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2 Home Indoor Air Quality Frights and How to Combat Them

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Your indoor air quality isn’t as good as you think.

We all like to believe we can escape to the safety of our homes and feel secure that the indoor air quality is better than it is other places. This is not generally true, unfortunately. The truth is many air quality frights can be compromising the quality of the air in your home. Here are two of them and what you need to know to combat them:

Fright #1: VOCs

VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds, and they’re all but unavoidable. They include benzene from cigarette smoke and paint, trichloroethylene from paint and varnish, nitrogen dioxide from stoves and car emissions, formaldehyde from furniture and rugs, and other VOCs found in lawn care and cleaning products. As you can see, they're hard to remove from your home entirely.

Fright #2: Allergens

Not everyone is sensitive to allergens, but they're certainly present in the air in your home. Everything from pollen, dust, and dust mites to pet hair, dander, and mold, allergens will pollute the air in your home. They can affect your health and well-being, whether you're an allergy sufferer or not.

What’s the Solution?

If you're dealing with poor indoor air quality, as we all are in some capacity, you're not without options. There are a few simple ways to combat the things that pollute your air.

  1. Keep your air filters clean. Your HVAC system is the common stop for all your air pollutants, which is why keeping the air filter clean can help keep the pollutants from circulating and recirculating through your home.
  2. Invest in air purification. A simple air filtration system in addition to your HVAC system can help rid your home of most of the things that are causing your air quality to be less than ideal.

Before you start wearing a mask around the house, contact our team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning to find out how you can improve your indoor air quality.