Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

Unfortunately for residents, Tampa’s air quality ranks as one of the worst in the country and has received an “F” rating from the American Lung Association. This alone is alarming, but even more concerning is the fact that indoor air is often worse than outdoor air.

According to the EPA, pollutant levels may be 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. Why is our indoor air so bad? It mainly has to do with poor circulation of air. In Tampa, we rely on our air conditioning systems to stay comfortable during the hot summer months, so windows stay shut and little fresh air makes it into our home. The EPA warns that high temperatures and humidity can increase the concentrations of some pollutants. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk from the effects of indoor air pollution.

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1.Your HVAC System and Indoor Pollution

If you are worried about the quality of your indoor air, one of the best places to start making changes is with your HVAC system. Your HVAC system works by pulling in air through a network of intake ducts, cooling the air, and then sending the air back into your home through return ducts. The constant recirculation of air in your HVAC system means that pollutants are blown through your home. Because Tampa is so hot and humid, many people often have additional risks like mold growing within their air ducts.

2. UV Lights and Filtration Systems for Cleaner Indoor Air

We offer a wide selection of the most effective UV lights and HVAC filtration systems available today.We are so confident in the effectiveness of these products that we offer a 90-day 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you aren’t happy with the solution, we will give you a full refund. UV lights are highly effective and affordable solutions for controlling mold and microbial growth problems in HVAC systems. There are two main types of UV lights for HVAC systems. Coil sterilization UV lights are most common and are installed near the return ducts to kill mold which may grow on the air handler coil. These UV lights operate 24/7 save you the need of ever having mold cleaned off of your air handler coils again. Air sterilizer UV lights work by sterilizing the air going through the return ducts. They turn on when the air handler blower turns on. There are numerous options for HVAC air filtration systems. We will recommend a solution based on your type of HVAC system, individual needs, and budget. If you have any questions about our UV lights, filtration systems, or other products, feel free to contact our Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE). We are happy to answer all of your questions!

3. AC Systems and Mold

Mold is a pervasive problem that many property owners are unaware of. In Tampa, the average yearly humidity level is about 74%, and they can get even higher during certain times of the day and year. Many types of mold only require humidity of 50% to start growing. AC systems are a common cause of mold in many households. One reason is because our HVAC systems don’t operate continuously, which can cause fluctuations in humidity levels in the home. The EPA warns that, if the HVAC system is turned off before tasks like mopping, the humidity levels can suddenly surge and cause moisture and mold problems. If your HVAC system is improperly sized (which is a common problem), then the AC system may cycle off when the air is cooled but before it has had time to properly dry, causing moisture problems. HVAC maintenance issues can also lead to mold problems, such as when too much moisture builds up on AC coils and mold grows. The mold is then blown through the AC ducts and are released into the air. Holes or gaps in your air ducts can also cause condensation to form, which creates a perfect breeding ground for mold to grow. Mold can cause numerous health effects including respiratory problems, skin rashes, and allergicreactions. If you suspect or see mold in your home, you should take action right away to eliminate the problem and make sure it doesn’t come back.

4. Free AC Mold Inspections

We understand what a serious problem mold in your AC system can be. To keep our customers safe and healthy, we offer free AC mold inspections. Our Certified Indoor Environmental (CIE) will take samples and send them to a reliable partner lab for analysis. If mold is detected, we will then provide you with recommended solutions for solving the mold problem. We pride ourselves in listening to our customers and finding cost-effective solutions suited to their individual needs. Some solutions include necessary repairs, biocides for cleaning mold, and AC ultraviolet lights for killing mold spores before they can circulate into your home.

 

Contact us today to learn more about our indoor air quality services and to schedule a free mold inspection.

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