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Let’s Talk About Indoor Air Pollution

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Air pollution is not just limited to noxious gases outdoors. Indoor air pollution is a problem and it can have a negative impact on your health or on the health of your loved ones. Indoor air quality is extremely important and plays a role in your health and well-being. Everything in your home from cooking, pets or even your duct system can affect your indoor air quality, but it’s not something that you’ll consciously be aware of.

According to research done by the World Health Organization; more than 4 million people die per year, due to exposure from household pollutants. When you take into consideration that the air in your home is a lot more concentrated than the air outdoors, you will realize that without proper ventilation systems in place, you will be more susceptible to the negative effects of indoor air pollutants.

Why Indoor Air Pollution Occurs

  • Smoke

    Smoke isn’t just limited to cigarette smoke inside your home – smoke from failed cooking experiments can also be an indoor pollutant. Without adequate ventilation in your home, you may be more susceptible to aggravated respiratory problems which can make life a lot more difficult for you.

    The Solution
    You should always try and cook in a well ventilated room and try and avoid smoking indoors.

  • Mold

    If there is any form of damp in your home, or you do not keep your AC ductwork clean, you may be more susceptible to mold growth in your home. If you’ve been unknowingly exposed to mold for a prolonged period of time, you may end up developing respiratory issues or you could aggravate pre-existing respiratory issues.

    The Solution
    Humidity does play a role in the growth of mold spores, especially if the environment is damp. Try and keep the humidity levels of your home in a range that is between approximately 30% – 50%, this will ensure that you still have the required moisture in the air, but you aren’t encouraging the growth of mold or mildew in your home.

  • Radon

    Unsurprisingly, many people don’t know enough to consider radon to be a threat but unfortunately it is. As a colorless and odorless gas, it can pose as a serious threat to your home. It is a by-product of uranium which is commonly found in rocks and soil.

    The Solution
    If you are worried about radon exposure, it is best to get your home tested. There are also ways to ensure that exposure won’t happen again, for lower levels of radon you can resolve this by having proper ventilation in your home.

  • HVAC Units

    Without regular preventative maintenance, your HVAC system can contribute towards pollutants in the air. If you’re not having your filter changed or ensuring that your ductwork is clean, you will have a problem with the quality of your indoor air.

    The Solution
    Pollutants, pet dander and other debris are constantly building up in your ductwork and filter. You need regular preventative maintenance in order to ensure that your duct system and filters are clean. This will ensure that your system is working in optimal conditions and you’re receiving the cleanest air possible.

At Art Plumbing, AC & Electric we understand the importance of indoor air quality as well as regularly testing your homes air, to ensure the safety of your loved ones. If you have any concerns about your indoor air quality, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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