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What Can Cause Low Indoor Air Quality?

familyFor most homeowners, living comfortably means heating their homes effectively in the winter and cooling them reliably in the summer. Ideally, they’ll do so efficiently, too. We are here to remind you that true comfort demands more than just comfortable temperatures, though. You also need to know for certain that the air quality in your home is high. That is only going to be possible if you have the right indoor air quality systems in place.

Sure, some homes may have decent enough indoor air quality to get by without noticing major symptoms of low IAQ. Even in these homes, though, there is typically a lot of room for improvement. This begs the question of just why indoor air quality in Colorado Springs, CO would be low to begin with, though. In today’s post, we are going to explore some of the reasons for this. Some you can control, while others you can only hope to treat.

Proximity to Major Roadways/Wooded Areas/Active Construction Sites

Remember when we said that there are some causes of IAQ issues that are within your control? Well, the question of proximity to these types of areas really is not one of them. Unless you are willing to pack up and move or to petition for a construction site to be shut down—good luck with that one—you are going to face issues with the pollutants that can stem from such areas.

Using an air filtration system integrated into your HVAC system will help to filter airborne pollutants coming from these areas out of the air in your home. From dust stirred up by construction to pollen from trees and dirt from the roadway, you can boost the quality of the air in your home by removing these pollutants from the air via filtration.

Subpar Ventilation

Natural ventilation is very important in homes. It is also targeted and eliminated in an effort to boost energy efficiency within homes. That is a real problem for homeowners that want to maintain not just a comfortable environment, but a healthful one, as well. Using an ERV or an HRV will help you to ventilate your home effectively without wasting the energy that you use to condition air in your living space.

These devices use outgoing airstreams to precondition the air coming into the house. In the winter, they’ll use outgoing warm air to heat up the fresh, cold air coming in. In the summer, outgoing cool air removes heat from the incoming fresh air. That way you can recover the energy you’ve used without needing to trap stale air in the house.

General Cleanliness

Some homeowners really don’t want to hear this, but simply being a bit tidier is the first step toward boosting indoor air quality in your home. Removing pet fur by vacuuming more regularly, for instance, and taking the smoking outside, will do a great deal to get the ball rolling.

However, even that is not enough. What about cooking odors?  Or the dust that gets kicked about during cleaning? We know the struggle all too well, so be sure to contact a member of our team to find the right solutions to any indoor air quality problems that you’re facing.

Schedule your IAQ services with Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning.

 

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