Although you can’t see them, a variety of contaminants can be contained in your indoor air. Indoor air quality is significantly affected by particles from living or non-living organisms. These include biological contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, dust mites, pet dander and mold, and other contaminants such as fibers, dust and various gases.
Good indoor air quality is essential to your family’s health. There are three steps that you can take to improve the quality of the air in your home.
- Removing the sources of dirty air
For some contaminants, such as carbon monoxide and radon, you should have your home’s air tested because the presence of these contaminants can rapidly impact your family’s health. Carbon monoxide levels, for example, should be tested regularly to avoid illness, or even death. Carbon monoxide is a by-product of combustion, so testing for its presence can also help diagnose a problem with your heating system.
As an added precaution, unless you’ve already done so, after you’ve had a professional Indoor Air Quality investigator test your home’s air quality, make sure you install carbon monoxide detectors on all levels of your home.
Both biological and chemical contaminants can be controlled more effectively if you screen for possible sources of contaminants before they enter your home. Some simple methods of preventing contaminants from entering your home include:
- Using natural cleaning products and pesticides
- Avoid smoking indoors
- Open windows to allow fresh air in
- Check furnace filters monthly and replace or clean as needed
- Use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom
- Seal openings between your attached garage and the inside, and consider installing an exhaust fan in the garage, to remove harmful fumes.
- Properly maintain your heating and cooling system
If you live in the Greater Cleveland area, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for an honest assessment of your home’s indoor air quality and recommendations for improving it.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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