October is Healthy Lung Month, and there’s no better place to promote healthy lungs than in your own home. Keeping up with your seasonal heating and air conditioning service makes a huge difference in improving your indoor air quality (IAQ). However, some harmful practices can still affect the atmosphere inside your home.
Let our air conditioning experts at Shackelford Heating explain why some habits can be bad for your home, as well as offer you practical tips on how to improve your IAQ.
Smoking cigarettes is the number one cause of lung cancer in the United States, and doing it indoors doubles the risks involved. It exposes the rest of your family to secondhand smoke, which is even more dangerous, and the added smoke particles can accumulate and eventually saturate your HVAC filters, negatively affecting the performance of your units and even requiring costly residential heating repair services.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that’s been linked to a number of lung diseases. Unfortunately, many homes have unhealthy levels of radon, as this gas is a normal part of the atmosphere. Ask your local HVAC contractor for adequate radon testing to ensure that your home doesn’t have high levels of this dangerous substance. Moreover, you must consult with your physician immediately if you suspect something indoors (whether at work, home or school) is making you feel sick.
Neglecting Routine Maintenance
Changing the filters on your HVAC system is part of the regular air conditioning repair service and maintenance that keeps your indoors free of any dust or contaminants from the outdoors. Ideally, these services are best done every season, but spring and autumn (when the weather is often in transition) are also good alternatives.
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