5 Steps to Better Indoor Air
Recent studies have revealed that most homes in this country have an indoor air quality below outdoor air quality standard. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, US home’s indoor air quality averages 3 times worse than the existing air quality in the communities these homes reside in. Shocking, and in homes where the indoor air quality is a recognized problem, the quality is much worse. Many homeowners believe that vigorous cleaning has a tremendous effect on the quality of their indoor air but studies have revealed that the only way to ensure high quality indoor air is to have the right HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system to keep your homes air quality at or above the air standard level.
With the advent of new construction techniques, homes are increasingly becoming semi-air tight structures. This means that the quality of air in these dwellings remains constant, good or bad. The major issue is that clean fresh air from the outside can help cleanse a home’s natural air and when homeowners rely on their air systems to accomplish this alone, the quality of their air can go down. Pollutants and airborne substances are constantly brought into a home and by allowing a certain amount of fresh air in, this actually helps to rid these contaminants.
Airborne Sources of Pollution in Most Homes:
Not to get to technical but one of the major causes of airborne pollutants in a home are given off by household chemicals. VOC’s (volatile organic chemicals), are those gasses produced by different chemical substances found in the common home such as on clothes that have been recently dry cleaned, particle board and press woods found in the homes construction, textiles and of course major household cleaning substances. Additionally, mold, pollen, dust, dirt, dust mites, mold and pet dander from animals, all contribute to a number of health risks. Respiratory concerns are among the chief ailments ranging from allergies and asthma to skin and eye irritations. There are a number of things you can do to improve your indoor air quality.
Five Steps to Cleaner Fresher Air
- Control the amount of pollutants brought into the home. Limit the amount of cleaning substances stored in the interior dwelling and seek out natural cleaning products whenever possible to reduce VOC’s. Use natural substances like vinegar to clean.
- Remove dirty clothes and shoes at the door so that dirt, dust and other contaminants are not brought into the home. Additionally, try and brush all clothes off before entering the home if working in the yard or with other dirty outside jobs.
- Clean, vacuum and dust the house at least once a week and don’t forget to give your animals a bath frequently if you have pets.
- Try and identify the amount of humidity your home has in it and reduce the level of humidity to 50% or less, to control mold and mildew.
- Most importantly, open the windows occasionally to let fresh air in.
- Consider having a home inspection by a certified HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) professional who can review the home and make recommendations on how to improve air quality.
Who Should Your Choose For all Your Indoor Air Quality Needs?
At TemperaturePro of NEFL we know you have many choices to choose from when it comes to air conditioning and heating companies in the Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine and Jacksonville Beaches area. Indoor air quality is a specialized field and at TemperaturePro we specialize in evaluating, cleaning, repairing, replacing and preventative maintenance of products that effect your indoor air quality. From air handlers, air duct and venting systems, to de-humidifiers and energy efficient air conditioning units, we do it all. Factory trained technicians and world-class customer service sets us apart from all the rest. Give us a call today for fast, immediate attention at 904-292-0636.