Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is a health hazard that has been documented in numerous scientific studies. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published data that identifies substandard IAQ as one of the top five risks to public health. At Amber Heating & Air Conditioning, we know your family’s health and well-being are your highest priority. We have the latest air quality solutions, including ventilators, UV lights, humidifiers and air purifiers to help create healthy and comfortable living environments. Amber’s Comfort Experts work directly with you to identify the needs of your family. Whether it’s bacteria, viruses, mold spores, allergens or other pollutants that are concerning you, Amber Heating & Air Conditioning has a solution.

The sudden increase in the number of homes with polluted indoor air is largely due to the energy efficiency initiatives of the early 1990s. In an effort to improve national energy conservation measures, building materials and construction techniques were modified to reduce a structure’s perimeter air infiltration. Unfortunately, modern offices and homes are often so tight that contaminants are trapped in the living area and accumulate over time.

The effects of breathing poor quality indoor air over a prolonged period can be hazardous to your health. Pollutants that enter the living area are continuously recycled through the HVAC system and deposited into every room in the building. Family members that are continuously exposed to dirty air can develop asthma, allergies and other chronic respiratory ailments.

How Tight Homes Become Polluted

During a normal day, families generate a substantial quantity of airborne pollutants including dander, dust and pollen. Without a proper IAQ strategy, these irritants remain in the air stream until they are unwittingly inhaled by someone in the home. Biological organisms like mold and fungi thrive in the moist, dirty environment inside an air conditioner’s evaporator coil.

How to Keep the Air Clean and Healthy

To ensure that the air inside your home stays healthy and meets federal standards, Amber Heating & Air Conditioning has designed a comprehensive IAQ methodology that incorporates a number of critical elements.

  • Humidification: An air humidifier plays an important role in creating a healthy indoor environment. Dry air allows contaminants to stay airborne for extended periods. A central humidifier constantly monitors the moisture in the air and uses the existing duct system to raise the humidity level when necessary. Air with an appropriate moisture content will promote better respiratory function, ease dry skin conditions, remove static electricity, and prevent wood furniture from splitting.
  • Air Cleaners: Central air purifiers are a vital element in an optimized HVAC system. In addition to cleaning the air, furnace filters also protect vital equipment components from efficiency-robbing dirt and grime buildup. Filters use the MERV rating system to measure the relative capture rate of different styles and models.
  • Mechanical Ventilation: Ventilators constantly introduce a controlled amount of fresh air into the living air, and contaminants are exhausted during the air exchange process. Ventilation devices are calibrated to achieve the perfect blend of air dilution and energy savings. Some models offer energy recovery features that help recapture some of the energy that normally dissipates during the exchange process.

Complete Indoor Air Quality Solutions

At Amber Heating & Air Conditioning, we know your family’s health and well-being are your highest priority. If you suspect your home may be suffering from polluted indoor air, contact one of our comfort design specialists to learn more about the IAQ products and services we provide for residential and commercial applications.