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If you have pets, are a smoker, or have children running in and out of your home, you can be sure there are many allergens and pollutants in your carpets, on your couches, and on your bedding. A sealed home during the wintertime makes these indoor allergens even more potent; sometimes enabling your AC air to have a musty smell too. This is where having an indoor air quality check is useful. A professional check can detect any pollutant and help you deal with them the right way.
Your Children Can’t Live Without Man’s Best Friend
Besides pet hair, think about what your dog or cat leaves behind in your home, like dander, mites, and fleas. These all fall and build up in your carpeting and furniture; possibly triggering an array of symptoms from asthma to upper respiratory infections. Clean often and keep all pets off of furniture to ensure you keep your furry companion around for your kids, all while maintaining airborne allergens to a minimum.
Prevent Incapacitating or Fatal Complications
According to The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), being exposed to airborne mold, mildew, and other bacteria can have many complications. These complications range from the short-term and treatable, such as headaches and nose irritation to more serious and potentially fatal complications due to consistent long-term exposure.
The problem with mold is that it’s prevalent during the summer and winter. Mold grows in excess in humid and wet environments. So, this means that mold thrives during heavy rains and snowy periods. The heat can cause it to grow excessively as well. During the colder months, doors and windows are left closed, and fresh air can’t circulate.
If not corrected, you could have toxic mold growth, such as Stachybotrys mold. This can lead to heart disease, cancer, and other respiratory diseases. An indoor air quality check from a HVAC professional can help detect if any of these indoor air pollutants are present. Working on improving the quality of air within your home can potentially reduce your family’s exposure.
Pests Can Contribute to Poor Air Quality
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Many pests can contribute to low indoor air quality. Rodent droppings, pieces of insect body parts, and even dust mites can all play a role. These allergens float about in the air causing breathing issues. Now think about what the pesticides you use do to the pests; they kill them. These fumes also make their way through your home’s HVAC system and into the air in your home.
An indoor air quality check can provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is breathing the healthiest air possible. After you’ve had the indoor air quality check be sure to follow the technician’s recommendations. This may include updating your HVAC system, keeping it maintained regularly, adding ventilators, or changing the type of filter you use.