People with asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems know all too well when the quality of the air in their home isn’t good. Others not afflicted with these issues may not be as aware of the air quality around them, but they can still suffer ill effects when it’s poor. The experts at Surgi’s Heating and Air Conditioning can help you keep your family safe and healthy with the indoor air quality products that we carry and install.


Issues Stemming From Poor Indoor Air Quality

The presence of dirt, dust, pollen and other allergens alone is enough to cause many of us to experience many unpleasant symptoms. Coughing, sneezing, congestion, headaches and even difficulty breathing are some of the most common symptoms experienced. To make the situation even worse, these irritations to your sinuses can lead to infections. Anyone who has had a sinus infection can tell you just how miserable it feels.

While the cleanliness of the air in your home is certainly important, it’s not the only issue to consider when evaluating your indoor air quality. Another important aspect to think about is its freshness. Not only can old, stagnant air begin to smell musty or stale, it can also harbor unwanted microscopic organisms that impact healthy IAQ.

The humidity level in your house also contributes to the quality of the air. Air that’s too dry can cause irritation of the skin or eyes and even nosebleeds. It can also be responsible for the build-up of annoying static electricity. Air that’s too humid can lead to microbial growth, which can damage your home and impact your health.

Insulating Your Home Properly Maintains Healthy Indoor Air Quality

Many of the homes we visit in New Orleans are insulated with foam, and we have consulted hundreds of homeowners who have had problems associated with an improperly sized air conditioner. Roof damage and leaks are common foam-related issues. Here are some other potential indoor air quality problems associated with foam insulation:

  • Foam can ruin your roof by causing roofing materials to overheat
  • Closed cell foam can hide roof leaks until major damage has occurred
  • Foam can provide a path for termites to invade your home unnoticed
  • Foam off-gassing can cause severe health problems in sensitive individuals
  • Foam insulation dramatically increases the humidity level in your home
  • There’s no protocol for removing foam that was improperly installed
  • The ingredients of foam aren’t natural or non-toxic

IAQ Products that Can Help You to Breathe Easier

A perfect air conditioning system keeps humidity in your home at 50 percent. An undersized system dehumidifies better because it runs longer to cool a house, but it cannot cool a house on very hot days. An oversized system doesn’t run long enough to dehumidify well. Temperature trumps humidity, so we size systems to ensure your house will feel comfortable on a hot day. This means that on any other day or night, the system is oversized.

There are whole-house dehumidifiers on the market that dehumidify independently of the home’s air conditioning system. The major advantage of stand-alone dehumidifiers is that they work when your air conditioning system isn’t. This includes in the spring and fall when temperatures are moderate and humidity is still a problem. It also includes nights for the same reason.

We carry and install an assortment of IAQ products, including electronic air cleaners, ion generation devices and dehumidifiers. We also perform safety inspections to make sure your home is a healthy space to live in.

Our Experts Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

If you want to improve the air quality of your home in New Orleans, Metairie, Gretna, Kenner, Slidell, Marrero, Mandeville or the surrounding areas in Louisiana, contact us today.