Indoor Air Quality
Although here in the United States most of us now know our indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than our outdoor air, the majority of Americans still tend to spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors.
At Sun Glow Heating & Air Conditioning, we recognize how dangerous poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can be and want to play a role in improving your indoor air quality here in Beaverton, OR.
What Are Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality?
All poor indoor air quality symptoms are not the same, since they are contingent on which contaminant is present in your home. Although these signs can be different, many times most of them can be mistaken for allergies, colds, flu, or stress. These symptoms could actually be an alert that your home has poor indoor air quality
Other signs of poor indoor air quality are fatigue, coughing, sneezing, headaches, sore throats, dizziness, nose bleeds, and congestion. Unchecked, poor indoor air quality can trigger or cause the development of more serious and often chronic illnesses, or even life-threatening conditions like cancer, lung diseases, and heart disease.
What Causes Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Anything that releases particles or gas, or causes combustion, affects your home’s indoor air quality. There are many sources falling under these categories, such as personal-care and cleaning products, smoking, building materials, air fresheners, furnishings, carpets, tobacco, fuel products (kerosene, gas, oil, coal, wood), and the list goes on.
Your clogged air filter and dirty air ducts can contribute to dust and mites in the air when your heating and cooling system is not regularly professionally maintained. Water leaks, floods, high humidity, or an unmaintained humidifier or dehumidifier create bacteria and mold. These definitely add to poor indoor air quality and impaired health.
Adequate ventilation can help you keep these contaminants under control. Contact our indoor air quality specialists at Sun Glow to assist you in detecting possible sources in your home.
How Can a HVAC System Help?
Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is the good news in all this. When it is properly maintained, your system provides proper ventilation and filtration in your home, preventing many of these contaminants from reaching your lungs.
Cleaned filters and air ducts only circulate clean air throughout your home. And keeping your humidifier and dehumidifier in good order helps prevent mold and bacteria from growing and becoming a possible source of illness to you.
Your HVAC system is the first and last line of defense against poor indoor air quality, as well as your first and last line of offense in promoting good indoor air quality.
Keeping up with your heating and cooling system’s regularly scheduled professional maintenance is paramount to quality air inside your home. A clogged air filter, a dirty humidifier, or poorly sealed ductwork can have a much more detrimental impact in your home than you may have originally thought. This is particularly true if you have pets or if someone in your home has allergies, has a chronic illness, or smokes.
For additional guidance in improving your indoor air quality, speak with one of our experts. There are always extra steps you can take.
Contact Sun Glow for All Your Indoor Air Quality Needs
At Sun Glow Heating & Air Conditioning, we take your indoor air quality very seriously. Not only is your health much better with cleaner air, but your home is more comfortable as well. Contact one of our knowledgeable and friendly team members at 503-253-7789 or request service online today to discuss your home’s indoor air quality.