Volatile organic compounds are the most common form of household air pollutants. VOCs are gases emitted from thousands of common substances, including cleaning products, cooking fumes, pesticides, craft products, paint, furniture, carpets, and building materials. High concentrations of VOCs can worsen existing health problems and create new ones. However, there are indoor air quality solutions that reduce VOCs in the indoor air.
How To Improve Indoor Air Quality
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends three ways to improve indoor air quality. Removing sources of pollution, increasing ventilation, and using air cleaners keep indoor air fresh. To keep VOCs from entering your home, use products that emit them outdoors when possible.
Increasing ventilation brings in fresh air and enhances air exchange, which lowers concentrations of pollutants. Air cleaners range from table-top models to whole-house devices that work with your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Upgrading to better quality filters on HVAC systems keeps airborne particulates from being blown into the living space through ducts.
Ways to Increase Ventilation
There are several ways to increase ventilation, including opening doors and windows, operating exhaust fans and installing whole-home ventilators. In the hot, humid weather of the Greensboro, North Carolina, area, opening windows is not a comfortable option for most of the year.
Whole-home ventilation systems remove stale indoor air and bring in fresh outdoor air. There are several types of whole-home ventilators that work with HVAC systems to refresh the air. Your HVAC contractor can evaluate the quality of your indoor air and recommend ways to improve it.
Call the Experts at Total Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Our NATE-certified technicians will come to your home and recommend indoor air quality solutions that meet your specific requirements. We may recommend practical ways to remove pollutants, such as using exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. We may also recommend equipment that works with your HVAC system to freshen the air and keep it clean. We consider your budget, lifestyle, and air conditioning system as we evaluate your needs and make recommendations.
For more information about reducing VOCs and improving the quality of your indoor air, call Total Heating & Cooling of Brown Summit, North Carolina, today.