Most of us spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, so it’s important to monitor indoor air quality. At Merrell & Associates, helping our customers to enjoy cleaner, fresher air is one of the most important things we do. As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, we can install superior products like high-tech air cleaners that can remove nearly all indoor contaminants circulating throughout your space.
What Are The Hazards Of Polluted Indoor Air?
Did you know that the air inside your Carrollton, GA, home or business can be ten times more polluted than the air outside? Unfortunately, we can’t see the pollution, so we don’t know it’s there. In the meantime, toxic particles can cause short and long-term health problems in adults, children, and pets. Indoor air pollution can cause symptoms immediately, over time, or years after exposure.
What Are The Symptoms Of Indoor Air Pollution?
Polluted indoor air can worsen existing allergies and trigger asthma attacks. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, other symptoms include:
- Burning, stinging, watering eyes
- Dry, itchy eyes
- Nose and throat irritations
- Dry, itchy, flaky skin
- Shortness of breath
- Sinus infections and sinus congestion
- Bronchitis and respiratory problems
What Are Some Common Indoor Air Contaminants?
Indoor air pollution can be caused by everything from harsh cleaning products and excessive dust to asbestos and pesticides. Part of the problem is that the buildings of today are tightly sealed to conserve energy. As a result, toxic pollutants get trapped inside where they can quickly multiply. Another source of indoor air pollution is HVAC equipment that’s not properly maintained. Air ducts in particular can harbor contaminants like black mold and rodents. Other pollutants include:
- Dust mites
- Toxic mold, mold spores, and fungi
- Pet dander
- Bacteria and viruses
- Pollen and allergens
- Carbon monoxide
- Insect droppings
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from household products
How Can I Have Cleaner Indoor Air?
The safest way to ensure healthy indoor air is to have your home or business tested by a Merrell & Associates air quality specialist. We’ve partnered with AirAdvice to offer the best indoor air testing on the market. After the assessment, we can suggest solutions. From air humidifiers and ventilators to air cleaners and air purifiers, Carrier clean air products can easily be added to your HVAC system. If you have central heating and cooling, be sure to maintain your ductwork with regular inspections. Air ducts should be cleaned as needed, and any holes or cracks should be sealed.