Recognizing the Signs of Indoor Air Pollution

From Atlanta to Beijing, individuals and interest groups express concern about the quality of the air they breathe. While the quality of the air that you breathe when you are out and about in your city has an impact on your health, so too does the quality of the air in your home. Since indoor air is something you can control, you should familiarize yourself with the most common signs of poor indoor air quality so that you can prevent indoor air pollution in your home.

Heaps of Dust
Dust and debris can irritate your eyes and respiratory system, and exacerbate allergies and breathing disorders. Dust your home frequently, change your furnace and air conditioner filters regularly, and have your air ducts cleaned every few years to eliminate dusts, molds, and fungi that have accumulated in the interim.

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Unusually High Indoor Humidity Levels
Excessive humidity fuels the growth of mold spores and promotes mildew, which are common causes of indoor air pollution. If your home is exceptionally humid, consider having a dehumidification system installed.

Funny Smells
While notoriously dangerous toxic gases such as carbon monoxide (CO) have no smell, mildew and sewer gas do. If new and unpleasant smells arise in your home, hire an air conditioning and plumbing professional to determine the source and rectify the problem.

Toxic Gas Detection Alerts
Radon and CO monitors  can alert you to dangerous levels of these gases in your home. Since prolonged and intensive exposure to radon can cause lung cancer and CO poisoning can be deadly, it is wise to install radon and CO detectors in your home.

Unexplained Health Concerns
Headaches, dizziness, and nausea are symptoms associated with early-stage CO poisoning, exposure to mold, and other health hazards associated with indoor air pollution. Take these health concerns seriously by having your home inspected by an air quality expert and seeking medical attention if necessary.

Estes Heating and Air Conditioning  has been in operation for 65 years. Throughout our history, the health, comfort, and satisfaction of our customers has been our driving force. If you have not had your Atlanta-area home’s ductwork cleaned for several years or you are concerned that your heating or cooling system is polluting the air inside your home, call (404) 361-6560 to schedule a service appointment.

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