Did you know that your indoor air quality can be 10-15% worse than the air quality outdoors?
To understand the importance of your home’s air quality, you need to understand what’s in the air you breathe. There are three different categories of contaminants that can be found in the air in your home: particulates (dust, dirt, smoke, etc.), VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds- anything you can smell), Bio Aerosols (any living thing that circulates through your air)
Particulates are pretty straight forward, the dust, dirt and smoke in your home becomes circulated in your air and inhaled. Over long periods of time this can result in lung infections, aggravated asthma and other health issues.
We all know that dirt circulates through your household. But, what about all of those chemicals (VOC’S)? When you smell something, you’re breathing it. This includes air fresheners and those scented plug-ins we all love so much. Anything that enters your lungs will end up in your bloodstream within 20-30 seconds. There are many things within your household that give off chemicals/gasses. The paint on your walls alone can give off gasses for up to 20 years. Combine that with the other gas-producing objects in your home, and the hard truth is the air quality inside your home isn’t as great as you’d think. Other unexpected gas-giving objects include leather, TV, plastics, carpet and more.
Bio aerosols are most commonly viewed as mold and dust mites. Anything that is living and air-bourne is categorized as a bio aerosol. Mold is overall known as one of the more dangerous contaminants because it isn’t just bad for your physical health, but your mental health as well. If you know of, or even suspect that there may be mold circulating through your system, call an Allegiance technician ASAP and have them address the issues. We recommend being extremely cautious running your HVAC when mold is present. It will only spread throughout your home and duct work.
Now that you know a little more about the dangers of poor air quality, how do you improve it?
Allegiance Heating & Air, LLC offers many products to help our customers breathe easier. We encourage our customers to look into/ask us questions about indoor air quality products because of the amazing health benefits that come along with them. The positive effects are incredible.
To learn more, speak to an Allegiance technician to avoid poor air quality.