It is not unusual for people to consider their home to be a safe haven for their family. However, according to the EPA the indoor air of home’s is heavily contaminated, even more than your outdoor air. Fortunately, there are solutions for improving your household’s indoor air quality. First, you should learn about the potential causes of indoor air pollution. Contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning to learn how your heating and air conditioning system can be an integral component for providing healthier indoor air.
First, you need to be aware of one of the most potentially deadly sources of indoor air pollution – radon gas. You may have heard of it, but has your home been tested for it? Radon is emitted from the ground beneath homes, and not every home will have it. It is colorless and odorless, and without testing you would not be aware of its presence until an illness, such as cancer, for example brought about the possibility. You can have your home tested, or purchase a DIY kit and test the air in your home.
The materials used in the construction and furnishing of your home may contain dangerous pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene. Materials such as carpets, vinyl flooring, paint, drywall, furniture, and even the wood used for its construction. When selecting paint, carpet and wood products, household cleaners, air fresheners and other products, look for those bearing a label that says low or no VOCs. VOC is the acronym for volatile organic compounds, which are dangerous substances that can cause a variety of health problems, including cancer. In cleaning products look for all natural or make your own.
Humidity, whether too high or low, affects not only your comfort but air quality and can affect your health. High humidity provides an environment conducive to allergens,mold, mildew and harmful bacteria. If humidity is a problem in your home, a whole-house dehumidifier is an effective solution. On the other hand, during the winter, your home is likely to have too little humidity. The signs of low humidity include increased static electricity, dry skin and mucous membranes. The latter increases your risks for colds, flu and other infections. A humidifier installed in the heating and air conditioning system will provide a healthy humidity. A Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning NATE certified technician can provide the installation you need.
Pollen and Pet Dander
Your heating and air conditioning system may be able to filter out allergens such as dust mites, pollen and pet dander, along with dust and debris. Its effectiveness depends on the type of filter the system is capable of handling without sustaining damage. Most systems tolerate pleated filters which do a fair job. High efficiency filters, also called HEPA filters provide the best filtration, but only heating and air conditioning systems designed for their use can safely use them. Systems using the fiberglass blue filters don’t clean the air, they only catch large particles that may damage the system.
Furthermore, remember to change the filter monthly or as recommended. Even the best filtration is ineffective if it is not clean, and a dirty filter can cause serious damage to the heating and air conditioning system, and increases energy use.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, colorless and odorless gas that can quickly overcome family members, causing permanent brain damage or even death. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, ensure all gas operated appliances are properly installed and operate normally, including intact ventilation that is free of blockage or damage. Finally, install carbon monoxide detectors near all sleeping areas, and at least one on each floor. Test them monthly along with your smoke detector and change the batteries every six months.
Contact an air quality specialist at Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning for effective solutions to your indoor air quality challenges. Our NATE certified HVAC professionals have the expertise to provide your home with professional and reliable heating and air conditioning services., meeting and/or exceeding the industry standards. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.