The EPA ranks indoor air pollution the fourth largest environmental threat to our country. And, according to a study by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, indoor air contaminants are responsible for half of all illnesses.
In approximately 500 indoor air quality investigations in the last decade, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that the largest source of indoor air quality problems, at 52%, is inadequate ventilation.
Heating and cooling issues, mold, secondhand smoke, volatile organic compounds (VOCs are often found in paints and common cleansers), viruses, pollen, animal dander, water leaks, and particles from dust mites and cockroaches, can cause indoor air quality problems and trigger health concerns. Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and asthma. It can also cause headaches; eye, nose, throat, and respiratory irritation, coughing, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to odors, muscle pain, and fatigue.
The American Lung Association recommends source control as the first line of defense against indoor air pollution. Appropriate ventilation with clean, fresh air can also reduce levels of indoor air pollutants. Newer, more energy-efficient homes don’t always breathe properly and are sometimes more polluted than older homes, so there are different concerns to consider depending on the age of your home.
A clean HVAC system is crucial to your family’s health and air quality. John’s Refrigeration Heating and Cooling tests your home and the duct system to identify areas where the contaminants are getting in and will recommend actions you can take to keep the air inside your house as safe as possible.
We can determine how clean or dirty the air inside your home is and offer suggestions on how to improve its quality. We can install an electrostatic air filter, an Advanced Oxidation Air Purifier, or either aHumidification or De-humidification System. You will breathe easier once John’s identifies the air quality problems inside your home and resolves them.