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Air Quality | Heating and Air Conditioning Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Monday, April 03, 2017

Home's built today are more tightly constructed than even a decade ago. Energy efficiency is almost everyone's goal and tight construction is one way of achieving it. Unfortunately, saving energy with a tightly sealed home has the unfortunate effect of poor indoor air quality. Just how bad it is can be surprising. According to the EPA, the air inside modern homes may be five to one hundred times more polluted with harmful substances, than the air outdoors. If you're concerned about air quality, Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can help you in improving your home's indoor air quality. We can assist you in the solution through HEPA filters with approved systems, or the installation of an air purifying system used in conjunction with your heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX.  In addition, the following tips to improve indoor air quality may assist you:

The Causes

One of the reasons of poor indoor air quality is a lack of air exchange between the indoors and outdoor air. Older home's have air leaks, although you may be unaware of it. These leaks allow outdoor air in, and indoor air out. The exchange reduces levels of pollutants in the home.  The sources of bad indoor air may surprise you, and include:

       The materials used to construct your home

       Pressed wood products such as furniture or cabinets

       Carpeting and potentially other flooring products

       Air fresheners

       Dirty air filters in your home's heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX

       Unvented gas or kerosene heaters, and not using the ventilation exhaust fan with a gas stove

       Some paints, always choose paint that says it contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

       Personal care products


       Chlorine gas from showering

       Pesticide treatments

Polluted indoor air can cause illness, exacerbate allergies, asthma and chronic lung conditions, and may even cause cancer. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning can improve your indoor air. Give our NATE certified technicians  a call to schedule a consultation about a whole house air purifying system for your home.

Other Ways to Help Reduce Dangerous Pollution

Every day, Americans across the nation unknowingly use harmful products in their homes.  Always check the label, and select those which say no VOCs,. Avoid spraying pesticides, use only all natural cleaners, and make your own air freshener. Check for products that state they contain low or zero VOCs, or use natural products.

Newer homes should have heating and air conditioning systems with air-to-air heat exchangers, which bring outdoor air into the home without wasting energy or affecting its energy efficiency. Ensuring annual heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TXmaintenance is provided will ensure peak performance, and the longest possible lifespan, and that it remains clean. With maintenance and routine air filter changes, the air in your home will be cleaner and healthier for you.

One of the best things you can do to allow polluted air put, and fresh air in is to open windows and doors, allowing fresh air in. In addition, always use bath and kitchen exhaust fans when showering or cooking, especially on a gas stove. If you don't use the exhaust fan, when you cook with gas carbon monoxide is being emitted in your kitchen. You can also turn these fans on intermittently to reduce the level of bad indoor air. After showering or bathing allow the bathroom exhaust fan to run for at least twenty minutes. This will ensure the removal of moisture and drying of damp surfaces such as walls.

Filter Quality

Use the best quality air filter your home's heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX can tolerate. HEPA filters do a fantastic job, but if your system isn't designed for HEPA, it can damage the system. You can always consider a system engineered for using HEPA filters when it is time to replace your homes heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. Although not as effective as a HEPA, quality pleated filters do a good job of removing contaminants from the air. Most heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX can tolerate the pleated filter, but to be on the safe side contact the manufacturer or your Garland Heating and Air Conditioning HVAC technician. Low cost fiberglass filter will not help the air quality in your home at all.

Controlling humidity will help improve the air quality. Dust mites, mold and mildew have a hard time developing with a humidity of 30 to 60 percent. Lower humidity  can cause sore throats, and make you vulnerable to colds, flu and other illness. Our technicians can install a whole house humidifier for use in the winter, and a dehumidifier for summer use. Both devices are integrated in your home's heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. You will be more comfortable, and should experience less illness.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning NATE certified technicians professionals have the expertise to provide your home with reliable installation of heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX, maintenance and repair. Contact us to receive the cleanest indoor air quality possible. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

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