FRED'S BLOG

You may be surprised to learn that the air inside your home can be 30 times more polluted than the air outside your home.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has grown to be a major concern in our lives today. Moisture from crawl spaces, improperly sized air conditioning systems and poorly designed and installed duct systems have been a problem for years.

Today, energy efficient homes, especially those insulated with closed cell foam insulation, are designed to keep every bit of conditioned air from escaping to the outdoors. This air that is trapped in our homes is laden with contaminants. Particulates include pollen, animal dander, mold spores, and dust mite feces. Microbes include bacteria, mold, viruses, fungi, spores and germs. Gases include carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and other Volitile Organic Compounds. A recent study shows that the off-gassing from building products; engineered plywood, paint, carpet and so on, are worse in homes less than two years old.

Several major air conditioning manufactures are experiencing a rash of indoor coil failures in systems less than 5 years old. Independent studies have shown that the cause of these failures is indoor air-born contaminants. The copper and aluminum is being corroded away. If the air in our homes can damage copper and aluminum what is it doing to our lungs? Some family members spend 90% of their time indoors.

The good news is our industry has responded and this problem can be corrected. Air-born particulates and microbes can be removed with high efficiency merv rated filtration. Bacteria’s and viruses can be killed with devices like an Air Scrubber. We can efficiently ventilate dangerous gases with an Energy Recovery Ventilator and humidity can be brought under control with a Central Home Dehumidifier. If you have any concerns about the air quality in your home, call Canady’s! We provide IAQ solutions that will keep your family safe and healthy!