Originally published in August, 2017, updated in March 2020.

Pollutants, allergens and other contaminants in your indoor air can have a serious negative effect on your health. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has identified some of the most common pollutants found in indoor air as tobacco smoke, and toxic chemicals (VOCs) released by air fresheners, paint, and cleaning chemicals. By taking steps to combat these sources of indoor air pollution, you can enjoy cleaner and healthier air inside your Charleston, SC home. Here are three culprits to watch out for when addressing poor indoor air quality.

Volatile Organic Compounds

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, volatile organic compounds, also referred to as VOCs, can cause health issues for those exposed to these chemicals at high concentrations or for prolonged periods of time. VOCs are found in some paints, pesticides, air fresheners, candles, and cleaning products. Experts recommend avoiding the use of these items to ensure the highest degree of safety for yourself and your family.

Poor Ventilation and Indoor Air

The CPSC also cites lack of proper ventilation as a leading reason for poor air quality in homes and businesses. This is especially true in homes designed for energy efficiency, which can sometimes do their job far too well. By keeping climate-controlled air sealed indoors, these structures can allow dangerous concentrations of chemical and particulate pollutants to build up inside your home. Investing in advanced air handlers and ventilation systems can ensure a healthier indoor environment.

Aging Air Conditioning Systems

Older cooling systems typically perform less efficiently, which can have a negative effect on the quality of your air. Investing in a high-efficiency replacement system can often improve comfort levels and enhance the quality of air inside your Charleston home.

Products to Improve Indoor Air Quality

There are a variety of indoor air quality products that improve the quality of your air.

  • UV light UV lights are typically attached to your HVAC system close to the coils in the indoor air handler where condensation on the coils can increase the likelihood of biological growth.
  • Air purifiers Air purifiers typically have HEPA filters that catch up to 99.9% of particulates, including bacteria and viruses, making them one of the strongest products for cleaning indoor air.
  • Ventilators Adding a ventilator to your HVAC system allows your system to pull in fresh air from outside, and treat it (cool or heat) before sending it on for circulation through your ductwork.

The professional technicians at AC Heating and Air Conditioning Services can install and maintain UV lights, air purifiers and ventilation systems that can improve the breathability and quality of the air inside your home. Call us today to learn more about our full lineup of repair and maintenance services. We look forward to the chance to serve you and your family.

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