National Lung Cancer Awareness month is here, but no matter what month it is, it is critical to know how the quality of air you breathe impacts lung health. Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer in Americans, and it isn’t just smoking that puts people at risk! Poor indoor air quality exposure does increase one’s risk of developing lung cancer. Below, learn how HVAC maintenance and other tools will help improve indoor air quality and overall health.
Even if you don’t smoke, cigarette smoke could be impacting you! Secondhand smoke in the home negatively impacts indoor air quality, putting household members at risk for more than just lung cancer:
- Respiratory infections
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
If there are smokers in the home, secondhand smoke travels through your duct system and is filtered by your furnace filter. Not all filters are capable of removing smoke byproducts from the air, so don’t assume your furnace filter will cancel out the effects of smoking. In smoking homes, furnace filters will clog faster and should be changed more frequently. Filter changes are an important component of HVAC maintenance in any home, and are especially important in smoking homes to improve air filtration.
Improve lung cancer awareness among your family and visitors by implementing a strict no smoking policy inside.
Conduct Radon Testing
Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who do not smoke. This radioactive, colorless gas can exist in the ground around your home, in your water supply, or in the building materials that make up your home. Poor ventilation (an element that diminishes indoor air quality) can cause high radon levels in the home.
The only way to know if radon is present in your home is to test for it. You can conduct a short-term test or have a professional perform testing. Radon testing should be conducted on the lowest floor of your home for accuracy. If your short-term test shows radon levels of 4 or higher, a long-term test is warranted.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Combat pollutants and carcinogens in your home that increase lung cancer risk by improving your home’s indoor air quality! Indoor air quality equipment that works with your HVAC systems provides whole home coverage and improved conditions throughout all living areas.
Gainesville Mechanical offers indoor air quality equipment and services to improve the air you breathe each day:
- HVAC maintenance services improve the performance of your heating, cooling, and indoor air quality equipment to keep your air cleaner throughout the year.
- Air cleaners remove allergens, mold spores, bacteria, and other contaminants from the air you breathe, leaving you with cleaner, healthier air indoors.
- Ultraviolet (UV) lights prevent mold and mildew growth, and neutralize viruses, bacteria, and germs in your air to control illness and improve the health of your home and family.
- Dehumidifiers control moisture to prevent the humid conditions that cause mold, dust mites, and other allergens to thrive indoors. Dehumidifiers balance humidity indoors to help your HVAC systems function more efficiently and improve comfort.
National lung cancer awareness month is a cause we are passionate about, because the air you breathe in your home each day plays a huge role in your health! Gainesville Mechanical offers the indoor air quality and HVAC maintenance services you need to improve air quality and health in your home. Call us today to learn more.