Why the Air Quality in Your Home Matters

Having a home free of contaminants and toxins makes it easier to breathe and protects your family’s health. Keep your children or older loved ones safe with proper HVAC solutions to increase ventilation and improve your home’s air quality.

How to Identify Pollutants in the Air of Your Home

An air quality professional, such as a residential installation and service technician, can measure air quality using special instruments. They may ask if any of your family members are experiencing certain symptoms and look at the airflow patterns to determine if your home has the proper ventilation to eliminate toxins.
 

Air quality encompasses air inside and outside your property because outside air can filter in and affect your interior air quality. It can prove challenging to identify pollutants in the air because some, such as carbon monoxide and radon, are odorless. 

Types of Pollutants: Chemicals and Toxins and the Health Issues They Can Cause

Some pollutants affect you immediately, while the effects of others build over time. Whether a toxin acts quickly or not, you need to know what to look for to protect your family. 

Here are some of the top air pollutants and the harm they can cause: 

  • VOCs: Volatile organic compounds are present in many common households items and are found in many paints, new furniture and flooring materials. These pollutants can cause respiratory distress, headaches and more.
  • Mold and mildew: These fungi and allergens cause reactions when it grows to moderate levels and can cause skin, throat and eye irritation not to mention coughing, respiratory distress and more.
  • Dust mites: Dust mites are invisible to the naked eye yet can cause allergies like runny noses and itchy eyes and may also affect those with respiratory challenges.
  • Pet dander: Pet dander is an organic protein irritant that can also affect the respiratory system, skin and eyes.

 

How to Reduce Toxins and Actions to Take for Long-Term Solutions

Adding ventilation to your home offers an immediate solution to your worries about toxins and chemicals in the air. The right HVAC system improves ventilation. Ventilation allows oxygen to assist in neutralizing floating debris and irritants which are then more easily able to be captured by the HVAC filtration. Then preventive maintenance in the form of regular filter changes and duct cleaning becomes more effective which in turn helps prevent respiratory symptoms. You can also try a strong exhaust fan to move air around the room. 

When the weather outside is warm, which is almost year-round in Fort Worth, you can open your doors and windows to encourage better air circulation and get rid of chemical vapors and airborne particulate. 

Hiring someone to perform an air quality test provides the best long-term solution to your air quality headaches. Professionals can advise you on what toxins may bother you and how to eliminate them.

Contact Circle-E Facility & Home Maintenance for Air Quality Control

We provide regularly scheduled residential air filter changes and air duct cleanings as well as airflow assessments to help eliminate toxins and allergens in your home or business for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We can also advise you on the repair or replacement of a residential or commercial HVAC system and/or ductwork to address your comfort, airflow or air quality concerns. 

Contact Circle-E Facility & Home Services today to schedule an appointment and discover how good indoor air quality makes such a difference!