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Indoor Air Quality

indoor air qualityAir Dynamics specializes in indoor air quality solutions that help support greater comfort and health throughout the year.

The Environmental Protection Agency defines indoor air quality as the quality of the air in a home, school, office or other building environment. The EPA states the importance of indoor air quality for the following reasons:

On average, Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, where certain pollutants can be from 2 to 5 times more concentrated than they are outdoors.

Those who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of indoor air pollution – such as young children, the elderly and those with allergies or a respiratory condition – spend even more time indoors.

When it has not included proper mechanical ventilation, energy-efficient construction with greater insulation has led to an increase in certain indoor pollutants that also are being used more often (e.g. household cleaners, pesticides, personal-care products).

Common health effects associated with indoor air pollution can include:

irritation of the eyes, nose and throat

headaches, dizziness and fatigue

respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer

indoor air quality hepaIn addition, researchers continue to study the link between indoor air quality and issues not traditionally related to health, such as productivity at work and student performance in classrooms.

We can further compromise our indoor air during the Illinois winter because of how we seal ourselves against the cold, preventing the ventilation that moves out allergens and contaminants.

External pollutants also can enter our spaces through weather conditions, water supplies, open doors and windows, and cracks in structures and foundations, as well as simply by our shoes and clothing.

Indoor Air Quality: Duct Cleaning

Having clean air ducts is a key factor in minimizing indoor air pollution. Over time, debris and contaminants can make the ducts filthy. If they aren’t periodically cleaned, they can cycle into the air that is breathed.

On the average, your ducts should be cleaned every three to five years. They should especially be inspected:

if you notice signs of greater dust and dirt build-up

after you move into a home or building (new or existing)

after a remodeling project

Air Dynamics provides professional duct inspection and cleaning for greater indoor air quality. Our cleaning of your air ducts includes:

supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers

heating and cooling coils

drip pans

fan motor and housing

air-handling unit and housing

We will perform your duct cleaning with powerful high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) equipment with built-in filters. We will then follow that initial treatment with a separate cleaning using equipment with a HEPA filter to clear the air of any particulates that may have been introduced or loosened during the primary cleaning.

In addition to removing extra dust and other impurities, Air Dynamics air duct cleaning supports greater HVAC system performance by clearing obstructions to airflow.

Indoor Air Quality: Custom Air-Treatment System

In addition to having clean ducts, you can improve your indoor air quality even further with an air filtration system. This can be especially beneficial if someone has allergies or health problems, or if you prefer to breathe and live in air that is more comfortable and purified.

We install and help maintain state-of-the-art air filtration systems, whole-home humidifiers and de-humidifiers, and UV lighting systems and ventilators that incapacitate airborne pathogens.

By installing a custom air-treatment system with high-efficiency air filtration, you can:

remove 99% of mold and pollen

eliminate 98% of dust and pet dander

kill 98% of bacteria and fungi

neutralize 98% of tobacco smoke and smog

kill 80% of viruses and ultra-fine particles

Your indoor air quality plan might include one or several of the following.

Air cleaner to help remove toxins as air flows through the ducts. High-Energy Particulate Air (HEPA) air cleaners remove contaminants with pleated air filters that can remove larger particles (.3 microns and bigger). Beyond the home, they can be used elsewhere people are indoors, such as at businesses, restaurants, churches and schools. HEPA filtration also supports those organizations’ efforts to meet national, state or local air quality standards.

Air purifier to “scrub” and refresh contaminated air. Installed in your ductwork, air purifiers treat airborne particles with UV (ultraviolet) germicidal lamps that neutralize particulate matter and toxins and trap contaminants such as gas, odors and chemicals. Certain units can purify the air several times each hour as well.

Ventilation system to replace stale air from indoor pollution in your home or building with fresher air from outside. Because of many homes’ and buildings’ lack of natural ventilation, they require mechanical ventilation to move polluted air out.

Humidifier to prevent a reduction in relative humidity (the water vapor the air can hold). Low relative humidity creates dry air that can irritate conditions such as sinus infections and asthma as well as contribute to catching a cold or the flu. Properly humidified air can reduce airborne viruses by up to 30% during winter and help protect furniture and wood flooring throughout the year.

De-Humidifier to prevent high relative humidity. Too much humidity can cause symptoms such as congestion, irritated skin, wheezing and itchy eyes. It can also make you feel warmer than you really are. A de-humidifier removes excess moisture and sends the proper amount of dry air back into circulation.

Our N.A.T.E. certified technicians can get you started on your customized system with a test of your air quality, including a count of your air’s particulate matter. This computation will inform you about both current and potential causes of airborne impurities.

In addition to enhancing the air you breathe, your custom indoor air quality system can help you sleep better, as well as prolong the life of your HVAC equipment by removing material that can create wear and tear over time.

Indoor Air Quality: Contact Air Dynamics Today

As local air quality specialists, Air Dynamics provides the knowledge and technology for indoor air that adds to comfort and health. If you care about the quality of the air you live or work in, we are here to answer your questions and discuss what is possible for what you desire. Just give us a call at (630) 731-1550!

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