Now is an excellent time to make sure you’re family isn’t breathing in allergens and other harmful toxins that can be making them sick.
As the windows get closed up for the winter season, it is important to evaluate the air quality of your home. Many of the most harmful pollutants in a home can’t be seen, but that does not mean that they can’t hurt you. Various things, like mold and mildew, may be in the air you breathe.
That is why it is important to have your home’s air quality evaluated by checking both your HVAC system and your ductwork. If you are prone to asthma or allergies, that becomes even more crucial. Symptoms like frequent headaches or sinusitis are all signs that things might be lurking in your home.
The air quality of your home is highly related to your overall health. Some allergens might only be caustic and annoying, while others can lead to some serious long-term health problems. Although there are millions of toxins that you can be exposed to through your HVAC system, the most common ones to test for include:
If you have recently done any renovation or painting around the house, then you will want to check for Volatile Organic Compounds. They can be emitted from things like building materials and aerosol cans.
An odorless gas, carbon monoxide is deadly in high concentrations. It is created when fuel doesn’t burn completely. Symptoms can sometimes appear to be benign, like being dizzy or tired, but if you are exposed for a long enough period you can suffer serious health consequences. Although most homes are equipped with carbon dioxide detectors, there are times when trace amounts aren’t picked up, and they can continue to harm you and your family.
If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, those allergies can play a huge role in frequent illnesses and hospitalizations. Depending on the severity of an allergy, the consequences can range from mild to severe. If you have an air quality test performed, you will know if you have ductwork that might be recirculating those allergens around your home and just making you more miserable.
Although people often think of mold as something that appears on surfaces, it does give off spores that are released into the air. Black mold has been indicated as a cause for lung diseases and other chronic illnesses. The only way to ensure that you don’t have mold building up in your ductwork is to test the air quality of your home to make sure that you aren’t breathing in harmful mold spores.
Radon is an odorless gas that you can’t taste or smell, but it can be found in the air of your home. According to the EPA, it is the leading cause of lung cancer in America and something that not many people even know they are breathing. To ensure that you don’t have radon circulating through your HVAC system, do an indoor air quality test to rule out the potential.
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With winter upon us and the windows shut up tight, now is an excellent time to make sure that you aren’t unwittingly breathing in allergens and other harmful toxins that can be making you sick without you even knowing. Call a St. Louis HVAC specialist to make sure that your air quality is healthy and safe this winter season.