If you’re like most people, you want the inside of your home or business to be as safe as possible. Unfortunately, indoor contaminants maybe 2 to 5 times higher than outdoors, and in the very worst cases, it can be as high as 100 times higher. You may not realize this, but your HVAC system can impact your indoor air quality (IAQ). If you keep your system well-maintained, you can expect several benefits to your health and safety. The technicians at Ward Plumbing, Heating, and Air can help with all your HVAC maintenance needs.
Common IAQ Problems
Indoor air quality can be impacted by various substances that impact human health in some way. For example, if you have allergies or asthma, the substances that could trigger a reaction include mold, pet dander, pollen, and dust.
Even if you don’t have respiratory issues, poor air quality could contain things like secondhand smoke, stale/dusty air, mold, or even carbon monoxide.
Benefits of Healthy Indoor Air Quality
By controlling your indoor air quality, you can enjoy the benefits of an environment that supports your overall health. People with asthma and allergies will not have as many issues with breathing, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, and more. In addition, healthy IAQ can reduce risks associated with cigarette smoke and toxic gas.
How Does Your HAVC System Impact IAQ?
Most HVAC systems are designed to operate with the windows closed. This means that, when in use, the system is the primary point of air exchange between the indoor and outdoor environment.
If you do not maintain your system and change the filter out regularly, it can have a significant impact on your IAQ. For example, a dirty air filter will increase the pollen, pet dander, and dust circulating through the air. If the insulation in your ducts is moist, it can encourage mold growth. If your propane- or gas-powered system is not properly maintained, your risk of toxic gases being released into the building is increased.
Your HVAC system is designed to remove humidity and cool the air. If the unit and filter are dirty, it cannot do this, which reduces the comfort level and increases the risk that mold will develop in your system.
The best way to keep your HVAC system running effectively and efficiently is to work with the professionals at Ward Plumbing, Heating, and Air. We have served the residents and business owners of Western North Carolina for more than 40 years. We have the experience and expertise to work with modern units, as well as older ones, and are available 24/7 for all of your HVAC and plumbing emergencies.
We have the experience and expertise to install and service most brands. In addition, we offer ductless heating and cooling systems (also known as a mini-split), Wi-Fi thermostats, water filtration/treatment systems, air purification systems, and tankless water heaters. Our technicians will work with you to determine the best products and services to meet your needs.
Our maintenance plan, WardGuard, can protect your system with 2 annual inspections (Spring and Fall), as well as discounts on repairs, installations, and change-outs. We also have add-ons that will help keep your system effective and efficient to keep your IAQ at its peak. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do to help you with your indoor air quality.
We accept a variety of payment options: cash, check, and credit/debit cards. For customers who qualify, we offer financing through the Wells Fargo Home Projects credit card. This offers you a revolving line of credit to use/pay back as needed, structure payment plans to fit your budget, and easy online account management and bill pay.