Hello, and welcome back to our blog. At Legacy Heating and Air Conditioning, we know residents in the New Braunfels area value the air quality in their homes. It can be quite scary thinking about all the strange things that may be floating around in the air within your home. While most people stay on top of scheduling regular carpet cleanings or oil changes on their vehicles to ensure everything is functioning properly, many tend to neglect scheduling routine air quality testing to make sure they air inside their homes is healthy. In today’s blog post, we’ll begin a short blog series which outlines the benefits of a home air quality inspection. Please continue reading to learn more.

Combustion Air Pollutants

Gases and particles released by combustion such as carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are the top pollutants released in the home. Whether produced by gas stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, space heaters, or even tobacco smoke, these air pollutants cause a wide variety of health issues, with symptoms that include nausea, headaches, vision problems, respiratory problems, and can also contribute to damage to a home. A certified air testing technician can inspect the home for these kinds of pollutants and recommend effective solutions to treating these issue, which improves safety for you and your loved ones.   

Mold and Mildew

Active fungi such as a mold and mildew thrive in warm, humid conditions like we experience here in New Braunfels, making them one of the most notorious indoor air pollutants in the region. Hot, humid conditions enable fungi to colonize and contaminate enclosed spaces in the home like attics, basements, bathrooms, crawl spaces, in spaces between walls, and other tight spaces that typically become moist. Don’t let the fact that these spaces seem separated from the main rooms in your home fool you; mold and mildew infiltrate the air and spread quickly. These nasty air polluters cause an array of health issues, including such symptoms as skin and eye irritation, respiratory issues like nasal congestion, chest congestion, wheezing, and coughing. Those who suffer from severe allergies, as well as young children and the elderly, are at an even greater risk for experiencing these symptoms. The best way to combat mold and mildew is to fight moisture in the home. A qualified air quality technician at Legacy Heating and Air Conditioning will check for any signs of fungi, and recommend the best solutions to rid your home of these pollutants.

 

 

Improve Property Value

Are you selling a home? If so, an air quality inspection can actually improve the value of your home. In most cases, it’s required to have a home inspection when selling a home; however, it’s in your best interest to get a head start and have your home air quality inspected immediately. If, in the unfortunate case, the home has the poorest of poor air quality, it may take some time to improve the air quality. The last thing a seller wants is to have to put the entire home selling process on hold because they have to spend time and money getting the air quality to a safe and healthy level. Get a jump on it, and have a technician run an air quality test ahead of time.

Gain Peace of Mind

There’s nothing more rewarding than hearing from your HVAC technician that the air in your home is clean and free of harmful air pollutants. While the air in your home may not be quite as clean as a sterile surgical room in CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital, you can gain peace of mind in knowing that the steps you’re taking to ensure the air quality in your home is as good as it can be. These steps include checking and replacing air filters regularly, cleaning vents and air ducts of dust, pests, and pet hair, and scheduling regular HVAC maintenance and indoor air quality tests with our qualified technicians.

Call in the Experts

This concludes the first segment of our short blog series. Tune in next time to learn more of the great benefits of a quality air test in your home. If you would like to schedule a home air inspection or request a free estimate, our team at Legacy Heating and Air Conditioning in New Braunfels will be happy to assist you. Give us a call today!