How Clean is the Air in Your Home? Get the Indoor Air Quality Facts Here!
I’m sure we’re all anxiously awaiting the warmer, sunshine-filled weather. However, those with allergies are probably in no hurry to enter the season of puffy eyes, runny noses, and feeling all types of lousy! Allergy season is around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking ahead!
This is where the “ventilating” part of “HVAC” comes into play. HVAC is not all about staying cool when you’re warm and staying warm when you’re cold. A huge part of the HVAC trade is indoor air quality, or “IAQ” for short. Yes, a huge part of the IAQ side of HVAC is keeping the temperature settled and comfortable by looking at the average temperature of the room, outside humidity and indoor humidity. However, another side of it is the quality of the air you’re breathing, which is where the industry comes into play with allergy season. Your indoor air quality is very important, especially when you have children and elderly family members in the home. This plays a large part in your health and well-being!
Do you know the most common allergens and air pollutants found in the common home in America? Molds, bacteria, viruses, pollen, pet dander, and particles from dust mites and cockroaches are found within most homes in your neighborhood! Think about how often you are in your home, and how your home’s air could be compromised with these items. Have you ever thought about your indoor air quality?
The EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) clarifies the most common pollutant sources, and some of them are things you would never even think could be lurking within the air of your home, and now within the lungs of you and your family’s bodies:
There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.
Amount of Ventilation
If too little outdoor air enters a home, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems. Unless they are built with special mechanical means of ventilation, homes that are designed and constructed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can “leak” into and out of the home may have higher pollutant levels than other homes. However, because some weather conditions can drastically reduce the amount of outdoor air that enters a home, pollutants can build up even in homes that are normally considered “leaky”.
Immediate effects may show up after a single exposure or repeated exposures. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person’s exposure to the source of the pollution, if it can be identified. Symptoms of some diseases, including asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and humidifier fever (PDF), may also show up soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants.
Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.
How can you avoid these allergens and hazardous particles? Call America’s Best Mechanical & Electrical today and discuss the options! We have amazing deals on whole-house media air cleaners, and you can even get one FOR FREE if you install a new high-efficient air conditioner before May 30, 2015!