Indoor Air Myths Debunked by San Francisco HVAC Pros

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Whether you’re a home or business owner, you may have heard many things about indoor air quality. Logically, it seems the air indoors should be less polluted than the air outdoors, right? This is not usually the case. You may have heard many myths about how to improve indoor air quality, but some of them are best abandoned. Below are a few myths the air conditioning professionals at Ortiz Heating & A/C want to help debunk.

  • Serious pollution exists only in the outdoors. This is a common misconception; in fact, it is not uncommon for the air inside your home or business to be far more unhealthy than outdoor air because of countless contaminants found indoors – about nine times more than those found outdoors.
  • The quality of the air inside your home or business shouldn’t be a huge concern. False! Considering many people stay inside a home, office, or other indoor environment for more than 20 hours per day, it should be a concern.
  • It’s hard to achieve improved IAQ. This is a common misconception as well; with today’s modern HVAC system, air purifying systems, and other technologies, it is possible to enjoy cleaner, healthier indoor air quality, although some enhancements are costly. Our skilled technicians can help with possible solutions to improve your indoor air.
  • Ozone is good for our health as humans. False again! Ozone does work to combat certain unwanted chemicals and bacteria, however the things that contribute to ozone generate pollutants that are unhealthy.
  • Safety is not substantially improved by having a gas detector permanently installed. This is not true. Gas detectors that are maintained regularly and properly calibrated will alert family members to the presence of potentially harmful gases in the air.
  • Gas detectors increase power costs. Actually, gas detectors control ventilation fans, thereby cutting the consumption of electricity. Ventilation fans are only activated by a detector when needed.

The fact is, better indoor air quality can be achieved, and healthier air creates a better environment for your family, or employees and customers if you are a business owner. Many things contribute to poor indoor air quality including formaldehyde, allergens (smoke, pet dander, dust), air that is overly dry or humid, paints, cleaning solutions, and other chemicals containing VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and more.

At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, our top priority is keeping your indoor spaces comfortable and energy costs low, while improving indoor air quality. Contact our San Francisco HVAC professionals today.