We spend a lot of time indoors, at work, in schools, and at home. In the summer, we run the air conditioning full time and in the colder months we're running the furnace. But did you know that controlling the temperature is just one part of improving the comfort of your home? The air indoors can put you at risk for health problems if the quality is low. Chemicals, gases, and/or living organisms like mold and pests in the air can harm you and your family.
Poor indoor air quality can cause a wide range of health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches, or fatigue. For those suffering from allergies, it can become more severe. Respiratory illnesses (such as asthma), heart disease, cancer, and other serious long-term conditions can also be affected by poor air quality. Some toxins at high concentrations, such as carbon monoxide, can even cause death.
Here are a few simple steps to help improve your air quality and reduce your health risks:
- Control or eliminate the sources of pollution. The most effective way to improve indoor air is to eliminate individual sources or reduce their emissions.
- Ventilate. Bring in more fresh air. This helps reduce pollutants. Open windows and doors, or run an air conditioner with the vent control open.
- Install bathroom and kitchen fans. Exhaust fans that vent outside your home can increase ventilation and reduce pollution.
- Change filters regularly. Central heating and air conditioner systems have filters to trap dust and other pollutants in the air. Change or clean the filters regularly.
- Adjust your home's humidity. The moisture level inside your home can affect the concentrations of some indoor air pollutants. High moisture levels keep the air moist and increases the likelihood of mold. Very dry air can cause respiratory problems.
- Keep indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent. You can use a moisture or humidity gauge available at most hardware stores, to check your home's moisture level. To increase levels, use a humidifier. To decrease levels, open the windows if it is not humid outdoors. If it is warm, turn on the air conditioner or adjust the humidity setting on the humidifier.
- Add a whole house air cleaner. A whole-home air purifier treats 100% of the air flowing through your system before it circulates, to remove bacteria, viruses, pollen and mold from the air.
The air inside your home is essential for more than just comfort—it's essential for life. It impacts your family's health and budget. That's why it's reassuring to know that at Ohio Heating & Cooling we offer a full line of Aprilaire products for indoor air improvement.
Our Aprilaire equipment goes beyond simple temperature control, to include all aspects of indoor air quality, including:
- Air purity
- Air freshness
Another factor in how healthy your home is for your family is lead. Older homes (if your home was built before 1978) often have lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.
Lead paint is serious business. Lead inspection and lead risk assessment are useful first steps which can lead to more thoughtful decisions on managing lead paint and lead hazards. Lead abatement is an activity designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. Abatement is sometimes ordered by a state or local government, and can involve specialized techniques not typical of most residential contractors.
The EPA requires individuals and firms who perform abatement projects in pre-1978 target housing and child-occupied facilities to be certified and follow specific work practices. Ohio Heating & Cooling is approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct Lead Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Activities.
Reasons you should have your home inspected or assessed for risks
- Your child has been diagnosed as having lead poisoning. The most common home-based source of lead exposure is deteriorating lead-based paint and the resulting dust.
- You live in a home built before 1978 where small children are or will be living.
- You are about to remodel or do anything that will disturb lead-based paint or generate lead-based paint dust and chips that can harm you and your family
- You are renting or buying a home. When buying a home, federal law allows the purchaser the opportunity to conduct testing to determine whether lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards are present. This is especially important if you have (or plan to have) young children in the home. Learn your rights before buying a home.
- You are concerned about possible lead exposure to you, your family and pets, or visitors.
Ohio Heating & Cooling is dedicated to providing healthy environments for you and your family. Our engineers and technicians can create healthy and safe indoor environmental solutions to fit your lifestyle and your budget.
We can help you identify any gaps in your current heating and cooling system. Contact us for a Free Evaluation of your current system. We can recommend additional products to remedy any problems found with your home's air quality.