According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollutants can be up to five times higher than outdoor pollutants. Your heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor can help you keep the air clean in your living space. They offer tips that help increase ventilation and reduce buildup of pollutants and recommend products that work with your HVAC system to clean the indoor air.
Sources of Indoor Pollutants
You may be surprised at the pollutants that affect the quality of air in your home:
- Household cleaning products and personal grooming products.
- Craft supplies and paint.
- Gases resulting from combustible appliances, including cooking stoves, wood stoves and fireplaces.
- Chemicals from building supplies, carpets and upholstery.
- Pet dander, animal droppings, dust mites and insect parts.
- Microbial pollutants, including bacteria and viruses.
To improve indoor air quality, homeowners should improve ventilation to exchange stale air with fresh air, remove sources of pollutants and use air purification devices. Inadequate ventilation can allow humidity to build up, which increases the risk of mold and mildew growth.
Health Effects of Poor Indoor Air
If the air in your home feels stale or has an odor, inadequate ventilation may be causing the problem. Too little air exchange allows pollutants to build up to levels that can affect health. Indoor pollutants can aggravate allergies or asthma. People may also experience dizziness, headaches, coughing or irritation of the respiratory system. Some indoor pollutants are associated with heart disease and cancer.
How to Keep Your Indoor Air Clean
The service technicians of Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning of Columbus, Georgia, evaluate indoor air quality and offer practical, efficient solutions. Our tips include how to seal leaks in the building shell, improve ventilation and regulate humidity.
We offer effective indoor air quality products, including:
- Whole-home ventilation systems.
- Superior filtration such as such as the Trane Clean Effects Air Cleaner.
- Ultraviolet Air purifiers, such as the REME HALO air purifier.
If you or your loved ones are experiencing respiratory problems, it may be from poor indoor air quality. Call Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning for an in-home consultation. We are a Trane Comfort Specialist, committed to creating a comfortable, healthy home environment. We give written estimates and guarantee our work.