How HVAC Companies Help Prevent Poor Indoor Air Quality in Las Vegas and Henderson NV
Did you know that indoor air quality, which plays a major role in the comfort and health of your family, can be up to five times as polluted as outdoor air? It’s a scary fact, but it’s something that can easily be remedied. If you live in a city, it’s important to understand that your indoor air quality can be even more contaminated.
Living in a city or an apartment shouldn’t mean that you have to settle for less clean air. At A-Tech Heating and Cooling, your safety and comfort is our number one priority. We’ve put together this article to share with you what we know about indoor air quality, and what can be done by home owners and HVAC companies alike to improve it.
There is a Lack of Research on the Effects of Contaminated Air
Over a hundred years ago doctors were recommending cigarettes, and even children were smoking them. Without a major group of people having used cigarettes for a long time, there just wasn’t any good research back then regarding their effects on health.
However, today we know that breathing in smoke from cigarettes and other sources can lead to many health complications. It is just as likely that as time goes on we will learn more about the impacts of indoor air quality on our health.
For a large majority of history, humans lived outdoors and in nature. We have only started living in large buildings, apartment complexes, and homes with a lack of clean air for a short period of time. There just hasn’t been enough time, or interest, to record how modern living and indoor air quality (IAQ) affects adults and children in depth. Researchers have only begun looking at IAQ in the past few decades.
Contaminated Air and Its Effects
The United States Environmental Protection agency has an informative page which outlines both immediate and long-term effects of indoor air pollution. If you experience any of the symptoms it lists, it’s recommended that you contact a professional health care provider as well as an HVAC company.
Immediate effects and symptoms range from nose, throat, and eye irritation to dizziness, headaches, fatigue, and even asthma. The long-range effects include respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and cancer.
What Pollutants Are Found in the Air?
Air conditioning and heating units can push mold, bacteria, germs, and other contaminants through your ducts and into your air. Not to mention that they can also be an entry point for pollen, animal dander, dust mites, and even pests to enter.
In the outdoors, pollen is blown away over a few weeks of spring. Indoors pollen sticks to ducts and ventilation filters: pumping into your air in small amounts over many more months. Your home essentially traps everything that is usually free to be swept away by wing in the great outdoors.
Smoking indoors, as well as using fireplaces, can also introduce contaminants into indoor air. Some other sources of contamination include asbestos insulation from older homes, which is known to cause cancer and respiratory problems.
Keeping Your Indoor Air Clean
At A-Tech Heating and Cooling, we offer seasonal tune-ups for HVAC systems that ensure that your units and air are both in the best condition possible. We change filters before spring, and before fall, to ensure that no contaminants are trapped and gradually released into your air.
We also check for mold and other issues that can occur over the years. Because we believe that education is extremely important, we also make sure to share a wide array of knowledge with Las Vegas homeowners. We share tips that range from cleaning techniques for air conditioning units, so that they are clear of debris, to recommendations on programmable thermostats that save energy.
If you live in Las Vegas, Henderson, or surrounding areas, then give us a call for a free quote: 702-489-5500. Our team is standing by and ready to help answer your questions or setup an appointment.