Indoor Air Quality: A Public Health Concern

Modern building standards have led to high energy efficiency in most settings. However, the factors leading to such great performance can be detrimental to indoor air quality. The problem is that sealing keeps outdoor air from getting into a home and pollutants from getting out. This can result in high concentrations of contaminants in a structure. This can be a public health concern in commercial and public structures as well as in private residences.

What Pollutants Are in the Air?

There are many types of particles and pollutants that can get into your home’s airstream. Some are very easy to identify. If you have a layer of dust on your bookshelf, it’s obvious that dust particles are making their way through your home. Tobacco products lead to obvious issues. However, you may be surprised that household cleaning products, cooking oils and allergens are circulating in your house. The best way to be informed about your own home’s indoor air is to schedule an evaluation with an HVAC contractor. Samples can be taken for lab testing, enabling you to have an exact understanding of the materials affecting your family’s health.

Controlling Pollutants in Your Home

An air quality analysis can provide your contractor with specific options that will improve conditions in your home. One of the most beneficial options in any home can be an air purifier. While your home’s filter removes some particles from circulation, it is designed more for the benefit of protecting your equipment than your air quality. A purification unit, however, can remove pollutants and kill them. Select a germicidal cleaner for trap and kill benefits. Such systems can destroy bacteria, mold and viruses.

Mold and bacteria can become concentrated on your indoor coils. UV lamps can help inhibit their growth. This type of supplemental equipment works in tandem with your system, killing materials as they develop to limit their spread.

Mold growth can also be induced by excessive moisture in your home. It may be helpful to consider a humidity control system to work together with your air conditioner in removing moisture from the airstream. Your AC alone can do some of this work, but during lower heat levels, the cooling isn’t required as much. A dehumidifier is an ideal supplement to your existing system. You can also think about an AC system with extra dehumidification features.

Ventilation is another key to improving the air in many homes. Keeping fresh air coming in will lessen the effects of indoor air pollution. There are ventilators that include dehumidification features so that fresh air can be provided without adding to the humidity problems in a home.

Taking the Right Steps to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

With a professional analysis of your home’s conditions, you can make informed choices about the best steps for addressing the pollutants in your structure. WA Air Conditioning provides comprehensive HVAC services and solutions to our customers in Riverside, TX. We will be happy to help you find the right air quality products and strategies for your needs.

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June 19, 2013 10:41 pm