tampa indoor air quality

Did you know that the air within your Tampa home can be up to 70 times more contaminated than the air outdoors? According to several studies by the EPA, indoor air quality (IAQ) is frequently compromised by a number of factors, including architectural and engineering design methods intended to improve the energy efficiency of homes. These homes, with their tight perimeters, trap pollutants inside the living area, degrading indoor air quality. Breathing this contaminated air can aggravate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions, especially in the elderly and young children.

Want to keep your family members safe? Consider consulting Air Express. We offer Tampa indoor air quality services such as duct cleaning and replacement, as well as products like UV lights and air filters, all of which can drastically improve the air quality within your home. And if you want to read more about the importance of indoor air quality in Tampa, read our blog post here!

According to the national Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), the average six-room house collects 40 pounds of dirt, dust, and allergens in its air ducts each year (see the image below for a particularly gross air duct!). If you have a central air conditioner or a forced air furnace, you have ductwork that carries both warm and cool air to different rooms in your house. These ducts are typically flexible and made of sheet metal, which makes them extremely vulnerable to wear and tear. Duct cleaning can improve the quality of your indoor air, but if your ductwork wasn’t installed correctly the first time, you might be in need of full duct replacement. Click here to find out how we can improve your IAQ in Tampa through duct cleaning and duct replacement. 

tampa indoor air quality

We have already discussed how the air inside your home can be detrimental to your health. In a humid place like Tampa, particulates like mold, bacteria, and dust can build up in your air and your AC system, causing indoor air quality to suffer. UV lights can be installed inside of your air conditioner, specifically on the inside coil, which work to kill bacteria before it’s filtered throughout your home. These lights are relatively inexpensive, and we highly recommend installing one as a preventative measure to keep your HVAC system clean. However, if you’re looking for an advanced solution to keep your indoor air clean, consider installing an air purifier, like a PCO light. These lights go beyond simple UV lights by killing particulates like mold and bacteria (up to 99%) as well as VOC’s and odors (up to 99%). They do this through a pretty scientific process involving ions that deactivate harmful single-celled contaminants in the air. We all know how pungent smoke, paint, pet odors, etc. can be. A PCO light is so effective at removing odors in your indoor air that it can take the scent right out of a candle! So stop masking gross smells with slightly better smells and invest in a true air purifier. Ask us about UV lights and air purifiers today– and click here to read more!

We’ve all been told time and time again to replace our air filters. Yet, we always seem to forget. Luckily, there is another solution. We highly recommend electronic air cleaners, which are both more effective and easier to maintain. A regular air filter is only able to filter out 1-2% of the particulates in the air (AKA those 1 micron in size or larger), meaning that the smaller particulates are still floating around without a care in the world. Electronic air filters are built to filter out particulates .2-.3 microns in size, making them significantly more effective than your everyday air filter. Further, they are something we maintain and clean as a part of our biannual service calls. If you want to read more about our maintenance memberships and why you should sign up, click here. Otherwise, make sure to ask your technician for more information about electronic air cleaners, and why they’re a huge step up from your traditional air filter!

tampa indoor air quality

The air in our homes, schools, and offices can be 2 to 5 times more polluted, and in some cases 100 times more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor air pollution can be detrimental to the health of those living in your home. Read our blog post for more information!