Breathing clean air is essential to living a healthy life. While we may not have much control over the air that is outside, we can take steps to make sure that we’re knowledgeable about what we can control inside our homes. This knowledge can go a long way in ensuring that the air that goes into our lungs at home is as clean as possible.
Air pollution is generally something people think about as an “outside problem”. Unfortunately, this is far from the case. Because of how much time we spend there, the air quality inside of your home may be just as, if not more, important than the air outside.
The professionals here at Star Mechanical want you to have as much information at your disposal as possible, so you can make the best and most informed decisions regarding how you handle indoor air pollutants in Manteca. With that in mind, here’s a list of the major indoor air contaminants.
Most of us remember the commercials advertising class action lawsuits because of asbestos exposure. This once incredibly common building material was developed in the mid-1900s and was mass-produced because it was fire-retardant and worked well as an insulator. This popularity makes it a very common presence in older buildings. Unfortunately, it was eventually discovered that asbestos exposure can increase your risk of developing lung disease, and in rare cases, a form of cancer known as mesothelioma.
If you think your home or building may use asbestos as a building material, it’s important to have it inspected by a professional for your health and safety. Whether you need to replace this material or install a filtration system to protect your family, our team can help you.
As unfortunate as it may be to think about, one of the most common air pollutants is microscopic living and once-living things. This includes mold, pollen, dust and unfortunately, bugs. Areas that are prone to accumulating biological pollutants tend to be cool areas where moisture has the potential to accumulate, like under sinks and in the ductwork of your home’s HVAC system.
A change in seasons can also bring an uptick in biological pollutants as pollen and plant matter are also large sources of air contamination.
Doing your part in keeping your areas clean and moisture free is important, but if you feel like the issue is in your air ducts, ask us about our comprehensive duct cleaning services! With a whole-home air filtration solution, you could have a much easier time battling seasonal allergies and airborne contaminants.
Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of burning fossil fuels like natural gas. When inhaled in certain amounts, this gas easily causes sickness and even death. Carbon monoxide is incredibly dangerous yet unfortunately hard to avoid entirely. This makes it important for every home that utilizes gas burning in any way to install a carbon monoxide detector.
Cooking Sources And Heaters
Your home’s stove can be one of the most problematic sources of indoor air pollution. It’s important to be mindful of proper ventilation when cooking anything that may produce smoke of any kind.
Another common byproduct of cooking is moisture. Using your stovetop ventilation is extremely important to eliminate excess moisture from your home. While humidity isn’t dangerous for your health, it gives other contaminants like mold that chance to thrive in your home’s air.
Take A Breath Of Fresh Air With Star Mechanical
The professionals here at Star Mechanical are here to provide our customers with both the highest standards in HVAC service and all of the knowledge and resources possible so they can make the most informed decisions regarding their HVAC needs. If you feel like your indoor air quality may be an issue, don’t hesitate to call us for a consultation today! We’re proud to provide the latest in IAQ filtration systems and will do everything we can to service your air quality needs.