Posted: April 4, 2010

No matter where you live – be it the sweltering South or in cooler climates – or the style of residence (a condo, home, or large apartment), nothing is more important than ensuring your family can breathe easily at home. Some may think because you can’t see problems like smoke or dust that your indoor air quality must be okay. In truth, the biggest dangers at home may be occurring without you realizing it. Every breath you take at home could lead to serious health problems down the road if you don’t take measures to keep your indoor air fresh and clean.

Optimizing Indoor Air Quality

What does it mean to keep a high IAQ at home? Of course, clean air is the key, but achieving this involves doing things that eliminate the growth of bacteria, moisture, mold, and other pollutants that trigger illness and allergies if left unchecked. Much of what contaminates your home is brought from the outside – pollen, dirt, and even smoke – so you want to be sure your windows and doors are properly sealed to keep nature outside.

As for the indoors, a licensed HVAC mechanic should be on call to test your air conditioning, filtration, and duct systems for any anomalies that cause them to not work at optimal levels. When an air conditioning unit becomes too old to function well, for example, it is likely not to generate the clean air you need for your home. Likewise, as you ignore filters they continue to collect dust and other particles until they eventually recycle the bad stuff into your house, and your lungs.

Solutions for Good Breathing

Regular checkups with your local HVAC contractor can put your mind at ease. You may also wish to invest in an inexpensive testing device and a carbon monoxide detector to warn you if your breathing room has reached a dangerous level. Don’t take chances with the IAQ of your home. Rest easy in your sleep and when you relax.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Newport News HVAC services and Hampton HVAC services.