Do you have good air quality? Despite a well functioning HVAC system in your Roxboro, NC home, your home could have an indoor pollution problem.
Indoor pollution is defined as having sources that release gases or particles into the air that cause indoor air quality problems in homes. Bad ventilation can increase your home’s pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute these dangerous emissions and not carrying indoor air pollutants out of your home home. According to the EPA, here are some potential sources of air pollutants that can enter your home:
- building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
- products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care or hobbies
- central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices
- outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides and outdoor air pollution
While it’s best to request an appointment to determine if you have an indoor pollution problem, here are some tips provided by the EPA to help solve air quality issues.
1. Isolate the Problem
Cut off the problem at the head. Reduce or eliminate the pollutants by finding the source. If you can’t get rid of it, reduce access to it. Some sources, like ones that have asbestos, should not be handled by you. In the meantime of contacting an expert to deal with it, you can seal or enclose the area.
If you have a gas stove, you can adjust it to decrease the amount of emissions. In many cases, this is the more cost-efficient approach to protecting indoor air quality than adding ventilation. That is because increasing ventilation increases energy costs.
2. Air Out Your Home
This is more expensive, but it does help circulate bad air out of your home. One way to do this is simply to increase the amount of outdoor air coming into your home. Most home heating and cooling systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house.
Try opening windows and doors and operate window or attic fans when the weather permits. You could also run a window air conditioner with the vent control open. This gets contaminants out and fresh air in.
3. Use Air Cleaners
Beyond isolation and ventilation, you can invest in air cleaners. There are many types and sizes of air cleaners on the market, ranging from the moderately inexpensive table top models to break-the-bank systems for your entire home. That being said, air cleaners are generally not designed to remove dangerous, gaseous pollutants.
To determine the right kind for you, you need to determine how strong of a pollutant you’re trying to get rid of. The EPA has a residential air cleaner booklet you can refer to when you make your choice.
What Should You Do Now?
Especially if you suspect there’s asbestos or other dangerous pollutant in your home, please contact us at 336-597-8664 to see what we can do.
Even if you don’t think you have serious air pollution problem and just want to have someone look at your HVAC system, request a quote. Everyone deserves to breathe easy in their own homes. Let us help you with that.