When we say, ‘air pollution’ you probably imagine a smokestack belching out chemicals or a car exhaust spitting out dark smoke. But, according to the EPA, this picture isn’t wholly accurate. You’d have been closer to the truth if you’d imagined a suburban home surrounded by a white picket fence. You see, the air inside the average American home is actually 5-10 times more polluted than what’s outside. Guessing you’re safe in San Antonio? Think again.
If you’re ready to clean up your air, call Mr. Wilson Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our indoor air quality (IAQ) services in the San Antonio area. For more information on solutions to the problem, read through this page in its entirety.
You’re probably asking how these contaminants get into the air in the first place. Radioactive radon seeping in from the soil, smoke from old cigarettes, off-gassing from fire retardant materials, and cleaning product vapors are just a few causes of indoor air pollution in San Antonio. Dust mites, mold, viruses, pet dander, and mildew also play a part. As homes become more energy-efficient and changing lifestyles lead many of us to spend more time indoors, poor air quality has become a public health crisis.
Indoor air quality is a big problem in the 21st century both here and abroad. As homes become better sealed against the elements, the importance of having clean air increases. Without you even knowing, your air duct system could be contaminated with particulates that are harmful to you and your family. Each time the HVAC system turns on, it can circulate dust, dust mites, animal dander, pollen, and bacteria throughout the air inside your home. Below are a few statistics that help drive home the seriousness of the IAQ crisis:
By selecting Mr. Wilson Heating & Air Conditioning to combat your air pollution problems, you and your family will reap a variety of benefits:
A lot of people in San Antonio have an air quality issue but don't realize it. They might just chalk it up to things like high pollen counts and general fatigue. But, if you notice the following issues, it's worth getting an air quality analysis done:
How do you know what services you’ll need if you don’t set a baseline? Our comprehensive air quality tests check your air for pollutants, VOCs, and humidity issues. Taking only 30 minutes or so, they’re a great option for people already getting work done by our HVAC experts.
Scheduling an air quality test will:
Air that’s too wet is not good for you. Bacteria, mold, and viruses thrive in environments above 60 percent humidity. The high humidity also enables these contaminants to stick around longer and cling to your household’s porous surfaces. In the summer, excess humidity leaves you feeling sticky and hot.
Dehumidifiers installed in your system:
Though not exactly an air quality service, dryer vent cleaning is an important part of homeownership in San Antonio. Every year, thousands of house fires are traced to a build-up of lint in either the dryer's trap or the pipe leading out of it. Luckily, our expert staff are equipped to truly remove all of this debris, making your home safer for you and your family. To schedule a dryer vent cleaning in Helotes or Stone Oak, call (210) 308-9866.Lessen Fire Risk
Looking for a way to keep your family healthy? The only filter that can capture something as small as a virus is a HEPA filter. While typically found in hospitals, residential home HEPA filters are available. However, HEPA filters restrict air flow, and cannot go directly in the return air stream back to the furnace. Instead, HEPA filters are installed in a ‘bypass’ loop in the return air ductwork. With each pass, some of the air is shunted into the bypass and is pulled through the HEPA filter by a separate fan in the HEPA unit before returning to the main air stream. This way the furnace fan motor always has adequate airflow and eventually all the air is purified by the HEPA filter. For more information on how these filters are a smart buy, reach out to us at Mr. Wilson Heating & Air Conditioning.
High-efficiency filters can help with:
Healthy air has humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent. A home that’s too dry deprives your nose and body of moisture needed by protective mucus layers and enables germs to travel farther. It also aggravates your throat and nose leading to allergy problems. Humidifiers, of which there are three main kinds, bring water into your home’s air to solve these problems. Letting Mr. Wilson Air install a whole-home humidifier will mean more comfortable living for you and your family.
