Camby homeowners rarely give serious thought to indoor air quality (IAQ). Given that the Environmental Protection Agency has reported that indoor air now contains a greater concentration of pollutants than outdoor air, that’s a trend that needs to change. Don’t wait until residents start getting ill as a result of poor IAQ. Take action and schedule an air quality assessment with Mister Quik Home Services now.
It’s surprisingly common for homeowners, their families, and even doctors to overlook the importance of air quality as an underlying risk factor for developing serious health complications. Bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and other airborne contaminants can all have a serious impact on respiratory health, and they’re all very common in modern homes.
The solution to this problem is simple: schedule an air quality assessment with Mister Quik. These experts can do more than just identify potential problems. They also have access to all the tools and technologies required to improve the home’s IAQ and protect its residents’ health.
Symptoms of Poor IAQ
Few people realize how serious the effects of poor IAQ can be on residents’ and guests’ health. To make matters even worse, the symptoms of breathing contaminated air don’t always occur overnight. They can start as a mild annoyance, only to get worse over time. Instead of waiting until the situation becomes dire, homeowners can keep an eye out for the following signs that their home’s IAQ is sub-par.
Every home has some dust, even those with excellent IAQ. However, excessive dust can indicate an underlying problem that could contribute to poor air quality.
Some airborne contaminants are easier to recognize than others. Mold and mildew make their presence known through unpleasant odors. If residents notice a musty, earthy smell coming from their HVAC vents or emanating from the carpets, it could mean there are spores spreading throughout the home.
Increase in Worrying Health Symptoms
If any of the home’s residents have asthma, allergies, or immunity problems, they’ll be the first ones to experience worrying health symptoms associated with poor IAQ. These symptoms can include respiratory issues, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, or nausea depending on what kinds of contaminants are proliferating throughout the home.
Resolving Air Quality Issues
Identifying an air quality issue is just the first step toward restoring residents’ comfort and safety. The next step is to develop a plan for tackling the underlying problems. The experts at Mister Quik usually take a multifaceted approach to improve IAQ. Depending on the situation, it may include one or more of the following.
HEPA Filter Installation
All HVAC systems have some kind of filter, but they’re not always effective at alleviating serious air quality concerns. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can be integrated into the HVAC system to reduce concentrations of tiny airborne contaminants like bacteria, mold spores, and even most viruses in addition to dust and debris. They also remove pollen, pet dander, dust mites, cigarette smoke, and smog. For maximum impact, the HEPA filtration system should be allowed to run 24/7 to keep the air clean.
Humidity has a strong influence on air quality and personal comfort. Low humidity can cause dry skin, sore throats, and nosebleeds. High humidity can create a perfect environment for mold growth. Relative humidity levels within modern homes vary based on the season, so the experts at Mister Quik usually recommend a combination of whole-home dehumidifiers for summer use and whole-home humidifiers to stop the air from getting too dry in the winter.
Germicidal UV Lights
Ultraviolet (UV) light can kill or deactivate up to 99% of bacteria, viruses, and mold spores. Like whole-home humidity control systems and HEPA filters, these devices can be integrated into the home’s existing HVAC system to treat all the air circulating through its ducts. The installation will only take a few hours, and residents should start to notice the effects almost immediately.
While UV lights are excellent at deactivating bacteria and viruses, they work best when installed in conjunction with other advanced filtration systems like HEPA filters. The UV lights deactivate the pathogens, but they can’t eradicate dirt and large debris.
Mini-split AC systems offer a modern alternative to traditional central air systems that let homeowners control temperature and humidity on a zone-by-zone basis. These ductless air conditioners provide fewer places for dust, pathogens, and contaminants to build up, which can improve the home’s air quality.
Schedule an Assessment With Mister Quik
The best way to address IAQ issues is to schedule an appointment for an air quality assessment with Mister Quik Home Services. Once the technicians have determined the extent of the problem, they’ll be able to come up with a custom plan for improving the home’s air quality to help their clients breathe a little easier.