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Protecting Indoor Air Quality
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

With the onset of spring, we see the first glimpse of this year’s allergy season. During this time of year, the air is loaded with pollen, which can mean major suffering for anyone with allergies.

While many of us think the worst of it is outside where the pollen proliferates, it can actually be exaggerated inside homes and buildings where air is constantly recirculated and can be 2 - 5 times dirtier than the air outside.

Indoor air quality isn’t just a concern for allergy sufferers. According to an article for the American Lung Association, poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue. The most common air pollutants are listed as biological pollutants (such as pollen), secondhand tobacco smoke, combustion pollutants, Radon, Formaldehyde and Asbestos.

In addition, indoor air quality is known to cause structural degradation inside a house, causing rot within the walls, the attic and around window framing from excess moisture.

If you suffer from allergies, you know the importance of indoor air quality. But everyone can benefit from cleaner indoor air. Here are a few easy ways you can improve the indoor air quality where you live or work:

• Lower the incidence of biological pollutants: Mold, bacteria, pollen, dust and animal dander can be kept in check by frequently washingpet’s bedding and linens, regular cleaning of areas where pets frequent and using hypoallergenic cleaning equipment.  

• Make sure stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, heating units, water heaters and any other appliance that uses fuel of any kind are installed properly by professionals in order to keep combustion pollutants out of the air.   

• Test your home for Radon.      

• If possible, avoid using products that contain Formaldehyde inside the house or office.      

• Most importantly, change the filters on your furnace and air conditioning unit. A filter should be changed every 3 to 6 months; dirty filters will circulate dust and pollutants throughout your house. 

If you’ve gone through this list and are still concerned about the indoor air quality where you live or work, contact one of our service professionals today at mmoore@craneheatingandair.com or by calling 513-641-4700. You can schedule a HVAC cleaning or discuss our full line of Bryant's® dependable air quality solutions, including humidifiers, ventilators, UV lamps, media filters and air purifiers with our knowledgeable staff. Working together, we can help you eliminate up to 99.9% of the pollutants degrading the indoor air quality of your home or office.





 

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