Indoor Air Quality Services Lorton, VA
The typical active family generates a significant quantity of indoor contaminants every day. Dust, dirt, pollen, hair, dander, smoke, and other pollutants accumulate indoors and are recycled through your HVAC system. Modern homes with tight perimeters compound the problem because fresh air ventilation is greatly reduced. Constant exposure to dirty indoor air can aggravate allergies and asthma, which may ultimately lead to chronic respiratory disease.
Better Indoor Air Quality
Homes and office buildings that suffer from serious indoor air quality (IAQ) issues are difficult to diagnose and remediate. At Commonwealth Cooling and Heating, our service technicians have the skill, equipment and experience to design a complete IAQ strategy that incorporates a number of critical elements including:
- Air Purifiers: Central air cleaners are essential for trapping and removing airborne contaminants from the indoor environment. Filters are mounted in the air handler or a hinged return air grille. Available in a variety of sizes and styles, all filters have a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) value, which represents the quantity and size of particulate matter captured by the filter in a given number of passes. In general, most contractors encourage homeowners to install a filter with a minimum MERV 4 rating. However, it is important to confirm your HVAC system has the available static pressure to accommodate a high-efficiency filter.
- Air Humidifiers: Maintaining a healthy humidity level is important, and most healthcare experts recommend a relative indoor humidity of 40-50 percent. When the humidity drops, pollutants remain airborne for longer periods. Mucous membranes in the nose dry up, and your body loses its capacity to expel certain allergens and other irritants. Doors, molding and furniture may become damaged due to swelling and splitting. Central humidifiers are mounted on your duct system, and sensors constantly monitor the humidity level. Depending on the model you choose, atomized mist or steam is introduced into the air distribution network and disbursed into every room in your home.
- Ventilators: Controlled mechanical ventilators pull a prescribed amount of fresh air from the outdoors that replaces an equal amount of dirty, polluted air from inside your home. These powered devices are calibrated to meet the rigid fresh air requirements outlined in ASHRAE standard 62.2. Ventilators can be purchased in passive or active configurations, and energy recovery features are available on advanced models.
Your Indoor Air Quality Experts
Unaddressed indoor air quality issues can contribute to a variety of chronic respiratory ailments including asthma, allergies and COPD. Call the professionals at Commonwealth Cooling and Heating for a free analysis of your indoor environment and HVAC equipment.