Do You Have Good Indoor Air Quality? You Might Not
Do you know the importance of good indoor air quality? The EPA says that indoor air quality within homes can be more polluted than the outdoor air. According to the EPA, there are 3 categories of indoor pollutants, and all of them have the potential to cause some serious health problems.
3 Main Categories Impacting Good Indoor Air Quality
- Asthma and Allergy Triggers: common household triggers include dust dander and mold, and pollen. Your home can have pet hair on the floors and upholstery, dust mites on pillows and other soft textiles, and mold growing in places like your shower curtain or any damp areas of your home
- Combustion Pollutants: gases and particles that come from burning materials, including space heaters, woodstoves, gas stoves, water heaters, dryers, and fireplaces that are either improperly vented or not vented at all. The amounts of pollutants that are produced from these will vary depending on how well the appliance was installed, maintained, and vented, as well as what kind of fuel it uses. Common combustion pollutants include carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide.
- Volatile Organic Compounds (“VOCs”): a variety of organic chemicals that are released as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOC’s are found in household products, including cleaning supplies, paints, varnishes, building materials, dry cleaned clothing and pesticides.
There are steps that can be taken to help improve your indoor air quality. It is important to keep your HVAC system clean and maintained on a regular basis. This will keep those allergens from spreading throughout your home and improve your indoor air quality.
Schedule a routine, annual maintenance for your HVAC unit. If you neglect to maintain your unit, your indoor air quality can contribute to a wide variety of illnesses ranging from allergies, bacterial infection and asthma related symptoms. A certified technician can look at your system and identify any issues before they become a problem.
For more information about good indoor air quality, contact Air Hawk Heating and Cooling at 813-929-4295 OR 727-SAME-DAY or visit www.AirHawkAC.com to schedule your appointment online.