Threats to indoor air quality can come from unexpected places

It’s a fact that Americans spend 90% of our lives indoors, and much of that time inside our homes. The air we breathe — especially indoors — is crucial to our health and comfort. It affects our respiratory systems, our sleep and our overall health. Pollen, dust and pet dander are three obvious culprits that decrease indoor air quality. But did you know that there may be other threats coming from unexpected places?

MTB Mechanical has helped many in the Charlotte region breathe cleaner air indoors. Over time, we’ve gained insight on behalf of our customers in solving air quality issues, and have developed solutions that work. Along the way, we’ve learned that sometimes there are less obvious causes for these problems.

Here are four things that may be affecting the quality of the air you breathe indoors:

  1. Nearby Construction

In a rapidly growing city like Charlotte, change is all around us. New housing developments and commercial projects are continually on the rise. With all this construction in progress, dirt, drywall particulates and dust are kicked up into the outdoor air, inevitably making their way into the general air supply of surrounding homes.

The closer you live to construction projects, the more likely it is that your indoor air quality will be affected. Take a look around, indoors and outdoors, then consider what’s getting into the air you and your family breathe.

  1. Furniture, Drapery and Carpeting

Modern fabrics for furniture, drapery and carpeting are treated for longevity and stain resistance with chemicals that do the job, yet often linger in your home’s air supply. If your house isn’t properly ventilated or doesn’t have an appropriate air filtration system, you and your family may be impacted by the effects of airborne chemical exposure over time.

  1. Relative Humidity

Did you know that chemicals embedded in building materials and furniture are released faster when temperatures inside a home are higher? It’s all related to relative humidity. An excessively warm home may cause issues. And finding ways to optimize humidity levels will go a long way in improving your indoor air quality. 

  1. Dirty HVAC System

Your HVAC system — when dirty or not properly maintained — not only becomes less efficient to heat and cool your home, it is a weakened line of defense against indoor and outdoor airborne contaminants. 

What can you do to take on the threats to your indoor air quality?

In addition to regularly changing your filters (sign up here for our free filter reminders), depend on MTB’s experienced technicians to offer a variety of solutions, including:

Air purification: Products such as the HALO-LED™ Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifier work hard to clean indoor air and enhance the overall comfort and health of your home. And you can take advantage of a special discount through December 31, 2021. 

Humidity: Adjust and optimize your home’s humidity levels with products such as the Aprilaire 800® Steam Humidifier — also with a special discount through December 31, 2021. 

Preventive maintenance: With MTB’s Priority Comfort Agreement (PCA), you receive regular cleaning and maintenance to keep your heating and cooling system running at factory specifications and to prolong its life span. 

MTB understands the challenges presented by indoor air that’s being affected by things inside and outside your home. Get in touch with us to diagnose the issue and provide lasting solutions. Call 704-321-9250 or schedule an appointment online