According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), human exposure to air pollutants shows that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times– and sometimes more than 100 times– higher than outdoor levels. People in buildings frequently report discomfort and building-related health symptoms, and sometimes develop illnesses related to poor indoor air quality.
We strongly believe that regular professional maintenance for your HVAC system is one of the best ways to prevent health problems associated with dirty indoor air. During maintenance visits, we change out filters and clean coils to keep mold and other pollutants from being circulated through your home. And, we offer purification and filtration products such as UV lights and air cleaners that reduce contaminants in your indoor air.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has also put together a list of 10 tips for maintaining your indoor air quality. We’d like to share them with you:
1. Use energy efficient fans to vent bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms to the outdoors.
2. Avoid placing HVAC equipment in garages or other spaces that contain contaminants and dust that can be drawn into the home.
3. Properly vent fireplaces and other hearth products.
4. Vent clothes dryers and vacuums directly to the outside
5. Store toxic chemicals such as cleaners, paints and solvents outside the living spaces.
6. Avoid unvented combustion sources, such as cigarettes, indoor barbecues and candles
7. Open windows during activities such as painting, home cleaning and hobbies that use solvents and chemicals.
8. Use power vented or condensing water heaters.
9. Use good filters on your HVAC equipment, and consider installing an air cleaner unit on your air handler.
10. Use mechanical ventilation to circulate air throughout your home.
Ask us about ways that you can achieve and maintain better indoor air quality for your home. We can come up with solutions that keep your indoor air clean, healthy and comfortable.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.