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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality 

Today's homes are more airtight and energy efficient than ever. As a result, we trap potentially irritating and harmful substances and other irritants inside our homes. Studies of indoor air have found that air inside the home can be as much as 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. With our GeneralAire products, you can feel confident that you and your family will be breathing in only fresh, clean air all year round.

Low Humidity is where viruses can thrice and cause your throat and nasal passages to dry. This leads to nose bleeds, increased risk of infection, colds, flu and other respiratory ailments. Dry air can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. Air that's too dry causes dry/itchy/cracked skin. Dry air in your home can cause expensive artwork, wood flooring, cabinets, furniture, and musical instruments to crack. It also increases annoying static shocks that can damage electronics. 

Since dry air can cause woodwork to crack, resulting gaps in windows & doors let cold outside air in. In addition, dry air feels colder. Take the chill out with a Humidifier, turn your thermostat down and save money. 

Indoor air quality is vital to your and your family's health. Contrary to what we think, air indoors can be many times more polluted than outdoor air, it can have an adverse effect on you and your family's health. It is estimated that we spend majority of our time indoors, whether it's at work or at home, so evaluating and controlling the quality of your indoor air is essential to your health and comfort. Call 989-288-6295 today.   

Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality

  • Watery and itchy eyes
  • Frequent rashes
  • Wheezing
  • Recurring bronchitis
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Asthma
  • Headaches
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dermatitis
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Sinusitis
  • Nose bleeds
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of concentration
  • Dry, itchy, and cracked skin
  • Body aches
  • Stale and stuffy air
  • Lingering cooking and other odors
  • Excessive moisture, humidity in the air and on surfaces
  • Dark edges along carpets and walls
  • Cracks in woodwork and drywall
  • Flaking paint
  • Fast buildup of dust on tables and other surfaces

Causes of Poor Indoor Air Quality

There are several factors that lower the quality of air that circulates in your property. Having an effective humidifier, dehumidifier, air cleaner, UV air purifier and other products can help purify the air, but effective ones should also work to eliminate the causes. The following are some of the common causes of poor indoor air quality:

1. Animal products, such as hair, dander (skin flakes), dried saliva and urine
2. Insects and their body parts
3. Dust mites - Most commonly found in your bed, dust mites are also found in all textiles including clothing and furniture. They can become airborne during activities such as changing bedding and vacuuming
4. Bacteria and viruses - Usually spread through person-to-person contact, they can also circulate through your home through the ventilation system; particularly after remodeling
5. Smoking
6. Water damage
7. Heating and air conditioning unit buildup of dust, moisture, mold, and more
8. Radon
9. Asbestos
10. Lead paint
11. Chemicals in cleaning products, new furniture, carpeting and products used in hobbies
12. Fertilizer or pesticides - Often brought into the home from the outdoors by shoes
13. Carbon monoxide
14. Recent construction dust from wood, drywall, dirt, and more
15. Exterior influences, such as living along a highway, a dirt road or a busy road; as well as insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers and more that you can bring into the house on shoes, or blows into your home through open windows

How Can Indoor Air Products Help?

Air Cleaners - Air cleaners help remove particulates that float in the air. There are several particles that trigger allergies and asthma symptoms and this can cause some serious long-term effects to your health. Air filters found within a high-quality air cleaner are rated using MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value rating from 1 to 16). The higher this number, the more effective the filter is at removing harmful particulates from the air. Air filters may also include carbon-based materials, which assist in removing odors from the air inside your home.
Humidifiers - If you live in conditions where the air is relatively more drier, you will likely need a humidifier installed. Dry air can have adverse effects on health as well as on your personal belongings. Dry air can also be the cause of allergy and asthma triggers. Dry air can cause cracks in wood floors, furniture, trim and instruments. It can also cause static electricity that may have an impact on expensive electronics. Dry air can also increase your heating bills by causing gaps in doors and windows. Having a humidifier installed can reverse these effects and help you maintain optimum health levels as well as prolong the life of your property.

Low humidity can give viruses the opportunity to be three times more dangerous and can cause throat and nasal passages to dry up. This leads to nose bleeds, increased risk of infection, colds, flu and other respiratory ailments. Air that's too dry causes dry / itchy / cracked skin.

Since dry air can cause woodwork to crack, resulting in gaps in windows and doors, it is important to let cold outside air in. In addition, dry air feels colder. Take the chill out with a humidifier; turn your thermostat down and save money. 
De-humidifiers - Just like how dry air isn't good for you, air that has a high moisture content is not ideal either. Too much moisture can increase incidents of mold, mildew and bacteria; again increasing allergy and asthma triggers. Whether you live in a humid climate or it’s simply that time of the year, installing a quality dehumidifier reduces excess moisture for greater comfort and a healthier indoor air quality.
UV air purifiers - UV air purifiers have become the most popular system used to maintain optimum air quality. They are effective systems which are capable of killing germs, bacteria, flu and viruses inside the home. If you find yourself falling sick often or are scheduled to undergo surgery, you might want to consider installing a UV air purifier. Go the extra mile to remove the harmful elements that can increase your risk of infection by installing a UV air purifier.
Energy and heat recovery ventilators - All homes need ventilation. The purpose of having an effective ventilation system is to bring fresh air into your home while also exhausting stale air even when windows and doors are closed. This constant circulation provides air that keeps occupants healthy, removes odors, reduces moisture, removes indoor pollutants and lowers the relative indoor humidity.

Which System Do I Need to Install?

The best way to answer this question is to consider the needs of your family. Talk with them about their impression of the quality of air inside the property. Take other factors into account such as health requirements of individual members and take these opinions to an IAQ professional. They can help you determine which product best fits your needs and the size of your home. 

All of these products can be easily installed by our professionals who have the necessary experience, expertise and certifications. Get in touch with us right away and allow us to conduct an initial evaluation of your property.

What Else Can I Do?

It's important to do your bit to maintain the air quality in your home. You can maintain the quality of air by following these useful tips listed below:
  • Clean often
  • Repair water leaks in roof or plumbing
  • Use non-toxic paints, cleaning solvents and other products
  • Ensure fireplace flumes function correctly
  • Have duct work and flumes cleaned by a professional
  • Open windows and ventilators often
  • Vacuum carpet often
  • Remove shoes when entering
We've been in business since 2001. Call us at 989-288-6295 for more details.  
Ask yourself: Do I feel better after I leave my home? Do I feel worse again when I come home after
being gone for awhile? If so, give us a call and we'll assess the quality of the air in your home.
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