Action Air wishes to draw the attention of the general public to the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ), and raise the awareness of the detrimental effects of indoor air pollutants. Namely, exposure to air pollutants can be in some cases up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. As estimated by the American Lung Association, most people spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, a fact that makes IAQ all the more important. —
A great number of commonly found household items contribute to poor IAQ. Compounds found in furniture, upholstery, carpeting and drapery fabric constantly emit fumes. Other sources of indoor air pollutants include personal care products, cleaning agents, and paints.
The tight construction of modern homes also contributes to the increased amount of indoor air pollutants. While weather-stripping and storm doors are designed with energy savings in mind, they keep indoor air in and outdoor air out, thus preventing proper ventilation. As a result, contaminants build within the home.
Poor IAQ can be the cause of numerous health problems. Medical groups report that as many as half of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by indoor air pollution. Pollutants within the home can cause homeowners to suffer from flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and respiratory irritation. Two health problems that can be aggravated by poor indoor air are allergies and asthma. Even people who have never suffered from allergies can benefit from improved IAQ. Fortunately, several steps can be taken to ensure that your indoor environment is the safest.
"Thankfully, there are things a homeowner can do to help alleviate potential IAQ concerns. The first step toward improving indoor air is to identify the sources of air pollutants," said Brian Amodio, President and CEO of Action Air. "Eliminating and reducing these sources are the most effective ways to clean the air. Although it is not possible to remove every contaminant source, reducing the sources and/or the amount of pollutants they emit will contribute to a healthier living environment," added Amodio.
A great way to minimize the concentration of pollutants is by thoroughly cleaning the home. Frequent dusting and vacuuming can help to reduce the amount of dust particles in the air.
For additional protection against the irritants, HVAC experts recommend the installation of a quality air purification system. Systems such as PureAir Air Purification System from Lennox Healthy Climate Solutions have proved an effective defense against all three classes of indoor contaminants – particles such as dust, microorganisms like bacteria and volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde.
Some of the most effective solutions for poor indoor air quality may involve heating and cooling systems. High-efficiency air filters can assist in absorbing particles that would otherwise escape due to their size. These filters help clean the air and provide respiratory relief by removing dust, dirt, and pollen. Other indoor environment products that are available include dehumidifiers, humidifiers, carbon monoxide detectors, and UV lights.
Regular maintenance and cleaning of the home’s existing HVAC equipment is as important as purchasing new high-efficiency equipment. For example, regular furnace tune-ups and air duct cleaning go a long way to reduce the amount of harmful indoor air pollutants.
To find out more about the most effective methods to improve indoor air quality, call the HVAC professionals at Action Air at 1-800-400-4152.
About Action Air Conditioning and Heating of San Diego: Action Air has been providing HVAC services to the wider San Diego area since 1975. In addition to heating and cooling services, Action Air provides solar power services. The company’s dedication to the community and commitment to high standards of business ethics have been rewarded by many prestigious awards. Action Air is a Favorite Local Company for Heating, AC & Solar, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, and also a 4-time winner of San Diego BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Additionally, the company has won Angie’s List Super Service Award eight times. The company’s vast repeat and referral business also stands as a testament of a quality service.
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Organization: Action Air Conditioning and Heating of San Diego
Address: 2750 S. Santa Fe Ave, San Marcos, CA 92069
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