Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality DiagramThere’s more to your indoor air quality than heating and cooling. Ricotta Heating and Air, the St. Louis area indoor air quality (IAQ) specialists, can provide air-quality improvement products, design and implement solutions, and install the proper equipment., including: Air cleaners, Humidifiers / dehumidifiers, Thermostats, Zoned cooling and heating systems, Carbon monoxide monitors

Call Ricotta Heating & Air today, (314) 333-5900, to schedule an Indoor Air Quality Assessment. A $99 upfront testing fee is required. Customers who purchase an Indoor Air Quality solution will be discounted $99 from the cost of their IAQ system installation.

Sources of Indoor Air Pollutants

Sources of indoor air pollutants that affect your indoor air quality include bedrooms, bathrooms, attics, common living areas, kitchen, garage, and even the front yard.

About Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Why It’s Important?

Many people spend up to 90% of their time indoors.

  • Exposure to indoor pollutants and airborne particles has increased due to “airtight” building construction.
  • The use of chemicals in household cleaners, construction materials, and pest control products has increased.

Airborne particles include:

  • Allergens, such as:
    • Dust mites
    • Pet dander
    • Pollen
    • Mold

    Allergens can cause allergic reactions, respiratory problems and asthma attacks.

  • Biological particles, such as:
    • Bacteria
    • Viruses
    • Fungi

    These can cause infectious and non-infectious diseases, such as colds, influenza, and respiratory infections.

  • Toxic particles, such as:
    • Cigarette smoke
    • Wood smoke
    • Lead dust
    • Asbestos

Improved Energy Efficiency can Lead to Poor Indoor Air Quality

Airtight construction, designed to improve energy efficiency, permits less fresh air to enter the home.

  • High efficiency heating and cooling systems constantly recirculate indoor air.
  • This causes airborne particles and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) to build up over time.
  • If someone in your family suffers from asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems, then airborne particles in your home can trigger allergic reactions, respiratory problems, and asthma attacks.
  • People with chemical sensitivity such as children, the sick, and the elderly, can also experience similar symptoms when exposed to VOC’s found in building materials, furniture, paints and solvents, household cleaners, and fragrances.

Humidity Levels:

High levels of humidity can make your home feel sticky and potentially create a breeding ground for mold, mildew, dust mites and bacteria, as this graph illustrates:

Air Cleaners

According to the American Lung Association®, indoor air pollution poses a threat to respiratory health.

Everyone should consider doing what they can to improve indoor air quality in the areas where they spend time. Whole house air cleaners have been shown to minimize the ill effects of indoor air pollutants, such as dust, pet dander, pollen, and chemicals, as well as reduce airborne viruses and bacteria. Ricotta Heating and Air is experienced in air quality evaluation and they are prepared to help you assess your family’s indoor air quality needs:

  • Select the model that’s right for your home
  • Install and regulate your new air cleaner for maximum efficiency

Learn about the importance of proper air filter maintenance.


Ricotta Heating and Air understands how the right humidity level in your home can help your indoor air quality, increase comfort, and decrease heating and cooling bills. They are specially trained to:

  • Evaluate humidity conditions
  • Recommend the right humidity system for your home
  • Install and maintain your humidifier or dehumidifier


The efficiency of your heating and cooling system is affected by the thermostat controlling them. Ricotta Heating and Air can improve efficiencies with programmable thermostats that provide great returns on a small investment.

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