Indoor Air Quality

When you set your thermostat, your heating or cooling system kicks on. Now, your St. Augustine, FL, home is the perfect temperature.

But what good is that if the air makes you wheeze?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found most Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. Unfortunately, pollutants can be two to three times more concentrated inside versus outside. That’s because most modern homes are heavily insulated, leaving little room for ventilation.

At Griffin Service, we know indoor air quality (IAQ) is just as important as climate control. As such, our team takes a holistic approach to your home comfort. We want healthy air for our neighbors in St. Augustine, FL, and surrounding communities.

Griffin Service is a trusted name for providing top-notch heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services. Our knowledgeable experts are here to assist with your next project.

We offer convenient financing options that make it possible for you to purchase the equipment your family deserves. Call us today for a free consultation.

Common Factors That Impact Indoor Air Quality

The air we breathe has a massive number of particles. Many are harmless, but others are not. Mold, dander, and other irritants can trigger respiratory symptoms for people with allergies or asthma.

Common signs of poor IAQ include:

  • Poor ventilation
  • Damp environment
  • Pest infestation

Change Your Air Filter!

The air filter in your furnace, air conditioners (AC), or heat pump helps boost IAQ by catching dust and debris that pass through it. That’s why it’s important to change your air filter at least every 90 days—more so if you have pets or someone with respiratory issues in your home.

A neglected filter will become clogged and begin to lose its filtration abilities. Additionally, your HVAC system will provide weaker ventilation. This means standing water will dry much slower, inviting mildew and mold.

How Seasonal Maintenance Helps With Indoor Air Quality

Keeping your heating and cooling equipment in top shape helps it run efficiently and last longer. But on top of that, it’s great for your indoor air quality.

Before the start of the season, your expert will check for issues like a cracked heat exchanger or a refrigerant leak. Doing so helps ensure no pollutants are entering your home. Your technician can also inspect your ducts for excess dust or pest infestation.

For your health and safety, they will clean the condensate drain, coils, and other components that tend to get dirty. Finally, maintenance allows your heat pump or air conditioner to regulate humidity at peak capacity.

A great way to stay on top of maintenance is to join our Club Griffin Membership. Save money on repairs, parts, and service. Plus, you’ll always jump to the front of the line when you need our assistance. Sign up today!

How Do I Know If My Home Has Unhealthy Air?

Poor indoor air quality affects different people in different ways. For instance, a resident with a mold allergy will likely fare worse in a damp home. The symptoms can also vary based on what type of contaminants are in the air.

You or other members of your household may experience:

  • Coughing
  • Congestion and nosebleeds
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Do I Need a Humidifier?

In the dead of winter here in Florida, the weather can get pretty dry. For healthy indoor air, humidity levels inside your home should be between 30 and 50 percent. Humidifiers provide a counterbalance, adding humidity to the air for increased comfort.

Does the air in your home feel dry? Here are some signs:

  • Chapped lips or dry skin
  • Nosebleeds, congestion, and worsened cold symptoms
  • Damaged wood furniture, floors, or instruments

Whether you need a whole-house humidifier or a portable one for one part of your home, our experts can help you find the perfect anecdote.

Call Today for Expert HVAC Service

Need HVAC installation, repair, or maintenance services in the St. Augustine, FL, area? You can trust our specialists at Griffin Service to get the job done right. Call our office today at 904-299-5050 or request service online.