The desire for better indoor air quality began with the rise of “sick building syndrome,” where initial pushes for efficiency created an unforeseen problem. In our quest for weatherization and building sealing, some buildings and homes were sealed too well—resulting in poor to nonexistent ventilation. This allowed pollutants to build up in the HVAC systems of these buildings, causing indoor air quality-related sickness.
Without the right ventilation and air-cleaning systems in place, the air inside your home or building can quickly become harmful. While air purifiers and ventilation systems can improve your indoor air quality, don’t hesitate to talk with your air conditioning and heating specialist about other ways to combat indoor air pollutants at the source.
- VOCs: Volatile organic compounds are found in many paints and adhesives used in home and building construction. Carpeting is a common culprit of indoor air quality issues, because older carpets were manufactured with processes and chemicals that continue to be released over the years.
- Allergens: Pet dander, pollen, and dust are just some of the particles that float through your air, causing irritation and discomfort. Air that isn’t properly scrubbed by a quality air filter becomes saturated with these irritants. Change your home’s air filter at least once a month, and ask your air conditioning and heating specialist about using high-efficiency and HEPA filters as an alternative.
- Toxins: Cleaning chemicals release harsh gases into the air, which are not only irritating but also present real dangers when inhaled over time. Consider using “green” cleaners instead.
- Biological Contaminants: Mold is a danger for any building or home in a humid area. Have your home ducts inspected for the presence of mold to eliminate a key cause of poor indoor air quality.
Common symptoms of poor indoor air quality include respiratory distress or irritation, but indoor air quality that is excessively poor can leave a home’s occupants with a feeling of sickness like a cold or constant allergies. These symptoms don’t abate, because the source is often a workplace or your home.
Let F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning address all of your concerns about indoor air quality. We specialize in ventilation and purification for healthy and clean air. Call us at (703) 491-1234 to schedule an appointment with us.