Indoor Air Quality
The majority of homeowners don’t think about their homes’ indoor air quality (often referred to as "IAQ". ) The assumption is usually that the air in your home is fine as long as there are no obvious odors. But this could not be further from the truth. In most homes, indoor air pollution is much greater than our outdoor pollution.
At Burns & McBride, we know just how much of a health risk poor indoor air quality is to your health. That’s why we take indoor air quality very seriously and make it a priority to help you improve the indoor air you breathe.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Poor indoor air quality can negatively affect your health, especially if you suffer from chronic respiratory conditions like asthma or allergies. It’s critical to find the cause in your home and address it.
Indoor air quality is affected by anything that releases gas or particles. Indoor environmental toxins exist in your home’s air from various pollutants such as cleaning and personal-care products, smoking, burning of fossil fuel, and some types of treated wood and building materials.
How Can You Recognize Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Many times symptoms of poor indoor quality are mistaken as respiratory issues such as a cold or allergies. Common immediate health reactions are flu-like symptoms, dizziness, headaches, nose bleeds, fatigue, sore throats, and upper respiratory congestion.
Continual or repeated exposure to indoor pollutants can result in more serious health conditions like heart disease, respiratory diseases, and even cancer. These possibilities can be avoided by taking the proper precautions with your home’s indoor air.
Indoor Air Quality in Four Parts
The indoor air quality (IAQ) you and your family breathe (IAQ) is comprised of four components, and these four factors work together to be sure you and your family stays well all year long.
The RH or relative humidity in your home can impact asthma, allergies, and other conditions. Dry homes have a higher incidence of colds and flu. If you notice static shock, cracks in the floorboards, creaky furniture, chipped paint, or dry skin and sinuses–especially in the wintertime or in dry climates–your home may be too dry.Alternatively, your home may be too humid if in the summertime or in moist climates you notice a lingering musty smell and condensation on windows or mirrors. You may also notice the wood in your home is swelling—think of doors that are hard to open or close.
Bringing fresh air into your home is crucial to a healthy environment! Stale air leads to higher relative humidity, as well as increased concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Families who use quality, properly fitted air filters in their home—and replace them regularly throughout the year—are more likely to reap the benefits of superior indoor air quality.
That cleaner air will go a long way toward helping you enjoy a happy, healthy home that’s resistant to respiratory irritants, asthma triggers, allergens, and serious long-term conditions.
Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, and is the rating measurement system used for whole-home solutions—MERV 20 being the highest. (MERV 16 through 20 are usually only found in hospitals and nuclear power plants.)
The higher the number, the more efficient the air filter, based on how small of an air particle it can pull from the air.
- Air Purity
Just like dirty water, dirty air poses a significant health risk. Using air purification protects you and your family from allergens, mold spores, dust mites, and viruses.
Consider this, just one cubic foot of indoor air can have more than 30 million pollutants—that’s 100 times more than the air outside. Not just that, but about 40,000 dust mites can live in just one ounce of dust, which contributes to health conditions like asthma and allergies.
Being comfortable year-round in your home is a key component to wellness and happiness. Using Wi-Fi and zoned controls can help you do so while preserving energy efficiency.
When looking for a thermostat for your home, strongly consider the benefits of a programmable Wi-Fi thermostat. A programmable Wi-Fi thermostat like some Aprilaire models gives you more control by letting you input your ideal settings while your thermostat does the rest
This can cover settings for temperature, humidity, whole-home air purification, and ventilation, which can automatically adjust throughout the day. This ensures your healthy home’s indoor air quality is at its peak year-round.
What Burns & McBride Recommends
We offer the highest-quality systems as well as those with the most efficiency and effectiveness to help you achieve excellent indoor air quality.
Our professionals have specialized training to repair, install, replace, and maintain many different types of systems to promote superior indoor air quality in your home. Ask us about us financing options if this is a consideration for you.
Though we work with several types of systems, the ones our Burns & McBride team recommends time after time with the greatest results are Aprilaire’s:
- Whole-house dehumidifiers—Whole-house dehumidifiers attach to your HVAC system and regulate your home’s humidity level by removing excess moisture from your home’s air.
- Whole-house humidifiers—Whole-house humidifiers work in the opposite manner of dehumidifiers. Like the dehumidifier, these attach to your home’s HVAC system. But these systems distribute moisture into a too-dry atmosphere.
- Air purifiers—We attach the air purifier to your existing heating system. The air purifier has filters to stop pollutant particles from passing into your home’s air. Depending on your needs, filters vary in type and material.
- Ventilators—We install ventilation units in conjunction with your HVAC system to provide fresh air into your home.
We Repair, Install, Replace, and Maintain Indoor Air Quality Systems
Our Burns & McBride professionals are trained to work with indoor air quality systems. Knowing our team is properly trained on the installations and maintenance of IAQ products provides you with an added level of confidence.
If you are looking to expand your HVAC system to address your indoor air quality, we only install systems of the highest quality and caliber. And when our indoor air quality experts make repairs, we only use top-quality parts and materials so you know your repair will last.
We also perform regular routine preventative maintenance on these systems to keep them running at peak performance and help give you the cleanest air to breathe in your home. Be sure to ask us about our maintenance Service Plan Memberships to help make your heating and cooling maintenance effortless for you.
Contact Us With Your Indoor Air Quality Needs
When you need to improve your home’s indoor air quality, our Burns & McBride professionals are here to help. Your home’s air quality is critical to your well-being. You only want the best, so give us a call at 302-273-1341 or request service online today.