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Does Forced Air Heating Affect Your Indoor Air Quality?

Chris Helms - Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The effect of forced air heating on your health.

Back before we had such optimal indoor climate control, people would open their windows to let in the cool or warm air. The air could ventilate the entire house. Nowadays, we keep our houses sealed shut to get the most energy efficiency from our heating and air conditioning. The result of this is definitely greater control of our indoor temperature and energy use, but there’s an unfortunate side effect, and that’s poor indoor air quality. Forced air heating plays a role in this.

Here’s what you need to know:

Indoor Air Quality and Pollution

Often our indoor air quality is worse than polluted urban air. We bring in pollutants when we open the door, on our feet and clothes, in our belongings and our appliances, and in our food, plants, and pets. Pet hair, dander, chemicals, pollen, and more get trapped inside and affect our air quality. What does that have to do with forced air heating?

The Role of Forced Air Heating on Air Quality

Forced air heating involves air intake through the system that is heated and blown back out into your home. This system creates a cycle of turning the pollutants around and making them airborne once again.

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Your HVAC company can perform indoor air quality checks to evaluate the quality of the air in your home. Their findings can not only identify the pollutants in your air but also help to determine a good course of action for improving your air quality and the function of your forced air heating.

Poor air quality can affect the health of you and your family members. For an air quality check today and improvements to your forced air heating that will result in improved air quality, schedule service with Helms Heating and Air Conditioning now.