Sure, it’s easy to turn on the heater or the air conditioner and feel comfortable in your home, but these systems do more than just raise and lower the temperature of your home. These units can play a larger factor in impacting the air you breathe. Indoor air quality affects our comfort and also our health.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that indoor pollution sources releasing gases or microscopic particles into the air are the primary cause affecting the quality of air in homes. If a home does not have the best ventilation, this can increase the level of indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough air from the outside to weaken the emissions. Additionally, high temperatures and high humidity levels can also increase the concentration of pollutants.
What Are the Primary Causes of Indoor Air Quality Pollutants?
Officials from the EPA have found that combustion of materials such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood and tobacco products can produce carbon monoxide and other invisible and potentially harmful gases. Other products in your home such as cleaning products, insulation and building materials have the capability of producing pollutants. Things like dust, mold and allergens can accumulate and spread throughout your home.
The Effects of Indoor Pollutants
The effects of indoor air quality may take time to show up. Some initial symptoms may include fatigue, headaches, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
Lucky for all of us, there are many options to help improve the quality of air in our homes.
Controlling Pollutant Sources
By doing things like storing cleaning products outdoors or removing harmful asbestos and insulation products greatly increases the quality of air in your household. Furthermore, other changes like smoking outside or replacing a wood or coal burning stove increases air quality.
This can easily be done by opening windows, doors and running bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans. Additionally, turn on window or attic fans when the weather allows.
Air Cleaners and Filters
Simple improvements to your heating and air conditioning system can be made to better your air quality. These improvements include routine maintenance of your systems, which includes changing your filter accordingly. Also, filtration systems that can remove up to 98% of contaminants can be added to your existing system.
Finding the Right System and Equipment
If you would say that you have an older heating or air conditioning system, the probability is high that the air quality is not as good as it could be. On average, after about 10 years, many heating and air conditioning systems can build up high concentrations of germs, allergens and mold. Systems produced before 2000 create far more pollutants than current systems.
If the quality of the air in your home is of concern to you, the professionals at Tom Drexler Plumbing, Air & Electric are ready to give you their opinions, suggestions and expertise. Give yourself the peace of mind to know that the air is as clean as it could be and call us today. We look forward to servicing you!