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The Five Levels of Poor Air Quality

It’s always been tough trying to get homeowners to understand the importance of their indoor air quality. We’ve used everything from funny puns, to informative blocks of text, but nothing seems to work as well as a quick and easy to understand breakdown of the facts. That’s what we’re going to do here today.

Simply put: there are five important levels of indoor air quality contaminants. These matter dearly to everyone who values the safety and comfort of their indoor air. This list exists regardless of what kinds of HVAC services in Hawthorne, NY are offered. That’s why we find them so important.

If anyone can manage each of these levels for their indoor air, we promise that a home will be healthier. We can help install air purifiers, repair air filtration systems, and whatever else is needed on the mission to keep indoor air clean!

Level 1: Toxic Compounds

Toxic compounds represent what we also call volatile organic compounds, or VOCs for short. These particles can be things that linger in the air like cooking smoke, paint, rubber, or anything else. They can linger in anyone’s indoor air for far too long to the point where they can actually become a detriment to people’s health. These can be filtered out with a proper air filtration system.

Level 2: Infectious Microorganisms

This is one of the most important levels of indoor air quality. Infections microorganisms account for everything from viruses to bacteria, and anything in between. All of these organisms are microscopic and can be recycled through an HVAC system if there is no air purifier to eliminate them at the source. We spend about 90% of our time indoors, which means we’re constantly at risk of being exposed to these particles when there’s nothing to destroy them.

Level 3: Allergens and Particles

Allergic reactions can happen for all sorts of different particles. This is a problem that is constantly getting worse. Every year there are 750,000 new asthma cases in the United States alone, which means people are becoming more allergic and asthmatic to the particles in our indoor air. From dust, to pet dander, and even pollen, these particles can be extremely harmful to those with sensitive respiratory systems. They need to be filtered out.

Level 4: Mold and Microbial Growth

Moisture levels can be all over the place here in the northeast. From dry winter days to humid summer days, mold can grow in the dark recesses of any home when temperatures are warm and humidity levels are high. Mold reproduces by releasing spores into the air that can be incredibly harmful to breathe in. Thankfully, air purifiers like UV germicidal lights can eliminate them and destroy any mold growths that are attempting to grow in the air ducts of a home.

Level 5: Carbon Monoxide

During the winter, most homes in the country are running furnaces that burn natural gas. This means that carbon monoxide is being produced and needs to be exhausted from the home. If it’s not, or if it starts to leak inside, this can lead to serious health concerns and even fatality if homeowners aren’t careful. Many smoke detector models also come with carbon monoxide detectors for this very reason.

It’s time to take the initiative and deal with the five levels of indoor air quality. Call Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators today!

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