Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Indoor Air Quality’

Address Mold and Mildew With an Air Purifier

Monday, March 4th, 2024

If you’re struggling with mold around your home, it definitely needs to be treated. But aside from that, you also have to take steps toward preventing mold growth from happening again in the future. Otherwise, you’ll just keep facing mold growth again and again in a never ending battle. 

Installing an air purifier in Alachua, FL, is a great way to combat mold in your home. You can keep reading for more about the benefits of an air purifier and how a whole-house model works to improve your indoor air quality. Then give our team a call to schedule your in-home assessment to talk about what type of air purifier you want and how it would benefit your home and family.

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Why Your Home Needs Better Indoor Air Quality

Monday, May 1st, 2023

Did you know that your home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside? When you are outdoors, fresh air is constantly circulating. But the air in your home can quickly become stale as it collects allergens and contaminants. 

Indoor air quality has an impact on many aspects of your life. It can even impact how well your air conditioner operates to cool your home. If you’re interested in an air purifier in Starke, FL, our team would love to help. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about the benefits of an air purifier for improving your home’s indoor air quality.

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How to Get Healthy Air from Your Air Conditioning System

Monday, December 4th, 2017

woman-blowing-noseThere’s nothing better than central AC if you own a home in Florida. Those of us with it cannot imagine life without it. And yet, central air conditioning does have its flaws. One of the biggest flaws is only really evident to those of us with severe allergies, asthma, or any other immune disorder. But it can be a problem in any home.

As the air conditioner cycles, it sucks in air from around the home before cooling it. Some particulate will get filtered out by the air filter. But some contamination still tends to get through. Getting healthier air may require some work and an investment, but it’s worth it in the end.

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Tips for Keeping Your Indoor Air Quality High This Spring

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

dandelion-fieldDuring this time of year, far too many people focus on trying to stay cool and neglect other important home issues. Not that staying cool isn’t important, of course. Just make sure you devote at least as much attention towards making sure that your indoor air quality remains high.

Indoor air quality is one of those things that’s very important for health and comfort, but which the vast majority of homeowners simply ignore. Have a look at why indoor air quality is so vital to your comfort and health, and what you can do to keep it high this spring.

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How to Maintain Your Indoor Air Quality This Winter

Monday, December 5th, 2016

As we get further into winter, you’re obviously going to make staying warm one of your top priorities. However, you also need to be paying attention to your indoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality can have a serious negative effect on both your health and comfort. If you want to improve your quality of life as much as possible this winter, you need to start by improving your indoor air quality. Here are some tips on how to keep your indoor air quality high this winter.

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The Best Way to Combat Air Quality Issues This Spring

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Spring is here, and with it comes a whole slew of issues. One of the most common problems people have during the spring season is the uptick in allergy attacks, and other indoor air quality-related problems. It can be difficult to enjoy the beautiful weather and flowers when you’re sneezing every few seconds. There’s not too much you can do about air quality outside your home, but you can take certain steps to increase your comfort levels when you’re inside. Let’s take a look at some of those solutions now.

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How a UV Air Purifier Benefits You

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Indoor air quality is largely affected by airborne contaminants. There are millions upon millions of microscopic airborne contaminants floating around in the average home’s indoor air, including things like viruses, bacteria and mold spores. These biological contaminants are among the most dangerous you’re liable to encounter in your home. Some of the biological contaminants can make you sick, or even put you in the hospital in rare cases. For this reason, a UV air purifier is highly recommended in areas with suspect indoor air quality. Let’s take a look at how a UV air purifier works, and the benefits of using it.

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How Duct Cleaning Improves Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, May 11th, 2015

You probably don’t spend too much time thinking about your indoor air quality. After all, as long as the air seems clear, what is there to worry about? Well, your air may not be as clear as you think. Inside the average home’s air are millions upon millions of microscopic particles, some of which are harmful to your health. Dust, pollen, mites and dander are all common lung irritants and allergens. Meanwhile, viruses and bacteria can infect you and make you sick. Read on to find out more about how these contaminants can lessen your air quality, and how duct cleaning can improve it.

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3 Air Purifier Types That Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, April 27th, 2015

The air in your home may look empty, but that doesn’t mean that it is. Actually, the average home’s indoor air is filled with millions upon millions of microscopic particles, many of which can be harmful. Dust, pollen, germs, dander, mites, and mold spores are just a few of the airborne contaminants commonly found in homes. These can cause inflamed sinuses, coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes, especially in allergy sufferers.

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What Kinds of Contaminants May Be Living in the Ducts?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

No one really wants to think about the “things” living in the cool, dark places of their home, but it may surprise you just how many contaminants can be in your home’s ductwork. Any type of contamination in your home is reason for concern, but the contamination in your ductwork can be blown directly into your living spaces, giving these contaminants direct access to you. Understanding what types of contaminants can live and thrive in your ductwork can help you prevent them from taking up residence in your home and improve your overall indoor air quality in Gainesville.

Types of Contaminants

Here are some of the more common contaminants you can find inside ductwork:

  • Mold and mildew – mold and mildew need only a little bit of moisture in a cool, dark place to grow and thrive, making your ductwork a top residential area for them. Faulty ductwork can be especially prone to mold and mildew growth as the holes and cracks offer ample, excess moisture to keep the growth thriving.
  • Dirt and dust – this is probably one of the more expected contaminants, but don’t underestimate what dirt and dust build-up in your ductwork can do to your HVAC system.
  • Vermin – mice, squirrels, raccoons and other vermin love the protection and warmth of ductwork, so if they can get to it, they will – and they don’t come alone. Additionally, they’ll use the nest as both a bathroom and kitchen, so you can wind up with animal feces and food residue in your ductwork.
  • Insects – there are few kinds of insects that enjoy the protection of a ductwork system, but none so much as cockroaches. Cockroaches tend to be more pervasive in urban areas, but they will seek shelter from the cold during the winter months no matter where they are. Some people have severe allergies to cockroaches which can contribute to allergy discomfort and even asthma triggers, so it’s important to make sure they don’t create a community in your ductwork.

The “ick” factor of ductwork contaminants can be pretty high, but with a thorough duct cleaning, you can substantially reduce the contaminants in your ductwork and improve the indoor air quality of your Gainesville home.

Think your ducts need cleaning? Call Touchstone Heating and Air Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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