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What Can I Do for Better Indoor Air Quality?

woman-relaxingThis is a question we hear often from our customers in the Seattle area: “Do you have recommendations for better indoor air quality?” We understand why people ask this: indoor air quality in Seattle, WA is often quite poor, and people are becoming more aware than ever of the many pollutants that come from inside their home, rather than from outside. Homes have more insulation in them than ever before, and although this improves energy efficiency for the HVAC system (less heat loss in winter, less heat gain in summer), it also causes a drop in IAQ because there’s scant fresh air circulation to replace the stuffy and pollutant-filled indoor air.

So, back to the question …

What Can Be Done to Improve Indoor Air Quality?

There are many different types of low indoor air quality, and so there are many solutions as well. Here are some we offer for better IAQ.

  • AirScrubber Plus: This is one of our favorites, and we’ve found it works in many different circumstances. The AirScrubber Plus affects the air, as well as the surfaces in homes, and it can also target germs with special ActivePure technology.
  • Air Cleaners: Aside from the AirScrubber Plus, we can install a wide range of different electronic air cleaners to remove many harmful particles. For example, UV air purifiers are an excellent option for dealing with mold spores and mold growth in the HVAC system.
  • Air Filters: This is one of the more conventional methods of cleaning the air in a house, but still effective. Filters trap larger particles, and when paired up with the right air cleaner, they can remove 99% of unwanted airborne pollutants.
  • Humidifiers/Dehumidifiers: Air quality is also about the amount of moisture in the air, which has a huge effect on comfort. Depending on your home’s needs, we can install a whole-house humidifier, dehumidifier, or both. The goal is to balance indoor relative humidity for comfort around the year.
  • Energy Recovery Ventilators: This is a method to get around the problem of having a house sealed up to the outdoors without fresh air. An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) brings in fresh air and then pre-heats or pre-cools it using the air already in the house. This recovers around 80% of the energy already used by the HVAC system and applies it to the incoming air.
  • Duct Repair/Duct Sealing: Sometimes the reason for dusty and dirty air is damage to the ventilation system that allows in pollutants from the attic or between the walls. Repairs and sealing for ducts is something you need to leave to professionals if it’s necessary.

Work With IAQ Experts

That’s a long list of indoor air quality services—and it may seem a bit intimidating. Which one is right for your house?

It’s not hard to figure out. You only have to work with our experts. We offer Quality Service for Quality Living—and that includes seeing our customers have the best possible indoor air quality installations to meet their needs.

At S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling, we treat every customer like they’re our only customer! Schedule an appointment for IAQ service today.

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