Air Quality

Enhancing The Air Quality Of Homes In Pensacola

With millions of Americans affected by allergies and asthma, the importance of improving indoor air quality has never been more pronounced. The EPA ranks poor indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental threats to public health. In response, Hugh’s Air Repair is committed to enhancing the air quality in Pensacola homes, offering a variety of solutions to combat pollutants like dust, dirt, dander, and even microscopic viruses and bacteria.

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Comprehensive Air Quality Solutions Offered by Hugh’s Air Repair

At Hugh’s Air Repair, we understand the critical role that indoor air quality plays in your health and comfort. We offer a range of services and products designed to purify and improve the air within your home:

Indoor Air Quality Assessments

Our team conducts thorough assessments to identify specific air quality issues in your home, enabling us to recommend the most effective solutions tailored to your needs.

Duct Cleaning Services

Regular duct cleaning can remove the buildup of pollutants that accumulate over time, enhancing the overall efficiency of your HVAC system and the quality of air that circulates throughout your home.

Air Purification Systems

We provide advanced air purification technologies that remove a wide array of airborne pollutants, including allergens, bacteria, viruses, and mold spores, ensuring cleaner and healthier air.

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Reach out to us to discuss your indoor air quality needs and learn more about how we can help you create a healthier home environment.

Proven Air Quality Systems

After evaluating your home’s air quality, we may recommend one or more of the following systems to address your needs effectively:

These are essential for trapping and eliminating a variety of airborne particles such as dust, pollen, and pet dander, reducing their circulation and the likelihood of respiratory issues.

Utilizing cutting-edge technology, our air purifiers capture and neutralize a broad spectrum of harmful pollutants, significantly improving indoor air quality.

Installed within your HVAC system, UV lights use ultraviolet radiation to kill airborne pathogens, preventing them from recirculating through your home.

These systems enhance indoor air by replacing stale indoor air with fresh, filtered outdoor air, thereby improving overall air circulation and quality.

Particularly useful in humid climates, dehumidifiers help maintain optimal humidity levels, preventing mold growth and contributing to a more comfortable indoor environment.

Additional Services for Enhanced Comfort

To further improve your home’s comfort and air quality, Hugh’s Air Repair offers air balancing testing. This service helps ensure that your heating and air conditioning systems deliver consistent and even airflow, maintaining comfortable temperatures throughout your home. If you experience uneven temperatures in different rooms, our air balancing test can identify and rectify issues, optimizing your HVAC system’s performance.

Why Act Now?

Improving your home’s air quality is not just about comfort—it’s about health. With the increasing awareness of the impacts of indoor air pollution, taking proactive steps to enhance the air quality in your home is crucial. Contact Hugh’s Air Repair today to learn how our solutions can help you breathe easier and live better in Pensacola.

How do you test air quality in your home?

Don’t waste your money on the DIY, petri dish style “mold” tests that you can buy in the big box stores. They’re not accurate nor effective in giving a practical assessment of your indoor air quality. In the state of Florida, you must have a mold assessor license to perform mold testing. A certified industrial hygienist also can perform indoor air quality tests and health risk assessments.

What causes poor indoor air quality?

There are a variety of factors that contribute to poor IAQ. When assessing a building for IAQ concerns, we look at the humidity levels, natural ventilation, (carbon dioxide levels- CO2), particulate load, chemical/VOC sources, moisture intrusion, and sources of mold contamination. All of these factors take specialized tools and equipment to measure and assess.

What are the three main causes of indoor and outdoor air pollution?

Pollutants, Pathways, and Pressures are the three most common causes for IAQ problems. Pollutants such as dust, bacteria/viruses, mold, chemicals, VOCs, pet dander, and cigarette smoke are coming from a source which must be discovered. Pathways refer to the gaps, cracks, and holes within a building where pollutants can move between occupied spaces. Pressures are the driving forces such as HVAC equipment/fans, stack effect, and exterior wind that force pollutants to move through the pathways that ultimately affect indoor air quality and the people in the buildings.

What pollutants in indoor air may be hazardous to your health?

All pollutants can be potentially hazardous. The most common indoor pollutants are, dust, bacteria/viruses, mold, chemicals, VOCs, pet dander, and cigarette smoke.

