Air Quality FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Air Quality

My daughter/son/spouse/roommate has allergies, how can I prevent this?

The most common sources of allergens are: pets, carpeting, soft furniture, plants, damp areas (like bathrooms), mattresses, bedding, and stuffed toys. Controlling allergens in the home can be a battle and the best way to fully get rid of allergies is to get rid of the source of the allergen (such as a plant, mold, or old bedding). If that’s not an option, the best thing to do is change your air filter regularly and vacuum at least twice a week using a certified asthma and allergy approved device. If you suspect mold in your duct work, call a professional duct cleaning service. During low air quality days, keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible and run your fan or ac to filter out the air in your home.

Which air filter do I need?

Once you remove the filter (there are many great videos that can explain how to do this) you should see a set of numbers on the side (such as 8x14x1 or 12x12x2). This is the size and you should only use that same size when replacing the filter. If you can’t find the number, bring it in to our shop and we will be happy to find the right size for you. We carry most sizes, including Aprillaire filters in shop, and if we don’t have it in stock, we will be glad to order it for you.

I sometimes wake up feeling light headed/ or I feel light headed when I am in a certain room.

If you experience being light-headed, dizzy, nauseous, tired, or “just not right” when you spend time in a certain room or when your in bed, you may be experiencing carbon-monoxide poisoning. If your home has carbon monoxide detectors, place one in the room you are experiencing symptoms to check the levels. If you do not have CO detectors, we recommend getting at least one for every major part of your house immediately. Common sources for CO in the home are: unlit gas appliances, fireplaces, and a cracked heat exchanger in your furnace. These can be serious and even fatal is not addressed immediately. When we perform a maintenance call, our technicians check your heat exchanger to make sure there are no cracks in the heat exchanger that can leak toxic gases into your air ducting. If you have a unit that is 5 years or older and haven’t had a technician inspect your unit in a while, we recommend scheduling a inspection as soon as possible to ensure your family is safe from toxic gases.

Do some filters “filter” better than others?

Yes, most filters are rated by the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV). The higher the number, the finer the filters. We carry high MERV rated filters so that your home receives the best filtration possible.