Throughout each year, we spend a considerable amount of time indoors. During the fall and winter months, we hang in to keep warm. When temperatures rise in the summer, we hang in to keep cool. Because we spend so much time in our homes, shouldn’t we want the air we breathe to be safe and clean? Here’s some information about indoor air quality and why it’s so important.
Why is Air Quality Important?
Most people spend a considerable amount of time indoors. Whether you are in your home, office, school, or any other kind of building, you should always have clean and breathable air. There are several ways in which indoor pollutants can be introduced into your air system. No matter what the cause may be, air quality contaminants can cause a wide range of problems throughout your home.
What Causes Air Quality to Suffer?
- Chemicals. Every house has some trace level of chemicals present in the air. A major cause is cleaning chemicals, fuels, paints, and preservatives, and certain building materials. These are common household objects, so be sure that yours are stored properly and safely.
- Dust and Allergens. Like certain chemicals, dust and allergens are unavoidable. Dust, mites, and pollen always seem to find a way into your home. Depending on your sensitivity any given allergen, reactions will vary.
- Temperature. Your home should always be a safe and comfortable temperature. However, if you like things to be warm and toasty all the time, you may have a lesser air quality than those who don’t. Higher temperatures can accelerate the rate at which certain pollutants spread.
- Humidity. The higher the humidity, the greater the chance of mold and mildew growth. Excess moisture can cause these to grow at a rapid rate, so humidity should always be monitored.
- Equipment. Your HVAC systems can damage air quality if they aren’t working properly. This is why routine maintenance is so important – one of our HVAC Experts will be able to tune-up your heating, cooling, and ventilation equipment to make sure it’s helping your air instead of hurting it.
You may not immediately realize that your air quality has lessened. If you suspect that your air has been affected, it’s important for you to call Gold Star Service as soon as possible. Here are some physical signs to watch out for:
- Worsened asthma symptoms
- Increase in respiratory illnesses
- Allergy sensitivity
- Reduced breathing function
- Headaches and/or fatigue
How Gold Star Service Can Help
When it comes to keeping your air quality safe, routine maintenance can help. Our HVAC Service experts recommend scheduling annual maintenance checks before each season hits hard. This helps to ensure consistent and efficient operation for comfort and maximum air quality protection. Not only does professional servicing help to extend the life if your equipment, it helps to keep your air quality clean and safe. We won’t leave until we know that your HVAC systems are working safely, so you can have peace of mind year-round.
To keep your air quality safe, schedule your Gold Star Service maintenance today!