Many people assume that when you live where it is often cold, this must necessarily mean that the air is clean and pure. While the chilly air you breathe in Michiana may be fresh so long as you are outside, however, the reality is that this rule does not apply inside your home, no matter how low the temperature is. In fact, the extreme weather conditions that develop around the Great Lakes, from icy blizzards to howling winds, bring all sorts of debris into your home. Dust, allergens, dirt, and other outdoor particles mingle with human dead skin cells, pet dander, cleaning chemicals, and other indoor contaminants.
When all of these are mixed together, your air quality drastically decreases, leading to all kinds of illnesses and allergies. For a superior solution for all your South Bend indoor air quality services, rely on our friendly Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning team.
- Air purifiers
- Electronic air cleaners
- Air furnace filters
- Whole home filters
- Whole home dehumidifiers
- Whole home humidifiers
Contact us now at (574) 498-7556 and our team can immediately set up a free proposal to help you get started on purifying the air in your home.
The Adverse Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality
People often assume that allergies start up in spring when more pollen is spread. However, if you seem to be suffering from allergies all year round, this is an indication that there is something worse going on – indoor pollution. When contaminants are trapped inside your home with nowhere to go, they inevitably lead to major health issues.
Just some of the problems which are linked to poor air quality include:
- Increased allergies
- Coughing, sneezing, runny or stuffed noses
- Mucus and sore throats
- Itchy skin, ears, eyes, and noses
- Chapped lips
- Difficulty breathing
- Lung issues
- Lack of blood circulation
Keep your lungs clean! Change your HVAC filter regularly.
Ways of Improving Air Quality in Michiana
The good news is that even though these health issues can be quite damaging, our knowledgeable team is experienced in creating excellent solutions for solving your air quality problems.
Some of the most effective methods of improving the air in your home include:
- Cleaned filtration systems – Filters are the first line of defense in your HVAC system. They prevent particles from not only entering your ductwork and the rooms of your home but also from compiling on your coils. Having clean filters will result in a healthier HVAC system and lifestyle at home.
- Humidity control – Air that is too dry or humid can be detrimental to your health and the efficient operation of your system. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re striking the right balance, keeping your air dry enough to deter biological growth but humid enough to keep contaminants airborne. We can install systems that perfectly control these levels in your home every season of the year.
Relying on Our Professional Team
When you call on Great Lakes Heating and Air Conditioning to address a plethora of indoor air quality issues, you’re counting on a solution that will both fix your problems and prevent new ones from appearing. Great Lakes’ licensed and certified HVAC experts are committed to keeping your home healthy and has a wide array of solutions and products designed to meet your home’s unique air quality needs.
How much is a new furnace or Air Conditioner?Every home is different and our systems are custom designed to match your home. Sounds expensive, right? Well with our years of experience and efficiency combined with our massive buying power we are able to provide you with a true custom system at a cookie cutter price. Is a new system cheap? Not when compared to say a blanket to keep warm but for what we provide we believe we are not only the best but also the cheapest in town! You will find our customers agree. Check out our reviews here.
What sets you apart and why should we choose you over a “comparable” competitor?While there are many reasons you should choose Great Lakes, we believe the best way to sum that up is with an honest challenge- Call our office and see if you can get the home phone number for our owner. Then call our competitors and do the same. You will find our entire team from the owner down are here to serve you and are dedicated to ensure your happiness!
We are having trouble getting cool air upstairs in our two story home, what can I do to make the upstairs more comfortable?A comfortable main floor and a warm second floor is a common complaint with central air conditioning systems. This temperature variation is caused by the fact that cool air is heavy. Heavy air requires more effort to move, especially upwards. Your furnace fan has to work much harder to get the air up two stories. Additionally, cool air, unlike warm air, tends to fall, so that once you actually manage to get the air upstairs, it will naturally fall back to the first floor. Don’t despair, there are some things that you can do. Make sure your furnace fan is on the highest possible setting. Most furnaces installed today will have a multi-speed, direct drive fan motor. Have your service contractor check to make sure that the highest speed is being used for air conditioning. If your fan motor has belts and pulleys, check with your contractor about installing a larger pulley. Adjust the balancing on your ductwork to force as much cool air upstairs as possible. If your ductwork is accessible from your basement, and has dampers installed in each of the supply air runs, make sure the dampers for the upper floor are fully open. You can also close any dampers for rooms on the first floor that do not get much use, or are very small. Some examples may be a powder room, formal living or dining room. You should keep the dampers fully open for the kitchen and the main living or family area. If the ductwork is not accessible, or doesn’t have any dampers, don’t despair. You can balance the air flow by opening and closing the dampers in the supply air registers. If you cannot get a register closed, we have been told that covering the register with a telephone book works well. Don’t forget to re-balance the ductwork system when you switch over to heating. During the heating system you want most of the warm air delivered to the first floor, it will rise on its own to the second floor. Use fans to help move cooler air. Placing a large fan at the top of the stairway can help to draw the cooler air up. A ceiling fan installed on the second floor can also be a big improvement. Check the return air grills. Make sure they are clean. Consider installing “High Wall” return air grills on the second floor. High wall return air grills are installed near the ceiling, not near the floor. This enables the furnace to draw the warmest air from the top of the house back into the system. Your service contractor can give you more information and let you know if it is possible to install high wall grills on your system.