The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that humans take somewhere between 17,280 and 23,040 breaths each day. This means that since the majority of Americans spend at least half of each day in their own home, that is between 8,640 and 11,520 opportunities for the air in your home to affect the environmental health of you and your family. Often times, the symptoms of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) will mimic indoor allergies. So what are the things that can cause poor IAQ in your New Jersey home, and how can Anyzek help you fix it?
The Causes of Poor IAQ
The quality of the air in your home depends on how many harmful contaminants, pollutants, and particles are circulating your home through your heating and cooling systems. These contaminants can include:
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Indoor Air Quality Facts
VOCs often enter the air in a home via secondhand smoke, or through other chemicals that are used around the house like household cleaners and the material that makes up your furniture. Plus, the building materials that your home was constructed with will often “off-gas” and release harmful air contaminants into the air you breathe. Extended exposure to these airborne particles can cause allergy-like symptoms like sinus irritation, postnasal drip, coughing, sneezing, and more. But poor IAQ has also been linked to more serious respiratory diseases or conditions, like asthma, pneumonia, and lung disease.
So you’re probably wondering, “What can be done to improve the indoor air quality in my home?”
Better Winter IAQ through Heating Maintenance
As the temperatures here in Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington counties begin to drop for the fall, many homeowners begin to close their windows and doors 24 hours a day, reducing their home’s ventilation capabilities. This traps any existing contaminants inside of your home, and they will continue to recirculate day in and day out, potentially making you and your family sick.
Your furnace and air conditioner are tasked with keeping your indoor temperatures right where you want them, but they are also responsible for removing any harmful contaminants via air filters, which should be changed at least every 30 days. The ductwork associated with most central heating and air conditioning systems is also prone to leaks and gaps, which leave an open door for dust mites, mold, and unconditioned air from your attic or crawlspace to enter your breathing air. With professional heating maintenance from a licensed HVAC professional like Anyzek, you can rest easy knowing your heating system is doing everything it can to provide your home with fresh air that isn’t too hot, isn’t too cold — but is just right.
The Benefits of Heating Maintenance
Breathing healthier air isn’t the only benefit to giving your furnace or boiler some TLC. The team at Anyzek will check your heating system from top to bottom to make sure it is operating at absolute peak performance so you can experience a full list of benefits, such as:
Lower heating costs
More reliable indoor temperatures all winter
Little to no unexpected furnace breakdowns
Reduced need for heating oil delivery (we do that too!)
Whether it's just been a while since you’ve replaced your furnace filters, or you suspect your allergy-like symptoms may be caused by the poor air quality in your home, Anyzek has the heating and cooling knowledge and experience to get your furnace running the way it should.