BCI Mechanical, Inc. provides indoor air quality services for Denton, Dallas, and the surrounding Texas communities.
The quality of the air inside your home or business has significant effects on comfort and health. Indoor air quality is an important aspect of heating and cooling which many home and business owners overlook. Many people simply aren’t aware of their air quality and how it could be affecting them. BCI Mechanical believes improving indoor air quality offers many benefits for home and business owners, which is why we’ve put together this Indoor Air Quality Guide. Use this guide as a resource to educate yourself about important air quality issues and the steps you can take to improve them.
What affects indoor air quality?
Air pollution is a big issue, whether it’s outdoors or inside your home. Did you know that the air inside your home or office is probably much more polluted than the air you breathe outside? Think about it: inside your home or building, you’re much more confined than in the great outdoors. Inside your home or business, there isn’t as much ventilation, so contaminants are more highly concentrated.
Some of the most common contaminants found indoors are the following:
- Allergens (dander, pollen, mites, and more)
- Dirt and debris
- Carbon monoxide
- Fumes from cleaning solutions
- Cigarette smoke
- Asbestos (especially if you have an older home or building)
While some of these contaminants are a higher individual threat than others, all of them affect the quality of the air you breathe. Even if you don’t think you have allergies, allergens and other contaminants in the air do affect you. In the humid Texas climate, you may feel their effects even more; humidity can worsen indoor air quality too.
How does poor indoor air quality affect me?
Poor indoor air quality poses a bigger threat to your health than you may be aware. While certain people may be more sensitive than others to some contaminants, constant exposure can lead to the development of health problems over time. Many healthy individuals often experience symptoms such as headaches and fatigue, which can be caused by exposure to poor air quality. If you’re prone to allergies, high concentrations of contaminants in the air you breathe every day will only worsen your symptoms. Some people are more prone to illnesses, such as the elderly, small children, and people with existing health concerns; exposure to poor quality indoor air can increase vulnerabilities.
Cold and flu season is a concern for many people. Poor indoor air quality can weaken your immune system, increasing your likelihood of falling ill. Prolonged exposure to poor air quality has been shown to contribute to the development of major health concerns, including respiratory diseases and lung cancer.
A person’s health isn’t the only thing at risk when poor indoor air quality is present. Your heating and air conditioning systems also suffer. Contaminants in your air make their jobs harder and can build up in your heating and cooling systems. Contaminant buildup reduces performance and creates unnecessary stress on system components, which can lead to system breakdowns and an increased need for repair. Poor indoor air quality requires more energy to be used to compensate for the stress it causes your system, which can be costly.
How can I improve indoor air quality?
Protect your health as well as the health of your mechanical systems by taking steps to improve your indoor air quality. BCI Mechanical has been providing indoor air quality solutions for over 25 years, and we can help you find the best solution for specific air quality issues you may be experiencing. These products and services offer significant improvement of indoor air quality:
- Duct Cleaning removes contaminants from your duct system, preventing them from recirculating back into your living spaces.
- Air Duct Replacement can eliminate contaminants from entering your air when duct work is old and vulnerable.
- Ultraviolet Lights kill mold and mildew and prevent regrowth in your heating and cooling systems.
- Air Cleaners and Filtration systems catch the fine particles your standard air filter can’t, removing significantly more contaminants from your air supply.
- Dehumidifiers eliminate the harmful effects of high humidity by removing the excess moisture from your air, which contributes to poor indoor air quality.
- Carbon Monoxide Testing keeps you safe, alerting you if this deadly gas is present in your indoor air. Small amounts can be extremely dangerous, contributing to additional health concerns.
- Air Conditioning and Heating Maintenance keeps your systems cleaner, removing contaminant buildup, so those particles don’t affect your air quality.
BCI Mechanical provides expert installation and service for indoor air quality solutions. Our skilled technicians will assess your indoor air quality and can offer recommendations for solutions that will help. Improving indoor air quality goes a long way to keep yourself and others healthy and safe, as well as protecting the heating and air conditioning systems you depend on. If you have any questions about indoor air quality, from problems to solutions, please contact us. BCI Mechanical is available to provide answers and solutions for your indoor air quality issues.
For 30 years, BCI Mechanical, Inc. has served Denton, Dallas, and the surrounding Texas communities with a commitment to service and value. For all of your air conditioning, heating, air quality, plumbing, and propane needs, the BCI Mechanical, Inc. team has the skill and dedication necessary to provide you with superior service, installation, and repair.