According to estimates by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside your home or business can be up to five times dirtier than the air you breathe outside. Mold, pollen, pet dander and other microbial pollutants can combine with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals, creating a toxic indoor living environment. This can lead to health problems, particularly illnesses that affect the respiratory tract.
Taking charge of the indoor air quality in your home or business becomes easier when you’re aware of the contributing factors that can make it worse. Learn more about them below.
Mold and mildew. Too much moisture in your indoor air can cause mold to grow in your home or business. The longer this goes on, the worse the issue can get. Eventually, mold spores will start floating in the air you breathe. Before these microorganisms begin affecting the health and well-being of you or your loved ones, you need to make sure indoor humidity levels are kept in check. For this, you might want to consider investing in a dehumidifier.
Cigarette smoke. Passive smoke is arguably worse than the act of smoking itself. It refers to the smoke exhaled by a person who is smoking a cigarette, pipe or cigar. Passive smoke consists of more than 400 compounds, including chemicals that can cause serious illnesses. It can still get indoors via the HVAC system, which will suck it in and distribute it around the house.
VOCs. Building materials and household items like air fresheners and cleaning products release toxins into the air in a process called off-gassing. These VOCs mix with the other contaminants present in the indoor air. Like mold and smoke, they contribute to various health problems, including headaches, asthma and other respiratory ailments.
Being proactive about indoor air quality issues can better help you ensure the comfort and safety of everyone in your household or place of business. Part of it is keeping your HVAC system in good working condition. AC & Refrigeration Works specializes in air conditioning repair and heating maintenance services. Call (956) 255-7227 or fill out our contact form to request a service appointment.