The air that we breathe in our homes is very important to our health, and if you think that the air inside your home is the safest air to inhale … You may be very surprised. When you hear the words “air pollution”, most people tend to think of smug, auto pollution, factory smoke and other pollutants that are so widely known and publicized. However, according to most experts, indoor air is some of the most heavily polluted and extremely dangerous to our health if left unmanaged. Leading researchers have found that the air inside of your home may be anywhere from 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside of our home, and since we spend the majority of our time in our homes this poses a significant health risk. This is a huge concern for most of us, and the first step to fixing the problem is identifying the problem and the risks associated with it.
Fortunately enough for us, prevention and maintenance of poor indoor air quality is both easy and affordable, both your home and office can have clean, safe air. Ignoring the quality of the air in your home can lead to a range of serious health issues for everyone in your home, things such as the development of infections in the lungs, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. These are very serious conditions, but there are also less extreme issues that can arise from poor air quality such as headaches, nausea, nasal congestion, dry eyes, and fatigue. If you ignore these issues they can even lead to structural degradation and building failures such as peeling paint, window condensation, back-drafting appliances, and encourage mold growth. You may be wondering, “How do I know if I have poor indoor air quality?” …
Musty odors, or a general feeling of hot and stuffiness inside the building in question are common signs, as well as symptoms that are frequent at work but go away when leaving, like fever, a cough, or shortness of breath. Not all of these are linked to poor indoor air quality, but these symptoms in combination with a number of environmental factors could mean you’re living with poor indoor air quality and putting your health at risk. Most common environmental factors that contribute to subpar indoor air quality are things like not having enough ventilation or fresh supply of outdoor air or contaminated air being brought into the building. Other things such as construction and remodeling can also contribute to poor indoor air quality but aren’t as common as things like high humidity, poor maintenance of your outdoor air conditioning unit and dampness and moisture due to leaks in the home.
There is no single test to check and determine the quality of your indoor air, but inspection of the ventilation ducts as well as monitoring of the temperature and humidity and airflow are all essential to preventing poor indoor air quality and the chances for getting sick from it. In certain cases, specialized tests may be required to test for things such as radon and asbestos, you should voice your concern for the needs of these tests to a certified air conditioning serviceman. Ideally the best prevention is source control, what we mean by this is eliminating the cause of potential indoor air pollutants. You can take measures such as not smoking in your home any longer, or reducing the use of chemical solvents and cleaners you use while cleaning up. Take steps to eliminate odors, not just mask them … Use baking soda when appropriate to neutralize odors instead of air fresheners (which have Volatile Organic Chemicals) in them.
If you take just a few small steps, in addition to getting an air purifier you can reduce the amount of contaminants in your home today and start breathing cleaning fresher air. However, there is no substitute for an annual inspection and maintenance of your air conditioning unit and ventilation system. With professional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services, your home can go from having unhealthy air to being a fresh haven of pure and clean air. At Supreme air conditioning we are able to identify the sources of allergens within your home and work to eliminate them.