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Signs Your Home Has Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor Air Pollution FilterThere could be contaminants in the air in your home that lead to health issues. If you suspect your home has indoor air pollution, don’t hesitate to give the experts at Oliver a call. We can help improve your air quality so you and your family can breathe better and stay healthier. If you are unsure about your home’s air quality, take a look at these signs to help you identify pollution before it causes health issues.

Causes of Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor air quality is a growing concern among health and safety officials. The air you breathe has a direct impact on your wellness, so it’s important to understand what causes poor air quality. One of the most common causes of indoor air pollution is a poorly kept HVAC system. Humidity, circulation, and temperature problems can reduce the quality of the air in your home, causing illness and other issues. If you’re experiencing indoor air pollution due to faults in your ventilation system, the HVAC experts at Oliver can repair your system today so you can enjoy better air quality tomorrow.

Other causes of poor air quality include the use of harmful paint, fiberglass, glue, and other substances during the construction of your home. As particles from these materials break off, they can contaminate the air and cause irritation. Contaminants like mold, fungi, and bacteria are also common problems and are known to cause serious health issues. In addition, having low outdoor air intake can drastically reduce air quality.

Common Air Quality Contaminants

There are many sources of air pollution that produce a variety of contaminants including:

  • Mold and fungus
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Mites
  • Harmful gases
  • Asbestos
  • Ozone
  • VOCs

Common sources of these contaminants include people, construction materials, cleaners, carpets, furniture, paint, and HVAC system issues. Having your home’s HVAC system maintained and repaired can help improve air quality and reduce indoor air pollution.

Poor Indoor Air Quality Symptoms

From flu-like symptoms to unusual odors, there are many telltale signs that the air quality in your home isn’t what it should be. Here are the signs your home and your body will send you when your indoor air quality needs attention.

Indoor Allergens SneezeAllergies, Sickness, and Odors

Allergies can be caused by pollen and other irritants building up in your home over time. If you experience allergy-like symptoms when you are at home, they may be an indication of air pollution. If your symptoms clear up when you leave your home, this is a sign that something in the air in your house is causing your allergic reaction. Watering eyes and nasal congestion are common symptoms of an allergic reaction to airborne contaminants.

Flu-like symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and nausea can also indicate an air quality issue. Shortness of breath, coughing, and other respiratory issues may arise in response to pollutants like mold and smoke. Strange odors and uneven temperatures are also clear signs that you have an air quality issue in your home. You may also notice that your furniture needs dusting more often, which may cause allergies.

Stop Indoor Air Pollution Today

If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, don’t hesitate to get your HVAC system checked out by Oliver. Our skilled technicians can diagnose and repair any issues that may be contributing to poor air quality in your home. Contact Oliver today and breathe better with a ventilation system that works properly.


US Clean Air Act (Phaseout Series Part 4)

Welcome back to the Phaseout Series! Last time we talked about how the international community responded to the discovery that CFC’s were depleting the ozone layer. Today, we’ll come back closer to home and talk about how the United States is handling the issue.

The good news is that the United States started addressing the issue even before the Montreal Protocol came into play. The primary piece of legislation on the subject is the Clean Air Act.  Other legislation on air pollution was enacted as early as 1955, and evolved over the years as our understanding of the problems and potential solutions developed.

The amendments to the Clean Air Act that deal with the phaseout of CFC’s were enacted in 1990. This amendment authorized three new programs related to pollution control, expanded existing enforcement authority, and the part that we’re really concerned with: established another program to phase out the use of CFC’s.

The Phaseout of CFC’s is covered by Title VI of the Clean Air Act. All of the information about what substances it pertains to, the schedule for reduction, and any exemptions are public information. If you want to take a look at them, you can find them all on the EPA’s website: http://epa.gov/oar/caa/title6.html

We just passed two more milestones in the production of equipment and of the substance known as R-22. These reductions are a good thing for our planet, but they do impact the everyday operations of companies like Oliver. We’ll talk about the role of HVAC companies and homeowners in our next post. And although I’ve been getting lots and lots of “thank you for this good informationing, I am happy pleased to have found your channel, please to visit website for selling of mudpies” comments, what I’d really like to hear are your questions! What questions can I answer for you about Oliver’s role in the phaseout?

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