Indoor Air Quality Concerns through Fall and Winter

Autumn to Winter  Indoor Air Quality Concerns in New York

Poughkeepsie NY – As summer fades into the background and the crisp autumn air has made its presence felt, it is that time of year when we take out the screens, secure the storm windows, change the furnace filter and prepare for the winter months ahead. During this fall ritual, how often do you consider the quality of the air you breathe during those long winter months?

The fact is, as a population we spend 90 percent of our time in the winter months indoors. The frigid outdoor temperatures winter offers forces us to keep the windows closed, outdoor air stays outside and the inside air stays inside. The explosion of energy efficiency in home building and renovation projects have added to the already stagnant conditions of indoor air to conditions of little to no air exchange at all. When the majority of the air we breathe comes from our indoor environment, indoor air quality needs to be taken into consideration for the health of you and your family.

Indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than the outdoor air we breathe, this according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). The only way air is being circulated throughout the home in these colder months is by the furnace. This is not new, clean air, this air is polluted with pet dander, pollen, viruses, mold spore, dust mites, and house hold chemicals and gases. Quite frankly you may be breathing “dirty air” and it could be making you sick.

Sources of indoor air pollutants include:

  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Building materials
  • Carpet
  • Cleaning products
  • Radon gas
  • Air fresheners
  • Personal hygiene products (fragrances, hair products, nail polish, ect.)

  • The health effects of poor indoor air quality include, throat, nose, and eye irritations, respiratory infections, sinus problems, headaches, asthma, allergies, and even lung cancer from radon exposure.

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    Fortunately, EnviroTech has you covered on all your indoor air quality needs. We offer air quality testing with particle counters, air duct cleaning, air purification systems featured on “Extreme Makeover Home Addition”, dehumidifiers, mold remediation’s, and radon testing and mitigation systems. Families may use one of theses or a combination of services to make their home a happy, healthy place to be.

    So…as you and your family prepare for the months ahead, we at EnviroTech encourage you to think about your air quality. Ask yourselves questions like; when was the last time we had our ducts cleaned? Does our indoor air have a “musty or damp smell”? Have we ever had a radon test? Do I see mold anywhere? Or does anyone in our family have persisting health problems? Remember, there is no price tag you can put on your health or the health of your family. Please join EnviroTech in ensuring the air you breathe in the upcoming months is beneficial, not detrimental.