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What’s in Your Home’s Air?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Indoor air quality can be a real concernDid you know that many of your commonly used household products can emit gases that can contaminate your indoor air? Additionally, the home sealing steps you take to improve home efficiency levels can compound the problem of indoor air pollution. In fact, the pollution levels in the typical home can be five times more than the levels found outside. Air quality testing can provide answers if you are concerned about the materials affecting your air supply.

About Air Quality Testing Benefits

Your allergy symptoms may alert you to the presence of some allergens, but other chemical and biological pollutants may not produce immediate effects. In fact, the EPA reports that some people may become sensitized to such materials over time. Additionally, the manifestation of health problems related to exposure to these materials may take years. Your indoor air specialist can take samples to test for the presence of materials such as:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Radon
  • Asbestos
  • Mold
  • Allergens

As you become aware of the specific pollutants in your home, you can research the related health issues associated with exposure. You can also work with your home comfort specialist to formulate a plan for combating these pollutants. Solutions may range from including specific plants in your interior decor to installing indoor air quality equipment. Many plants naturally filter for specific gases. Mechanical filtration with an air purification system can provide you with the ability to kill biomaterials such as viruses and bacteria, as well. Your specialist will use the results of testing to help you develop a plan.

Using Ductless HVAC to Enhance Air Quality

Your ducts can be a source of trouble as you deal with indoor pollution. Leaks can provide access for allergens, dust, vermin and gaseous emissions. As particulates collect in your ducts, your air supply consistently comes into contact with these materials during the operation of your HVAC equipment. With a ductless system, the air in each room circulates without exposure to dirty duct conditions. Each air handler has its own advanced multi-stage filtration system to reduce pollution levels while eliminating odors. Coupled with many efficiency benefits, the potential air quality results may provide the motivation you need to convert your home comfort system.

If you are ready to explore the equipment options and learn more about the benefits of a ductless heating and cooling system, Mitsubishi Electric Contractors are pleased to assist. Contact us to find a specialist for indoor air testing and equipment information in your area.

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