If there’s any “benefit” at all to the events of the last year, it’s made us as homeowners aware of just how important it is to address our health needs both outside of the home and in the home. Did you know, that even pre-pandemic, the air quality inside your home could be worse than that of outdoors? At least, this is the case when you don’t have the right indoor air quality products or services in place.
Fortunately, that’s what our team is here for! We have a variety of options for your indoor air quality needs. With our help, you may find that your home benefits from a single type of system or some variety of what we’re about to mention below. Read on to learn more!
Start with Testing Your Home Performance
Do you know how efficient your home is? If you have faulty ductwork letting conditioned air escape into unoccupied spaces, or if you have drafty doors and windows letting indoor air out, and vice versa, then it’s not as efficient as it could be. Home performance testing allows our professionals to conduct an audit of the energy and HVAC systems in your home so that we can help you uncover where improvements can be made.
Depending on what we find, we may recommend the following solutions.
Consider Aeroseal Duct Sealing
In a blog post we published last month, we talked about the benefits of Aeroseal duct sealing. Up to 30% of your conditioned air can be lost through holes and tears in your ductwork, but it doesn’t have to be this way! There’s no reason you should be paying for air conditioning (or heating) that you don’t actually get to enjoy. And Aeroseal duct ceiling services help resolve this.
“Wait, can’t I just use duct tape?”
Well, no. Duct tape, unfortunately, is not actually appropriately named. If you try to patch up your ducts with this tape, you’ll find that it becomes very brittle and starts breaking off due to the fluctuations in temperature going through the duct. Professional duct sealing services supplies a more permanent approach, allowing us to use a special sealant through Aeroseal to close up tears and leaks.
Rid the Air of Contaminants
There are a number of allergens and other pollutants, including viruses, that can make their way through your home. There are also a number of solutions to this. Whole-house air filtration or air purification, for example, can draw most contaminants out of the air. A UV air purifier, also referred to as a germicidal light, can attack bacteria like mold and mildew, and even viruses, right from your ductwork.
Another important addition to your indoor air quality arsenal is carbon monoxide detectors. If you have gas-powered appliances, then there is always a small risk that a carbon monoxide leak can happen. In very small doses it may not do much, but carbon monoxide poisoning is actually one of the leading causes of illnesses and fatalities in the home! If your home isn’t equipped, please give us a call right away.
Balance Your Home’s Humidity
We’re known for our high humidity in the summertime. The ideal humidity level in any given home throughout the year is 30-50%. Anything above this introduces too much moisture into the home, leading to problems like mold growth and wood rot. A whole-house dehumidifier can be installed directly into your air ducts to combat this problem.