Indoor Air Pollution and Health
Courtesy of the EPA (http://www.epa.gov/)
Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.
Immediate effects may show up after a single exposure or repeated exposures. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. The likelihood of immediate reactions to indoor air pollutants depends on several factors.
Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure.
It is important to understand how to control and prevent mold and moisture in your home. Below is some abbreviated and basic information gathered from the EPA.
Guide to Basic Mold Information and Prevention:
- The key to mold control is moisture control.
- Clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
- Dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Click the following link to read the entire U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mold guide for homeowners. http://www.epa.gov/mold/pdfs/moldguide.pdf
These hints can help homeowners save money and energy all year long. Following these tips will help you maintain maximum comfort and prevent your equipment from overworking itself.
General Tips for All Seasons
Consider a programmable thermostat to save you money and maintain a consistent climate in your home and keep your HVAC system well-maintained.
Have your equipment inspected before the first heat wave comes. AC units can only cool down an area so quickly, so make sure you do not wait until your home is unbearably hot before turning it on.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you’ll save one percent of your total heating bill for each degree your thermostat is set back in the winter. Don’t wait to turn your heating system on.
EPA’s A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home
This EPA guide above, published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will provide valuable information.
EPA’s An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality
Here the EPA will report on the various sources and effects of indoor air pollutants and how to use your indoor ventilation systems to prevent these pollutants in your home.
EPA’s Guide to Clean Energy
At this site, the EPA outlines how utilizing clean energy in your home affects not only your environmental impact, but also your wallet.
This link to the Energy Star website will provide all information on Energy Star rated products that will save energy in your home or office as well as make a positive environmental impact. http://www.energystar.gov/
EPA’s Consumer Guide to Radon Reduction
Here you can find helpful information about Radon, testing for Radon, what to look for, and how to prevent the cancer-causing gas from entering your home.
U.S. Department of Energy- News Room
Here you will find recent news updates from the U.S. Department of Energy, such as the benefits of using Smart Grid electrical meters.
FTC’s Saving Starts @ Home
Here the Federal Trade Commission provides an interactive illustration of ways you can conserve energy in your home while reducing your energy bill.
This is the home page for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Here you will find current events, publications, and news reports in the environmental field.
The Tax Incentives Assistance Program (TIAP)
Here the TIAP provides information on the various federal income tax incentives for the use of energy efficient products and technologies.
EPA’s Guide to Protecting Your Household from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon Monoxide can be deadly, but it is preventable. Follow the EPA’s prevention tips and learn how to detect if Carbon Monoxide is in your home. See EPA link above.
When should I replace my heating, cooling and ventilation system?
You should consider the age, efficiency, performance and frequency of system usage. An indoor weather system that is more than 10 years old is likely driving your energy costs up and should be replaced.
When should I repair my heating, cooling and ventilation system?
If your equipment is in good condition, repairing it may be the right thing to do. Deciding whether to replace or repair is always a tough decision, but our experts will assist you in making that decision.
How can I reduce energy costs in different seasons?
We can help keep homeowners cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In the winter you want to reduce heated air from escaping to the outside.
Is there anything I can do before calling Action Air Inc.?
Make sure that circuit breakers are ON or that fuses have not blown. Check your home or office’s airflow. Air filters should be clean and vents should be open and uncovered.
What does SEER stand for and how does it relate to me?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Your SEER number measures the efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps.
What does Energy Star mean?
The EPA has standards for heating and cooling products. The Energy Star marks high-efficiency and energy savings, and investing in such equipment can result in lower utility bills.
What is the average lifespan of heating and cooling equipment?
Most systems have a lifetime of 10-12 years, but we suggest you get your system inspected for efficiency and performance by a professional after 5 years.
How often should I clean my furnace?
It is highly recommended that you have your furnace cleaned and checked annually. For your safety, it is important to have a professional eye maintain your furnace.
What are the benefits of a humidifier?
A humidifier will reduce the discomfort people experience with dry air, such as itchy skin and hard time breathing.
Can I plant or garden around my outdoor unit?
Yes, actually shaded units use less electricity than the same ones operating in the sunlight. Make sure you plant the trees or shrubs far enough away so that they do not obstruct airflow.
How often should I change the filters in my home or building?
Replace the filters as often as instructed, but regularly inspect them. Most filters need to be changed every month. Dirty filters will limit the airflow and increase the cost of your utility bills.
Should I turn the air off when I am not home?
No, just turn the temperature up a few degrees to be closer to the outdoor temperature. The AC unit will not have to work as hard when you return as it would if you turned it completely off.
How do I know what size system I need?
Our team will consider the local climate, humidity, shade, insulation, occupants, appliances, windows, and square feet to be cooled.