5 Reasons Indoor Air Quality Demands Your Attention
Prevention & Treatment From outdoor pollen to indoor toxins, our homes host plenty of breathing threats. These are the most pressing air-quality threats a homeowner should have a handle on.
1. Indoor air quality is a bigger concern
Striving to make buildings more efficient, with man-made substances, has created a firestorm of respiratory health problems in our homes and office buildings. And more of the construction is in southern climates, causing excessive moisture-related problems, leading to potential mold related issues.
2. Silent threats live at home
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are more prominent in our homes than any other time in our history. Paints, solvents, faux wood and lots of other building materials are made using chemicals, not natural materials like years ago. And these chemicals can off-gas for years. VOCs are also very difficult to remove by most HVAC systems. Carbon-based systems are the only proven solution, so far.
3. Air circulation is the key
I’m constantly asked about indoor air quality from those that suffer from asthma and allergies. People spending hundreds of dollars a month on medications to control their symptoms. For lots of them, it’s seasonal. Blooming flowers and trees create lots of pollen that is breathed outside, causing symptoms hours later while at home. Do they have a pollen problem in the home? Usually not.
But their home may not adequately remove pollen and other dust and dander, or VOCs and microbes for that matter, because their HVAC system is not running that day. Inside temperature is comfortable, so why run the air? Move the air through the filter, through the air purifier and UVC lights and all of the products available to help remove or neutralize the impurities.
4. Purifiers can be handier than a fan
Lots of portable air purifiers are sold by major box stores, and on the internet, and almost all of them should not be applicable to a home or office environment. They just don’t move enough air. Some claim to create a healthier environment, and a “just after a lightning storm” fresh scent, using ozone or another oxidizer which has been shown to be unhealthy. Using your HVAC system, with its powerful fan and whole house duct system to treat the air is definitely the best and cheapest solution.
5. A licensed second opinion counts
Find a licensed HVAC contractor that will inspect and review your central air system, in its entirety. Most people decide based on a cheap price or fancy billboard. You want the company that will inspect the equipment size, the duct runs, the return inlets and supply drops, the amount of fresh air coming in, the particulate in the air, the VOC levels, the average humidity, etc. From this information, the contractor will suggest modifications, replacement or accessories that will create greater comfort for you and your family.