Viruses & Other Threats to Your Indoor Air Quality
You’re probably already aware of many of the everyday particulates that affect indoor air quality. Dust, dirt, debris, and even pet dander and pollen can contribute to breathing problems and allergy symptoms in homes across the country. However, what you may not be aware of is the other type of pollutants that may be present in your air supply. The first is called VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. VOCs can include everything from smoke, to natural gas, to paint chemicals. They smell nasty, and can be very toxic for individuals of all ages.
Yet perhaps the biggest threat of all to your indoor air quality is biological contaminants. This group consists of everything from mold spores and bacteria to germs and viruses. While you may not be able to see these microscopic organisms, they can be transferred by coughing, sneezing, or by touching infected surfaces. As the recent threat of COVID-19 has shown, making sure we are protected from viruses and disease both outside and inside the home is essential. While an indoor air quality device will NOT protect you from the Novel Coronavirus that caused the recent pandemic, it may help protect you from similar Coronaviruses and other illnesses that can easily be transferred through your indoor air.
Bottom line: it is important to take threats to your indoor air quality seriously. The EPA has found that indoor air pollution may now be as big or an even bigger threat than pollution outdoors. For the sake of those in your home with allergies and respiratory issues, and to reduce sickness/boost the immune systems of everyone in your household, you should consider installing an indoor air quality system.
How to Improve Your Air Quality Today
While the threat of indoor air pollution is extremely real, the good news is there are a few simple things we can all do to help reduce the presence of particulates, VOCs, and biological contaminants. Remember, poor indoor air quality can contribute to everything from coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes to headaches, nausea, and joint pain. If you have not felt your best lately, pay attention to your indoor air quality. Chances are, if it’s affecting you, it’s affecting others in your home as well.
Top 3 tips to improve your indoor air include:
- Reduce the particulates that you introduce into your home: Cleaning sprays, personal hygiene products, air fresheners and other chemicals can remain in the air for hours. Cooking particulates, fireplace smoke, pet dander and pollen can also linger for a long time. Your breathing may be affected by off-gassing from new carpet, cabinets or furniture as well, or from toxic fumes coming off a recent painting/staining job. While there is no way to eliminate many of these things from your house entirely, you should be careful about the amount of particulates and contaminates you introduce into your air supply. Not only do many of these items affect your health, they also smell bad, and can leave a nasty odor wafting around your property.
- Make sure your HVAC system is running correctly: If it’s been awhile, scheduling a maintenance checkup can go a long way to improving your indoor air quality. It’s important to remember that if your heating and cooling equipment is dirty, your house will be dirty, too. You should also ask a technician about duct cleaning, since your ductwork is how air is transferred throughout your home, and you don’t want your ducts to transfer air that’s filled with dust and particles. Ultimately, just keep in mind that an HVAC unit that is operating cleanly and properly will keep your energy bills low, and is less likely to create problems for your home’s air.
- Choose a high-quality air filter: To capture pollen, pet dander, and other particulates, check your HVAC filter monthly and clean or replace it as needed so that your air can flow properly. Today’s high-quality air filters can go a long way to improving your indoor air and helping your HVAC system function better.
Air Cleaners & More
For even more control over indoor air quality, consider installing an air cleaner or other device to work with your heating and cooling system. Newer technologies put your HVAC equipment to work improving the air quality in your home, while still making sure you get the comfortable temperatures you need. Some of these devices may integrate with your existing equipment, while others function better when youinstall a new heating or cooling unit. No matter what you’re looking for though, you can count on Lex Air Conditioning and Heating. We offer air cleaners in Carrollton and the surrounding areas that go beyond the usual HVAC filters to not only help eliminate particulates, but reduce the presence of VOCs and biological contaminants such as viruses.
Our available indoor air quality options include:
- Air purifiers that capture and kill airborne pathogens, including bacteria
- Air scrubbers that protect your system’s condenser coil from contaminants and germs
- Humidifiers that reduce static electricity and prevent problems stemming from dry air
- Whole-house dehumidifiers to improve indoor comfort in humid climates
Your Go-To Indoor Air Quality Specialists in Carrollton, Frisco, Plano & the Surrounding Areas
As you focus on your health, don’t neglect your lungs. Take charge of the air inside you breathe and cut down on the irritating contaminants that affect that air. Contact our air quality pros at Lex Air Conditioning and Heating to learn more about solutions for fresher, cleaner air today, and don’t forget to ask about available specials and financing options.