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Does Your Home Have an Indoor Air Quality Problem?

Indoor Air QualityAre you and your family being exposed to indoor air pollution?

Exposure to an indoor air quality (IAQ) problem can result in a variety of health issues, with symptoms appearing whether you move to a new residence, remodel or refurnish your home.

Sources of indoor air pollution include:

Stoves, Heaters, Fireplaces, Chimneys and Tobacco Products.
Combustion products can release major pollutants including carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxideand particles. Combustion gases and particles also come from chimneys and flues that are improperly installed or maintained. Environmental tobacco smoke (“secondhand smoke”) is the mixture of smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and smoke exhaled by the smoker.  

Building materials and furnishings.
Pressed wood products (paneling, cabinetry, particleboard, fiberboard) and furniture made with these wood products, as well as foam insulation, textiles, carpeting and glues, can contain formaldehyde. Asbestos is found in deteriorating, damaged or disturbed insulation, fireproofing, acoustical materials and floor tiles. Lead can be found in old paint, contaminated soil, dust and drinking water.

Biological contaminants.
Biological contaminantsinclude bacteria, molds, mildew, viruses, animal dander and cat saliva, house dust mites, cockroaches and pollen.

Household products and chemicals.
Products include paints, varnishes, paint strippers and other solvents; wood preservatives; aerosol sprays; cleansers and disinfectants; moth repellents and air fresheners; stored fuels and automotive products; hobby supplies and dry-cleaned clothing. These products can release organic compounds while you are using them, and elevated concentrations can persist in the air long afterward.

Central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices.
Contaminated central air handling systems can become breeding grounds for mold, mildew and other sources of biological contaminants and can then distribute these contaminants through the home. Problems during installation, operation, maintenance and servicing the HVAC system can prevent it from operating as designed.

Outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides and outdoor air pollution.
The most common source of indoor radon is uranium in the soil or rock on which homes are built. Radon gas enters homes through dirt floors, cracks in concrete walls and floors, floor drains and sumps. Any home may have a radon problem - new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes and homes with or without basements.

How Can You Prevent IAQ problems in your home?

The HVAC professionals at Minnick’s have extensive experience in solving indoor air quality problems. Minnick’s guarantees a professional, high-quality installation of all HVAC systems, using manufacturer’s specifications to ensure optimal performance, increased energy efficiency, lower utility bills, reduced carbon footprint, increased comfort and a safer, healthier home.

To learn more about Minnick’s products and services, or to set up an appointment, please call us at 888-483-5740.

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