How Does Your Heating and Cooling Affect Your Home’s Air?

indoor air quality

If you’re like the norm, you desire to maintain safety within your home. One factor you may have forgotten about is the ongoing quality of your indoor air. If you use a heating or air conditioning system in your home, your indoor air quality can be affected by the condition of these systems. Homeowners who keep their heating and cooling units well-maintained can expect several health- and safety-related benefits.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

The indoor air of any given home can contain a range of substances that harm human health in one way or another. If you have allergies or asthma, substances that could potentially trigger an attack of minor to severe symptoms of your condition include pet dander, dust, pollen and mold. Even if you don’t have asthma or significant allergies, poorly controlled air inside your home may contain problematic substances such as stale, dusty air, mold, secondhand cigarette smoke or a toxic gas like carbon monoxide.

Main Benefits Of Healthy Indoor Air Quality

If you keep your indoor air controlled, you can obtain the benefits of a health supporting environment that keeps you and your family living strong. Members of your household that suffer from asthma and allergies will have less of a chance of experiencing symptoms such as difficulties breathing, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, itchy eyes, and more. Healthy indoor air can also reduce your risks for serious short- and long-term problems linked to cigarette smoke exposure (if applicable) and toxic gas exposure.

How Your HVAC Systems Affect Indoor Air Quality

The majority of heating and cooling systems in American homes are designed to operate with the windows closed. This means that, while in use, the typical heating and cooling system functions as the primary point of air flow between the indoor and outdoor environments.

If your HVAC setup is not well-maintained and if the filter isn’t changed regularly, it can directly contribute to air quality issues. For example, dirty filters can increase the amount of pet dander, dust and pollen in circulation since it can no longer remove those contaminants effectively. Moist insulation on your HVAC ducting can encourage the growth of mold. A damaged or improperly maintained propane- or gas-powered furnace can potentially release toxic gases into your home.

Your air conditioner helps remove uncomfortable and moist humidity while cooling the air. If your unit and filter are dirty, your system cannot properly remove the appropriate amount of humidity. This not only decreases you and your family’s comfort level, but can also increase the chances of mold developing.

Keeping Your Heating And Cooling Systems Running

The best way to keep your HVAC system up to par is to follow a regular maintenance schedule that includes a periodic check and cleaning of all system components, refilling (if applicable) and more.

Heating And Air Conditioning Maintenance & IAQ Services

A qualified HVAC specialist like Norris Air Inc., offers a heating and air conditioning maintenance plan which ensures that your systems are top notch all the time.

Call us now to schedule a maintenance appointment or to ask more about our indoor air services, 480-832-3330 or visit our contact page.