Living in a city has its perks and snags. Close distance to shopping malls, work places, and trendy restaurants are among the benefits. However, the number of cars, factories, and households contribute to smog that is not only unpleasant, but also unhealthy.
Contrary to popular belief, you can also get bad air in the comfort of your own house, as a Web MD article says. Bad indoor air can lead to health risks that might affect your family. About 25 million Americans suffer from asthma, which may be triggered by exposure to pollution, harmful chemicals, and house dust.
On a scale of 1-100, higher being better, air quality in Rancho Cucamonga, California only merits a 31. The trucking business that proliferates in the area is only one of the factors that contribute to this less than ideal air quality rating.
Alarmingly, bad outside air can enter a home, and consequently, the residents’ lungs, through joints and cracks in walls, roofing, and floors. It can also infiltrate homes through natural ventilation (doors and windows), and mechanical ventilation, such as outdoor vented fans and the ducts on HVAC units.
In addition to outside air pollutants, poor indoor air quality can also be caused by indoor pollutants, as mentioned in the Webmd article:
Space heaters, ranges, ovens, stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, and water heaters “release gases and particulates into the air,” Calhoun adds. “There is also the fairly intense burden of allergens with indoor air quality such as pets, house dust mites. And perennial (year-long) allergens are 10- to 100-fold higher indoors than out.”
Fortunately, fixing and avoiding indoor air pollution are quite easy to do, with well maintained HVAC in Rancho Cucamonga homes. A properly working air conditioner will reduce water in the air, and with it, a great amount of water soluble pollutants. Likewise, by drying the air, turning on the A/C makes it difficult for dust mites to thrive.
Additionally, it will also help to install HEPA filters in your air conditioning units. This can block tiny pollutants from the outside, such as pollens and dust particles, and keep them from getting inside. HEPA filters can also help ensure that your HVAC ducts remain clean and working optimally.
Keep in mind, however, that HVAC units are prone to breaking down if not maintained properly, particularly during extreme weather conditions when they have to work overtime. When this happens, call on Rancho Cucamonga air conditioning repair experts, such as those at Day Aire, immediately. You wouldn’t want those deadly pollutants to gain any ground inside your home, which could happen if your HVAC unit is not working as well as it should.
(Source: Having a Bad Air Day? Improve Your Indoor Air Quality, WebMD, NA)