Indoor air quality is an aspect of heating and cooling indoors that not every homeowner thinks about – it’s easily overlooked because you can’t always see or feel contaminants in the same way you can the air temperature. Air quality does affect your comfort and health, and warrants your attention.
Many of the items found in your home are actually hazards when it comes to your air quality. Eliminate these five items to instantly improve air quality, and consider installing the best HVAC systems for indoor air quality along with high-performing HVAC filters to reduce harmful contaminants indoors.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals emitted by household products. VOCs are emitted while products are in use or stored, and exposure may cause health effects such as:
- Irritation to eyes, nose, and throat
Some VOCs are linked to cancer in humans and animals. The following common household items may contain VOCs:
- Paints and solvents
- Aerosol products
- Air fresheners
Mold may grow in a home when humidity levels exceed 50 percent. Water leaks can also contribute to mold growth in the home. If you find mold growth in your home, clean the area with bleach solution to kill the growth. Wear protective gear and make sure the area is properly ventilated for your safety.
While lead-based paint was banned in 1978, it is still present in some older homes and on antique items. Have your home tested for lead – if lead paint is chipping or in an area where children may chew, it should be removed according to EPA standards.
Smoking in the home is detrimental to indoor air quality. Exposure may lead to respiratory illnesses and even cancer. Remove these carcinogens when heating and cooling indoors by utilizing HVAC filters or air cleaners.
Whenever you cook on a gas stove, light a fire in your fireplace, or use gas appliances, combustion occurs, because fuel is burned. The best HVAC systems will properly vent combustion pollutants from your home. Range hoods should be used when cooking, and fireplaces should be properly ventilated as well as gas appliances.
Indoor Air Quality Assistance
Gainesville Mechanical’s indoor air quality services pair homeowners with the best HVAC system solutions that address the air quality challenges unique to their living environments.
- High quality HVAC filters remove contaminants as air circulates through your systems, delivering cleaner air along with heating and cooling indoors.
- Air cleaners offer superb contaminant filtration, removing microscopic contaminants and particles from the above items that diminish your indoor air quality.
- Humidifiers and dehumidifiers keep moisture levels balanced to combat mold growth.
Improve the quality of air in your home when heating and cooling indoors. Gainesville Mechanical offers the best HVAC systems and HVAC filters to improve health and safety. Contact us today to find the right air quality solutions for your home.