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Your Homes Indoor Air Quality Could be Worse Than Outdoors in Austin

We spend a good deal inside our houses. In fact, an Environmental Protection Agency survey learned Americans spend about 90 percent of their lives inside.

Guessing indoor air is healthier in Austin? Reconsider that. Indoor air pollutant levels are often two to five times greater than outdoor air pollution levels, according to the EPA. This can create a serious consequences to your health.

Strand Brothers Service Experts can make your home’s air fresher with our indoor air quality (IAQ) equipment. And you can breathe easily knowing all our quality services are supported by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.* Get started by booking a no-cost Home Health® report.

Better indoor air quality could help you stay healthier and make your HVAC equipment work longer.

 

How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home

Strand Brothers Service Experts has a couple options for fighting pollution indoors. We’re Experts in accomplishing the best indoor air quality for your home.

Air Filtration Systems

We can help you understand the differences between each type of whole-home air cleaner, purifier and filter.

  • HEPA filters—pulls out 99.97 percent of pollution; often installed in hospitals. Know how effective your filter is by checking its MERV rating.
  • Media air cleaners—up to 40 times more powerful than a standard air filter.
  • Electronic air cleaners—uses electrically charged, washable filters to decrease pollutants.

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Germicidal UV Light Systems

These systems emit strong UV rays to kill bacteria, mold and viruses. The light can clean your home’s air, ductwork and heating/cooling equipment. And decrease the concentration of airborne microorganisms by 50 percent as quickly as 45 minutes.

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Whole-Home Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers

A whole-home humidifier can minimize respiratory infections and allergy and asthma symptoms. It can also get rid of static and stop dry air damage to your things.

A whole-home dehumidifier can protect against mold and mildew while increasing comfort.

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Ventilation Systems

Installing a ventilation system to your home can keep indoor air from turning stuffy and manage humidity levels.

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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health

Mold, pollen and pet dander are common pollution sources in your house. Other supplies include household cleaners and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

VOCs can be released by products in your home, such as building materials, flooring or furniture. They can also be found in some air fresheners and scented candles. Heightened VOCs can result in respiratory irritation, headaches and dizziness, among other symptoms.

Many scientific studies have learned respiratory diseases, asthma and other health problems are due to bad indoor air quality. Allergies can also be triggered by indoor air quality problems.

 

10 Signs Your Home has Poor Indoor Air Quality

If your family has symptoms that intensify at home and get better when you leave, you may be suffering from indoor pollution. You should also talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about your health.

  1. Lingering cold or flu symptoms. A sore throat or runny nose that never goes away could be linked to air quality. This is especially true if you don’t have symptoms when you leave your home.
  2. Watery, itchy or dry eyes. Your eyes are susceptible to indoor pollution and may react by turning dry, itchy or watery.
  3. Fatigue or feeling lightheaded. Inhaling in chemical pollutants can impact your energy levels.
  4. Recurring asthma attacks. Dust, pet dander, smoke and other triggers can be circulated through the air or get stuck in carpet.
  5. Coughing and sneezing. Allergies or colds can create these symptoms, but they shouldn’t be worse at home.
  6. Excessive dust despite weekly cleaning. You may need to get a new air filter or install a filtration system from Strand Brothers Service Experts.
  7. Humidity imbalances. Dryness can cause red eyes and increase respiratory issues. Too much moisture can cause mold or mildew growth.
  8. Stale odors. Mold or mildew flourishers when the humidity in your home is too high.
  9. Hot or cold spots. This can be tied to air quality, especially if your HVAC system is having problems regulating temperature and humidity.
  10. Nausea. This can be a response to the chemicals or pollutants in your home. It can also be a warning of high carbon monoxide levels. Ensure that you have a functional carbon monoxide detector in your home.