These days, we hear a lot about dangerous things we can breathe, especially when we venture outside our homes. Even before viruses, we feared breathing polluted air because of all that could be in it. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that because of the way some air systems function, more pollutants are caught in inside air than exist in the fresh air outside.
With EPA restrictions looser than ever and more chemicals being released into our air, it’s a great time to call Edison Heating & Cooling to improve the quality of your indoor air.
Air purifiers work to remove contaminants from the air inside your home. Depending on the type, this can be done in a few different ways to account for what contaminants in particular you are targeting. Whole home air purifiers work in conjunction with a central heating and cooling system to provide constant purification services for an entire home. To learn more about air purifiers, we are happy to help. Contact Edison Heating & Cooling today and one of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to assist you.
There are a number of different things that can cause the quality of the air inside your home to be poor, including:
- VOCs - Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, can be found in paints, fragrances and cleaning supplies. These chemicals can cause health problems when used in high concentrations.
- Smoking/Vaping Indoors - Tobacco smoke and e-cigarette vapor contain particulate matter that can be harmful.
- Gas Stoves - Stoves that use gas emit carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Running the ventilator hood will help remove these gases but some could still linger in a home.
- Mold - Homes with mold can cause serious health concerns.
- Pets - The dander and hair from pets increases allergens in your home’s air.
Some ways to keep the air in your house clean include:
- Proper ventilation - All too often we seal our homes up tight to keep the climate just right. Unfortunately, at the same time we trap pollutants as well. Open up windows regularly and make sure your central heating and air is working properly to ventilate.
- Keep it clean - Dust and allergens can get out of control if we let them. Vacuum and dust regularly and launder textiles such as curtains to keep levels healthy.
- Be aware of what you purchase - Many companies sell products with low or no VOCs. Make sure to stick with these products to limit the amount of chemicals in the air.
- Invest in an air purification system - Whole home air purifiers can limit the amount of contaminants in your home’s air. For more information, contact Edison Heating & Cooling today!
Indoor Air Pollutants: A Risk For You & Others
If anyone in your home or business suffers from asthma, allergies, lung complications or COPD, they may already have noticed the particulates (small particles of other materials in the air) whirling around inside your home or business. But for those without breathing issues, It may take longer to notice the effects of poor quality air.
So what can be the culprit in your home or business’ air?
- Mold is one possibility. Mold can be an irritant but it can also cause long term health issues, long after you’ve moved out of the home.
- Formaldehyde is another contaminant that could be in your air. This can cause wheezing, nausea and burning skin or eyes, among other symptoms.
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can also permanently affect breathing function. These compounds get into our air because of chemicals being used in cleaning formulas, stain and varnish, paints or glue.
- Particulates are matter that is in our air but is so small that it is undetectable to many people. For those with breathing issues, these particulates can be felt much more significantly, especially if the particulate is an allergen for the individual. Prolonged exposure to particulates can reduce your lifespan and exacerbate life threatening conditions such as heart disease or lung infections.
Solutions to Improve Your Air Quality
Edison Heating & Cooling offers several options to remove contaminants and irritants from the air you breathe.