Indoor Air Quality
Comfort in your Central Oregon home starts with the air you breathe. It needs to be fresh—the best air possible.
At Diversified Heating & Cooling, we believe in incorporating a whole-house approach to your comfort. We take into account the temperature, the humidity levels, and other factors related to your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Most of all, we consider your indoor air quality.
Every time you walk into your Redmond, OR, home, it should feel like a breath of fresh air.
What Are the Symptoms of Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Can the air inside your home negatively affect your health? The answer is yes. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), poor indoor air quality ranks as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. If someone in your house has difficultly breathing because of the indoor air quality, little else matters.
Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, fatigue, headaches, sore throats—even nose bleeds. Poor indoor air quality can lead to uneven humidity levels. The dry air cracks your skin and dries up your nasal passages, creating an assortment of health issues. On the other end, extremely high humidity levels allow for mold, mildew, and other issues.
Your air quality can also aggravate more serious conditions, such as asthma, heart and lung diseases, and other ailments.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Inadequate ventilation is the leading contributor. Circulating fresh air through your home is an important factor in maintaining your indoor comfort—stale air can trap contaminants and other airborne particles.
Other factors that can negatively impact your air quality include:
- Dirty air ducts
- Outdated building materials in your home
- Cigarette smoke
- Clogged air filters
- Dampness in your home
- Uneven humidity levels
- Household cleaners
Call Diversified Heating & Cooling to help determine possible sources of poor air quality inside your home.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
Start with the air filters on your HVAC system. Change those air filters at least every 90 days—more so if you have pets, a smoker in the house, or someone with a chronic respiratory illness. Ductless systems have filters that need to be washed once a month to work effectively.
Humidity levels are another factor. The ideal indoor humidity level is between 35 and 50 percent—when you get outside that range, you risk dry air or air that is too moist. A whole-house humidifier is a perfect solution to increasing the humidity levels in your home. If your home suffers from high humidity, consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier.
If you suffer from allergies or asthma, consider a whole-house air filtration system. These systems integrate with your HVAC equipment to remove dust, dirt, pollen, mold, and bacteria from the air.
Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) push out the stale indoor air and replace it with fresh outdoor air. The result is fresh air without overtaxing your HVAC system.
UV (ultraviolet) germicidal lights attack biological contaminants inside the home, such as bacteria and viruses, mold spore and mildew, and other contaminants. These systems can eradicate indoor viruses such as the flu without causing harm to you and your loved ones.
Installation, Repairs, and Maintenance
Many of these indoor air quality systems integrate with your existing ductwork and require professional installation to ensure you get the most value from your investment. Our installation experts at Diversified Heating & Cooling will know which systems match up best with your home’s layout and HVAC equipment.
If there is an issue with your air quality system, call us at Diversified and we will have one of our courteous and knowledgeable professionals diagnose the issue and quickly resolve it. We provide 24/7 emergency repair services to be there when you need us. We never replace a part unless it is necessary or we can demonstrate cost savings to you.
Our tailor-made preventative maintenance plans are designed to meet your budget and lifestyle. These plans offset the cost of repairs and service calls, offering assurance that you have a trusted partner watching over your HVAC equipment.
At Diversified, we believe in redefining comfort.
Call Us About Indoor Air Quality Systems
From our beaches to our ski hills, Central Oregon is a hub for year-round outdoor activities. But when we are inside our Redmond, OR, homes, the indoor air quality must be fresh and clean. Our team at Diversified Heating & Cooling offers the best solutions to making your home as comfortable as possible. Call 541-323-1840 or request service online today to learn more about our indoor air quality services and other products.