It’s easy to assume that the air inside your home is clean. Being generally breathable and invisible, many people go their entire lives without putting much thought into the quality of the air inside of their homes.
Unfortunately, this oversight can lead to several consequences that can affect your quality of life in many ways. The air in your home is just like any other surface or object — it does get dirty and will require a certain amount of maintenance to keep clean.
Luckily, the folks at Comfort Boys Service Company are here to keep you informed about the best indoor air quality (IAQ) practices and to provide the highest quality San Antonio indoor air quality solutions possible. To provide a standard of service that far exceeds your average HVAC company, we’re fully committed to putting in the hard work to become an authority for all things regarding heating and air.
You can go a long time without knowing that your air quality is less than ideal. So why worry about it? Because some people are more sensitive than others, the impacts of poor indoor air quality might not always be immediately apparent. However, consistently being exposed to dirty air could have consequences that may not have an impact on you or your family until years down the road.
A few of the more obvious side effects of poor IAQ are:
The above represents some of the short-term impacts of exposure to dirty air. Unfortunately, if these symptoms are ignored – and depending on the source – poor IAQ can lead to several far more serious health impacts, such as cancer and heart disease, in the long term.
Most of the time, the easiest way to handle any issue is by targeting the source — and indoor air quality is no different. Luckily for us, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done extensive amounts of research attempting to pinpoint the exact sources of indoor air pollution to better answer the question of what causes poor IAQ.
Read on to learn more about the main contributors to indoor air pollution.
Widely utilized in the mid-19th century, asbestos was an affordable building material that was popular for its ability to insulate. Unfortunately, as the decades passed, asbestos was proven to give off microscopic particles that can irritate the lungs and lead to the development of a very specific lung disease called Mesothelioma.
If your home was built several decades ago, it’s a good idea to have an expert evaluate if asbestos is present in your insulation!
Any appliance that requires any sort of combustion to function has the unfortunate consequence of releasing carbon monoxide as a byproduct. This odorless, colorless gas has the potential to be fatal when inhaled in large amounts. If you have a gas furnace or other gas appliances, use caution with your air quality — or ask an expert for help.
This category includes anything that is living, was once living or came off a living thing. This includes things like:
These particles are almost impossible to get rid of entirely, but you can manage or reduce them. With the right filters and home habits, biological contaminants don’t have to be the end of peaceful living in your home.
When at home, most of the air that goes into your lungs has already passed through your air conditioner. This makes it important that your HVAC system is properly maintained and cleaned regularly. We suggest that you have your ductwork cleaned by a professional at least once every three to five years. Failing to do so could lead to an accumulation of dirt and debris in your ductwork which can get picked up and carried inside.
When you’re looking for an HVAC company that truly cares — one that will go above and beyond to provide you with the most comprehensive service possible — from the efficiency of your system to the clarity of the air inside your home, Comfort Boys Service Company is here for you.
If you have any questions regarding the air quality of your home or anything related to HVAC, don’t hesitate to call us today and discover why we truly are the best around.
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