When polluted air gets trapped in a confined space, it can cause serious health issues for anyone who breathes it in. Unfortunately, that might mean you!
According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), human exposure to air pollutants in on the rise, both at work and at home. Tested against outdoor air, several studies reveal indoor levels of pollutants that were two, five, even 100 times higher! How could this be?
Many of the major appliances and systems that run in the average abode actually trap contaminants indoors, where they are continuously circulated until let outside. Poor indoor air quality can increase your risk of allergies and chronic illness.
The first thing you should do is make sure that all combustion appliances are properly vented to the outside! Obstructed, leaking, or damaged vents in stoves, furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, etc., are the number one cause of indoor pollution. While it is possible to check these vents on your own, they should be serviced and maintained by a trained and licensed professional. To prevent buildup and obstructions, vents and flues must also be cleaned on a regular basis.