Poor Indoor Air Quality And Its Possible Sources

poor indoor air quality, Sacramento, CaliforniaProlonged exposure to low-quality indoor air can be a contributing factor to many different maladies, illnesses and chronic health conditions. Indoor air pollution has been linked to a long list of respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and it can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms.

To protect your health and the health of your family, it’s vital to identify and eliminate indoor air quality sources that contribute to pollution and contamination.

Broadly speaking, there are two ways in which indoor air quality sources can be classified: particulate matter and gaseous contaminants.

Particulate matter encompasses any indoor air pollutant that’s made up of solids. Examples of particulate matter include dust, pet dander, pollen, mold, dust mites, viruses and bacteria. Gaseous contaminants, on the other hand, include substances including radon gas and carbon monoxide, which can originate from your furnace and appliances or the ground your home is built on.

In both cases, source control is the key to eliminating indoor air pollutants. With particulate matter, you need to be proactive about prevention. Be sure to dust and vacuum regularly, and keep all floors and surfaces in your home clean. It’s also strongly recommended that you use air purification products that target specific types of particulate matter pollutants. For example, UV light systems are excellent at eliminating organic pollutants such as dust mites, bacteria and viruses. Air purifiers zap dust and other inorganic contaminants quickly and inexpensively.

Gaseous pollutants should be monitored through the use of specialized equipment. Carbon monoxide and radon gas detectors are every bit as important to your safety as smoke alarms. Also, be sure to keep your home properly ventilated at all times. Whenever the weather permits, you should introduce fresh, clean air from the outdoors into your home to allow the stale air to escape.

At All Year Heating, Air & Solar, we offer a wide range of products and services to help you eliminate indoor air pollutants and contaminants to improve your health and the health of your family. For specialized customer assistance, please contact us. We’ve been serving the greater Sacramento area since 1969.

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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