Heating Safety Inspections Improve Indoor Air Quality

indoor air qualityDid you know that routine heating safety inspections can dramatically improve your indoor air quality and your overall health?

Your heating and air conditioning system is a highly sophisticated complex of electrical and mechanical components designed to regulate the temperature, humidity, and overall air quality inside your home. And like all complex systems, it must be properly maintained to achieve optimal results.

Most people think of air pollution as a problem that only affects the air outside their homes; however, indoor air can actually be more polluted than outdoor air. Dust, mold, mildew, pollen, cigar and cigarette smoke, chemicals emitted from paints, fibers, cleaners and fragrances, and pet dander can all have an impact on your indoor air quality.

The Cleveland Clinic’s head of Allergy and Immunology, Dr. David Lang, says, “Even if you don’t have pets, you’ve probably got pet dander.” In an interview with WebMD, he said that pet dander is what has come to be known as a community allergen. He says, “Pet owners carry it around on their clothes and shed it throughout the day. You can’t get away from it.”

Poor indoor air quality can lead to health problems for young children, the elderly and those with allergies and respiratory conditions like allergies, asthma, and COPD.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cites poor upkeep of ventilation, heating and air-conditioning systems as one of the most common causes of indoor air quality problems. And, while it’s impossible to completely eradicate all pollutants from your indoor air, annual heating safety inspection can keep them from reaching unhealthy levels.

In addition to ensuring that your heating system is operating at peak efficiency, having your heating system inspected by a licensed heating and AC contractor is also a good way make sure your system is providing adequate air flow and that the air is being properly filtered.
Over time, dirt and debris builds up on your system’s filter, reduces the air flow and leads to higher humidity, which promotes the growth of mold and mildew. As it becomes more obstructed, your filter’s ability to trap airborne contaminants is diminished, so pollen, pet dander and other particles are simply recirculated throughout your home.

If your home is equipped with a natural gas, heating oil or propane fueled furnace, your heating technician will also check to make sure that carbon monoxide is being properly vented. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is produced by combustion, and if not properly vented can build up to lethal levels in confined indoor spaces.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control reported 438 fatalities from monoxide poisoning in the U.S. between 1999 and 2012. Of these, 54 percent occurred in the home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) homeowners should “Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.”

For more information, or to schedule a heating safety inspection, call Evergreen Plumbing and Heating at 401-921-1971 today.