indoor air quality

To remain healthy, the air quality inside your home also needs to be healthy and clean. At Townsend Energy, we specialize in using the best strategies in the industry to improve the air quality in your home. We are one of the top Danvers HVAC MA services companies and home quality experts.

Not only can we improve the air quality in your home, but we can also make your HVAC run as efficiently as possible. It is our goal to make your home a comfortable haven.

All of our HVAC techs are industry certified. Also, we require our techs to receive continuing education so that they are knowledgeable about the latest technology and advances in the heating and cooling industry.

Part of the knowledge of an HVAC tech involves the proper ventilation of your home and HVAC system, ensuring that the air quality is safe. We understand what is necessary for the air quality in your home to be clean and healthy. Clean indoor air is essential to prevent illnesses caused by poor air quality.

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At Townsend Energy, we specialize in many home comfort services.

We offer heating and air conditioner maintenance. We also handle HVAC installations and repairs. To schedule an appointment for any of the services that we offer, give us a call. We also provide free in-home estimates as well as free second opinions.

What Is Indoor Air Pollution?

If you are like most people when you think about air pollution, you image the smog over a big city. While this is one type of air pollution, studies have shown that the air inside the home can be up to 5 times as polluted as the air outdoors. This claim means that the air inside your home can be more damaging to you than the air outside. In this article, we will discuss indoor air quality and what you can do to improve it.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

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Most of the outdoor pollutants can make their way into your home. There are, however, a few other reasons that the air quality in your home could be unhealthy.

Byproducts Of Combustion

If there isn’t adequate ventilation, the fuel-burning appliances such as heating systems, stoves, fireplaces, and space heaters, can emit hazardous gases such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. These gases are dangerous. They can form if the fuel burns at very high temperatures without enough oxygen.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds are VOC’s. They are in a variety of chemicals such as solvents, paints, turpentine, and varnish. As these substances dry, they can emit hazardous chemicals. If these chemicals are in the air, it can cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea.

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Cleaning Products

If you are using cleaning products that contain ammonia, petroleum or chlorine in a poorly ventilated area, it is dangerous to your health. Use of these products can cause you to suffer from headaches, and it can be irritating to your eyes.

Asbestos

Decades ago, new construction no longer used asbestos. The reason for this is that the dust that asbestos emits contains tiny fibers that you can breathe into your lungs and cause cancer. While asbestos is no longer in use, it is not uncommon for this material to still be present in older homes and structures.

 

How To Minimize Indoor Air Pollution

In most cases, the typical homeowner won’t be able to figure out what is contributing to the poor air quality in their home. Even if you know where the problem is coming from, you won’t fully comprehend the necessary steps to take to properly eliminate the source. The Environmental Protection Agency and other authorities have released various resources that cover indoor air quality facts to help improve the indoor air quality standards in your home. Below, you will find a few basic tasks that you can take to keep the air in your home clean and safe.

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Steps To Take For Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Air Filters

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Your air filters are your best defense against poor indoor air quality.

When your filters are working correctly, they will get rid of all pollutants that find their way indoors. It is a good idea to change your air filter once a month. Also, you should make it a point to buy high-quality air filters. Higher quality filters can trap all material and pollutants of all sizes. If you go with a cheap air filter, there is no guarantee that your indoor air quality will be clean and safe.

Use Hoods And Exhaust Fans

In areas of your home where mold is most likely to grow, such as the kitchen and the bathroom, you should install hoods and fans. These devices will keep the moisture level to a minimum, keeping the air in the home clean and healthy.

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Heat Recovery Ventilator (HVR)

Those with homes that are relatively new should install these ventilators. Most modern homes are airtight, which is great because they are often more energy efficient. Unfortunately, this circumstance also limits the air exchange with the outdoors. An HVR will remove the stale air inside and bring in the same amount of fresh air from outside.

Houseplants

Certain plants such as bamboo, palm, aloe, and English Ivy purify the air inside your home. They can do this without you needing to open your windows and letting the noise from outside indoors. Also, houseplants are very decorative. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you should have no problem keeping these types of houseplants alive.

 

Conclusion

The air quality in your home should be one of your top priorities. To be sure that the air is safe, you should know how to keep it clean and prevent issues from occurring. It is also a good idea to have a professional come in and test your air quality and also give you advice regarding your indoor air quality and your HVAC system.

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To improve your indoor air quality, give Townsend Energy a call. Each of our HVAC techs has an understanding of how to improve the air quality in your home so that it is a healthy place for you and your family.

To keep an air quality issue from occurring, you should contact us to schedule your regular tune-up or HVAC repairs when necessary. If you think that your system may need a repair, don’t procrastinate. The sooner you make an appointment to have the problem diagnosed and repaired, the better. Not only will this protect your heating and cooling system, but it will also improve the efficiency and overall quality of the air in your home. To make an appointment, give Townsend Energy a call today. We offer free, in-home estimates.

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Some of the areas we service include Beverly, Danvers, Middleton, Wenham, these zip codes: 01915, 01923, 01949, 01984, as well as all surrounding areas in Essex County, Massachusetts.

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