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When we say, ‘air pollution’ you probably imagine a smokestack belching out chemicals or a car exhaust spitting out dark smoke. But, according to the EPA, this picture isn’t wholly accurate. You’d have been closer to the truth if you’d imagined a suburban home surrounded by a white picket fence. You see, the air inside the average American home is actually 5-10 times more polluted than what’s outside. Guessing you’re safe in Dallas? Think again.
If you’re ready to clean up your air, call Appliance & Air Care Experts and ask about our indoor air quality (IAQ) services in the Dallas area. For more information on solutions to the problem, read through this page in its entirety.
Reap the benefits of contaminant-free air. Reach out to our HVAC experts to schedule an IAQ consultation in Plano or Rockwall
The Causes of Indoor Air Pollution
You’re probably asking how these contaminants get into the air in the first place. Radioactive radon seeping in from the soil, smoke from old cigarettes, off-gassing from fire retardant materials, and cleaning product vapors are just a few causes of indoor air pollution in Dallas. Dust mites, mold, viruses, pet dander, and mildew also play a part. As homes become more energy-efficient and changing lifestyles lead many of us to spend more time indoors, poor air quality has become a public health crisis.
The Numbers for IAQ Services Make Sense
Indoor air quality is a big problem in the 21st century both here and abroad. As homes become better sealed against the elements, the importance of having clean air increases. Without you even knowing, your air duct system could be contaminated with particulates that are harmful to you and your family. Each time the HVAC system turns on, it can circulate dust, dust mites, animal dander, pollen, and bacteria throughout the air inside your home. Below are a few statistics that help drive home the seriousness of the IAQ crisis:
- The EPA estimates we spend 90% of our time indoors.
- 3,500 non-smokers die of lung cancer each year after being exposed to residual smoke particles.
- A study from the EPA identified over 500 noxious substances in ten public buildings in 1988. That problem has only gotten worse.
- The IHME estimates that poor indoor air quality causes 1.6 premature deaths per year.
- The air inside the average home can be up to 100% more polluted than the air outside.
- Indoor air pollution is cited as one of the “Top 5 Risks to Public Health.”
The Benefits of Improving Your Indoor Air Quality
By selecting Appliance & Air Care Experts to combat your air pollution problems, you and your family will reap a variety of benefits:
For many families in Dallas, these benefits are more than worth the cost of installing air quality equipment. Not sure if it's in your budget? Don't worry! Quotes on humidifier and air purifier installation are complimentary.
- Better Sleep: By eliminating root causes of respiratory irritation—which can lead to snoring—our IAQ experts will help you sleep easier and wake better rested.
- Cleaner Indoor Air: If you’re tired of smelling the cigarette your aunt smoked in the kitchen 20 years ago installing one of our products can help. Call us and kiss those musty odors, chemical smells, and lingering stenches goodbye.
- Fewer Allergy Symptoms: Conditions like asthma and emphysema can be compounded by the presence of mold in your home’s HVAC systems. Installing a dehumidifier, humidifier, or air purifier can help remove pet dander and artificial fragrances from the air, giving you and your family relief from cold and allergy symptoms.
How You May Discover You Have an Air Quality Problem
A lot of people in Dallas have an air quality issue but don't realize it. They might just chalk it up to things like high pollen counts and general fatigue. But, if you regularly notice the following, it's worth getting an air quality analysis done:
- Frequent runny noses or allergy symptoms
- Inefficient heating and AC systems
- You or others smoking in your home
- The presence of shedding pets
- Visible signs of mold or mildew
- Anyone in your home developing a weakened immune system
- Dust clinging to your vents and registers
- Stale or stuffy air
- When you’re buying a home or building one
- Nose or skin irritation
- Headaches, nausea, or chronic fatigue
- Stubborn odors that don’t go away
Our Dallas-Area IAQ Solutions
Air Quality Testing
How do you know what services you’ll need if you don’t set a baseline? Our comprehensive air quality tests check your air for pollutants, VOCs, and humidity issues. Taking only 30 minutes or so, they’re a great option for people already getting work done by our HVAC experts.
