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How is the good is the Air Quality in your home?
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All homeowners are interested in energy conservation today. Reducing ventilation and sealing living spaces more tightly are ways to conserve energy - but they also trap irritants. Studies have found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas, and in some cases 100 times higher.
Particulate contamination, like dust and pollen, can make you sneeze, cough, irritate your eyes - you know the feeling. Disposable fiberglass filters are certainly inexpensive; but if clean air is important to you, disposable filters aren't really acceptable, because they only remove large particles and not the tiny particles of dust, pollen, and smoke.
The smoke and odor in the air are caused by particles and gases and when removed the air smells cleaner and fresher and so do your carpets, drapes, wall coverings and furniture.
Indoor air pollution has largely been ignored for years but is now being recognized as a serious problem in homes as well as commercial buildings. For one thing, more pollution is trapped indoors. Normal activities like cooking, heating and cleaning, release gases and particles, some of which are definitely unhealthy. Personal practices like smoking, add to the problem. These gases seem to linger in our "energy-tight" homes, sealed in as effectively as outdoor air is sealed out. One probable cause for this situation being ignored is a general lack of consumer awareness about the seriousness of indoor air pollution.
Reasonable estimates are that the visible particles that scatter a sunbeam's light amount to 1 percent of all the particles in the air. That leaves another 99% too small to be seen with the naked or untrained eye. Only the effects of these invisible particles may be seen in human discomfort and in soiling film that slowly coats walls, furnishings and drapes. Dust, pollen, tobacco smoke, cooking smoke, animal dander, bacteria, viruses, skin flakes and carpet fibers are just some of the troublesome particles floating in indoor air. These particles are suspended in the air until they attach themselves to walls, furniture, drapes, etc. Scrubbing, dry cleaning, painting and redecorating are required to undo the damage they cause.
Worse yet are the effects dirty indoor air has on people. Pollen, spores and dust make life miserable for those with allergies. Lingering tobacco smoke makes some people acutely uncomfortable. Bacteria and viruses promote disease and these particles are carried through the air with the aid of dust. Formaldehyde is another potentially harmful gas which is generated from furniture, building materials, and insulation and can be found in almost any home. While air pollution affects everyone there are studies that show our children are even more susceptible to the detrimental effects of air pollution particles than adults.
With all we have to offer our children today why not give them a cleaner healthier environment to grow? After all, it is their growth and development with which we must concern ourselves the most.
So, what is the solution???
First: You will need to have your heating and air conditioning system evaluated from top to bottom by a Professional HVAC Technician.
Second: Go over the evaluation with the Technician to find out what necessary items need to be corrected. Such as cleaning blower wheels and coils and/or sealing air leaks at the equipment and ducting.
Third: After making the necessary corrections to your system. Now you will need to decide on if and how to upgrade your filtering system for you and your family. Etc.; Electro Static Filter, Media Filter, Electronic Air Cleaner, UV Light, or an Air Scrubber.
Forth: Finally, just sit back and let your HVAC system do all the work.
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Nearly Five Hundred People Die from An Undetected Killer.
Christopher Stuart, October 2013
Carbon Monoxide (“The Silent Killer”), according the data collected by Center for Disease Control (CDC), each year, nearly 500 people die in the United States from carbon monoxide poisoning, and as many as 15,000 visit emergency rooms for exposure from poorly maintained heating systems and other gas appliances.
Reference Link: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5650a1.htm
"Dangers from poorly maintained heating systems are really going to be the number one cause of carbon monoxide poisonings in the United States,"
Dr. Paul Garbe said on a CDC online video.
Having your heating system checked every year before winter is the key to a safe and comfortable winter. During a tune up your technician should be checking your filter, gas pressures, all safeties, and most importantly for proper combustion and ventilation. All of these checks and adjustments will verify that the heating system in your home will run efficiently and is safe to operate. Some companies (ex. California Cool Breeze) have maintenance programs, where they automatically come out annually or bi-annually to service you system.
”Every home should have a Carbon Monoxide detector.” per the CDC
California signed into Law in May of 2010 that all homes are required to have a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector. This law also states that the CO detector is to be located in the sleeping area of the home such as a hallway. While this may seem to some as overkill or big brother telling you what to do, keep in mind that Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless killer. Its victims never see it coming. CO poisoning can also cause severe and chronic brain, lung and heart damage.
Smoke Alarms; nearly every home has one. Did you know that the California Residential Code (CRC) Section R314 (as of June 21,2010) requires all homes to have Smoke alarms in every bedroom, hallway, and in each story level. Preferably the smoke alarms should be 110v with battery backup and interconnected, but in some case battery only detectors can be used.
This does not mean that the state or local authorities are going to go door to door looking for violators. They typically will require you meet these codes during any kind of home renovation or upgrade that will require a permit. But why wait for the city to require you to do this? After all, this is the safety of your home and family we are talking about. Smoke and CO detectors are reasonably inexpensive and fairly easy to install. The time and money spent on this is worth every penny and then some. Protect you and your loved ones from the “Silent Killer”.