Your Indoor Air Quality: Tips for Determining How Yours Rates

Once you leave your home you relinquish control over the quality of the air you breathe, but you do have control at home. Your indoor air quality affects the health and safety of your entire family, and there are steps you can take to ensure it is free from contaminants. An important one is to test for the two major indoor pollutants: carbon monoxide, mold and radon; here’s how.Your Indoor Air Quality: Tips for Determining How Yours Rates

Carbon Monoxide

This dangerous, potentially deadly gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless, making detection nearly impossible. CO is the product of incomplete combustion of various fuel sources, including those used in fireplaces, stoves, water heaters, furnaces and other appliances, and once inhaled can hinder the flow of oxygen throughout the body.

The only way to detect this gas is with a carbon monoxide detector. One should be installed on each floor of your home, within 15 feet of sleeping quarters.

Radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. This naturally occurring substance is created by the decay of uranium, and is found in certain types of rocks or soil. It may enter your home through cracks in your foundation walls, basement flooring, dirt floors or drainage systems.

A radon detection kit is the only way to test for this gas, and as there are no immediate symptoms to warn you of its presence testing is highly recommended. Issues may be fixed, though homeowners are advised to use a qualified radon mitigation contractor to perform the work.

For a professional indoor air quality assessment, call the experts at Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve been proudly serving homeowners in the Amarillo and Texas Panhandle areas since 1960.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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