From worsening allergy and asthma symptoms to illnesses like Legionnaires’ disease, a number of health problems have been directly linked to indoor environments. The condition commonly known as Sick Building Syndrome first emerged during the 1970s when the worldwide energy crisis prompted builders to make buildings as airtight as possible. Read on to learn how today’s HVAC systems are helping prevent the range of health problems associated with poor indoor air quality (IAQ).
What Is Sick Building Syndrome?
In 1973, scientists working for NASA identified more than 100 synthetic materials in the Skylab space station that gave off low levels of chemicals. Trapped inside the airtight environment, the toxins made people sick with symptoms that ranged from burning eyes to respiratory difficulties. The syndrome made it clear that successful space explorations depended upon finding ways to clean the air.
Thanks to innovations inspired by NASA research, today’s HVAC systems include an array of products and services designed to make the air you breathe inside your home safe and healthy:
- Air Conditioner Maintenance. Regularly scheduled air conditioner maintenance helps ensure that your A/C is operating at peak efficiency when it comes to filtering the air that circulates through your home.
- Whole-Home Air Cleaners. Designed to fit into air ducts, whole-house air cleaners work with your heating and cooling system to cleanse the air.
- Air Purifiers. Using advanced technologies, these powerful products capture and kill contaminants so they are not re-introduced into your home environment.
Clearing the Air
Even if you are not experiencing symptoms associated with Sick Building Syndrome, it is to your advantage to verify that the air in your home is clean and healthy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that the health effects from poor IAQ may not appear until years after exposure. For more information about how our HVAC systems can improve your life at home, call our indoor air quality specialists today at 727-531-0496.
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