Every end marks a new beginning. The new year has arrived. The dawn of a new decade is upon us. With 2019 in the rearview mirror, we at Chandler Air would like to encourage all our customers to expand their horizons and clear the air in 2020. Though we can’t see, feel or touch it and we often take it for granted, the air we breathe is essential to life and vitality. Most of the time, we are more concerned with the temperature than the quality of our air. This January, make a New Year’s resolution to proclaim your own personal clean air act. Let the air you breathe in your home be as fresh and clean as it possibly can be. It’s time to take your IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) to a whole new level.
The Clean Air Act
Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Clean Air Act, which established air quality standards and guidelines throughout the United States. Natural air pollution from forest fires and volcanic eruptions have affected the earth’s atmosphere across the ages. In modern times, air pollution has existed since the Industrial Revolution. In the United States, public awareness around air pollution became a popular political cause in the 60s and 70s. Indoor air quality is a more recent term. Though people believe being inside their home protects them from the air pollution outside, often the opposite is true. There are indoor pollutants, such as fine desert dust, pollen, pet dander, VOC’c (volatile organic compounds) irritants and particulates within homes that can cause problems.
Living Indoors – How Clean Is the Air Inside Your Home?
Because of extreme temperatures during the summer months, Arizonans spend most of their time indoors avoiding the heat from May through October. Would it surprise you to know that the Environmental Protection Agency website www.epa.gov states, “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.” In many cases, indoor air quality is worse than the outdoor air.
Dust, Pollen, Pet Dander and Other Allergens
Until you’ve experienced a genuine Phoenix haboob, it’s hard to comprehend how massive these dust storms are. With literally tons of desert dust whirling in the air, it’s a given that a fair amount of that dust is going to find its way into your HVAC system. Pollen and ragweed, two of the most common organic allergens found in this area, are constantly floating in the air and can also make their way into your home. Our beloved cats and dogs shed and generate dander, which causes allergic reactions and aggravates asthma in many cases.
When the windows and doors are shut, your home becomes a closed system, and your air conditioning air filter is all that stands between you and myriad irritants and particulates recirculating in the air. It is not our desire to scare anyone. We are here to help. If you have a child with asthma or someone in your home suffering from COPD or a respiratory condition – or if you’ve noticed yourself sneezing and wheezing more than usual, please give us a call. We’ll be happy to perform an HVAC assessment, change your air filters and improve your indoor air quality standards for 2020. Our friendly and experienced HVAC service technicians are ready to assist you with all your clean air needs.