Good air quality is crucial to a healthy home. However, certain environmental factors can change the quality of your air, which can affect both your home and your physical health. If you believe the air quality in your home has changed, you may need to consult an HVAC contractor for assistance.
5 Reasons You Might Need an HVAC System
1. Unpleasant Odor
The most noticeable sign of poor air quality is a stale odor that permeates through the house, possibly due to mold spores, dust particles, or poor air circulation. If opening the windows doesn’t clear the smell out, an HVAC contractor can install a system that will clean the air and improve circulation.
2. Extra Dust
A certain amount of dust accumulates in every home, especially during a construction project. However, if you’ve noticed an increase in dust, and find yourself vacuuming dust mites more often, you might have poor air quality. Many modern homes are very well insulated, which sometimes traps air in, decreasing airflow and making proper circulation difficult.
3. Poor Airflow
If certain areas of your home suddenly have cold or hot spots, the filter in your current HVAC system could be clogged. Filters should be cleaned every two weeks and replaced every 90 days (or more often if you have pets or allergies). If the airflow doesn’t improve after cleaning or replacing the filter, contact an HVAC contractor who can diagnose the problem.
4. Health Changes
When a home has poor airflow, it allows dust and contaminants to hang in the air, causing respiratory issues, sore throats, coughing, sneezing, and headaches. For people with allergies, there might be unexpected flare-ups with new symptoms. If the symptoms decrease or stop once you leave your home, ask an HVAC contractor to install a HEPA filter, which cleans the air by removing contaminants and allergens, like pollen, pet dander, asbestos, dust, and mold spores.
5. Humidity Issues
Low humidity will leave the air in your home arid, drying out skin, and causing itchy eyes. High humidity moistens the air, allowing allergens and mold to grow. Consult an HVAC contractor if your current HVAC system can handle the humidity issues, or if a humidifier or dehumidifier can help.
If you have poor air quality in your home or business, the HVAC contractors at Donovan & Jorgenson, Inc. can help. Serving the Greater Milwaukee, WI area, their technicians have 30 years of experience in installing and repairing all the major air quality system brands, including HEPA Air Purification Systems, Electric Air Cleaners, and Trion Air Bear. Donovan & Jorgenson put their customers first by offering 24/7 emergency services and financing options. To schedule a free estimate, and for more information on their services, including boiler and furnace work, visit their website.