Running air conditioning is a necessity for indoor comfort during the hot, humid summer months in Trophy Club, Texas. However, a tight building shell can affect the quality of your indoor air. Although a well-sealed building lowers energy usage, it also reduces airflow and can increase the concentrations of airborne contaminants. You may notice bad odors or experience health problems, such as headaches, respiratory ailments or allergies. Read on to learn how you can improve indoor air quality without loss of comfort at home.
High humidity makes us feel warmer than the temperature on the thermostat. Air conditioning lowers the temperature and removes moisture from the air, which increases comfort. Too much humidity creates an environment for biological contaminants to thrive, such as dust mites, cockroaches, bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends keeping indoor humidity levels between 30% and 60%. During the summer in Fort Worth’s humid climate, air conditioning may not adequately remove humidity. A licensed heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor can evaluate the effectiveness of your HVAC system and recommend ways to better control humidity.
Good ventilation is important for comfort, health and refreshing indoor air. HVAC systems distribute conditioned air, which may recirculate airborne pollutants. The EPA recommends increasing air circulation to exchange polluted air with fresh air, remove pollutants and moderate temperatures. Exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, ceiling fans in living areas and whole-house ventilators help improve airflow and dilute pollutants.
Airborne pollutants common in homes and offices include animal dander, dust, pollen, mold and volatile organic compounds. VOCs come from common household products, including cleaning products, personal hygiene products, paint, craft supplies and cooking fumes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses are also airborne pollutants.
North Tarrant Heat & Air offers solutions to improve indoor air quality, including upgrading HVAC air filters and installing exhaust fans. We also offer products that work with your HVAC system, including dehumidifiers, UV lights, ventilators and air cleaners to remove pollutants and help keep air clean. We have provided heating, cooling and indoor air quality services to the greater Tarrant County area since 2004. We emphasize fair business practices, technological expertise and customer satisfaction, all requirements to keep the prestigious designation of a Trane Comfort Specialist.
For more information about improving the quality of the indoor air in your home or business, call North Tarrant Heat & Air.