AAA Heating & Air Conditioning
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

If it’s Time to Clear the Air, Start with Mold

Airtight houses can mean dirty air for their occupants. In older homes, air leaks through windows, cracks and doorways, undergoing three-to-four complete changes of air per hour. In modern, energy-efficient homes, only half the air is exchanged every hour. People spend up to 93% of their time indoors where air pollution can easily be 10 times greater than outdoor levels. Some say it’s no coincidence that the U.S. has seen a sharp rise in asthma and allergies.
Microbiological contaminants – particularly molds – account for about half of indoor air health complaints. Common molds can grow to toxic levels, triggering allergic reactions, including asthma, as well as sinus infections, headaches, coughing and eye and throat irritations.

Mold Alert:
  • Moist carpeting, stained ceiling tiles and musty odors could mean leaks and mold growth.
  • Humidity over 60% could cause mold. Let us check it for you.

Mold can have serious consequences on your health and the air you breathe. Please give us a call to advise you on ways you can improve your indoor air quality.

Reducing Air Pollution: an inside job

According to the EPA, what we do in our homes can be polluting the air. Follow these tips to reduce pollution:
  • Recycle. Recycling reduces production emissions and helps to conserve energy.
  • Properly dispose of items. Make sure hazardous materials are stored in airtight containers.
  • Inspect your home comfort system. Have a professional (like us!) check your system in the spring and in the fall. If it isn't operating efficiently, it could be costing you energy money.
To learn more, call us for an Indoor Air Quality Inspection.

Quick Tips

  • Plant trees to your advantage. Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of a typical household's cooling bill.
  • Dust your bulbs! Dust and dirt on light bulbs can reduce their illumination by 50% and their lifespan.
  • Select an energy-efficient central air conditioner by looking at the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating-the higher the rating, the more efficient the unit.
  • Use a dehumidifier in the warm, humid months to remove moisture from the air. A dehumidifier works best when air can circulate freely through it.

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