Indoor air quality (IAQ) was not a major consideration for most homes built before the year 2000. This is compounded by the harsh winters we experience in Massachusetts, which means that a lot of the year is spent indoors with windows and doors closed to conserve energy.

This is also the time of year when we tend to deal with a lot of issues such as increased colds and illness, dry stuffy noses, and aggravated asthma. Even in the warmer months a lot of us resort to the window or central AC systems to keep our house comfortable all season long, but we don’t really think about the quality of the air our cooling systems are bringing in.

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As a homeowner, you may not be aware of the technology available to you to help relieve or virtually eliminate common side effects of bad indoor air quality, such as:

  • Seasonal allergies
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Cold or flu exposure
  • Mold formation
  • Dry air

That’s why the indoor air quality experts at Heritage Home Service are here to help you design a system customized to your exact air quality needs.

Indoor Air Quality Services in Massachusetts

As we alluded to earlier, homeowners in the Northeast spend a lot of time indoors due to weather conditions. The fact is, our indoor air quality can be two to five times worse than outdoors, and by keeping our windows closed, we are actually trapping and increasing the number of pollutants stuck in our homes. If you deal with constant feelings of fatigue, headaches, coughing or sneezing, your home’s air quality could be the culprit. This is why we recommend air quality treatment systems to all of our Massachusetts customers.

Many factors can contribute to your home’s overall indoor air quality, such as when the home was built, ventilation design, how well-sealed/insulated your home is, and more. The single most important factor, however, is your home’s air exchange rate, also known as its ability to change air. This all boils down simply to how often your home circulates new air inside.

With windows open, the average home experiences four to five changes per hour. This is decreased by more than 60%, down to only one to two changes per hour with windows and doors closed. This decreased airflow can expose you and your family to higher concentrations of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from off-gassing of building materials, carpet, flooring, and even household chemicals. Other allergen triggers such as pollen, dust, and pet dander are trapped inside your home and can be a nightmare for family members who suffer from seasonal allergies and asthma.

Since it only makes sense to not waste energy by having the windows open, we often sacrifice our indoor air quality for efficient heating and cooling. However, whole home indoor air quality systems are available which are designed to drastically reduce indoor pollutants and increase the quality of the air we breathe indoors, all while still allowing energy to be cons

At Heritage Home Service, we provide our Massachusetts customers with the follow whole home indoor air quality solutions:

  • Whole home air filtration (High-efficiency media or HEPA filters)
  • ERV or HRV air exchangers
  • UV light purification
  • Electrostatic air purification
  • Ionic air purification
  • Whole home humidification
  • Whole home dehumidification

Depending on your needs, our air quality experts at Heritage can help you design a solution that’s perfect for you and your family.

Yes and no. Whenever possible, any sort of treatment is better than nothing. Portable air filtration and dehumidification units can solve some issues for smaller spaces, but ultimately a whole home system can be designed to solve several problems and will be much more effective in the long run. If you have tried portable units before and still have trouble finding one that works for you, a whole home solution may be right for you.

Since it’s hard to know how cleaner air affects you until you experience it, the best place to start is to monitor and track your symptoms indoors and discuss your experiences with a licensed service provider.

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Our IAQ professionals are ready to help you answer any questions you may have about indoor air quality and what solutions are available for your home. Contact us today and find out why families across Massachusetts have put their trust in Heritage for all their air quality and HVAC needs.


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