Poor air quality in your Ashland, VA, home or office can cause both short-and long-term health problems. For people with allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems, poor indoor air quality can trigger an attack or aggravate existing health issues. Ask your HVAC contractor to conduct an indoor air quality inspection to identify pollutants that may affect your health.
Identify Harmful Pollutants
Studies show that indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. Although well-sealed buildings save energy, a tight building shell traps pollutants indoors. Indoor air quality inspections can identify harmful gases and airborne pollutants, including animal dander, volatile organic compounds and pathogens, that enter your living space through ducts and holes in the building shell.
During the winter, carbon monoxide can build up to dangerous levels from stoves, fireplaces, gas appliances and cigarette smoke. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless toxic gas that can cause disorientation, headaches, stomach upsets and death. Therefore, it’s vital that you prevent its presence in your home.
Other harmful gases include radon, nitrogen dioxide and those released from common household building materials and cleaning supplies. Our HVAC service technicians can recommend ways to help keep your family safe from indoor pollutants in your Ashland, VA, home. We can install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors and inspect combustion appliances.
Poor ventilation allows pollutants to build up in the living space. The air may feel stuffy, have odors or aggravate health problems. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends increasing ventilation to improve indoor air quality.
Using ventilation fans in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms helps pull humid, polluted air out of the living space. Whole-house and energy recovery ventilators work with your HVAC system to refresh the air and keep it clean.
Finally, humidity also affects indoor air quality. High humidity can increase the effects of some pollutants. It also creates an environment for pathogens and dust mites to thrive, elements that often aggravate asthma, allergies and other health problems.
Atlantic Shores Heating and Cooling offers indoor air quality services to keep the air you breathe in your home or office clean. During an inspection, we identify sources that contribute to poor indoor air quality. We then recommend ways to improve and refresh indoor air using source control and mechanical devices. For more information about improving the quality of the air you breath indoors, call us today.
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