Birmingham’s Indoor Air Quality Experts

Your home is where you relax and enjoy your free time. It’s a space where you feel comfortable, so it should be healthy and free of contaminates, including dust and allergens.

Did you know the quality of the air in your home is more polluted than the air outside? Part of the issue is that our homes tend to be sealed tightly, so the bad stuff like dust mites, mold, spores, pollen, bacteria, viruses and dander are stuck in your house. These contaminates have nowhere to go, so they circulate through your HVAC system.

The Environmental Protection Agency warns that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, so it’s a wise idea to have your indoor air tested for contaminants and bacteria. Common health problems that result from poor indoor air quality include:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Asthma
  • Lung irritation
  • Allergies
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Dry eyes, nose, throat and skin
  • Sinus congestion
  • Nausea

Have no fear…Brown Heating and Cooling is here! We have air quality specialists that can provide you with solutions to your home’s indoor air quality needs, including the installation of air filtration systems, bacteria-killing UV lights and odor reducing in-duct air purifiers. Many of our solutions provide extra comfort to the entire house since they are installed in your duct work.

Brown Heating & Cooling offers the following services to help you keep the air in your home clean and fresh:

  • Duct cleaning with our Air Scrubber
  • Air quality testing
  • Seasonal inspections
  • Air purifiers
  • UV stick lights
  • Humidifiers
  • Dehumidifiers

 

Indoor Air Quality Assessment in Birmingham

The assessment is the first step in determining how safe your home’s indoor air really is. Brown’s expert technicians will determine the particulates in your air. Then, give you a customized plan to target any issues so you and your family can breathe easier.

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Air Quality FAQs

What causes indoor air pollution?

A lot of things contribute to indoor air pollution, including gasses emitted from carpet and other household fabrics, household cleaning products, paints, personal care products, and even candles. Because our homes are often fairly sealed (to keep temperatures comfortable), this means that many of these pollutants never have the chance to escape your home. A good ventilation system is one way to improve your home air quality.

How do I know if my home has poor air quality?

Some symptoms of poor air quality include:

  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Itchy, burning, watery eyes
  • Bloody nose
  • Blurred vision
  • Sleep apnea
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Fatigue
  • Headache/fever
  • Dizziness

 

How often should I replace my air filters?

Using clean, quality air filters is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your home’s air quality. How often you change the filters depends on your HVAC system, the quality of your filter, and your personal environment. We recommend doing a visual check of your filter at least once a month. If it looks dirty and clogged, it’s time to replace the filter. Once you get in the habit of doing a monthly check, you will develop a feel for how often the filters need to be replaced.

Will an air purifier really make a difference in my home’s air quality?

Yes. A whole-house air purifier will help reduce the particulate matter floating around in the air of your home, including dust, dirt, pollen, and even mold. It’s a great option for those suffering from allergies, as many of the pollutants that can trigger symptoms are captured in the purifier’s filter.

How can a humidifier help the air quality of my home?

During winter months, central heating can dry the air in your home, causing problems for those who are sensitive to humidity changes. You may have noticed that during winter, your skin can become dry and cracked, and that you may have a sore throat while in your home. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, preventing these painful symptoms and keeping you comfortable.

In addition, maintaining proper humidity levels in your home can help prevent the accumulation of dust mites, bacteria, molds, and other irritants that can cause problems.

Should I be concerned about carbon monoxide in my home?

Yes, especially if you have a fireplace, although carbon monoxide can come from a number of sources. This deadly gas can be incredibly dangerous, and the best way to detect it is to install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Make sure you check the batteries at least twice a year – we recommend doing this during the spring and fall.

How can a dehumidifier help the air quality of my home?

During summer months (or year round for spaces with moisture issues), damp air can cause all sorts of problems. Odors can crop up, including that “musty” smell you often encounter in basements, and we all know mold loves moisture. A dehumidifier will help keep these issues under control, as well as help maintain a constant humidity levels in you home, which means fewer dust mites, bacteria, and other irritants.

Can plants help improve my indoor air quality?

Yes! Plants act as a natural filter and can help to improve your home’s air quality. We even have a Pinterest board with advice on which plants are right for your home and are the best for filtering out pollutants.

Are there things I can do to improve the air quality in my home?

There are a lot of different things you can do to improve your home’s air quality. The most basic tasks include changing your HVAC filters on a regular basis, vacuuming and dusting once a week, and having your HVAC system checked twice a year to ensure your vents and ducts are clean.

 

Air Duct Cleaning Service in Birmingham

After learning about all the different pollutants that are circulating through your home or business, you’re probably thinking that you need to have something done about it as soon as possible.  After we perform an air quality assessment, cleaning out all of your air ducts is a very important step to take to help purify the air you breathe.  Brown Heating and Cooling uses state of the art equipment to remove the dirt, pollen, mold, pet dander and other harmful contaminants that have been building up in your air ducts.  Put your health and safety first and give us a call so you can be sure you’re breathing clean, fresh air.

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