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Indoor Air Quality – What You Need to Know

Written by John Kuhn. Posted in A/C Tips for Ventura

ac-repair-ventura-caWe hear a lot about second hand smoke and asbestos, but we should also be aware of other sources of pollutants common in your home or office.

Biological Pollutants

Includes molds, bacteria, viruses, pollen, animal dander and particles from dust mites

Combustion Pollutants

Come from sources such as fuel burning stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, heaters, and water heaters, using gas, oil, coal, wood, or other fuel.

Radon

A naturally occurring radioactive gas, can enter the home through cracks in the foundation floor and walls, drains, and other openings.

Formaldehyde

A common chemical, found primarily in adhesive or bonding agents for many materials found in households and offices, including carpets, upholstery, particle board, and plywood paneling.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency lists poor indoor air quality as the fourth largest environmental threat to our country.
  • The prevalence rate of pediatric asthma has increased from 40.1 to 69.1,—a 72.3 percent increase. Asthma is the sixth ranking chronic condition in our nation and the leading serious chronic illness of children in the U.S.
  • Common housing problems or failures that occur in our homes include: musty odors and mold growth, window condensation, structural rot, peeling paint, back-drafting appliances, damp basements and ice dams, or build-up of ice on the roofs edge, and high utility costs.

4 Steps to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

  • Step 1: Install a properly designed heating and air system that includes proper ventilation and placement. The additional investment of a good air cleaner/purifier can further extend the benefits of healthier air.
  • Step 2: Make sure your water heater is a sealed combustion, power ventilated or condensing unit. Older units should be tested and properly located to prevent distribution of contaminents from use.
  • Step 2: Turn on the AC. Most pollutants are water-soluble, and as air conditioners remove water from the atmosphere, which in turn remove the pollutants.
  • Step 3: Install a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. You can make the air conditioner even more effective with a disposable HEPA filter. You will also want to make sure you change these filters on a regular basis.

http://www.lung.org/associations/charters/mid-atlantic/air-quality/indoor-air-quality.html

http://www.webmd.com/women/home-health-and-safety-9/indoor-air

https://www.ashrae.org/resources–publications/free-resources/10-tips-for-home-indoor-air-quality

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