Breathe Easier: How HVAC Reduces Indoor Air Pollution


Did you know we spend a WHOPPING 90% of our time inside? That’s a lot, right? Whether at home or work, the quality of the indoor air we breathe in these spaces directly and significantly impacts our health.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution ranks in the top five environmental risks to public health. Harmful particles circulating through the air can trigger health effects ranging from short-term irritations to debilitating respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. 

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This blog explores the factors contributing to poor air quality and the negative health impacts they can have on you and your family. Fortunately, where there are problems, Chancey & Reynolds has expert solutions! So you’ll also learn how our HVAC-certified technicians implement professional indoor air solutions that our customers trust to keep their air clean, healthy, and safe.

What’s polluting your indoor air?

  • Outdoor Air Pollution: Outdoor pollutants like dust, smoke, and vehicle exhaust can creep into your home through windows, doors, openings, and poorly maintained heating and cooling systems. For people living in big cities, these outdoor contaminants are particularly problematic.
  • People and Pets: It’s not just outside contaminants—you and your pets are major indoor air polluters, too! Human bodies are constantly shedding skin cells that turn into dust and dust mites, while your pets produce a neverending stream of hair and dander. And you’re both guilty of tracking in dirt and allergens.
  • Particulate Matter: Consider the activities in your home that could emit particulate matter (tiny particles of dust, dirt, soot, smoke, or chemical droplets). Cooking with gas appliances, polishing furniture, smoking, and even using cleaning products, aerosol sprays, and strong adhesives can expel carcinogens and volatile organic compounds.
  • Mold and Excess Moisture: Moisture is the least recognized indoor air pollutant, but it’s incredibly common and can also be extremely harmful to your health and the structure and integrity of your home. High humidity creates the perfect environment for mold, mildew, and dust mites to thrive. The poor ventilation that causes excess moisture also compounds the effects of all particulate matter pollutants by trapping them inside for you to breathe continually.

How Indoor Air Pollution Impacts Health

  • Immediate Effects: Some bodily reactions to poor indoor air quality can occur shortly after a single or repeated exposure to polluted indoor air, like irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. Sometimes, symptoms of asthma may appear or get worse. Immediate reactions and their severities are highly individual from one person to another, depending on factors like biological sensitivities, age, and existing conditions.
  • Long-Term Effects: Respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer may present years into repeated exposure to indoor air pollution. These long-term effects can be severe, debilitating, and even fatal.

HVAC Solutions for Healthier Indoor Air

Modern HVAC technology offers numerous solutions to reduce pollution and improve indoor air. The NATE-certified technicians at Chancey & Reynolds evaluate your home or office’s unique needs to ensure the right fit for your space. Our most popular indoor air quality services include:

  • Air Filter Maintenance and Replacement: Air filters improve indoor air quality by filtering airborne pollutants and particulate matter, including dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, smoke particles, and some bacteria and viruses. Chancey & Reynolds offers high-quality air filter service as part of our comprehensive professional maintenance plans.
  • Air Purification Systems: Air purification systems eliminate contaminants and purify the air within your indoor space. Air purification systems benefit pet owners, smokers, and people with respiratory problems. Chancey & Reynolds installs, services, and repairs all residential and commercial air purification systems. 
  • Humidity Control: Chancey & Reynolds incorporates humidifiers and dehumidifiers into HVAC systems to deliver controlled, balanced indoor air and humidity levels. Integrating humidity control systems with HVAC can help prevent mold growth and help improve the quality of your indoor air.

Trust the Pros

At the end of the day, the most critical factor is finding a reliable HVAC service provider you can trust to help you make decisions about repairs and replacements. The HVAC professionals at Chancey & Reynolds are certified and experienced with all brands, models, and types of heating and cooling systems. Your space demands a tailored HVAC solution and regular maintenance from knowledgeable technicians.

Our customers across Knoxville and Lenoir City have trusted Chancey & Reynolds with their HVAC needs for more than 40 years. We thoroughly evaluate your home’s design to recommend the best-fitting systems. We even offer free estimates and convenient financing options for those who qualify, so you don’t have to worry about major upfront costs. Get in touch today!

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