Oxygen is life. Nothing is more important than the air we breathe. Yet, how often do we take time to fully assess this most precious element? In Arizona, homeowners tend to focus on the air in their homes in terms of temperature only. Cool air is good; stifling hot air – not good. During summertime in the desert, air conditioning is essential for comfortable home living, so it’s understandable that temperature is the primary consideration on everyone’s mind. However, as summer comes to an end, it might be beneficial to take time for a complete evaluation of all aspects of the condition of the air you breathe in your home.
Overall Air Quality – More Than Temperature
Take a moment to reflect on the condition of the air in your home beyond temperature. Though we rarely think about it, in one way or another, air affects our senses, our well-being and our lives in every way. We feel the air in terms of temperature and humidity. We can see dust and particulates floating in our air. Our sense of smell is affected by air – at all times. Though we generally become aware of it only when there’s a significant fragrance or foul odor in the air. When there’s a velocity or pressure issue within the air conditioning system, we can hear air whistling through the vents and during haboobs, the wind howls and forces dirt and dust into our homes. Overall, there’s so much more to air that deserves our attention.
Home Air Evaluation
Here are the main points to consider in an overall home air evaluation:
IAQ – Indoor Air Quality
The most important aspect of any home air assessment is indoor air quality, often referred to as IAQ. Homeowners are generally unaware of IAQ until a problem occurs. Adverse health conditions and allergic reactions due to indoor air pollutants can be significant. The EPA warns that in many cases, indoor air quality is actually worse than outside air quality. The EPA’s website has this to say about IAQ; “Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the area. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.”
The “V” in HVAC
Ventilation is a key element to keeping the air in your home fresh, the temperature cool and for dissipating indoor pollutants and VOC’s. Whole house mechanical ventilation helps remove stale air, humidity and unwanted odors while circulating fresh air throughout the entire house. Newer homes are so tightly wrapped with improved insulation, double paned windows, weather stripping and air-tight doors that houses don’t “breathe” like they used to. Attic ventilation is crucial during the blistering summer months.
Air Ducts and Vents
If you ask most homeowners the condition of their air ducts, they will tell you, “I have absolutely no idea.” Fair enough. Air ducts are hidden behind walls and ceilings and are the last thing on anyone’s mind. However, leaky air ducts, dusty or dirty air ducts or damp, smelly air ducts can present serious problems and health concerns for unsuspecting homeowners. Having your air ducts checked is an essential part of any home air evaluation.
When It Comes to the Air Your Breathe – Let Us Be Your Fresh Air Consultants
During the summer months, we are generally very busy with the repair and upkeep of air conditioning systems. Fall is a great season for taking a step back to review your entire system. We want all our customers breathing fresh, clean, wholesome Arizona air with no cares or worries! Call us today to schedule a fall tune up and home air evaluation.