermostat set to 70 but it’s still freezing in your house all winter? The problem may not be the heater, but the lack of humidity. A whole home humidifier can help you feel toasty warm and you can save money by dialing back the thermostat a few degrees.
Duct Sealing and Insulating
The key to indoor air-quality control is achieving proper airflow in and out of the home. Feeling a draft or consistently adjusting your thermostat to be comfortable may very likely be the sign of leakage. Leakage commonly occurs due to problems with ducts, windows, doors, attic, or crawl spaces. Problems involving these places can allow unwanted outdoor contaminants to penetrate your home. Also, if ventilation devices aren’t working properly, these harmful materials will build up throughout your home. One good way to detect these problems is to have a home energy audit.
Dehumidifiers are an important device used for maintaining indoor air quality within your home. It is inevitable that moisture will be entering your home from outside either by open windows or doors. Excess moisture inside the home can lead to mold and other pollutants. Installation of a dehumidifier will help remove the moisture from indoor air and balance the humidity levels hence preventing potential for growth of mold and buildup of harmful pollutants.
Does it seem like your home is warmer in the summer than you’d like? Well you’ve heard the saying “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” This holds true for indoors as well as outdoors. If your home has an excess of moisture, your central air system will have to work extra hard to overcome this “latent heat” before it can even really begin to cool your home!
Contaminants such as dust, mites, pet dander, and pollen can collect in your ventilation system. Without proper cleaning and maintenance, this buildup of pollutants can be harmful to the indoor air quality of your home. Our expert technicians provide duct cleaning services to remove the debris. We recommend having your ductwork cleaned annually because continuous contaminant build-up can result in poor indoor air quality potentially harming health. Build up in the ducts can also cause inefficiencies in your home heating and cooling systems.
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While we gladly service all makes and models, below are the preferred brands that UGI Heating, Cooling & Plumbing proudly installs.