Myths About Air Quality In Your Home

indoor air qualityWhen it comes to health, there is nothing as important as the air you breathe.

Newspapers and television shows are full of discussions on indoor and outdoor air quality. However, not all so-called “facts” are true.

There are a lot of misconceptions that many believe. Unfortunately, believing some of these myths can affect the quality of your indoor air and, essentially, your health.

One thing is for sure. The quality of your indoor air should be considered as serious as outdoor air quality. After all, most of us spend the majority of our time inside.

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Myths About Indoor Air Quality New Hyde Park NY

In this article, we will discuss some common indoor air quality myths that you should be aware of.

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Myth 1: Inside Air Is Better Than Outside Air

Cities around the world are dealing with a great deal of outdoor air pollution. It may seem that being inside is better than being outside. However, the majority of buildings are filled with pollutants that seriously affect indoor air quality. The only way for inside air to be healthier is to make sure that the circulated air is as clean as possible. If the heating and cooling system inside does not clean properly clean the air, the air inside will be just as unhealthy, or worse, as the air outside.

Myth 2: Heating And Cooling Systems Do Not Make A Difference In The Air Inside Your Home

HVAC air filterWhen people think of HVAC, they think of systems that heat and cool homes and commercial properties. People should stop and consider that these systems have everything to do with air.

Forced air HVAC systems require air filters. The filters clean the air before the HVAC unit circulates it within a building. Proper maintenance and replacement of these filters is integral to maintaining indoor air quality. If an HVAC system is not well-maintained, contaminated air will circulate throughout the home.

Myth 3: Open Windows Improves The Quality Of Inside Air

In places with high amounts of pollution, open windows do nothing but bring even more chemical and organic pollutants inside. Opening a window can make indoor air quality even worse. A better solution is to use mechanical ventilators along with the heating and cooling system. The mechanical ventilator filters out the pollutants before your heating and cooling system circulates the air throughout your indoor spaces.

Myth 4: Air Quality Can Be Improved With Air Fresheners

There is no question that air fresheners help to kill bad odors and improve the scent of the air, but that is all air fresheners do. Most types of air fresheners are made of chemicals that can build up inside your home. The regular use of these types of air fresheners may keep your house smelling nice, but can also have a negative effect on the air inside your home.

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Myth 5: Indoor Air Can Be Cleaned With Ozone Generators

Many people subscribe to the myth that using an ozone gas generator helps to get rid of air pollution. However, there is research to show that ozone gas causes throat, respiratory, and other possible health problems.

Myth 6: Indoor Air Can Be Cleaned With Humidifiers

Dry air can be irritating to people, especially in the winter. Many choose to use a humidifier to put moisture back into the air inside. However, the problem may be that the building’s heating and cooling system is not working as it should be. If the air inside is too dry, the problem may be that air is leaking outside of your home. A humidifier might sound like a good fix, but generating more moisture inside can cause the growth of bacteria, fungus, and mold.

If you find that you are always coughing or clearing your throat, you might think you are suffering from seasonal allergies or a cold, but chronic problems can indicate an issue with the air in your home. Never wait until you are having problems with your breathing, eyes watering, or are overwhelmed by nasty odors in the air before thinking about air quality.

Be aware that your heating and cooling system must be properly installed and maintained at all times. Healthy air circulation and comfortable temperatures are always important, not just when you notice odors and health issues. For the best indoor air quality, be sure to have your HVAC system serviced regularly.

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Hart Home Comfort specializes in improving the quality of indoor air. Our heating and cooling techs know exactly what needs to be done to keep the temperature and air in your home as healthy and comfortable as possible.

We recommend that you have your HVAC system inspected and tuned up yearly for each system. Putting off services until there is a breakdown in your system is never a good idea. A well-maintained heating and cooling system improves energy efficiency and keeps air pollutants from causing health problems. If you value indoor air health, contact Hart Home Comfort and schedule a visit.

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