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Why Is My Air Quality Suffering?

IAQ-SneezeLow indoor air quality is a really common factor in poor health and comfort for homeowners across the country. It’s a problem that not a lot of people know they have, and those that do know they have it often aren’t sure how to fix it. If you suspect that your home’s indoor air quality is lower than it should be, but you aren’t sure how to fix it, read on for some tips. You can improve your indoor air quality! You just need a bit of professional help to do it.

Airborne Contaminants

All day, no matter where we go, we breathe in millions of various microscopic particulates. Most of these particles are harmless, but some are not. The issue is worse indoors, because the lack of constant air flow traps contaminants inside for us to breathe over and over again. Some common airborne contaminants include dust, dander, pollen, dirt, mold spores, viruses, and bacteria. Breathing in these kinds of contaminants for a long period of time can cause all kinds of problems, including allergy attacks, asthma attacks, increased flu infection frequency, and the like. If you think this may be why your indoor air quality is lower than it should be, then the best thing you can do is to install an air purifier.

Air purifiers are designed to strain contaminants of various kinds out of your air supply, usually by being installed in your home’s ductwork. Air filters, for example, passively snare particles that come into contact with them using fiber mesh. Ionization purifiers draw contaminants out of the air using ion clouds. You should consult with a technician to find out the best kind of air purifier to meet your home’s needs.

Humidity Issues

Chronic humidity issues are another common cause of low indoor air quality. Air that is too humid will make it very difficult for your body to cool itself, and will promote mold growth in the darker areas of the home. Air that is too dry will weaken your defenses against infection, and will make certain parts of your house more prone to damage by sapping the moisture from them. If you’re worried about the effects of chronically humid or dry air on you and your home, consult with a professional about installing a dehumidifier or humidifier.

As with air purifiers, there are a variety of different kinds of both humidifiers and dehumidifiers. Most humidifiers operate by either vaporizing water and blowing it through the ducts, or by spraying a fine mist. Dehumidifiers, by contrast, use desiccants or refrigerant to siphon excess moisture out of the air. Also like air purifiers, you should consult with a professional technician in person to determine which system would be best for you. If you’re looking for the best Loveland HVAC services, we can help you out.

Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning provides comprehensive indoor air quality services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians. We’ll make sure that your indoor air quality is restored to the level it should be.

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