Many Factors Affect Your Air
You and your family’s health is of the utmost importance, which is why it’s crucial to consider the environment where your family spends a large amount of time. This would be your home. You may not think about it, because it’s invisible, but the air you breathe every day may be unclean. Indoor air can be significantly more polluted and unhealthy than the air outside of your home – as much as 5X more polluted!
Here are a few factors that have a major impact on your home’s indoor air quality.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
These compounds can release harmful fumes and particles that become part of the normal makeup of air in your home. New furniture manufactured with components that have high VOC concentrations are an unexpected culprit. The VOCs within will be released little by little over long periods of time into your home’s air.
VOC’s can be introduced into your air through:
- Cleaning Products
- Paint & Solvents
- Wood Preservatives
- Burning Kerosene or Coal
Dust & Various Allergens
Various particles can collect on surfaces within your home and may be circulated throughout your air system. Pollen, dirt and dust may be tracked in from outside and various bacteria or fungi can grow within your duct system. Animal dander and your own dead skin cells can accumulate. All of these allergens can create respiratory irritation for you, and can also make getting a full night’s rest harder. Particles that sit on surfaces, waiting to be stirred up into your air, can be reduced with regular and thorough cleaning of your home.
Dirty Air FIlters
The filters in your HVAC system should be regularly replaced – at least once every 30-90 days. If left to sit, filters that become incredibly dirty from debris they’ve caught will cause air quality problems. The buildup will make it harder to capture new particles which translates into more pollutant circulation in your air ducts.
We all love our furry friends, but if you do not own a pet that stays within your home, your indoor air quality may be much better than someone who does. Animals constantly drop skin cells, hair, fur and/or feathers which get circulated throughout your living space. Any droppings not found or not properly cleaned up will leave pollutant particles in your air.
Garner Helps You With Indoor Air Quality Solutions
Call Garner Heating & Air Conditioning today at 512-392-2000 if you think that you have bad air quality or if you would like a professional assessment. Our technicians are highly experienced and will offer you professional solutions for your home’s air quality problems. Let Garner help you breathe easy today!