When most people think of airborne pollutants, images of smoking diesel trucks or churning smokestacks often come to mind. However, studies show that indoor air quality can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air—even in a metropolitan area like the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Here’s a look at why it’s essential to professionally maintain your HVAC system:
Radon gas exposure is estimated to be the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. This naturally occurring radioactive gas has no color or taste, but it can be detected with inexpensive tests. While it isn’t a problem for all homes, it is present throughout the U.S.
Mold is bound to thrive wherever there’s constant moisture and air. From your air conditioner to any hidden plumbing leaks, it can quickly spread and constantly release spores into the air you breathe. Some species of mold also release mycotoxins, which can agitate allergies and asthma, or cause more severe respiratory effects.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Paints, pesticides, office materials, and even household cleaners can become hazardous to your family’s health without adequate ventilation. Ensuring your home’s ventilation is clean and leak-free and limiting exposure to VOCs can help avoid health complications from indoor air pollution.
If your home has gas utilities, then it’s extremely important to ensure that all vents and flue pipes are free of any damage or debris. It isn’t uncommon for rodents and birds to nest inside of them. Gas appliances have a number of fail-safes, but it’s still important to periodically have them professionally checked and cleaned, especially if you notice a yellowish flame (propane and natural gas should burn a clean blue color). Failing to do so could expose your family to carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide.
To keep your HVAC system working properly, contact Berkeys Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We have been helping Dallas-Fort Worth homeowners keep their homes healthy and comfortable for over 35 years. Look into our BAM Plan to keep your HVAC system in peak condition hassle-free, or call (817) 481-5869 today for more details.