Sneezing? Coughing? Could Be Your Environment

We all know someone that is often sick. They either have headaches, sinus problems, allergies, colds, flu, or some ailment all the time. While it’s easy to chalk that person up as being frail or having a bad immune system it could be that they’re victims of bad indoor air quality.

Do you realize that the air inside your home is potentially more contaminated than the air that gives L.A. its trademark smog? Most homeowners are shocked when they find out that it’s true, but that it’s the majority of homes that have indoor air that’s worse than what we breathe outside. There’s no need to panic however. Modern technology has equipped experts in climate control and HVAC technicians with more than enough innovations and know-how to combat polluted indoor air.

There are three ways to keep the air in your home clean. You can limit the amount of outside air that comes into your home, make sure that the air indoors is properly filtered and dried, and make sure that controlled recirculation removes stale, stagnant air from the household. Luckily for homeowners our staff of experts are able to tackle all three of those areas in order to optimize the quality of air inside your home.

Advances in heating and air conditioning have changed the way things are done when a heat and air system is put into your home. New filters mean that particles that used to go unfiltered are now trapped before they reach your family. Theories on where and how to install systems mean that your system will work to not only clean the inside air and filter any ‘fresh’ air that comes through the system, but will also limit the amount of contaminants and allergens that come with that fresh air. All this technology can even help out in an unexpected way. Homeowners often remark at how much less dusting they’ve had to do since installing a new, state of the art system. Think about that a second. If a new heat and air system can lessen the amount of dust that accumulates on the mantle or china cabinet then just imagine how much less of that stuff is getting dragged down into our lungs.

That brings us back to the sick friend. If you know someone that’s always sick, and there’s no medical explanation for why they continually get sick, then there’s a good chance it’s the air inside their home that’s causing it. And that air contains more than just smoke, dust, and dirt. While the outdoor air is full of car exhaust, smog, etc. the air inside your home could contain toxic levels of household chemicals, commercial solvents, and other chemical agents. Everything from the glue that’s holding down your carpet to the caulk around your tub gives off minute amounts of gasses and chemicals as it degrades. Those substances don’t disappear, the gather in your air until they reach a high enough concentration to give you an itchy nose, watery eyes, or maybe even one cold after another.

The next time you run into someone that has yet another case of the flu or is fighting off another bad cold, maybe you don’t need to send them to the doctor. Tell them that it’s their house that needs the checkup, and that you know just the right doctor to put on the case. And the best part is that this doctor always makes house calls.

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