Indoor Air Quality

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Back on November 28th, 1989, the outdoor smog in St. Louis was so bad that streetlights remained on during the day to maintain visibility. If you’ve heard this fabled Gateway City story, you may assume that the air outside, even now, is more polluted than the air inside. However, the EPA estimates that the air in our homes, workplaces, and other indoor environments contains up to five times more pollutants than outdoor air!

Surprised? So were we. As the health of our indoor air becomes increasingly important, SmartHouse is dedicated to helping homeowners throughout the greater St. Louis area keep their homes as healthy as possible, by addressing and solving their indoor air quality (IAQ) issues. 

Looking for the Signs of Poor IAQ

The primary concern with poor IAQ is the health of you and your family members. Check for these symptoms that are commonly linked to an excessive amount of contaminants and pollutants in your breathing air:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sinus irritation (sneezing, runny nose, congestion)
  • Dry and itchy eyes
  • Shortness of breath

As you can see, the symptoms of poor IAQ often mimic the symptoms of seasonal allergies, which is one of the reasons identifying poor IAQ is often misdiagnosed. 

What Can Cause Poor IAQ?

You may be wondering why indoor air can be so contaminated, especially considering 9 to 5 traffic smog, blooming flowers and plants, and other chemicals that exist outside. The reason these harmful pollutants are not as harmful outside is because they have they can dissipate into the greater outdoor atmosphere. Breezes and winds can move these pollutants to less concentrated areas where they are less harmful. 

In a home, once a particle enters your living space, it can end up recirculating your breathing air over and over through the ductwork of your heating and cooling system. These contaminants include:

  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from chemicals in furniture, carpeting & more
  • Pet dander
  • Cleaning products
  • Dust
  • Allergens like mold & mildew

How to Improve IAQ

Here at SmartHouse, we are more than a heating and cooling company. We are St. Louis’ whole home experts when it comes to keeping your home comfortable and healthy, and provide a full list of indoor air quality services to increase your home’s ventilation, helping reduce contamination threats in your heating and cooling system. Our services include:

Air Cleaners & Filters

Central heating and air conditioning systems should have an existing air filter, which should be changed roughly every 30 to 90 days, depending on the manufacturer. We can ensure your home has the right air filters for your environment, and determine if additional filtration and purification is necessary.

Humidifiers & Dehumidifiers

In this humid Missouri climate, controlling the moisture in the air is essential to preventing mold growth inside your home. Use of a dehumidifier or humidifier will help keep your home at the perfect humidity level, no matter the season. 

Air Scrubber & UV Filtration

Depending on the particular sensitivities of you or your family members, and the contaminants that exist in your home, installing an air scrubber or UV light filtration system directly inline with your HVAC system can kill over 99% of molds and bacteria that pass through your HVAC system.

Energy Recovery Ventilators

An energy recovery system offers many benefits to homeowners looking to increase their indoor air quality while also saving energy. Also known as an ERV, these systems properly ventilate a home while keeping your indoor air at a consistent temperature. This reduces energy loss, while supplying your home with a fresh supply of air. 

Breathe Healthier Air with SmartHouse

Looking to eradicate your IAQ issues and live healthier in your home? If you are planning to spend more time indoors this year, now is the time to take control of your breathing air. Call SmartHouse, and we will set you up with our thorough, building performance certified energy audit to determine your IAQ needs, and pair you with the ventilation and filtration services you need to breathe easy. 

Are you concerned your indoor air may be affecting your health? Improve the indoor air quality of your St. Louis area home today by calling 314-644-1570 or get in touch here