Many people are increasingly concerned about air quality, and there is good reason for this. There are an overwhelming number of pollutants that are found outdoors that can impact your health and well-being. However, many people have an unfortunately false sense of security when they step indoors, and they believe that indoor air quality is superior to the air outdoors.
The fact is that the EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, has stated that indoor air quality in residences and commercial buildings may actually be more polluted than outdoor air. In fact, your home's air may be more unhealthy to breathe than outdoor air in cities like Los Angeles or Denver, which are known for having air quality issues.
Why Your Home's Air May Be Unhealthy and Polluted
Just as there are sources of outdoor air pollution, there are also sources of indoor air pollution. For example, cigarette smoking, wood burning stoves and even cooking on your kitchen stove may create unhealthy air inside the home. When pollution is created outdoors, there is a huge atmosphere for the particles to expand across, and pollution may be carried away by wind and air currents. Many homes today are well-sealed and highly energy efficient. They are designed to keep climate-controlled air inside the home. The downside to this is that they also prevent pollutants that are produced inside the home from escaping. The result is that the indoor air quality in your home may become increasingly worse over time.
The Most Common Sources of Air Pollution in the Home
Many people who are concerned about indoor air quality invest in air purifiers known as ozone generators, but ozone produced by these devices can have a negative impact on your health. Running these devices can cause ozone levels to rise inside the home. In addition, everything from dust and dust mites to mold, mildew, nitrogen dioxide sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and more are all commonly found in homes, and these have a negative impact on your health and well-being. Keep in mind that heating systems may produce many of these gaseous elements. You may even have formaldehyde from carpeting, furnishings and particle board in your home. Household cleaners are also a common source of indoor air pollution. Your home may also have hazardous elements like asbestos, lead and radon in it.
Do You Have Poor Indoor Air Quality?
If you are wondering if you have poor indoor air quality, you are not alone. If you or your family members regularly deal with respiratory symptoms that are similar to allergies or colds, you may indeed have poor indoor air quality. In addition, if your home has an unusual or stale odor, if it lacks air movement or if it has a dirty or faulty HVAC system, it may have poor indoor air quality. An air conditioning company can provide you with more information about your indoor air quality as well as the condition of your existing system. In some cases, simply cleaning the system and replacing existing coolant with environmentally friendly AC coolant can be beneficial to you. Your HVAC company may also recommend using a dehumidifier, an air purifier or better air filters with your HVAC system.
Poor indoor air quality is a true problem that can result in coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and significantly more severe symptoms in some cases. If you are concerned about air quality in your home, the best option is to contact your HVAC company today for a personalized consultation. You can receive customized advice regarding the steps that you can take to improve the quality of air in your home, including using environmentally friendly AC coolant and other options.
If you are interested in improving your indoor air quality contact the Venice Air Conditioning experts at Mahle Cool Air today: 941 584 6300