Indoor Air Quality
When you consider heating and cooling your home, you probably never give a thought to Indoor Air Quality. But as utility bills continue to rise and homeowners tighten their homes to prevent leaks and drafts, without proper ventilation, you’re risking your family’s health. Indoor air pollutants are listed as a top five environmental risk to public health. According to research from the EPA, inside air can be up to five times more polluted than outside air.
The average American spends 90% of their time indoors. Computers, printers, copiers and other electronics generate substantial amounts of heat, accelerating emissions of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) from circuitry, adhesives and plastics. Floor and wall coverings, paint and furniture emit VOC’s such as formaldehyde and toluene. Cleaning products, pest control solutions, personal care products and pets all contribute to indoor pollutants. Pollen, dust mites, mold, pet dander, bacteria, carbon monoxide and mildew are all swirling around in the mix.
Degraded IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) not only reduces comfort, attention span and productivity, but also increases risk of asthma, pulmonary infections and allergies. You may also experience headaches, eye irritation, nausea and fatigue. OSHA estimates that poor IAQ costs employers fifteen billion annually due to worker inefficiency and sick leave.
Outdoor air ventilation is crucial to reducing pollutants and supplying good Air Quality in the home and workplace. Energy efficient ERV and HRV ventilations systems replace indoor air for outdoor air, while recovering most of the energy used to heat or cool the air being exhausted. By controlling fresh air entering the home, we can introduce an air cleaner, dehumidifier and UV Treatment System before moving the air through the HVAC system.
Your heating and cooling system can also manage humidity levels. Both hot and cold temperatures affect humidity. Too much humidity causes mold, mildew and water damage. Too little leaves you vulnerable to infection.
F/J Hess and Sons has the solution to Indoor Air Quality. Through the professional installation and service of quality heating, cooling and ventilation equipment you can enjoy a healthier home.