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How Is Your Indoor Air Quality?

The Environmental Protection Agency states that indoor air contains 2-5 times’ more pollutants than outdoor air. This is particularly disturbing for us because a 2005 E.P.A. study ranked the Houston / Baytown / Sugar Land metro as #11 on the Respiratory Hazard Index. Another study identified 586 harmful chemicals inside the 52 homes sampled, including 27 pesticides (including the now-banned DDT), PCBs (known estrogen imitators), and Phosphates (which have been linked to cancer and endocrine disruption). Poor  indoor air quality is likely to disturb people who have asthma, babies, children and the elderly the most. However, the idea of living in a filthy home is disconcerting to many.

Why Blow Dirty Air Into Your Home?

Air Depot of Cypress routinely installs and maintains Air Conditioning and Heating systems and we also find that a thorough cleaning from time to time is an important part of HVAC maintenance. You can’t expect your air conditioner or heater to work to full capacity if the coils are covered in dust bunnies. The unit must then work 10 times’ harder to get through the dust and heat or cool your home. The best way to control indoor air quality is to schedule routine maintenance.

What HVAC Components Need Cleaning?

As part of our maintenance package, we can…

  • Clean Condenser/Evaporator Coils: to improve performance, clean your air and extend your unit’s life
  • Check Refrigerant Charge: to correct levels and decrease energy cost
  • Clean Condensate Drain: to improve humidity levels and avoid water damage
  • Inspect Blower Wheels: to improve airflow efficiency and cleanliness
  • Check Controls and Settings: to improve comfort level and reduce energy use
  • Check Electrical Connections: to avoid fire hazards
  • Lubricate Moving Parts: to reduce friction wear-and-tear and reduce energy use
  • Check Connections: to reduce potential safety issues and improve efficiency
  • Inspect Fans, Compressor and Control Box: to stop further damage
  • Check Leaks: to avoid health risks, extend the unit’s life and lower fuel costs
  • Inspect and Repair Duct/Venting: to improves energy efficiency and air purity, and lower utility bills
  • Check Air Filters: to improve air flow and cleanliness and lower energy use

The Bottom Line:

We track dirt in on our shoes. Our pets and cleaning products bring toxins in. Leaks allow outdoor toxins in that have trouble finding their way back out. Millions of human skin cells slough off each day. It’s all quite gross. However, we can do our best to improve our air by cleaning and maintaining our HVAC systems as best we can.

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