If you’ve opened your weather app recently, you may have noticed a new addition to the screen: an air quality report. If the air quality is good, the report may appear towards the bottom of the screen.

Weather app showing Dallas weather in the summer

In some locations where air quality is frequently poor, the information may be displayed more prominently:

Weather app showing poor air conditions in San Francisco

Why is this information important? Air quality affects every part of your life, because breathing is essential for life. Poor air quality is responsible for an estimated 60,000 premature deaths in the United States each year. Costs from air pollution-related illness are estimated at $150 billion per year.

Pollution, dust, bacteria, fungus, and other contaminants can reduce IAQ if the air filters in an HVAC system are not installed properly or are not efficient enough to capture the particles carrying these contaminants.  If you are experiencing poor IAQ, we recommend using higher efficiency air filters to capture more particles, selecting filters based off of energy savings calculations, making sure the filters are the correct size and are installed properly to eliminate any air bypass, and establishing a routine preventative maintenance plan.

Air filters may seem minor, but this is not an area to cut corners. Skimping on filters or maintenance can actually end up being extremely costly and have negative impacts on health.

When we send our technicians to assess a building, they thoroughly examine the HVAC system to identify any issues that could be negatively affecting operating costs and IAQ. Then they recommend ways to save the customer money and improve their system’s overall performance. Sometimes this requires new filtration products, but in other cases it could just mean minor changes in the way filters are installed or maintained.

No matter what we recommend, the goal is always to deliver a better indoor environment in a way that’s cost-effective for you. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.

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