Most Common Culprits of Poor Indoor Air Quality

The goal of your HVAC system is to provide a comfortable environment inside your house. This includes proper humidity levels, appropriate temperatures, and good air quality. Many homeowners don’t realize how important air quality is within their home until ventilation problems occur and chronic sickness or discomfort results. At Comfort Experts, Inc., we offer a free air quality analysis to determine the level of your indoor air quality. Here are some of the most common culprits of poor indoor air quality.Man changing air filter

Second-hand Smoke

If someone in your home is a smoker, second-hand smoke is almost definitely affecting the indoor air quality. The only way to truly negate the presence of second-hand smoke in your home is to disallow any smoking inside the house. Keeping second-hand smoke outdoors will greatly improve the air quality of your home fairly quickly, increasing the comfort and health of you and your family.

Mold

Created from moisture, mold can wreak havoc on the air quality in your home, particularly in those with asthma or other respiratory diseases. Mold is completely related to moisture, most often growing from high humidity within the home or some type of water leak. Keeping a handle on your home’s humidity level (try to keep it below 50%) and taking care of any possible leaks immediately will reduce the likelihood of mold in your home. If you do discover mold, cleaning it thoroughly and determining the source of the problem are the best ways to keep it from recurring.

Other Allergens

Pet dander and plant pollen are the most common allergens known to negatively affect indoor air quality. Keeping your home as clean as possible by vacuuming and dusting regularly are the best ways to reduce allergens within your home. Also, wiping down pets after being outside and keeping shoes near the door or outside will help keep your air quality higher.

Carbon Monoxide

Most people know that carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and toxic. And many know that it can come into your house from a running car in the closed garage, but there are a few additional sources of carbon monoxide that many are unaware of. Carbon monoxide can also come from tobacco smoke, fossil fuel-run space heaters, and defective central heating furnaces. If you think you have a carbon monoxide problem, you should leave your house immediately as the repercussions can be fatal.

Here at Comfort Experts, we are concerned with the safety and health of your family, so we are happy to help you learn about what’s affecting your air quality and what we can do to improve it. If we discover any possible air quality issues, we will then work with you to create a plan to reduce the issues and improve the air quality within your home. Many indoor air quality issues can be taken care of in simple ways, such as doing regular AC maintenance, performing appropriate AC repairs when needed, and many of the suggestions made above, as well. For an air quality check and all your AC maintenance and repair needs, contact Comfort Experts, Inc. today!