Indoor air pollution is considered to be one of the worst pollution problems we all have to deal with, and not dealing with it could make you sick.
Residents of Brunswick County NC have their air conditioning and heating system on, usually nine or ten months out of the year. With it running so much it is inevitable for your unit to become full of particles that have been lifted from both your home and the outside air. Your heating and AC unit has many filtering devices which aid in making sure no harmful particles enter your home, and more importantly, your lungs. The only thing homeowners fail to realize is the fact that after more than a month or so, those filters could be extremely clogged. Once your filter becomes clogged, the air passing through them could allow the harmful particles to latch onto the air and be circulated throughout your home. This is indoor air pollution in its purest form.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the pollutant levels inside your home could be five times greater than the pollutant levels outside. Combine this with the fact that we spend almost 90 percent of our time indoors and it should come as no surprise that almost everyone is going to struggle with respiratory problems at some point in their life. Fortunately, a few home upgrades and lifestyle changes could help you remove up to 99 percent of airborne contaminants and significantly improve the indoor air quality in your house.
Indoor air pollution is especially problematic for children; people 65 and older; and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Reducing Indoor Air Pollution
The major indoor air pollutants homeowners deal with include cigarette smoke, fireplace and wood-stove smoke, kitchen-range fumes, mold and mildew, air-freshener ingredients, animal dander, and dust.
The health issues related to poor indoor air quality are very similar to the ones observed in people suffering from asthma, allergies, or common cold. Your family members might wake up every morning with a sore throat or feeling groggy. Many people will also struggle with runny noses, itchy eyes and chronic headaches which become more prevalent at certain times of the year.
Here are some ways to cut down on, or even eliminate some of the indoor air pollution you may be dealing with:
1) Get your HVAC system professionally inspected at least annually. A properly-maintained and working furnace or HVAC system will filter many contaminants out of the inside of your home or office. Furnace repair and maintenance professionals recommend that you have yours inspected once every 12 months. Inspection is relatively inexpensive and will ensure that you become aware of potential problems (some of which can be deadly) before they happen.
2) Change your furnace filter as frequently as is recommended by the manufacturer. Often this is every 2-3 months, but may be as frequently as monthly, depending on the make/model of your heating or AC system. Filters are inexpensive, and you should be able to do this job yourself without calling in a professional. It’s the easiest way to cut down on indoor air pollution.
3) Consider using a HEPA filter. “HEPA” stands for “High-Efficiency Particulate Air.” This type of filter is designed to remove more contaminants than regular filters. In fact, they are able to remove 99.97% of particles that are larger than 0.3 micrometers, which goes a long way toward reducing your indoor air pollution.
4) Have your air ducts cleaned regularly. A majority of particles get blown through your air ducts and get caught in your filter. However, some, particularly bigger ones, may settle deep inside your ducts. The only way to remove these particles is by getting the ducts professionally cleaned. Professionals recommend having them cleaned at least once every 2 to 3 years, more often if your situation and living conditions warrant it.
5) Clean up after pets. Pet hair can be pesky to keep off your home’s surfaces. However, the longer it remains on surfaces, the more of it that gets into your air filtration system. Dust and vacuum regularly, and brush furniture too, if needed.
6) Don’t allow smoking indoors. It’s no secret that cigarette smoke is packed full of harmful pollutants. When you smoke inside, even if you confine smoking to a single room, it simply blows those contaminants throughout the whole house. All smoking should be limited to outdoors only to cut down on your indoor air pollution, far away from doors and windows (so pollutants aren’t blown back inside).
A+ Heating, Cooling -Electrical is trained and equipped to inspect your home’s ventilation and air intake sources. The best possible level of ventilation must be established for your home in order to optimize air quality and overcome indoor air pollution.
We’ll evaluate your home and make recommendations to modify your existing system, if necessary, to achieve optimal air flow. We’ll also check possible air pollutants within your home, such as your heating system or stoves, and make adjustments so they’re operating at a safe level. We can recommend and install an air filtration system or UV Light in your home or heating unit to eliminate pollutants and allergens, making sure your Brunswick County NC indoor air quality is the best it can possibly be.
Call us today at 910-754-2200, or contact us now and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to answer any questions you may have about your Brunswick County home’s indoor air quality.