One question we get more than any other is how air conditioning and heating systems will impact the indoor air quality of our Tacoma, WA area customers’ homes. More often than not, the addition of heating and cooling systems to a home will have very little direct impact on the presence of pollutants and debris in the air, but with the right additions, we can help you reduce those unwanted particles.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air–Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) says that the minimum ventilation rate for homes is 62.2. You can find the ventilation rate of your home with this equation: Fan flow rate in cubic feet per minute = 0.01 (times) Floor area in square feet + 7.5(Number of bedrooms; not less than one + 1) If you need help, or reach an answer below 62.2 please give us a call.
Indoor Air Quality Problems
In most regions, outdoor air quality isn’t a terribly big issue, so when people move indoors they don’t think about all the unwanted irritants that can build up when doors and windows are sealed up during the winter and summer months. But, indoor air quality can be severely dampened by the presence of pollens from household or outdoor plants, dander from pets, as well as dirt and dust, not to mention potentially harmful mildew and mold.
And just because you cannot see them does not mean there are no airborne bacteria or viruses floating around in your home, waiting to be picked up by a child or even you. Sound Heating & Air Conditioning strives to provide the utmost in comfort and safety to our customers. That’s why a good indoor air quality system is vital to protect you and your family.
Where Air Quality Problems Come From
There are a variety of sources for the numerous pollutants in your home. To start with, during the cold winter months and hot summer months, you likely have the doors and windows sealed tight to guard against the loss of heat or cool air. So, the natural build–up of things like pet dander and dust will become worse due to a lack of air circulation.
Outside pollutants can build up as well. These include leaking toxic gases from a furnace or stove or leaking through ductwork that has not been properly sealed. That in particular is something we see all too often. Without proper ventilators exchanging indoor and outdoor air regularly and filtering what you breathe, it’s impossible to maintain a safe, healthy environment.
Managing Indoor Air Quality
A number of different air filtration and purifying solutions can help you reduce the impact of pollutants in your home’s air. Different systems perform differently with each type of pollutant. For example, an effective air purifier is good at removing natural particles like pet dander and pollen, while a filter may be better suited for detecting and removing gas and smoke. Other filters are specially crafted to kill bacteria and viruses using UV germicidal lights and filters as the air passes through them.
Beyond filtration and purification, don’t forget the value of regular maintenance and cleaning of your air systems. Air conditioning and heating ducts are one of the most common sources of pollutants in a sealed home and this is something that can be avoided largely by keeping them clean. We provide annual and spot cleanings and maintenance to check for leaks, vacuum out ducts, clean dirty AC coils and generally ensure the safety and wellbeing of your family’s air supply.
Whatever your needs, know that Sound Heating & Air Conditioning will be there to help you select the best possible solutions for your indoor air quality. If you live in the King, Pierce and Thurston County, Washington area and are in need of sound, expert advice about how to keep your home clean and pollutant free, give us a call today to learn more about how our unique service options can help your family breathe better for life.