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Air Quality

Making your house a breath of fresh air.

Why Clean Air?

Think of all the time you and your family spend in your house. Every moment you spend indoors is a breath of air running through your HVAC system. And unfortunately, that air isn't always good for you. We provide key services to make sure your air is always clean.

When the Problem Started

During the energy crisis of the early 1970s, highly insulated “tight” homes became popular because of their potential to reduce energy costs. Within a few years, however, complaints started to arise, due to health, and excessive moisture issues caused by indoor pollution, and associated moisture problems within these homes.

In the late 1980s and early 90s, indoor air quality became a nationally recognized issue. Even today, newer and more energy-efficient homes seemed predisposed to the problem. In addition, they retain more humidity and airborne pollutants, which causes longer life-spans, and more productive cycles of microbial activity within the home.

This greater activity and concentration of these airborne contaminants, equates to more allergic reactions, and sickness within families, for longer periods of time.

How can I check the indoor air quality in my home?

Testing your home's air quality is a smart way to make sure you don't have any issues with mold, allergens or radon. Here are three ways you can test the quality of your home’s indoor air.

  1. Invest in a quality-control monitor for your house. There are a variety of indoor air quality sensors on the market right now that can effectively detect and record the quality of air in your home. 
  2. Mold should be looked for. Using your eyes and nose, you should be able to detect a mold infestation in your house. If a musty odor persists in some areas of your home after cleaning, you should consider hiring a professional to conduct a mold test. 
  3. Use an air purifier. These devices will help improve the air quality in your house, which is particularly helpful for people who have allergies. Electronic air cleaners are generally the most efficient since they can eliminate dust particles, mold spores and other allergens from the air more reliably than filters alone.

Hart Heating & AC has more than 20 years of experience improving air quality and comfort in West Texas homes. Contact us if you’re concerned about your indoor air quality.

 

How do you keep the air in your house clean?

There are many possible sources of air pollution in almost every room of your home, but most of them can be solved easily and inexpensively.

  1. Install trickle ventilation. As homes become more airtight and energy efficient, effective background ventilation is required to prevent the buildup in indoor air pollution. Trickle ventilators (or trickle vents) provide this efficient background ventilation.
  2. Use your air conditioning. Did you know your air conditioner is also a dehumidifier? Many contaminants are water-soluble and when air conditioners remove water from the atmosphere, they also remove these pollutants. Pollen and other particulates may also be removed by your air conditioner. 
  3. HEPA filters should be installed. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and it's a term for filters that can capture 99.97 percent of particles smaller than 0.3 microns. A disposable HEPA filter will improve the efficiency of the air conditioner.

Hart Heating & AC has over 20 years of experience improving air quality and comfort in West Texas homes. Contact us if you’re concerned about your indoor air quality.

What are the symptoms of bad air quality in my home?

There are several ways to assess the quality of air in the home. Here are a few of the main things to look for.

 

    1. Is your family sick for no good reason? Pay careful attention to the onset of symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, headaches and nosebleeds. If you or a member of your family suffers from them regularly, you may have indoor air quality issues.
    2. Is your home excessively dusty? It is very likely that pollen, dust mites, pet dander and other allergenic particulates are aggravating your allergies. These can be addressed with an air filter upgrade or HEPA filtration system add-on.
    3. Does the house smell funny? Mold/mildew formation, pest infestation and chemicals in your home can all cause unpleasant odors. While it's easy to become used to your home's smells, these odors will be more noticeable if you leave and return to the home after a period of time. 

Hart Heating & AC has decades of experience improving air quality and comfort in West Texas homes. Contact us if you’re concerned about your indoor air quality.

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Services We Provide

UV-C Air Sanitization

We use cutting-edge ultraviolet (U.V.) germicidal lights to kill mold in your air ducts. Ultraviolet light in the “C" band (UVC) has been used for more than 65 years to kill microorganisms in hospitals, barber shops, laboratories, pharmaceutical plants, and at the nation's Center for Disease Control. Residential ultraviolet units have been independently tested and proved to be effective in the constantly moving air environments of heating and cooling systems, killing mold and bacteria quickly and effectively. The UVC energy attacks the organism’s DNA and either destroys it immediately or prevents it from reproducing.

Hospital Grade Air Filters

According to the EPA, 20% of all illnesses are either caused (or made worse) by polluted indoor air. Your immune system is at risk, even at home. There's an easy fix: choose a better air filter.

Like most people, you're probably still picking up basic air filters at Wal-Mart or the hardware store. These air filters will help keep your HVAC system operating longer, but they don't filter out enough particles to truly clean your indoor air. With the windy days we see across West Texas, having a hospital grade air filter is key to controlling air particle related illnesses like asthma or allergies.

We have the right air filters to protect your family.