Myth or Fact: Indoor Air Pollution

Posted on September 6th, 2016 by Devine Bros

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How much do you know about indoor air pollution? Read the four statements below and see if you can correctly determine whether they are true or false…

Myth or Fact? – The air in the average home is more polluted than a major city.

Fact! When we hear the word “pollution”, we automatically think about the air outside, but the air in our home can be even worse. In fact, it is not uncommon for household air to be over 10 times more polluted than outdoor air.

Myth or Fact? – Indoor air pollution has no real health effects.

Myth. Indoor air pollution has been proven to cause to several side effects, ranging from mild to severe. Immediate effects of indoor air pollution are similar to allergies and can include sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and headaches. Long term effects are much worse, as indoor air pollution has been linked to lung cancer and COPD.

Myth or Fact? – It is too difficult to improve indoor air quality.

Myth. Improving your air quality isn’t done overnight, but it is possible. Installing a HEPA air filter in your house is a great first step, but you must also work on limiting common sources of indoor air pollution.

Myth or Fact? – HVAC Equipment can contribute to indoor air pollution.

Fact! Since your heating and cooling systems supply your home with a large portion of its fresh air, it only makes sense that they can significantly impact air quality. Air filters should be changed every month, your air ducts should be professionally cleaned every 3-5 years, and your heating system should be annually inspected by a licensed technician.

Trust the experts at Devine Bros. to keep your air clean and your home healthy. We offer home heating, cooling, and air quality services to homes in Norwalk, New Canaan, and Westport, Connecticut. If you live in Fairfield County, give us a call today at (203) 866-4421.

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