Indoor Air Quality
Dust dancing all around you? Is the sight of mold making you green? Whatever problem you're having with your home's air, you'll find the perfect solution for the experts at American Appliance and Mechanical.
Did you know?
- In general, indoor air is four to five times more polluted than outdoor air
- According to a study by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, indoor air contaminants are responsible for or aggravate half of all illnesses
- It is recommended we drink approximately two quarts of clean water each day. By comparison, we inhale approximately 15,000 quarts of air each day
Children especially at risk
- More than 15 million Americans are estimated to have asthma, including one in 13 school-age children
- Because they breathe faster than adults, children inhale 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults and are especially sensitive to air quality problems
Poor indoor air quality negatively affects the health of more than 15 million Americans who have asthma and the 28 million who suffer from hay fever and other allergies.
Read on to find out more about the air in your home or business and what you can do to improve it. When you're ready to make some positive health changing decisions, and clean your air, give us a call at 763-755-0066.
Products we offer and install to improve Indoor Air Quality
Humidity Control Delivers Year-Round Comfort
The Preferred Fan Humidifier directs just the right amount of moisture vapor into furnace ducts for greater whole-house comfort and less static electricity.
Keeping your home's humidity levels in check can significantly improve the healthfulness and comfort of your home.
When it comes to feeling comfortable in your home, the old saying "it's not the heat (or cold) - it's the humidity" rings true. Other than ambient temperature, nothing affects a body's perception of comfort more than the humidity level. And there's a fairly narrow range between what is considered "too much" and "too little" of it.
Industry experts state that keeping your home's humidity between 30-60% can help reduce the effects of many unwanted conditions. Excess humidity or too little humidity can not only lead to an unhealthy home but also cause permanent damage to your home and belongings.
Too Little Humidity
- You experience chronic physical symptoms such as sore throats, dry/itchy skin, nose bleeds or sinus irritation.
- Your home's wood floors are shrinking and cracking. Joints in wood furniture are becoming loose or failing.
- Wallpaper is peeling, while your paint or plaster is starting to crack.
- Annoying and sometimes painful static shocks are common occurrences.
- Your thermostat is cranked up, as is your energy bill, but you still feel cold.
- Your piano and other musical instruments are falling out of tune.
Too Much Humidity
- Your skin often feels clammy, sweaty or sticky.
- Musty-smelling odors are invading your living space.
- Wood floors, trim or wood furniture is warping or rotting, paint is peeling.
- Condensation, frost or ice have formed on the inside surface of your windows. Water pipes are "sweating".
- Damp spots, or worse, mold and mildew, have formed on ceilings or walls.
- Your allergies or asthma have gotten worse due to the growth of mold, mildew and dust mites.
- Your house is a breeding ground for termites, cockroaches and other pests.
What You Can Do to Treat the Symptoms
- Use ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms when in use. Ensure that your fans are venting directly outside.
- Cover dirt floor crawlspaces under your house with plastic to act as a vapor barrier.
- Check to make sure your dryer is vented to the outside. Don't dry wet clothes on drying racks in the house. Air-dry them outdoors if possible.
- Ensure air conditioning drip pans are clean and drain lines unobstructed.
- Fix any water leaks in pipes, toilets, showers, etc.
Germicidal UV Lamp
Mold and bacteria can grow on the surface of your cooling coil. Left unchecked, buildup of these contaminants can reduce system efficiency and release potentially harmful pollutants such asmold spores and unpleasant odors into the air you breathe.
UV lamps are designed to bathe your cooling coil with intense UV-C light. These lamps sterilize coil surfaces to maximize system efficiency and protect the air you breathe. For your convenience, no cleaning is required - just replace the lamps once a year.
UV light technology has been used for years as a sterilizing agent in medical and food processing applications. This same technology and been successfully adapted for use in home comfort systems. It's safe, reliable and proven.
Keeps your system Clean and Efficient
Conventional methods for cleaning your indoor cooling coil involve chemical or steam cleaning methods that can be costly and time consuming. The UV Light offers the efficiency of a 75-Watt light bulb while delivering the benefits of a cleaner, more energy efficient comfort system and years of lasting reliability. It's simple, effective and reliable.
Efficient and hard-working Energy Recovery Ventilators bring fresh air into your home throughout the longer cooling season, while Heat Recovery Ventilators keep your air warm and fresh during longer heating seasons-forcing stale air and pollutants out of your home. That means better air for your family to breathe.