Making conscious decisions about your health becomes easier when you know what to look for and what to do. For example, you know that cooking at home is healthier than eating out and that regular exercise can help to reduce stress, in addition to burning calories. However, if you’re trying to reduce your asthma or allergy symptoms, apart from moving into a bubble, how can you improve your health while increasing the energy efficiency of your home?
Importance of Indoor Air Quality
Just like the food that you eat, the air that you’re breathing in every day at home affects your health. If the air is fresh and pure, you’re less likely to experience respiratory issues, coughs, runny noses, and other symptoms associated with asthma and allergies.
However, if the air in your Nassau or Long Island home is contaminated with dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), other allergens, and toxic gases like radon or carbon monoxide, your health will inevitably suffer. Short of turning your home into a sterile environment, it’s virtually impossible to eliminate all indoor air pollutants; however, there are measures you can take that will make your home a healthier environment.
Effects of Duct & Air Sealing
If your house suffers from poor indoor air quality, you may already be considering an air purification system or some kind of air filtration. However, before investing in those types of indoor air quality solutions, you need to focus on duct and air sealing.
Your home’s ductwork delivers air-conditioned or heated air to the living spaces in your home. Over time, ducts may shift or get worn, resulting in gaps and cracks. This might not seem like the end of the world, except that your ducts run through unconditioned spaces that are filled with various pollutants. So not only will hot or cool air leak out, wasting money, but contaminants will also enter and then get delivered straight into the air that you’re breathing.
While homes that are tightly air-sealed can have higher concentrations of pollutants if they aren’t properly ventilated, air sealing is still essential — especially in between conditioned and unconditioned areas like the attic, basement, and attic. By closing any spaces that are allowing air in and out, you’ll prevent outdoor pollutants from entering, all while reducing drafts and improving your home’s comfort.
Improve the Health of Your Home with Master Plumbing Heating Cooling
Enhancing your home’s indoor air quality and energy efficiency can be achieved through thorough duct sealing and air sealing. In addition, our experts can help you with other services like heating and air conditioning maintenance that also affect your home’s health, comfort, and energy savings.