As a Houston homeowner, you probably give a great deal of attention to how well your air conditioning and heating system performs in keeping you comfortable throughout the year. But your system can do much more than just keep you comfortable, it can greatly impact the quality of air your family breathes. Did you know the air inside your home can be far more polluted than the air outside? If you already have asthma or allergies then your home is no safe haven. No wonder the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health.
Home products and furnishings in the home such as flooring, carpet, cabinetry, furniture and cleaning products emit pollutant known as Volatile Organic Compounds also called (VOCs). VOCs are widely used in paints, varnishes and many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic and degreasing products. Fuels are also made up of organic chemicals. All of these products can release VOC compounds while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored. Dust, mold and allergens can also easily and invisibly accumulate, spreading in the air throughout your home.
Pesticides in your home are another major health concern. Even if you don’t use pesticides inside your home we end up tracking them in from outside. According to the EPA, 80 percent of most people’s exposure to pesticides occurs indoors. They have also found measurable levels of up to a dozen pesticides in the air inside of homes.
Usually people try to control or eliminate the sources of pollutants by ventilating a home with clean outdoor air. Unfortunately we live in a hot and humid climate for a majority of the year with two strong allergy seasons, so the ventilation method is usually undesirable due to high humidity and high levels of contaminants contained in outdoor air. That is why we use different types of air purification systems to give our homes the ideal clean air we need. Including:
Each of these solutions help to combat many of the common indoor air quality problems, such as: