Indoor Air Quality Importance

Indoor air quality, commonly called IAQ, is a measure of the purity of the air we breathe in our homes. Unbelievably, the indoor air at homes, schools and offices is 2-5 times more polluted than the air outdoors. If you have pets in your home, pet dander is a major concern, as it can be connected to many respiratory illnesses. The chemicals used in many household items, like furniture polish, furnishings, cleaning agents, and even cosmetics can contain chemical pollutants to an alarming degree. Other common causes of pollution in your home can be found in gas, oil, kerosene, wood, coal, tobacco products, damp rugs and carpets and act as a sponge and soak in the pollutants, pesticides in your home and garden.

HEPA filter

As most of us spend the majority of our lives indoors, the EPA estimates that almost 72% of all air pollution happens at home. Paradoxically, the place we think of as our sanctuary, our home turns out to be our biggest polluter. This is why in recent years most home owners opt to hook-up an HEPA filter to their HVAC unit. This ensures that the air their family and young children breathe is purified and not polluted. Proper ventilation will also bring in much needed fresh air into your home. The indoor air quality is measured by the suspended air particulate matter in it and analyzed in order to diagnose causes for allergy attacks in people with severe allergies.

A HEPA Air filter is fixed close to the outlet vent of your HVAC unit. This, along with regular changing of the air filters will ensure that you keep the indoor air in your home purified. For people with respiratory illnesses, there are personalized HEPA filters that can be carried everywhere, to your car or your office and even when you’re traveling. It is not enough to buy and fix a HEPA filter, you also have to ensure that your ducts are cleaned properly and any debris and blockages are cleared regularly. If there is damp, mold or other debris in the duct, the very purpose of having a HEPA filter isn’t served.

Even if you don’t want to go to the additional expense of a HEPA filter, you can still enjoy quality air with regular cleaning or replacement of your air filter in your HVAC unit. It is absolutely essential to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations in these matters, as it directly affects the comfort and health of your family. Changing or cleaning your air filter cannot be put off for another day like other chores. If you can’t find the time to do it yourself, engage a Jacksonville, FL. air conditioning service contractor who can perform such routine maintenance on your HVAC unit for you. This will also help you to get other routine checks on your air conditioning unit, like a checkup before the onset of summer. When you opt for such regular maintenance, another benefit is that you can save significantly on your utility bills and enhance the life of your HVAC unit.

At Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating, we are well aware of the importance of having an efficient HVAC unit and the need to change your air filters regularly. To this end, we offer services for all your heating and cooling needs. Our factory-trained and certified staff will arrive at your doorstep promptly when you call us. As a family-owned and operated firm, we have been providing air conditioning services to the residents of Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra for close to 40 years. Our reputation is based on decades of reliable service as we’ve been devoted to our customers’ satisfaction here in Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra for decades. Call us today for a free estimate.

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