When we say, ‘air pollution’ you probably imagine a smokestack belching out chemicals or a car exhaust spitting out dark smoke. But, according to the EPA, this picture isn’t wholly accurate. You’d have been closer to the truth if you’d imagined a suburban home surrounded by a white picket fence. You see, the air inside the average American home is actually 5-10 times more polluted than what’s outside. Guessing you’re safe in Florissant? Think again.
If you’re ready to clean up your air, call Goldkamp Heating & Cooling and ask about our indoor air quality (IAQ) services in the Florissant area. For more information on solutions to the problem, read through this page in its entirety.
You’re probably asking how these contaminants get into the air in the first place. Radioactive radon seeping in from the soil, smoke from old cigarettes, off-gassing from fire retardant materials, and cleaning product vapors are just a few causes of indoor air pollution in Florissant. Dust mites, mold, viruses, pet dander, and mildew also play a part. As homes become more energy-efficient and changing lifestyles lead many of us to spend more time indoors, poor air quality has become a public health crisis.
Indoor air quality is a big problem in the 21st century both here and abroad. As homes become better sealed against the elements, the importance of having clean air increases. Without you even knowing, your air duct system could be contaminated with particulates that are harmful to you and your family. Each time the HVAC system turns on, it can circulate dust, dust mites, animal dander, pollen, and bacteria throughout the air inside your home. Below are a few statistics that help drive home the seriousness of the IAQ crisis:
By selecting Goldkamp Heating & Cooling to combat your air pollution problems, you and your family will reap a variety of benefits:
A lot of people in Florissant have an air quality issue but don't realize it. They might just chalk it up to things like high pollen counts and general fatigue. But, if you regularly notice the following, it's worth getting an air quality analysis done:
Air that’s too wet is not good for you. Bacteria, mold, and viruses thrive in environments above 60 percent humidity. The high humidity also enables these contaminants to stick around longer and cling to your household’s porous surfaces. In the summer, excess humidity leaves you feeling sticky and hot.
Dehumidifiers installed in your system:
Looking for a way to keep your family healthy? We recommend a 213 aprilair filter. These filter have more surface area making it less likely to restrict airflow or overheat your unit. Also, if you are going to use a 1" filter we recommend a pleated filter that isn't too thick and does not restrict airflow. Doing this helps motors run better and helps with longevity. For more information on how these filters are a smart buy, reach out to us at Goldkamp Heating & Cooling.
Air filters can help with:
Healthy air has humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent. A home that’s too dry deprives your nose and body of moisture needed by protective mucus layers and enables germs to travel farther. It also aggravates your throat and nose leading to allergy problems. Humidifiers, of which there are three main kinds, bring water into your home’s air to solve these problems. Letting Goldkamp install a whole-home humidifier will mean more comfortable living for you and your family.
Installing a humidifier in the Florissant area will:
With a UVC Air Purifier (also called an Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation—or UVGI—air purifier) we harness the sun’s power to cleanse and put it in your ductwork. Per the EPA, ‘UVGI air cleaners are designed to use UV lamps to kill or deactivate microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, and fungal spores and fragments that are airborne or growing on surfaces.’ Typically, the application for killing microorganisms growing on surfaces is to keep the air conditioning coil above the furnace clean. However, if the purpose is to kill microorganisms in the air, the UVC Air Purifier is placed in the return air duct so that the air first passes through the UV kill zone before going through the filter or air cleaner.
Installing Germicidal lights in your ductwork will:
Air purifiers work by removing allergens, toxins, and pollutants from your air. Unlike humidifiers, they don’t emit anything and, to the uninformed, look like a heavier filtration system. While the Dyson air purifier may be sufficient for one or two rooms in your house, to purify your whole house, you’ll need a whole-house air purification system. Please note that these products require a forced-air system to operate effectively.
Having Goldkamp Heating & Cooling install an air purifier for you in the Florissant area will lead to:
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Over time, dust and germs build up in your home’s ductwork. Vacuuming your registers can help but won’t reach things deep inside your ductwork. Getting duct cleaning done every few years can help remove long-standing odors and remove the irritants caught by other items on this list.
Calling Florissant’s duct cleaning experts will:
Sometimes a simple duct cleaning isn't enough to fix an air quality problem in Florissant. Old ductwork develops leaks over time. Though usually thought of as a ventilation issue, this can have an impact on the quality of your air. Fortunately, Goldkamp is a full-service HVAC provider with the ability to repair, seal, and replace leaky ductwork.
Duct repair and sealing has a number of benefits in Florissant, including:
For households with existing IAQ equipment, we also offer comprehensive maintenance and repair services. If you have a filter or humidity control system that’s not working right, give us a call at (314) 839-3332, so we can try and uncover the problem.
At Goldkamp Heating & Cooling, we’ve been helping homeowners with their IAQ problems for years, since 1998, in fact. We always take the time to explain possible solutions and outline the costs ahead of time. Our HVAC company stands firmly behind the products we sell and are always willing to come back and investigate if air pollution issues recur. We service Florissant, Saint Charles, Hazelwood, and the surrounding communities. Therefore, if you're looking for an 'IAQ company near me,' you know you've come to the right place. Please reach out to us at (314) 839-3332 today to schedule an air quality test or get a quote on dehumidifier installation.
Yes, they do. Homes with exceedingly high humidity levels end up with mold, dust mites, and mildew. Houses with humidity that’s too low, meanwhile, experience dust and recurring sinus issues. Maintaining your home’s humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent keeps you in the “Comfort Zone.”
Studies show that air in your home is likely more polluted than the air outside. No matter how tidy your house is, your air will still be filled with pollen, viruses, dust, and pet dander. Only installing an air sanitizer or UV germicidal lights in your HVAC system can truly expel these contaminants.
The most frequently found contaminants in your home are relatively harmless except for causing discomfort to those who may be allergic. They include pollen, fabric fibers, dust, pet dander, and other common household particles.
Start by determining how thick of a filter your system can accommodate. Most HVAC systems can’t accommodate filters that are more than an inch thick. We recommend using only filters with a particle removal rating of MERV 11 or higher. This is especially important if anyone in your home suffers from respiratory or cardiac disease.
If you’ve done any research on IAQ, you’ve probably seen references to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). This term comes from a study where public workers in one building reported headaches, fatigue, nausea, nose irritation, and watery eyes. Researchers examined this building and found it to have a lot of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. This case gave birth to the term and is now used as a diagnosis for someone who experiences air pollution symptoms at work and notices an immediate improvement upon returning home.
We recommend that homeowners who are concerned with the quality of the air they breathe take the following steps: