When you consider health risks, the air inside your home isn’t the first always the first thing that comes to mind. You don’t have to live in a smog prone area to have bad indoor air. In fact, according to the EPA, indoor air pollution is likely to be as much as 5 times more polluted than the air outside your home. Any home, in any location can experience poor indoor air quality. This is due to air contaminants being generated within the home itself. Jackson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning air quality specialists can assist you in obtaining cleaner air.
There are a number of options for cleaner air inside your home, and the home’s heating and air conditioning system provide a convenient method, of achieving a higher indoor air quality. We offer products that work in conjunction with your home’s heating and air conditioning system.
Jackson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning offers the following products to ensure your indoor air quality:
- Air Exchangers
- Air Purifiers
- HEPA Filters
- UV Lights
Whole-house systems offer a higher degree of effectiveness than portable room size appliances. With our systems, the entire home benefits with improved indoor air quality.
Whole-house systems are more effective than room size appliances. By combining a whole-house air quality product with your home’s central heating and air conditioning, you gain the benefit of treating all of the air moving throughout the home.
The Truth About Air Pollution
It’s hard to imagine your home’s indoor air being the potential cause of lung cancer, lung infections, asthma, headaches, fatigue and other illness. The causes are potentially numerous, and include:
- Construction materials including carpet, paint, furniture, linoleum, and other materials used to build your home.
- High indoor temperature and excessive humidity
- Poor ventilation in energy efficient homes
- Cleaning products and air fresheners
The pollutants involved typically include formaldehyde, fire-retardants, lead, volatile organic chemicals, radon and others. By using simple caution, and providing fresh air combined with effective products installed in the home’s heating and air conditioning system, you can improve the indoor air quality in your home.
Cleaning Up Your Indoor Air
While the tight construction of modern homes improves energy efficiency, it also holds pollutants in your home. Achieving cleaner air is a two pronged approach with the products that are installed to work in conjunction with the heating and air conditioning system, and simple steps to reduce indoor pollutants. The following are a few tips for improving your home’s indoor air quality:
Use a Vacuum Containing a HEPA Filter
Pollutants can build up over time in household dust. Vacuuming often with a HEPA filter reduces the concentrations of contaminated dust in the home.
Mopping with only water removes dust that has settled after vacuuming. Microfiber mops and dust cloths capture higher amounts of dust and don’t require cleaning solutions. If you like a scented solution for mopping, purchase a product labeled all natural. You can also use a few drops of essential oil in mop water for a fresh scent.
Placing a large mat at each door and/or removing shoes will prevent chemicals and irritants, such as pesticides from the outside environment being tracked in.
Dust mites, mildew and mold thrive in a moist environment. Maintaining a humidity of 30% – 50% will control these and other allergens for substantial improvement in the indoor air quality. Air conditioning reduces the moisture in the air, especially those with variable speed fan blowers. Unfortunately, when humidity levels are extremely high, the air conditioning may not be able to maintain healthy levels of moisture. A whole house dehumidifier installed in conjunction with the heating and air conditioning system will ensure the control of humidity.
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs from the natural decay of the uranium found in almost all soil types. It enters the home through cracks, crevices, gaps and holes in the foundation.
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Researchers have established granite counter tops are linked to minute amounts of radon. Testing your air for radon is easy, inexpensive, and can be completed in a matter of minutes.
Laundry and cleaning products are responsible for dozens of different chemicals in indoor air, including volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). You won’t find them listed on the label even though they are regulated as toxic or hazardous substances under U.S. federal laws. The chemicals were found only through testing. Fragrance is considered a trade secret and its composition isn’t required to be listed.
When using retail products purchase fragrance free of natural products. The solution for this problem is to look for fragrance-free or natural products. Avoid aerosol sprays such as deodorants, hair sprays, carpet cleaners, furniture polish, and air fresheners. Make your own air freshener by adding a few drops of essential oil to water in a spray bottle, for a fresh scent without harm to the indoor air quality.
Air the Home As Your Grandmother Did
Your grandmother probably aired the home whenever it began to smell musty and stale, and when she wanted fresh, clean air. Provide fresh air as often as possible will dilute the pollutants and typically makes the home smell fresh. Jackson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning can assist you with an air exchanger. In addition, when installing a new HVAC system you can request one that pulls fresh air in without affecting energy efficiency.
For questions, concerns or to schedule service or installation contact Jackson Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Our HVAC and air quality specialists can provide you with assistance in the selection of products to improve your home’s indoor air quality, or other heating and air conditioning needs.