Can My Furnace Hurt My Home’s Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, January 13th, 2020

woman-with-thermometerYour gas furnace has a straightforward job: keep your family feeling toasty warm all through the winter. Okay, it also keeps your pets toasty warm as well. I know most of us have fur coats, but make no mistake—we need to have comfortable environments to stay at our healthiest.

Because you’re asking me about indoor air quality and your furnace, you might be worried the furnace is doing, well, something to the air your family breathes. The simple answer is, yes, the furnace can harm indoor air quality. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid potential troubles. You can trust our team to help with better heating and better indoor air quality in Knoxville, TN.

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Recognizing Poor Indoor Air Quality

Monday, April 6th, 2015

An all too common misunderstanding that many homeowners seem to have is that their comfort is contingent entirely upon the temperature within their homes. While the temperature in your living space is undoubtedly a major factor in determining your general sense of comfort, it is not the only one. The quality of the air surrounding you in your living space is equally as important to your overall comfort. Unfortunately, problems with indoor air quality are frequently ignored by homeowners, in many cases due to the simple fact that those homeowners do not realize that the quality of the air is the source of problems encountered. Here are some tips from the pros at MK Russell & Abbott to help you recognize subpar indoor air quality in your home.

First of all, pay attention to the overall cleanliness of your home. If you have pets leaving muddy paw prints on the floors or if you are very lax in sweeping and dusting, then you can expect considerable amounts of dirt and other pollutants to build up in your home. If you find, though, that you just cannot stay on top of the removal of such pollutants, you may have a high concentration of dust, dander, and other materials in your air. With the right air filtration or air purification system, you can help to boost the quality of the air that you breathe in your residence.

Another sign of low indoor air quality is trouble in heating or cooling your home effectively. This can happen for a number of different reasons, which of course makes pinpointing low indoor air quality as the source of the problem all the more difficult. If the humidity in your home is too low, for instance, you may struggle to heat your house effectively or efficiently. If it is too high, your AC may struggle to cool your house down. You may also encounter mold growth and the proliferation of other biological pollutants.

In truth, maintaining great indoor air quality in your household may be much more complicated than you’d think. The good news is that the Maryville, TN indoor air quality experts at MK Russell & Abbott are never more than a phone call away. Whatever problems you encounter, we’ll find the solutions that you need to surround yourself with clean, healthful air.

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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in HVAC Technology

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Be sure to bookmark the MK Russell & Abbott blog for updates on the latest advances in HVAC technology.

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Call MK Russell & Abbott for all your air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, and commercial HVAC needs.

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4 Ways a Great Heating and Air System can Help with Allergies

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Hello there! My name is Olive, full time protector and air quality sniffer over at MK Russell & Abbot. Summer is one of my favorite seasons of the year (hello hotdogs!), and because I like to stay indoors on those ice cream melting days, I know the importance of having a good air system to keep out pollutants. Studies show that the air we breathe indoors can be 20 times more polluted than the air outside! Without good air ventilation, this air can become trapped in your home and be continuously recirculated and inhaled by you and your family.

A good HVAC System can help your allergies.

Sniffing the air is one of my favorite pastimes, so naturally over the years I have become a clean air connoisseur. As a young pup, I always felt self-conscious of the way my chocolate lab fur made my humans sneeze. Although soft and cuddly, it released pesky irritating allergens in the air. Thankfully, my people figured out the importance of having a good heating and air system in our home, and we all live in purified air harmony. Here are 4 ways having a great heating and air system helps with allergies:

Air Purification – A great air purification system is the best option for removing irritating odors associated with chemical vapors. This will allow the air that you breathe into your lungs to be free from chemicals.

Air Filtration – A great air filtration system keeps pollutants such as dirt, dust, mold, pollen, bacteria, and viruses to a minimum. The less of these in your home, the smaller your pile of tissues becomes.

Ventilation – Air has a tendency to get trapped in our homes. With a good ventilation system, stale indoor air is removed, and replaced with fresh air from outside. And fresh is always better. This is also a great system to remove pollutants that come from air fresheners, cleaning supplies, furnishings, or building materials.

Humidity Control – Mold and mildew can be caused by too much humidity in your home, and bring on an array of respiratory problems. With a dehumidification system, these two are kept at bay.

If you live around Maryville, Alcoa, or Knoxville and need help with your indoor air quality then give my adorable humans a call – they know what they are doing when it comes to Clean Air and Comfort!

 

 

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