Indoor Air Quality
At Velocity Air Conditioning, we offer indoor air quality services to help you and your family breathe easier. Our indoor air quality specialists can help ensure that your home is circulating clean, healthy air with our air filtration systems and air cleaning solutions.
What is “indoor air quality”
Indoor air quality describes how inside air can affect a person’s health and overall comfort. It can include temperature, humidity, lack of outside air (poor ventilation), mold and bacteria from water damage, or exposure to toxic chemicals commonly found in our homes. There are many sources of indoor air pollution found in any home, some include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.
Indoor Air Pollution and Health
Over the last several years, new scientific research has shown that the air within our homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than
the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Some studies indicate that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, so for many people, the risks to their health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors. Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.
Immediate effects may show up after a single exposure or repeated exposures. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person’s exposure to the source of the pollution, if it can be identified. Symptoms of some diseases, including asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and humidifier fever, may also show up soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants.
Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.
What can you do?
There are many things that you can do to improve the quality of the air in your home. Here at Velocity Air Conditioning can help you with our knowledge, expertise, and technical know-how. Here are a few suggestions:
- Don’t allow smoking indoors.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector.
- Repair leaks in your home.
- Clean duct work
- Get regular and thorough maintenance on your air conditioning and heating system by a licensed and trustworthy contractor. Have central air handling systems, including furnaces, flues, and chimneys, inspected annually and promptly repair cracks or damaged parts.
- Ensure that you have proper ventilation in your home, especially in the kitchen and bath
- Install an EPA recommended, non-ozone producing air purifying filtration system.
At Velocity Air Conditioning we have a knowledgeable staff that is on top of the latest and greatest products that are designed to improve the quality of the air you breathe any time you’re inside your house. Whether it’s dry air, excessive dust that can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, sinuses, throat and dry skin, allergens, virus and bacteria in the air, stale air and odors lingering inside your home, headache or fatigue comes from poor indoor air Velocity Air Conditioning has a solution to these problems.
Velocity Air Conditioning has trained, licensed and insured contractors! Our technicians receive the latest in indoor air quality training and techniques and use only the highest quality products available in today market. With Velocity Air Conditioning, you can rest assured that you’re working with the best. Our technicians receive constant training in their field. We’re fully licensed and insured for your protection.
Indoor Air Quality Products
Air Cleaners Indoor Air Quality
Air cleaners effectively remove bacteria, pollen, animal dander and other pollutants as small as 0.01 microns. That’s 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin. The higher the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV), the more efficiently the cleaner removes particles. We offer air cleaners that range from MERV 10 to MERV 15 to meet your needs. For those families that have severe allergies, we also offer Whole House High Efficiency Particulate Arresting (HEPA) filtration systems.
Humidifiers for Indoor Air Quality
Humidifiers work in tandem with your furnace system to deliver desired humidity levels throughout your home. Maintaining proper humidity levels in your home is essential to maintaining indoor comfort during the winter months. Moderate humidity levels make you feel warmer at lower temperatures, which means you can set your thermostat lower without sacrificing comfort.
Depending on the size of your home, we offer a variety of humidifiers to deliver the right amount of moisture into the air. Sizing of humidifiers is measured in Gallons Per Day (GPD), and we offer models from 12 GPD to 18 GPD.
Ventilators for Indoor Air Quality
Ventilators bring fresh air into your home without losing heating or cooling energy. Their unique energy exchange system transfers the heating or cooling energy from the stale air being exhausted from your home to the fresh air the ventilator brings into your home.
If your family suffers from allergies, ventilators are a much better alternative for introducing fresh air into your home verses opening your windows. They also do a great job of reducing cooking and pet odors, smoke and other pollutants out of your home.
UV Lights for Indoor Air Quality
Ultraviolet light kills bacteria and mold growing on your indoor coil before they are circulated throughout your home. UV lamps are installed near your existing indoor coil and work diligently to rid your home of the bacteria, viruses, mold and germs that impact your home’s health. We install 1 or 2 lights per indoor coil, depending on the size of the coil.
Indoor Air Quality Service From Velocity Air Conditioning
Velocity Air Conditioning will make a thorough inspection of your home’s ventilation and air intake sources. These are the places in your home where air enters and it is of utmost importance that they are as far from possible points of contamination. In order to optimize air quality, the best possible level of ventilation and filtration must be ascertained for your home and established. Velocity will access your home’s air intake and filtration systems and modify them as is necessary to achieve optimal air-flow and maximum pollutant and micron removal. We can recommend the filtration system and mold and bacteria killing UV lights to go with your new or existing central air conditioning and heating system.
We’ll also check possible air pollutants within your home, like stoves and heating systems, and make adjustment so that that they’re operating at a safe air capacity.