Indoor Air Quality

​What Causes Indoor Air Quality Pollution?

Ever since homes have been built more efficiently and tighter, there is  not much  fresh air circulation unless you have the windows open.  In  the winter, having your windows open is not an option.  Inadequate  ventilation can increase indoor air pollutants by not bringing in enough  fresh air to filter out the bad.  Anything from gas or wood burning  stoves, tobacco products, household cleaning products, and uncleaned  furnishings can increase indoor air pollution as well. 

Indoor Air Quality and your Health

If there is not enough fresh air circulated into your home, it can cause  health and comfort problems.  Some immediates effects that can show up  because of a single exposure or long-term repeated exposures are:  irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and  fatigue.  The treatment for these symptoms can be as simple as  eliminating the exposures to the source of the pollution. 

Influences of Reactions to Indoor Air Pollutants

Having some of the symptoms listed above depends on a few factors.  Age  and preexisting medical conditions are two main influences.  Individual  sensitivity to certain chemicals/pollutants vary significantly.  Some of  the symptoms can be confused with the common cold or other viral  diseases.  Pay attention to time and place of where symptoms occur. 


 Some long-term effects can show up after years of exposure.  These  include respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer and can be  fatal.  People react differently to exposure to indoor air pollutants so  seeing your doctor is recommended.
 

There are a few things that  you can do to keep your air clean and healthy for you and your  family.   A big one is to change your furnace filter monthly! 

3 Steps to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Find the source of the pollution

If you determine the source of the pollution, you can either eliminate  it or find ways to better control it.  If it is a stove or a furnace,  check proper venting and ensure that they are working correctly. 

Ventilation improvements

Find ways to bring in fresh air whenever you can.  Opening windows,  operating window/attic fans, and using exhaust fans such as in bathrooms  and kitchens are all great ways to eliminate potentially polluted air. 

Air Cleaners

There are many types and sizes of air cleaners out there today.  Finding  the one that is best for you and your family is an important process.   Types of air cleaners can range from single room to whole house units.  

Products/Services

Whole-Home Humidifiers

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Heat Recovery Ventilators

Whole-Home Duct Cleaning

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Annual Home Comfort Service Plan

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