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Indoor Air Quality Tune-Up from the HVAC Experts

Indoor air quality (IAQ) tune-ups and maintenance are a great way to ensure your HVAC system remains effective at delivering clean, safe, and conditioned air throughout your home or office. Scheduling annual cleaning and maintenance is also a great way to care for your HVAC system and extend its lifespan. The certified HVAC experts at Bradley Mechanical are well-versed in the art of air quality maintenance with over 50 years of experience. Whether you suspect your unit may need a tune-up or not, we’re here to help.

The Importance of Keeping Up with Air Quality Maintenance

Keeping your HVAC system clean is one of the most important steps you can take to improve the indoor air quality of your home. The air you breathe indoors will eventually pass through your system’s air handler. Inside the air handler, there is an evaporator coil that looks much like a car's radiator. When the cooling fins get clogged with dirt, dust, and allergens, the system is forced to work harder to move air, significantly raising energy consumption and your utility bill. 

Many odors, like the musty smell you sometimes notice in homes, start on the coils and fins. Due to their hidden nature, most home and business owners don’t consider them to be the issue. That’s why it’s important to call trusted experts like Bradley Mechanical. After decades of helping our local community, we know the first signs and symptoms of HVAC problems – especially for IAQ tune-ups.

Professional & Quality IAQ Tune-Ups

Our professional tune-up teams perform a multitude of services, including important safety and performance evaluations. Two visits per year ensure that your HVAC system investment will be protected. Systems serviced regularly are the last ones to experience unnecessary breakdowns. Semi-annual cleanings and proper IAQ maintenance set the foundation for good indoor air quality and ensure that your air quality remains high year after year. 

Bradley Mechanical uses a safer, more effective alternative to toxic cleaners, bleaches and solvents. Instead, we use a product with powerful ingredients on the EPA’s Designed for the Environment list of acceptable “green” materials. This allows us to cleanse your evaporator coil and condenser unit of dirt, allergens and other microscopic irritants effectively and safely. Once complete, we will disinfect the air handler with an EPA-approved microbicide that removes and kills harmful cold- and flu-causing germs. This product will actively disinfect for up to 90 days, keeping your indoor air healthy by preventing the growth of microbial bacteria.

Schedule your IAQ tune-up now.

Our IAQ Precision Tune-Up Check List

Depending on the season, our IAQ tune-up process may vary. This is why we recommend having your IAQ maintenance scheduled twice per year.

Bradley Mechanical technician tuning IAQ changing out air handler filter

Warm Weather Season

  • Clean or replace filters.
  • Clean condenser and evaporator coils.
  • Clean blower wheel.
  • Monitor and record refrigerant charge.
  • Verify and monitor controls. All safety tests must be completed.
  • Verify and monitor electric heat operation.
  • Verify defrost operation.
  • Verify duct integrity and airflow.
  • Check and record static pressure.
  • Oil motors when appropriate.
  • Verify the integrity of electrical connections.
  • Clean and inspect condensate line and drains.
  • Treat indoor coil and drain pan with microbiocide.
  • Apply UV protection to the outdoor unit cabinet
Bradley Mechanical technician servicing air handler during IAQ tune-up

Cold Weather Season

  • Clean or replace filters.
  • Pull burners and check for cracks in the heat exchanger.
  • Pull blower assembly and check the bottom of the heat exchanger for cracks.
  • Disassemble blower and clean the blower wheel.
  • Clean and treat indoor coil and seal coil area.
  • Clean drain line.
  • Clean heat exchanger.
  • Clean burners and pilot assembly.
  • Install a new thermocouple.
  • Reinstall burners into the furnace and reinstall the burner cover.
  • Reassemble blower assembly.
  • Oil blower motor, if applicable.
  • Reinstall the blower into the furnace and restart the furnace.
  • Check for flame movement when the blower comes on.
  • Check the gas pressure. (3.5 wci NAT gas, 10.0 wci PROPANE.)
  • Check all safeties.
  • Inspect all electrical connections.
  • Verify and record amp draw on motors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is indoor air quality an issue?

Indoor air quality is strongly connected to your health and well-being. Since we spend a lot of time indoors, the air we breathe should be free of allergens and pollutants. Having clean air can reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses and various chronic conditions. Other serious indoor air pollutants, like asbestos, can also lead to serious and even fatal health conditions.

What are some major concerns about indoor air quality?

A variety of organic or manufactured pollutants could be hiding in the air you breathe. Exposure to mold, mildew, pet dander, radon, nitrogen dioxide, asbestos or other building materials can result in illness and disease, while long-term exposure can lead to even more severe complications.

What are the major factors to consider in maintaining indoor air quality?

Three factors you should keep in mind that significantly affect the quality of air in your home are ventilation, humidity and air purification. Ventilation helps reduce the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Adequate humidity levels can reduce the spread and growth of mold and mildew, and air purification can filter out tiny particles not caught by conventional HVAC systems.

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