Monday, July 18, 2016

How Extreme Weather Affects Your Indoor Air Quality

Extreme weather conditions have been popping up all over the U.S. in the last few years. From heat waves to hurricanes to floods, these all have an impact on the quality of the air in your home. Your Lake of the Ozarks’ HVAC company is here to inform you how extreme weather affects your home’s indoor air quality and how you can counteract it.

Environmental Change and Home Comfort

A lot has changed in the last 20 years. The global temperature has risen six-tenths of a degree and extreme weather in the United States has increased by 30 percent. From 1992 to 2014 there have been more than 6,600 major climate, weather and water disasters worldwide. Homes were built to withstand the environmental conditions of the time they were constructed. If your home is older, it may not be able to endure the current weather conditions.

In addition, your HVAC system is designed to function in a sealed indoor environment. When you use your AC, all of the air in your home will pass through it at some point, which means that your unit has a direct impact on your home’s comfort. The average U.S. citizen spends 90 percent of their time inside, so indoor air quality is important for everyone’s wellbeing.

Indoor Air Pollutants

With the recent climate changes, indoor air quality is more important now than ever. Pollen is one of the most common indoor air pollutants. With the rising global temperatures comes an earlier appearance of pollen. The warm weather shifted pollen patterns resulting in seasonal allergies being early. This last year, spring allergy sufferers may have noticed the sniffling a good month sooner than expected. Some areas are also experiencing weather changes that have led to conditions that favor the growth of mold and mildew - two other common indoor air pollutants. Improper air quality can result in headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, hypersensitivity and allergies, sinus congestion, coughing and sneezing, dizziness and nausea.

AC and Indoor Air Quality

People are using their air conditioning units more as temperatures increase. When the air is cooled, moisture is introduced, which causes humidity. Cooling the air causes moisture in the coils of the AC unit. If you don’t have a good filtration system, dust will build up, and wet dust will turn into mold. It is important to have filters that remove the dust from the air and that you change them regularly. You don’t want to be breathing in those pollutants.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality with Royal Heating & Air

Keeping your HVAC system in good working condition is a significant part of improving the quality of your home’s air. A professional HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks can service your home’s HVAC system, which can help ensure your unit is working at its optimum efficiency. This can help extend your equipment’s life, lower your utility bills and help provide consistent performance from your equipment. Call Royal Heating & Air today at 573-480-4313 to see how we can help improve your home’s indoor air quality. 

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