What Is the Connection Between Indoor & Outdoor Air Quality

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You might be used to thinking about the air quality whenever we go outside. You step out your door and take a big breath of air, and if you’re lucky, you feel refreshed. Of course, you can also check online for the air quality report because these are the kinds of things people study and track every day. It’s ironic, however, that as often as we discuss pollution, we often forget that most of us spend the vast majority of our time indoors. That’s why maintaining our HVACs and other aspects of our home can have such a huge impact on our indoor air quality. You can never truly separate the outdoors from the indoors, so here are some things you should know to improve indoor air quality in Gainesville, GA.

The Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Pollutants

Most of the pollution that exists outdoors you’re probably familiar with. Car engines release pollutants as do power plants, industrial sites, and events like brushfires. These result in pollutants such as particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. Too much exposure to these chemicals can result in a burning sensation in your lungs, shortness of breath, and long-term health threats such as asthma, emphysema, and other diseases. Indoor pollutants aren’t generated from heavy machinery or the burning of fuels but are the result of things that surround us every day such as dander from animals and humans, dust, carpet and furniture fibers and even hazardous gases such as radon and carbon monoxide. Taking necessary precautions is important both for preventing outdoor pollution from entering the home and for filtering out indoor pollution when it’s recycled.

Changing Your Air Filter

The most important thing you can do to improve the quality of your home’s air is to frequently change out your air filters. When an air filter becomes clogged with particles, it loses its ability to filter out contaminants when it circulates air throughout your home. Without sufficient filtering, those indoor pollutants discussed above aren’t removed from the air, leaving the indoor air as dirty as it was before whether your air conditioner is running or not. Even worse, perhaps, is the particles present in the outside air aren’t filtered out either, so your home is no longer protected from either the indoor or outdoor pollutants. Not only that, but a clogged air filter prevents air from moving freely throughout your air conditioning system, forcing your HVAC to work harder. If an old filter is left for too long, you may have to call for professionals in indoor air quality solutions in Gainesville, GA, to repair your home’s HVAC.

Check Other Filters

The home is full of filters designed to remove unsafe particles from the air. Check the filters that inhabit your appliances such as your vacuum cleaner and clothes dryer, and inspect your kitchen vent as well. Your home’s air ducts are responsible for keeping indoor air clean as well, and over time can become depositories for dust and dander. Be sure to have your ductwork inspected by a professional to ensure your indoor air is as clean as possible.

If you believe your home might be suffering from poor air quality from either indoor or outdoor sources, call Gainesville Mechanical. We’re experts in providing indoor air quality service in Gainesville, GA, and throughout Northern Georgia. Give us a call today at (770) 532-9130.

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