You spend a majority of your life inside your home. That means most of the air we breathe is affected by the things that go on inside our houses. If you’ve never thought about how the quality of that air affects your health and your family, it’s time to make indoor air quality a priority.
IAQ and Your Health
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, clean indoor air can prevent environmental health hazards. If you’re constantly experiencing some of the symptoms below, there’s a good chance your indoor air quality is low and needs to be addressed.
Symptoms of bad IAQ include:
Some serious problems can also result from bad IAQ, including certain types of cancers caused toxic air pollutants.
Pinpointing IAQ Causes
Poor IAQ is caused by a number of different factors, some of which can be easily remedied while others require the assistance of an HVAC professional. Common causes of bad IAQ include:
Tobacco smoke is among the most common and most harmful indoor air pollutants. It contains over 200 known poisons, which include carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. To date, scientists have identified over 60 chemicals inside tobacco smoke that can cause cancer. The easy fix to this is to immediately stop the practice of smoking inside your home.
The kinds of cleaning products you use inside your home have a huge effect on your IAQ. Disinfectants and other strong cleaning chemicals release toxic vapors and volatile organic compounds that pollute the air.
Proper air circulation inside your house can help improve IAQ. Make sure exhaust fans are in working order and always change your HVAC system’s filters every month. No excuses.
While there are some steps you can take to improve IAQ at home, professional services can make a dramatic impact. These include:
Professional HVAC Maintenance
Your comfort systems move the air around your home, so it only makes sense that making sure it’s in the best working order can improve your home’s IAQ.
Air Duct Cleaning
Dust, mites and other contaminants accumulate inside the air ducts of your home. Regular cleaning – including professional services – is a quick and efficient way to eliminate problems before they begin.
If you haven’t given much thought to indoor air quality, you could be putting yourself, family, friends, and pets at risk. Give Marshall Services a call today at 610.584.1979. We’ll send an expert technician out to help you find the best answer to improve your IAQ.