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A Guide to Indoor Air Quality

The quality inside your home is about more than just being comfortable: it’s part of enjoying a happy and healthy life! The quality of the air in your home has an effect on your family health each and every day. After installing a new system, many people are shocked at the air quality conditions they previously found acceptable.

We’re the Indoor Air Quality Experts

Crowther Heating & Air Conditioning lets you be in complete control of your indoor air quality (IAQ). Our IAQ experts are trained on the latest technology and can help you determine what system is the best for your indoor air quality needs.

Comfort That Lasts Year-Round

Living in a place with distinct seasonality brings unique pleasures—and indoor comfort challenges. With the right systems in place, your indoor environment will adapt to provide you uninterrupted comfort while the temperatures rise and fall.

Humidity

During the summer months, the air outside tends to become balmy, moist, and a bit unpleasant unless you’re near a pool. While we can’t control the weather outside, a well-functioning dehumidifier can help make your home a comfortable place to be.

During the winter months, many people experience extreme dryness, including feeling dry skin and sore throats or noses. Crowther Heating & Cooling offers the installation, repair, and maintenance of flow-through humidifiers. This type of humidifier can be installed directly onto your furnace for controlled humidity in every room.

Air Purification

Crowther Heating & Cooling offers many services and products that can help improve your air quality from a purity standpoint. One of the most effective means of cleaning the air in your home is to use a UV light system. Used in some schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, UV light can be used to help eliminate microorganisms, fungi, viruses, bacteria, and germs.

We also offer high efficiency filters, which are up to sixteen times as effective as a traditional filter at removing tiny particles from the air, including dust, mold spores, and other potentially dangerous agents.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide leaks can have very serious consequences for your family. This odorless gas, known as the “silent killer,” can be the result of a leak in your fireplace, furnace, or gas stove. Having the expert assistance of one of our air quality experts can help you pick the right detectors for your space and place them where they will be most effective.

Air Quality Systems in Kilmarnock, VA

Our goal is to deliver the indoor air quality you’re looking for and your satisfaction is our priority.  If you aren’t sure what solution will suit your home best, let our trained and experienced personnel be your guide. Give us a call today to schedule an in-home diagnostic!


Table of Contents

What Causes Indoor Air Problems?
– Pollutant Sources
– Amount of Ventilation
How Does Outdoor Air Enter a Home?
What if You Live in an Apartment?

IMPROVING THE AIR QUALITY IN YOUR HOME
Indoor Air and Your Health
Identifying Air Quality Problems
Measuring Pollutant Levels
Weatherizing Your Home
Three Basic Strategies
– Source Control
– Ventilation Improvements
– Air Cleaners

A LOOK AT SOURCE-SPECIFIC CONTROLS
(Includes a discussion of the health effects and ways to reduce exposure to each pollutant source)
Radon
Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)
Biological Contaminants
Stoves, Heaters, Fireplaces, and Chimneys
Household Products
Formaldehyde
Pesticides
Asbestos
Lead
WHAT ABOUT CARPETS?
WHEN BUILDING A NEW HOME

DO YOU SUSPECT YOUR OFFICE HAS AN INDOOR AIR PROBLEM?
Health Effects
What Causes Problems?
– Sources of Office Air Pollution
— Ventilation Systems
— Use of the Building
What to Do If You Suspect A Problem

REFERENCE GUIDE TO MAJOR INDOOR AIR POLLUTANTS IN THE HOME
(Listed by Sources, Health Effects, Levels in Homes and Steps to Reduce Exposure for each Pollutant)
Radon
Environmental Tobacco Smoke
Biologicals
– Carbon Monoxide
– Nitrogen Dioxide
– Organic Gases
– Respirable Particles
Formaldehyde
Pesticides
Asbestos
Lead

WHERE TO GO FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Federal Information Sources
– Environmental Protection Agency
– Consumer Product Safety Commission
– Department of Housing and Urban Development
– Department of Energy
– Public Health Service
– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
– Occupational Safety and Health Administration
– Bonneville Power Administration
– General Services Administration
– Tennessee Valley Authority
State and Local Organizations
Other Organizations

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

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