Indoor Air Quality

clipboard checklistThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that people now spend roughly 90% of their day indoors, a higher rate than at any point in human history. This makes the quality of the air inside your buildings increasingly important. The EPA also estimates that the air inside your home or office may be two to five times more polluted than air found outdoors. At Vance Air Conditioning and Heating LLC, we are committed to providing clean, safe and refreshing air to all of our clients. There are several different options available to consumers that can improve their indoor air quality in a variety of ways. Learn more about our indoor air quality services in Sugar Land, TX by calling our office and speaking with one of our HVAC service technicians.

Where Does Indoor Air Pollution Come From?

The leading cause of poor air indoor air quality is air pollution that results from the release of gases or particles from a variety of sources from inside and outside your building. One of the largest exacerbating factors for indoor air pollution is a lack of proper ventilation to remove the harmful particles and pollutants from your space. High temperatures and humidity can cause airborne pollutants to become more concentrated and negatively affect your ability to breathe freely.

Common Pollution Sources

The potential harm caused by a pollutant is dependent upon how hazardous the emissions from the pollutant are as well as its concentration. The longer a pollution issue goes unaddressed, the more concentrated and dangerous it becomes. One example of this would be an aging gas stove that has not been regularly serviced. Appliances such as these are more likely to produce elevated levels of harmful gases such as carbon monoxide in comparison to newer or more well-maintained appliances.

Some of the most well-understood causes of indoor air pollution include:

  • Cleaning Products: Many common household cleaning products contain aerosols that produce ozone, which is a pollutant and irritant. Some products also contain volatile organic compounds (VOC) that have been proven to have negative health effects.
  • Building Materials: Insulation, asbestos, wet carpets and pressed wood products all carry possible air pollution ramifications that can be eliminated with the help of one of our technicians.
  • Combustion Sources: Any appliance installed in your building that relies on gas, oil, kerosene, coal or wood has the potential to produce harmful byproducts.
  • Outdoor Air Pollutants: Radon, pesticides and other outdoor pollutants can find their way into your building from windows, doors and cracks. Once inside, they can wreak havoc on your health.

Reported Health Hazards

Your health can be put at risk from isolated or prolonged exposure to pollutants. Depending on the concentration of the pollutant, the hazardous nature of the pollutant, length of exposure and any preexisting conditions your reaction may vary. Short term exposure to pollutants has been reported to result in eye and throat irritation, fatigue, headaches and dizziness. Asthma and other respiratory issues can be aggravated by exposure to many pollutants. Evidence suggests that prolonged and repeated exposure to pollutants can lead to the development of heart disease, cancer and respiratory illness.

Talk to an HVAC expert from Vance Air Conditioning and Heating LLC to schedule your indoor air quality services in Sugar Land, TX and learn how you can improve the air you breathe today.