A recent survey identified several misconceptions among parents regarding the quality of indoor air. According to the survey, almost 40 percent of parents don’t believe that changing air filters is important for their family’s health. This is despite the fact that indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental hazards threatening public health. The findings indicate a need for heightened air quality awareness in American households.
Outdoor Air Is More Polluted than Indoor Air
The truth is that indoor air can be as much as five times more polluted than outdoor air. Furthermore, 91 percent of respondents saw clean air as an essential for healthy living, but 76 percent regularly used items that contribute to indoor air pollution, including:
- Scented candles that release soot into the air.
- Gas stoves that can emit nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide (CO) and formaldehyde if not properly ventilated.
- Fireplaces that can emit volatile organic compounds.
Steps that can mitigate indoor air pollution include investing in better air filters and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed. CO detectors can help keep your family safe in the event of a leak. You should also have your HVAC system inspected regularly to ensure that it is functioning properly.
Homeowners Need to Change Air Filters
Many people have allergic reactions and asthma due to the allergens produced by dust mites; however, 76 percent stated that they are more likely to medicate their allergy symptoms rather than replace their air filters more frequently. Additionally, 94 percent of respondents understood that changing air filters on a regular basis is essential for keeping their home clean and their air healthy, but 47 percent admitted to changing them less than four times per year. In order to keep household air healthy, monitor your filters and change them as needed.
If you are concerned about indoor air pollution, contact us at Amarillo Air Conditioning. We have been helping to improve air quality in Amarillo homes for more than 50 years.
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 pollution and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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