Shreveport, LA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 24, 2011
Coughing. Sneezing. Trouble breathing. Signs of a springtime allergies? Could be. But they may also be signs of a house overcome with dust, mold, and other types of common - yet potentially harmful - allergens.
"Eliminating elements within a home that can cause allergic reactions is just about impossible, but reducing them is not," says Ira Pruett, owner, Southern Air Heating & Cooling, a Shreveport-based HVAC contractor. "It's just a matter of making sure your home's heating and air conditioning system is well-equipped to continuously and effectively clean the air. Think of it this way - you wouldn’t want to be breathing your car or truck’s exhaust all day, would you? Then why settle for being surrounded by unhealthy air at home?"
That unhealthy air can spur common household allergens, most of which are caused by moist, humid air, explains Pruett. "Folks who live in Shreveport and the surrounding areas don’t need me to tell them that stepping out the door here during the spring and summer is like getting hit with a wet blanket. Mold, mildew, dust mites -- all of these grow and thrive in humid conditions, and Louisiana’s the perfect breeding ground. The most effective means of combating them is to make sure your HVAC system is successfully dehumidifying the air in your house." And while houses located in the southern part of the United States tend to face this challenge year-round, household allergens - and the conditions that cause them - manifest on a regular basis across the country, even in drier climates.
Most modern HVAC systems are designed to combat these conditions. They dehumidify a house by moving moist air over refrigerated coils. The system condenses the moist air and replaces it with dry air at the same temperature.
Making sure a home is weather sealed helps optimize the performance of an HVAC system by keeping humid air out. Weather sealing involves caulking, taping and weather stripping any potential gaps, be they in door frames, window frames, or otherwise. Preventing humid outdoor air from getting inside will go a long way toward keeping a home's air from becoming too moist.
"People like to subscribe to the old adage that it's good to 'let the fresh air in,' but trust me, the air outside your home is hardly fresh," said Pruett. "Weather sealing your house is a good idea for many reasons. Doing so maintains the efficiency of your home HVAC system because it keeps inside air from escaping. More importantly from a health standpoint, it helps to keep from creating damp conditions that can lead to mold and mildew growth."
In addition to dehumidifying and weather sealing (or, as it's also called, "weather stripping"), Pruett offers several other suggestions for positively maintaining your home's air and reducing the number of potential allergens:
Improving indoor air quality does not require a great amount of effort. Following the aforementioned simple tasks will help ensure a house remains a healthy and comfortable place - even in the Louisiana humidity.
About Southern Air Heating & Cooling
Southern Air Heating & Cooling is a full-service heating and air conditioning contractor specializing in the repair and installation of HVAC systems. The company provides a wide variety of heating and cooling systems from major manufacturers. Their services include heating and air conditioning repairs, indoor air quality testing, duct cleaning, seasonal HVAC maintenance, and more. Formed in 1994, the company has offices in Shreveport and Ball, La. For more information, or to schedule service, visit http://www.southernairnow.com or call (866)336-5085.
1313 Southern Ave. Shreveport, LA 71101 Phone: (866) 336-5085 Fax: (318) 869-3543
6060 Highway 165 Ball, LA 71405 Phone: (866) 336-5085 Fax (318) 640-1731
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