Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality Testing

If your home has poor ventilation, this increases the amount of pollutant levels that may exist in your home. By air sealing, duct sealing, and controlling the type of ventilation your home has, you can decrease the amount of pollutant levels in your home. Taking this step helps insure that your family is breathing healthy air.
Recent research indicates that the air within our homes contains more pollutants than the outside air. This tends to be true even in large cities. Also, due to recent technologies and entertainment, people tend spend up to 85% of their time indoors. This, of course, increases your health risks of being exposed to indoor air pollution.
Sources such as gas appliances, gas cans, aerosols, molds, and paint cans can be emitting gases or particles that cause indoor air quality problems. If a home has poor ventilation, this can increase pollution levels by them not having a means to escape, and not having enough fresh outdoor air to dilute the pollutants. If you live in an area where there is high temperature and humidity, this can also contribute to the problems of indoor air quality.

Indoor air pollutants can cause health problems such as, asthma, headaches, respiratory diseases, heart disease, cancer, and eyes, nose, and throat problems. Elderly people, children, and chronically ill people with suppressed immune systems are the most susceptible to poor indoor air quality. Even if your family does not experience any of the symptoms of poor indoor air quality, it is always a good idea to make sure the air you are breathing does not have the potential to cause your family any health problems.

 

There are three ways to control indoor air quality:

  1. Control the Source – This can be done by eliminating pollution sources such as gas cans, aerosols, molds, and paint cans. Also, you want to have all gas appliances checked for back drafting & low level carbon monoxide. This is not only harmful to your health, but can be extremely dangerous. Solutions such as proper humidity control, air sealing, duct sealing, and gas appliance safety checks are all part of the Energy Savers of Florida indoor air quality program.
  2. Proper Ventilation – Ventilation coming from doors, windows, or mechanical ventilation such as dehumidifiers and exhaust fans are the best type of ventilation to help control indoor pollution levels.
  3. Air Cleaners – This type of air quality control is typically used after controlling the source and proper ventilation. Energy Savers of Florida can offer the most advanced air filtration systems on the market, including UV technologies.
Most all homes need improved air quality. This is due to 90% of homes have up to 40% duct leakage, even new homes. If you have dust problems, you have duct leakage. What you see as dust, is actually insulation fibers that are being distributed throughout your home. You and your family are breathing in these fine insulation fibers putting your health at risk.

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