Residential Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Pollution
Is your indoor air as fresh as you would like? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution might be the cause of your allergies, and your air may not be as clean as it looks. Tiny airborne particles, invisible to the eye but harmful to health, may be causing your indoor air to be more polluted than the air outside. Most of us spend much of our time indoors, so it makes sense to want indoor air that is as healthy as possible.
What Can Contaminate Indoor Air?
There are many types of indoor air pollutants, and they can all cause different reactions. Pollen, for example, can make existing allergies even worse. A carbon monoxide leak can cause a headache, dizziness and nausea.
Additional pollutants might include:
- Excessive dust
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
How Do I Assess the Quality of My Indoor Air?
One way to assess the indoor air quality of your home or business is to monitor how you feel when you are in that space. Are you having any of the following symptoms in certain environments?
Shortness of Breath
How Can I Have Cleaner Indoor Air?
Indoor air pollution develops because buildings today are tightly sealed to prevent the loss of heated and cooled air. Simply adding a ventilation system can freshen up indoor air and keep these contaminants from gaining a foothold. High-tech air cleaners and air purifiers can reduce indoor air pollution by almost 100% depending on the system you install. These state-of-the-art systems can be a tremendous help for those who suffer from respiratory disorders, allergies and/or asthma. Adding an air humidifier to your furnace can get rid of the dry air that causes itchy skin and rashes. Installing UV lamps on your HVAC system can prevent the growth of mold.
Duct Cleaning Can Improve Indoor Air Quality
If your heating and cooling system relies on ductwork to circulate heated and cooled air, your ducts should be inspected and cleaned every few years. Duct systems are notorious for harboring all types of pollutants from insect droppings, excessive dust, bacteria, mold and more. Besides getting rid of these contaminants, duct cleaning can remove any debris within the ducts and help your HVAC system to be more efficient. While your ducts are being cleaned, a technician will seal any leaks to eliminate the loss of heated and cooled air. Cleaner duct systems can reduce your energy costs.