Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality for the Health of Your Family
Air Duct Cleaning, Air Filters, Air Purifiers, and UV lights for Clean, Easy-to-Breathe Air in Your Home Year-round
Do you or your family experience allergies at home?If you find yourself in a home full of itchy throats, watery eyes, and runny noses, it’s probably time to assess and address your indoor air quality. Call John Moore today and schedule an Indoor Air Quality Specialist.
Clearing the Air in Your Home
Poor indoor air quality is a common problem that develops when pollutants accumulate in your home.
When you address your indoor air quality, you can expect fewer trips to the doctor and a better quality of life. The first step is calling John Moore for free Indoor Air Quality testing, which includes a consultation with a TACL licensed professional and a step-by-step IAQ inspection of your home. From there, we will recommend the best options to improve the air in your home.
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Why is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Important?
Home: it’s where you unwind after a long day of work, cook meals, clean, and relax with family and pets.
Home is also the space where you have the most control over the quality of air you breathe, which in turn affects your health and the health of your family.
We’ll start with the good news: you have control over your indoor air quality, which can be improved with good ventilation and air purification systems that trap and neutralize contaminants in your air.
The bad news: it’s entirely possible to be totally unaware of the contaminants accumulating in your air because many air contaminants aren’t visible. You’ll be able to spot some indoor air pollutants if you know what to look for, like the dust and dander that collect in your home’s ventilation system. Other indoor air contaminants such as viruses, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and gasses can be more difficult to spot.
If you’re proactive about purifying your home’s air and ensuring you have good filtration systems and ventilation, you can protect your family from the health effects of poor indoor air quality.
Air Quality in Houston and the Greater Houston Area
Often, folks think about air quality as an outside issue, especially in the Houston area where air pollution is worse than many other regions in the country.
Indoor Air Quality Contaminants
Though air pollution is often associated with outdoor air quality, the air inside your house can actually be worse than the air outside.
Invisible pollutants like radon can build up over time in indoor environments, some reaching much higher concentrations than in typical outdoor air. Aside from the dust and dander that you might expect to contaminate indoor air, many indoor air quality contaminants are actually generated indoors from combustion, carcinogens in cleaning supplies, insecticides, building materials, and natural sources. For example, burning certain candles, cooking certain foods, and using certain surface cleaners can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants into the air of your home.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants of Concern:
- Dust, bacteria, hair, and dander from pets and household members
- Carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and other combustion byproducts
- Radon and mold Pesticides, lead, asbestos, and ozone
- Volatile Organic Compounds from household products
Now, before diving into the health effects of poor air quality, it’s important to remember that you do not need to change anything that makes a home worth being in—including the food you cook or the pets you care for—in order to address the problem of poor indoor air quality. You can take control of your indoor air by knowing the signs of common pollutants and preventing them from accumulating. With air purifiers, strong filtration systems, and good ventilation throughout your home, you can continue doing the things you enjoy without pollutants and allergens getting in the way.
How Indoor Air Quality Impacts Your Health
You may not be able to see deteriorating air quality at home, but if you have poor indoor air quality you often can feel it. The health effects of poor indoor air quality range from the annoying to the long-term, depending on the types of contaminants that concentrate in your home.
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Pollutants from outdoors:
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs):
So, How Do You Really Know If You Have Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Since you can’t really see most indoor air quality contaminants, often the clearest sign of poor indoor air quality is the symptoms that contaminants cause when they accumulate inside.
However, even the symptoms of poor interior air quality are easy to miss or confuse with those of a common cold or flu. If you or your family experience common cold or flu symptoms at home without being sick, or if your allergies flare up when indoors, you may have poor indoor air quality.
Symptoms of poor indoor air quality to watch out for:
- Itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Fatigue at home
- Aggravated allergies inside
Of course the best way to know if you have poor indoor air quality would be to call John Moore’s indoor air quality experts for indoor air quality testing. Contact the indoor air quality specialists at John Moore to set up your FREE Indoor Air Quality Test and discuss all the ways John Moore specialists can get you breathing easy at home! Call us at (713) 597-7200 or book online today!
Indoor Air Quality Testing & Solutions from John Moore
Our whole-home ventilation experts will test your home’s air delivery system end-to-end. Then we’ll discuss your family’s health concerns and budget to create a customized plan for removing contaminants and preventing them from returning.
