4 Common IAQ Threats and How You Can Protect Your Family

Maintaining good indoor air quality (IAQ) is essential as you try to protect your family’s health. Make sure that your HVAC system can filter out dangerous chemicals, microorganisms, and particulate matter. Enjoying healthy indoor air in your Hillsborough, North Carolina, home is possible. Here are four of the most common threats to your IAQ and proven solutions for these problems.

Volatile Organic Compounds

A study by the Office of Research and Development (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) found that concentrations of common household chemicals can be two to five times greater indoors than in the outside air. Paint and paint solvents, aerosol sprays, disinfectants, air fresheners, and pesticides contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals can irritate the eyes and throat and cause headaches and nausea. Prolonged exposure can lead to damage to vital organs and an increased risk of cancer.

Improving ventilation can reduce concentrations of VOCs that could affect your family’s health. The EPA also recommends discarding paint or chemicals that are no longer in use. You should also minimize the use of pesticides indoors to limit exposure to VOCs. It is also a good idea to pay attention to the ingredients in household products. Do your family a favor and switch to safer options or restrict the use of those with harmful contents.

Dusty Conditions

Household dust forms quickly and easily. Pet fur and dander, insect remains, lint, and ashes from smoking are common components of dust. These substances can trigger allergic responses or asthma attacks in vulnerable individuals. Ductwork can harbor a lot of dust also. We can install an air purifier to clean the ducts, so you are guaranteed fresh, clean air.

Dust your home frequently and clean your air filter regularly. Consistent and thorough cleaning will help to keep dust at bay. The service techs at Warren-Hay Mechanical can provide expert guidance on choosing and replacing your air filters. We are also happy to show you how to replace your filters on our next visit.

Pesky Pollen

MedlinePlus, an online service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, lists pollen as one of the most common sources of indoor air pollution. These particles are responsible for triggering allergic responses in sensitive individuals. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include sneezing, red and itchy eyes, coughing, runny nose and wheezing.

Investing in HVAC maintenance, including regular air filter replacement, can reduce the amount of pollen in your indoor air. Keep doors and windows closed when the pollen count is high, and observe thorough cleaning techniques. If a HEPA filter is compatible with your HVAC system, you can enjoy effective protection against most airborne pollutants.

Viruses and Bacteria

Airborne bacteria and viruses can transmit illnesses and can linger in your indoor air. As a result, the risk of passing infections to other family members increases. Additionally, humid conditions and poor air circulation can contribute to the growth and spread of viruses in your home. Taking steps to make your home healthier can reduce the lifespan of these microorganisms in ductwork and your indoor air.

Air cleaners and ventilators are among the most effective tools you can use to prevent the spread of airborne viruses and bacteria. By controlling moisture in your HVAC system, you can minimize the risk that harmful pollutants could spread inside your home. Our service techs are happy to provide services that protect your household’s well-being.

At Warren-Hay Mechanical, we offer expert help with heating and air conditioning in the Hillsborough, North Carolina, area. We are a family-owned business that provides 24-hour emergency services to help you stay comfortable during every season of the year. To schedule an appointment for indoor air quality services, give us a call at 919-251-5615. We look forward to the opportunity to take care of your air conditioning needs.

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