Poor indoor air quality, when left unchecked, can lead to a variety of health-related problems. Symptoms resulting from exposure to indoor air pollution might include fatigue, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes and headaches. Homeowners who want to improve their home’s indoor air quality should focus on three basic strategies to eliminate or reduce the problem.
- Source control – Identifying the source is the first step towards cleaner indoor air. Whenever possible, the source of the pollution should be eliminated. This might include removing or sealing asbestos, mold, mildew and other dangerous sources of pollutants. Necessary household items, such as furnaces and gas appliances, that may be emanating should be serviced or adjusted by a trained technician to reduce or even eliminate the pollutants in some cases.
- Ventilation problems – The next approach to lower any dangerous concentrations of air pollutants is to flush the house with fresh air as often as possible. Since most HVAC systems don’t offer a means to mechanically circulate fresh air into your household, the responsibility falls to you. Simply opening your windows, doors or engaging any attic or exhaust fans will increase the amount of fresh air circulating through your home, helping as well as reducing the levels of polluted air.
- Air cleaners – Severe cases of indoor pollution might require incorporating the use of an air cleaner. Various sizes and types are available in a wide range of prices. Although some air cleaners are very effective at removing airborne particles, they are not, however, effective for removing gaseous pollutants such as radon.
Homeowners seeking additional expert advice regarding indoor air quality should contact Wolff Mechanical. We’ve proudly served the Phoenix, Scottsdale and central Arizona areas for over 22 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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