Have you begun to suspect, despite your HVAC system in your Greenville, NC home, that your home has an indoor pollution problem? Indoor pollution is defined as having sources that release gases or particles into the air that cause indoor air quality problems in homes. Subpar ventilation can increase your home’s pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions and not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. According to the EPA, here are some potential sources of air pollutants that can enter your home:
- building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
- products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care or hobbies
- central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices
- outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides and outdoor air pollution
While it’s best to consult an expert to determine if you have an indoor pollution problem, here are some tips provided by the EPA to help solve air quality issues.
1. Find the Source of the Problem
The easiest way to improve indoor air quality is to reduce or eliminate pollutants or emissions from a particular source. Some sources, like ones that have asbestos, can be sealed or enclosed. If you have a gas stove, you can adjust it to decrease the amount of emissions. In many cases, this is the more cost-efficient approach to protecting indoor air quality than adding ventilation. That is because increasing ventilation increases energy costs.
2. Improve Ventilation
One way to improve your air quality is simply to increase the amount of outdoor air coming into your home. Most home heating and cooling systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. To achieve this you can opening windows and doors and operate window or attic fans when the weather permits. You could also try running a window air conditioner with the vent control open. This gets contaminants out of your home and more fresh air in.
3. Implement Air Cleaners
There are many types and sizes of air cleaners on the market, ranging from the moderately inexpensive table top models to break-the-bank systems for your whole house. Some air cleaners are very good at particle removal, while others, including most table-top models, are much less so. That being said, air cleaners are generally not designed to remove dangerous, gaseous pollutants.To determine the right kind for you, you need to determine how strong of a pollutant you’re trying to get rid of. The EPA has a residential air cleaner booklet you can refer to when you make your choice.
What Should You Do Now?
Especially if you suspect there’s asbestos or other dangerous pollutant in your home, please contact us to see what we can do. We come with 34 years experience in the heating and AC industry and has been servicing the Greenville, NC and Washington, NC areas since 1985. In addition, all of our company’s technicians have over 20 years experience.
Even if you don’t think you have serious air pollution problem and just want to improve ventilation and maybe cut energy costs, give us a call at 252-756-2166. You should be able to breathe easy in your own home. We want to help you with that.