Improving Air Quality for Family Health

Improving Air Quality for Family Health

Poor indoor air quality is fairly common. From cleaners to burned food and beauty products, there are thousands of contaminants being breathed in and out every day. These particles have the potential to cause cold, flu, and allergy-like symptoms. Some can make you seriously ill.

If you’ve been battling feeling ill for a while, but can’t figure out how, maybe it’s time to check the air quality of your home.

How is Indoor Air Quality Affecting You?

The air you breathe definitely has an impact on your health. If you’ve had any of the following symptoms and they seem better when you’re at work, or away from home, indoor air quality might be the culprit.

With most of the country on stay-at-home orders, it is more important than ever to make sure that our immediate environments are safe.


Poor indoor air quality greatly contributes to allergies, the development of breathing problems, and an overall feeling of un-wellness.

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize why they’re suffering, and instead of taking measures to clean their indoor air, they rely on medication to solve their problems.


The chemicals used in perfumes, cleaners, candles, and air fresheners exist long after the scent has faded away. When combined in large numbers, these can create a general feeling of illness, starting with head and body aches.

Cold and allergy symptoms

If you’ve ever experienced a sore throat, runny nose, cough, or sensitive eyes whenever you visited a particular property, chances are dust wasn’t the only problem. Mold, old chemicals, and toxic fumes attack sensitive body tissues. They create immune reactions, but over time, they can also damage the immune system, especially in young children.


According to the American Lung Association, building materials emit fumes and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as they age. Breathing these pollutants can irritate your lungs and cause disease. VOCs have also been linked to different forms of cancer and heart disease.

Thankfully, professional air purifying equipment is fast and effective at improving indoor air quality, and it’s more affordable than you might think.

How to Improve Air Quality and Feel Healthier

Get Rid of Humidity

This is especially true in areas like South Carolina, where moisture in the air is such an expected part of daily life. Unfortunately, the impact is much different inside than in the great outdoors. Humid environments can breed mold and make it harder to cool yourself down.

Humidity Breeds Mold

Wherever moisture comes into contact with building materials inside your home, you run the risk of developing mold. It’s essential that leaks are identified, sealed and any affected areas are completely dried or removed right away. Once mold starts, it’s easily spread with the release of spores. These tiny particles can irritate your lungs, aggravating breathing problems or creating them.

Humidity Can Overheat You

If your home is too humid, it can even mess with your body’s ability to cool itself. Anyone who’s walked outside as of late knows that high humidity can make temperatures seem even hotter. This isn’t just an illusion. The more water that is in the air, the less sweat gets wicked away from your body and your temperature can’t be lowered naturally.

Indoors this can mean irritability, crankiness, headaches and even sleepless nights. Thankfully there are a number of HVAC remedies for humidity levels in your home.

Change Air Filters

Air filters don’t last forever. If you want to keep your air clean and your equipment running right, you have to change them out on a regular schedule.

Just how often depends on a few factors:

  • What is the MERV rating of your filter? MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. It’s a numeric rating system aimed to help people choose filters based on how many contaminants they want removed from their indoor air. The higher the MERV rating, the more contaminants are removed and the faster a filter will be clogged and need to be changed.
Regularly changing your filters can improve the health of you family and you air system.
  • How clean are your ducts (and your house)? The more dirt and debris that winds up in your ductwork, the more particles will be caught in your filter. It makes sense to change a dirty filter as soon as is reasonable. Dirty units will block the flow of air and lead to energy waste.
  • What size filter does your system take? There are plenty of sizes which work well with flat, affordable air filters. Others require ultra-thick filters or permanent, washable units that need to be changed just a few times a year.

Even if you call a technician just to come out and change your filters, it’s a good idea to ask them how to better maintain your units in the meantime. If it all seems like too much to take on, or you’re not sure if you’ll get around to it when the time comes, it might be time to talk about a preventative maintenance contract.

Simple HVAC Upgrades That Improve Air Quality

There are a few basic upgrades that can seriously improve air quality, but maybe either weren’t invented or in common use when your system was installed.

  • Furnace filters have gotten much better. A professional technician knows about the latest products on the market, as well as more affordable high-MERV filters than you can find in the store. Have the experts recommend the best filter changing the schedule for you as well, so you’re never overtaxing your furnace or air conditioner.
  • Ventilate select areas of your home. The kitchen, bathroom, attic, and basement are just a few areas you may want to use special equipment. Circulating fresh air throughout your home is integral to keeping pollutants down, especially in those areas where there is more moisture or more chemicals to be found.
  • Consider your air filtering options. Carolina Comfort has access to state-of-the-art air purification devices. These can be stand-alone units or components attached to HVAC systems. They typically use a combination of a high-quality filter and UV lighting to capture and destroy harmful particles.

Preventative Maintenance and Indoor Air Quality

More than likely, you don’t have time to keep up on semi-annual HVAC equipment maintenance. A preventative maintenance contract is often the way to go. With our annual HVAC maintenance contracts, a technician inspects your system once a year to keep your equipment running properly and the air you breathe clean.

Breathe Cleaner Air in Your Home

It’s just healthier for you to breathe cleaner air. Schedule a service appointment to review your air quality options or learn more about the indoor air quality equipment we recommend.


5636 Bush River Rd.
Columbia, SC 29212
SC License – #M104545
NC License – #32356

Phone: (803) 794-5526