Is Your Home Polluted?!

Recent studies show that the air quality within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outside air we are breathing, causing great risk to our health. Most of us spend approximately 90% of our time indoors, so the quality of the indoor air becomes of particular concern. The good news is that indoor air pollution is a risk you can do something about, and your HVAC systems play a key role.

Gases and particles in the air are the primary causes of indoor pollution, coming from many sources ranging from poorly ventilated heating systems, asbestos and other toxic building materials, household cleaning and personal care products, as well as mold and pet dander.

There are 3 Basic Strategies for controlling indoor air quality:

• Eliminate the individual sources of pollution;
• Improve building ventilation; and
• Install effective air filtration and air cleaning devices.

Eliminate sources of pollution by keeping areas clean and free of buildup. Regular vacuuming goes a long way to control pet hair and other harmful particles in the air. Allowing dampness and water to sit encourages mold and mildew growth which disperses harmful spores into the air we breathe, so keep areas dry and clean. In older buildings, have your plumbing and vents checked for materials such as asbestos which is extremely dangerous, and requires professional removal.

Inadequate Ventilation increases pollutant levels because not enough fresh air is brought in to dilute emissions, and not enough indoor air is filtered out of the building. Be sure any equipment that draws intake air in your home has adequate sources of fresh air to draw from, and that exhaust omissions are properly ventilated.

Air needs to move throughout your house, even energy efficient buildings need to breathe. Make sure that attic and roof/ridge vents are installed, and do not restrict air flow.

Keeping your HVAC systems properly maintained ensures that the equipment’s ventilation and filtration components are working properly, and goes a long way to eliminating emissions of pollutants. High temperatures and humidity levels can also increase the concentrations of some pollutants, making temperature and humidity monitoring and control essential to a healthy home.

Our technicians at Gelinas can advise you on any dangers that may be present in your home – give us a call today!

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