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What’s the Air Like in my Home?

What’s the Air Like in my Home?

 

Did you know your home’s air quality affects your everyday health?

If you are like most people, you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the air you breathe. You probably spend even less time thinking about the air inside your home. It’s time to start.

Beginning in the 1970’s, construction practices changed because of the energy crisis. The goal became to “tighten up” homes through increased insulation and the reduction of air infiltration. The aim was to conserve energy; but the bad news is that it traps allergens, viruses, and chemicals in people’s homes.

Today, there are concerns about indoor air quality and its worsening effect on children and people who suffer from asthma. Crossfield understands these concerns and we can provide advice and solutions to help protect you and your loved ones.

Senior man using asthma inhaler

What Do Studies Show

Indoor air facts:

The EPA has ranked indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental dangers to the public.

Most people spend 90% of their time indoors where the air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the WORST outside air.

According to the American College of Allergies, 50% of all illness is aggravated or caused by polluted air inside.

According to Scientific America, a baby crawling on the floor inhales the equivalent of 4 cigarettes daily as a result of the gassing out of carpets, molds, mildews, fungi, and dust mites.

Alarming statistics about asthma:

7.6 million children aged 5-17 years and over 12.7 million young adults suffer from asthma, according to the National Center for Health Statistics’ 2001 study.

Asthma cases have increased by more than 100% since 1976.

Almost 1 in 9 children have asthma today.

Since 1976, death rates due to asthma in children ages 5-9 have quintupled.

Solutions for improved air quality in my home

The experts at the EPA recommend three main methods for improving indoor air quality and our nation’s health. At Crossfield, we offer an integrated approach to improve your indoor air quality based on these three methods:

  1. Duct Cleaning
  2. De-Humidifiers
  3. Air Purification

Residential Duct Cleaning

According to the EPA, the first step in improving the indoor air quality of your home is source removal and control. Every time you turn on your heating and cooling system all of the dust, dirt, and pollutants in your ductwork are circulated throughout your home. Professional duct cleaning and sanitizing using specialized tools gets you back to a clean and healthy starting point.

Why Clean Your Ductwork?

  • It relieves allergies and asthma and reduces dust in your home.
  • It improves the health and well-being of you and your family.
  • It lowers utility costs by improving airflow.
  • It extends the life of and improves the efficiency of your heating/air conditioning system.

before and after picture of ducts that were cleaned by Crossfield Heating company

What Can Be Found In – and Cleaned Out of – Ductwork?

  • Mold/Mildew
  • Dead Skin Cells/Pet Hair & Dander
  • Bacteria
  • Pollen
  • Dust Mites
  • Dust/Debris

 

Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers are essential for reducing moisture levels in your home and basement. They inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria and other biological allergens, which generate musty basement odors.

Sante Fe brand dehumidifier

Santa-Fe ultra-efficient de-humidifiers are high-capacity, free standing and designed to provide the ultimate in humidity control for your basement and living spaces.

  • Eliminate unhealthy odors. It prevents musty odors and the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Efficient. It removes twice as much moisture as a conventional de-humidifier and uses less electricity.
  • Reliable. It won’t freeze up in cooler basement temperatures.
  • Custom installation. Crossfield technicians can install remote ducting, making it the perfect product for a finished basement application.

Air Purification

Proper air flow is essential to having healthy, comfortable air in your home.  Learn more about air purifier systems and how the right one can make a big difference in the air you breathe.