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In our recent post about ductwork cleaning, we introduced you to the idea that routine cleaning in your home should include more than just sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, cleaning bathrooms and doing laundry. Routine cleaning and maintenance of your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning system) should not be overlooked when focusing on the more visible cleaning needs in your home. The “health” of your HVAC system has a large impact on the “health” of your air, which in turn, has a large impact on your and your family’s overall health.

Why are we concerned about your air quality?

While the services we provide include such things as asbestos, lead and mold inspection, testing and abatement or remediation, one of our biggest motivating factors for providing these services is to improve air quality and overall health and quality of life for our customers and the people in our community. In a nutshell, we care about you and your family and we want you to live a healthy life.

Air Quality Really Does Affect Your Health

The following is a list of some of the health issues that are related to or affected by air quality as reported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Lung Association®:

  • Allergies
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Infections
  • Dizziness
  • Irritation of eyes, nose and throat
  • Dry eyes
  • Lung cancer
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

Who’s At Risk from Poor Indoor Air Quality?

  • Infants and young children
  • Elderly
  • Pregnant women
  • Those with preexisting medical conditions, especially immune-compromised or immune-suppressed individuals

The actions and interactions of contaminants in the air are not fully understood. But, experts do know that many chemicals, pollutants, mold and other contaminants act as sensitizers, meaning the more you are exposed to the more serious the health risks. Our hope in this series of posts is to share some tips with you to help reduce your exposure to factors that negatively impact indoor air quality.

More Exposure, More Risk

According to the EPA, air inside structures such as homes and businesses has been found to have 2-5× higher concentrations of chemicals and pollutants than air outdoors. Please visit the EPA’s online resource for more information on factors that contribute to indoor air quality and its effects on health.

Interested in finding ways to improve the air quality of your home? Check out the EPA’s “Indoor Air Quality” home tour.

Don’t take any chances. If you’d like a second opinion about your air quality, we’ll be glad to come out and perform an inspection of your home or office. Just call or contact us today to learn more.

 

Featured photo courtesy EPA IAQ Home.