Indoor Air Quality Services in Gainesville, FL & Surrounding Areas
The ongoing effort to improve the energy efficiency of homes and offices in the U.S. has significantly changed architectural and engineering design methods. Modern buildings are constructed to exacting standards that include tight perimeters, low-E windows, upgraded insulation, and minimal duct leakage. Unfortunately, excessively tight homes trap indoor pollutants inside the living area, which can substantially degrade a building’s indoor air quality (IAQ).
The problem of indoor pollution cannot be overstated. In fact, the EPA has documented through several studies that the air inside a home can be up to 70 times more contaminated than the air outdoors. Continually breathing compromised air can aggravate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions, especially in the elderly and young children.
Why You Should Address IAQ
The routine of a typical family can generate a considerable quantity of pollutants including dust, smoke, dander, pollen, and other irritants. These contaminants are continually recycled through the HVAC system and deposited into different rooms in the building. When moisture is introduced through condensation, conditions emerge that can foster the growth of mold, fungi, and other organisms.
Older homes and offices can also suffer from sick building syndrome (SBS). A poorly designed duct system, combined with a loose perimeter, often creates negative pressure leakage. When left unaddressed, contaminants from the attic or crawl space can be drawn directly into the living area. Continuous exposure to insulation and fine dust particles can have adverse health effects over time.
Developing a Comprehensive IAQ Strategy
To help ensure that the indoor environment remains clean and healthy, a number of important elements should be incorporated into a comprehensive IAQ strategy.
- Duct Cleaning: Factory trained air quality technicians use specially designed, industrial-grade equipment to remove dirt, dust, grime, and a variety of other impurities from the interior of the ductwork and other critical components. Regular duct cleaning helps improve HVAC system performance and can extend the life of the equipment.
- Mechanical Ventilation: Ventilation devices introduce a precise amount of fresh air into the indoor environment based on ASHRAE Standard 62.2. This helps achieve an optimal balance between air dilution and energy savings. Energy Recovery Ventilators offer the added feature of equalizing the temperature of the indoor and outdoor air during the exchange process, which also saves energy.
- Filtration: The effectiveness of a filter is determined by its Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). This standard is a comparative measurement of the amount of particulate matter trapped during each passage of a specific quantity of air. In central HVAC systems, advanced filtration is essential to remove ultra-fine particles, which are particularly damaging to those with respiratory conditions. The most common high-efficiency filtration products include media cabinets, electronic air cleaners, and HEPA filters.
- UV Lamps: Fungi, mold, and other biological contaminants thrive in environments where moisture and nutrients are readily available. In a central heating and cooling system, condensation is almost always present at the evaporator coil. A UV germicidal lamp placed directly inside the coil will kill a wide variety of harmful organisms including mold, fungi, pollen, bacteria, and certain viruses. A functioning UV lamp will help keep the indoor coil and surrounding components sterilized and germ free.
Complete IAQ Solutions
At Bounds Heating & Air, we are committed to providing our customers with a healthy, comfortable, and energy-efficient indoor environment. We invite you to explore the many indoor air quality products and services we offer for both new construction and retrofit applications.