Concerns with indoor air quality should be addressed

Indoor air quality is getting more recognition and becoming something most homeowners worry about.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, we all spend approximately ninety percent of our time indoors.

Unfortunately, indoor environments are typically five times more polluted than the outdoors. Home improvements such as new windows and doors, caulking, weatherstripping and insulation help to prevent energy waste. By targeting leaks, cracks and any spot where the heated or cooled air can escape, we tighten up the thermal envelope. These efforts trim energy bills and reduce impact on the environment. However, essential ventilation is eliminated. Contaminants such as dust and dander are trapped in the house, continually circulated and breathed by occupants. Pets, cleaning products, pesticides, personal hygiene products, cooking and all sorts of things contribute to the problem. Very often, the heating and cooling system is a source of harmful allergens. Vacuuming, dusting and replacing air filters isn’t enough to resolve the health threat. Everything from sneezing and coughing to migraines, asthma attacks and respiratory infection can be blamed on poor air quality. Fortunately, the HVAC industry has responded with a wide range of effective, whole-house air quality accessories. Air purifiers, air cleaners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, UV lamps and ventilators install right into the existing heating or cooling system, operate quietly and require only annual maintenance. These options target specific problems and deliver sustainable improvement. It’s a good idea to consult with an HVAC professional to test the indoor environment and create an effective strategy. It’s sometimes necessary to combine multiple air quality accessories to achieve a clean and healthy home environment.

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