While we’re all concerned about outdoor air quality, indoor air quality is far more important for your long-term health. You likely spend nearly all your time indoors, either at work or at home, which means poor indoor air quality will have a greater impact. Here are five things that impact your business’ air quality in San Angelo, TX.
Proper humidity levels are the key to clean indoor air. If there’s too much humidity inside, it creates a breeding ground for mites and spores, but low humidity causes nosebleeds, headaches and dry skin. Proper humidity levels range from 30% to 50% for optimal comfort and health.
What happens outside your business has a nasty habit of finding its way inside. Pollution from road traffic, pesticides and other sources negatively impact indoor air quality. According to the EPA, people track in pollutants, such as lead dust, on the bottoms of their shoes, which become trapped in carpets and rugs.
A lack of ventilation is also an indoor air quality problem. Inadequate ventilation causes poor health and exacerbates existing health problems. A few ways to combat poor ventilation are through building design, a proper HVAC system and opening the windows for short periods each day.
Radon gas is a colorless and odorless gas from the natural breakdown of uranium within the earth’s crust. It enters homes and businesses through cracks in the foundation and, if left unchecked, it causes severe health problems such as cancer. This is why you should have a radon gas detector and perform regular tests.
Volatile organic compounds are airborne chemicals that have harmful effects on your health. You can find volatile organic compounds in glue, paint, cleaning products and other sources. To avoid VOCs, use water-based paints and organic cleaning solvents, have your HVAC system maintained and avoid aerosol products.
If you suspect that your business has an indoor air quality issue or you want to learn how to improve the air quality within your business, then now is the time to call. Contact Bowles Heating & Cooling today to learn more about our indoor air quality services.
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