Monday, April 29, 2013

Is your home making you sick?

Did you know that your home could be making you sick?  The EPA states “You spend 90% of your time indoors, and studies have shown that indoor air is up to ten times more hazardous than outdoor air!”  Even though your home may be newer and tightly sealed and insulated; it is trapping chemical fumes, pollen, dust, dust mites and their feces and microorganisms inside your home.  Not only is it trapping these particles, it is then re-circulating them through your home and can aggravate allergies, asthma, or other breathing or unexplained medical issues.

These problems are contributed to poor heating and cooling efficiency as well as dirty air.  Advanced Air Mechanical, Inc.  can help you by keeping your equipment maintained as well as giving you the options for improving your indoor air quality.


Q:  What are the different options for improving my indoor air quality?

A:  There are many different ways to improve your indoor air quality such as:  installing new heating and cooling equipment in your home, routine maintenance on your equipment, installing a whole home humidifier in your home, installing a whole home UV light system in your home and having your air ducts cleaned.

Q:  What are the common signs of bad air that may be inside my home?

A:  Bad air inside your home causes many problems to people’s health and most people are unaware that there are many ways to improve your family’s health.  Many symptoms people are experiencing are runny noses, congestion, throat irritation, sneezing, coughing or wheezing, asthma flares, headaches, blurred vision, mild depression, memory lapses, lung dysfunction, lethargy, sinusitis, upper respiratory infections, throat and ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia are some of them.

Q:  Do I need to have a whole home UV light installed in my home?

A:  Yes, a whole home UV light helps with Mold, Bacteria, Viruses, Pollen, Smoke, pet odors and other indoor air pollutants.  It is installed directly into the duct work so that it purifies the air directly as it passes through the system.  This provides your family with a better quality of air in your home.

Q:  Do I need to have a whole home humidifier installed in my home?

A:  Yes!  Living in a state where the temperatures are so extreme your home as well as your body feels the impact.  When the winter time comes around the wood floors in our home start to crack and our furniture may start splitting.  Our noses may start bleeding and our skin is becoming itchy.  This is caused by the dry air.  When you install a whole home humidifier in your home you are adding moisture to the air eliminating these common winter problems.  With a humidifier you can lower the temperature in your home (saving on utility bills) while improving your comfort level.

Q:  How does duct cleaning improve the quality of the air in my home?

A:  When you have an air duct cleaning performed on your home it cleans out all the harmful particles that are stuck inside your duct work.  When you turn your furnace or air conditioner on in your home the air travels through the duct and is distributed through the vents throughout the house.  All of the air in your home travels through this duct work causing a lot of buildup to accumulate inside of it.  Our company uses a machine that has a vacuum hose with a brush attachment to it.  The technician performing the duct cleaning will stick this vacuum into the vents throughout your home where the brush will spin and the hose will suck out all the debris inside the duct.  Then the technician will take the hose and stick it through the main trunk line through the furnace to give you a full cleaning of all of your duct work inside your home.  After this is completed you will have the option to have the ducts sprayed with a sanitizer that will kill off any mold or bacteria growth inside your ducts.  Having your air ducts cleaned means that the air traveling through your home is not contaminated with the built-up particles that are sitting inside the duct work thus improving the quality of the air in your home.

Q:  Why is it important to have regular maintenance on my system?

A:  Regular maintenance on your system is very important because this ensures that everything is working properly on your units.  This is very similar to purchasing a new car where you must change the oil, filters, plugs, etc. to keep the car running smoothly and in good condition.  A properly maintained system will last you longer with fewer repairs down the road and help keep it running as efficiently as possible.  At Advanced Air Mechanical we offer different levels of maintenance to fit the needs of you and your family.