Whole-Home Air Filtration
Filter dust, bacteria, and dander while reducing the wear and tear on your HVAC system.
As a homeowner, you’re probably familiar with the one-inch air filter inside of the return grill that should be changed every month. Those filters put pressure on the fan, and aren’t the most effective way to filter particulates out of the air circulating around your home. In place of the regular one-inch air filter, you can do more to protect your interior air with a media filter.
Media filters attach directly to your furnace or air handler to filter out viruses and bacteria before they enter your home. With a larger surface area than standard filters, media filters are able to collect finer particles such as pollen, pet dander, and smoke while putting less pressure on your HVAC system’s fan. By keeping your air ducts clean of dust and debris, media filters can also save you money because they’re easier on your system and last six months to a year.
Whole-Home Air Purifier
Get instant relief by eliminating allergens and odors with a Whole-Home Air Purifier.
Most homeowners address odors in their home with fragrances that may actually worsen their indoor air quality. Rather than simply covering the smell of dirty air, Whole-Home Air Purifiers can be installed in your supply air duct where they eliminate odors, gasses, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
At John Moore, we offer two different types of Whole-Home Air Purifiers: active and passive. Passive Whole-Home Air Purifiers use activated carbon cells to neutralize particulates in the air as they flow through your duct work. Active Whole-Home Air Purifiers oxidize your home’s air and actively eliminate impurities. Rather than relying on air to be pulled through the ductwork to remove impurities like passive whole-home air purifiers, active whole-home air purifiers release healthy ions that naturally seek out and neutralize impurities in the air.
You will instantly recognize the difference in your home’s indoor air quality with each purifier, and our indoor air quality technicians can help you choose the best purifier for your family’s lifestyle and needs.
UV Light Disinfection
Prevent mold, mildew, and other bacteria from growing near your cooling coil.
While electric HVAC systems are more compact with both the cooling coils and fan inside one air handler, they also create an ideal environment for bacteria such as mold and mildew to grow as warm air creates condensation on the cooling coils. If you have an electric HVAC system, don’t worry. There is a simple solution. You can use UV light to continually disinfect your cooling coil, preventing bacteria from growing and contaminating your home’s air.
If you smell a musty odor, or if we notice mildew during our inspection, we will offer to clean out your system and recommend that you have a UV light installed to keep your air handler disinfected and your home’s air free of bacteria.
Air Duct Cleaning
Completely clean the dust, dander, and debris that has built up in your ducts over the years.
There are three telltale signs that you should have your air ducts cleaned:
- If you notice that dust and dander have built up on your air return registers (the little rectangular grills on your ceiling or walls throughout your home).
- If we find mildew or mold in your HVAC system.
- If you find rodents living in your duct work or attic.
John Moore’s licensed air duct cleaners use a duct-cleaning checklist to ensure we clean and sanitize our customer’s ducts as effectively as possible. Our air duct cleaning checklist includes using an endoscope to inspect every inch of your duct work, a roto-brush to gather the dust and debris to bring outside, and a sanitizing system to completely clean your air ducts, eradicating all bacteria from your ducts in the process. And, if we notice any evidence of rodents or other pests while we’re there, we can save you the hassle of dealing with multiple contractors by bringing in John Moore’s pest-control department to rid your HVAC system of any uninvited guests.
Frequently Asked Questions
Properly installed mini-splits are fairly low maintenance, provided you keep the drain line, filter, and area around the unit clear and have a professional out for regular tune-ups.
1. What causes poor indoor air quality?
2. How do I know if my home has poor indoor air quality?
There are three main indicators of poor indoor air quality:
- Health issues such as sneezing, itchy eyes, fatigue, and trouble breathing when you’re at home.
- Pet dander, fragrances, or other potential sources of indoor air pollution that can build up with time.
- Smoke from activities like cooking, smoking, or lighting candles.
3. Why should I address poor indoor air quality?
4. What options does John Moore offer for addressing poor indoor air quality?
At John Moore, we offer several solutions for addressing poor indoor air quality:
- Whole-Home Air Filtration
- Whole-Home Air Purifier
- UV Light Disinfection
- Air Duct Cleaning