One of the services that we offer to our customers is the installation of a range of air filters, air purifiers, and UV lights to clean their air of various contaminating particles. But many homeowners don’t believe such measures are necessary: after all, it’s the outdoor air that’s polluted and unhealthy, not the air that’s kept circulating through the inside of a house.
But this isn’t necessarily true. Poor indoor air quality is on the rise in the U.S., and according to the EPA, air quality in homes is often three to four times worse than that outside! There are many pollutants that originate inside a home, and without an easy escape to the outside from the circulation of fresh air, they will start to build up. Below are some of the more common threats to your household’s comfort and health:
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs): These harmful gases are emitted from a variety of different sources and products found around homes. They include paint thinner and remover, cosmetics and other personal care products, tobacco smoke, glue used in hobby projects, exhaust from an attached car garage, combustion fuels from heaters, office equipment, and even carpets.
- Formaldehyde: This VOC deserve special mention, since it’s common everywhere and can contribute to numerous health troubles such as skin and eye irritation. It also contributes to corrosion occurring in copper pipes.
- Asbestos: These fire-retardant fibers affect breathing and have been shown to cause cancer.
- Dust mites: Insect-like creatures that aren’t parasitic, but can trigger extremely bad allergy symptoms.
- Bacteria and mold: Some of the most harmful pollutants come from these organic growths that can get into the HVAC system.
- Chemical from cleaning supplies
- Pet Dander
It’s a scary list… but taking care of the problem isn’t hard. You only need to call indoor air quality specialists who can find the right purifiers and filters to see that you have the healthiest possible air.
Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration provides indoor air quality solutions to Burke, VA and the rest of Northern Virginia. We’ve been family-owned and operated since 1998.