Installing a humidifier in the San Antonio area will:
With a UVC Air Purifier (also called an Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation—or UVGI—air purifier) we harness the sun’s power to cleanse and put it in your ductwork. Per the EPA, ‘UVGI air cleaners are designed to use UV lamps to kill or deactivate microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, and fungal spores and fragments that are airborne or growing on surfaces.’ Typically, the application for killing microorganisms growing on surfaces is to keep the air conditioning coil above the furnace clean. However, if the purpose is to kill microorganisms in the air, the UVC Air Purifier is placed in the return air duct so that the air first passes through the UV kill zone before going through the filter or air cleaner.
Installing Germicidal lights in your ductwork will:
Air purifiers work by removing allergens, toxins, and pollutants from your air. Unlike humidifiers, they don’t emit anything and, to the uninformed, look like a heavier filtration system. While the Dyson air purifier may be sufficient for one or two rooms in your house, to purify your whole house, you’ll need a whole-house air purification system. Please note that these products require a forced-air system to operate effectively.
Having Mr. Wilson Heating & Air Conditioning install an air purifier for you in the San Antonio area will lead to:
To schedule your Air Quality Services in Helotes TX, just email us!Scrub Your Air
The desire to leak-proof our homes and seal up old ducts has compounded our air quality issues. Many modern IAQ issues could actually be fixed by bringing fresh air in. That’s where air exchangers (aka ventilators) come in. They use one fan system to blow indoor air out and another to pull outside air in. This stops pollutants from overstaying their welcome and alleviates many of the symptoms of "Sick Building Syndrome.”
Air exchangers offer the following benefits to people in the Stone Oak area:
Over time, dust and germs build up in your home’s ductwork. Vacuuming your registers can help but won’t reach things deep inside your ductwork. Getting duct cleaning done every few years can help remove long-standing odors and remove the irritants caught by other items on this list.
Calling San Antonio’s duct cleaning experts will:
Sometimes a simple duct cleaning isn't enough to fix an air quality problem in San Antonio. Old ductwork develops leaks over time. Though usually thought of as a ventilation issue, this can have an impact on the quality of your air. Fortunately, Mr. Wilson Air is a full-service HVAC provider with the ability to repair, seal, and replace leaky ductwork.
Duct repair and sealing has a number of benefits in San Antonio, including:
For households with existing IAQ equipment, we also offer comprehensive maintenance and repair services. If you have a filter or humidity control system that’s not working right, give us a call at (210) 308-9866, so we can try and detect the problem.
At Mr. Wilson Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been helping homeowners with their IAQ problems since 2000. We will take the time to explain possible solutions and outline the costs ahead of time. Our HVAC company stands firmly behind the products we sell and are always willing to come back and investigate if air pollution issues recur. We service San Antonio, Helotes, Stone Oak, and the surrounding communities. Therefore, if you're looking for an 'IAQ company near me,' you know you've come to the right place. Please reach out to us at (210) 308-9866 today to schedule an air quality test or get a quote on dehumidifier installation.
Yes, they do. Homes with exceedingly high humidity levels end up with mold, dust mites, and mildew. Houses with humidity that’s too low, meanwhile, experience dust and recurring sinus issues. Maintaining your home’s humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent keeps you in the “Comfort Zone.”Why Should I Care About My Home’s Air Quality?
Studies show that air in your home is likely more polluted than the air outside. No matter how tidy your house is, your air will still be filled with pollen, viruses, dust, and pet dander. Only installing an air sanitizer or UV germicidal lights in your HVAC system can truly expel these contaminants.What are the Most Common Air Pollutants?
The most frequently found contaminants in your home are relatively harmless except for causing discomfort to those who may be allergic. They include pollen, fabric fibers, dust, pet dander, and other common household particles.What Type of Furnace Filter Should I Use In My Home?
Start by determining how thick of a filter your system can accommodate. Most HVAC systems can’t accommodate filters that are more than an inch thick. We recommend using only filters with a particle removal rating of MERV 11 or higher. This is especially important if anyone in your home suffers from respiratory or cardiac disease.What’s “Sick Building” Syndrome?
