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Indoor Air Quality: Make Breathing Easier in Your Fort Worth Home

Posted on: February 27th, 2013 by

Maintaining good indoor air quality in the Dallas-Fort Worth area takes some effort. Dust, urban pollution and high humidity can all make your home pretty uncomfortable unless you take steps to control them. With the right home improvements, though, most air quality problems are simple to resolve.

Duct sealing and insulation — Some 80 percent of homes in the U.S. have leaky ducts. Cracks and gaps in your ducts allow conditioned air to escape while letting in dust and debris from the attic, crawl space and other unconditioned areas. This can reduce your heating and cooling system’s efficiency by up to 40 percent and unnecessarily expose you to dirty air. Sealing the leaks and installing sufficient insulation can reduce your energy expenses and boost your indoor air quality.

Duct cleaning — While it’s not often needed, cleaning is sometimes necessary before duct sealing. Mold growth, pest infestation and dust being released from the registers are all signs a cleaning is in order. The National Air Duct Cleaner’s Association has set minimum standards for cleaning, but at AirRite Air Conditioning Company, our cleaning procedures exceed these standards.

Energy-efficient fresh air ventilation — Sufficient whole-house ventilation removes excess moisture, stale air and some pollutants far more effectively than any HVAC filter can. For many homes, a heat recovery ventilation (HRV) or enthalpy-recovery (or energy-recovery) ventilation (ERV) system is the most economical way to bring in a constant flow of fresh air without interfering with indoor temperature control.

Humidity control — If there’s one thing we know about around DFW, it’s humidity. All that moisture in the air is more than just uncomfortable, though. It also reduces your indoor air quality by encouraging the growth of mold, dust mites and even bacteria and viruses. Keeping your home’s humidity at around 40 to 50 percent improves your comfort level and limits microbe growth. Installing a whole-house dehumidifier is often the most effective way to maintain healthful humidity.

If you’re having problems with low indoor air quality, contact us at AirRite Air Conditioning Company. Since 1955, we’ve been helping homeowners stay healthy, safe and comfortable throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth and Arlington area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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