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Indoor Air Pollutants and Their Impact to Human Health

Since then, securing quality indoor air has been a major concern of many environmental institutes and agencies worldwide. Based on studies, more than 70% of homeowners in the US experience the symptoms of low IAQ (indoor air quality) such as dry eyes, headaches, skin rashes and other serious diseases. The effects of these indoor air pollutants can be short-term or long-term depending on the severity of their impact on human health.

Find out the effects of indoor air pollutants on your health by reading this!

  • Radon

One of the common air pollutants at home is radon. Two of its main sources are rock/soil deposits and other building materials. If there are enough pathways connecting your living space and the soil, then radon may cause trouble in your family’s health. But in some cases, radon may enter your home through domestic gas supply or tap-water.

High exposure to radon can cause respiratory illnesses like dyspnea which affects the normal rate of breathing. You may also experience having skin rashes, asthma and more.

  • Asbestos

Considered as the top cause of indoor pollution, asbestos is present in different materials such as paints, ceilings, building materials and floor tiles. Those involved in the automotive industry and home construction know exactly about its health risks.

Especially to old houses, asbestos can be greater. Thus, exposure to this air pollutant is highly possible. Anyone can suffer from allergies, dizziness or upper respiratory congestion upon exposure.

  • Tobacco Smoke

If someone in the house smokes, be ready to face the consequences. Indoor pollution caused by tobacco smoke may lead to dizziness, coughing and watery eyes. Among the many indoor air pollutants, this one can be managed easily. You may ask the person to smoke outside or somewhere away from the house.

  • Carbon Monoxide

Every time you operate your furnace, fireplace, water heater or wood stove, you are giving way for carbon monoxide to conquer your home. High level of contact to carbon monoxide can cause you headaches, nasal congestion and worse, severe respiratory illness. The best way to manage this air pollutant is to seek help from your HVAC contractor. They know exactly how to control or get rid of it.

At Environmental Heating & Cooling, your health is our top priority. If you need help in managing your indoor air, we can provide quality solutions. Our state-of-the-art products and services are designed to offer you clean and fresh indoor air. Call us now for greater comfort at home!

 


Top 5 Reasons Why HVAC Systems Don’t Perform Well In Spring & Summer

The warm weather is almost here! It is time to check on your air conditioning unit to avoid inconvenience this long hot season. But due to various factors and circumstances, your A/C may still fail to perform efficiently.

Check out these reasons why the A/C malfunctions during spring and summer.

1.       Your System Lacks Professional Inspection & Maintenance

Skipping HVAC maintenance and tune-up causes your system to underperform. Just as you need to regularly visit your physician for a checkup, your HVAC system also needs an expert inspection on a regular basis. Have your technician check on the system for potential problems and future mechanical issues. This helps your system provide the comfort level you desire.

2.       Air Filters are Blocked

Dirt and dust build up on air filters result in poor air flow. When all sorts of dirt get clogged in the filters, your system reduces its efficiency. Not just that, blocked air filter can cause a serious threat to your family’s health. As the airflow decreases, your air conditioner may stop in cooling your home. Make sure to keep your filters clean for a safe and clean air indoors.

3.       Compressor is Damaged

The compressor is one of the essential parts of your air conditioning unit. In fact, it is considered the “heart of the air conditioner”. Compressor failure constrains your cooling unit from running to its optimal performance. If it breaks down, you may need to replace your A/C with a new unit. See to it that your compressor is always in its best condition to prevent A/C malfunctions this hot season.

4.       Indoor Humidity is High

A well working central air conditioning system effectively removes excess moisture and heat from your space. But if it fails to do its job, you will not get the comfort level desired at home. For houses with high indoor humidity, air conditioners need to work harder in keeping the space cool all day. Some A/C units especially older ones may find it more difficult to hold extra moisture and remove it properly.

5.       Ducts are Dirty and Leaky

Your ductwork may develop cracks or holes over time where air can possibly leak out. When air leaks in the duct, it reduces the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Dirty ducts are also a common cause of A/C glitch because of dirt build up. Once dust accumulates in the ductwork, airflow becomes restricted. Clean your ducts and check your home ventilation for leaky areas.

For your HVAC needs whether its repair, replacement, installation or maintenance, call us at Environmental Heating & Cooling. We will keep your system working at best performance all year-round.