If you’ve done any research on IAQ, you’ve probably seen references to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). This term comes from a study where public workers in one building reported headaches, fatigue, nausea, nose irritation, and watery eyes. Researchers examined this building and found it to have a lot of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. This case gave birth to the term and is now used as a diagnosis for someone who experiences air pollution symptoms at work and notices an immediate improvement upon returning home.Is There Anything I Can Do to Improve My Own Indoor Air Quality?
We recommend that homeowners who are concerned with the quality of the air they breathe take the following steps:
Improving your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important step toward achieving the best possible comfort inside your San Antonio home. IAQ systems are designed specifically to reduce contaminants and pollutants and to promote the health of your family members. Understanding how these systems work will help you to make the most practical choices for your home and your situation. There are several manufacturers who have products for residential homes. The REME HALO® system is an excellent example of an advanced air purification system that can make your San Antonio home a healthier place to be. Here are some points to keep in mind when deciding if a whole-home air purification system is right for you.
The whole-home air purification system is designed for installation inside your ductwork close to the air handler. This system actively produces hydroperoxides, which are safe oxidizing chemicals that destroy pollutants and disinfect your indoor air. Hydroperoxides are similar in chemical structure to hydrogen peroxide, which is used in toothpastes and household cleaners. This ensures the safest way to clean and disinfect your indoor air.
These IAQ systems employ dual ionizers, which assist in removing airborne particulates like mold, dust, dander and pollen. The most recent model also generates zinc ions, which have been shown to kill up to 99 percent of viruses on surfaces inside your home. This can reduce the transmission of diseases while helping your home to smell fresh and clean.
Hydroperoxide chemical compounds are also responsible for the fresh, clean smell that comes after a thunderstorm. Ionized hydroperoxides are created when lightning, water and sunlight combine to clean the air and leave it smelling fresh. Air purification system performs the same important task to disinfect indoor air and to eliminate odors that could affect your comfort inside your home.
When in operation, the IAQ system creates hydroperoxide plasma that is dispersed through the air handler of your HVAC system. These chemical compounds then enter your living space and create an electrostatic charge that causes particulates to clump together, which improves the function of your regular household air filter. The hydroperoxide plasma produced also goes to work to eliminate microbes that can affect your indoor air quality. This ensures the highest possible air quality inside your home.
Many of the IAQ systems are used in tests conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to combat anthrax contamination in ductwork and is highly effective in eliminating other biological pollutants and contaminants in household use. One of the IAQ systems we offer have been approved by the U.S. military to reduce mold in field hospitals and by the USDA and FDA for air purification in food processing plants. By releasing hydroperoxides directly into your indoor air, this system can seek out and destroy particles and microbes that could pose a threat to your family’s health.
Working Mr. Wilson Heating and Air Conditioning is easy. We specialize in AC repair and installing replacement systems. We can install the IAQ system either during season maintenance or when we replace an older unit. Unlike air filtration solutions, the in-duct system does not restrict air flow. This method of air purificaiton can prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC system and will promote the greatest longevity for the heating and cooling equipment in your home.
Your AC repair technician can usually install the IAQ system in just one visit to your home. The unit is mounted inside the supply air plenum, which is a sheet metal box that serves as the central manifold for your ductwork. This allows your technician to install your new air purification system with minimal disruption and noise during the process. Once in place, the system will operate quietly to promote the most comfortable and healthiest indoor environment for you and your family.
This system does require occasional replacement of the cell that generates the hydroperoxide plasma. Your AC repair company can perform the replacement during regular spring or fall maintenance visits, which can make the process of enhancing your air quality much simpler now and for many years to come.
Some of the most important benefits of choosing the a whole-home air purifier include the following:
Inquiring about IAQ systems during your next regular HVAC maintenance visit or during HVAC replacement can help you determine if this advanced system is the right choice for you. Your AC repair specialist can provide you with the most accurate information on the installation process and the proven benefits of air purification for your San Antonio home. This will allow you to make the most practical and positive decisions for your budget and for the long-term health and well-being of your family.