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Here’s How to Boost Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

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Were you aware that the quality of the air inside your Whittier area home can actually be worse than that of outdoors? That is, unless you have the right indoor air quality solutions in place.

Chances are, you understand that dusty air is “bad.” It’s something you shouldn’t breathe in, and you probably keep your home pretty clean to account for that. But keeping a clean home isn’t the only contributing factor to improving your indoor air quality. In fact, poor IAQ can only add to your efforts of keeping a clean house!

There are contaminants and allergens to consider, as well as humidity levels. These all play a role in not only your household’s comfort but the efficiency and efficacy of your HVAC systems, too. Reach on to learn more…

Threats to Your Indoor Air Quality

Today’s new homes are built to be airtight. The reason for this is that it allows for greater HVAC efficiency—no conditioned air can escape out and no outdoor air can get in through drafty doors and windows. But that means that any contaminants, pollutants, or allergens that find their way inside stay there, unless you have the right indoor air quality systems and services in place to eliminate them. These are the most common threats to indoor air quality:

  • Dust, Dirt, and Debris: Airborne dust and dirt can make their way into your home every time you walk in and out, and can even come in through your ductwork. Even if your HVAC systems are working just fine, you still won’t be comfortable if you don’t have a system to eliminate this issue.
  • Humidity: The ideal humidity level inside any Whittier area home is between 30-50%. Anything lower than this range is considered too dry, while anything higher is considered too humid. Too little humidity can cause issues like splitting wood in your home, and lowered immunity to illnesses throughout your household. Too much moisture contributes to mold and mildew growth, which can be particularly harmful to people who already suffer from allergies and asthma.
  • Poor Airflow: If you have old, damaged ductwork, it can allow air to escape into and out of your home. This not only creates an inefficient airflow problem, but it can invite pollutants inside as well.

How to Solve Your Indoor Air Quality Needs

To solve your indoor air quality needs, you’ll want the right products and services in place. You’ve found the right team to help you! In addition to thorough duct services like duct testing, sealing, repair, and replacement, we provide:

  • Air Filtration and Air Purification Systems: Your HVAC systems’ air filters are not enough to protect your indoor air quality. They’re meant to protect the systems themselves from debris. For comprehensive air filtration or purification, you’ll want to look into a high MERV air filter, ionic air cleaner, electronic air cleaner, and/or a UV air purifier for your home.
  • Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers: You’ve likely seen portable humidifiers and dehumidifiers. These are great for a single room or small office space, but not for an entire home. Ask us about whole-house humidity control systems to learn what the extensive benefits of such systems are!

To start improving your indoor air quality in Whittier, CA today, contact Greenleaf Heating & Cooling.

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