Today’s families spend 90% of their time indoors, making indoor air quality essential to overall health. Unfortunately, there are many things lurking in the air inside your home, eking away at your immune system and putting your health at risk.
What airborne elements are taking a toll on the health of you and your family?
- Allergens & particulates
Feeling under the weather? Dirt, dust, pollen, mold, mildew, and fungi, pet dander, dust mites, cockroach debris, smoke, vehicle exhaust, and more can cause you and your family a glut of issues commonly mistaken for a “cold” – runny nose, sneezing, congestion, nose and throat irritation, coughing and wheezing, and even asthma flare-ups, which may, in fact, be the result of poor indoor air quality in the home.
- Infectious agents
Germs, viruses and bacteria like streptococcus, pneumococcus, Legionella, tuberculosis, cold and flu viruses, RSV, and even SARS may be lurking inside your home, being distributed through your air ducts to result in frequent bouts of sinusitis, upper respiratory infections, throat and ear infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
- Toxic compounds
Everyday items in your home, from furniture and appliances to cleaning compounds and pesticides, release an array of toxic gases and odors including formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, methylene chloride, nitrogen dioxide, toluene, benzene, and even mold mycotoxins. Of particular concern in more recently built homes with tight building envelopes, these toxins can buildup to create air quality many times more toxic than outside air, causing significant health effects including depression, headaches, fatigue, blurred vision, memory lapse, and lung dysfunction. Toxins in homes are so common, of the 120 samples taken from homes undergoing an air quality study in New England, ALL tested positive for endocrine disrupting compounds.
Kicking contaminants to the curb
These above elements don’t just take their toll on your body, each of these items equally takes a toll on your heating and air conditioner too, resulting in poor heating and cooling efficiency and dirty air. Amazingly enough, the same system that suffers alongside you can help you mitigate these concerns…
- Improved air filters
Utilizing a quality air filter – and cleaning or changing it frequently – is one of the best ways to improve the air quality in your home. Not just your average box-store bargain, today’s top-of-the-line air filters boast technology that offers unrivaled cleaning power and great bang for the buck.
- Air purification systems
Installed in conjunction with your HVAC system, air purification systems can cleanse air throughout your home, instead of a single room as with standalone units, quickly and efficiently reducing bacteria, germs, mold and odors.
- UV (germicidal) lights
Incorporated into your HVAC system’s ductwork (or as standalone systems), UV lights can help control illness-inducing bacteria and microorganisms, offering a great line of defense for your immune system.
Dehumidifiers work wonders for controlling mold, mildew, and even dust mites, as well as asthma symptoms, and can even help protect the structure and contents of your home.
Ensure household health and keep allergies at bay. Improve indoor air quality with the expert help of H & H Heating & Air Conditioning. Contact us to learn more about our indoor air quality systems today.