Breathe Cleaner, Healthier Indoor Air with Midway Services
If you’re fed up with low air quality disrupting your sense of comfort, let Midway Services identify what products and services will resolve this problem. We can generate a complete Home Health® Report. You can reduce the risk of illness, respiratory symptoms and even the growth of mold or mildew!
Request your no-cost Home Health Report today, or give us a call at 727-219-2471 for more information.
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Frequently Asked Questions
There’s often a simpler solution to your comfort problem. Maybe you can find the answer you’re looking for in our FAQ below!
What is Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)?
Indoor air quality refers to pollution in your Clearwater home or company. The concentration of airborne pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than outdoors. Because most people spend the vast majority of their time inside and breathe an estimated 3,000 gallons of air daily (according to the American Lung Association), this can eventually lead to problems.
Depending on your specific air quality challenges, solutions include:
- Air filtration systems capable of trapping 99.97% of particles
- Germicidal UV lights to sterilize microbes like bacteria and mold
- Whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers that balance moisture levels
- Ventilation systems to keep air refreshed and flowing smoothly
What brings about indoor air pollution?
Some of the most prevalent sources of pollutants include Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) such as cleaning or personal care products, fuel-burning utilities and appliances, and particulate matter like dust, pollen and smoke.
Can indoor air be hazardous to your health?
Definitely. Pollutants and particulate matter can promote illnesses and worsen respiratory conditions, primarily for children and the elderly. For certain contaminants like carbon monoxide gas, the effects may even be fatal.
What are the health advantages of clean air?
Dealing with indoor air quality concerns can result in a host of benefits to your health and well-being, such as:
- Lessened risk of illness
- Fewer or less-intense asthma/allergy symptoms
- Relieve sinus irritation or sore throats
- Healthier, moisturized skin
How healthy is my indoor air?
If you find yourself cleaning every day or coughing constantly, your indoor air may be the reason why. According to EPA studies, indoor pollutants can reach concentrations as much as 100 times higher than the air outdoors. You can determine your indoor air quality by arranging a Home Health® Report consultation with Midway Services.
How do I know which indoor air quality product is right for me?
Each family has their own perception of home comfort, especially if someone in your Clearwater home has allergies, asthma or a weak immune system. You may need a single product like a high-efficiency air filtration system, or multiple. Midway Services can aid you in identifying the right combination of equipment.
Are all HVAC filters the same?
No. HVAC air filters vary in quality and design, and a few have exclusive features. We generally support using the filter your HVAC manufacturer recommends pairing with your system. All filters are assigned MERV ratings on a scale from 1–20. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and can make it easier to identify high-efficiency filters. In most cases, a MERV rating of 11 or lower will be sufficient.
How regularly should I change my air filter at home?
The right schedule for cleaning or replacing your air filter is based on multiple factors, like the filter design and MERV rating as well as the current indoor air quality. For conventional 1”-3” filters, most brands encourage replacement every 30-90 days. Pets, health conditions and even nearby pollution sources can encourage replacing the filter more often.
- A 1″ pleated air filter must be replaced every 30-60 days.
- A 2″ pleated air filter should be switched out every 3 months.
- A 3” pleated air filter should be changed every 120 days.
- A 4″ pleated air filter should be exchanged every 6 months.
- A 5” or 6″ pleated air filter ought to be replaced every 9-12 months.
Why is my throat dry when I’m home?
Presuming the problem is not your body’s hydration, excessively dry air can irritate your throat and sinuses. Look at putting in a whole-home humidifier if you consistently struggle with a dry, itchy throat.
What are the benefits of a central, whole-home humidifier?
Your HVAC system pulls out moisture as it runs, which results in situations where humidity levels fall out of balance. Portable humidifiers can resolve humidity concerns in a single room or small area, but a central humidifier assures balanced humidity throughout the entire structure— home or business.
What is the proper amount of indoor humidity?
Usually, comfortable humidity levels are between 30-60%. These levels are particularly hard to maintain in the winter, as cold air does not hold onto moisture as well as warm air. What’s more, your furnace displaces moisture by generating hot, dry heat.
How do I choose the right humidifier?
The best way to find an appropriate whole-house humidifier is multiplying the total square footage by the height of the ceiling. This will help determine how many gallons of water each hour is needed to balance humidity.
You should also consider your available budget, as a humidifier needs maintenance just like any other mechanical device.
How much water does a humidifier use?
It depends on the model, but whole-house humidifiers average between 1.5 to 12 gallons per day. Obviously, drier environments will use more water to keep humidity in check.
What are important tasks for whole-home humidifier maintenance?
Routine preventive maintenance is often vital for sustainable equipment efficiency, and your humidifier is no exception. The humidifier’s reservoir should be regularly drained and cleaned to prevent mold.
What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas created by partial fuel combustionwhich, in turn is frequently caused by inadequate access to oxygen. Appliances relying on natural gas, charcoal, wood or kerosene are common sources of CO gas, usually if they are not running correctly or have been installed incorrectly. CO is poisonous to the body and is lethal at high levels or extended exposure.
What are the effects/symptoms of carbon monoxide?
Initial signs such as nausea and exhaustion are often wrongly diagnosed as a result of the flu. But CO gas exposure can advance, potentially leading to confusion, organ damage or even death. Other symptoms include:
- Chest pain
Should I be concerned about carbon monoxide in my home?
Yes. Getting rid of carbon monoxide should be a top priority because of the danger it poses to your health and well-being. CO gas can be discovered in any Clearwater home or commercial property, making proper ventilation and prevention tactics universally beneficial.
What can be done to protect my home from carbon monoxide?
Prevention is the first place to start. A few safety precautions to take include:
- Don’t let your car idle in the garage. Cars are a significant source of carbon monoxide poisoning, so do not leave yours going in the unventilated space of a closed garage. The same is true for gas equipment such as lawn mowers or snowmobiles.
- Don’t use ovens or grills as a way of staying warm indoors. These appliances are safe when used right but can make carbon monoxide when used for an extended period in small spaces.
- Never use a gas generator indoors. The fumes will have a much harder time dissipating.
- Have your chimney inspected by a specialist. This ensures chimneys and vents aren’t blocked and are connected appropriately.
- Verify gas appliances are operating correctly, especially your heater. You can ensure efficient, safe performance by booking routine furnace maintenance with Midway Services.
If carbon monoxide has been detected, you should immediately vacate the building and alert the fire department and utility provider. If a leak is spotted, you should then contact a trusted HVAC company for repairs.
How can I eliminate indoor odors?
If an air freshener isn’t doing the trick, there may be microbes or contaminants nearby producing the unpleasant odor. Bacteria and mold are typical sources, but they can be fixed with the sanitation properties of a germicidal UV light. They are particularly effective against odor-producing microorganisms.