This may seem like a scary subject and it really is. All over America our families are spending more and more time indoors. Our heating and cooling systems are running more with a premium placed on our comfort, but yet an undiscovered health concern is hiding in plain sight.
THE AIR YOU BREATHE
Did you know: EPA the states that our indoor air is up to 5 times worse than the air you breathe outside of your home.
Now that we know there is a problem, how can you get on the path to better indoor air quality?
The first thing we must do is identify the causes for poor indoor air quality. We can easily break these into 3 larger categories.
1. PARTICULATE AND ALLERGENS – some examples of these would be smoke, dust, skin cells, dust mite feces, hair, and pet dander.
2. GERMS AND INFECTIOUS AGENTS – some examples of these would be mold, bacteria, flu virus, pollen, and bacteria.
3. CHEMICAL GASES AND ODORS – some examples of these would be chemicals, pesticides, cleaning solvents, VOC’s, formaldehyde, building materials, and benzene.
Can you have perfect indoor air quality?
The short answer is: YES
I have been in hundreds of thousands of homes and everyone is unique in how to address the indoor air quality for that particular family. Some of my clients are not allergic to anything and some are allergic to everything.
Have you ever wondered, what a professional does at his own home?
My daughter is one that is extremely allergic to many things in the air. After accessing the current duct system at our home. We decided to perform a thorough duct cleaning, which sanitizing treatment. This took care of the source of her allergy problems, but if I did not treat the air as it passed through our HVAC system, then we would be right back in the same situation before long. We chose to install a High Efficient Air filter that is almost HEPA grade with Ultraviolet Light built into the filtration system. The air in our home has been the cleanest it has been in the 10yrs we have lived in this home.
A word of caution: many companies out there want to sell you a fan that has a small filter in it or a filter that cost 30 and states that it will last 3 months. Please allow a professional guide you prior to making expensive purchases that will not help you indoor air quality.
WHAT CAN THE AVERAGE HOMEOWNER DO TO IMPROVE THE INDOOR AIR QUALITY?
1. Have your Heating and Cooling system serviced bi-annually, by a high quality service company.
2. Have your HVAC system inspected for cleanliness, integrity, and tightness.
3. Change your air filters regularly.
4. Schedule an appointment with a local Indoor Air Quality Specialist to analyze your homes needs and offer the best solutions for your family.
5. Have your air ducts cleaned by a professional.
6. Make sure all of the seals around your doors and windows are in good shape.
We really have only 2 options when it comes to indoor air quality. You either filter and treat the air properly or allow your lungs to filter it for you.
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Author: Chad Love
Company: Chad Love Services
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