Do air conditioners purify the air?

No, AC units have basic filters that are primarily for protecting the coils and blowers, not necessarily purifying the air. Most air purifying filters are high efficiency, thick filters that are too restrictive for a typical AC unit. However, you can retrofit filtration system that will do a better job than the average 1” store bought filter that can be used as a whole house filter.

How can we prevent indoor air pollution?

Be proactive! Reducing source contamination from mold/moisture, dust/particulates, chemicals/VOCs and having an annual inspection schedule of HVAC system is best line of defense.

 

How do you clean the air in your house?

The easiest way to clean the air in your home is to use a good quality filter (MERV 6-13) along with a portable or whole house true HEPA air cleaner. Indoor particulates can best be removed by a circulating air through a HEPA filter where it will be captured and later removed from the home.

What are the major indoor air pollutants?

The most common indoor pollutants are dust, bacteria/viruses, mold, chemicals, VOCs, pet dander, and cigarette smoke.

How can I improve the air quality in my home?

There are several measures that need to be considered when trying to improve the indoor air quality problems have in your home. Pollutants can be controlled and minimized by having a good HVAC maintenance plan to reduce the potential for these pollutants to circulate and collect within your home or office HVAC system. Common pollutants should be avoided and kept away from occupied spaces whenever possible. We offer a variety of products that each have a role in reducing pollutants. For example, HEPA filters are designed for capturing particulates, mold spores, pollen, dust, etc. Ultraviolet lights will deactivate microbial organisms such as bacteria, molds, viruses. Activated carbon filters will capture and absorb chemicals, VOCs, and smoke. Each of these measures needs to be considered for the overall indoor air quality.

What are the most dangerous indoor air pollutants?

Carbon Monoxide (CO), Mold, VOCs. Carbon Monoxide (CO) by far is the most dangerous indoor pollutant. It is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and even death. Mold exposure in most cases will cause coughing, sneezing, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes.

Does vinegar purify the air?

Vinegar has a variety of household uses and can be used as a “natural” DIY air freshener. Vinegar neutralizes alkaline based odors and can be used in a spray bottle as an alternative to highly aromatic aerosol air fresheners.

Do air conditioners bring in fresh air?

They can. Newer home construction is much tighter and, in some cases, will REQUIRE fresh air to be brought into the home. Especially with foam insulation in walls, floors, and ceilings. This typically is mechanical ventilation which consists of a duct that brings in outside air when the HVAC system is operating. You must be careful not to bring in too much humidity when fresh air ducts are installed. We recommended having fresh air ducts go through a dehumidifier first to remove the moisture and then into your homes HVAC system.

How do you kill germs in the air?

UV lights in your HVAC system are an excellent way to reduce and eliminate mold, bacteria, and viruses in the air. UV lights are installed in the central air system where it works continuously to fight mold and other biological contaminants. For over a century scientist have known that certain frequencies of light have a devastating effect on microbial life. We now know that exposure to ultraviolet light in the range of 254 NM (UV-C band) disrupts the DNA of micro-organisms thus preventing them from reproducing, thereby effectively killing them.

How much is an indoor air quality test?

A reliable air quality test from a licensed professional that will be analyzed by an accredited laboratory can range from $200-$600 depending on the size and area to be tested.

Do air purifiers really work?

Yes, true HEPA air cleaners are an effective way to remove ultra small particles and dust from your indoor environment. The common tabletop and room sized purifiers are not moving enough air to have a significant impact of particle reduction overall. To effectively purify the air, you must have a system big enough to move large volumes of air while collecting the particles in the air and run continuously on a long-term basis. Effective and quality air cleaners/purifiers can be as much as $1200 each. Always refer to AHAM for product reviews and effectiveness when it comes to air purifiers.

What is the greatest source of indoor air pollution?

In a hot/humid climate the biggest source of pollution is excessive moisture and humidity that leads to mold issues in the home and HVAC system that can go unnoticed for years!

How do I know if my air purifier is working?

The best and really only definitive way to verify if your air purifier is actually working is to have a specialist use a laser particle counter to see how many particles are going in and how many are being captured and not coming back out the exhaust side. We are always happy to do a comparison of our Medical grade air cleaner and any other products you may own.