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Indoor Air Quality – Battling Allergens Indoors

Most of us think of Spring’s arrival as a breath of fresh air.  That is, until we realize that we live in one of the allergy capitals of the US.  That’s right – the Dallas area was ranked by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in the top 30 Spring Allergy Capitals for the last five years.   While there’s little that can be done to improve the air outdoors, there are ways to make the air we breathe indoors healthier for our families.  In honor of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, Southern Comfort Mechanical is bringing you indoor air quality tips for your Flower Mound air conditioning system.

 

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, refers to the condition of the air inside your home and how it contributes to your comfort and wellness.  The EPA reports that people are spending up to 90% of their time indoors.  Spending more time indoors exposes your family to higher levels of airborne pollutants like viruses, bacteria and other organic compounds in the air.

Without proper ventilation in the home, indoor air pollutants become trapped and contribute to unhealthy indoor air quality levels.  To mitigate poor indoor air quality in Corinth homes, Southern Comfort Mechanical recommends:

Air Duct Cleaning

Over time, air ducts become contaminated with dust particles, pollen and other debris that aggravate allergies and cause other health issues.  High humidity levels increase the potential for mold and spores dispersal into your home via the air conditioning system.  Schedule your professional air duct cleaning in Flower Mound with Southern Comfort Mechanical to eliminate the risk for microbiological growth and other airborne contaminants.

Air Duct Sealing

Duct systems are supposed to distribute conditioned air from your central HVAC system to your living spaces.  Duct systems with leaks, holes or poor connections can result in a loss of efficiency of up to 20% according to EnergyStar.  Further, those leaky ducts allow insulation particles, dust and fumes to enter the system, aggravating asthma and allergies.  Sealing ducts save you money while reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home.

Air Filtration

Most modern homes are designed to be self-contained for energy efficiency.  This means very little outside air enters the home via your Lantana air conditioning system, making air filtration a key component of maintaining indoor air quality.  Your HVAC filter collects contaminants and particles before the air gets distributed into your living spaces. Air filters will inevitably get dirty, but should not be allowed to become clogged. A clogged filter is not only bad for your indoor air quality, it can also create serious airflow problems and may cause a system shutdown.  Your Corinth HVAC filter should be replaced every 30 to 90 days, depending on variables in your home environment, such as high-traffic, pet shedding or home repair projects. Check your filter monthly to determine if a change is needed.

If you want to improve your Flower Mound indoor air quality, contact the skilled technicians at Southern Comfort Mechanical. We’re here to help you improve the efficiency and air filtration of your system.  972-420-1700.

Identifying and Preventing Black Mold

Black MoldAs disgusting as it may sound, mold is a part of everyday life. With humidity, there’s mold, and with mold toxins, there comes all the allergies and other conditions we tend to associate mold with.

One form of mold that can cause serious problems is black mold. This can be found anywhere in the home but is most commonly found in duct work or on the ceilings or walls. Black mold grows best in dark, moist environments. The most common visible sign of black mold will be a patch of dark speckles.

Black mold is the result of high humidity incorporated with low ventilation. It can cause major health issues and often times starts off with unexplained rashes or other allergic reactions. Living in an area with a high black mold count can lead to respiratory problems that can be extremely harmful.

In order to remove black mold, a highly trained HVAC professional must be called, as parts of a wall or area in your home may have to be removed altogether. You may clean black mold off a specific area, but microscopic spores still exist, which could result in the mold returning. One step for early prevention is to install a dehumidifier in your home. Dehumidifiers reduce the moisture level in your home or office.

Regular air duct services should be scheduled in an effort to prevent black mold in your environment. Our Lewisville TX HVAC specialists can assist you with more information about black mold and how it can endanger your health. Give our Lewisville heating and cooling company a call today, or visit us online for details.

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