Indoor air quality is a major concern today. More and more homeowners are looking for ways to ensure that the air that circulates through their house and which they and their family members breathe every day is healthy. Poor indoor air quality poses not only risks to health, but also to home energy efficiency and comfort.
If you have worries regarding the indoor air quality of your home, contact Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. We will find out what issues might be affecting your home’s air, and then offer solutions such as duct cleaning and the installation of energy recovery ventilators, air purifiers, humidifiers, or other IAQ devices.
Here are 3 facts about indoor air quality that we think everybody should know:
1. The air indoors is usually worse than the air outdoors
We hear so much about outdoor air pollution that it’s easy to assume that indoor air must be better. However, this isn’t often true. In fact, indoor air is often three to four times worse than the outdoor air. According to the U.S. EPA, indoor air can contain such pollutants as radon, secondhand smoke, combustion pollutants, volatile organic compounds (mostly from household cleaning supplies), asthma triggers, and toxic molds.
2. The air filter on your heater and air conditioner won’t help much
If you think that the air filter attached to your AC and forced-air heater that catches dust and debris should do enough to clean your air, think again. This filter is important when it comes to protecting the comfort system from damage, but it does very little to reduce the amount of contaminants that will circulate through your air. However, you can have dedicated indoor air quality filtration devices put in.
3. You can bring in fresh air without losing home energy efficiency
The lack of fresh air is one of the main reasons that indoor air quality can decline so steeply. But if you open up doors and windows, you’ll threaten the efficiency of your air conditioner and heater and make them work harder. However, there are ways around this dilemma, such as the installation of an energy recovery ventilator or heat recovery ventilator. Ask your IAQ experts about other solutions that will bring in fresh air without raising your energy bills sky-high.
If you are looking for indoor air quality solutions, and you need the assistance of skilled professionals who can offer you a variety of options, look no further than Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. We serve Santa Fe, NM and the surrounding areas.