According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.”
Aside from the obvious sources of indoor air pollution such as tobacco products and noxious chemicals found in such things as paint strippers, oven cleaners, bleach, drain cleaners, and many air fresheners, there are other sources you might not have suspected. New carpets can “gas off” volatile organic compounds (VOCs), some for as long as five years. Fire retardant chemicals found in padded furniture migrate out of the furniture to contaminate household dust. Burning candles release carbon particles and often contain toxic plasticizers and solvents that are also released. Pollutants can also be generated while cooking. Regardless of the type of stove you have, cooking creates particulate matter, particularly when heating oils and fats, especially at high temperatures.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
There are a number of things that can be done to improve indoor air quality. A good range hood over the stove will help to remove cooking contaminants. HEPA filters in the vacuum cleaner will trap particles that have settled to the floor. Portable air cleaners will trap dust, pet dander, smoke and other contaminants in whichever rooms they are placed.
It’s a good idea to regularly inspect your HVAC system filters and clean or replace them as needed. Not only will that help with the air quality, but it will also increase your HVAC system’s efficiency.
Another thing that will help to improve the air quality in your home is routine cleaning and maintenance of your HVAC system.
The air quality throughout the entire home can be improved with a whole-house air purifier. An Air Scrubber is installed in your HVAC’s ductwork to remove odors, dust, pet dander, pollen, from the air being circulated through your house. An Air Scrubber does not merely capture particles in a filter; it actively uses light waves to produce ions that destroy airborne and surface contaminants to protect you against bacteria, viruses, mold, fungi, and other indoor pollutants. An Air Scrubber should be installed by a professional HVAC technician.
Prevent Issues Before They Start
It may seem obvious but preventing issues with your HVAC before they start is the best way to protect yourself and your family. Periodically inspect your vents for dust and debris, regularly change filters, and don’t be afraid to call a professional if you need assistance with maintaining your system.
A professional HVAC technician can also give you tips on spotting issues on your own. A professional can tell you what to look for and how your system should function as well as provide strategies for keeping your unit in good shape.
Get Help from the Pros
It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with basic HVAC systems maintenance, but professional HVAC inspection and maintenance will help keep your system performing well. For over 30 years, the pros at Forney Air have been helping homeowners and business owners with all their HVAC installation, inspection, and maintenance needs.
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