Does my home really need an indoor air quality test?

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Do you know what’s in your home’s air? Here’s the first and most important thing you should know: the quality of the air inside of your home can oftentimes be worse than the air outside. This is due to foul odors, viruses, bacteria, mold spores, dust, and more that becomes trapped inside of your home–endlessly cycling through your air ducts and your lungs.

The good news is that you can do something about it. Channell Heating & Cooling offers indoor air quality services from our certified experts on staff. Not only do we test your home’s air, but we also help you implement strategies and solutions to make your home a better place to live and breathe for you and your family.

Do you know what's in your home's air? With an IAQ test from our team, you can determine what's in your air and how to go about fixing the problem.

What are some symptoms linked to poor air quality?

Poor IAQ can be bad for your health

A few common health symptoms of poor air quality include:

  • dry and irritated eyes, nose, throat, and skin
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • hypersensitivity and allergies
  • sinus infections/congestion
  • coughing and sneezing
  • dizziness

People usually begin to notice that these symptoms have something to do with their home once they have spent several hours at work and feel better after they have left home, or when they have been away from home for a weekend or vacation.

Many of these symptoms may also be caused by other health conditions including common colds or the flu, and are not always necessarily due to poor IAQ. Understanding this can make identifying and resolving IQA problems more difficult. If you’re unsure what your home’s air quality is, you should call in our  professionals at Channell Heating & Cooling to come test it as soon as possible.

Other negative impacts of poor IAQ

Poor indoor air quality can lead to increased dust accumulation. The air inside of your home can trap viruses, bacteria, mold, and mildew­—all of which can lead to more sick days for everyone living inside. Dust, on the other hand, will continue to circulate in your home’s air via your air ducts. This sends a constant cycle of dirt and dust particles through the air of your home at all times. This is one of the reasons we recommend our air duct cleaning services, as well.

What are some common causes of a poor IAQ?

Poor IAQ problems result from various interactions between your home’s building materials and its furnishings; activities that take place inside of your home; climate; and the people who live in the home.

For the indoor environment, inadequate temperature, extreme dryness or humidity, poor air circulation, or ventilation system issues can all lead to poor IAQ.

There are also some indoor air contaminants that play a huge role in a poor IAQ. These include cleaning chemicals, dust, mold particles, bacteria, gases, vapors, and cooking odors that accumulate in your home’s air.

An insufficient outdoor air intake can also be an underlying problem. These are all things that we take into consideration and test when you hire Channell Heating & Cooling to complete your home’s indoor air quality test.

How does Channell’s IAQ process work?

First, we’ll come to your home and perform the test. Start by giving us a quick call to schedule your appointment. Our team has people who specialize in residential indoor air quality testing, and we’ll use our equipment and training to conduct a thorough, accurate test that will give you a complete overview of what’s in your air.

Once your test results come back, we’ll meet with you again to discuss the options for improving your home’s air quality. Each solution we provide will be tailored to the specific problems your home is facing.

With your go-ahead, we will begin to implement our indoor air quality treatment plan for your home. This might include the installation of filters, UV filters, humidifiers / dehumidifiers, and more. After the IAQ improvement plan is in place, we will then re-conduct the air quality test to measure for positive change.

We cannot stress this enough:  regularly change your home’s air filters! This is crucial, and will not only ensure that your home’s air is clean, but it will also help your HVAC system run more efficiently. Here at Channell, we offer air filter replacement services. Give us a call to learn more.

One last preventative measure you can take as a homeowner is to schedule regular air duct cleanings with our team at Channell Heating & Cooling. Over time, your air ducts will accumulate dust, dirt, grime, and more. As mentioned above, this is what you will inevitably be breathing in whenever you use the AC. Have our techs come out and clean your air ducts the right way. You can schedule your air duct cleaning appointment by calling our team today.

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