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IAQ: Facts You should Know

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Indoor Air Quality FactsIf someone says the word ‘pollution,’ chances are you automatically think of things such as factories producing endless clouds of black smoke, car exhaust fumes, dirty rivers and other outdoor elements. However, there are few who think that their own home, or other buildings, that are frequently used could be massive producers of indoor air pollution. For some that may be surprising, which means the information found below will also be a bit eye-opening in regard to your homes indoor air quality.

The Damaging Effects of ‘Smell-Good’ Candles

Did you know that the smell-good, cozy candles you light each day may be damaging your health? If you have candles created from paraffin, rather than beeswax or soy, they are giving offer cancer-causing carcinogens every time you light them. These carcinogens are then sent through the heating and cooling system, circulating through the home over and over again.

The Negative Impact of Home Furnishings

The furniture in your home may also be having a negative impact on your home’s indoor air quality. This is dependent on when the furniture was purchased. Any furniture that was purchased prior to 2006 was sprayed with a chemical to make the furniture fire retardant. While this may seem like a good thing, the fact is, this chemical is constantly releasing toxic fumes into your home’s air.

Respiratory Health and IAQ

Asthma is, perhaps, the most common issue that is aggravated by poor indoor air quality. If you, or someone in your family suffers from asthma, it can put a number of limitations on your lifestyle, since there are a number of things that can trigger an attack. The dust, pet dander, mites and other germs and bacteria floating around in your air can all exacerbate asthma.

The good news is that with the proper air filters, air systems or other air purification systems, the IAQ in your home or other building can be improved significantly. Take the time to let the team at Baggett Heating & Cooling evaluate your heating and cooling system to see what improvements can be made to improve your indoor air quality. More information about this can be found by calling the professional team at Baggett Heating & Cooling today at (931) 645-2859.