Scheduling an air quality test will:
Test Your Air
- Pinpoint what’s causing your home's IAQ issues
- Illustrate the need for air quality services
Air that’s too wet is not good for you. Bacteria, mold, and viruses thrive in environments above 60 percent humidity. The high humidity also enables these contaminants to stick around longer and cling to your household’s porous surfaces. In the summer, excess humidity leaves you feeling sticky and hot.
Dehumidifiers installed in your system:
Remove Excess Moisture
- Expel excess moisture from your home and help you feel cooler at higher temperatures.
- Reduce energy costs
- Decrease the dampness in your home
- Make summer less sticky
- Improve overall comfort
- Help fight bacteria, dust, and mold
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Though not exactly an air quality service, dryer vent cleaning is an important part of homeownership in Dallas. Every year, thousands of house fires are traced to a build-up of lint in either the dryer's trap or the pipe leading out of it. Luckily, our expert staff are equipped to truly remove all of this debris, making your home safer for you and your family. To schedule a dryer vent cleaning in Plano or Rockwall, call (972) 771-5987.
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High Efficiency Filters
Looking for a way to keep your family healthy? The only filter that can capture something as small as a virus is a HEPA filter. While typically found in hospitals, residential home HEPA filters are available. However, HEPA filters restrict air flow, and cannot go directly in the return air stream back to your furnace. Instead, HEPA filters are installed in a ‘bypass’ loop in the return air ductwork. With each pass, some of the air is shunted into the bypass and is pulled through the HEPA filter by a separate fan in the HEPA unit before returning to the main air stream. This way the furnace fan motor always has adequate airflow and eventually all the air is purified by the HEPA filter. For more information on how these filters are a smart buy, reach out to us at Appliance & Air Care Experts.
High-efficiency filters can help with:
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- Pet dander
Healthy air has humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent. A home that’s too dry deprives your nose and body of moisture needed by protective mucus layers and enables germs to travel farther. It also aggravates your throat and nose leading to allergy problems. Humidifiers, of which there are three main kinds, bring water into your home’s air to solve these problems. Letting Appliance & Air Care Experts install a whole-home humidifier will mean more comfortable living for you and your family.
Installing a humidifier in the Dallas area will:
- Increase the moisture in your air
- Reduce static electricity
- Help you feel warmer in the winter
- Protect your wooden furniture from drying out
- Lower heating costs
- Calm overly active allergies
Germicidal UV Lights
With a UVC Air Purifier (also called an Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation—or UVGI—air purifier) we harness the sun’s power to cleanse and put it in your ductwork. Per the EPA, ‘UVGI air cleaners are designed to use UV lamps to kill or deactivate microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, and fungal spores and fragments that are airborne or growing on surfaces.’ Typically, the application for killing microorganisms growing on surfaces is to keep the air conditioning coil above the furnace clean. However, if the purpose is to kill microorganisms in the air, the UVC Air Purifier is placed in the return air duct so that the air first passes through the UV kill zone before going through the filter or air cleaner.
Installing Germicidal lights in your ductwork will:
Scrub Your Air
- Reduce the number of germs in your home
- Decrease your electricity costs
- Make it easier to disinfect the air and surfaces in your home
Air purifiers work by removing allergens, toxins, and pollutants from your air. Unlike humidifiers, they don’t emit anything and, to the uninformed, look like a heavier filtration system. While the Dyson air purifier may be sufficient for one or two rooms in your house, to purify your whole house, you’ll need a whole-house air purification system. Please note that these products require a forced-air system to operate effectively.
Having Appliance & Air Care Experts install an air purifier for you in the Dallas area will lead to:
- Fewer lingering odors
- Cleaner and healthier air
- Longer periods between filter changes
To schedule your Air Quality Services in Plano TX, just email us!
Scrub Your Air
The desire to leak-proof our homes and seal up old ducts has compounded our air quality issues. Many modern IAQ issues could actually be fixed by bringing fresh air in. That’s where air exchangers (aka ventilators) come in. They use one fan system to blow indoor air out and another to pull outside air in. This stops pollutants from overstaying their welcome and alleviates many of the symptoms of "Sick Building Syndrome.”
