Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a term that refers to the breathable quality of the air within the walls of your home. The air quality inside your home has impacts on you and your family’s health. Some people may be more susceptible than others, but consistently breathing air that is contaminated by any variety of substances can definitely cause irreparable harm in the long-term to your health if these issues are not addressed. Asthma and allergy sufferers have the most issues with poor indoor air quality, but other toxins present in your home’s air like pet dander, dust mites, radon, chemical vapors, mold, tobacco smoke, and carbon monoxide eventually lead to lung problems and serious health concerns. The HVAC professionals at M&A HVAC strive to help customers in the Nashville area sort out their indoor air quality issues. We have many techniques and products available that can help stabilize and improve the indoor air quality of your home, elevating it to a healthier level.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the typical pollutants of concern include:
- Carbon Monoxide
- Pet Dander
- Tobacco Smoke
Carbon monoxide is a gas that’s virtually undetectable without a carbon monoxide detector. It is an odorless gas that often catches people off guard and has been dubbed as a “silent killer.” It is produced from running engines, generators, heaters, grills, stoves and gas ranges. When the gas builds up in an enclosed space, people and animals alike can be poisoned and die. With nearly 200 deaths each year related to carbon monoxide poisoning, it’s certainly a verifiable risk that can be prevented. We always recommend having a working carbon monoxide detector installed in your home to help detect any threat.
Radon can have a big impact on your indoor air quality. Radon is a radioactive gas that’s found naturally. It can cause lung cancer and other health issues. Radon kits are available to test your home’s levels.
Composed of tiny flecks of skin shed from animals like cats, dogs, rodents, and virtually any animal with fur or feathers, pet dander is an allergen trigger. Although dogs are sometimes an issue, people report allergies to cats many more times than dogs. Because of its microscopic size, pet dander tends to remain suspended in the air much longer than dust mites. They also stick easily to furniture, bedding and other fabrics. A good air filtration system coupled with a high MERV-rated filter can help catch a lot of pet dander. We also recommend an air purifier to help clean these particles out of the air.
Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure, also calling passive smoking, is a dangerous carcinogen. Tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals. Eliminating secondhand smoke inside your home will help reduce the harmful effects and will improve the indoor air quality. Filtration techniques will help improve secondhand smoke’s effects on indoor air quality, but the only way to truly eliminate it is to require smokers to go outside.
Mold spores negatively affect the air quality of your home. There are many different types of mold that can cause problems with allergies, asthmas, respiratory conditions and suppressed immune system side effects. The most effective way to control mold is a combination of germicidal UV light and a good filtration system. For help with any mold issues, reach out to the experts at South Nashville Heating and Cooling to work on a plan to help alleviate mold indoor air quality issues.
Pesticides are toxic to breathe. These are found in many different forms: powders, sprays, liquids, balls and foggers. They are typically used in pest control to kill insects, bacteria and other organisms. Pesticides don’t necessarily affect indoor air quality when they’re used indoors. They can also affect the indoor air quality from the outdoors through soil particles and dust, stored containers, and household surfaces that collect and release particles containing pesticides into the air. Pesticides can cause serious problems in your liver, kidneys, and nervous system. The best way to fight the intrusion of pesticides into your home is by following the instructions on the label precisely and never store pesticides in your home. Use non-chemical pesticides or natural pest-control options whenever possible.
Breathing toxic pollutants in your home, even when you don’t realize it, can be very damaging to you and to your family’s health. M&A HVAC would love to earn your business and help you get your indoor air quality under control. We have many options available and can help you devise a plan to a safer, cleaner home. Contact us today at 615-431-2500 or fill out the form on this page. We look forward to serving you!