You may not think about the quality of your air very often, but it can have a major effect on the health and comfort of you and your family. The process of moving air into an enclosed area like your home necessarily increases the concentration of contaminants in the air. Indoor air quality (IAQ) experts generally classify these contaminants into gases and particulate matter. Stoudenmire offers maintenance agreements that provide a variety of testing and maintenance services for both types of air contaminants.
Many gases become toxic when their concentration in the air rises above a certain level. The gases that most often reach toxic levels in indoor air include carbon monoxide and radon. Burning materials such as cigarettes, gasoline and wood products routinely produce significant amounts of carbon monoxide. Certain minerals naturally produce radon, which is radioactive. Standardized tests exist for both of these gases. Let Stoudenmire inspect your indoor air quality to ensure your safety from these harmful gasses.
The most hazardous types of particulate matter include pollen and mold spores, which can cause respiratory difficulties and other illnesses. These problems can be especially dangerous when they exacerbate existing conditions. Molds in the Aspergillus genus pose some of the greatest health risks, particularly A. flavus and A. fumigatus.
Other particulate contaminants in the air include animal dander, which causes allergic reactions in many people. Dust can contain mites, which is also a common allergen. Volatile organic compounds are another source of contamination, which are ingredients in many household items such as furniture polish, pesticides and cleaning products.
Stoudenmire can test for a number of specific contaminants in your air and recommend corrective action. Our certified technicians will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan for improving your air quality. Common solutions for improving your indoor air quality include cleaning ductwork and filters. However, some filters may require replacement rather than cleaning. It may also be necessary to seal leaking ducts and pipes in some cases.
Our service agreement includes two inspections each year, one in the spring and another in the fall. Regular inspections of your HVAC system are particularly important for maintaining high air quality because contaminant levels can vary greatly throughout the year. For example, pollen levels typically reach their peak in late spring and early summer, when most plants enter their growth cycle. Animals also begin shedding during this period, increasing the amount of dander in the air. On the other hand, mold levels are likely to be higher in the fall when temperatures drop and humidity increases.
To find out more about how our team of experts can help keep your family healthier all year round with our indoor air quality services, contact us today!