Air exchangers offer the following benefits to people in the Rockwall area:
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- Reduced heating and AC costs
- Allergy expulsion
- Improvements to overall air quality
Over time, dust and germs build up in your home’s ductwork. Vacuuming your registers can help but won’t reach things deep inside your ductwork. Getting duct cleaning done every few years can help remove long-standing odors and remove the irritants caught by other items on this list.
Calling Dallas’s duct cleaning experts will:
Clean Your Ducts
- Make it easier to retrieve items you dropped down the vents
- Allergy expulsion
- Improve overall air quality
General Duct Services
Sometimes a simple duct cleaning isn't enough to fix an air quality problem in Dallas. Old ductwork develops leaks over time. Though usually thought of as a ventilation issue, this can have an impact on the quality of your air. Fortunately, Appliance & Air Care Experts is a full-service HVAC provider with the ability to repair, seal, and replace leaky ductwork.
Duct repair and sealing has a number of benefits in Dallas, including:
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- More efficient heating and cooling of your home
- Less dust build-up in your home
- Fewer access points for pests
Call Appliance & Air Care Experts For Indoor Air Quality Services in Dallas
For households with existing IAQ equipment, we also offer comprehensive maintenance and repair services. If you have a filter or humidity control system that’s not working right, give us a call at (972) 771-5987, so we can try and uncover the problem.
At Appliance & Air Care Experts, we’ve been helping homeowners with their IAQ problems for years, since 1974, in fact. We always take the time to explain possible solutions and outline the costs ahead of time. Our HVAC company stands firmly behind the products we sell and are always willing to come back and investigate if air pollution issues recur. We service Dallas, Plano, Rockwall, and the surrounding communities. Therefore, if you're looking for an 'IAQ company near me,' you know you've come to the right place. Please reach out to us at (972) 771-5987 today to schedule an air quality test or get a quote on dehumidifier installation.
Indoor Air Quality FAQs
Do Humidity Levels REALLY Affect My Indoor Air Quality?
Yes, they do. Homes with exceedingly high humidity levels end up with mold, dust mites, and mildew. Houses with humidity that’s too low, meanwhile, experience dust and recurring sinus issues. Maintaining your home’s humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent keeps you in the “Comfort Zone.”
Why Should I Care About My Home’s Air Quality?
Studies show that air in your home is likely more polluted than the air outside. No matter how tidy your house is, your air will still be filled with pollen, viruses, dust, and pet dander. Only installing an air sanitizer or UV germicidal lights in your HVAC system can truly expel these contaminants.
What are the Most Common Air Pollutants?
The most frequently found contaminants in your home are relatively harmless except for causing discomfort to those who may be allergic. They include pollen, fabric fibers, dust, pet dander, and other common household particles.
What Type of Furnace Filter Should I Use In My Home?
Start by determining how thick of a filter your system can accommodate. Most HVAC systems can’t accommodate filters that are more than an inch thick. We recommend using only filters with a particle removal rating of MERV 11 or higher. This is especially important if anyone in your home suffers from respiratory or cardiac disease.
What’s “Sick Building” Syndrome?
If you’ve done any research on IAQ, you’ve probably seen references to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). This term comes from a study where public workers in one building reported headaches, fatigue, nausea, nose irritation, and watery eyes. Researchers examined this building and found it to have a lot of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. This case gave birth to the term and is now used as a diagnosis for someone who experiences air pollution symptoms at work and notices an immediate improvement upon returning home.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Improve My Own Indoor Air Quality?
We recommend that homeowners who are concerned with the quality of the air they breathe take the following steps:
- Purchase a HEPA filter
- Vacuum, mop, and dust regularly to avoid airborne pollutants
- Choose natural woods and furnishings that don't come with VOCs and nasty vapors
- Open your windows and air your home out from time to time
- Install a thermostat that includes humidity readings