Indoor Air Quality Solutions
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
The air that we breathe every day at home, schools, and offices can cause short and long-term health problems. Indoor pollutants can include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), secondhand smoke, living organisms, mold, and pests.
Considering the fact that Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors and indoor pollution is often worse than outdoor pollution, it’s incredibly important to pay attention to your indoor air quality. Indoor air pollutants are especially worrisome for the young, the old, the chronically ill, and those suffering from respiratory issues, such as allergies and asthma.
But how do you know if you have poor indoor air quality?
Indoor Air Quality Warning Signs
- Noticeable odor
- Stale or stuffy air
- Mold and mildew
- Damaged or dirty chimneys, flue pipes, and HVAC equipment
- Broken or non-functioning exhaust fans and vent hoods
- High or low humidity
- Over-insulated homes
- Health reactions, such as feeling healthier outdoors
- Moisture and condensation on windows or walls
If you think your indoor environment is making you sick, speak with your doctor and local HVAC expert to see if indoor air pollution is causing or worsening your health problems.
Common Indoor Air Pollutants
- Secondhand Smoke
- Combustion Pollutants (improperly or unvented fuel-burning appliances)
- Volatile Organic Compounds (paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides, air fresheners, building materials, etc.)
- Dust Mites
- Pet Dander
- Bacteria and Viruses
- Pests and Living Organisms
HVAC and Indoor Air Quality Issues
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Inadequate ventilation can cause major indoor air quality problems by trapping indoor pollutants indside.
Proper ventilation brings in fresh outdoor air to help dilute the pollutants indoors. HVAC systems not only help ventilate your home, they also help maintain proper indoor humidity levels. When humidity is too high or too low, indoor air quality problems can worsen.
In addition to ventilating your home and making sure you have the proper indoor humidity, there are also filtration and air cleaning devices that can be installed to help filter and clean your indoor air.
Indoor Air Cleaners
If ventilation improvements and regular cleaning aren’t doing the trick, you may find an air cleaning device useful.
There are many different types of air cleaners that a qualified HVAC technician can install for your home. The three main types of air cleaners are mechanical air filters, electronic air cleaners, and ultraviolet cleaners.
- Mechanical Air Filters remove indoor air pollutants by trapping them in filter materials. HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters fall into this category.
- Electronic Air Cleaners use a process of electrostatic attraction to trap charged particles.
- Ultraviolet (UV) Cleaners use ultraviolet radiation from UV lamps to disrupt the DNA in viruses, bacteria, allergens, and mold.
Denver Metro Indoor Air Quality Assessments and Solutions
If you are experiencing headaches, coughing, sneezing, allergies, watery eyes, nausea, chest tightness, wheezing, or breathing problems, contact the professionals at Groundhog Heating & Air Conditioning for professional indoor air quality solutions.
Our friendly technicians are highly trained and qualified to diagnose your indoor air quality and recommend the best IAQ solutions for you and your family. Whether that means improving ventilation, filtration, or installing an air cleaner, our experts are up to the task.
Improve your health, comfort, and well-being with expert Indoor Air Quality Assessments and Solutions from Groundhog Heating & Air Conditioning.
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