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3 Indoor Air Quality Issues and How to Solve Them

November 20, 2020

Indoor air quality problems are not just an outdoor issue in Helena, MT. They also affect homes and businesses. If you have noticed an increase in allergy or asthma symptoms, dusty surfaces or condensation, it could be related to the quality of the indoor air. Here are three issues to watch for and tips for solving them.

Odors

Winters in Helena and the surrounding areas are cold, so your home or building will be tightly sealed against air leaks. While the tight building envelope reduces the workload on your heating system, it could allow odors to build up. Odors are a sign of insufficient ventilation, explains the Environmental Protection Agency. Adding exhaust fans in kitchens, bathrooms and the laundry room could help. Running your heating and cooling system’s fan also improves indoor ventilation.

Biological Growth

Although Helena’s humidity is not as high as it is in other parts of the country, it can contribute to problems, such as mold growth. Humidity generated indoors from showering, laundry or cooking also fuels biological growth. A dehumidifier helps maintain optimal indoor humidity levels. An air purifier can inactivate mold spores. Air purifiers also inactivate pollen, dust mites, pet dander, viruses and bacteria, making the indoor air healthier and easier to breathe.

Dust and Particulates

An increase in dust and particulates is another common problem with the quality of indoor air. Check your HVAC filter. A buildup of dust on flat surfaces often results from a dirty air filter. Check the filter every 30 days and replace it at least every 90 days. If you run the heating and cooling system’s fan year-round, replace the air filter every 30 days. During a tune-up, the technician will check and replace the air filter, and they can show you how to do it between visits.

For more information about how an air purifier can help with your indoor air quality issues, check out Superior Heating & Cooling, Inc.’s indoor air quality services page, or call us for additional details.

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